Maui Sands Resort (Sandusky, Ohio) Review and Overnight Stay Giveaway

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A few weeks ago my family and I headed to Maui!  Maui Sands Resort and Indoor Waterpark that is.

Maui Sands Resort is located in Sandusky, Ohio and just recently opened their large indoor waterpark.  When we first arrived we walked into a warm and inviting lobby decked out in full Hawaiian décor.  We were even greeted with leis by a friendly staff member at the front desk.  I loved the floor to ceiling windows located at the end of the lobby that allowed you to look right into the waterpark.  Once my kids looked in they just couldn’t wait to get their suits on!


We headed straight to our room to make a quick change…or at least I thought so.  When entering our room our boys were head over heels happy to find that they had their own area filled with two bunk beds and TV.  I must say that I too was excited that I wouldn’t have to watch cartoons that weekend as I found I had a separate TV.  Since the kids were so happy in their area we put off heading straight to the pool and my hubby and I were able to relax a little.  Sweet!

Our room was spacious and very clean.  I loved that the sink area was detached from the bathroom and provided ample counter space along with many outlets.  Since I had packed everything except shampoo and conditioner, I was delighted to see the toiletries were from Bath & Body Works.    I also loved that our adult room had a sliding door.  This made it feel like my hubby and I had our own room even with the kids right near by.   Our room also had a huge closet, mini fridge, coffee maker, and small desk.

One of my favorite features, hands down, was the keyless entry.  Every time we go to a hotel my husband and I have a conversation like this each time we leave the room.

“Do you have the room key?”
“I don’t, I thought you did”
Both of us search frantically for the keys.

At Maui Sands Resort and Indoor Waterpark you won’t have to spend time finding your keys because they are right there on your wrist.  See the picture in the bottom right corner?  Those are your keys.  Neat- O, huh?  To enter your room all you have to do is scan your bracelet.  I love this idea and wish more hotels offered this.

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After a little rest we headed down to the waterpark.  The first thing I noticed was how bright and beautifully decorated it was. It was also VERY clean!  We headed straight to the Kai River for a few turns on the “not-so-lazy” river.  We loved that while it was family friendly there were a couple rapids and moved us right along.  On the Kai River you can even choose from a single or double tube.

If you have little ones, they’ll really enjoy two areas created just for them; MakaMaka Treehouse and Pineapple Bay.  The three-level treehouse is filled with small dump buckets, water cannons, a climbing rope and 4 slides.  The kids loved that they had slides geated just for them.  You’ll also want to check out the Pineapple Bay area which is for the smallest guests (under 52″).  While a lifeguard is present, the water is shallow enough to keep everyone safe.  Even my oldest son, who is seven, enjoyed hanging out here with his brothers and water toys.

For you thrill seekers, Maui Sands Resort has 4 slides that are full of twists and turns: Maui Wowie Bowl Slide, Hammerhead Plunge, Kana Storm and Hana Half Pipe.  You can reach up to 40 MPH as you zoom down the tubes either by yourself or with a friend.  My hubby and I really enjoyed all of these and we were even able to coax my 5 year old son to go; of course once he went one time he no longer needed coaxing.


Looking for a little adventure?  Then challenge yourself on the Water Walk Crossing in the Coconut Cove!  This 12,000 sq ft. area of fun also houses water basketball hoops and the Vortex Pool.  The Vortex Pool is an actual whirlpool which will have you spinning in delight as it gently pushes you in around the perimeter.

Once you’re ready to relax you can head to one of two spas.  The Half Moon Lagoon is a huge  “all ages spa” where the whole family can enjoy a nice warm soak. My kids loved this area so much that it was one of the most requested attractions.  If you need a little time away then head to the second floor and relax in the adult only, rooftop Ka’anapali Spa.  While I loved my family-time at the waterpark I also enjoyed a little time away by myself.


After all this playing you’re sure to build up an appetite. We sure did, so we checked out their indoor grill located just a few steps away.  I loved that we didn’t have to leave the park to grab some food!

