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tennisWalt
02-13-2007, 12:44 PM
Fairfield Hawaii at Waikiki Beach Unit 101

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Fairfield Hawaii at Waikiki Beach Unit 101

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The Point at Poipu 3rd Floor

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Ka'anapali Beach Club 11th Floor Ocean Deluxe Unit

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Ka'anapali Beach Club 11th Floor Ocean Deluxe Unit

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Sunset at Ka'anapali Beach Club


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Walt :cool:

taffy19
02-13-2007, 12:55 PM
Walt, thank you for sharing your great pictures. :)

Another lovely sunset in Paradise. The other photos show what a difference a view makes! It is beautiful from the Ka'anapali Beach Club and plain ugly from the Point at Poipu.

Interesting to see that nobody is sitting at the pool at the new Fairfield. Why was that?

tennisWalt
02-13-2007, 01:11 PM
Walt, thank you for sharing your great pictures. :)

Another lovely sunset in Paradise. The other photos show what a difference a view makes! It is beautiful from the Ka'anapali Beach Club and plain ugly from the Point at Poipu.

Interesting to see that nobody is sitting at the pool at the new Fairfield. Why was that?

I corrected the titles for each picture.

The Ugly is Fairfield.

Walt :grin:

BocaBum99
02-13-2007, 01:23 PM
Nice view Walt. See, it does pay to be an owner of the old EVR. You got fantastic views.

LisaH
02-13-2007, 01:36 PM
Nice view Walt. See, it does pay to be an owner of the old EVR. You got fantastic views.

Does that mean that if I am an owner at Embassy Tahoe and exchange into Embassy Ka'anapali or Embassy Poipu, I stand a better chance at getting a unit with good view? I know they are no longer Embassies but aren't they still associated with one another through Sunterra?

Fletcher921
02-13-2007, 08:54 PM
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We get to see this May 16-30th. Yay.
Aloha, Babs

roadsister
02-14-2007, 12:14 AM
Walt, thank you for sharing your great pictures. :)

Another lovely sunset in Paradise. The other photos show what a difference a view makes! It is beautiful from the Ka'anapali Beach Club and plain ugly from the Point at Poipu.

Interesting to see that nobody is sitting at the pool at the new Fairfield. Why was that?

I can answer this - the pool was not heated and freezing when we were there in mid January!!

Glitter Brunello
02-14-2007, 12:22 AM
I can answer this - the pool was not heated and freezing when we were there in mid January!!

The place looks fugly, I wouldn't sit out at that pool, even if it were warm..

taffy19
02-14-2007, 01:09 AM
No wonder why the Whaler at Kaanapali fixed units were so expensive. This view is to die for and you can just sit on your balcony and stare at the ocean any time of the day. You will love it, Babs. :biggrin:

tennisWalt
02-14-2007, 11:02 AM
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Walt :)

BocaBum99
02-14-2007, 11:39 AM
No wonder why the Whaler at Kaanapali fixed units were so expensive. This view is to die for and you can just sit on your balcony and stare at the ocean any time of the day. You will love it, Babs. :biggrin:

Emmy,

Yesterday, I went to visit every single timeshare resort in Lahaina, Kahana and Napili. I've got pictures of all of them. The Whaler is really nice since it is right next to Whaler's Village in Ka'anapali Beach.

There were a couple of hidden gems. The Kuleana and Papakea are my picks for the best hidden Gems in West Maui. The Kuleana actually has a ladder that you can climb down to go snorkling or diving off the beach. The II website doesn't even have a picture for this resort. The Papakea is a large resort with lots of activity to make it feel like a nice vacation resort. I'd love to stay at either of these resorts someday.

Once you get to get to the old EVR Ka'anapali which is now called the "Ka'anapai Beach Club", the resorts are all lined up one after another all the way up through Kahana and Napili until you reach Kapalua.

There are only 3 resorts that aren't on the beach side. They are The Gardens at West Maui, Kahana Falls and Kahana Village Vacation Club. They only have ocean view units and they really aren't that great. However, if you stay at ANY of the other resorts, they all have a fantastic oceanview if you are lucky enough to get an oceanfront unit. That was another great finding.

