We just got back from staying at the Honua Kai. We asked for a 1 bedroom and they gave us a 1 bedroom with den, which was nice. And although, the place is nice. It does feel more like a hotel rather than home. Our view was looking at the property next door (The Mahana) and the partial ocean view was very accurate. You could see the ocean, if you looked to your far left and between the buildings. A bit disappointing. On our first morning there, I went down to the front desk and asked if they had any oceanFRONT or oceanVIEW rooms available. She searched and I think really tried to help us, but they had nothing. The problem is the two buildings are shaped like a "U" and the end units, or top of the "U" ,are the only ones that are truly oceanFRONTand these are all privately owned. The owners of these units have not put their units into the rental pool, so if you book via VRBO or HomeAway or something like that, you MAY get lucky, but I doubt it. The only oceanVIEW, not oceanFRONT units, the main desk had were a grand total of 7 units and none of them were available. So, our options were to stay where we were and look at the property next door or move two units closer to the beach, but still only partial oceanVIEW, yet pay another $100 per night?!? OUCH. We were already paying $480 (including the $25 resort fee) per night. I guess what surprised me the most was that they have so few oceanVIEW units in the rental pool! And, if you want oceanFRONT -- forget about it! The other problem with the layout of the building is that it is so far away from the pool and the beach. You need to hike to get to the beach and the action at the pool. We prefer to just go down the elevator and walk out the lobby doors when staying somewhere near a beach. No such luck at Honua Kai. You have to walk through the large lobby, then the large gardens, then through the pool area and then you finally reach the beach. Uggh.
Other than that, Honua Kai is okay. They have an organic market that is EXTREMELY expensive in the lobby. We used the Kids club and it was okay. ($15 per hour per kid). The pools/waterslide was fun, but our kids would have been happy in a regular pool too. Dukes Restaurant was very crowded and we decided to skip it the one night that we were planning on going there because the wait was 35 mins and our kids were hungry. We went at about 5pm. The fitness room is really small. It only has a couple of machines. We never found the spa - not sure where that was? Front desk were nice. Housekeeping was slow. All in all, it was okay. Not great. Not bad. Just okay. Very expensive.
So, we decided to check out early! We only stayed at Honua Kai 5 nights, when we were booked for 15 nights. I hated coming into our hotel room and looking out the window at the property next door, which we knew was oceanFRONT. Our bill at Honua Kai was $2500.00 for 5 nights. So, we moved next door to The Mahana.
We have stayed at The Mahana before and ALL the units are oceanFRONT!! It is wonderful. Yes, the pool is smaller and no they don't have valet parking. However, you cannot beat the location and the views!! Depending on what unit you get, some are upgraded (ie granite counter tops, new appliances, tiled floors etc.). You just need to be picky about which unit you take and the front desk will let you look at several until you find the unit that you like. They also have reciprocal privileges with Kaanapali Shores (two doors down) who do have a kids club and a restaurant. We LOVED our stay at The Mahana and we will be back again next year!! Hopefully, this review has given you something to think about when deciding between the two...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on world-famous Kaanapali North Beach, Honua Kai provides an unparalleled level of service and all the amenities of a luxury resort with expansive one, two, and three bedroom suites. Perhaps the greatest luxury of all is simply the space to spread out. Inside, the feel is that of a luxury Maui vacation home, graciously furnished in exotic wood and polished granite, and tastefully equipped with top of the line appliances. The gourmet kitchens contain everything you need to make a fantastic meal. Or simply make reservations at one of our spectacular restaurants. This is the Hawaii vacation you have always imagined, exactly as you imagined it. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Honua Kai Hotel Lahaina
- Honua Kai Resort And Spa
- Honua Kai Resort & Spa Maui/Lahaina