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Help with selecting a hotel.

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Help with selecting a hotel.

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Parents in late 30s/early 40s, two kids; a 2 year old, and 6 month old.

50% sight seeing/ 50% playing at beach/pool

Hotels:

Fairmont Orchid?

Mauna Lani Bay?

Hapuna Beach Prince?

Other?

Price is always important, but we don't mind spending money for a nice place with bigger space in the rooms.

Any help would be appreciated.

Mahalo

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1. Re: Help with selecting a hotel.

With children those ages, I strongly suggest a condo. A condo will allow you to cook meals which will help with little kids who often don't have the patience for eating out. A condo will also allow you to maintain naps and other schedules without having the entire family needing to be quiet or sit in the dark. Condos also offer washers and dryers which will help with all the laundry little kids create. Look at the condos in the Mauna Lani as many come with access to the beach parking lot which will help with shuffling the kids back and forth.

Good luck

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2. Re: Help with selecting a hotel.

I agree with taitai on the condo. There is a Top Question in the Island of Hawaii forum titled All About Mauna Lani Resort, which has a lot of info on that resort and beginning a search.

As for hotel rooms, the Prince has the biggest rooms and largest bathrooms, and the pool is a great depth for kids.

However, it is problematic to take a baby in diapers into any pool, and it will not be appreciated by others even if it is allowed, so something to consider.

Hapuna Beach can have some serious wave action in winter months, and is typically really calm only at times in the summer months. The Mauna Lani will have the calmest water. The hotel front lagoon is shallow and calm, and Makaʻiwa Bay has a very calm sandy shallow entry. The Fairmont would shuttle you to Makaʻiwa Bay, but the Mauna Lani front lagoon is awkward to reach with kids and their stuff unless you are at the hotel.

Getting a condo will save you money. The food and drink at any of these hotels is very high, and the little mini-frig does not chill things all that well or quickly, and would be inadequate for a family. I find them OK for one person.

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3. Re: Help with selecting a hotel.

You don,t mention a nightly accommodation budget or time of your visit.....but I agree with previous poster that a Mauna Lani condo would be ideal, especially for ease of access to the usually calm Makaiwa bay.

Given the young age of your children....Hapuna can experience some less than ideal conditions.

Simply jumping in the rental vehicle with all the beach fixins, and being able to park adjacent to the beach is a huge perk.

A condo with a young family is also IMO a wonderful choice....separate sleeping quarters, kitchen to prepare snacks, and a laundry option with an infant and toddler can,t be overlooked. No one needs to be ."cooking" necessarily

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4. Re: Help with selecting a hotel.

Wonderful. Thank you for your suggestions. We will be staying in June. I am sorry I forgot to mention it.

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Good time for calm water.

You mentioned pool time. Condo complex pools at Mauna Lani are reportedly lightly used, and they are nice pools. A hotel pool in June is going to be very busy and full of bodies, so thatʻs something else to consider. Think how many guests share one hotel pool, compared to the number of condo units in one of the new complexes.

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6. Re: Help with selecting a hotel.

there are a lot of Condos named Mauna Lani which one are you guys speaking of?

Mauna Lani Point

Villages at Mauna Lani

Islands at Mauna Lani

Fairway Vilas at Mauna Lani

thanks again

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7. Re: Help with selecting a hotel.

All of those plus....Golf Villas, Palm Villas, Ka Milo...etc

Depending on your preference, pricing, style etc. it is hard to go wrong with any of them. They are all located within the Mauna Lani Resort.

Many of the complexes are relatively new builds(2006 ish)...with AC and all of the modern amenities. Location can come into play, but most are within a quick hop into the car to the beach, shops, restaurants.

Some of the complexes have a townhouse design, where there is no one above you...if that appeals to you. Most do not have heated pools but that shouldn't be an issue due to the timing of your visit.All condos come with a beach parking pass.....which is key., and a great perk.

Check out the various vrbo listings to see which units appeal...prices, availability, amenities etc. Many of the newer complexes have an on Lanai BBQ, which can prove rather handy.

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8. Re: Help with selecting a hotel.

There's a Top Question on the right hand side of the general Island of Hawaii forum called all about the Mauna Lani that might well be of help to you.

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