Aston At The Maui Banyan
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Wow... My arms will be black and blue by the time I get finished this vacation.. I still think I'm dreaming. The country side on the way from the airport is so lush and the mountains (old volcanoes) are so breath taking... What a place. Paradise couldn't get much nicer... More to come later....
... for the launch. By the time the canoe was ready to be paddled, we already had full body warm-up.
Kimokeo started the trip by leading us to chant, to thank all gods (earth, sky, ancestors) and to gain permission & blessing to enter the ocean. They even had canoe for kids, same size, but with much smaller partition in between seats. As the native Hawaiian kids learn about navigation since they're 5 years old.
We enjoyed every second of ...
... onto the boat, and turn in our wetsuit and flippers. We had brought our own mask and snorkel. After taking a roll call, we started back. On the way back, the crew served delicious sugar cookies, and the camera guy played a video of all the video clips he had taken during the trip. The video showed people boarding the boat, people sitting in their seats with their family and showing the Shaka (thumb and pinky out, middle three fingers closed in a fist), the ...
Sunshine is good. Especially when you have survived a long wet winter. Arriving by plane and exiting the airport is always magical to me. There is the sunshine yes but the palm trees and the amazing floral fragrance that drifts to your nostrils that keeps me coming back. We had a slow start to our day but found our way to the Wailea Shops. It has great shopping and of course my most favourite restaurant Cheeseburger ...
Yoga Pilates Went to Kipahulu. Bought fruit, had tangelo juice and coffee at Liliko organic farm can't wait to taste their many varieties of bananas . A very narrow and winding road. Steep cliffs overlooking the pacific. Had a very close call with a 4x4 idiot Stopped for Huli Huli chicken at Hamoa beach. Pizza ..for dinner and a terrific salad. At Hanna Farm. Have to go again. Plus a Chevy Chase movie. The town was out sitting on benches watching the Xmas ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Aston At The Maui Banyan Kihei
We had an excellent vacation at the maui banyan. We stayed in a two bedroom and the condo was nicely decorated and clean. We were there for 9 days and I would definately stay there again. The location is really convenient to most everything and the Kamole beaches are literally right across the street. Our family had two adults and two teenagers and the condo was spacious enough so we never felt cramped. Since we were staying for so long I asked the front desk staff to see the condo before we checked in just to be sure. I was not disappointed! We stayed there the first week of October which was another reason the condo was so reasonably priced.
The Maui Banyan is a five-story building hosting individual condo units with small patios outside. It has a hotel feel. We were pleasantly surprised and happy with the accomodations. Our unit was a one-bedroom condo with two bathrooms and a washer & dryer which were very convenient. The bedroom is separated by pocket doors into the living room. The living room has a pull-out couch. The kitchen was clean and well equipped with dishwasher, microwave fridge...and fully stocked with pots/pans, silverware, etc. The pool area had gas bbq grills which worked out wonderfully. The only bad remark I can give the Banyan is that the window air conditioner was insufficient for the room size. We kept it on high all day and it still never fully cooled the condo. We ended up sleeping in the living room and keeping the pocket doors closed to the bedroom to get some relief from the heat. We would definitely stay there again...despite this. Previous reviews stated that the Banyan was noisy...we never noticed any noise. Kihei is a great central place to be in Maui and I would not hesitate to go back.
It was ok
October 28, 2003
We just got back from Maui. This property has been rated a 5 star resort in the Interval International book. The accomadations were nice and clean, but far from the 5 star properties that we have stayed in before. Do not expect the units to be fully stocked with amenities.
We stayed here for a week in January 2003 before going on to a resort on Kauai for a week. Started off a little nervous as in our rental car we discovered roaches. This made everything seem a little dirty. But once we got over that - we enjoyed the stay. The rooms were clean - the space was more than we needed and we did not notice any sounds others have reported- despite being almost directly above the main entrance.
Want to return
We had a great time in feb at the Maui Bayan in kihei. I had never been to Maui before, the accomodation was perfect. We had a great rest. The staff were very good and helpful when we needed anything. I hope we can make this trip a yearly event. Thanks Jackie
Stayed for two weeks on a High School trip four years ago and had the best time. I am coming back and chose to stay here again!
Comfortable and Quiet
Stayed for 5 nights recently. Great location away from the main road. Lots of parking available. I had a ground floor one-bedroom condo facing the parking garage and driveway, but still very quiet! It has two average pools, but never used them. As noted you are right across the street from Kama'ole Beach 2 and short walk to the other beaches. Front desk staff are friendly and average helpfulness. My room was basic, yet very clean and bright. Perfect for me, I was away during the day and home in the evenings. Overall, a great stay and spacious room for the price. I would definitely return again.
Just stayed there for two nights two weeks ago in order to play golf on Maui. The check-in was done by a very nice staff, and they made sure we had all the information we needed to make our stay comfortable. Our two bedroom unit was clean and very nice, with a cute lanai in the back for our casual use. The sofa bed was a bonus for me. It was one of the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in! My group had two of these units, and we all agreed that these condo units were outstanding. It made our trip worthwhile.
Home away from Home
Stayed 2 weeks at the Maui Bayan and totally enjoyed our stay. We had a one bedroom on the third floor. We found it was clean, the staff friendly, and good BBQ areas. The pool areas were always clean and were not too busy. It is a five minute walk to the beach, which was a real benefit. We usually made breakfast/lunches or BBQ'd. We could have stayed a month because this ability made the trip much more relaxing (as well as saved us money).When we first entered the hallways we were a little disappointed, because there were lots of stains on the carpet (which didn't give a very good first impression). The rooms are likely due for a renovation in the near future, but were very clean.We would definitely return to this condo.
Recently stayed at the Maui Banyan Feb. 2003. Rooms are very clean with comfortable beds, front desk staff is nice but not overly helpful, a Pleasant Hawaiian Agent is located on property to help with planning tours not necessarily the best deals but they are very helpful, groundskeeping staff is very helpful in telling you where to eat, DA KITCHEN - local plate lunches, and what to do, Lanai is small but who needs that when Kam II, the beach, is directly across the street. The rooms are quite, no traffic noise, so that you can enjoy the sound of the ocean and the birds. Located a short walking distance from everything in Kihei. If renting a car there is parking but the spaces are small and they do not charge a per day parking fee. I would stay there again.