My husband and I are looking to celebrate our 2 year anniversary and stay at one of the nicest Marriott hotels. I am Platinum and have a lot of points. I travel a lot for work and always stay at Marriott's and am looking for something unique and beautiful. We like snorkeling, beautiful beaches, a little night life, EXCELLENT food/restaurants, spa, and beautiful/relaxing atmosphere (no kids if possible). Any recommendations? A few we have looked at are:
-Scrub Island Autograph Collection
-Ritz St. Thomas
-JW in Ko Olina
-Wailea Marriott in Maui
-Aruba Stelios and Casino
Please let me know what you think is the best!
We have stayed at Ko Olina and I can tell you its beautiful! The man made bay is excellent for snorkeling. Lots of walking paths and activities. Have not done the spa but I can't imagine that it would be nothing less than perfect!! We have been upgraded there and always had a wonderful view. Enjoyed the meals there as well as the bars.
Having said that....I would like to hear from someone that has been there since the Disney hotel has opened. I fear that the atmosphere will have changed, lots of people in a small bay area and kids! I am not sure where the hotel is in relation to the Ko Olina. The vacation club in Kaanapali, Maui is probably not what your looking for but I hear the Wailea is nice and in a much more secluded area. You might look into the Ritz, We have never been there but it is on our bucket list! Have not been to any of the other places although they are also in the bucket!!
Sorry I wasn't more help! Enjoy!
HI ... we stayed at Ko Olina MVCI earlier this year. The Disney resort was in full swing but the area was not over-run with children. The JW is at the other end of the resort to the MVCI accommodation and is ideally placed to experience the stunning sunsets ... It looked very nice.
Have not done any island resort vacations. I hope you will get more input here. Did you check the ratings and reviews tab to see if any of these hotels have been rated/reviewed? At any rate, it sounds like one can't go wrong with the Ko Olina.
Chrisf, there's a Disney resort in Hawaii? That seems odd to me, but then again on further thought, there are many types of travelers. I guess perhaps it would be along the same line as the Disney Cruise concept. A little something for everyone?
Can't yet address the Scrub Island location other than to say we go next week, so will definitely report on the little place when we return. I'd bet the nightlife at the resort is lacking unless you are planning on taking the ferry over to Beef Island and walk around some.
We've stayed at the Maui Ka'anapali Beach resort, great villas if you can find a way to make sure you get a villa with a true ocean front room. There is nightlife and you have a full kitchen to use while grilling some of the best fish I've ever had from the local fish market near Times Market just north of the resort. Snorkling and sunset sails abound, nice walking paths, and more.
Wailea is nice and off the beaten path, we really didn't like that resort much when compared to Ka'anapali Beach, Kaanapali just seems to have more to offer in and around the resort as well as Lahaina.
Ko'Olani is a great spot for sure, but again not much in the way of nightlife. The snorkling was great and Roy's restaurant across the street is excellent.
My choice would be to visit all of them!!
It would be nice if someone could create a post in destinations telling all about their stay in each of these locations. Others could add to it and it would then be a good resource of information. I'd love to read an in depth report on Places like Wailea and Ko' Olani. There are so many Marriott options in Hawaii, how does one choose which one, having never been? (A good problem to have !)
My family and I stayed at the Ko'Olina Resort summer of 2009. Our tower was quite a distance from the man-made lagoon and found it to be a bit impersonal. The property is beautiful, but not as nice as when we stayed as it was first being built. That's probably due to the fact that the resort is huge, so it can be a bit crowded. You are about 30 minutes by car from Honolulu and Waikiki Beach which makes Ko'Olina a relaxing peaceful getaway but close enough to nightlife, restaurants, etc. The new Disney resort is next door, but I don't see it impacting Ko'Olina greatly as they are probably using one of the other man-made lagoons for swimming,etc.
I have never stayed at the Wailea Marriott but visited in that general area. I'm sure the resort is beautiful, and you are close to other upscale resorts.
The Aruba Marriott Hotel and Stellaris Casino is our "home away from home." Having purchased at the Marriott Surf Club in 2004, we visit the island once or twice a year. To extend our stay, we spend some nights at the hotel. Staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Since we are gold elite, they upgrade our room every stay. Rooms are very spacious with great balconies. The rooms were updated a couple years ago, and are very contemporary and have great amenities. The lobby was also upgraded then, and is not viewed favorably by those of us who liked the former tropical decor; now it is very modern and feels more urban-like. There is a great breakfast-lunch-dinner restaurant called La Vista, that has excellent dinner buffets nightly. The lobby cafe is open 24 hours and has delicious ice cream, coffees, sandwiches, bagels, and drinks that are terrific. There is also a Ruth Chris Steakhouse on property that is excellent, along with a sushi bar, and nightly "Simply Fish" is a "dine on the beach at a table "restaurant with wonderful meals. The casino is one of the largest on the island and has nightly entertainment and special promotions. Definitely worth a try!
Any place in Hawaii is great but the best is the Ritz on Maui. If you can spend the time (and money) then base yourselves out of Maui and visit the other islands. Each is different and amazing. It is easy to get flights, either commercial or charter, to the other islands.
On Maui you have wind surfing, biking down the volcano, great nightlife, etc.
The BIG Island visit Volcano Park. Take the lava boat out of Hilo and see up close the lava flowing into the ocean. Helicopter tour over the active lava flows. Don’t miss the north Kohala Coast. Actually the Big Island is a 4 or 5 day sightseeing event.
Kauai is the most breathtaking of the islands. Oahu the cosmopolitan island with a wicked North Shore.
It will take a book to talk about everything in Hawaii. Nevertheless, whatever you do take the Helicopter tour of each Island first. Then explore from there.
My wife and I have been going to Hawaii for more than 20 years (once or twice a year) and still we are surprised with new and wonderful discoveries each time. We live in the alpine Lake Tahoe area and enjoy the tropical Hawaii. Ski and snow mobile, scuba and surf, what a contrast!
PS: check out the pictures under "Hawaii" and that's only the Big Island
e live in KapaluaseeIf you have the points and prefer a quieter resort, try the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua on Maui. Kapalua is much quieter than Kaanapali or Wailea and yet you are close enough if you want to drive down for some excitement. The food in maui is second to none in the world. Yes it can be a little expensive, but when you combine the service, food and views it is hard to beat. If you are a golfer Maui has 6 or 8 world class courses and the two in Kapalua will match any in the world. Lots of site seeing and the water sports are complete. You won't be disappointed.
If you decide to go to the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua be sure to let me know and I will be glad to share a variety of information about the island.