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Nona Lani Cottages
Ranked #15 of 62 Specialty Lodging in Kihei
Certificate of Excellence
Mission Viejo, California
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16 reviews
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“Fantastic!”
Reviewed December 10, 2013

We spent six wonderful nights at Nona Lani Cottages! We LOVED spending time on the lanai and in the garden watching and listening to the birds, and it was great that the beach was easily accessible (right across the street). We stayed in a garden cottage (#6) and it was so private! The location of the cottages is ideal -- close enough to town for the restaurants and grocery stores and easy to get everywhere else on the island. The interior of the cottages is a little outdated, and it would be nice to have WiFi available throughout the property,but other than those minor details we HIGHLY recommend Nona Lani Cottages. We hope to return again soon! :)

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cherlyn K, Manager at Nona Lani Cottages, responded to this review, December 14, 2013
Aloha GailandBauke,

We thank you for being such wonderful guests. And we so appreciate the time and all the kind thoughts and words about our cottages and grounds. The lanai and gardens are a wonderful place to get in touch with nature and Kong's Beach, well, it speaks for itself while watching sunsets or taking a morning stroll.

We do have plans in the coming year to renovate unit interiors (a few cottages at a time and in phases) and we are excited about this. Please do keep in touch...We look forward to your return.

Sincerely,

Cherlyn Kong
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

I just returned from my 8th time staying at Nona Lani. It's terrific for me as it's quiet, no crowds, close to many golf courses, a terrific beach (not so much for swimming, though), great for catching the sunset, etc. You're basically getting a 1 bedroom, compact house with a full kitchen, A/C, cable TV (who watches TV while in Paradise?) for your money. A spacious porch for enjoying the sun and nice for reading with your morning coffee or dinner while watching the sunset. There are laundry facilities and bbq, hammocks, manicured landscaping, ample, easy parking and all very clean. One downside - there's no swimming pool or internet. This is my 8th time returning to Nona Lani and it's always been a great value and centrally located in Kihei.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Cherlyn K, Manager at Nona Lani Cottages, responded to this review, December 7, 2013
Aloha MauiMan82013,

Mahalo for your many returns to Nona Lani Cottages and letting others know first hand what staying in the cottage is like for you. We loved hearing that you also enjoy watching those gorgeous sunsets from Kong's Beach as well as from your lanai.

We know that some guests want a pool and am happy to pass this along to management. Thank you along for your thoughts.

Oh, I am so sorry that we had not updated you on our FREE Wireless Internet service!

You can sit in our comfortable outdoor seating area located next to our office area and keep in touch with family & friends. Though not available in each cottage, this has been a hit with our guests as it is free. Our business travelers use their portable hotspot as they need to do work at all hours of the day. One guest (well his wife), thanked us for not having the internet in the cottage as it helped her husband to "unhook" from his computer and their family spent time enjoying their vacation.

So next time, we will be sure to give you the updated information.

Again, Mahalo for all of your time to visit with us and also to give us a glowing review after 8 times of returning to Nona Lani Cottages on your visits to Maui.

Sincerely,
Cherlyn Kong, Mgr.
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Burnaby, Canada
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

My husband and I stayed in cabin #1 for 6 nights in October 2013 for our Honeymoon. We arrived in Maui after 10 pm so the office was closed by the time we got to the cottages. They sent me a detailed email as to how to get our key out of the lock box and left us a map of the grounds so we could find our cottage. We were literally 10 steps from a private beach and a 5 minute drive into town. The cottages are nothing fancy, but luckily we were going for a more laid back/rustic/true hawaiian experience. You have everything you need in the kitchen, clean towels in the bathroom and extra pillows in the bedroom. We sat on the Lanai every night and watched the beautiful sunsets. We did a lot of exploring around the Island during the day so we didn't spend too much time at the cottage but it was a perfect hub for our trip. We will definitely recommend Nona Lani Cottages to our friends and will for sure stay here on our next trip to Maui.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cherlyn K, Manager at Nona Lani Cottages, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
Aloha Honeymooners from Burnaby, Canada!

Nona and the staff at Nona Lani Cottages send a big “Mahalo” for choosing to spend your special occasion with us. It was great to hear that you found your way easily with our after hours map and lockbox. And when the sun came up the next morning, wasn't it refreshing to wake up and see that great ocean from your living room and lanai?

