Literally one week in advance we booked a trip to Maui for a relaxing week. I was so worried about finding a nice place to stay at the last minute! Not just because we needed a place to lay our heads, but we enjoy the boutique, quiet, mature hotel experience and shy away from the larger crowded resorts at this point in our lives. Enter MostRomanticVacations.com and Lahaina Shores Beach Resort!
We had no expectations other than to come to terms with "Well, we booked it at the last minute, we'll be in Maui, there was nothing really else available, and how bad can it be based on the reviews?" Were we pleasantly surprised!!!
My husband and I stayed in a mountain view room on the 5th floor of this very friendly condo/resort. Weary from our flight, we were welcomed by very nice, casual and friendly staff. When we opened the door to our condo we were joyous. A happy little kitchen, bar, flat screen tv, couch, queen bed and a wall to wall sliding door with a beautiful view of the mountain/hillsides and a huge balcony. It was a perfect place to stay for a mellow week all about nothing.
The resort is extremely quiet, and seems to be populated with condo owners and many retirees. Even the younger crowd was quiet and respectful, and we enjoyed chatting with some very nice people we met. The resort sits along a nice stretch of beach where one can swim, walk, snorkel. Bring your swimming/water shoes though, as it is rocky in the water and tender footed people need to be mindful.
There is an open air, small (but welcoming) lobby, a small pool, jacuzzi and lots of lawn space and lounge chairs. Best of all, it is within walking distance to restaurants, the grocery store, convenience store, shopping, shaved ice shops, bars, movie theater, the harbor and wharf and anything you might desire.
Because this was so last minute, we did not rent a car. We enjoyed using public transportation for $4 a day and traveled up and down the west side of the island to enjoy the many beaches and snorkeling spots. At the end of each day, we loved going "home" to our happy studio condo.
The property has two large gas BBQ's, which we enjoyed one evening with a grilled meal. But with so many restaurants nearby, we did not take full advantage of them. Also, although because the units are individually owned and I suspect there is no consistency, the bed in our condo was the most comfortable bed we have slept in. Ever. Even better than our very nice bed at home.
All said, this is the "anti-Kaanapali", the anti tourist spot, with quiet and tranquil grounds. If you need the multiple pools, the water slides, pool bar waiters, snack bars, noisy playful kids, drunken partying groups, lounge chairs lined up within three inches of each other, and the mega resort experience, this property is NOT for you. But, if you want a comfortable, clean, well maintained, quiet small resort experience that feels like home, I highly recommend this property. You can book direct with the resort or with several management companies to make it easy.
Lahaina shores is also VERY affordable, leaving you with plenty of money to enjoy the restaurants and excursions of Maui. We were extremely happy with our experience (and our bill!) and will stay here again. My next visit cannot come soon enough. Note: If you stay in a unit on the mountain view side, you are above the parking lot and near a bar with very boisterous patrons who take their business outside. This included a few bar brawls, as could be expected. I found listening to them hilarious and entertaining, but some people might be annoyed by them into the wee hours if you sleep with the patio door open.