Honua Kai Resort & Spa
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We narrowed our vacation search to Maui, 3 bedroom Condo (real bedrooms), a real kitchen and oceanfront views. We've previously stayed at the Kaanapali Alii. We found it to be very nice as well. We found our unit at the Honua Kai through VRBO. Selected unit 551 which is on the 5th floor at the end of the Konea tower. The Unit: Unbelievable view. Huge wrap-around Lanai. Built in Barbecue, refrigerator and sink on the Lanai. Large open kitchen, dining and family area. 3 King bedrooms with two private baths. 3rd bathroom shared. Huge bathrooms. Layout was perfect. Late-nighters could stay up and not bother other people in the Condo. Everything worked great. Freezer draw was a little sticky but no big deal. Again the view is spectacular!Cleanliness: Unit was very clean when we arrived. Linens and towels were clean and fresh. There was a sweeper, broom and mop in the unit so it made it easy to keep things clean.Property: Good layout. Two U-shaped buildings with the pools and beach at the ends. Grounds were well maintained but nothing over the top. There are 4 unique pools. A quite pool that is a little on the smallish side and pretty far away from Dukes which is where the pool-side service comes from. A lazy river which does not connect. A pool with a slide and waterfall. This is where a majority in the families with children can be found. The largest pool is closest to Dukes. Mixed use pool with hot tubs at the ends. On the days we hung out at the pool we were always able to find seating for 5 of us. There are lots of nice cabanas for rent as well. They have a Spa. Small but nice. Our kids surprised us with a couples massage. Spa staff were great. There is an underground parking garage in the Konea tower. This is support convenient.The Pools: I did not find the pools very attractive. The only reason I did not give them 5 stars. They lazy river pool always seemed a bit murky and there were lots of missing tile pieces around the edges. I would suggest a some maintenance after the busy tourist season. Poolside service was typically pretty good. Happy hour was from 3-5 everyday. Good time to take advantage of $6 Mai Tai. The Beach: Its an OK beach. Not the best but good enough. Not very wide and rocky in spots. It was good enough for our days on the beach. Saw lots of turtles and fish when we snorkeled. If you want to rent paddle boards you will have to try one of the other resorts or rent one from the rental place across the street.Location: Resort is located on the north-side of Black Rock. There are several resorts along the walk way as you head south towards Black Rock. The Westin is a huge property next door. A number of older properties after that. Fun beach bars are located along the way. We beach crawled between the bars during happy hour a couple of days. Fun way to spend an afternoon. Its an easy car trip back into Lahaina for more dinning and shopping options. Kaanapali golf course is very close by. For those that are going to cook you will find a great grocery store within walking distance right outside the resort. It has everything you could need for your stay. Don't feel like you have do the Costco thing unless you can really use the large quantities.Beach Gear: Our unit came with 5 beach chairs, an umbrella, couple of boogie boards and few beach tools. It was everything we needed. I would make sure you know what your units comes with so you don't have to worry about beach stuff. There is a Snorkel Bob's located across the street so getting snorkeling gear is very convenient.Overall: I will come back. If a more perfect beach is important to you then I would evaluate other options. If room configurations is important make sure you check out the floor plans available online. If you want a great view for starting and ending your day get one of the end units. It was worth it for me. The configuration of the Towers is pretty similar. There are two Towers. The Hokulani is closest to the Westin. If your room faces south you will likely look direct at a Westin building from your Lanai. The construction work seems really close to completion so noise should not be an issue. The interior facing views is likely about the same for both towers. The Konea tower may have a slightly better external facing view. Large families or groups looking for higher end accommodations will find this resort to be close to perfect.
