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One thing that I have noticed is that all of the hotels that I have looked at on Maui have required at least a two night deposit.  The rooms rates are still refundable, but it does prevent a person from holding multiple hotel rooms while they decide what they want to do (case in point, I have three hotels reserved for one night in Southampton in October).  It also means that I was a bit judicious about how I made my bookings.

As I mentioned before, the first hotel I booked was the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas, partially due to the great location but also due to the AAA rate and the fact that the deposit was due a couple of weeks after I booked.  This worked out for budgetary reasons.  Although in fact I have begun to wonder if the threat of a deposit is merely a deterrent to booking frivolously.  When I booked, the reservation states that the deposit was due May 25.  Now it’s June 2nd and the deposit hasn’t been charged to my credit card and the due date changes on a daily basis.  That’s fine by me as long as my reservation is secure!

On to the second hotel.  Back in 2012 we had decided to move to Wailea for the second half of our trip and at that time I had focused on the Four Seasons.  When I first started planning I did find the Four Seasons to be the most expensive in the area, but I have found that they offer several items that are an additional charge at other hotels and resorts including:

Traditional Lei Greeting

Resort car to local shops and restaurants

Two bottles of water daily

Use of cabanas, umbrellas and casabellas at main pool and beach

  • Ice water, chilled towels and Evian spritz at pool and beach
  • A FOUR SEASONS MAUI FIRST Sunscreen in a choice of three SPFs available in the pool area and beach
  • Food amenity served four times daily at pools
  • Use of two tennis courts including rackets
  • Use of 24-hour Fitness Center
  • A FOUR SEASONS MAUI FIRST Daily introductory fitness classes, including Mat Pilates, Aqua Cardio Fusion and more
  • Use of snorkel equipment
  • Games Room and video games including PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 & Nintendo Wii
  • Golf putting green and croquet
  • Introductory scuba clinic daily
  • Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddling excursion

And NO RESORT FEE!!!!

As we will make use of several of these items, the Four Season became the logical choice, so last night I pulled the trigger and booked it.  I was very happy that I was able to secure a $100 per day resort credit on our booking for no additional cost.  On other categories of rooms there was a price increase to secure the promotion.  I don’t know why our ocean view room was different, but I am not asking any questions!

As you can see this is not a “budget” trip for us.  I am equating it with what I would spend on a cruise (as prices have doubled since our 2011 trip), and going from there. Even with four and five star accommodations, we will pay far less than we would for a balcony cabin on the Pride of America.   🙂

We will save some money though with a smart stop at Wal-Mart after we land to pick up some essentials.  I also have a really nice rate for a rental car through AAA and Hertz.  So far anyway it’s $100 cheaper than anyone else I found for the six days…but I will keep looking of course!  I will also keep checking the hotel prices up until the cancelation dates just in case any of the prices budge in our favor.

Finally I spent $10 on a highly rated app for my phone called the Gypsy Guide Full Maui Island Tour that should help us get a lot of bang for our buck as we drive around (rather than booking tours).

Just three months to go and things are starting to come together!

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