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Marriott Ko Olina - EOY Ocean View

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We just sold our house on Oahu, but I can't cut ties with the islands entirely. So, after some thought, I finally bought an EOY - even years resale at the KoOlina. 2 br Oceanfront. Maintenance fees are about $3k every other year (paid at about $1,500 a year). Purchase price was $5k, but it also includes this year's use, since we were going to go there this year, anyway.
What do you think I should be aware of about this resort and ownership. I've owned Marriott resales in the past - a 1-br. at Custom House and a 1 br. at Streamside at Vail (sold it before Marriott divested from Streamside).
What is the best way to make use of this resort? I guess I could use it as an every year lockout, since my wife and I don't really need THAT much room. I think we're going to host my brother in law and his family in 2026, and show them around Oahu (where I grew up).
Just looking for general ponderings. . .
 

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We just sold our house on Oahu, but I can't cut ties with the islands entirely. So, after some thought, I finally bought an EOY - even years resale at the KoOlina. 2 br Oceanfront. Maintenance fees are about $3k every other year (paid at about $1,500 a year). Purchase price was $5k, but it also includes this year's use, since we were going to go there this year, anyway.
What do you think I should be aware of about this resort and ownership. I've owned Marriott resales in the past - a 1-br. at Custom House and a 1 br. at Streamside at Vail (sold it before Marriott divested from Streamside).
What is the best way to make use of this resort? I guess I could use it as an every year lockout, since my wife and I don't really need THAT much room. I think we're going to host my brother in law and his family in 2026, and show them around Oahu (where I grew up).
Just looking for general ponderings. . .
Wow, where did you buy this? I've seen oceanview EOYs more than that price with no current usage.

We love Ko Olina, and think it is undervalued in the Marriott HI resorts (which is good for you and us). If you don't need full 2BR, you could reserve a good week, lock off and use 1BR, and likely trade back into another Marriott HI 1BR the same year or alternate with the studio.
 

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We just sold our house on Oahu, but I can't cut ties with the islands entirely. So, after some thought, I finally bought an EOY - even years resale at the KoOlina. 2 br Oceanfront. Maintenance fees are about $3k every other year (paid at about $1,500 a year). Purchase price was $5k, but it also includes this year's use, since we were going to go there this year, anyway.
What do you think I should be aware of about this resort and ownership. I've owned Marriott resales in the past - a 1-br. at Custom House and a 1 br. at Streamside at Vail (sold it before Marriott divested from Streamside).
What is the best way to make use of this resort? I guess I could use it as an every year lockout, since my wife and I don't really need THAT much room. I think we're going to host my brother in law and his family in 2026, and show them around Oahu (where I grew up).
Just looking for general ponderings. . .
Ko'Olina does not have oceanfront units, but oceanview. I think you got a great deal!
 

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Congratulations on your purchase and a great deal. We own two EOY OV units there (even and odd) and love the resort. No concerns.

Some times we use the entire 2BR unit and other times we lock off and use both sides separately. Some times trade the studio and upgrade to a larger unit if available.

Enjoy!
 

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You can lock-off the unit and trade via Interval. That way you could go annually if you wish.
 

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We just sold our house on Oahu, but I can't cut ties with the islands entirely. So, after some thought, I finally bought an EOY - even years resale at the KoOlina. 2 br Oceanfront. Maintenance fees are about $3k every other year (paid at about $1,500 a year). Purchase price was $5k, but it also includes this year's use, since we were going to go there this year, anyway.
What do you think I should be aware of about this resort and ownership. I've owned Marriott resales in the past - a 1-br. at Custom House and a 1 br. at Streamside at Vail (sold it before Marriott divested from Streamside).
What is the best way to make use of this resort? I guess I could use it as an every year lockout, since my wife and I don't really need THAT much room. I think we're going to host my brother in law and his family in 2026, and show them around Oahu (where I grew up).
Just looking for general ponderings. . .
Thank you for posting this! I am considering purchasing there as well! Can you tell me where to research to find out more information? I’ve rented there and at many other timeshares but this would be my actual first ownership. I want to find out if in addition to maintenance fees, are there property tax fees, any upcoming assessments, fees for letting your family or friends use it. Do I need to buy insurance for the unit like I do for my home? Basically I want to make sure I know exactly what I’m getting into and don’t get any surprises.
Thank you!
 

