When we visited Maui for the first time in October 2006 we got an amazing deal on a hotel & car rental combo through a promotion that randomly appeared in the mail one day. It was actually kinda funny/eery because we were in the beginning to almost-ready-to-book stages of planning a vacation to Hawaii. The timing was perfect. As you can imagine, there was a string attached: "come listen to our vacation ownership presentation." And we did. And we fell in love. And we signed the papers. But truly the only reason or way it worked out was through a unique set of circumstances that fell upon us in the preceding 2 months.
In 2007, the place was under construction so we used points to take a long vacation to Salt Lake City. In 2008, we exchanged our points to take the kids to Disneyland. And here we are in 2009, finally able to enjoy our piece of paradise.
Standing in the open air lobby
standing on the beach, looking back
and I can't resist posting a picture of the super cute kiddie pool
Finally getting to enjoy this place was just wonderful. And it's everything we could've hoped for. It fits all our needs and then some.
There's the pools & sundecks, the beach is just a stone's throw away, and I hear the snorkeling is pretty good.
Two on-site restaurants provide a nice lunch break during those sunbathing sessions. And they serve some pretty good [virgin] drinks too.
But then you always have the (cheaper) option of whipping up something in the full kitchen in your room. Presenting, our Sunday dinner.
We weren't very hungry when we went to the grocery store so our food supplies consisted mainly of breakfast foods. Something we'll plan better for in future visits.
Speaking of breakfast, how's this for a breakfast view? Right outside our bedroom . . .
Can't beat sitting on the lanai, eating a bowl of Special K with bananas, and listening to the ocean waves.
The rooms are Westin quality (ahh, the heavenly bed), there's a washer & dryer (we came home with no dirty clothes), separate living room and bedroom, jacuzzi tub, 2 flat screen tv's . . . . .
I could go on an on.
Bottom line, we feel pretty fortunate that the stars aligned 3 years ago and made it possible for us to enjoy this place over and over again.
I think that the next time we go I need to sign up for the hula lessons or lei-making class. What do you think?