I stayed by myself at Kalani for 3 days with a groupon deal. Paying about $180 a night.
The only good thing about this retreat is the location, very secluded beautiful ocean side area.
I understand what Kalani is trying to achieve being eco-friendly and all that, but that is no excuse for the poor quality that they provided
Break down of all aspects
1. Room: I'd say the room is an equal to a 1.5 star hotel.
- it was clean but thats about it.
- window only has a screen with a very cheap curtain (which means you can hear everything outside, loud and clear)
- all furniture provided are very old and low quality
- only provided some liquid soap in the bathroom
- no phone in your room, no cell phone reception except for AT&T in some places
- spotty internet connection
2. Food: I'd say for the price they are charging, I'd give it 2.5 star out of 5
Most things are not grown on premise (I was asking the volunteers if the things on the plate were grown by them). the Ingredients are cheap, and the food is not prepared at a high standard. Chicken too dry, fish too salty. Very unprofessional. It is clear, the food is prepared by volunteers, and put together without too much thought.
3. The Facility: 2 star out of 5
- As i mentioned, right outside of the retreat is cliff overlooking the ocean, it is beautiful. but you can easily go there without staying at kalani. there are a few other B&Bs on that street you can get the same view.
- there are a few Yoga classes. But while i was there, there were no hula or lei making classes as they advertised. The yoga is conducted in this building that looks very temporary. almost like a big tent. you can hear noises from the street which is very distracting while practicing yoga. The instructors were good, and I enjoyed the classes.
- the pool was quite small. And clothing is optional. And most people I saw there did take that option.
- Massage - Massage was good, i really enjoyed it. He really took his time, and found all the right pressure points. For $90 or something an hour, very worth it.
- Roads/pavement - The whole facility was pretty big. You walk everywhere. there's a lot of grassy area that you have to walk on. And there are no lights at night for you to see the road. A volunteer was nice enough to lend me her flash light which I held on to dear life for the rest of the stay, because once it turns dark, its hard for you to find your room.
The whole experience felt like camping to me. i'd be okay if they charged $50 a night. But it is way over priced. I'd recommend that you stay at a B&B nearby, and come take yoga classes for $15 a class and do the massage. stay away from the food and the rooms. It'll not only save you money, but provide a much better experience
*btw, right before Kalani, i stayed at this other retreat on Maui (Lumeria). Also eco-friendly and self sustainable with gardening classes and yoga classes. MUCH MUCH better. The construction and the materials used in the room is comparable to a 4-5 star hotel. That shows the owner really cares about their customer's experience.
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The majority of our guests rave about our food - in fact, some people come back for our food alone! We're very sorry this was not your experience, as our chefs are not volunteers, they are talented, and work with a team of volunteers. Most importantly, let me assure you, our ingredients are not cheap. We purchase the majority of our produce from local farmers, and as much organic produce and meat as we can find. Almost all of our ingredients are of the quality you would find in a Whole Foods or other natural food store, despite the significant cost. We are passionate about healthy eating here - great, scumptious food, chef prepared, without chemicals or factory farming.
As a retreat center, we recently made a decision to extend our wifi coverage despite the majority of people coming here wanting to completely disconnect. Wifi is not easy in the rainforest, so it does have its moments. Any potential guest should note that our most reliable connections are at Hale Aloha, in the case that you have an important email to attend to. We do not charge extra for wifi use - it is complimentary. As for cell phone coverage, we have no control over that - and this district generally has poor coverage. But again, we can tell you where on property you'll find a good signal - or simply provide you with a phone - in case you have an important phone call to make.
We hope that most guests will enjoy the opportunity to disconnect, but we recognize that is not always possible in our world. So, let us help you sort out the joys of technology in paradise if needed, we're here to help.
Finally, about our EMAX studio, it is similar to a greenhouse structure, designed so that you can see the ocean on the one side and the exuberant colors of the rainforest through two other sides. The majority of our guests love that studio for its stunning location.
We know we are not the fanciest place in Hawaii, such as the one you mentioned which is a beautiful spot and at least double the price. But for eco-conscious and particularly yoga and health-oriented travelers, there's good reason we are one of the best loved retreat centers in the US. We look forward to the opportunity to win your heart, too, on a future visit - come see us again, any time.
With our warmest aloha - a hui hou.
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