As many other things go, there's very limited accommodations in Molokai so it is important to consider your options before booking your stay there. We're very happy that we booked directly with Chaya for their unit - A215 - in Molokai Shores and feel as if we've stumbled upon a small secret.
For reference, Molokai Shores is largely a residential condo with some units that are managed for rental by the on-site management. As I understand, these units are largely privately owned and can be hit or miss based on age, furnishings, appliances, and upkeep. I don't have any specific experience with other units but that's the impression I get from other readers' comments. Shared facilities are generally nice (not resort quality, mind you, but more like a 25-30 year old condo complex quality.) the pool is nice and the small beach is lovely.
The other units in the complex are owned and resided in full time by a mix of locals and retired folks - it's kind of charming and everyone seems to mix together well. Every evening seemed to have a small gathering of folks on the beach for sunset.
Now as far as the unit itself goes, it would be tough to beat - it is not managed by Molokai Shores but directly through the owner so you won't get it if you book through MS. Very new fixtures, appliances, furniture, a very cozy bed with tons of amenities especially all the nice bath supplies. Towels and sheets are very new and great quality - you might as well be staying at the Sheraton across the channel. The kitchen is full of top notch diningware, glassware, cookware, accessories, and even the flatware are a complete matching set! The owners truly care about sharing a great experience with you on Molokai and it really shows in the details. Unlike other rentals, there's a good chance that a few non-perishables (rice, sugar, tea bags, etc.) left by a previous renter will be left stored in the kitchen refrigerator for you - a very thoughtful plus since the grocery stores in Kaunakakai close at 8:00 and it's easy to forget some essentials. Just put all food stuff away though - like everywhere else in Hawaii, critters can get attracted to smells regardless of what floor you're on so keep it clean and everyone's happy. Not to mention that this place is pretty close to spotless to begin with.
Lot's of great entertainment options in the unit - although to be honest, we hardly used them at all. Beach supplies, towels, cooler bag, floats, boogie boards, are all provided as well as a couple of golf putters should you want to practice on the putting green in the middle of the Molokai Shores grounds. View directly from the Lanai over the grounds and out to the sea - it's beautiful here. Staying at A215 was a tremendous deal, and we would look forward to doing so again.
A couple of issues to note - these aren't gripes but just fyi since you should not expect this place to be like a resort. There's no A/C - I can't imagine very many places on Molokai having a/c to be honest though. It seems to be a tremendous luxury, but there are overhead and portable fans throughout the place to help. There is an internet connection, but as of this writing it is directly wired so expect to plug in your laptop (or at least use the nice one that they provide). But don't expect to go wireless with your smartphone, iPad or anything like that just yet. There are a few other units in the building that did have open wireless that I could jump onto but not consistently. Also, the sofa is very nice but the sofabed is way too soft to be useful for most anyone to sleep on so I would not recommend expecting to use it in that way. As long as you're aware of those issues, you'll have a fantastic stay on Molokai if you book this unit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located in Molokai's largest town, this property offers one- and two-bedroom oceanfront condominiums with full kitchens and a wide array of amenities, including a swimming pool, shuffleboard, and barbecue station. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marc Molokai Shores Hotel Kaunakakai
- Castle Molokai Shores Resort Hawaii