My wife and I stayed here on our honeymoon, and can't describe what an amazing experience we had!!! We had a slightly upgraded "premium" studio on the 5th floor. I have no words for how amazing the view is. Views of the islands of Lana'i and Moloka'i peppered by the property's tall palm trees, which I did not find to be an obstruction to the view that some reviewers have mentioned when staying on lower floors. The sea is literally 10 meters from the property. From our lanai/balcony, we could see numerous gigantic green sea turtles (or "honu" in hawaiian) floating and swimming in the surf just meters from shore. As we were visiting during the official start of whale season, we were lucky enough to see humpback whales from the lanai several times, including one full breach!!! One early morning, a gigantic female Hawaiian Monk Seal swam ashore in front of the property and rested for the better part of the day on the sand (she was roped off by conservationists not long after beaching as a large crowd was gathered).
The resort is tucked away from the main road, which is a plus. Staff is very friendly all around. Our room was very clean, and you could tell that much of the unit had been updated, including bathroom and kitchen. Only the carpet in the sleeping area looked like it hadn't been replaced in many years. There is an Expedia Local Expert on site to help you book activities. The pool is small, but clean and kept up well. However, I didn't spend one minute poolside in 12 days. I often wondered why anyone would come to Hawaii and sit poolside when the beach is just steps away. No restaurants, but there is a shopping center right across the street from the property entrance with several food choices and a supermarket. The landscaping on the property is immaculate.
The name of the resort is a tad misleading as it is not really located at Ka'anapali. Black Rock, which is the traditional northern barrier of Ka'anapali, is a 25 minute walk south. In terms of the beachfront, it is very small as the property extends almost to the sea. Nobody lays out on the beach in front of the property, as there is really only room for foot traffic of people strolling the beach. Swimming and snorkeling in front of the property is not really a viable option either, as the shore is all lava rock and reef. During low tide, the lava rock is clearly visible. However, a 200 meter walk in either direction will take you to appropriate snorkeling, swimming, and tanning spots. Kahekili Beach (or Airport Beach to the locals) is about a 10 minute walk southward, and has amazing sand, snorkeling, and scuba diving opportunities. If you stay here in the winter, be prepared to deal with the afternoon trade winds. Like clockwork, they start whipping up around lunchtime and can make some beach days a bit unbearable.
We would recommend staying here to anyone who has a desire to visit the beautiful island of Maui. Aloha!
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Aloha and first of all congratulations on the recent nuptials and we're very honored that we were able to host your honeymoon. We completely agree that there is not only no better view on Maui but probably not too many like this anywhere in the world. Your description captures it better than I could.
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We're exceptionally pleased to hear of your description of the friendly service and clean and comfortable unit as that is our goal for all of our guests, we want every guest to go home with the same memorable experience you had.
We are on the more relaxed Northern end of Kaanapali beach and as you mentioned about a 25 minute walk away from the "downtown" area of Kaanapali. There are many dining and shopping options however within walking distance or a short drive away and that's if you even need to leave the property where we have full kitchens in every unit and at our pool/jacuzzi area there are complimentary gas grills as well.
We very much hope that you can return again to see us real soon.
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