Friday, July 01, 2011
We've rented a condo at a recommended resort on a shallow bay that is supposed to be excellent for kids - not much surf, clear water and 2 pools. Oh, and shuffleboard... did I say Maui, maybe I meant Boca Raton, FL.
The 1 bedroom condo plan is going to work out so much better with Lucy than a hotel. We'll be able to keep her on a decent sleep schedule and still be able to relax on our lanai without having to tiptoe around a hotel room. We'll make a trip to Costco when we arrive and stock up on food so we can eat in when necessary, but as a 1 year old we think (pray) that Lucy will be able to sit through a dinner out every now and then. We won't be dining at any of the swanky hotels, but unlike this month we likely won't have to be in a place where she can go to bed at 6pm.
Since our tickets were 'free' (a $10 charge per person) I opted to rent a condo with a partial view, rather than the bargain garden views. The extra $30 a day seemed reasonable. The budget mistress in me couldn't justify the extra $100 a day for the fabulous end unit with unobstructed ocean views. I don't plan on being in the condo enough to warrant an extra $700 for a spectacular view when we can walk less than 100 yards to the ocean itself.
I haven't been to Hawaii since 1988. That trip was nice, but it was to Kauai with my mom. Kauai is beautiful, but there wasn't much for a 19 year old to do. I came home freakishly tan... it was very unfortunate and to my skin, I apologize. This tip will probably have more pool/ocean time and far less baking in the sun time. We'll also do day trips to see the sights. I'll bring my fun floppy hat and a gallon of sun screen for the kiddo and we'll be happy.
Thankfully, we're super busy between now and then and I'm sure the long 8-9 month wait before we leave will fly by. Heck by then, Lucy will be a year old. We'll be marveling over where the time went.