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Maui Beach Resort - A Marriott Vacation Club Review
Ka'anapali Through A Visitor's Camera
Maui is an 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.
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.
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.
See Lanai, Molokai and Kaho'olawe over the ocean. Clouds hanging over the distant islands like white lace umbrellas. Try surfing lessons, skim boards, body boards, swim tubes
Starbucks is on the property and bustles in the morning but in the evening the Marriott is all quiet. Whaler's Shopping Center is a short 1/4 mile stroll on the beachfront walk. There enjoys many shops and restaurants for an evening out. There is even a small whaling museum.
The Grounds and Rooms of Marriott Maui ResortClick thumbnail to view full-size
A Marriott Timeshare
Are you using your timeshare for vacations every year?
Maui Guide Books
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