We stayed at the fabulous Honua Kai Resort & Spa – Konea Building Suite 438 April 9th through 16th, 2013. We are a family of 2 thirtysomething adults and one 22 month old toddler. The resort and condo perfectly met our needs for our family vacation. This holiday was our first time to Maui and the Hawaiian Islands.
OVERALL FAMILY HOLIDAY COMPARISON: We have had the fortune of travelling with our son on a few family vacations and compare this vacation amongst stays at the Beaches Turks and Caicos and a 7 night Disney Cruise. Before kids, we have travelled to many all-inclusives throughout Mexico and Caribbean…never less than 4.5 star.
All vacations have their pluses and minuses. I wasn’t sure if I would like staying in a condo where you are responsible for some meals, laundry, etc. - I mean don’t we travel to escape those daily chores?!! But for family travel, staying in a condo suite is easiest – especially for a toddler’s nap time and early bedtimes where you have somewhere else to escape to in the living room or on the lanai. Not to mention eating meals in your own suite compared to always at a restaurant or buffet. Toddlers tend to create a lot of laundry so I loved having my own laundry pair at my convenience. We ate every breakfast and all but one lunch in the suite. We ate out for dinner every night except one night. For some reason, chores in paradise feel very different than chores at home ;).
REVIEW OF SUITE 438 KONEA: This is a one bedroom suite with partial ocean view. We booked this trip through VRBO and had the pleasure of working with the property and booking manager Maui Blue Properties to book our holiday. My emails were always met with prompt service (never more than a 2 hour wait…if that even!) and we appreciated the service of meeting with the onsite Maui Blue Property Manager upon check in. We did have an issue with the dryer in our suite and sent a text to the on-site manager and left for one of our many adventures. When we came back, the dryer was fixed. Perfect! Seriously the best service we have ever encountered with any resort or hotel we have stayed at. The suite was just like home, comfy bed and amenities. Our son loved the retractable window/doors to the lanai – he insisted that the doors be open at all times so that he could run in and out whenever he pleased. We were especially pleased with the view – we could see the ocean through the park trees. And the free WI-FI…LOVED it!! It was so nice to have reliable, quick and free WI-FI available so that we could research restaurants, activities, etc. to plan our days.
REVIEW OF RESORT: Nice lush gardens, great pools, ample chairs for the time of year we went, beach was perfect. Nice golden brown sand. Loved seeing whales in the distant. The week we were at the resort there was just a slight breeze…perfect. We ate at Duke’s for one dinner and one lunch – great food and drinks. Loved the location along north Ka’anapali Beach, loved that the resort was right across the road from Times Market (food store). Concierge was always friendly and efficient. LOVED the underground parking. Super convenient when loading up the car for our many adventures.
REVIEW OF ON-SITE DIVING SERVICES: Unfortunately I was not able to dive due to a head cold (difficulty clearing ears for decent, etc.) but my husband did 2 shore dives with the on-site dive master. It was a nice treat to just meet along the shore in front of the resort, put on the equipment and walk out into the water and dive. My husband’s first dive was right in front of the resort. There was a strong current but he saw lots of coral and could hear whales in the distance. The dive master tried to take the group (dive master + 3 divers) closer to the whales but no luck. For the second dive, the dive master met my husband and one other diver in front of a different resort just north of Honua Kai (was within walking distance) where the rental equipment was waiting for them. They suited up, and walked out and had a great dive. My husband said he saw many many turtles and one large reef shark (was 5-6’ in length). Dives were at 9:00 AM and he was back in the suite by 10:00 AM. Perfect! Two dives with rental BCDs, tanks and flippers cost $180 USD. So a reasonable price.
REVIEW OF HAPPY KIDS NANNY SERVICE: Because our son is not old enough to go to Honua Kai’s Children’s Day Program (must be 3 years of age), we arranged 5 hours of nanny care with Happy Kids Nanny Services as recommended by Concierge. Instead of booking a pricey snorkel/sail trip to Honolua Bay and tote our toddler with us, we decided that our son and us would be much happier if we booked a nanny to take him to the pool while we drove to Honolua Bay and snorkeled for free instead. Our nanny was great! Our son was very happy with her (Jessica). She took him to the pool on the resort and then fed him lunch in our suite and put him down for a nap. Our son was sleeping when we arrived back at the suite – perfect! So kudos to Happy Kids Nanny Services. We highly recommend their services. Cost for our one child was $20 per hour plus we tipped our nanny at the end.
I won’t go into detail about all the many excursions we did: drove some of the Road to Hana – as long as our toddler son would let us but the highlight was the trek into Twin Falls; saw the Iao Needle at the Iao Valley State Park, Maui Ocean Center and Ma’alea Harbour, Napili Beach, Blow Hole (Nakalele ?), Whaler’s Village for some shopping and dinner at Hula Grill; Drums of Pacific Luau at the Hyatt; Old Lahaina Town and Front Street for some shopping and dining, a drive to Makena Beach and Wailea area, and snorkelling at Honolua Bay. So we saw A LOT in our short 7 day visit. Not a lot of time was spent lounging around the resort but it was such a treat to come back to Honua Kai and Suite 438. Our favorite thing about Maui was that you could see and do a lot in 3-4 hours – perfect so that we could get back to the suite in time for our son’s nap time and do something else when he woke up.
My only disappointment was that we did not stay in Maui for longer. We still have so much to see and do and our son LOVED Maui and the Honua Kai Resort & Spa. We will consider no other resort and hope that my review convinces you to book Suite 438 Konea of Honua Kai Resort & Spa through Maui Blue Properties/VRBO.
It truly doesn't get better than this...on site diving at resort, children's program during day and nights, friendly concierge service, located on a gorgeous Hawaiian beach, close to all the ammenities. What more could you ask for? Book it!
- 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