My husband and I really enjoyed our honeymoon two years ago in Jamaica and decided it was time to take another tropical vacation together. Wailea was a great place to do just that!
First of all, my husband is a platinum member and we used points for our stay. Upon arrival we were immediately upgraded to an ocean front room that over looked the serenity pool and the ocean. We saw gorgeous sunsets and had little noise to deal with. There was one night when a particularly rowdy group decided to take a late night swim, but they were quieted down quickly. We also had a smoker staying near us making our deck a little smelly once in a while. Also, parking was $20 per day in the ramp. This didn't bother us because we knew it was coming after reading people's information on this site. But my complaints stop there.
The serentiy pool was awesome because no kids were allowed and cell phones were prohibited. As a couple without children, we really enjoyed the peace and quiet of an adults only pool. For those complaining about the kids pool area, I don't think Maui is the ideal vacation destination for young children... think Disney World.
In the afternoon we walked down the path to the beach to enjoy the ocean. Tip: Go down after lunch 1-2:00 and you can get chairs from people who have bought them and then left instead of paying $30. It worked for us every day!
We knew that many restaurants were expensive in the area (typical of Hawaii, no surprise) so we decided to save on breakfast and lunch. The Shops located just behind the hotel have a general store where we purchased many breakfast items very cheap and several bottles of wine for a great price. We also visited Safeway (short drive down the road) and bought food for lunch. This saved us a lot of money and we went out for some nice dinners throughout the week. The hotel restaurant, Mala, was good! We also liked eating at many places located in the shops. Ask the hotel staff for tips on where to go as well as other guests. We always went to eat around 6:30 so that we could see the sunset at 7:15.
I went surfing in Lahaina one morning and LOVED it! Highly recommend this! We also went on a boat excursion one day to Molokini and snorkeled. They provided breakfast and lunch and an experience we'll always remember. On our last full day, we decided to do the Road to Hana which we enjoyed, but said we probably wouldn't do again. There were great views, but the road was tight and windy making me a little queazy. Be sure you get out and see as much of Maui as possible to get the full experience. Finally, go to the hotel luau. I had heard mixed reviews but was very happy with it. Take advantage of the open bar and enjoy every morsel of the declicious pig. It was worth the money and so convenient to walk right up to our room following the event instead of driving down winding roads.
We had such a great trip to Maui and loved our stay at the Marriott. The staff was kind and other guests were just as friendly. The views were amazing and we had no problems. To those who have written horrible reviews about this hotel, I'm sorry that you missed a once in a lifetime experience. I can't help but smile when I think back to our trip in Maui.
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