Hawaiian Adventure Series: Marriott's Maui Ocean Club

We stayed at the Marriott's Maui Ocean Club for a week while in Maui. The resort is strategically located along the famous Ka'anapali Beach.  Moreover, it is only about 15 minutes away from the Lahaina Historic Town which had a number of souvenir shops and restaurants. 

The only thing with our resort is that you need to rent a car in order to go around Maui efficiently. But I guess that's the case with any resort in Maui. They have shuttles but the desitations and schedule are quite limited. I will talk a little bit more about renting a car in Hawaii in a future post.

Our hotel's feel is very laid back. The lobby is definitely not the posh, carpeted, five-star hotel type but the interiors definitely fit the beach-vacation ambience of the place.
The resort is separated by the Molokai, Maui and Lanai towers.  All of these towers houses guest rooms that generally look the same. The only difference, of course, is the view from each tower. If you are booking more than one room, you may want to request for rooms from the same tower as traveling from one tower to the next requires elevator transfers and a good amount of walking.

For our family of 8 (6 adults and 2 kids), we got one Guest room and one 1-Bedroom Suite. I was not able to take pictures of our rooms before we settled in but they looked very much like the pictures below.
Guest Room with 1 king size bed and a sofa bed
Living room of the suite. The couch is a sofa bed.
Bedroom of the suite, 1 King size bed
Here are pictures taken from our hotel room in the Lanai tower.  

The resort had a good fitness center which I used a couple of times. But truth is, when you're in a place as beautiful as Hawaii, you'd want to run outdoors. I only used the gym on days when I woke up too late and want to avoid the harsh mid-morning sun.
The resort has a schedule of activites that changes every day. From Koi feeding to Zumba, they got the entire family covered.  
Playroom for the children (and yes, parents, you can leave your kids with them!)
Giant chess which Troy loved
A full functioning kitchen at the lobby that can be used by all resort guests.  We cooked some of our meals here.
And, of course, there's Starbucks inside the resort. I count that as an activity.
Overall, I would not hesitate staying in the Maui Ocean Club next time. The kids enjoyed going to the beach every day and we also got to enjoy lounging while watching them have the time of their lives.

Marriott's Maui Ocean Club - Molokai, Maui & Lanai Towers
100 Nohea Kai Drive, Marriott Vacation Club Hawaii Tax ID # W20121878-02
Lahaina - Maui, Hawaii 96761 USA

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