My wife, 23 year old daughter and I spent the last week of June 2010 at the Aston Kaanapali Shores (AKS) in Maui. This was our sixth visit to Maui, and our fourth stay at AKS, going back some 27 years to 1983. I was pleasantly surprised to find that AKS is currently in the best condition I have ever seen it. I had reserved a “Deluxe Ocean View” two-bedroom condo via the Internet on the AKS website for $254 per night plus tax. When we arrived, the desk clerk was very nice, and asked if we would be interested in upgrading to an ocean front two bedroom suite for an additional $150 per nigh plus tax. We didn’t want to spend the extra money, but decided to look at both rooms and then decide.
Our original assigned room was # 723. It was a nice room that had been remodeled fairly recently, and had a decent sized balcony (aka lanai in Hawaii) with a nice view of the ocean, as well as about 100 yards of hotel grounds in between the room and the beach. We were told that the room was 1235 square feet in size. We decided to just look at the other room, although those dollar signs were flashing in my eyes big-time.
Well, all it took was a glimpse of the ocean front room (Room 501) to convince us that it was worth the extra $150 per night (plus tax, of course). It was a beautiful 2005 square foot suite with granite counter-tops in the full kitchen, a big living room, two full baths, a great master bedroom opening onto the balcony, and a good sized second bedroom. Both bedrooms had king-size beds, and I assume that the sofa in the living room was a convertible, although we didn’t need it. When we took a look at the view and the huge lanai, we were sold. The unit is a corner unit on the southwest corner of the building with a huge wrap-around balcony that is probably 200 - 250 square feet by itself. The unobstructed view began at due north, and swept around the entire 180 degree beachfront to the west, over the pool area to the south, and over the rest of the AKS grounds, ending at the lush green mountains to the east. Around 5 PM almost every evening, we watched a rainbow form in front of the mountains to the east, and then turned west to watch a beautiful Maui sunset as the big orange ball set over Lanai.
ASK has two buildings. One building, the much smaller of the two, which is south of the larger building, has two ocean front rooms per floor (ending in 61) along with seven other rooms per floor. I believe it has five floors. Those two ocean front rooms are 1233 square feet each. We were in the larger building (9 floors). There are two ocean front rooms per floor (designated by the floor number followed by 01 and 02), and approximately 50 other rooms per floor. Rooms designated -02 have views to the north and west, and the rooms designated -01 are to the south and west. Those two ocean front rooms are called the Aloha Suites on every floor, I believe. I personally think the -01 rooms have the better view over the -02 rooms. Both have better views than the ocean front rooms in the smaller building.
Our final cost per night for the room including all taxes and the $9.00 daily parking fee was $463.17 per night. Obviously that is quite steep, but it was for a two bedroom apartment, and by Hawaii standards, it really wasn’t terribly high. Plus, we received a $125 “50 plus” credit against our mai-tai bill for being old! Unfortunately, the bar bill was considerably larger....
The food in the Beach Club restaurant is OK, but nothing to write home about. The bartender makes great mai-tais, and happy hour is from 3:30 to 5:30PM I think. The pool is big enough , and there are ample chairs for guests to expose their bodies to the ever-present UV rays. There are a number of Mynah birds that think they own the place, as well as any food you might be munching on, and on occasion, they might choose to “drop-in” on you while you dine or sunbathe. Unfortunately, that seems to be the case no matter where you go in Hawaii nowadays. Finally, if you book a room at AKS, be sure to request a recently remodeled/upgraded room, as there are apparently some rooms there that have not been remodeled for many years.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located beachfront on Kaanapali Beach, this magnificent condominium resort combines spacious, well-appointed suites with hotel-caliber services. Enjoy the beauty of expanse ocean views and direct access to the beach. Amenities include complete kitchens, WiFi, onsite cultural programs, an activities desk for off-site arrangements, and a year-round kids program, Camp Kaanapali. This self-contained property boasts 2 swimming pools, a beachfront restaurant and bar, fitness center and spa featuring an indoor/outdoor massage service. All of these great amenities and services combined with an exceptional guest service staff make for an unforgettable vacation and the experience of true Aloha Spirit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aston Hotel Lahaina
- Aston Hotel Kaanapali Shores
- Kaanapali Shores Maui
- Maui Aston Kaanapali Shores Condominiums
- Aston Kaanapali Shores Condos
- Maui Resortquest Kaanapali Shores
- Kaanapali Shores Hotel
- Resortquest Kaanapali Shores Maui
- Kaanapali Shores Resort
- Aston Kaanapali Shores Maui/Lahaina