We're glad you mentioned that Nona Lani Cottages location was a great hub and central point to explore Maui. We certainly do not blame you for not relaxing more on our beautiful grounds because we know that there are so many other wonderful sights on Maui to see and activities to experience. Yes, we are not fancy, but our aim is to bring you a great Hawaiian Plantation Cottage experience and at the best value for money and we see by your ratings, we have met that criteria. Yeah!

We look forward to your next trek to our part of the world, and next time, we hope you go to Kong's Beach, and sink your toes into the warm sand while enjoying a sunset. We know it is so convenient to have your end of day cocktails right on your lanai and watch the fantastic colors light up the sky. But I promise you, as your body relaxes with the sky colors changing, and you feel a sense of being grounded to mother earth, the sound of the gentle waves ebbing and flowing will help you relax even more and making that 10 step walk (maybe with your beverage) more enjoyable!

Again, we sincerely send you our "Aloha" for allowing Nona Lani Cottages to be part of a beautiful honeymoon memory for your travel log. We are happy to know our home will bring a smile to your face each time you recall sitting on your lanai, your own little piece of paradise at Nona Lani Cottages.

Sincerely,

Cherlyn Kong
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

This is our 2nd time staying at the cottages. We requested the same cottage we had on our honeymoon and they made it happen. It was just as we remembered. Peaceful, quiet, beautiful. My husband is a chef so being able to go down the grocer and pick up our own fresh fish was not only spectacular, but saved us a lot of money too. With having your own kitchen, we stock up on the first day and are set for the rest of the week. It's also located in a perfect spot. We really weren't more than 20 mins from anything. We also met Nona, she is such a sweetheart and really seemed to care about what we though and any suggestions we might have. We WILL always return to Nona Lani Cottages. Cottage #2!

  • Stayed October 2013
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Cherlyn K, Manager at Nona Lani Cottages, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
Aloha WendiKay13,

We so appreciate the time you took to sit down & “talk story” with Nona as well as write this review.

Yes Nona does take all her guests recommendations and concerns very seriously and has them addressed right away. In reading your review, she was so pleased to hear that Nona Lani Cottages accommodation, grounds, and service offered you the same wonderful hospitality and serenity you were hoping to return to on this your 2nd visit!

We hope that you got to take walks on Kong's Beach to get to the Farmer's Market down the way.

Now we look forward to your 3rd return stay and our aim is to make your new memories even better ones than these past two trips. It should be even better when you can buy your fruits and vegetables right from Nona's Farm next year!

Sincerely,
Cherlyn Kong, Mgr.
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Bellingham, Washington
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

My new husband and I were extremely happy with our choice of Nona Lani Cottages for our honeymoon in Maui. We arrived late at night, but we had received detailed instructions on where to find our cottage assignment and key. The cottage itself was well-appointed, very clean, and very comfortable. The air conditioner worked well, but wasn't necessary; with our windows open and the ceiling fan on, we were able to hear the surf crashing at night and the birds singing in the morning. (Closing the windows shut out a great deal of that sound, though.) There was some road noise, but it died down at night.

The cottages are directly across the street from the beach, and although I was afraid there would be big ugly condos or something else right there that was not shown in the photographs, I was wrong: the beach is beautiful, wide open, and was sparsely used. We saw a sea turtle right there on our last day and wished we'd spent more time snorkeling there.

The grounds and gardens are stunning; the photos on the web site really don't do them justice. The plants, trees, and flowers are obviously meticulously maintained. We feared we wouldn't be able to cook outdoors without a flashlight, but the owners have thought of that; there's great lighting at the BBQs.

The staff was friendly and knowledgable about the area, but not intrusive, which was perfect for us.

This location was perfect: close to Kihei (try breakfast at the Kihei Caffe, but get there EARLY!) and further-south snorkeling, not too far from Laheina and Kahului and points beyond. Also, very easy to get to.

Our only complaints are very small ones: We wished we'd discovered earlier that there were softer pillows in the closet, because the first night's sleep wasn't very pleasant, but as soon as we found the other pillows we were much better. And, I wish the kitchen had had a roll of paper towels or napkins as well as a couple of additional drinking glasses--my choices for a wine container were a 3-ounce cordial glass or a 16-ounce beer glass. However, these nit-picks were not troublesome to us.

Overall we were simply thrilled with Nona Lani Cottages and would definitely stay there again.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cherlyn K, Manager at Nona Lani Cottages, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
Aloha Heidi,

We at Nona Lani Cottages were thrilled to hear that we helped make your honeymoon a wonderful event, and one that will remain a beautiful memory of Maui as well as the aloha from folks here, including us.

