We stayed for two weeks at the Marriott Maui Ocean Club from 06-29-12 to 07-13-12. We have stayed at this resort several times. We have not stayed here in a few years, and were eager to see the renovated suites. We last stayed in Maui at the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Villas about two years ago.
We stopped at Walmart after leaving the airport and bought some of our groceries. The Walmart is not a Superwalmart with a full grocery store, so it is somewhat limited in its groceries. It does not have a deli, nor a produce section. It has also "gone green" by not giving out plastic bags. You have to bring your own or buy one of theirs for 50 cents each.
We arrived at MMO around 5:00 pm. Check-in was quick and easy. The first week we had a one bedroom garden view. It was a little tight for my 3 kids ages 9, 6, and 3, but was just fine. We were delighted to see we actually had a nice partial ocean view from our balcony and a beautiful view of the mountains.
The rooms were renovated tastefully. One of the best things was the mattress on the pull-out sofa. I never thought I could actually call one comfortable, but it really was. I have a bad back and need a firm mattress, and it definitely fit the bill, with memory foam to boot!
I was hoping the new renovations would include washer/dryers in the rooms, but was disappointed to see that wasn't the case. However, we found it fairly easy to use those provided by MMO located near the pool. They were free, and starter detergent was provided. Sometimes they were all being used though, and we had to come back.
As far as the resort itself, not much has changed, except for three things: 1) They added a Starbucks on-site and moved the Market Pantry over next to it. I'm not a Starbucks fan, but I'm sure this made many people happy. 2) The lobby-level kids recreational room was re-vamped. Unfortunately, the changes on that were not for the better. I liked the room much better before. All that is in the room now is a pool table,a fuze-ball game, and a ping pong table. All the video/arcarde games were taken out. The carpet has a bad odor of feet to it, which needs to be addressed. The old room had so much more to offer. Needless to say, we didn't spend much time in it. 3) They now have a movie rental kiosk in the lobby. The movies offered are limited and cost about $6.00 per night, but are still a nice addition.
I didn't note any other changes to the resort. The pool for us, is still the major draw. It is the most beautiful pool of any resort I've ever stayed in--with waterfalls, swim-through grottos, waterslides, a pirate ship pool, and multiple hot tubs. The other draw for us is the close proximity of the resort to beautiful Kaanapali Beach. It is about 75 feet away--so close that we would venture back and forth throughout the day. The beach is not very wide, but it is not crowded and absolutely breathtaking. The snorkeling is mediocre at this part of the beach, and it gets rocky about 15 feet into the water, so aqua shoes might be considered.
Our second week at the resort we stayed in a 2 bedroom ocean view villa. It was absoutely heaven. The view is one of the best ocean views I've seen, over-looking the pool as well. We loved to get up in the morning and enjoy our breakfast on one of the three balconies.
Nighttime at this resort feels magical to me, with the impecabble landscaping, the lighting, the sounds of the ocean nearby, the waterfalls running at the pool, and music being played from the restaurant at the resort.
After staying here, I would unequivocally give MMO a better rating than the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, due to the better location (closer to the restaurants on Kaanapali beach and Whaler's Village), the better pool, and the closer proximity to the ocean.
We enjoyed Fourth of July fireworks on Kaanapali Beach. The fireworks are actually lit off from Lahaina. They are kind of far away, FYI. What I thought was amazing was that Maui allows people to buy their own fireworks. We bought some at Walmart and lit them off on the beach--something we are prohibited from doing in California.
While here, we went snorkeling at Kapalua Bay in Kapalua, just north of Napili (about a 15-20 min drive from MMO). It is easily the best snorkeling we have found on Maui, and one of the most beautiful beaches as well. I highly recommend it.
One big concern I want to bring up, which I hope Marriott changes soon, is the spacing between the bars both on the balconies and on the guard rail in the hallways. The gap between the railing is so wide, that a toddler could easily fall through and fall to their death. I hope Marriott wakes up and changes this soon, before they have a tragedy on their hands.
Our last day at the resort, a child defecated in the main pool. Unfortunately, this caused the pool to be closed for several hours, but I give the resort credit for their quick response.
The weather was great while we were out there, highs around 84 degrees and partly to mostly sunny most days. It was windy on several of the days.
We can't wait to come back to this resort. It is truly paradise for us.
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