I read a lot of the reviews on this board before trading our Aruba Surf Club week for this place. It was everything everyone said it was. My wife and two children - 71/2 and 4 1/2, had a great time time. Terrifically relaxing. Nice and accomodating people.
The only drawback was we had a first floor apartment and our ocean view would come only when we sat on the lounge chairs outside our door. Actually, for the kids it was great easy-in-easy out access and we weren't in the room much anyway!
A couple of other negatives before I start raving. Marritt timeshares use the cheapest bathroom fans and dishwashers. It sounds like a helecopter is taking off in the room when any of them are on. Twice or three times I heard someone else's shower. The garbage sometimes piles up in the basement parking area at the foot of the elevators because the disposal rooms on each floor aren't kept open and aren't clearly marked. There, I said it. Those are the drawbacks.
The property, which consists of a series of contiguous hales (buildings) creating a semi-circle with a narrow opening at the ocean, is very well maintained. Sure the walls of the hallways have a slight institutional look, but who cares. The apartments are well-appointed, nicely furnished, with a huge soaking tub and big shower in the master bedroom and a nice kitchen area and den. You could fit 6 adults comfortably. There are activities on site every day, most with a small fee, such as hula dancing lessons, shell nechklace making, and lei making all with a fee. The concierge desk was very helpful. They have their preferred vendors, but there were all very good. Nothing is cheap. Horseback riding for two hours ia $200. A boat ride up the Napali Coast is $340 for a family of 4 with two small kids. This is the same in any vacation site - the prices are similar to Aruba. But Hawaii has Aruba beat in so many way except for how far it is from NJ.
There are three pools, a kiddie pool that doesn't look like one at all that is situated adjacent to the beach and has the best view for the many chairs set up there. Then there's a large central pool with waterfalls, and a third pool further back from the beach wasn't very heavily used. The second two pools have hot tubs. There's a nice playground area for small children and there's a grilling area with 4 huge gas kenmore grills built into a large circular cooking surface. The time-share sales team is ever-present. People are constantly being walked around the place in exchange for the $100 gift certificates and the presentation is interesting. You have to expect some pressure but it is above-board.
My wife used our certificate for a massage in a small tent near the beach.
Some of the posters on this site also mention the horrible remmmmnants of a hotel destroyed by Hurricane Inike in 1992 that is adjacent to one side of the resort. The timeshare people tell me that there was a lot of legal wrangling and it is soon to be developed as a hotel. Although there is some vegtation as screeening I would not have wanted to be located in those hales. Yet, like I said, you don't spend a heck of a lot of time in the room here. Multiple-week timeshare owners get first preference for the few oceanfront rooms.
The resort is adjacent to and overlooks the Poipu Beach State Park, basically two arc-shaped beach areas. The first looks like it is Marriott property but isn't (all Hawaii Beaches are public access so far as I understand) and the second has a lifeguard and a play area (the lifeguard was so friendly he offered my 7 year old a pair of adjustable flippers and directed us to exactly the right access spot for snorkeling. The fish in these two areas were amazing, not 30-50 feet from shore in shallow water. Be careful of feeling the fish. Some of the fish are very agressive and the swarm over anyone who even looks like they have food. We saw eels, (heard sightings of turtles) tangs, unicorn and rainbow fish and lots of others that I couldn't remember. The needle fish were very plentiful in the afternoons near the surface and were ominus looking. There were a couple of seals sitting on the beach sunning themselves, surrounded by hastily-installed ropes to keep you a few feet away.
The resort is in Poipu Beach; Koloa is a small cute town about 3-4 miles away. Sprouting Horn is a natural tide geyser not far away with some cute stalls selling local chatshis. You are a short walk from a well hidden shopping area with a Roy's restaurant - not to mention the world famous Puka Dog stand - see Gourmet Magazine page 100 11/05 issue. The Sheraton and Hyatt are very close, as is the Poipu Bay Golf Course where the PGA Grand Slam takes place. A great Horseback riding stable is just up the road past the Hyatt. You are about 45 minutes from Waimea canyon, 25 minutes from the Airport but there's nothing you can't get in the Poipu area except things like a phone charger (drove back to the larger shopping center with a Macy's near the airport - there's also a Walmart.
The only major supermarket is north of the Airport, so most people head to the Big Save in Koloa. nice place but be prepared for sticker shock on many items from the mainland. And Pineapples are really good but no bargain here. There's a farmer's market in Koloa every Monday at noon (don't be late or the food will be gone) and Pineapples cost $5. Now flowers and coconuts cut to drink and eat, on the other hands, are very inexpensive. That coconut was $1.50 and you get to select the consistency of the meat.
I saw a lot of extended family units - grandparents with their children and the youngins. It was nice to see. This is a family resort. If this is a honeymoon - go Hyatt. For families, this is much more comfortable.
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