WorldMark is always consistent and this location is no exception. Although WorldMark is not 5 star, I can always count on any WorldMark to be clean, comfortable and always has the supplies I expect.
This particular resort is well designed to make the most of a tight location. With a long narrow property stretching from the beach up the hill, the building ad placement was very thoughtful to get the most out of the property.
The lobby, pool and concierge area are in the middle of the property with lodging above and below. on this trip our suite was located in the second building from the beach. There was no view, but that was actually a blessing as our deck was very private and quiet. It looked onto the back garden which was rarely used by anyone. Rather than being disappointed with no view we actually found it very nice and relaxing to sit on our quiet, private deck.
A few tips:
Internet: I like to stay connected so Internet access is important for me. Although WorldMArk charges extra for internet access, WorldMark has a great deal. I pay $49.95 a year for unlimited Internet in my room. As I actually stay at a WorldMark about 4 - 6 months a year, this is the best value. For short term it is about $14.95 for two weeks. For WorldMark points owners, who do a lot of travel, the one year Internet plan is fantastic.
Car Rental: Generally I would rather drive with my own car to anywhere I travel, but when it is off the continent of North America there is no choice, you need to rent a car. There is one company that only serves Hawaii and they are simply the best They are Discount Hawaii Car Rental. Their rates are by far the best, when booking you don't need a credit card to reserve a car, and their service is better than any car rental company I have ever used. They book a rental with one of the major car rental companies and manage the booking for you. They even will find you a better rate after your first booking and change it for free. Since almost everyone who visits this resort will need a car, this is a must try company.
Mobile Phone: Like I said, I like to stay connected. Being a Canadian traveling anywhere including the US was a roaming nightmare. Roaming fees were killing me, then I found a fantastic solution. When ever I go to the US or to Britain I buy a Travel SIM from Travelers Mobile. Their rates are better than buying a local SIM in the US (As they take Canadian funds) They ship the SIM free to my home before I leave. The calling plans are so flexible I can choose what fits my trip. Not being trapped with roaming with my Canadian cell phone company is a dream come true. I am so thankful I found this company, makes travel so much better. Any non US visitor to Hawaii will feel much better with a local SIM.
Activities: You will not need to search and book your activities before you arrive, this resort has a full service and well equipped concierge service. On our second day we attended a 2 hour presentation of all the activities we could book from the resort. Sure it was a sales pitch but it was great because we could ask questions about the activities before we booked, and there were some prizes so we ended up with some discounts on things we were going to do anyway. There is lots to do in Maui, to fit anyone's tastes. For us the best activities were the helicopter tour and the catamaran excursion to swim with turtles. On the way to the bay where the turtles were we saw a pod of whales, so it turned into a whale watching tour as well. The surfing lessons were dampened by rain, but unlike everyone else who booked, we soldered on and surfed in the rain.
Groceries: One of my favorite things about WorldMark is the full and stocked kitchen. I love to cook, and don't really like restaurant food much, so having a kitchen is a must. There is a small tourist store just across the street from the resort where you can get last minute supplies, but the prices are tourist trap prices. There is a Safeway in Kihei about a 5 minute drive from the resort. Also there is a Costco way back by the airport. If you intend to load up at Costco best to load up on the way from the airport to the resort. Once in Kihei there is not much reason to go back to the airport, except for the helicopter tour.
The pool area is usually busy and is well maintained and clean. There is always something to do at the concierge area, some organized crafts or just a board game.
The real reason anyone goes to Hawaii is the beach. This resort is across the street from the beach, and it is a public beach. IT is quite nice and snorkeling is actually quite good at this beach. There are rocks at either end of the beach where the snorkeling is more interesting. There is not much in the way of surf at this beach, so swimming and snorkeling is easy.
Overall a great resort, great location and just all round good time.
- Also Known As:
- Worldmark Hotel Kihei
- Worldmark Kihei Maui