We ordered a few different items and I was quite pleased with the prices which I thought were fair for a waterpark.  Our homemade pizza and chicken wrap sandwiches were yummy and filling and since we had a refrigerator in our room we even had a place for the leftovers.  If you’re in need of an adult beverage you can head over to the walk-up window of the Lava Lounge or take a seat at the bar.

Located right next to the Lava Lounge is the Black Sands restaurant which will be open soon with a full menu.  It has ample seating room and I’m sure will make a wonderful addition to Maui Sands.


Before we turned in for the night, we checked out the FREE ice cream social they were having that evening in the lobby.  They should of called it an “Ice Cream Extravaganza” with all the toppings that were offered.  My kids were in heaven! I thought it was a perfect way to spend the end of our day.

The following morning we had a quick breakfast in our room before heading down for another fun day of swimming.  I heard later that there was a FREE breakfast but I wasn’t told this when checking in so you may want to ask when booking you room.

Once we were done swimming we were able to use the family changing area complete with a changing table, toilet, sink and shower.  It was spacious enough for our family of five and I loved that I were able to all stay together.

Before we left we popped into the arcade area complete with several games and a pool table.  While the games were too old our kids they didn’t seem to mind pretending to play.  If you have older kids this would be a nice place for them to check out.


All in all, our stay at Maui Sands Resort and Indoor Waterpark was fabulous!  Yes, it’s a little smaller than one of the huge parks in our area, but that’s one of the BEST things I like about it!  With our boys still being at the age where I must keep a constant eye on them, Maui Sands offers enough attractions for an action-packed day but is still small enough that that I can keep my kids safe.

We also enjoyed that it wasn’t crowded and that we could all ride the slides with very minimal wait time.   I was also delighted to see all the life guards stationed throughout the park and actively engaged .

We will definitely be back!

Please note:  The waterparks new hours: Open Thursday, 4:00 pm through Monday, 1:00 pm, effective April 8th through May 23rd.


And now to the giveaway!  Maui Sands Resort and Indoor Waterpark have graciously offered a FREE overnight stay for up to four guests in a two- queen bedroom.  This giveaway also includes waterpark passes.  You can enter once a day by leaving a comment and tweeting!

Enter below and good luck!


Disclosure: This is not a paid review. All opinions are my own. I was offered an overnight stay in exchange for my honest review.  I will only accept opportunities that I feel best represent my blog and audience.


  1. Erika Collins says:

    This will be a great trip for my daughter’s 8th birthday on May 2, this year we’re having a Hawaiian theme!!

  2. Kendra Green says:

    Hoping I win…I would take my son and daughter! Both have birthdays the first week in June and would love to visit. The attractions are perfect for their age!

  3. Jen Barker says:

    I would take my hubby and my 2 girls ages 4 and 6.!!!

  4. I would take my 3 best friends!

  5. Nicole Matthews says:

    This would be a great way to start off the summer.

  6. Great review. I would to take my daughter and a friend one time.

    • Heather Youngman says:

      Awesome. It would be a great getaway for my family. Been a rough winter, so this would be a wonderful treat.

  7. Anastacia Caldwell says:

    I would take my husband and three boys

  8. Carmen Coffman says:

    This looks like so much fun! My kids would totally be trilled with going here!

  9. This sounds like so much fun! My kids would love it!

  10. Amanda Walsh says:

    My husband and I would take our 8 yr old daughter and her cousin! It would be alot of fun!

  11. Heather Youngman says:

    Awesome. It would be a great getaway for my family. Been a rough winter, so this would be a wonderful treat.

  12. Lisa McCartin says:

    Looks awesome! Would love to go and check it out! Thank you!

  13. Jennifer M says:

    My kids of course!

  14. This would be a wonderful little getaway for my family love these little places. Thank you Rachel for always introducing us followers to great places.

  15. My youngest one kept asking me yesterday,, can we go swimming?? She wore her bathing suit all afternoon! We love anything with water!

  16. The whole Family would love and need this mini get away!

  17. Jen Fought says:

    Would love to check this place out with the fam!

