Honua Kai Resort & Spa Ka’anapali Beach, Maui – ☆☆☆☆☆
Date of Travel: October 2010
Over the past many years I have been hearing rave reviews about Maui and its dazzling tropical splendor. I hadn’t been to Maui since my dear old mother shipped me there for summer camp in the late 80’s, so naturally I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Quite frankly, all I can remember is some shack-like dwelling inhabited by throngs of vexatious five to eight year olds singing Raffi Cavoukian songs and gallivanting about on some spiritual hippy compound.
The decision was made that now was as good a time as any to gain a more accurate perspective of Hawaii’s neighboring isle to the north.
I took my time reading review after review in search of the perfect place to stay on Maui. My mind was set on booking a condo-like accommodation with full kitchen inclusive. As many of you know, I am regularly disappointed when restaurants fail to cater toward my specific dietary preferences, so my plan was to do the cooking myself this time around… no one to blame but myself!
There were so many interesting resorts to choose from, but in the end, I found exactly what I was looking for. We decided to reserve our 3 night stay at Honua Kai Resort & Spa Ka’anapali Beach, Maui.
The drive from Kahului airport to the Honua Kai was approximately 45 minutes. Liz and Romeo warmly greeted us at time of check-in, giving us a brief overview of the resorts features and amenities. We were then promptly escorted to our Ohana Ocean View studio/condominium in the brand new, beautifully appointed Konea Tower. Just as expected, our condo was spacious, clean and featured a full, state of the art kitchen complete with granite countertops and stainless steel fixtures and appliances. Floor to ceiling custom nana wall doors opened to our personal lanai (balcony) and offered spectacular views of neighboring island, Lana’i.
An amply equipped fitness facility on the ground level of the Konea Tower proved to be useful on more occasion than one. Miles of oceanfront pathways are also great for a jog or leisurely walk.
The ‘Aina Gourmet Market (in the Hokulani Tower) is stocked with an enticing array of specialty, organic and locally grown grocery items perfect for stocking your cabinets with both necessities and perhaps a guilty indulgence or two. 100% Maui Coffee drinks, a quality selection of herbal and caffeinated teas, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are available for take-out all day. A refreshing beverage from their fresh juice and smoothie bar is an imperative part of your afternoon visit to the pool.
There were times when we would take drives up and down the coast to see just how good of a decision we had made with our chosen accommodation. In the end it was concluded that no superior alternative to the Honua Kai exists for miles and miles. As far as condos go, I felt that we had chosen the very best. Many of the hotels along the coast were dated and noticeably past their prime. I also was slightly put off by the touristy vibe emanating from certain areas of the island. It could have just been a slow week at our resort, but I didn’t feel as saturated in touristy ignorance as in other areas nearby.
Although most of our time on Maui was unfortunately spent doing work on the laptop, we found the Honua Kai to be a wonderful choice for the traveler in search of a home away from home. The pool facilities are great for the whole family and miles of sandy beach access are ideal for a host of water activities. You won’t find the pool boy enticing you with a continuous facial spray of Evian or even icy towels to allay the heightened temperature of your listless sunbathing self, but indeed there is a time and place for everything.
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