We spent 8 nights at this resort, and I have a lot to be thankful for, but even more to gripe about. Starting with the staff. They were WONDERFUL. Kind, professional, responsive, and just plain nice. They are really what make this resort good. Beyond that, I needed to re-think my definition of luxury. This is supposed to be a "luxury" resort. Clearly, I have stayed in too many five star places, because I felt that this place was not even close to being a "luxury" resort. Starting with the room. We were in a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom condo. It was not very clean. As a matter of fact, it was pretty dirty. The bed linens in one of the rooms were absolutely disgusting. They were covered in something brown that was smeared, and we had to request a linen change. The next thing we did was run out to the store to buy a Swiffer and wet Swiffer pads and mopped every hard surface in the whole unit. It was absolutely filthy (no exaggeration). After that, we investigated the smell in the kitchen. It turned out to be the dishwasher. It didn't work, and had rotten food in the bottom of it. When we cleaned it out, we tried to run it (because the dishes in the unit were dirty so we loaded it up). It didn't work, and the escaping steam stunk up the unit. We called for maintenance, and bless his heart, he came right away. He said he fixed it, and left. It wasn't fixed. As a matter of fact, we couldn't use it the whole trip. We couldn't even open it because the smell overwhelmed and overpowered the entire unit. I am sure they would have continued to try to fix it, but we didn't want a maintenance crew working around us while on vacation. We also had an issue with both showers...first of all, they were filled with mildew. Secondly, the shower heads shot out spear-like streams of water, that were very hard. Since the shower head were not adjustable and the water pressure was not adjustable, we were pelted every time we took showers. Housekeeping was a whole other issue. They were very sweet, the ladies that came the first time. But during our stay, after the first sweet ladies came through, we would come back from the beach ready to shower, and all of our towels - in both bathrooms - were gone. It took quite some time to get the towels up to us, and that got so annoying that after the third time housekeeping came through, we just hung our do not disturb sign up. As for the resort outside of our room...the pools are very crowded, and there is a great slide for kids. Our kids spent quite a bit of time on them, and in the water. There is a quiet pool, however, it was filled with noisy kids each of the 8 days that we were there. We sought our refuge at the beach. The stretch of sand in front of the resort is beautiful, and has excellent snorkeling. Also, the pool activities guys, Eric and James are awesome. The can rent you a cabana or help you arrange an off-site activity. They were really helpful to have, although the main concierges were really great to work with too.This is a good resort if you have very little kids. It is bustling, and there are so many young families. Kids that are a little older may want to head down the beach walk to some of the other resorts that have bigger slides and pools.Based on our trip, the staff was really the best part of this resort. That is disappointing for me to say. Maybe you will have better luck here.
We've been to the property twice in the last six years. Both times renting thru private owners and in both towers. Recommend this approach, the rooms are better stocked, you don't have to rent a bunch of extra stuff like beach chairs, coolers etc. and we found the price points to be better. Recommend paying extra for ocean view floors 4 and higher. If you're concerned at all about the sewage treatment plant nearby, we only smelt that from the main road as you approach the property. We never smelt it from the grounds or lanai. I suspect facing the ocean and traveling during the windy months were a factor. Pay the extra! Lots of families, would recommend the staff pay more attention to pool cleanliness throughout the day. They got pretty grubby later in the day. Also there is a small designated "quiet" pool. Signage needs to be improved so guests don't have to tell other quests of the rule and ask them to keep their kids quiet or leave. We had to do that twice and witnessed another guest doing that as well and that was only one day at the pool during our visit. Property is within walking distance to grocery store and shops which is a plus. Will return.
We stayed at the Kapalua Villas Maui for 2 nights and wished we had made it for 2 weeks. It was brilliant. The villa overlooked the golf course and beach. Was very tranquil. There was a lot of bird life and insects around. Do need your own transport so that you can explore other villages around this one. They are all very interesting. They provided a very efficient shuttle service to the local village. Would highly recommend this Villa for a nice relaxing and interesting time.
We booked through COSTCO who put us in a room stating we could get a roll away. Well a rollaway does not fit in that room configuration. The management team at the property went out of there way to make it right and put us in a more expensive room so one would fit without charging us (when it was Costco's error not theirs). The property is lovely, pools are great, rooms were very clean and had plenty of space, nice upgraded appliances, staff was very friendly and helpful. We would stay there again without hesitation. We stayed on the side facing the construction. We are from the east coast so we were up at the crack of dawn and the construction did not bother us at all, but, they do start early and worked all weekend ... they seem largely done with the outside heavy construction and appeared to be focused on the interior and landscaping/hardscaping outside. I could not hear any noise when the glass doors were closed. Our balcony did stay pretty dirty though from the dust. I did hear someone complain about bugs on a ground floor unit - we were on 5th floor and did not see any bugs at all.
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- 2 restaurants
- 3 pools
- Fitness Center
- Tour desk
- Deli and sundries shop
- Room service
- Internet access
- 1 king-size bed and 1 queen-size sofabed
- 1 full bathroom
- Air conditioning
- Television and DVD player
- Clock radio
- In-room safe
- Wireless Internet connection
- Iron and ironing board
- Kitchen facilities
- Maximum occupancy of 4, up to 2 children
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Honua Kai Resort & SpaMaui,United States
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130 Kai Malina Parkway, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-8413
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