Aston Mahana At Kaanapali
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We loved our beachfront 1st floor accomodations at the Mahana (unit 115)!! We were married on Maui, so this was also a honeymoon as well as a vacation. We enjoyed how quiet the Mahana was. On one side is the Maui Kai, but on the other side there are no hotels for about a half mile, so it's very quiet and private. The Star Market is literally walking distance so that's also extremely convenient when you consider Safeway in Lahaina is the only other (full) market but it's 5-10 minute drive back to Lahaina Cannery Mall. I agree it's not the best beach on Maui but if you like laying out on comfy lounge chairs on cool green grass, this is your place! If you do want to go into the ocean (where there's less rocks) just grab your towel and take a short stroll and there you are. The best of both worlds. I wouldn't suggest this place for families that are looking for one of those big resorts where they have room service, valet parking, or hotel restaurants on site. Also there are no huge swimming pools w/pool-side swim up bar here, but there is a very clean pool there. (no shallow 'kiddie' pool) HOWEVER, I highly recommend the Mahana if you want comfy beach front accomodatoins and peace and quiet away from the huge 'valet-only' resorts you can sometimes get lost in. We found this great place at www.mauiloding.com (I highly recommended checking this website out) Mahalo!
My husband I and I stayed at the Aston Mahana for our honeymoon in Novemeber 2001. I just read more recent reviews of the hotel and things haven't seemed to change. Still nice and a good deal. We were very happy with our room which was an ocen view. Lovely sunsets. The rooms were very nice and clean. We especailly liked the fact they had a kitchenette, with fridge, stove, along with washer and dryer. The hotel even supplied you with Laundry soap! The hotel seemed to attract older, retired individuals though, we are in our 20's. We didn't mind the fact it was a bit more quiet and peaceful than other hotels which may have attracted younger vacationers. There is no restaurant at the Mahna, but the Embassy-the big pink hotel next door, has a snack bar and drink bar with nightly live music. I reccomend a MOLAKAI MONKEY from the bar----YUMMMMY! Compared to the Embassy and other hotels we went to in on Maui, the Mahana wasn't AS impressive, but the prices were more appealing. Staff was very friendly and they had a travel desk in the lobby that could help you book tours etc. on the island. We did have a gecko (a little lizard) in our hotel room. They are all over outside and won't hurt anyone. We believe it must have gotten in when the maids came. My husband just picked it up and threw it outside. No harm done!
We HAVE to tell anyone reading this, to go to Erics Seafood Grotto to dine (the front desk recommend it) Food is absolutly wonderful---and very reasonable prices, with fantastic service! TRUST US--we went there 4 times within our 11 day stay on Maui!
Great place to stay
My wife & I stayed at the Mahana in April of 2003. We had a one bedroom ocean front on the 11th floor, the room was excellent (very clean & well kept). The view was spectacular off the patio, especially at sunset (the sun would set right between Lanai & Molokai). The apt. also came with a washer & dryer, & a full kitchen, this is great for those of you who like save money & cook yourself. They also have 2 large gas BBQ's next to the pool. If you want to eat out there is a good restaurant for breakfast at the Kaanapali Shores (2 hotels up the beach) & Whalers Village is a short drive away for lunch or Dinner. The beach on the other hand is not the best swimming or surfing beach (reef right of the cost & shore break, very shallow) But there was some good snorkeling if you swim out a little ways (about 50 yards) to deeper water (I had a really cool encounter with some sea turtles). If you want to swim you can walk down towards black rock (about 1 mile) its a nice walk along the beach, the snorkeling down there is good too.
Anyhow I could go on forever, we loved this place & will defiantly stay here again in the future. By far this is the best value on the island that I have found so far.
Looking for a deal? We loved the Mahana!!!
The Mahana is older, but beautiful! The view from our room was breathtaking. If you like an ocean view, sea-turtles and seals this is a great one because the resort has them living right off the beach, and the beach is feet from your living room window. May I also mention that the living room walls are windows? It was nice and quiet, if you needed some excitement a quick walk to the Embassy next door did the trick. We would definatly stay here again!!! A+++++
Would LOVE to RETURN!
We loved our two bedroom suite at the Aston Mahana . It was decorated very nice and had all the comforts of home. The big windows on two sides show a wonderful view. The view was beautiful of the ocean and was just a few feet from shore. Parking was close to the entrance and everything was clean. I was so comfortable inside that I was almost content to stay inside, but of course we wanted to see everything we could. Of course we would have preferred a better rate and maybe they have times where there are lower prices.I would like the same suite if we ever get to return. Loved the whole stay in Maui! It has been just over a year since we were there and we still miss everything! Thanks for the Memories!