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Thank you for posting this! I am considering purchasing there as well! Can you tell me where to research to find out more information? I’ve rented there and at many other timeshares but this would be my actual first ownership. I want to find out if in addition to maintenance fees, are there property tax fees, any upcoming assessments, fees for letting your family or friends use it. Do I need to buy insurance for the unit like I do for my home? Basically I want to make sure I know exactly what I’m getting into and don’t get any surprises.
Thank you!
We are happy owners at MKO. You just have to pay the annual maintenance fees and an Interval International (II) account if you want to trade all or part of your 2BR unit via II. There are no current special assessments and I am not aware of any in the past.
 

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We are happy owners at MKO. You just have to pay the annual maintenance fees and an Interval International (II) account if you want to trade all or part of your 2BR unit via II. There are no current special assessments and I am not aware of any in the past.
Thank you for that information! Do you know, when you buy at MKO, is a specific unit assigned for a specific week? Or when you own, do you just book any unit that is the correct size (eg. 2 bedroom) facing either the mountain or ocean?
 

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We are happy owners at MKO. You just have to pay the annual maintenance fees and an Interval International (II) account if you want to trade all or part of your 2BR unit via II. There are no current special assessments and I am not aware of any in the past.
When you own an " every other year", can you rent a unit in your off year? Does the resort have any "un owned" units available for rent? Do they offer discounted prices to owners?
 

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Thank you for that information! Do you know, when you buy at MKO, is a specific unit assigned for a specific week? Or when you own, do you just book any unit that is the correct size (eg. 2 bedroom) facing either the mountain or ocean?
They are floating weeks and units, so you can reserve any week that is available. Each unit you buy is assigned a specific unit and week for inventory purposes only. The view is specific and you only reserve a unit with that view. OV costs more than MV, but the maintenance fees are the same. So if you can afford the higher up front cost the OV unit will provide a better annual value.
When you own an " every other year", can you rent a unit in your off year? Does the resort have any "un owned" units available for rent? Do they offer discounted prices to owners?
You can rent from Marriott International, but you are better off renting from an owner. It’s less expensive and the benefits of ownership transferto the renter. Therefore, parking is free and you are much more likely to be assigned a better view than if you rent from Marriott. Look at redweek.com and compare the prices to Marriott.
 

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Wow, where did you buy this? I've seen oceanview EOYs more than that price with no current usage.

We love Ko Olina, and think it is undervalued in the Marriott HI resorts (which is good for you and us). If you don't need full 2BR, you could reserve a good week, lock off and use 1BR, and likely trade back into another Marriott HI 1BR the same year or alternate with the studio.
I found it on Redweek.com
 

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Congratulations on your purchase and a great deal. We own two EOY OV units there (even and odd) and love the resort. No concerns.

Some times we use the entire 2BR unit and other times we lock off and use both sides separately. Some times trade the studio and upgrade to a larger unit if available.

Enjoy!
My wife and I rarely need two bedrooms. How are they about locking off and booking one side in our year, with the other side the following year? My brother in law's birthday is in 2026, and we'll probably use the entire 2 bedrooms to host his family and him for his birthday week. But other than that, a lockoff is quite beneficial.
 

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Thank you for posting this! I am considering purchasing there as well! Can you tell me where to research to find out more information? I’ve rented there and at many other timeshares but this would be my actual first ownership. I want to find out if in addition to maintenance fees, are there property tax fees, any upcoming assessments, fees for letting your family or friends use it. Do I need to buy insurance for the unit like I do for my home? Basically I want to make sure I know exactly what I’m getting into and don’t get any surprises.
Thank you!
I've owned a lot of timeshares, but I always buy them resale. The maintenance fees at Ko Olina are around $3k for your use year, paid half every year. I don't know anything about upcoming special assessments. The fees should be high enough that those are unlikely in the near future. Also, I don't think there are any taxes or fees added on top of this.
 

