First I want to thank all of the TA Maui regulars for their excellent ideas and advice. Information I read here in April of this year turned our cancelled trip to England into one of the peak holidays of our lives. We had been planning a trip to England for over a year, my husband and I, our two daughters, and our sons-in-law. Due to the Iceland volcano, we literally had two days to either completely cancel our vacation, or regroup and find somewhere else to go, and I chose Maui. We ended up at the Hyatt in West Maui, and all six of us fell in love with the island and the people. We can't wait to go back, and are already planning another trip in June of 2011, which is when one of our SIL's will have vacation time available again.
As much as we loved our experience at the Hyatt, we would love to spend some time on another part of the island, and were looking at South Maui. We also wanted to stay in some kind of rental, because as much as we enjoyed ourselves at the Hyatt, a) 3 oceanfront rooms are expensive, b) 6 adults eating every meal at a restaurant is bad for the waistline and hard on the pocketbook and c) we would like to have more down-time together that didn't involve a bar, restaurant, or a hotel lobby.
After reading some of the threads here, I've looked at a few options in the Wailea area, although most places don't seem to have their prices up for June 2011 yet. I realize that a 3-bedroom rental may be harder to find, but would really appreciate any ideas or advice from the travel experts here. I'm a pro at hotel reservations, but the whole vacation rental thing is new to me, and I'm not sure what to watch out for, questions to ask, etc. We would like to be beachfront, have a lanai, and a washer dryer is a must. Is a management company rental the right way to go? What other information do you need from me? Thanks in advance for your input!