I'll start with all the positives: the staff at the Mahana are fantastic. They are always willing to help, always available for a question, and ready with a beach towel. Second to none!
My husband and I recently stayed at the Mahana for a 'delayed honeymoon' during the week of March 9 - 16. We booked our stay through a travel agent, and were assigned room 303.
The room was very quaint, and had very helpful amenities - kitchen (no stove), washer dryer, and daily room service. The view from our lanai was spectacular - if anything, stay at the Mahana to whale watch in the winter.
The quality of rooms at the Mahana vary widely. Due to the fact that I booked through a travel agent, I noticed that I was participating in the 'Aston Rental Program' (which includes a daily amenity fee), and paying approximately $337/night (taxes incl.) + $15/day for a Premium Studio/1 Bath.
A quick search on VRBO revealed that I could have rented a nicer/larger unit in the same area, with the same amenities -- for less.
Of course, you only learn something immediately after you needed to know it - but, such is life. :)
Allow me to get you to Maui for less money by learning from my experience:
a) Book a rental condo through VRBO. Be vigilant, and ask for recent photos and reviews.
b) Book your own flight, and if you don't have any 'nonstop options', then include one regional airline to save money.
c) When you arrive, go to the grocery store across the road and load up on supplies. Yes, it's more expensive than the mainland -- but still cheaper than the so-so quality, yet overpriced restaurant food in Ka'anapali. Save your $ for other things.
d) Leave more days for the beach than activities - yes: go to a Luau, and go snorkeling. But enjoy the sun and surf. It's why you're here!
e) The 'Road Trip to Hana' is a waste of time and money. Rent a car for the week, and do short sightseeing tours to wherever you please.
It might be awhile before we return to the Mahana, since we'll have to save up for our trip. No regrets, though -- it was an excellent first trip to Maui.
Aloha, and safe travels to all.
- Also Known As:
- Aston Mahana At Kaanapali Hotel
- Aston Mahana At Kaanapali Hotel Lahaina
- Aston Hotel Lahaina
- Mahana At Kaanapali Aston
- Resortquest Mahana Kaanapali
- Mahana Kaanapali
- Resortquest Mahana
- Aston Mahana At Kaanapali Maui/Lahaina
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy the seclusion of this beachfront condominium resort where each custom-furnished oceanfront suite features floor-to-ceiling windows and a private lanai with panoramic views of the Pacific and Maui's magical sunsets. Nearby attractions include Lahaina Town and the Sugar Cane Train. At the Mahana, you can experience the tranquility of Maui. ... more less
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