While we've never stayed at the JW (someday), my husband and I have been to Oahu. If you've never been, be advised that things are a bit more expensive than at home. But the island itself is fabulous. make sure you visit Pearl harbor early...the lines get long later in the day. Polynesian Cultural center is awesome..so is the luau afterwards. Dole Plantation is fun and yummy.
Good restaurants everywhere...check with the concierge. Plan at least one (or two) "fancy" dinners out. Expect to spend $$$ but it's the experience that counts.
I stayed at this property 7 years ago and we loved it. And I totally agree one of the best Marriotts I've stayed at. We are thinking about going back in January but we heard they built a huge Disney Resort right next door. Very worried this will have a negative impact on the resort. Has anyone been recently?
It is a fabulous property! Love it!! Keep in mind it is no where near Honolulu. You'll have to drive pretty much every where you go. But if you are looking for peace and quiet, spa and relaxing this is the place. If you want to experience Honolulu go spend a couple nights there then move to the Ihilani!! Enjoy!!
I have stayed at this hotel and the Marriott Beach Club 2 lagoons over. This is a very nice hotel with a great staff and a wonderful view. You are in what the Hawaiians call the 'country'. Transportation is available roughly $100 one way from the airport. They do have a Hertz desk onsite so if you want to do a day trip here and there it is cheaper than the $30 a day parking. Across the street there is an ABC store to pick up odds and ends. The new Aulani is opening the end of August 2011 and there might be more traffic in this sleepy part of town. There is a Roys that is walking/shuttle distance and a Chucks steak house. They also have an ice cream shop, a pseudo-Mexican place and a Hawaiian BBQ. There is the Fia Fia Luau at the Marriott Beach Club on Tuesdays and then the Paradise Beach Luau next door to the JW. The pool is very small and is basically a cirlce. It was not great last year for the kids and is why we stayed at the Marriott down the lagoon, but the beach was great and we loved our stay.
I love this resort. It has several lagoons where you can spend the day on the beach without millions of others. If you like Golf, there is a great golfcourse on the property, and several good restaurants. There is even one of the top 2 luau's on the island there. If you want to see any of the island, you will need a car. This location is about 30 minutes from Waikiki and Honolulu. While I don't recommend you spend a ton of time there (it is a tourist destination), you should at lease experience it...lots of great shops and restaurants. I would also recommend you take a drive around the island...lots of beautiful places to see where normal people live!
@NUHUSKER: I am not active or retired. I am an Army VET of 8 years. When we go on vacation we take out time to educate our kids on the history of our country and importance of our Military (Flight-93 memorial last week, Arlington Cemetary at the start of the summer).
Any info on the Arizona memorial and Pearl Harbor would be much appreciated because Hawaii is our next family vacation.
Thank you for your service NUHUSKER!
Please check out my review (with link to photo album).
Hope you enjoy! The resort just finished a renovation, so should be even better now!