Travel Blogs from Lahaina
... of us before he finally disappeared again.
We got pretty much a full range of whale behaviours displayed - breaching, spy-hopping, pectoral fin slapping, fluke-up dives and peduncle slapping. We couldn't stop grinning when we finally headed back into shore.
In the afternoon we headed back into Pai'ia, this time to check out the shops and eat some tasty food (jalapeno and goats cheese flatbread - yum yum yum).
Sa**************ed into Kihei again (where we'd ended up ...
... star fish. The most interesting was a sort of pipe fish that hovered just below the surface. Once we were done we wandered back to the hotel and while standing on our balcony watched a whale and baby splashing about in the bay. Then it was off to the beach to do what we had always planned for Maui... just sit in the sun and do nothing. Just to break the boredom we had to venture into the sea for a swim every now and again ...
... was calling my name. I loaded up my gear and headed to the beach. After applying SPF 70 liberally, I hopped in to check out Black Rock for a second time. The water today was noticeably not as clear and there weren't as many fish, not a good sign. I've had sharks in the back of my mind the whole time I've been here but today had a different, more ominous feeling. I decided to push forward anyways and just be careful. I tried to stay by ...
The Kaanapali beach is full of hotels and resorts. There is a boardwalk that goes from our resort down to the Hilton which is the last hotel on the row of hotels and resorts. The resort area is less crowded than the hotel area. There is lots of shopping on the hotel side. ...
Today we enjoyed a brunch and swim at the pool. It rained in between waiting for the whale watch but stopped before it started. It was a pretty good trip but I think there are better whale watch tours. The dinner on the boat was great. It was weird because the boats captain didn't talk at all about the whales. He just spent time shooting the breeze. We decided to have desert ate the hotel though. Man I'm going on a diet when I get ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kaanapali Alii Lahaina
Our stay in this otherwise nice condo was marred by an nauseating cockroach infestation. They came crawling out of literally any drawer that was opened and swarmed out of the dishwasher. With a toddler in our family, the only safe place to keep her food items and utensils was in the fridge. The management did send someone promptly to spray when we complained but that did nothing to keep them at bay plus we then had to worry about chemicals around her. Definitely not what one would expect of a "luxury" condo or for these prices!
Great family vacation!
The Alii was excellent.....very spacious rooms. Pool is no big deal, nothing like the resort hotels near by like Hyatt, etc. but it was enough for my wife and 2 year old son. Depends on what you are looking for..if you want a very nice pool, the resort hotels are much better but the rooms are much smaller than Alii and their prices are higher per room. Alii has a nice area if you want to BBQ by the pool. Fitness gym is good....a bit small but was not crowded. Alii is ocean front so access to the beach is a hop step and jump. My wife, son and parents had a blast. If you are planning to go to Maui with 4 people, highly recommend Alii so you are not cramped in a smaller resort hotel room.
Dream Vacation At the Kaanapali Alii
My wife and I stayed at the Kaanapali Alii recently and had a dream vacation. We booked our trip through greathawaiivacations.com and saved money on top of it and had excellent service from this company. The Kaanapli Alii is located in the center of Kaanapali. They have large, deluxe rooms that were very beautifully decorated. Anybody wanting an upscale vacation should go to this place.
My family and I just got back from a 2 week stay at the Alii. It was my 73 yr old father, 19 yr old daughter, 6 yr old twins, husband and myself. We stayed in unit 256, I will tell you that this is the nicest place we have ever stayed in Maui and have stayed here many times. Our condo was a 2 bedroom 2 bath. We didn't feel crowded at all. the condo was very clean. It had a super nice kitchen...we fixed all of our breakfasts and lunches in and about half of our dinners in too. They have nice stainless steel grills down by the ocean that are first come first serve but never had a problem when we were ready to cook. The pool is small but when we were there it was the slow season so it wasn't crowded. The grounds are BEAUTIFUL and well maintained. Whalers Village is just a short walk to the north...super shopping and great resturants. We tried all of the resturants there and loved them all.
So..So at the Alii
We were in Maui last January. Everything was perfect except our condo at the Alii. Our first condo had a king size bed that was so old and dirty that we asked to be moved. Our second condo was cleaner but very outdated. The furniture was worn and frayed. The pool was nice but small. Most of the staff was nice, but not "overly nice". I loved having a condo and the location of the Alii is the best. We liked being able to eat at great restaurnats or shop all within walking distance. I do think that a car is a must. Would I stay at the Alii again? Yes, but I will make sure that we stay in an updated condo. Linda S.
The Best...I've checked out other condo's and will come back to the alii.
Nightmare and rude
I had a few minutes to look through some places we have stayed in the last year and pulled up Alii.Won't be rushing back. I booked it and it was to be a updated room I was warned that there were some that needed help. It was our sons wedding and we would be entertaining. Had a oceanfront room 2 bedroom but decorated in early 50's down to the brown tile counter top. The staff was the rudest I have every seen. Tried to complain at check out and know one would talk to us they handed us a comment sheet.Don't ask for a late check out and be on the top floor because even though I asked for a late check out -at noon the lock on the door was changed and we got locked out.
Premier unit was gorgeous
Stayed in a premier 1 bedroom ocean view unit and it was gorgeous. Also very spacious: it was so big we all thought it was a 2 bedroom.
Apparently the 'den' in some units (ours included) contains a queen bed. It also had a bath attached and sliding louvered doors. This wasn't even the master! Great lighting, granite counters, very comfortable. The lanai was somewhat small, and the view of the ocean was small. Also a very private property. Great location with lots within a short walk.
Although skeptical about staying in a condo rather than an upscale hotel, the Alii did not disappoint us! My husband, our 14 month old, my mother and I all shared a 2bdrm/2bath condo, and we had a terrific week+ stay at the Alii. My husband (yes, traveling with his mother-in-law) calls it the vacation of a lifetime (and we travel very often). That says it all! The location is perfect. The staff was terrific (except the manager - a real jerk), and the accomodations were nothing short of top notch. When we're ready to brave the long flights to get back to Hawaii, we'll definitely stay at the Alii. I would recommend against a Mountain view room. The ocean front was super. They had a great beach, and the pool was not crowded at all. Note that it did not have the million dollar pool renovation of the Marriott or Westin (right next door), but our little guy really didn't care....
I just returned from Maui where I stayed at the Alii. "Totally Awesome" is an understatement. This place is amazing! The rooms are fit for a king, and the view is unbelievable. I slept every night with the sliding doors open, and fell asleep to the sounds of the crashing waves. When they say "oceanfront", they mean it. The staff was very curteous, and made me feel right at home. The pool wasn't very fancy, but who needs an fancy pool when you have the beautiful Maui ocean? Shopping is a hop-skip-and a jump away at whaler's village, and the restaurants are truly authentic. Don't forget to catch the luaus. I'd have to say that the Kaanapali Alii was a major contributor to my good time, and the best vacation of my life.