“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” ― Mary Oliver
It’s that time of year when many of us northerners start gearing up for Spring Break. We’re no different, and we had planned almost a year ago to take this trip to Maui, Hawaii with our extended family: the four of us, my parents, my sister and her family, my brother and his wife, and my youngest brother. I, for one, am super excited for the trip because the four cousins get along thick as thieves and are going to have a BLAST splashing around at the pool and on the beach together – they’ve never been on vacation together before.
We are so lucky that my parents wanted to take us all to celebrate my dad’s 65th birthday this month, and that I had enough miles to get our family there. But when it was time to lock down the details, we struggled with finding the perfect accommodations. We looked at renting a house, but couldn’t find one suitable for 13 people that wasn’t outrageously expensive, and two houses would’ve been good, but we wanted them to be really close to each other and couldn’t find two such houses near a beach, close to one another. This led us to search for condos in a resort on the beach, that way families would be conveniently near each other but also have our own space, and we’d have access to more amenities too like pools, activities, restaurants, etc.
We decided we wanted to stay in Kaanapali in Maui because it seemed very young kid-friendly and is known to have calm beaches for swimming and snorkeling. A few of my friends had mentioned they’ve had success with VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owners), so I thought I’d check it out to see if we could find better deals on condos for our family at a resort we were interested in, Honua Kai Resort.
The resort is very new, built in 2009, and had great reviews on tripadvisor, many people citing that it was a good spot for families with young children (three pools, easy beach access, washer/dryer in unit, full kitchens and roomy main living areas).
After lots of searching and emailing, I did find three spacious condos that looked amazing and had consistently stellar reviews on VRBO, so I went ahead and booked them for the week. Here’s hoping we have a successful renting experience. I’ll report back about the resort as well as on our specific units in case anyone else has a trip to Maui in their future and can benefit from a review!
To be sure, it’s hard to imagine NOT having a fabulous time in Hawaii with family. My kids have been talking about it for months, they are so excited (which is funny, since they’ve never been and I’m not even sure what they’re expecting!). So, despite trying out a new way to book travel, one thing I am sure of is that we are in for the experience of a lifetime.