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Historical Traveler Reviews Kahana Beach Resort Lahaina
We stayed in a one bedroom in April of 2004. The unit was very large and had very nice amenities. The kitchen was fully stocked, the bathroom and kitchen counters had beautiful granite counters, and the view was breathtaking. The property is a very close drive to Kaanapali and Lahaina. There is a small and quiet beach in front which we found was much nicer than the hectic feeling we felt when we went to Kaanapali beach. It does not compare to the glamour of some of the big hotel chains, but the larger units and quiet atmosphere made our stay here worth while.
A week in paradise
I spent 7 nights at Kahana beach resort,and I found it to be enjoyable. It was for my Honeymoon in early October of 2004. I have read the other reviews of this resort and found some of them funny. For starters. This is not a five star hotel,so do not expect one. Yes the pool is small,but clean. There is no daily maid service,so clean up after yourself. There are washer and dryers on the grounds to do Your laundry. The room is big enough for two people. Most of the time You are out enjoying Maui anyway. The parking at the resort was a great thing to have considering We rented a car. The pull out or "hide a bed" was not comfortable,and should only be used as a couch. But ask Yourself a question..Have You ever slept on a pull out couch that was comfortable?? This is common sense stuff. I would say if You are looking for a reasonable place to stay which is on the beach,with a great view of Paradise, this place is for you. If you are looking for daily maid service and a mint on Your pillow it is not. I would go back to this resort,and also tell a friend to go. However I would tell them what to expect.
Most of the staff was very helpful,from directions to setting up activities and also"Local" opinions. Cindy,Sandy, and Denelle stood out in these areas. A Big Mahalo.
Advice: If you know you will be staying here, call 2 weeks in advance and ask for an ocean Front room.(It worked for me) If You plan on cooking and eating in your room stop at the costco by the airport. It will save you quite a bit of money. The hour and a half time share tour will either discount your activities or give you free ones. ( I did not take part in this,but talked to people who did. They said it wasn't bad) No matter where You stay,enjoy Maui it IS Paradise !! In the words of Arnold "I'll be back."
My family just got back from Maui this September 2004 and stayed here at Kahana Beach Resort. We truly had a great time and this is centrally located to all beautiful beaches. Not too far from busy Lahaina and not to far from upscale Kapalua. The amenities are limited but we didnt even notice because we were so busy being out and about. So many things to do - 1 week is definitely not enough. We went to Hana and actually spent the night there (maybe 2 would be better-its a long drive!). The beach at Kahana is best in the early mornings when the water is still calm and beautiful aqua color. We saw plenty sea turtles from our balcony and the most beautiful sunsets from our lanai. The murphy bed was great but the pull-out should remain a sofa (kinda lumpy) so kids preferred the floor (bring sleeping bags). That is the only complaint I have. We reported it to front desk and they repaired it right away. By the way if you're on a getaway and not an owner definitely upgrade to oceanfront - the view is out of this world!!! I dont care what others had said about the front desk personnel- to me if you're nice to people they will be nice to you back. Mahalo Cyndi & Tina and the rest of the crew at Kahana!!!
Spartan resort with bare minimum amenities: very small pool, tiny above-ground hot tub, and small strip of sand called beach. Timeshare salesman actually raved about no amenities keeping maintenance fees low! Room is very small but comfortable - be sure you are booked in an Oceanfront room - 24 Ocean view units on side of building offer partial view of ocean and no view of sunsets. Upgrades to Oceanfront from Ocean view are rare to impossible according to front desk (if you're on a Getaway through a timeshare). No maid service unless paid for (about $27/service); bathrooms are in need of a makeover; Murphy bed seems like a joke but is actually comfortable - too bad the sheets are too small for the bed. Pull-out Sofa, coffee table, TV, nice mini-kitchen, good A/C round out the bill.
When visiting Maui, you will not spend too much time in the room - much to see and do on island. Truly great restaurants are a short drive away. You can also grab beach towels at the front desk and "sneak" over to Sands of Kahana next door - larger beach, pool, hot tub, & lots of lounge chairs for some R&R. Would we stay here again? Probably not. You get what you pay for, and ever though the prices here are not bargain basement, expectations were much higher.
The View Was Great!
We stayed at this resort because it was listed as a getaway through our timeshare exchange. All the getaways do not have the ocean front rooms -- they are on the side of the building with a side view of the ocean and a front view of the resort next door. However, we easily upgraded to an ocean front room for an extra $150.00. It was worth it because the view was spectacular!! I felt like we were on a cruise ship because all you saw was water. Anyway, the place was relatively clean and the kitchen had granite countertops which was a nice touch. I was, however, extremely dissappointed in the beds. We brought our two children and the pull out sofa bed was extremely lumpy and the mattress was actually falling onto the floor. When I complained and asked for a roll away bed they said that would be an extra charge. They sent a maintenance man to fix it, but it didn't help at all. The office staff seemed indifferent to the fact the bed was so terrible. I will be writing the resort a letter as to my disappointment. Sleeping is kind of important. The murphy bed was fine, but the pull out couch was not. Buyer beware.
I love this resort! However, I like beautiful views, the sound of the ocean, and a very relaxing vacation. I do not like all the glitz, crowds, etc of some of the more commercial spots on Maui, beautiful as they are. The room is tastefully decorated, and I love sitting on the lanai and seeing whales, surfers, etc. I also like just walking down to the beach...which is in front of our room, swimming, kayaking. If I want to go to a pool, it is just a few steps to the Sands of Kahana pool right by the Kahana Terrace restaurant. This is definitely a laid back place for people who like to make their own fun. But that is what I like about it! We stayed here in Feb 2004 and are booked for Feb 2005!
