We had a wonderful stay at the Alii. Before arriving I requested a room on the 8th floor or higher with updated furnishings and remodeled unit. We stayed on the 11th floor in a two bedroom, fully remodeled, beautiful unit. The master had a king bed and second bedroom had two doubles, along with a murphy bed off the living room. Very nicely decorated and furnished. Beds were comfortable, condo had three large flat screen tv's with dvd players. Internet in room was only through plug in internet (would have liked wireless for phones!). There was wireless internet by the pool. Kitchen was fully stocked with everything we needed to cook, just needed to purchase ziplocs and foil at store (dont buy until you check your unit! At the end of our trip I discovered another closet with all these amenities!) All condos have washer and dryers which is soooo nice! Did laundry throughout the week and didnt come home with dirty clothes! And we were able to wash our beach towels. Laundry detergent is also provided. The rooms are supplied with shampoo, soap, towels, etc.
Upon arrival the bellman cleared out our fully loaded Tahoe of all our luggage and costco trip, took all of it to our condo and brought it all in. Gave us a tour of the condo and resort and asked if we had any questions. Very friendly staff and seem as though they enjoy their job! Did not encounter one person that wasnt friendly!
This resort is not like the big hotels around with restaurants and bar on site. But you are able to bring your cooler down to the pool with drinks and food. And because it is smaller, with only 260 condos, there are fewer people there and because of the price, no "rif-raf". They do rent boogey boards, snorkel equipment and the conceirge is very helpful with renting surfboards as well as booking excursions off site. You receive a coupon upon check in to book through the conceirge at a discount as well. The conceirge also gave us coupons for many restaurants in the area. They also have beach towels, but we purchased towels at costco and were very happy we did so (used them everywhere!).
We bbq'ed almost every night. The grills are very well maintained (better than resorts next to us, as I looked and compared!). There is a chef down at the grill area in the evening to assist with spices for meats/vegetables. It is right on the beach and an amazing place to grill watching the sunset. Our family preferred doing this than going out to eat! And we traveled with two teenage boys! They supply paper plates, napkins, utensils and have aluminum foil. Great place to fix dinner while the family swims in the pool or ocean, enjoying a relaxing drink and meeting new people.
The gym is nice, didnt really use it as we enjoyed jogging along the beach every morning instead being inside! Also did not use the spa.
The beach is directly in front of the Alii. The staff will take your chairs to where ever you want to sit on the beach. They do not rent umbrellas, which I think they should! But you can purchase one (or your condo may have one) and the staff will set that up for you as well. The "cabanas" are like all the "cabanas" along the beach, two reclining chairs with shade for $50-not worth it. But we loved sitting in the chairs watching our boys surf! We snorkeled along the beach where the surf isnt as active and loved it as well. Our boys took surfing lessons which are directly in front of the Alii as well. Sand is soft, surf wasnt that strong in front of Alii. In front of Marriot there are lots of rocks and coral so make sure to wear water shoes (they call it the boneyard in front of Marriot). Beach in front of Alii is soft and not necessary to wear water shoes.
Overall, would definitely return as the resort is very well maintained and beautiful. The condos are huge with large balconies that make your trip so enjoyable! Our family of four was able to stay out of each other's way and enjoy evenings watching movies together, watching the sunset and enjoying family time!