We spent a little over a week at this hotel during Spring Break this year.
We really like the apartment. We picked a deluxe 2 bedroom/2 bath suite and it was really worth it and the difference in price to the standard room isn't really big.
The place was spacious, well planned, clean, the kitchen was large, bright and updated with granite countertops. So it was pleasant to come "home" after a day out and about. The balcony was also spacious, nice place to relax, have a drink after coming back from the beach.
The grounds are not so big, but really well kept, with 2 pool areas on the smallish side, but keep in mind this is more of an apartment building than a hotel.
We rarely used the pool, but when we did, it wasn't crowded as most people use the beach right across, Kamaole II, which in my opinion, is the best of them, specially if you have older kids that want to catch the shore break with their bodyboards. Be careful though, as during our stay, we saw a number of people being tossed around, including me, and pushed off the boards when the breaks got strong, even though they are not always strong. One woman had a bone broken - don't know exactly what happened though, but she got taken away by an ambulance.
The lobby is tiny and stripped down to basics. You can get a couple of movies to watch for free out of a machine there, which our kids thought was neat.
There is a concierge desk an the lady there will give you great advice on things to do and book your tours. However, due to the large size of the complex, we always found a few people either ahead or behind us in line waiting to talk to her...One family must have booked every attraction the island had to offer while we waited... So it is a good idea to keep checking when there is nobody there and then that's your chance to go get advice.
The beach is right across the street and that is the best setup.
When it was time to check out at lunch, but we still had plenty of hours left in our day before our flight left, so they told us we could book their courtesy room for a couple of hours. That was great as it afforded us the chance to go to the beach one more time in the afternoon and still have a place to shower, get ready, etc.
They don't provide any beach chairs, umbrellas, towels or toys at the apartment, like we have seen at other places with a similar setup, so you do need to bring/buy your own. Key-Mart is a good place for that.
Sometimes people leave things behind - we did, and maybe it would be useful to ask at the lady at the desk if there is any item such as those left there that other guests can use.
It was a good place to stay, if you plan to stay at one of the Kamaole beaches. A few years before we stayed at Kamaole Sands down the road, but this experience at the Maui Banyan was a lot better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spacious suites across from the beach. This affordable condominium resort on Maui's South Coast is within easy walking distance of shops and restaurants. Access to swimming pools, outdoor barbecues and tennis courts and proximity to golf and the beach make this modern resort especially popular with families and larger parties. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aston At The Maui Banyan Hotel Kihei
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