Vacation Internationale has some great resorts in West Maui. That club warrants a closer look given the resorts that claim are part of this club.

Jim

lawren2
02-14-2007, 12:01 PM
The Papakea is a large resort with lots of activity to make it feel like a nice vacation resort. I'd love to stay at either of these resorts someday.

Vacation Internationale has some great resorts in West Maui. That club warrants a closer look given the resorts that claim are part of this club.

Jim

Boca,

I was going to respond that Papakea was VI until I finished reading your post and found you do have reference to them. VI has agreements of some sort with the VRI/ORE alliance.

Vacation Resorts International (VRI) - Perfecting the Art of Hospitality (http://www.vriresorts.com/Destinations.html)

It resembles Pono Kai in a way doesn't it?

Still waiting for them to role out there in-house exchange program. Nice properties.

BocaBum99
02-14-2007, 12:12 PM
Lawren,

Yes, I notice that Vacation Internationale had space at Papakea, Hololani and Valley Isle. The Valley Isle resort is also a WorldMark resort. All of them seem to be very good.

I'd rate them Papakea first, Hololani second and Valley Isle 3rd.

I'm going to hit the Kihei resorts on Saturday. I've got a lot of relatives here now. So, they are not fond of me taking the car all day to check out resorts. They think I'm sick. Well, I am.

lawren2
02-14-2007, 12:15 PM
Lawren,

Yes, I notice that Vacation Internationale had space at Papakea, Hololani and Valley Isle. The Valley Isle resort is also a WorldMark resort. All of them seem to be very good.

I'd rate them Papakea first, Hololani second and Valley Isle 3rd.

I'm going to hit the Kihei resorts on Saturday. I've got a lot of relatives here now. So, they are not fond of me taking the car all day to check out resorts. They think I'm sick. Well, I am.


:rotflmao:

Wait until they find out the disease in incurable. :abused:

Sure wish I were there with you. The weather is truly disgusting here today.

tennisWalt
02-14-2007, 01:27 PM
Lawren,

Yes, I notice that Vacation Internationale had space at Papakea, Hololani and Valley Isle. The Valley Isle resort is also a WorldMark resort. All of them seem to be very good.

I'd rate them Papakea first, Hololani second and Valley Isle 3rd.

I'm going to hit the Kihei resorts on Saturday. I've got a lot of relatives here now. So, they are not fond of me taking the car all day to check out resorts. They think I'm sick. Well, I am.

I don't have the same feelings toward the Papakea Resort.

First of all, I feel it is very unfriendly. If you walk from Ka'anapali Beach Club to the Papakea resort you will encourter signs that tell you it is private property, Keep Out. Yet, I always see Papakea people comng over to use the swimming pool and Beach at the Ka'anapali Beach Club.

The 2nd reason I do feel the same about Papakea, is that one of the reasons the Ka'anapali Beach Club does not allow you to eat breakfast outdoor anymore is because guest from Papakea would come over to get a "Free" breakfast at the Beach Club. I guess they didn't think of this as stealing. I seem to recall that I saw on TUG someone writing about how easy it was to get a Free breakfast at the Embassy.

Here are some things written on TUG about Papakea.

"We did 'commute' to the Embassy every day for swimming and many meals so in many respects we had the best of both worlds."

Papakea does not have a sand beach but you can walk to the Embassy's beach in about two minutes.

"There is no beach at the resort, however just a short 3 minute walk to the left of the resort was the Embassy Sweet Beach which was nice and allowed to be used."

"The resort has app. 360 units of which only 20% are timeshare units. All others are privately owned."

Perhaps being 80% privately owned is why it appears so unfriendly.

Walt :beer:

BocaBum99
02-14-2007, 02:14 PM
Walt,

I can see why you or anyone for that matter would get that feeling. If you think the private signs are an issue at Papakea, you should see them at other resorts in West Maui. I'd have to agree that the Ka'anapali Beach Club is more open and inviting. It feels more like a hotel resort than a timeshare resort. The Papakea feels more like a condominium complex with neighbors partying with each other. I agree with that distinction. Some prefer the hotel resort feel. Others prefer the condo complex feel. Personally, I like both.

