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Maui Beach Resort - A Marriott Vacation Club

Updated on April 4, 2017
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Sherry is a recent Marriott Member and wants to share her photos and her vacation experiences, especially beach resorts and Marriott locales

West Coast Maui
West Coast Maui

Ka'anapali Through A Visitor's Camera

Maui is a small island haven. You got to love the sun and water to get a full day of experience when on Maui. Another hint for your visit is: get in the car.

We spent 5 days rolling on Maui highways and now we know what we would like to revisit, if we should return to The Valley Isle.

The goal here is to share the Marriott properties and hoping this average visitor's photographs and experiences, will give the new visitor, a better idea of what to expect when choosing their Vacation Club weeks.

This west coast area of Maui has spectacular sunsets, and if you are past being a water enthusiast, replace those toys with a digital camera. Each evening see a new sunset along the Lahaina, Kahana, Kapalua coast. Record Maui for visual enjoyment when you get back home.

Mountain View from an old tower
Mountain View from an old tower

A Hawaiian Vacation Resort

Marriott's Maui Ocean Club is located on the west side of the island just north of Lahaina where the annual rain fall averages 9 inches and it is evident when you round the island from the south. All the mountain slopes are dry and bare.

The other Marriott is in the Kihei area.

Do not despair, because on other points of the island you have tropics to explore and it does not take very long to get there.

At right is a view of the back side of the resort, or Mountain View. Very light rain that day. Golf course in the foreground. There is a walkway along the resorts on the mountain side for quiet easy walking, when you do not want to tough the very busy beach walk. I found the beach walk too narrow for couples going each way. Constant dodging is required. One improvement the group of resorts at Ka'anapali could make.

What is at the Vacation Club

Let's see what your home base of Ka'anapali looks like.

It is located on the beach that was the first host to the idea of the destination beach resort in 1962, by the board of the sugar plantations. The Marriott has 4 towers of "villas" on the south end of the beach. Two towers are older and are villas converted from hotel style rooms. Each two bedroom villa in these towers have two baths and a studio kitchenette with microwave and small refrigerator.

The two new towers feature suites with livingroom, dining and full kitchen, two baths, washing machine and dryer. The lock-off option is available if a second bedroom is not needed.

We have stayed at both style villas and the old towers have open air halls looking down at lush plants with unadorned vertical surfaces. I get a sense of beige everywhere when leaving the suites in the old towers. Nevertheless, the green below is nice and the walkways to the pool area have lush plantings. Everything within the older towers towards the front desk is rather unexciting, but clean and quiet.

The entrances to the new towers are colorful with elevators being the main way into air conditioned halls with bright carpets and walls.


Marriott Maui Beach Club
Marriott Maui Beach Club

View Ocean Front From Your Villa

The water is your main entertainment if you have come as a family group. Three pool arrangements for basking and cooling off. Lounges galore, tropical plants and plumerias trees are a standout in early summer. Lanai, Molokai and Kaho'olawe visible in the distance with clouds hanging over them like white lace umbrellas. Surfing lessons, skim boards, body boards, tubes and kids playing like they mean fun.

Starbuck's is on the property and bustles in the morning but in the evening the Marriott is all quiet. A short 1/4 mile walk on the beach front walk, puts you at the Whaler's Shopping Center with many shops and restaurants for an evening out. There is even a small whaling museum.

The Grounds and Rooms of the Maui Resort

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A lock-off room, includes sofa bed mini kitchen, and balcony.Balcony.Living roomDining kitchenView from villa window.One night we experienced a spectacular sunset.Same sunset event.Older tower on right, new on left.Some of the barbecues and exercise units throughout the whole complex.Between the old towers.One of three pool areas.Lobby areaMarriotts in Hawaii have these hammocks.Longboards Restaurant
A lock-off room, includes sofa bed mini kitchen, and balcony.
A lock-off room, includes sofa bed mini kitchen, and balcony.
Balcony.
Balcony.
Living room
Living room
Dining kitchen
Dining kitchen
View from villa window.
View from villa window.
One night we experienced a spectacular sunset.
One night we experienced a spectacular sunset.
Same sunset event.
Same sunset event.
Older tower on right, new on left.
Older tower on right, new on left.
Some of the barbecues and exercise units throughout the whole complex.
Some of the barbecues and exercise units throughout the whole complex.
Between the old towers.
Between the old towers.
One of three pool areas.
One of three pool areas.
Lobby area
Lobby area
Marriotts in Hawaii have these hammocks.
Marriotts in Hawaii have these hammocks.
Longboards Restaurant
Longboards Restaurant

Camera for the Beginner

Nikon COOLPIX P510 16.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 42x Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and GPS Record Location (Red)
Nikon COOLPIX P510 16.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 42x Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and GPS Record Location (Red)

My newest camera and the one I am learning digital photography with. All images here are taken with this camera. It is so light and compact and I carry it everywhere. I get lots of compliments, and the red color is fun and striking.

 
Photographer's Guide to the Nikon Coolpix P500: Getting the Most from Nikon's Superzoom Digital Camera
Photographer's Guide to the Nikon Coolpix P500: Getting the Most from Nikon's Superzoom Digital Camera

Once you have the Coolpix P500 or P510 you need the easy to understand manual to tell you when and where to use all your features to get the most out of your purchase and memories of your time behind the lens.

 

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Maui Guide Books

Maui Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook
Maui Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook

The guide we used this last time in Maui. We also have the same series of guide for Kauai.

 

What is your next resort destination?

If you are in the timeshare network with the Marriott I hope my vacation photos and pages are of some help for your decisions. For this vacation I spent many hours taking images of the plumeria. In June the plant is blooming all over the island. See the photographs here.

© 2013 Sherry Venegas

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  • sierradawn lm profile image

    sierradawn lm 3 years ago

    I lived at Hale Kaha Kai in Hilo for 5 years. I LOVE Hawaii.

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    MaggiePowell 3 years ago

    I've been a few times... in fact... my parents have a timeshare at the maui beach resort, and I've had a chance to enjoy this place. It's wonderful for a family vacation.

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    anonymous 3 years ago

    No, but I'd really like to go!

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    Gregory Moore 3 years ago from Louisville, KY

    Yes, I went to Maui years ago with my wife and sister and loved it. Some of the best snorkeling I have ever done was there. Such a fun place. It is definitely paradise!

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