  18. Melissa K says:

    I would love to take my daughter, niece and husband!

  19. Michelle H says:

    Would love to take my family here!

  20. Natalie K says:

    Would love to go here with my husband and five kids! They would have a blast!

  21. I love waterparks!

  22. Sarah Nahm Harding says:

    Maui Sands looks like an awesome place for the family! My husband, 6 year old son, and 4 year old daughter would love to.go!

  23. cheryl buckley says:

    My son would be in heaven! He has been asking to go there. Not to mention he’s only 4. He says he wants to go to the cool hotel! How cute.

  24. My husband, boys, and I would have a blast here!

  25. This looks awesome,would love to take the family!!

  26. Candice Holyko says:

    I would love to win those tickets! We need a family vacation!!!

  27. Stephanie Barry says:

    I would love to take my kiddos, Aidan is 3 and Marissa is 5!

  28. Sara Baughman says:

    y niece would love it

  29. We always go to Great Wolf but want to try something new!

  30. Looks like a blast! My girls would love this!

  31. This looks like a great mini vaca for the family!

  32. Leta Kane says:

    Thanks for the review. Looks like a fun place. Fingers cross that I win the prize.

  33. Erin Kotnik says:

    My two boys would love to go

  34. I’m super stoked to check this place out!

  35. Kristie D. says:

    I would take my sister, her husband and their twins. They would LOVE it! Thanks for the awesome giveaway. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  36. I would take my husband, 2 year old daughter, and 10 year old niece!

  37. that would be AWESOME !!!

  38. I will be going with my wife and kids, that is if I win!

  39. Stephanie B says:

    I love Freebies!!! Thanks Rachel!

  40. Margaret Landini says:

    my anniversary is the 24th! pick me

  41. jessica v says:

    I would take my 3 boys and hubby!! They would have a blast!!!

  42. Lisa Davidson says:

    I want to win so my family can go.

  43. Bernadette says:

    We love Kalahari, hopefully this will be better

  44. I would take my boyfriend! He has been so supportive during a very difficult past two months when we have each had a parent in the hospital!

  45. Laren Cox says:

    Would love this!

  46. jennifer vucenovic says:

    We would love to have a family trip…it has been 3 years….we will cross our fingers!!!!

  47. I would take my beautiful wife and my awesome kids!!!

  48. Leta Kane says:

    So need a vacation getaway.

  49. I would take my wife and kids!

  50. I’d take my husband and our 2 and 4 year old girls.

  51. I have never been to this one. Looks very inviting. Hope to win :) thanks!!!

  52. i think we would love this trip:)

  53. Jennifer M says:

    My kiddos! They would have so much fun!

  54. Id be taking the kiddos!

  55. Amanda Harrison says:

    Would love to take my boys here. We have been wanting to go somewhere fun!!

  56. Melissa Roldan says:

    Ooohhh my son would love this so much!!!

  57. cheryl buckley says:

    My 3 kids would have so much fun!!!!!

  58. My girls would love to give this place a try!

  59. Erica welch says:

    My family would really enjoy this:)

  60. Stephanie Barry says:

    I so want to take the kiddos!!

  61. I would bring my whole family!

  62. Sherry Lykins says:

    I would take my 4 5 year old daughter and husband!

  63. I would take my wife and boys.

  64. I would love to be able to take my grandkids. They haven’t had a vacation in years and this would make them feel great!!!!!!

  65. Kristie D. says:

    I would love to take my sister, her husband and their twins. They would LOVE it! Thanks for the awesome giveaway. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  66. Jennifer M says:

    my kids! would LOVE to win!!!

  67. Margaret Landini says:

    My husband for our 21st anniversary!

  68. I would love to take a group of friends!

  69. my husband and my 2 kids !!!

  70. cheryl buckley says:

    I really would love this give away!!! I kids would be so happy. They need some happiness right about now.

  71. I would take my 2 boys!

  72. I hopefully will be taking my wife and two boys!

  73. Really hoping to win to be able to take my girls! They would love this!

  74. Ashley L says:

    I would love to take my son here for his 3rd birthday June 17th :)

  75. katherine says:

    If I win I would take my husband and 2 close friends for my birthday that’s coming up!!!!