As an aside, I've noticed that many resorts in Hawaii are mixed use. I think this is smart. I like the resorts that have combinations of whole ownership, rentals, timeshare owners and exchangers. I believe they have the best chance of keeping costs down and maximizing resort utilization.

I didn't feel anyone was more or less friendly at either resort. I just walked right in, took pictures, said hello to people and just took in the environment. In fact, nobody gave me any trouble at any of the resorts, even the Kuleana which is very private and hard to get into without really trying hard. Remember, I only had 15-30 minutes at each resort. And, I didn't get to see any of the rooms. So, I didn't have time to have negative feelings about a location.

Many, if not most of the beaches are public in Maui. So, that visitors from other resorts come to "my beach" doesn't bother me. Stealing a free breakfast would be a problem. I don't agree with or condone that practice. Moreover, why would owners want to pay for the breakfasts of all those exchangers and renters? Seems like stopping the free breakfast is a better practice anyway. The way I look at it is if my resort doesn't have a beach and I have to walk to another resort to get to the beach, the other resort is more appealing. I don't view it as a slam on the guests who make use of public facilities. Just as a badge of honor that my resort has that feature and other don't.

I would rate the Ka'anapali Beach club slightly higher than the Papakea. So, you comments and some additions that I provided help to explain the rating difference.

Glitter Brunello
02-14-2007, 02:47 PM
I can understand the signs on the water side at Papakea. If you walk up the stairs from the beach at Ka'anapali Beach Club, the "private boardwalk" puts you just feet away from guests rooms. I wouldn't love that if I were staying there. It's too bad there's no beach right there, it'd be nice to be able to walk from Ka'anapali Beach Club south toward Ka'anapali Beach...

btw, when we were there over the summer, the beach at KBC was teeny tiny, barely enough room for a few lounges. But a little further north, by the ResortQuest property (I forget the name), the beach was nice and wide...

BocaBum99
02-14-2007, 03:01 PM
But a little further north, by the ResortQuest property (I forget the name), the beach was nice and wide...

Ka'anapali Shores

4ARedOctober
02-14-2007, 04:23 PM
Thanks for the pictures Walt.

Jim, you are a sick man. Wish I was there to go with you. Look forward to seeing your pictures. The VRI site has few if any pictures.

The Whaler looks great. Will have to check out a few others while there.

We are going to Maui for the first time and staying at Kahana Falls this summer for two weeks then to the Westin (on a promo). The reviews were decent on KF and we were able to get two consecutive weeks in a one bedroom so we took it. It has always been hard to find a decent resort in Maui on RCI which is why most of our time has been on Kauai and the BI.

We love Kauai and the BI. I have a feeling we are going to love Maui.

4ARedOctober
02-14-2007, 04:24 PM
That is ugly. And I hate when they don't heat the pools.


I corrected the titles for each picture.

The Ugly is Fairfield.

Walt :grin:

BocaBum99
02-14-2007, 04:49 PM
Thanks for the pictures Walt.

Jim, you are a sick man. Wish I was there to go with you. Look forward to seeing your pictures. The VRI site has few if any pictures.

The Whaler looks great. Will have to check out a few others while there.

We are going to Maui for the first time and staying at Kahana Falls this summer for two weeks then to the Westin (on a promo). The reviews were decent on KF and we were able to get two consecutive weeks in a one bedroom so we took it. It has always been hard to find a decent resort in Maui on RCI which is why most of our time has been on Kauai and the BI.

We love Kauai and the BI. I have a feeling we are going to love Maui.

John,

Kahana Falls seemed to be a nice resort. It is right across the street from the Sands of Kahana. The Sands of Kahana hogs up all the beach front. So, the Kahana Falls only gets an angled view of the ocean at best.

