Wow! Maui was a gas! I must apologize for not posting. The first two nights we slept for something like 12 hours a night. So I just wasn't going online much. We stayed here for three nights in a luxurious Deluxe Ocean View Room: Sheraton Maui. Then we moved to the Hyatt Maui in to a Partial Ocean View room for 3 nights. (remember, this was all complimentary due to my day job.)
Bam and I are BIG into snorkeling. We'd both rather be in the water than in our room or getting a suntan. We went with Snorkel Bob for our gear cuz they do nice deals and include a little pictorial fish guide along with snorkel maps for the island. Plus, their gear is designed so when you are breathing through it, you are getting more of the good oxygen instead of the poisonous recycled air kind. (i have no idea what i'm talking about and am just badly quoting from their info!!! ) Anyway, their prices are like half of the resort rental rates!
I will be uploading photos tomorrow........but for now........here's my breakdown of those hotels for any of you who might be interested.
The 130 acre resort sits on a fantastic snorkeling beach right at Black Rock. We saw a family of Sea Turtles and tons of tropical fish. The beach is nice and big and the surf is not overwhelming at all. As far as staff, the Sheraton was tops for greeting us by name and just about everyone had a smile on their faces. Amazing.
The Sheraton gave us an outstanding room in the Deluxe Ocean View category. This is off to the side of the rest of the property. Away from the pool and VERY VERY QUIET.
However, the food prices at the Sheraton nearly gave us both a heart attack. An omelette is $18. Yes, $18. I wanted to know if the eggs were golden? So eating became a bit of sport. We went to the nearest health food shop and bought fruit, granola and yogurt and had that everyday for breakfast. The health food shop also had a hot bar so we ate there for lunch quite a bit, too.
Changing up to a 5 star from the 4 star Sheraton, we were excited and thought, okay, this will be even more amazing. The disappointment started straight away... the queue for check-in was a 20 minute wait. Not a good start. We had a "Partial Ocean View" room. At the Hyatt and most properties on Maui this means, if you stand on your lanai (balcony) you can see a bit of the ocean. Indeed, in all honesty, we had a view of the parking lot. But hey, this was a free trip so we're not complaining. Nevertheless, it's worth noting.
The Hyatt's furniture was made of real wood and the room had gorgeous crown molding. The only questionable aspect of the decor was why they used a textured cottage cheese ceiling when they went all the way on their furnishings?
But onto the beach..............
The beach at the Hyatt is .......er.......hmmmmm........kinda useless. This is a resort for 'pool posers'. It's also cool for kids who are in to the 150 foot water slide in the pool. The hotel is built on 140 acres but manages to be on the south end of Ka'anapali where the surf is pretty intense and there are no reefs here for good snorkeling. We ended up walking to Black Rock (Sheraton) and then pulling out our Snorkel Bob map and driving to Honolua Bay for snorkeling.
Oh, the 'pool posers' are worth talking about in a bitchy sort of way. These chicks go to a tanning salon at least twice a week, they wear high heels with their bikinis, and the amount of lip gloss was enough to make the whole pool slippery and greasy!!!! Cah-razy!! We're talkin' perfect nails, perfect hair and those super cosmetically enhanced shiny lips! Wow!!!! I guess some people's idea of a vacation is VERY different to mine. Cuz ya never see those babes anywhere near the ocean. Wow.
Maui overall...........a bit corporate in that Ka'anapali area. When we drove up to Honolua Bay it was like a different world with evergreens and very lush vegetation. The town of Lahaina reminded me of Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica complete with parking problems. Just a cute albeit very busy tourist shoppers' haven on the waterfront. We never made it to the east side of the island as it just involved too much driving and that didn't sound appealing to us. But I know the east side and area of Haiku are much more artisty and less touristy.
The heart of the matter is that you forget about the tourists, the overpriced mediocre food, the long lines at LAX security, the parking problems in Maui........gone when you're swimming in that gigantic crystal clear aquarium with the moray eel, the sea turtles, the chubs, the jacks and all the rest of them.....
Yeah. You just have to remember to come up for air!