What saved our family during our summer vacation in Hawaii

When you go to Hawaii, you expect sunshine and lazy days at the beach.  But occasionally, there are times when a storm will strike.  The best time to visit Hawaii, from a weather standpoint, will be spring season.  But I always say, anytime is a good time to visit Hawaii.  Sure, there maybe occasional showers, or cloudy days, but you’re still in paradise!   In my case, when my family went in July, we actually were in the middle of the tropical storm Darby.  Some of the beachfront restaurants had to close due to the strong wind and rain, water sports and tours canceled, many people stock up for food and supplies from the grocery stores.  When in Maui, we were staying at one of the best condo in Kaanapali beach, the Kaanapali Alii.  We had a two bedroom, two bath oceanview condo.  We were able to have dinners in.  We stocked our kitchen and also got take out to enjoy in our beautiful dining room as we wait for the storm to pass with a lightning show to entertain.  I thought I’ll remind you why you should also consider a condo or villa stay on your next Hawaii vacation.

alli-living-roomSpacious Accommodations

Who wouldn’t like to have extra space to spread out?  A hotel room is typically  800 sq ft.  A one bedroom condo starts at 1200 sq ft and even more when you rent a 2 and 3 bedroom unit. Each child can have their own comfy bed, and parents get their privacy and space with having their own master bedroom.   You have extra bathrooms.  Best, no need to worry about connecting rooms.  It’s a great choice for large families or multiple families traveling together.

It’s also nice to have the living room space for your family to relax in and watch some TV together after a day of outdoor sports or hanging out at the beach.   It makes your vacation feels like being home.


Kitchen and dining room alii-kitchen

This definitely saved our days while we experienced the storm in Maui.  But even sometimes, after a long day playing, kids don’t want to go out for dinner.  Or maybe there are food allergies and eating out isn’t so easy.  Many hotels now have a villa section…or is a condo property, but managed like a hotel. They will have restaurants on site and you can order room service to be used in your own dining room in your unit.   Gourmet kitchens are fully stocked. You can make your own macadamia nut pancakes for breakfast, or a mai tai and enjoy the sunset view from your own balcony.   If you’re like me and don’t want to cook while you’re on vacation, I can arrange to have a personal chef to visit your condo and cook a 5 course meal for you as well.  There are even grocery delivery service and you can have a fully stocked kitchen by the time you check in.  How convenient, right?



I don’t like doing laundry on vacation either, but sometimes, reality bites.  Most condos and villas will have washer and dryer in the unit. It’s especially useful when you’re having a 2 weeks or longer vacation.  You can pack light too!

Good to know:

Not all properties have units that are furnished exactly the same as in a hotel room.  Some condo properties are individually owned but are managed by a management company. They will have housekeeping and concierge services. The units though, may have different art works, or bed furnishings.

The best of both worlds!

Here are a few hotels in Hawaii that have a villa section and you can use the hotel facilities such as the multiple restaurants, pools, spa, and gym but retreat back to your own spacious quarters that is more than just 2 beds in a room.

Oahu:  Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Turtle Bay Resort, and the newly opened Ritz Carlton Residences.

Maui:  Kaanapali Alii, Ho’olei at Grand Wailea, Fairmont Kea Lani,  Ritz Carlton Kapalua,  Honua Kai, the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas are just some of the long list available in Maui.

Kauai:  Westin Princeville Villas,  Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach, and the Waipouli Beach Resorts & Spa

Big Island:  The Bungalows at Mauna Lani Bay, the Mauna Lani Point and the Kolea at Waikoloa Beach

Lanai and Molokai: currently do not have any condo properties, but a lovely Four Seasons reopened in Lanai!

I know this is a lot of choices. Contact me today so I can help match you up with the right property for your next vacation!

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