Monday, February 13, 2012

My thoughts on the Marriott Maui Ocean Club

Here is some information for anyone thinking of staying at or buying into the Marriott Maui Ocean Club. We enjoyed the Maui Ocean Club a lot. We stayed in a 2 bedroom garden view room in the Lahaina tower. The Lahaina tower is the newest part of the resort. We rented the week from someone who owns there.  We paid $2700. 

The Lobby
The entry to the one bedroom portion.  Washer/Dryer were in the closet here.
We stayed in a connecting studio (rm 10212) and 1 bedroom (rm 10213). I would highly recommend either of those rooms because they have a great ocean view, but are classified as garden view. The Marriott has a perfect location on Kaanapali Beach which is on the west side of Maui. It is near Lahina. The resort has a ton of pools and even though it was quite busy, it never felt crowded.
Our room was very large. The kitchen, dining room and sitting area were all full size and then some. 

The bedrooms each had a bathroom and a small king size bed. There was also a pull out couch in the studio room and the livingroom. My only real complaint about the Marriott was that none of the furniture was comfortable. The beds were too small and felt slanted on the sides. The pillows were too squishy. Even the couches and chairs were fairly unpleasant. So that's my only complaint, but that's an important consideration when you are staying somewhere for a week.
Master Bedroom with opening whirlpool tub & vanity.  Large bathroom with shower past that.

Balcony off of the Master Bedroom.  This is a corner unit.  Beautiful mountain AND ocean view!

View from the balcony (no zoom used.)

Attached studio room.  Couch folds into a bed too.

Balcony off of the studio room.  That's the Hyatt Regency next door in case you wondered.

Kitchenette.  (Unused in our case.)

Bathroom in studio.  Great for the kids to get directly into the tub after the beach!

It has one full service restaurant (Longboards) and one counter service (The Marketplace.) We used both several times. The counter service is just okay, but it's very convenient. The full service restaurant was very good. 

Also, I almost forgot to mention that the service was excellent. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. I would stay at the Marriott again because of the location and the great pools, but I would also consider staying someplace with more comfortable accommodations.

Playground outside the Lahaina Tower

Pond near the main pool and lobby.  One of the kid's club activities was feeding the koi.

The kid's club had a few free activities each day.  The kids made colored sand keychains.

Main Pool Complex

Part of the main pool.  A small slide into a lower pool.  A swim through cave under the waterfall.

Part of the main pool complex.  The "warm" pool also the volleyball pool.  Never saw anyone play.

Main Pool Complex with the pool bar in the background

The same pool as above from the other side.

The kids' gravel bottom wading pool

The "big" slide

Another view of the pool with the big slide.  It's at the other side of the swim through cave.
Pool Complex by the Lahaina Tower
More pools by the Lahaina Tower

I heard that there is a pool by the Napili Tower too, but I'm pretty sure it's nowhere near as nice as these.  None of the pools are far away so any room in the resort would be fine but I really enjoyed the Lahaina Tower because of the views, the pools, and the proximity to the Hyatt next door (where I was attending a seminar.)

The snorkeling off of the beach was amazing!!!  And don't forget the whale watching!  Spectacular!!!
The location can't be beat.  The resort and dining options are great.  I agree with Marc that the beds and furniture could be more comfortable.  We stayed at the Westin Kaanapali years ago when it first opened and it was very comfortable, so I would have to look there before purchasing (if we ever do.)  When the Westin first opened the ocean side path was not complete and there was only one restaurant there (and it was poolside.)  I'm sure it has much more to offer now too.  I'm just saying we would have to look at our other options if we do decide to buy a timeshare in Maui.

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