Family of 3, includes 8 year old son. Which would you recommend. Don't plan on just sitting at the resort all day either, want to get in some sight-seeing and snorkeling. This is our first trip to Hawaii. We will be on Maui for 4 nights (also doing 4 nights on Oahu and 3 on Kauai) in February 2010.
If you have an 8 year old the ocean club would be the best. I have stayed at both hotels and prefer the ocean club. The downside is the ocean club is pricey and they will very seldom let you use points. It is more like a condo with a full kitchen with washer and dryer. The service is very limited because this is an owners vacation property. Do not expect to get any special treatment because of you Marriot status. The pool is very big and a kids paradise. The beachwalk in front of the hotel is 2nd to none in the state.
I would completly skip Ohua and spend all of my time at the other Islands unless you want to hang out in the big city....
We were at the Wailea Beach Marriott nearly 2 years ago this coming February. Then we spent a week in Kauai and a week on Oahu. Ask the locals for some great shore snorkling South of the Marriott. We found one beach area there with restrooms and access to snorkling around turtles. Dip your head underwater and listen to the whales calling! Because we're wimps, we rented shortie wet suits for some warmth while snorkling. We heard some great stories of encounters with whales on guided boat or kayak tours.
We are a family of 3 with a 16 year old son. We have stayed at both the Wailea Marriott and the Ocean Club numerous times and we now own property at the Ocean Club. Both properties are spectacular, but with an 8 year old son, I would suggest the Ocean Club because there is more geared to his age group and there are more places you can walk to. Hope you have a wonderful trip!
We own time share on Maui, Kauai, and Oahu. Wailia is extremely nice but most activities (not all) leave our of Lahaina and it is quite a drive between the two points. So much to do that you really need to sit down and figure out what you want to do and prioritize as four days is not much on Maui.Road to Hana is wonderful but 8 year old will be bored and it is an all day affair. Snorkeling trips are abundant as are most things. Maui is easy to find activities on internet. Suggest Mama's Fish House for lunch or dinner but it is fairly expenive, less so for lunch. More "Hawaiian" locale we have found. Haleakala is great but again boring for an 8 year old. Feast of Leale or Old Lahaina Luau great for food and entertainment. extra cost worth it. Don't plan on shoppiong too much on Maui as it is very Southern California for shopping. Most activities that you find on outher islands are on Maui with exception of volcano's. Kuaie is very quiet. Some ok shopping in Kapaa. Might want to think about helicopters on either Maui or Kauia. Suggest the movie tour. It will take you to most of the interesting areas. Dinner cruise out of Port Allen to Napali coast is great. In Feb should see whales, maybe turtles, manatee, etc. Not too expensive and kids seem to enjoy. Winter may be a little rough on noth side of island. Oahu? Pearl Harbor. Least favorite of islands. Went to Waikiki first time and couldn't find parking place. Had to stay at Marriott on Waikiki just to find place to put car. Extremely crowded. Resort at Kolina is first rate as is the JW at Kolina. If you play golf Koolau is a must play. Good scenaria on north coast. We have been to the Islands 13 times and love them. I prefer Maui and my wife likes Kauai (because they roll up the sidewalks at 6 PM) Have a great time- we don't go back until September. were their 3 weeks in Nov.-- Edited by Hawaiitraveler at 01/05/2010 5:27 PM CST Sorry spelling
This will be a great place for your family....it is kid friendly plus adult friendly, depending on your travels. Great fun restaurant on property called Mala. Plenty of good restaurants in Wailea but be sure you get out and travel. The valcano, the road to Hana, a drive over to Lahaina. It is a diverse Island and an ideal family vacation spot.