We stayed for 5 nights at Honua Kai for our 10th wedding anniversary.
We had asked for an upgrade as we had booked a mountain view but thought it didn't hurt to ask. Well it didn't, we were upgraded from our 1st floor mountain view to a 3rd floor mountain/ocean view.
We were blown away by the suite! We received a one bedroom with den suite, basically the den is an extra room with a t.v. and pull out couch. Our lanai faced the mountains as well as partial ocean, which was very nice. The bedroom was amazing and the bed was very comfortable. The bathroom was HUGE, with a beautiful rain shower and Aveda toiletries, so no need to bring your own. The kitchen had everything you needed for cooking and so on. Basically the room could not have been better! They start you off with a complimentary bag of coffee, if you run out then it's 5 bucks for a new bag, we just bought our own from the store instead. They also provide you with dish/washing machine cleaning supplies and bounce sheets so no need to bring your own.
The gym was great, everything you need was supplied as well, water and towels.
We received 2 towel cards and that worked out fine, received fresh towels by the pool each day. We decided to rent chairs from Snorkel Bob's, which isn't far from the resort, they charge 25 bucks a week for 2 chairs and then throw in a cooler for 5 more dollars. This worked out great as we would pack our cooler with food and drinks and then bring it to the beach each day. The hotel does charge more for the same chairs so it's worth going off site to rent anything.
The beach is stunning, beautiful sand, clear water and great snorkelling as they have a large reef right in front of the hotel. We stayed on the beach each day until the afternoon, this is when the crazy blow your chair over winds would show up. The wind would blow so hard that we watched as chairs, flip flops and hats blew away as people chased them. Also sand would blow into you and it would hurt! So when it got this windy we would pack up and head to the pools. The pool was also beautiful, with flowing waterfalls and faux rocks surrounding the area. Pool service was great and quick and you could just charge it to your room. The pool area was also very windy and at times the umbrellas would snap up and scare you! I spoke to many staff and they all said that's it the location of the resort and that other spots are less windy.
On the 2nd night when we returned to our room there was a box of host macadamia nut chocolates with a picture frame saying "Happy Wedding Anniversary", very nice touch!
We ate at Duke's twice, so we received the free hula pie, amazing. I had the best meal at Duke's when I splurged and got the lobster, it was to die for!
I accidentally checked off breakfast and spa in my review and then it wouldn't let me take it off, there is no spa yet at Honua Kai and we always made our own breakfast, which was terrific!
Overall this resort is stunning and the service is fantastic. I hurt myself on the lanai on day (stubbed toe on door stopper) and when we called for a bandaid they sent up a first aider to check out my cut. He was at my door in 5 minutes cleaning and bandaging me up, that's great service! Also the concierge service was great help with providing us with information for trips.
The only drawback to this resort is the location, and by that I mean the crazy wind. It was so bad that we would have to search for another resort in a better location for our next visit. We stayed at Makena Beach and golf resort for the other half of our visit (separate review) and we met an employee who worked at building Honua Kai and he had a scar on his arm from a piece of sheet metal that was pulled clear from his grasp due to the wind, crazy!
Stunning resort but just too windy.
If you have any questions regarding Honua Kai, please feel free to message me.