Ok so this is literally the longest post! I am so sorry but there is just so much to talk about and I should have broke it down a lot sooner than now. So we were lucky enough to go on a 2 week vacation to Maui. We were able to stay on 2 sides of the island. We stayed at the The Grand Wialia, The Marriott Ocean Club and the Hyatt in Lahaina. I have to say we loved them all. My parents also stayed longer than us and got a VRBO at the Kona Kai resort and it was a 2 bedroom room right on the water. It was not on a sandy beach though but if you want to go to Maui and save a lot it is a great option! It has a pool and a hot tub. There Condo had a great deck with an amazing view of the ocean and every night they went down and watched the sun set. They only paid $150 a night for this place. I will go through each place for you.
When you fly in If you can before you even go to your hotel (If you are staying somewhere with a kitchen) I would hit up the Costco because it is right next to the airport. I know it totally sucks that you have to be on a long flight and last thing anyone wants to do is grocery shop but its nice not get it over with and get tones of food so you can enjoy your self when you get to your hotel or home your staying at. There is also a target right there. If you are staying at a hotel and you have kids i recommend you stop even just at target and get granola bars bread and peanut butter just so the kids have snack for the beach and pool. ( I am weird I know but i alway have to have a tone of snack on hand anywhere I go)
So like I said we stayed in 3 separate hotels because of the dates we were going and the extended time we were there. Most of your VRBO go from Saturday to Saturday and we were flying in on a Wednesday. So we had a gap of 3 nights we had to stay somewhere else. So we started the first 3 nights at the Hyatt in Lahinia. They have a great resort everything is very nice! They have awesome pools with great slides for the kids. The rooms are beautiful and the views amazing. The balcony is what makes the rooms though that is for sure. We first stayed in a 2 bedroom it came with a full kitchen. I don’t have any complaints from this resort that is for sure. They are more expensive though. Also apparently the busiest time of year to travel to Hawaii in mid January until mid March The prices are sky-high and everything fill up fast. So if you can avoid going then I would. Especially if you use VRBO and you want to get a good deal they are harder to come by. We were lucky and honestly waited until 3 weeks out before we booked out hotel and flights 🙂 Crazy I know but we got our flights round trip to Maui for $350 and were able to stay in nice places because they had not been filled. (They tend to be more flexible on the price the closer it gets to your date) Start offering lower prices to them about 6 weeks out and then do it every week. The closer it gets to the time and if they still have not filled you get a much better deal! I have found booking our trips about 21 days out we usually get the best deal for flights and places to stay. So here are some of our picture while at the Hyatt in Lahinia. This is the view from our deck.
Our first morning we were there the kids woke up at 5! That is because back in Utah it was 8am. So needless to say we were up early. So I had to get the kids out of the place so that they did not wake everyone up. So we went for a walk to check everything out. There is so much to do at this resort.
You better believe we have some awesome video of this little stud :). He loved carrying the GoPro around with him. What is it with kids and goggles??? They are like the best thing ever they always look hilarious you can not smile at them when they have there goggles on.
The beach at the Hyatt was nice. the only thing was you could not body board, skim board or boogie board off that beach. There was coral right off the beach. It was great for snorkeling and there would be waves that would crash right on the sand. The kids loved it though because they did not go to deep. You would have to walk down about .25 mils to get to a beach that you could actually body surf it was just passed the Marriott that was next door. (That is where we styled next)
Ululani’s for Shaved Ice is a must!! They have one right along the beach walk just past the Hyatt that we went to. I am a big resort girl I love nothing more than Laying out at the pool or beach and playing with the kids building sand castle or going down the slides at the pool. So not having to drive places for us is awesome. We loved where we stayed because there was lots of things to do that were close enough to walk to.
So here are some other things I would recommence to do while in Maui ( With Kids) We did not do road to Huna everyone says it’s a must but our baby girl does not do well in her car seat so we did not want to talk that drive. Depending on where you are staying if what i would recommend to do but i am going to give an over all things we did and loved. We stayed in 3 different hotels while there. The Grand Wialia, The Marriott Ocean Club and the Hyatt in Lahaina We LOVED them all. I have to say though we love Lahina side the most. We love the feel and things to do over there. We did do the whale tour because they were EVERYWHERE at that time of year (January-April). It was so fun at first but got hot we went on the later one that is from 4-6 so it was at the peak heat of the day. With a little baby not as fun i had to stay under the boat to keep her our of the heat and then I got sea sick. But it was fun to see the whales. We saw a baby whale breach 5 times!!! Beckham loved it. They have 4 hour tours I would have to say that 2 hours is MORE THEN ENOUGH! really though after an hour I was like ok let’s go back……..
So now lets move on the Marriott 🙂 We wanted to be at a resort where we did not have to leave too much just with the whole family we wanted to be somewhere everyone would have a great time and not have to drive a lot of places. We did just that it was a blast. We rented paddle boards, Swam in the pool built sand castles watch a TONE of whales. Went shopping at Whalers village just a mile walk up from us. Also went to black rock just a mile and a half walk up from us. (We went up and parked as well closer)
We loved the Hyatt but the only thing is though for the money we were able to stay in a 3 bedroom at the Marriott from VRBO for less. Yes the condo at the Marriott did not have all the bells and whistles that the Hyatt did (Granite counter and stainless appliances) but it was right on the water and WAY more space. It was really nice also had a full kitchen. We don’t love staying just at hotels we like to have a kitchen to be able to cook our own food. One its way cheaper that was but I actually HATE eating out especially with kids. It causes me so much stress. The thought of having to do it every meal makes me want to gag. 🙂 That was nice because we had 13 people, 8 Adults and 5 kids. The Marriott is an amazing place for kids as well. There pools were great and they also had great slides as well.
