After researching several locations on Maui, including rental homes, my husband, grown children and their partners including our two year old grandson decided the options at Honua Kai offered the ideal options for all of us. My husband and I opted to stay in a spacious one bedroom while our kids with our grandson selected a one bedroom and our other two (accompanied by our daughter-in-law and our youngest son's girlfriend) split a two bedroom, two bath overlooking the ocean. As they arrived first, they prepared us for the fact that while this was more like a condo than a hotel - it isn't grand in the way many hotels on the island are - but it was certainly sufficient for our needs, clean with ample pool and outdoor areas. There's a small cafe/market off the lobby with a grocery store and Walgreens nearby to stock the kitchens in the rooms, which were well-supplied with glasses, cups and utensils. Dukes was the only dining facility; I thought I'd read that more options were going to be available but that was the only option I saw and area dining appeared limited.
Our kids arrived at an excellent solution to the limited dining choices by arranging ahead of time for a very special way to celebrate Mother's Day and my husband's birthday by contracting with a private chef to serve dinner for us in the large two bedroom condo which was a highlight of our stay. The meal was expertly prepared by Hiram of Honu Cuisine, Personal Chef Service, and his assistant who spent over six hours attending to every detail of the 5+ course meal. Everything, from setting the table to cleaning up, was all taken care of by these two gentlemen and surpassed a 5 star restaurant experience in cuisine and overall enjoyment.
The slight drawbacks are: limited seating choices/availability on the beach, overall windiness (which I don't quite understand) in this particular area but it seemed to be more so there than any other region on the beach, towel cards one must always be mindful of keeping track of or risk being charged $50, and the dim lighting in the bathrooms.
This is a very family-centered facility and my son and daughter-in-law were able to rent a stroller as the one they'd taken on the plane sustained some damage. That said, I'm glad my husband and I arranged to spend some time at the end of the week on our own, as did our other son and
his wife who reported they were happy to spend some time away from kids. I didn't see an "adults only" pool so if you're a couple looking for some special time together without young children around, you may want to consider this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on world-famous Kaanapali North Beach, Honua Kai provides an unparalleled level of service and all the amenities of a luxury resort with expansive one, two, and three bedroom suites. Perhaps the greatest luxury of all is simply the space to spread out. Inside, the feel is that of a luxury Maui vacation home, graciously furnished in exotic wood and polished granite, and tastefully equipped with top of the line appliances. The gourmet kitchens contain everything you need to make a fantastic meal. Or simply make reservations at one of our spectacular restaurants. This is the Hawaii vacation you have always imagined, exactly as you imagined it. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Honua Kai Resort And Spa
- Honua Kai Hotel Lahaina
- Honua Kai Resort & Spa Maui/Lahaina