We just returned from a wonderful stay at the Honua Kai. This complex will truly be amazing once it is completed.
First the positives. The rooms are gorgeous with granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and other amenities of a 5 star hotel. The location is also great and we felt like we had a private beach as there were only a couple of people there. If you walk 5 minutes down the beach path to the Westin Villas it is packed. The people who worked there are extremely nice and helpful.
The current negatives (which should be fixed once the second tower is opened) is there is moderate construction noise which starts early (7 AM). Some days you could not hear a thing and other days there was significant noise with a lot of work vehicles there. There is only one pool which (although beautiful) is just a pool. We had the luxury of having friends stay at the Westin Villas at the same time and the Westin was packed (to crowded for my liking) but they had a pirate pool with waterslides which the kids loved. The Honua Kai has plans to have a kids pool and water park in the second phase. The other negative is there is no restaurant at the current time.
Other comments: My parents got a room at the Honua Kai direct while we rented through an owner on VRBO. There were pros and cons to each of these. Renting direct was more expensive but you got daily made service and other amenities (shampoo, laundry detergent, etc.) you'd find in a hotel. They also got complimentary towels at the pool and free parking items which we had to pay extra for. They also were shown several rooms and got to choose which one they liked best. Our room through the owner was cheaper and had things such as spices, coffee filters, other cooking items as well as full sized beach towels and other things you'd associate with a condo. Additionally, our key got demagnetized while we were out (were told this happens if you keep it to close to your cellphone) and we could not get security at the complex to let us into the room (where we had other keys). We had to sit around until the offsight condo manager drove over and let us into the room.
Overall: A great place to stay and will be awesome (and more expensive) once the second phase is complete.
- 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 Hotel Lahaina
- Honua Kai Resort And Spa
- Honua Kai Resort & Spa Maui/Lahaina