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They are floating weeks and units, so you can reserve any week that is available. Each unit you buy is assigned a specific unit and week for inventory purposes only. The view is specific and you only reserve a unit with that view. OV costs more than MV, but the maintenance fees are the same. So if you can afford the higher up front cost the OV unit will provide a better annual value.

You can rent from Marriott International, but you are better off renting from an owner. It’s less expensive and the benefits of ownership transferto the renter. Therefore, parking is free and you are much more likely to be assigned a better view than if you rent from Marriott. Look at redweek.com and compare the prices to Marriott.
How difficult have you found it to reserve your desired week? As an example, I've heard that the units at Marriott Ocean Villas in Newport Beach are virtually impossible to reserve in high season.
 

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My wife and I rarely need two bedrooms. How are they about locking off and booking one side in our year, with the other side the following year? My brother in law's birthday is in 2026, and we'll probably use the entire 2 bedrooms to host his family and him for his birthday week. But other than that, a lockoff is quite beneficial.
To book directly you have to use both side during your ownership use year. However, you can use the 1BR and deposit the studio into II in order to trade back into MKO during the off year. You may even be able exchange it and upgrade to a 1BR or 2BR. You would pay the II exchange fee plus an upgrade fee, the amount of which depends on the size of the unit exchanged into.

How difficult have you found it to reserve your desired week? As an example, I've heard that the units at Marriott Ocean Villas in Newport Beach are virtually impossible to reserve in high season.
We have not had any problems reserving a unit at MKO. We always book at the 12 month mark unless we book another unit/resort the week before or after MKO in which case we can do that at 13 months. The later strategy is very useful if trying to book a holiday week or other high demand week.
 

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I found it on Redweek.com
Sorry I was uninformed. I had seen oceanviews in your price range on redweek. You said you got an oceanfront and I did not realize there are no oceanfronts there, so I was shocked at your price. Now that I know it was oceanview, it makes more sense.
 

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Ko'Olina does not have oceanfront units, but oceanview. I think you got a great deal!

KoOlina is on a beach with a lagoon that is in front of the ocean waves. To me, this is better than an ocean beach. I consider KoOlina Ocean front because the lagoon is part of the ocean.

Bill
 

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KoOlina is on a beach with a lagoon that is in front of the ocean waves. To me, this is better than an ocean beach. I consider KoOlina Ocean front because the lagoon is part of the ocean.

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The comments are about how the units are designated by Marriott for view, and therefore where a room in each category could be located. You are free to consider them whatever you want.
 

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The comments are about how the units are designated by Marriott for view, and therefore where a room in each category could be located. You are free to consider them whatever you want.

Thanks Dave. I'm glad to have your permission to consider these units whatever I want. 🤣

Bill
 

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Thanks Dave. I'm glad to have your permission to consider these units whatever I want. 🤣

Bill
You are very welcome. I just didn't want the uninitiated to be confused by your misleading comments about an oceanfront view designation (that doesn't exist) at Ko Olina.
 

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You are very welcome. I just didn't want the uninitiated to be confused by your misleading comments about an oceanfront view designation (that doesn't exist) at Ko Olina.

Here is Marriott's description. They do use beachfront to describe the resort. I know the room inventory is mountain view , ocean view and garden view but I was originally speaking about the resort, not the rooms.

Bill

The exquisite western shore of Oahu is home to Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club, where waterfalls and fountains welcome your arrival. Only 18 miles from Honolulu, this secluded beachfront oasis is nestled within Ko Olina Resort & Marina, a lush 640-acre gated community where seven crystal-clear lagoons shimmer.
 

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Ocean View and Mountain View only at Ko Olina:

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The resort is OF, the units are not sold as OV and have a variable view. MVC uses the terms OF, Oceanside, Oceanview and Ocean Vista fairly specifically. If one owns there and looks at the owned weeks summary, the description there will match up to one of the 5 types that echino posted. I assume MVC does it this way to temper expectations somewhat. To me it's a little like Ocean Vista at Surfwatch where you have the building then a marsh, then beach with some distance. One thing I've always thought was wierd is that OS is a higher level than OV when they have both even though at say, Surf Club, the cost and points are the same. I do think it important for those looking to buy or stay here that expectations are managed so to avoid disappointment if you get an OV room that's barely even that or for those looking to purchase.
 
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