(Closed) Need advice on Maui honeymoons

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

*Bump*

We just booked our flight to Maui and also looking for ideas where to stay. 🙂

I was just checkign the reviews for the four season as well, it’s ridic price!  We are willing to splurge but not that much. lol

Post # 4
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Jaynee:

We’re going to Hawaii in August (wedding’s in July, but there are a couple work-issues that have come up).  I’ve done the all-inclusive thing before, and if you’re planning on doing the total relaxation thing w/ a bed just a short walk away (just in case the urge hits), then go for it.  It is nice to have no worries.  However, for a longer honeymoon, the view gets old.  We, however, want to see and do and do and do … on a budget!  And since airfare has already eaten $2000 from Michigan, we need to be frugal on accommodations if we want to island hop (about $200 one way each trip) and have some adventures.

So, don’t laugh – look on CraigsList under “vacation rentals” for the island on which you’re staying.  There are hundreds in EVERY price range every week.  Anything from hotel rooms to condos/time shares to hidden bungaloes to exotic mansions and prices from $49/night to $600/night. 

Be careful – you have more risks doing it this way.  Google searches can be your best friend.  Don’t be afraid to ask for references/phone #’s of people who have stayed before.  Also, ask for a written contract ahead of time so you can read before you have to sign.  We are going to send ourselves a couple care packages to arrive when we do full of extra clothes, towels, cleaners, plastic dishes/glasses/utensils, wine/champagne, and food for breakfast/snacks for during adventures.  You can send a lot of stuff through the mail for $50 (the cost of one extra piece of luggage on the flight). 

Just an idea.  It’s more hassle – you do pay for convenience at an all-inclusive…and an all-inclusive may be worth it to you for the peace of mind, if you plan on eating every meal there, or if you plan on drinking a lot.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

The Mariott is fantastic.  I’d recommend hiring a jeep too while you’re there.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

You’ll definatly need a rental car in Hawaii. There’s really no other way to get around. Please bear in mind that Hawaii has some strange driving laws.

 There are a lot of great resorts in Hawaii. I love the Grand Waliea on Maui. It’s a fantastic resort.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

You can still go to Mexico in August – you just need to stick to the Pacific side (Puerto Vallarta, Cabo, Acapulco, etc).

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012 - Adrianna Hill Grand Ballroom

Last trip to maui we used vrbo.com, where peope who own the vacation rentals can post their properties and you might feel a little more secure than on craigslist. We stayed at the Kaanapali Beach Club and it was absolutely gorgeous. The condo we stayed in was really homey and a great base for us to come ‘home’ to after our long days laying by the pool exploring the island. 😉

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We are just about ready to book and we are planning on staying a few nights at the Hyatt in maui…its less expensive than the four seasons and i’ve heard great things about it 🙂

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Been to Maui numberous times, but I always stay in my timeshare.  However, I can tell you that you’ll find some of the nicest places in Wailea, Ka’anapali, Napili and Kapalua.  The last 3 are all near one another and is the more popular, cheaper priced, towns to stay in.  Ka’anapali has nice condos you can get as well. 

 

PS, if you like bike riding do the mountain bike ride down the volcano.  So worth it!

Post # 11
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I have been to Maui 3 times and it is absoultely beautiful.  you will love it!  The first time we went on a cruise through the hawaiian islands. That was fun but not as fun as staying in Maui for a long period of time.  The second trip we stayed at the Westin on Ka’anapoli Beach, which was fabulous. It was very modern and very popular. it was very crowded when we went.  This last trip which was 2 weeks ago, we stayed at Honua Kai.  It is the newest condo building on Ka’anapoli Beach and it was my favorite. Very modern, new, clean, and best of all it had a kitchen! We went out every night for dinner, but for breakfast and lunch we went to the local grocery store(which is walking distance) and got food for those meals. My parents own a unit there and we rented a different unit while they were in there’s.  We got a two bedroom for me and my fiance and my sister and her husband and split it and it was $700 a night but I believe it’s significantly less for a one bedroom.

We rented a car and did Road to Hana and it was definitely worth the long trip. It was so breathtakingly beautiful! Hope you have a great time!

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