I wish some of the newly added reviews had been up before I made my reservations for the Kahana Beach Resort. I thought I was getting a deal to a nice resort through my membership to an exchange/getaway service tied to my timeshare ownership. I had read this facility had been remodeled in the last couple of years and I had high expectations.
I also thought that since Kahana is right between the nice Ka'anapili and Kapulua areas, I would be going to a really nice area of Maui. Boy, was I disappointed! Yes, the units had recently been remodeled and I will say I did like the neutral decor, berber carpets, tile floors and granite countertops. However, the bathroom fixtures were not maintained as well as they should have been and were already showing signs of mildew and disrepair. The bathroom faucet was especially annoying, requiring much fiddling to actually get it to shut off completely. The room itself was ok, had a lovely view of the ocean and was livable, though the bed wasn't terribly comfortable. One of the major disappointments I discovered at this resort was daily housekeeping was NOT offered; only a mid-week towel exchange and trash removal service was provided. Not only that, but while other resorts in the area freely provide beach towels to take to the pool and beach areas, Kahana Beach Resort is very stingy in this department. When I requested beach towels at 10:30 one morning, I was told they were they last of the towels and I'd better make them last. They do, however, provide "amenities" in the form of cheesy activities in which you can participate, such as paint your own coconut and make your own hula hat, all intended to make your stay at the Kahana Beach Resort memorable and fun (and to distract you from the fact they don't want to spend the time and money on clean towel provisions). The grounds are basic but OK. The pool area is very small and surrounded by cement, though the beach beyond is quite beautiful. The spa is a portable hot tub just like you might have in your own backyard. They do provide covered chaise lounges which are nice to get through the sudden 10 minutes of refreshing Maui rain you may encounter each day. Free parking is provided, but there are very few spaces available. Beyond the resort, my impression of the Kahana area was that it was probably the place to be in the 70s, but it is a little run-down now. Most of the hotels/condos in the area seemed to need some refurbishing, though there were a few that seemed like they had been kept up nicely. I had stayed in Lahaina during a previous visit and I liked that more because I could walk to town and to the harbor and save a lot of money on parking. I will say there were two bright spots in Kahana: the beaches are fabulously uncrowded with beautiful views and there is a dive shop across the street from where we were staying with a very nice, helpful staff and very reasonable prices. Go to Kahana to get your snorkel gear and spend a day on the beach, but stay somewhere else.
When you look at the picture of the KBR on the web, you get the impression of all the units are oceanfront. WRONG. 24 of the units are on the side and are called oceanview. There goes the views of whales, turtles, etc. When we tried to upgrade to oceanfrint, the "lovely" lady at the front desk said "no way". Not "We'll see what we can do", or "We'll try to get you in"; just NO. Aside from the hospitality at the front desk, the place itself is not bad at all. The units are tiny but comfortable. The pool, hot tub, and oceanfrint are too small. (BIG HINT: Get your beach towels at the front desk and take a short walk to the "Sands of Kahana" right next door). You can take advantage of their hot tub, large pool, and ample beach area. Would we go back: probably not, but that's not saying it's a terrible place. Go to the 2 hour timeshare pitch and get discounts on everything from whale watching to magic shows.
Some Good; Some Bad
THE GOOD POINTS: Oceanfront with gorgeous views of Lanai and Molokai.
Whales, stingrays, turtles and awesome sunsets can be seen from the condo balcony. Free parking. Studio's have "starter kit" with kitchen supplies, plus dinnerware, glassware, pots and pans, microwave, fridge, and stovetop. Linens and towels (including beach towels) are included.
Linens and towels are changed by daily maid service. Waves pounding the beach are a relaxing sound heard in the studio apartment. A/C in good working order. BBQ grill is handy and good. THE BAD POINTS: 1-hour's drive from main airport; ugly brown beach; small pool; limited supply of lounge chairs and parking spaces; drive to main resort areas (restaurants, attractions) such as Lahaina and Kaanapali; unlike the misleading info. on Expedia.com, we were told there is no free exercise room on site, (pay at another location to use gym), activity desk offers discounts only if you go to a time share meeting, check out is 11 a.m., unlike misleading info. at Expedia.com which says "check out time is 12:00 PM; not impressed with Consolidated Resorts Management (front desk and corporate office)personnel's reply when I complained about a few problems. Nothing for teenagers to do on site. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS RESORT AND WILL NOT GO BACK.
March 2001- Loved it!
This is a smaller property with a small, but nice pool. The beach is very close to your room. You can hear the pound of the surf. The sand is not as fine here as it was at other parts of the island. But the waves were kicky enough to give you a slammin' boogie board ride. Our room was beautiful. Really fabulous bed! The kitchen was soo clean and really well equiped. We made the mistake of moving after 3 days to accomodations in Kihei that weren't nearly as nice. This area is a little more quiet than Lahaina. Very well kept property.
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... ALL night long? Even with ear plugs in, white noise droning on on our MP3 player, plus the natural sound of the waves outside our condo, Jim's deep, rumbling snoring bores straight into me. On one hand, perhaps it's comforting to know that he is scaring away any potential threats to our lives like saber-toothed tigers. On the other hand, I cannot get a good night's sleep.
Alas, as the nights go by and Jim catches up on his sleep, his snoring has softened ...
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