Honua Kai Resort & Spa
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We've stayed at Honua Kai Resort and Spa, Hokulani tower #746 several times now. We visited again with another couple in October 2017. It was a fantastic experience. The condo has been newly remodeled and it looks amazing, a modern Hawaiian vibe and very comfortable. The condo has all the amenities and luxuries of a high end resort but with the convenience and affordable price of a condo. The bathrooms were very nice, good water pressure, tubs and showers and nicely appointed with L'Occitane products. The layout is great, 2 on suite master bedrooms separated by the open living area, they were very nice and beautifully appointed, comfortable beds and one master bedroom opens onto a very spacious lanai with a nice sitting area and dining area. It was great being on the top floor and the location in the building was amazing, very nice view of Molokai and Lanai, the pool area and the ocean, beautiful sunsets during our summer visit. The open living area has a well equipped modern kitchen with all the amenities we needed for the week of cooking and cocktail making, it seriously had EVERYTHING! The living room had a modern, tropical feel and was extremely comfortable, we didn't use the pullout couch but seemed like it would be a nice option for families with kids. We all loved how the doors to the lanai opened completely for a nice indoor/outdoor living experience. We spent a lot of time just enjoying the condo. The Honua Kai property is beautiful and well maintained, nicely landscaped with fragrant tropical plants and flowing water features, three very nice pools and several hot tubs, a general store and spa and gym. A few of the pools were closed for renovation which was okay because the beach in front of the resort is gorgeous. With all the cooking we did in the kitchen, and spending time enjoying the property it ended up being a very affordable and relaxing vacation. There is also a Dukes on the beach if you don't feel like cooking. We have always rented through KBM who manages the property and they were great to deal with as well. We will definitely be back to Honua Kai, Hokulani #746 on future visits to Maui.
This resort has the most beautiful views in Hawaii. The grounds, the pools, and the azure blue ocean, with the island of Lanai in the background, was a feast for the eyes. The property is well kept and the staff are helpful, but not intrusive. Duke's Restaurant was never disappointing. Maui has too many beautiful and awesome sites to experience in one visit. I can't wait to return.
So I put 5 stars down for my rating and then looked to the right side of the screen where Tripadvisor kindly places several recent reviews by others (maybe to help inspire the review I am about to write) and see ratings much lower than I would have expected. This is unusual for me as I am pretty critical and do not give out high star ratings easily. Before I relay my experience I feel compelled to address some of the issues raised in those reviews. First, I rate on the basis of what else is available in the area I visit. On Maui there are lots of places to stay but if you are a family who needs 2 bedrooms and like the convenience of a full kitchen where else can you go? I did a ton of research and found that there are certainly lots of other choices but none that looked nearly as nice as the Honua Kai. A number of people complained about seeing bugs in their unit. I did not have that experience, but would not have been surprised if I did. It is a tropical climate which is home to trillions of insects. Also, the glass windows/door to the lanai can be retracted so that that the room is fully open to the outdoors which is a bug invitation. If you do not want to see bugs then maybe a tropical climate is not for you. I do sympathize with the people who complained of the pool closures as they were all open during my August visit. I will say I swam in the pool twice during my 10 day stay as I much preferred the ocean which was warm and beautiful to swim in. The beach was quite narrow but we enjoyed being out there, particularly during sunset on many of our nights. Honua Kai should absolutely compensate for the pool closures especially if you received last minute or no notice. I would have been furious too. When I booked I enquired about construction and ended up passing on a discounted room facing the Weston construction and opted not to stay in that building. Finally, there were complaints about maid service. I never saw the people servicing our room but had absolutely no issue with how the room was cleaned. Now that I have gotten that of my chest, let me tell you how I ended up at the Honua Kai. I spent a ton of time researching where to stay on Maui. My needs: two bedrooms and preferably a functional kitchen for our family of four (2 teens) that was not going to break the bank (i.e. a suite at the Ritz Carlton was out). I started with VRBO and Airbnb. The Honua Kai is made up of privately owned units that either rent though the resort, the websites above, or real estate brokers on the island. The units are all similarly appointed with nice kitchens and bathrooms, relatively nice living room furniture, and basic but nice bedrooms. I found our beds to be comfortable and had no issues in that department despite other reviewers complaining about the beds. Honua Kai is not cheap and the ocean from rooms were over our budget. Despite this I really wanted to stay here and discovered that there is a price break for mountain view rooms. I found such a room on VRBO that fit the bill but was a bit more expensive than it seemed it should be. The owner had funny block of 11 days open (starting on a Wednesday) and we were willing to fill 10 of them. So I attempted to negotiate for a bit of a discount and was informed by the owner that he ALWAYS fills his unit and why would he want to negotiate with me. It was the BEST thing he could have done for me. I do not do business with people I do not care for and this fellow rubbed me the wrong way so I walked. I then looked on the web for realtors and came across KBM Hawaii. Now I am as dubious as anyone when booking on the web so I looked into reviews of their operation and found them to be credible. They had a BETTER mountain view room on the top floor of the building which ended top being perfect for us. Our lanai had a fabulous view of the volcano and if you looked far right we could also see the ocean. We had no neighbors facing into our lanai so privacy, unlike with the ocean view units, was not an issue. And the kicker? KBM gave us a FREE rental car for our stay so the deal worked out way cheaper with KBM professional the whole way through. Can't say how glad I am that I listened to my instincts. So the lesson here is that mountain view rooms may actually be better than ocean view rooms and that if you book through a realtor you usually get a free rental car. You won't get that on VRBO or booking directly with the Honua Kai.I realize this review has gotten longer than I expected so will shot gun through my experience during our stay. The room was quite luxurious and had great AC (it was HOT on Maui when we were there) and was well located. There were lots of fun local style places to get great food right next to the hotel and it was relatively easy access to the whole island. There was a big supermarket across the street which we took advantage of on several occasions. We covered just about every accessible part of the island and explored extensively and after all that I was happy with where we chose to stay. I am a planner so did not use concierge services at all but they always seemed ready to help. Because I rented through KBM I did not check in at the main desk. The KBM rep met me in the lobby, gave us our keys (electric wrist bands) and did a quick orientation/tour for us. We were in the Konea building which is a few minute walk to the "main" Hokulani building. The Hokulani contains the central lobby, shops, and a coffee house. Our building had a little lobby market with coffee service and was also quite nice. All open air and very pleasant. Parking was easy. Right out front less than 50 yards to the building entrance. The hotel property is beautiful with incredible sunset views of the pacific. Amenities such as gas grills for guest use were available but we never used them. To be honest, there is so much to see and do on Maui, that even in the 10 days we were there we did not get to do everything I would have liked. As a result, we did not spend a lot of time on the property during the day but were happy to come home and collapse into our very comfortable room at night.Duke's is a private restaurant on the hotel property owned by a company with a portfolio of similar places throughout Hawaii and California. The restaurant is pleasant but you need reservations for dinner and it is quite expensive and in my opinion not worth the money. Maybe just once for fun. Summary:Great place to stay with the family with all the amenities you need and terrific location. If you are trying to keep the budget in check (not easy to do with a Hawaii vacation) book a mountain view room through a realtor like KBM and get a free rental car to boot. I give 5 stars as there is no comparable condo property offering the level of luxury that the Honua Kai does. It is not the Four Seasons or Grand Wailea but those properties do not offer what I wanted for my stay and to get the space and accommodations I had at the Honua Kai at one of those properties the price point would have been double or triple. As always, it is important to inquire about construction or service disruption when booking, and if you are surprised by such an issue during your stay, hold the owner's feet to the fire to receive the appropriate compensation.
A nice place and nice beach. Service is bad in restaurant. And we where not told that 2 out of 3 pools where closed because of renovation. The Hotel did give us discount(after we contacted the travel agency at home) but it was not the stay we had in mind.
We reserved a (3) bedroom condo that was beautiful. The decor was attractive, the rooms were very spacious, and the view was spectacular. However, the beds were not at all comfortable. And we found cockroaches in our room.Two of the (3) pools were closed for renovations. My suggestion would have been to do (1) pool at a time. The only pool that was open, had so many people in it. Now I know we all have children, but, babies in just diapers should not be allowed in the pool. The water looked cloudy and grossed us all out where we wouldn’t even get into the water. There are (2) pool concierges next to each other vying for your business. We rented a cabana for a discounted rate of $150 due to the pool closures. That included nothing. The seats were stained and not very inviting. The only good that came out of that was Ally, our waitress from Dukes. I would recommend this hotel when they are not doing renovations.
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- 2 restaurants
- 3 pools
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- 1 king-size bed and 1 queen-size sofabed
- 1 full bathroom
- Air conditioning
- Television and DVD player
- Clock radio
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- 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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