Whew, I was happy that you did not find "hidden" condos blocking the beautiful view of the ocean. Yes, we purposely do not do "flashy" photos as we try to under-promise and over-deliver.

We just did a new set of photos of the grounds as well as the interior yesterday so we will be certain that these will be uploaded very soon to our website.

We also made a video with one of our New Zealand guest interviewing Nona the proprietor (my mother). We'll be posting this to a new You Tube channel that will be up and running on Nov. 1st. This will answer the questions Nona gets asked all the time about the history of Nona Lani Cottages and one that our repeat guests want to show their friends when they return home. Though Nona is a bit shy, she looks wonderful and very relaxed "talking story" with her guest.

You and your husband make Nona Lani Cottages worth coming to work for and so we thank you!
Mahalo for gracing our property with your presence!

Sincerely,

Cherlyn Kong
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Columbia, Maryland
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

We stayed here during part of our honeymoon. The grounds were beautiful, the beach is right across the street and the location is pretty good (not a far drive to other spots in Kihei or Wailea). We had originally requested one of the ocean view cottages, but once we got there, we discovered that those cottages were right up next to the road. We requested one of the garden view cottages that are set back a bit and they were wonderful and let us move. They have extra towels and beach chairs for the guests to use (request at the office). Overall, we really liked this rental, the cottages were a little dated, but still had a great time staying here.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cherlyn K, Manager at Nona Lani Cottages, responded to this review, September 27, 2013
Aloha Hannah,

Mahalo for taking the time to do a review of Nona Lani Cottages. We see that you are a seasoned traveler and thank you for choosing to stay with us and letting us add special memories for your special time – your honeymoon.

Yes, Nona Lani Cottages grounds are beautiful and we are so glad that we were able to change your reservation to a Garden View cottage. We apologize that we did not emphasize the features of the Garden versus the Ocean View cottage settings. Our office staff is great about making sure we let you know about the two (2) lane scenic road (S. Kihei Rd.) being so close, along with offering an amazing view of the ocean. We may have missed this if you made an online booking and we did not have the opportunity or need to follow up with you by telephone for any added questions.

I take responsibility for you not knowing the Ocean View cottages are close to the scenic roadway and will update our website as well as our email responses to point this feature of the Ocean View cottages out more prominently for our potential guests.

Mind you, some of our guests just love the Ocean View cottage only and others a Garden View. Our goal at Nona Lani Cottages is to make sure we meet your expectations for rest and relaxation, and then some.

We do wish you great travels and again, we appreciate your time to let others know of your experience with Nona Lani Cottages on beautiful Maui!

Sincerely,

Cherlyn Kong, Manager
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

This is my second time staying at the Nona Lani Cottages, recently and 20 years ago. The grounds are beautiful, the people friendly and gracious. The cottages are a throwback to simpler days and are very nice. I love this place.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Cherlyn K, Manager at Nona Lani Cottages, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
Aloha Peggy,

We so appreciate the time you took to review our property. We loved reading that the cottages allowed you to experience beauty, grace and friendliness. That is a real compliment!

It is so nice to know people take the time to "unwind" when they vacation. Though doing tourist sights and activities are great, one of the real beauties of Nona Lani Cottages is that it is peaceful, accessible to a great walking, swimming, and sunset viewing beach, and simply relaxing.

We are so thankful for guests who come back over and over again. We look forward to another of your returns in the near future.

Sincerely,

Cherlyn Kong
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Property: Nona Lani Cottages
Address: 455 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-9095
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Kihei
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Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #15 of 62 Specialty Lodging in Kihei
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Nona Lani Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If your perfect vacation is having your "home away from home," look no further…Nona Lani Cottages, located on the south shores of the wonderful island of Maui, has eight cozy cottages situated on more than two acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, including swaying coconut palms and fragrant flowering plants and tropical fruit trees. Enjoy whale watching in winter months and spectacular sunsets year round from one of our four ocean view cottages, which are just a few short steps from Maui's longest continuous white sand beach and picturesque Ma'alaea Bay. Or if you are more of a tree lover, choose a garden view cottage. Or to mix things up, simply move a lounge chair or comfy hammock on the grounds to just sit back and relax in the shade or sunshine. The Kong family welcomes you to Maui! ... more   less 
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