My husband and I are in the process of planning a 2 wk vacation to Maui for our 10th wedding anniversary. We haven't had the opportunity to travel as much as we'd like but have always wanted to go to Hawaii to renew our vows so this is truly a trip of a lifetime. Unfortunately, the clock is ticking (we leave 4/27 0_0) and other than our flight I have not booked anything else!! I'm so nervous about making a wrong choice that it has paralyzed my decision making. With so many travel forums, hotel/resort/condo choices, activities, and vow renewal options I am totally overwhelmed!!! Every time I find myself close to making a decision I'll read a negative review or see something else that causes me to reconsider or do more "research:. I'm driving myself and my poor husband crazy o_0 So I came here (I've lurked for months) in the hopes that I'd find some help and direction.
We've decided since we'll arrive on the island about 6pm to spend our to spend our first night at a hotel by the airport because we'll probably be exhausted. The next day we'll pick up our rental car from OGG, go grocery shopping (we've been told Costco is the best and most inexpensive choice on the island), and,,,,,,,,,,this is where I hit a road block. We'd like to be in an area 10-20 mins from restaurants, local shops, and activities (luau, horseback riding, nice beaches) but provides the romantic staples of privacy and seclusion. Ideally we'd like to stay somewhere extra special for the first 4 days as our anniversary is on 4/30. We'd like to have a vow renewal ceremony on or near the beach (just the 2 of us, an officiant, and photographer) with a private dinner on the beach to follow - possibly a luxury resort. Then for the rest of the trip we'd like to stay in a condo. We've had really positive interactions with 2 owners but the condos couldn't be further apart. One is at The Palms of Wailea and the other is at the Kapalua Villas. I believe selecting the right condo & its location is the key that the entire vacation will be based around. So, if I make the wrong choice everything else could fall apart!!!
Please HELP.......any suggestions or advice will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance for helping me maintain - or regain - my sanity :D