Lodging is the area you can have the most significant impact on travel budget management. If you book a vacation through a travel agent, they will offer you standard hotel packages. Hotels are easy, and generally provide nice accommodations. The downside of hotel vacations is the higher prices, single room and no kitchen.
The following lists a small sampling of the published hotel rates for 2011 for the more popular Maui vacation hotels:
Our first family trip to Maui (including wife and infant) was to a lower-cost vacation hotel in Kaanapali. We found the accommodations less than desirable and ventured out to find an alternative. We ended up at a condo in Kihei the remainder of the trip, and have returned to the same complex every vacation for the past six years!
When you stay in a condominium you get a fully furnished "home" to use for your vacations. Unlike hotels, this includes bedrooms, kitchens, dishes and dishwashers, TV and VCR, many have washer-dryers, and a lanai. Like hotels, most condominium resorts have pools, some have activity centers and workout rooms. The rooms typically are only cleaned when you depart.
Condominium rates range as low as about $45 per night to about $400. A sampling of some of the popular destinations in Kihei is provided in the following table. These numbers represent only one-bedroom units; two-bedroom units run approximately 30% more.
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