The biggest disappointment for me was One Napili Way. At first I couldn't find it. I had to drive all the way to Kapalua and then cycle back. It really is a very small resort. And, it has no views whatsover. I think people who own there must love the inside of the units because the location is in the bottom 10% of west Maui resorts. I kept thinking yesteday that they must sell that resort only on the internet because you wouldn't buy it if you actually went there first. Just kidding about that. I'm sure it's a nice resort. It just doesn't have any views which is what I happen to value the most. But, it does beat the Gardens at West Maui. That resort sports a terrific view of the driving range at Kapalua.

taffy19
02-15-2007, 02:08 AM
The biggest disappointment for me was One Napili Way. At first I couldn't find it. I had to drive all the way to Kapalua and then cycle back
Boca, we had exactly the same problem. The reason we wanted to go there was because there is a very nice beach, I had read but we never found the resort.

The manager seems to hold up the resale prices real well so that is one big plus for the owners. :)

pcgirl54
02-15-2007, 07:23 AM
Thanks for visiting the resorts and posting these pics because we are going to put in a Maui request for 2008 and Whaler and KBC were on our short list.

tennisWalt
02-15-2007, 08:40 AM
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Good View. Sand is very soft and makes for hard walking.

Walt :)

tennisWalt
02-15-2007, 08:55 AM
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A very nice smaller resort with a great ocean view from the 2nd floor.

Walt :grin:

Laurie
02-15-2007, 05:10 PM
There were a couple of hidden gems. The Kuleana and Papakea are my picks for the best hidden Gems in West Maui. The Kuleana actually has a ladder that you can climb down to go snorkling or diving off the beach. The II website doesn't even have a picture for this resort. ... I'd love to stay at either of these resorts someday.

I agree with your assessment of Kuleana Club and I'm glad you mentioned it. Our stay at Kuleana was outstanding because of the amazing view we had, and the little beach right there, which we always had to ourselves. If I were a west-coaster, I'd probably look into buying a week in the oceanfront building we stayed in. This resort rarely gets notice or accolades because it's older and the units are small and not flashy, but location was so perfect and to us (just a party of 2) it was paradise.

GrayFal
02-15-2007, 07:26 PM
Thank you for sharing all these wonderful pictures and the descriptions of the resorts, too!

dolly1504
02-16-2007, 02:15 AM
Yes, the pool at the Wyndham/Fairfield is very cold. We are at the resort now and every day there are people sunbathing by the pool but few are in the water.

The resort is in the heart of Waikiki. This area has been renovated since we were here two years ago and looks wonderful to me. New shops and restaurants are opening frequently. The Royal Hawaiian shopping center nearby is also undergoing an update. I think this is a great location for a timeshare, and the units at Wyndham are lovely and spacious.

Where in Waikiki can you find a timeshare with huge gardens and pools? It would be difficult to locate beachfront property in 2007 even for a hotel to be built. The other islands have more room for development, but I believe Wyndham was very fortunate to obtain this property.

Joyce

tennisWalt
02-16-2007, 09:43 AM
Yes, the pool at the Wyndham/Fairfield is very cold. We are at the resort now and every day there are people sunbathing by the pool but few are in the water.

The resort is in the heart of Waikiki. This area has been renovated since we were here two years ago and looks wonderful to me. New shops and restaurants are opening frequently. The Royal Hawaiian shopping center nearby is also undergoing an update. I think this is a great location for a timeshare, and the units at Wyndham are lovely and spacious.

Where in Waikiki can you find a timeshare with huge gardens and pools? It would be difficult to locate beachfront property in 2007 even for a hotel to be built. The other islands have more room for development, but I believe Wyndham was very fortunate to obtain this property.

Joyce

I also believe Wyndham was very forunate to obtain this property. I think the units are very nice and the location is great. It just doesn't have many views outside of other buildings and the parking lot building.

I didn't see the Marriott Resort which I would think is very nice. However, I think I would rather stay in Waikiki than at the Marriott because of the locations of both Resorts on Oahu. I'm not sure how far the Marriott is away from Waikiki but it must be at least 30 to 45 minutes to Waikiki. There is nothing like seeing Waikiki at night. However, I also think if you really want to get the feel of Hawaii you should spend another week on one of the other islands.


(Anyone have have any picture and Views from the Marriott?)