  76. Amy Shutt says:

    I wanna take my 2 youngest…it’s all I hear about… Lol

  77. My kids would love this place!!

  78. Jennifer W. says:

    Aloha! I would love to take my family of four to this cool place.

  79. Jana Downey says:

    We were just talking about a waterpark weekend. This would be awesome!

  80. I would love to treat my 6 and 3 year old to a get-away. I have never been able to take them to a place like this. They would be in awwww! :)

  81. Would love to try a new place and this would be a fun surprise for our kids!

  82. Bena Castro says:

    I recently bought a patio set and my 7 year old daughter asked how much it cost. When I said $97.00 she said it was too much and did I use a coupon or was it even on sale? Pretty funny that I had to explain myself to her and defend my purchase. Thanks to your couponing ideas my family is more involved in finances and becoming more responsible with their money. Thanks.

  83. Kristie D. says:

    I would take my sister, her husband and their twins. We would LOVE it! Thanks for the awesome giveaway. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  84. Connie Phillips says:

    My 8 year old son would love to go here. He always asks to stay there when we go to Sandusky for dinner and shopping. He would love this so much! He’s my water baby!

  85. Maria Firman says:

    I would love to take my family. We’ve never been to a waterpark. How fun that would be!

  86. I would absolutely love to take my family to Maui Sands! We would have a blast=)

  87. I would take my wife and two boys.

  88. Laren Cox says:

    I would take my husband and 2 kids! Our youngest has never been to a water park.

  89. Jennifer M says:

    my kids!! they would love it!

  90. My 2 boys would love a place like this!

  91. Please pick me, I would take my grandkids. They need some fun in their life!!!

  92. Kendra Green says:

    This would be a WONDERFUL birthday present for my soon to be 7 and 5 year olds!

  93. Latosha Babcock says:

    You always have great give aways

  94. Torry Monn says:

    Awesome giveaway!!

  95. Jennifer Besel says:

    I hope we win I have a son and daughter who would love this!

  96. my friends would love to go here

  97. Lauren Holly says:

    I would love to take my daughter and husband!

  98. I would take my partner and kiddos!

  99. Pick me, pick me!!!! The grandkids really need some fun!!!!!

  100. I would take my wife and 2 boys!

  101. Jennifer M says:

    My son & daughter! Really want to win!

  102. Hope I win! :)

  103. Latosha Babcock says:

    Taking part in the daily entry. Hope everyone has a good day.

  104. Kristie D, says:

    I would take my sister, her husband and the twins. They would LOVE it! Thanks for the awesome giveaway. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  105. Would love to treat my family to this get away!!!!

  106. I would take my grandchildren. They all need a fun time, all of us haven’t had a vacation in years.

  107. Jennifer M says:

    My kids! We would have sooo much fun!

  108. Tamara Greene says:

    OMG my son saw the pictures and went nuts!! He is autistic and him and I spend most of our time at home. This would be such a great opportunity for our family to do something fun together! We have never taken a vacation of any kind so this would be a treat for him 😉

  109. I hopefully will be treating my wife and two boys to this awesome giveaway! Thanks

  110. This would be a great belated birthday present for my boys who just turned 8!

  111. Kristie D, says:

    I would take my sister, brother-in-law and their twins. They would LOVE it! Thanks for the awesome giveaway. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  112. I would take my wife and two boys if I win!

  113. Jennifer M says:

    last daily entry! Would love to win & take the kids! fingers crossed!

  114. Kristie D. says:

    I would take my sister, her husband and their twins. They would LOVE it! Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I hope I win! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  115. I love your giveaways and you do such a good job of saving money. I would take my grandchildren since they haven’t had a vacation in years.

  116. Latosha Babcock says:

    crossing my fingers for this one

  117. I would love to win :)

  118. Jennifer Besel says:

    I hope I win. My husband, son, daughter and me could use some family time together and what a perfect place.


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