This is a very nice timeshare resort. The lobby is nice looking and open. It's not spectacular but it's way nicer than most timeshare resorts. We rented a 2BR/2BA unit with a full kitchen in the Lahaina Villas building, about 12 floors with an adjacent parking garage. The condo was nicely appointed and very spacious. We exchanged Hyatt points through Interval (more on that later).
As far as timeshare resorts go this is probably one of the nicest and more closely resembles a full resort. What would make it a full resort would be more dinner/bar options that stay open past 9:30pm. But Whaler's Village is only a 10 minute walk up the beachside path.
There's definitely a family atmosphere here. The pools are great and visually interesting. We have a 12 and 13 year old and they loved all the different pool "ponds." There were pool areas for volley ball, basketball and plenty of bridges and coves. There is a pool slide that's ok. It's decently fast but would be better if it was longer and taller. Our boys got bored with it after a few runs. Also plenty of hot tubs. The pool bar has pretty good food and drinks, including really good smoothies for the kids. It's a bit pricey but what do you expect. And there are plenty of lounge chairs in "semi-private" areas and with nice shade. We never felt like we had to compete for lounge chairs but maybe it gets busier in the summer. We also rented the "cabanas" which are wooden lounge chairs with mats and a quarter-circle shade-thing. They are nice-looking and very comfortable. They're set up on a grass area overlooking the beach and the staff will come by to take drink and food orders -- that's living.
The beach worked out great. The boys enjoyed "shore-break" boogie boarding and fooling around. We surfed on many days over the coral reef. The water is pretty shallow over the reef break like 3 - 5 feet in some areas so everyone wears water shoes. The waves were mostly 2 - 4 feet tall and not very powerful which is perfect for beginners and weekend warriors on longboards like me.
The coral reef in front of the hotel is very alive and great for snorkeling when the wind is down and the ocean is decently calm. After traveling to other spots we tried the reef in front and it was just as good as not better as more hyped spots. We saw big sea turtles every time, plenty of tropical fish and the coral was beautiful yellows, greens, browns and even blues. The best entrance to the coal reef is about 30 yards north of the property. There is an ocean activities center that will rent all types of equipment. They are great there. We took our boys on their first scuba dive with them and had a great time.
Overall we loved our stay. The only bummer was that we were given a "garden view" unit but never told about it in advance. I'm guessing this has something to do with the Interval exchange. I really think the resort de-prioritizes Interval exchange customers. There was no communication of the view type even though the resort sent an email asking for preferences. Now a garden view could've been ok but the worse part was that right next door there is a big construction project going on. Looks like they are building another resort. So our view was mostly dominated by a 100' crane. Fortunately the construction site wasn't that busy so there wasn't much noise. The front desk could've been much more helpful in finding a better unit for us but claimed to have their hands tied. Eventually they comped us the cabanas for the week which are nice but this could've all been handled much better.
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