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Maui Bay Villas Impressions

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I stayed four nights at the Maui Bay Villas and wanted to share a few thoughts

For most HGV members Maui has been on the wish list for a long time and finally we have a good option for that island. I was lucky to book a 1 bedroom top floor corner unit overlooking the pool but took a lot of points. The checkin reception was beautiful, the process was fast, but my room was not ready until about 3pm which was ok as they state 4pm. Things seemed quiet but they were at full capacity. We dropped off our luggage with the bellman and drove around the island and enjoyed lunch until our room was ready.

Parking was plentiful, the elevators nice, the hallways nice, and the room was fantastic. Probably the nicest HGVC I have been to and was super impressed with the kitchen, furniture, bathroom, floors, bed, closets, decorations, theme and just about everything else. Even the motorized window shades were nice. The balcony was great and offered a nice view of the ocean and had a nice breeze.

The only issue for me was the construction noise the next day that went pretty much from 8am-7pm and constant beeping, etc. Luckily, I was out exploring the island most days, so it was not a big deal, but was significant for my corner unit.

The wort part of Maui for me is the location, simply put, the beach sucks and the neighbors are less than desirable, especially compared to the Wailea area a few miles down the road. Unfortunately, with the rarity of Maui beachfront real estate and the cost, this is pretty much the best they could do and it was acceptable, but not great.

The Beach Club cafe was also pretty nice, but the food was rather average and the drinks were great. The ambiance and service was very good.

The pool was actually quite nice, but the water was a little on the cold side, and as the sales people say, this is the least dense pool in the area, so finding pool lounge chairs was never an issue. The pool bar also was a nice option.

The Ululani shave ice a few blocks away was a must visit and always had a line, but was spectacular.

I ended up buying a day pass at the Hyatt Andaz via ResortPass and loved that location, loved the beach there, loved the pool, loved the bars, but the hotel rates there were very high, so it was a nice way to upgrade my day.

I also visited the Grand Wailea, Fairmont, and the Four Seasons and had drinks at their bars and walked the grounds and they were equally spectacular.

Dinner at MonkeyPod is also another must do while there as the Mai Tai were epic.

I also did the road to Hana drive and honestly, would NOT recommend that as it was a LONG drive and Hana was not that interesting. I would go to the gardens about 10 miles into the drive and turn around and hit one or two lookouts. I also dined at Mommas Fish House, but found it to be way overpriced for the quality of the food, but understand why many people love it here as it is beautiful. The flatbread pizza joint ins Paia was also amazing and had some of the best pizza I have every had.

Finally, I did the 5 hour snorkel trip via Redline and it for sure was the best snorkel trip I have ever done in my life and I have been on MANY snorkel trips. This was a highlight of my trip and I would fly back to Maui just to do this again. The water clarity and reef at Molokini must be one of the best snorkel spots on planet earth. We went to 4 different dive spots and each one had amazing sights and the turtle watching was outstanding.

They will be building on Maui for probably another 2-3 years and with only three available buildings out of 12 or so planned, it is still hard to book for now and I do expect it to get a little easier once they add more buildings.

I am glad this is part of HGV collection, the quality of the rooms were spectacular, but the only thing that was not so good was the location and beach access, but there are ways to get around that and the value of using HGVC points here vs paying cash is huge as Maui is very very expensive.
 

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How much did the Andaz ResortPass cost you?
 

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Thanks for the review. I’m about to do a MBV-Hilo-Kingsland trip soon.
 
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Thanks for the review. We were there a year ago when there were even fewer open buildings and the poolhouse restaurant had not opened. I agree with all points of your review and about the construction. Hopefully they will finish soon.

Was it windy when you were there? We didn't like the wind-tunnel across the island. When they finish the buildings on the north side it should provide a wind block for the pool.

Resort Pass is interesting. Will have to remember this.
 
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Thanks for the review. We were there a year ago when there were even fewer open buildings and the poolhouse restaurant had not opened. I agree with all points of your review and about the construction. Hopefully they will finish soon.

Was it windy when you were there? We didn't like the wind-tunnel across the island. When they finish the buildings on the north side it should provide a wind block for the pool.

Resort Pass is interesting. Will have to remember this.

Interestingly the wind was NOT bad in the morning and all of a sudden around 2pm, the winds really kicked up and even the water in the ocean was choppy and by the Beach House club it really was very windy.
 

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That is what we experienced. Quiet in the am which was pleasant, then gusty in the afternoon.
 
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Thanks for the review, we are planning a stay at MBV next May, after 5 nights at a hotel over in Kapalua, Looking forward to it, even if there is construction noise
 
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Thanks for the review, we are planning a stay at MBV next May, after 5 nights at a hotel over in Kapalua, Looking forward to it, even if there is construction noise

Just ask NOT to be in Building 6 all the way on the Northern end cap. Sure the view of the pool and ocean is great, but this is the noisiest location, but my May 2025, I am sure this building will be done and it will be noisy in a different location.