3rd time a charm
This was going to be my wifes and my 3rd visit to Maui. The last one was 8 years ago and we were cashing in 180K delta points to get there with our friend Ladda. I had started planning back in January for a May trip and had originally booked the Kaanapali Shores for our 8 day visit to Maui. I kept reading some mixed reviews on the Trip Advisor and decided to call our booking agent, Dave at Royal Hawaiian Condos. He said that the place was in need of some upgrades and had rebooked others with the same concern. I am really glad he suggested the Mahana. It was better than we had expected. We booked a 2 bedroom (2 bath) end unit on the 4th floor. The views from the lanai were spectacular with Lanai on the left and Molokai on the right. The rooms were tastefully decorated and we felt very comfortable staying there. Everything we needed was there in the kitchen and we would eat breakfast (on the lanai) and dinner there. (There is a STAR supermarket just down the street) We had lunches out while we were sightseeing or golfing. Daily house cleaning is also provided and the washer/dryer is a real plus. Most of the other hotels charge for parking but the Mahana is free. The beach is very close (60 ?) and there is a reef there but a few hundred feet in either direction is an excellent beach for swimming and snorkeling and its a 15 minute walk to the Sheraton at Black Rock. Kapalua beach is 10 min down the road and because of limited parking its never crowded. We have stayed at the Hyatt and Stouffers (now gone) in Wailea and they had wonderful facilities but this by far was our best experience in Maui and will definitely rebook the next time we come back.
Like the reviewer below, I too am reluctant to pass the word on this place for fear it gets mobbed. But I second the kudos: great location, nicely furnished, clean, spectacular views. Rainbows and whales every morning. Beach is a little dangerous and when it is windy, the blowing sand has a hell of a sting. However, there are several nice, protected swimming areas within a few minutes drive so that is no big deal. It was lovely to sit on the balcomy eating breakfast (supermarket is a short walk) while watching whales breach and rainbows move closer and closer to shore as the sun rises in the morning sky. Great sounds, too, since you are almost right on top of the waves. When they say "oceanfront" they really mean it! I would go back at the price. (Tip for frequent flyers: You can book the place through aavacations.com and collect 3,000 bonus miles.)
Home sweet Home
We were originally booked at the Royal Lahaina but decided to opt for a condo instead, as we had read disappointing reviews on the Royal Lahaina. So we spent two glorious weeks at the Mahana! In my opinion we had the best ocean view than any other big resort could offer. Whales every morning, turtles, Lanai, Molokai and the awesome colors of the sea were the treats that we discovered from our balcony. The full moon hitting the ocean was a bonus too. Beautiful sunsets (no sunrise) were worth the money. A clean buildling and friendly staff. The pool is average but I was hardly in it. The major drawbacks are the beach and no jacuzzi. The ocean in front of the Mahana contains a coral reef so you can't swim there (snorkel, yes) which means you have to walk 100 yards to the left or right to find a swimming spot. The beach itself isn't wonderful but nice for a stroll. The best beaches are in front of the Royal Lahaina and Big Beach in Wailea.Eat out as little as you can because everything is VERY expensive.For some great music and a nice cafe, check out Java Jazz at the strip mall that is across from the Kaanapali Shores. Awesome smoothies and friendly staff.I would definately stay at the Mahana again. The convenience of a kitchenette and washer/dryer was the best part. Okay the whales were the best but they are only around Dec-May. Free parking and plenty of spots!!ENJOY! Rent a car and tour the island like we did!! You won't regret it!
A great place to stay away from city craziness
The facality and staff made our week stay a true pleasure. The veiw of both Islands from the bedroom and living area was amazing. The veiw out of the breeze doors to the mountain side was full of rainbows and color inthe fields tat lay upon them. When we needed assistance with tours and basic info for getting around the activities desk staff was very helpful and polite. If the spirit of ALOHA is what you search please make your reservations today.
I wasn't sure whether to write this review. Being selfish, I don't want the whole world to know about this hidden gem.
We booked a room in Mahana from web. We chose Mahana mostly because it's not very expensive and it was the only one that featured 360 degree video on website. The fact that tripadvisor doesn't have any one single review and ranks it quite low made us quite worried at beginning. But it looked quite good on web. So we decided to take it. The room turned out to be much better than we expected.
The place is next to Embassy at Kaanapali shores. It's a bit old but still kept tidy. Every room is at ocean front and has fantastic view of Pacific Ocean. Rooms are recently upgraded with new bigger ceiling to floor windows. They offer great panoramic view both in living room and balcony. View is simply fantastic.
Mahana has its own beach and swimming pool. There is nothing fancy about it. It's not very big. But it's ideal for a simple walk on beach. Waves are too big in winter to do serious snorkeling. There are some people surfing though.
The two Mahana buildings sit at the end of a very small road that passes by Embassy. It's quiet at night. This could be a good or bad thing, depending on your need. If you either have a couple of 5 year olds, or want to hang out in a bar at night, you'd better stay at its Embassy neighbor or some other big complex hotels one or two exits away on hwy 30. Those big guys (Hyatt, Westin, Sheraton, ...) have many more activities and restaurants. But if you are just like us, who prefer quiet night at balcony with sea breeze, Mahana is the place to be.
Front desk is very nice and helpful. Even housekeeping staff is friendly too.
There were a couple of things worthy noting though.
Tide could be big at night. This may affect your sleep if you have sleeping problem. It could improve your sleep, or disturb yours.
They were doing some window work during day time. (December 2002). It was not a pleasant experience when you sit in front of windows and watched ocean when suddenly two workers showed up before you.
Some appliances/furniture may need a upgrade. They are far from broken yet. But it'll be better to have newer stuff. These are individually owned. So each room may be different.
In short, Mahana is perfect for those who'd like a romantic getaway with a great view but don't want to spend big bucks to upgrade from garden view to ocean view, or even partial ocean view.
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