"My family stayed at The Palms (Cynthia's Unit 1305) and it was a fabulous experience. As so many others have mentioned before, it was spacious, beautifully decorated, clean, comfortable (including AC in every room), convenient (well-equipped kitchen and in-suite laundry which is perfect for families and allows for light packing - important given the extra baggage fees charged by most airlines these days). However, the thing my family appreciated most about this unit was the large, wrap-around lanai (accessible from wrap-around sliding doors off the beautifully-bright family room) which afforded us tropical, outdoor, poolside dining (such a treat for us Canadians who have to eat most of our meals inside). Eating our meals poolside on the beautiful lanai was so wonderful, that we actually opted to cook/BBQ the majority of our meals ourselves (even though my husband and I detest cooking), and this saved us a tremendous amount of money (given the cost of eating out). Another thing while on the topic of the poolside lanai - from our convenient vantage point, we could see when the pool was busy with people, when it was not busy, and when it was literally empty (we always grabbed our swim suits and headed for the pool - a 15 second walk - when we saw it empty, as this afforded us the luxury of having the entire pool to ourselves!).
Our favourite memories - playing bridge w/ Nana on the lanai; late-afternoon lime marguaritas and tortilla chips w/ salsa on the lanai; my morning coffee on the lanai (with my big bowl of branflakes and blueberries); our family dinners on the lanai (with each family member taking a turn being the 'cook' for the night - lots of laughs as everyone in our party - except perhaps Nana - is a terrible cook). As for Maui itself, our favourite activities were 'the Old Lahaina Luau'; watching the surfers at Big Beach; playing in the waves on Polo Beach; driving to the Crater; seeing the Art Work at 'The Wailea Shops' and in the big hotels (e.g., The Grand Wailea); the snorkel trip with Blue Water Adventures to Molokini Crater; and just spending quality time together as a family.
This condo gets 6 Stars from us - and we definitely hope to come back! Thanks so much Cynthia for renting to us.
The Brost Family (Heather, Oliver, Jonah - Age 14; Sasha - Age 12 and Maureen (Nana)
Sidney, British Columbia
Guest: Heather B.
Date of Stay: April 2016
Review Submitted: June 11, 2016