Perhaps just ask a NON-CONSTRUCTION view location
 

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thanks for the review

note you don't need a pass to use the Hyatt beach, or any beach in Hawaii, they're all public.
 
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thanks for the review

note you don't need a pass to use the Hyatt beach, or any beach in Hawaii, they're all public.

Correct, BUT you need a place to park and the pass gives pool and lounge chair access

Truth be told, I would only buy one pass and bring a guest, but that is breaking the rules as they never checked for documents
 

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The pool area at Maui Bay is beautiful and not crowded. I don't think I would need another pool unless the construction noise and dust with the wind was intolerable. But that's a short term problem that will be solved in the next year or two.

For beach access @letsgobobby makes a point. A few Costco beach chairs and you are set. There are parking lots for public access. However they can fill up if you don't get there early. If the Resort Pass doesn't provide hotel parking you would have the same issue.

I believe there would be greater value on Kauai where Resort Pass could gain access to the spectacular Grand Hyatt pools, lazy river and slide next door to P@P. No need to park, simply walk over there on the beach trail shortcut.

There also may be value on BI for Bay Club access to the Hilton Waikoloa Hotel pools and lagoon. If I recall correctly Bay Club charges $100/pp whereas Resort Pass has it for $30

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The pool area at Maui Bay is beautiful and not crowded. I don't think I would need another pool unless the construction noise and dust with the wind was intolerable. But that's a short term problem that will be solved in the next year or two.

For beach access @letsgobobby makes a point. A few Costco beach chairs and you are set. There are parking lots for public access. However they can fill up if you don't get there early. If the Resort Pass doesn't provide hotel parking you would have the same issue.

I believe there would be greater value on Kauai where Resort Pass could gain access to the spectacular Grand Hyatt pools, lazy river and slide next door to P@P. No need to park, simply walk over there on the beach trail shortcut.

There also may be value on BI for Bay Club access to the Hilton Waikoloa Hotel pools and lagoon. If I recall correctly Bay Club charges $100/pp whereas Resort Pass has it for $30

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How do they differentiate if you are staying at Kingsland vs Bay Club in order to access the pools and shuttle service to Hilton Waikoloa Village?
 

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How do they differentiate if you are staying at Kingsland vs Bay Club in order to access the pools and shuttle service to Hilton Waikoloa Village?

For the pools, you need to show a card that you get at checkin and get a wristband for access to the pool and for towels. Bay Club folks don't get that card. KL and Kohala do.

Cheers.
 

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we used the Hilton OT pools once when staying at KL but no one asked us for a card. At KL the gate to the pool was never closed. At Lagoon prople come in and out all the time. I'm just curious how carefully anywhere really checks.

We are going to MBV in October and very excited to take my mother in law and her sister who have never been to Maui. Walking distance to Ululani is a 👍🏿 though it's no Waiola! Hope to enjoy the pool in the AM after a long run then explore the island in the afternoon.

@DazedandConfused how rough is the water on the snorkeling trip? Sounds enticing but we are both prone.
 

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we used the Hilton OT pools once when staying at KL but no one asked us for a card. At KL the gate to the pool was never closed. At Lagoon prople come in and out all the time. I'm just curious how carefully anywhere really checks.

IME using this, they don't really check. So cheating is always an option since one is likely to get away with it bring own towel.

With that said, I've seen some discussion here that the lagoon pool, being connected to the ocean, is technically publicly-available. In this case, using it without proper credentials wouldn't be cheating as it would for the other HWV pools.

Cheers.
 

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Years back when we stayed at the Hilton we needed to show our wristbands to get towels and to use the slides.
 
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we used the Hilton OT pools once when staying at KL but no one asked us for a card. At KL the gate to the pool was never closed. At Lagoon prople come in and out all the time. I'm just curious how carefully anywhere really checks.

We are going to MBV in October and very excited to take my mother in law and her sister who have never been to Maui. Walking distance to Ululani is a 👍🏿 though it's no Waiola! Hope to enjoy the pool in the AM after a long run then explore the island in the afternoon.

@DazedandConfused how rough is the water on the snorkeling trip? Sounds enticing but we are both prone.

Most Maui snorkel trips start at 7am or 8am and the water is pretty calm then. Even by 12pm the water was never rough. There are no afternoon trips as the winds kick up and it gets rough on the water.

Here is a link (5 hours seems long, but in reality it is very well done and hits 4 stops and has a nice boat tour too)

 

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IME using this, they don't really check. So cheating is always an option since one is likely to get away with it bring own towel.

With that said, I've seen some discussion here that the lagoon pool, being connected to the ocean, is technically publicly-available. In this case, using it without proper credentials wouldn't be cheating as it would for the other HWV pools.

Cheers.

The old pool wasn't public access, just the lagoon was public swimming. The original pool and hot tub at Lagoon tower had a card key gate. The new pool does not, but you do need a towel card at the towel desk. I don't think it's an issue with outsiders, it's mostly hotel guests wandering over there, specially from Rainbow tower.

At Waikoloa I have seen Bay Club people use the hotel pools but as you say they must bring their own towels and no wristband to use the slides.
 
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