We stayed in B-504. It's a corner unit, which has two lanais: one faces up the western coast, and has a view of Molokai, as well as the pool area and the adjacent building A. The other lanai is off of the master bedroom, and faces out towards Lanai. Both views are spectacular, and you're right on the ocean. One morning we spotted whales cruising right in front of the condo. We grabbed our binoculars and sure enough, we saw a pod of humpback whales breaching and playing right before our eyes. The spectacle lasted an hour or two -- a magical experience! We also lost count of the number of rainbows we saw from our lanai. It was just gorgeous.
Other reviewers have complained about traffic noise in the unit, but we heard none. In fact, this was a very quiet unit -- we didn't hear any of our neighbors and we hope they didn't hear us since we came with our 17-month old son who cries a bit before bed. You can, however, hear the waves crashing along the shore just below your room. Some reviewers complained about that, but to my mind, that's nuts. Why come to Maui and stay in an oceanfront condo if you don't want the ocean to lull you to sleep?
The interior of the unit is very nice. The kitchen was recently renovated, and everything is new and in good working order. It's well stocked with pots, pans, dinnerware, and gadgets (blender, coffee maker, hand mixer), but it was not stocked with other basic necessities. Usually when we rent a condo we find salt, pepper, oil, sugar, tinfoil, and other basics somewhere in the kitchen. This one was bare -- we had to pick up everything from the store.
The unit has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, both with showers. One thing to note is that the hot water takes a while to get going, but it does work. One of the bedrooms has a TV in it, the other one is connected to the living room but can be separated with tasteful Japanese style sliding doors. The beds are comfy and the furniture is in good condition. There's free wi-fi as well.
As other reviewers have noted, the name "resort" is a bit of a misnomer. This isn't a resort, like the Westin or what have you. It's a beachfront condo complex with a heated pool (no hot tub), underground parking, and a few BBQs. If you're looking for a quiet place you can call home for a while, a short drive from the relative bustle of Kaanapali and Lahaina, this place is great. If you're looking for a full-fledged resort, with a restaurant, bar, rental services, etc., this isn't for you. (A good middle ground is the Sands of Kahana, right down the road.)
A final note about the beach. When we stayed at the Hololani (December 2012), a giant storm had apparently just knocked out the stairs that lead from the property to the beach. You could still use the ramp down, but it was cordoned off with yellow tape and a sign saying you used it at your own risk. I ran into the manager (a very friendly and helpful guy) who said they were looking into fixing it. It was a minor annoyance to have to brave the broken steps or sneak through the trees into the adjacent property to make our way down to the beach. Also, there is really no beach to speak of directly in front of the complex. It's coral, sandbags, and bags of rocks, all set to deal with keeping the ocean at bay. But there's a really nice beach (especially for kiddies) about a minute's walk to the left.
Overall, we really enjoyed our ten days here and would certainly recommend it.
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- Also Known As:
- Hololani Resort Lahaina
- Hololani Hotel Lahaina
- Hololani Resort Maui/Lahaina