This is the picture from out deck at the Marriott. It was closer to the water so we LOVED IT!!!
We also rented Paddle Boards from Boss Frogs. I highly recommend this it was so much fun. We paid $35 for 24 hours each board. If you rent them down by the beach it is $35 for an hour! If you have a rental car they will give you straps and you can strap them to your car.
We had a guy come up to us and ask if we wanted all this fishing gear the bought while they were staying there and that was their last day. So the boys (Especially Justin my brother in-law) They would go out and fish off the beach and take the paddle boards out and fish in the water.
So early in the morning there were whale not joke just 2 foot ball fields away from the sand. So we ran and got out paddle boards and started paddling out there. I though it would be supper fun but when I started to get out there I was freaking out inside! You guys a while could pop up anytime! It was so fun though. We keep a good distance from them. We did not get as close as Adam wanted that’s for sure but good enough for me 🙂
Black rock we loved!!! So what is funny I came to Maui about 13 years ago. My best friend at the time her family had moved there so I went out to stay with them for a month. It is CRAZYYYY how much it has grown. When I went to black rock all those years ago there was nothing around it now there is a whole strip of hotels that line that beach. It is still really fun and a must. The just is not to high and just a lot of fun. There is also fun snorkeling right there as well.
You MUST eat breakfast at the Gazebo. There eggs Benedict are my favorite and my dads is the mac nut pancakes with coconut syrup. Plan on a line though they are always busy. You can not make reservations you have to just show up and wait in line. They are worth it though. While we were waiting the kids were able to play by the beach in the rock and we saw a TONE of turtles. I am not kidding when i say a TONE, I have never seen so many turtles in one place. It was awesome to see the wave curl and just seeing turtle after turtle lined up in the wave before you saw the wave break.
Also pack or wear your swim suit to breakfast and spend the afternoon at the beach right there next to the Gazebo. We had breakfast at the Gazebo and walk over and spent the afternoon playing in the sun building sand castles and snorkeling. It was one of our favorite snorkeling spot because there were so many turtles.
So on to the Grand Wialia. They have a beautiful resort. I will say that! to be honest though for the price i would rather stay on the other side of the island in Lahania in the Marriott. That is close to the water and the pools are just as amazing to me and the kids. The beach for me was awesome at the Grand Wialia but where we were staying in the hotel it was a walk to get there. That is the one thing we did not love. We had to take 2 different elevators and then walk out just to get to the pool or beach. Also as you know this is a HOTEL so we did not have a kitchen. Thank goodness we were there for free because of adams work other wise that adds up fast :). We did love our stay there though!
Our little princess got to come with us. This mamma just could not leave her behind. 🙂
One awesome thing about the Grand Wialia is they have an amazing spa. So we decided to do couple messages. So they are known for their grand spa. they were “Voted “Top 10 Spas in the United States” by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure magazines, Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea is the best spa on Maui and one of the most luxurious resort spas in Hawaii. Spa Grande offers a wide array of treatments that reflect a balance between the traditions of the east, west and ancient Hawaii. Experience a harmonious infusion with one common goal – to unite one’s inner wellness and outer beauty. Spa Grande is a proud recipient of the 2015 Forbes Four Star Award.”
So before you go to your message they have you go to there termé hydrotherapy circuit is a series of thermal baths, showers and one-of-a-kind features designed to soothe and rejuvenate. They do a full-body loofah exfoliation. A cold plunge, a detoxifying dry Redwood sauna and a soothing eucalyptus steam room. They have baths with hot and cold plunges. Also three cascading waterfalls dropping from a height of 10 feet to massage your neck and shoulders, and two tropical showers with 50 invigorating water jets that massage your entire body from head to toe. There is also the island’s most precious water with five carefully designed soaking bath experiences created exclusively for Spa Grande.
You GUYSSSSSSS SO to be honest i did not love this. I am a more private person and seeing naked ladies dip in and out of these baths and then I was supposed to get in after them just did not sit well with me. I know that’s supper ridiculous. I honestly would have rather just sat on the balcony hanging out with Adam. I just wanted to be with Adam so the time went by so slow. Needless to say I got bored………. I know that’s horrible to say. So I only stayed in there for about 45 mins i even went in and shaved my legs hahahah. Then went up and waiting in the waiting room that was on a balcony with an awesome view and waited for Adam. I am thinking there is no way Adam is enjoying that. I thought for sure we would be meeting me soon. Nope he took him’s time. Apparently he loved being naked in the spa dipping from tub to tub 🙂 He walks out and says man did you not just love that!!! hahahah I was like no I was SO board. hahahah oh well maybe next time 🙂 But he surely loved it.
Well I hope if you are planning to travel to Maui this is somewhat helpful to you.