We took our annual trip to Maui October 20-28 and stayed at the Maui Ocean Club in a one bedroom suite in the Lanai tower of the original building. As we go every year, we tend to do a lot of relaxing in the sun and eating good dinners and not much else, so not much of a trip report! Just some things I thought I would pass on.
We flew Hawaiian Airlines out of Oakland. The plane was wider than the Alaska plane last year. Two seats, three in the middle and two seats. Much roomier. Something I didn't know, they are the last domestic carrier to serve you an actual meal for free. Wow! The breakfast going over was ok, but coming back we got a really good lunch. I would fly with them again in a heartbeat.
I booked our car with Budget through Costco because the price kept coming down. It was $183 for 8 days for a full size car, which is supposed to be a Camry or similar. I won't use them again. It took over an hour to get our car. The place was jammed and they had employees not helping customers because they were there for preferred members, even though there were none. When we finally got the keys and went out to the lot, they gave us a huge Lincoln Towncar. It was like driving a boat. Luckily, we don't do a lot of driving, as it was too big for some of the windy roads and the gas mileage was horrible. I'll go back to Alamo.
We had some really good dinners. Went to the Lahaina Grill twice and it was divine. Food was wonderful and the service was excellent (thank you Mary!). Also enjoyed Tomato Basil Restaurant in Kaanapali. Really good Italian food and not too expensive.
Duke's was just ok this time. We did not get a table down by the water. Lots of families and fussy kids. Not sure we will go back there next year.
And finally, a word of warning about the security lines at the airport when you leave. We got to the airport a little over an hour before our flight. Check in went fine, but the security lines were so long and slow, that we had to run to catch our flight. I thought we would miss it for sure. We were almost the last ones to get on the plane. Get to the airport 2 hours before your flight.
Overall, it was paradise. Warm and relaxing and I can't wait to go back next year!