We got married in Maui a few years ago and are eagerly planning a return for our anniversary.
In the past we've always booked our own airfare and then booked a condo direct from the owner which worked out great.
However, this time around, I was poking around expedia, travelocity and other 'package deal' sites and saw that I could get a MUCH greater savings booking it that way rather than condo/air/car individually. it makes the trip much more affordable from us (we are coming from the east coast of the US).
The only thing I'm having trouble with is the fact that when booking this way, you're at the mercy of the management company when it comes to the unit you're assigned. You don't know the condition until you open that door (and after 16 hours of traveling you probably want to just throw your bags down and relax).
We were looking at Kihei Akahi, Maui Parkshore, and Palms at wailea since we were able to get them at a pretty reasonable price through a package deal - but it seems like room conditions can vary very widely.
Does anyone have any feedback on whether it's worth the gamble? Any experiences to share, or recommendations?
We're looking for a low-season studio or 1BR with AC and across the street from the beach (if we find something in Wailea we're ok with foregoing beach proximity)