We arrived at the Honua Kai and entered into the spacious lobby overlooking beautifully lush landscaping and the stunning blue of the ocean! From that moment on, we felt relaxed and surrounded by the beauty of Maui! We rented through KBM Hawaii and met our representative in the main entrance to be escorted to our one bedroom unit. We had a "partial ocean view" but we felt that it was a wonderful mix of the amazing grounds as well as the ocean. We had stopped for groceries on our way to the resort and were thrilled to see that the kitchen was fully equipped for any type of cooking and was outfitted with beautiful finishings and appliances (the washer and dryer were a great plus). The beach in front of the resort was never really crowded (which surprised us as we expected crowds over the Christmas holidays) and the resident sea turtle was such a delight while snorkelling! Although the beach was sandy and relaxing, we did find that there were many rock formations near to the shore which did make for some challenges to swim or walk out into the water comfortably without water shoes. We visited several other beaches, such as DT Fleming and Big Beach, that were sandy far out into the water (although it should be mentioned that Big Beach is not great for small children due to the large waves and strong currents, which suited us for body surfing). Amenities at the resort are fabulous for a condo resort and Duke's Restaurant provided us with a superb beach front dinner on Christmas Day! The pools were very popular for the children but our son, who is 12, preferred the fun of the ocean. An onsite gym was also appreciated and I easily found a treadmill every time I arrived for my workout. The location of the resort was also great as it was just a short drive to Lahaina and we found it easily accessible from the airport. It was also easy to drive to the locations of the activities we had booked during our stay. If you are not renting a vehicle, it is a good 40 minutes drive from the airport and most activities seemed to be based out of Lahaina, Maalea and Kihei - which, other than Lahaina, are not extremely close. If you are looking for a laid back holiday with a luxurious feel and are not concerned with having room service or constant onsite services - this is definitely the place to go! We are already planning our return visit for next year and will stay here again for sure!!!
- Also Known As:
- Honua Kai Resort And Spa
- Honua Kai Hotel Lahaina
- Honua Kai Hotel
- Honua Kai Resort & Spa Maui/Lahaina
- 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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