The Thrump Building Waikiki is not in a better location. It is just a block away and also has a limit view of the Ocean. The cost of the Condo are $450,000 to $2,700,000. Only the very top floors will be able to see over the other buildings and see the Ocean.

:link:

Trump International Hotel and Tower at Waikiki Beach Walk, Quick Facts (http://www.condohotelcenter.com/industry-news/in100.htm)


My only problem with the Wyndham was our unit of 101.

Walt :)

Amanda
02-16-2007, 03:14 PM
Thanks for posting some redeeming qualities about the Fairfield/Wyndham.. I was beginning to get nervous about my trip there this year!

First time to Hawaii, I don't want to be disappointed :) I am staying at a Sheraton for a few days first, then to another island after my week at Fairfield... still waiting for that request to come in :)

Amanda
02-16-2007, 03:18 PM
I also believe Wyndham was very forunate to obtain this property. I think the units are very nice and the location is great. It just doesn't have many views outside of other buildings and the parking lot building.


Walt, are there any rooms that you would suggest to 'request' for a better view or any other reasons?

Thanks

tennisWalt
02-16-2007, 05:55 PM
I would say that the higher the better. Here are 2 pictures from the 12th floor hallway. I would think that unit 1202 would be the best.

View from 12th floor hallway looking away from the Ocean.

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View from the 12th floor hallway. I think the unit number to my right would be 1202.

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Walt :beer:

tennisWalt
02-16-2007, 06:20 PM
Thanks for posting some redeeming qualities about the Fairfield/Wyndham.. I was beginning to get nervous about my trip there this year!

First time to Hawaii, I don't want to be disappointed :) I am staying at a Sheraton for a few days first, then to another island after my week at Fairfield... still waiting for that request to come in :)

I would not want to just stay and just see Waikiki if this would be my one and only Hawaiian Island to see in my lifetime. Each island has something to offer. Waikiki is a great City. And it is a fun city. But it is a city. Get a car and see the rest of the island. Waikiki is not my idea of what the Hawaiian Island should be like. But the North Shore and East Shore is. Our 2nd week on Kauai was a perfect choice for our 2nd week. Then on to Maui for the 3rd week was again a perfect way to end our vacation.

Walt :grin:

This is one of my favorite pictures taken on the North Shore of Oahu.

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Amanda
02-16-2007, 06:40 PM
wow nice pics! thanks walt. yes, i want to see the rest of the island as well, i heard that the traffic could be bad, but i am not going to let that inhibit me from sightseeing around the island for a couple of days... i want to go to maui or kauai for my second week, just waiting to hear from sfx...

i am going to try to request a high floor for my room, those views are nice ;)

dolly1504
03-12-2007, 05:26 PM
We are back at the Wyndham Waikiki and after being in Kona and Princeville for three weeks, I've gotten used to cold pools. I've been in the pool every day and it's not so bad! I agree that it's great to enjoy the other islands, but for so many people their trip to Hawaii is to Waikiki. It's nice to have a lovely timeshare right in the center of the action. This week-end was the Honolulu festival, and there was a stage with performances all day for several days located next to the Wyndham. I love the location.
Joyce

BocaBum99
03-12-2007, 06:35 PM
Dolly,

We spent Saturday at the Convention Center for the Honolulu Festival. It was fun.

We will be back to the Fairfield Waikiki on March 24. It's really great what Outrigger has done with the Beachwalk. I didn't think they could pull it off, but they did. It's very nice. It almost makes up for the lack of any views.

Last month, we stayed at the Imperial Hawaii. Here is a picture from the owner's lounge on the 26th floor. The resort needs a lot of work on the inside, but the views from the 22nd floor up are excellent. I want Bluegreen to buy out this resort and renovate it. This is a picture facing west. The Hilton Hawaiian Village beach is in the picture and if the sky were clearer, you could see the Marriott Ko'Olina in the background. Walt's picture is facing south to see the ocean. Some of the buildings in his picture are in this one:

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rainy~daze21
06-27-2007, 12:07 AM
gorgeous pics, all! Cannot wait to go now even more!!!

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