Well, I have been chomping at the bit so to speak, wanting to post about this. But I wanted to wait to make sure that we had our vacation set, and I wanted to contact our friend regarding it first. This is because we had originally planned on going with her. But she is only able to go during a specific week in September, and she only wants to go to Maui.
At first we attempted to get rooms on Maui during the week she is able to go, but it was starting to worry us, that we weren't getting rooms. So we made the decision to open up our request to any of the Hawaiian Islands, at any time from September through the end of December. When we opened up the time frame, we got rooms on Kauai, but in December. Since it was still early, we decided to reject that Resort, still hoping to get rooms on Maui.
Then, after more time passed and nothing else was coming up, we decided to open up our request even further, to 2 sequential weeks rather than trying to get 2 rooms in the same week. This week, we got them!! We have a One Bedroom Suite during the week of Dec 9th-16th, and a Hotel Room the week after, from the 16th-23rd. The One Bedroom Suite includes a Living Room, full Kitchen and a Dining Room, PLUS a Washer and Dryer! So we can take fewer clothes and wash them while there. Since the Airlines charge for every bag you check in, this will save us some money by only taking one check in bag each!! We are currently trying to upgrade the Hotel room for the second week to a One Bedroom Suite as well. If we are able to upgrade, it will cost us another $100, well worth the money!! As the Hotel room is only 360 sq ft, and the One Bedroom Suite is 920 sq ft!
The Resort we will be staying at is the Ko Olina on the West side of Oahu. It is about 25-30 miles from Waikiki. So it is close enough to visit if we want to, but far enough away, that we don't have to deal with the traffic and congestion if we don't want to. If any of you have been to Oahu and attended the Paradise Cove Luau, it is held on the Ko Olina Resort property.
So yes, we will be staying for 2 weeks!! The last time we were in Hawaii, we stayed at the Hilton Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Hawaii, for 2 weeks as well, and we loved it. That time, we went the week before Thanksgiving, and the week of Thanksgiving. The first week, the Resort wasn't crowded at all, and the second week it was! This time will probably be the same. We will be going the week before Christmas vacation, and then will be there the week before Christmas!! We will be leaving for home the day before Christmas Eve.
So now we have to make our Airline reservations and lock them in as well. Hopefully we will hear back from our friend Laurie, who is a Travel Agent in the next few days. We want to see if she can get us a better deal on the Airline tickets than we can get ourselves. If not, then we will be booking the tickets hopefully in the next few days, or by next week at the latest!! Well, I guess I should go for now. I am trying not to sit too long in one position, as I have been having Sciatica type pains the last couple of days. I will leave you with some more photos of the Resort. The first one is another view of the Resort from the Beach. The second and third photos is of two of the pools. The third, fourth and fifth photos are of the One Bedroom Suite. And the last photo is of the Hotel room. Till next time.....
Aloha My Friends :)