More about Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas
We had an apartment in the...
We had an apartment in the Kaanapali Villas - spacious with quite individual furnishing. They have got a swimming pool, too, as well as a restaurant where we enjoyed quite a few good meals.
Another good spot is the Napili Shores, again apartments, again with a (smaller) swimming pool and a lovely little restaurant. The rooms do not have air condition, though, and the beach is rather small.
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Excellent Location, Good Value!
I was very nervous about this chain. I had never stayed at an Aston property. I wanted a Sheraton or Marriott, but they were pretty steep. I also wanted something larger than an average hotel room and the ability to cook a few meals. I took comfort from the reviews on this site that I could ask for different accommodations if I was unhappy with our room after check-in and booked a week through Costco Travel. At check-in I simply asked to see the room before an assignment and they were very nice about it. When I didn't like the first room, they gave me the key to another room, then another room. We settled on the third room... a garden studio in the Banyan Building (660 sq. ft.). We were offered an upgrade to a one-bedroom (1200 sq. ft.) for an extra $50 a night which was cheaper than their advertised rate. My recommendation is to book what you can live with and upgrade after you get there. I also recommend staying in one of the other buildings... not the main building. The main building is six floors and I hate waiting for elevators. The other buildings have two floors and exterior stairways. The room we picked was spacious, clean, and updated. The beds were new. The kitchen had nice appliances and cookware. The silverware was brand new. The refrigerator was full-size (you have to make or buy your own ice). We even got a balcony with a table and chairs facing the courtyard. That was a treat because they have a lovely courtyard with many native plants and mature trees and they keep it spotless (we saw the crew out all the time). It was wonderful sitting on the balcony eating meals and relaxing. I have to tell you that I am a picky, picky person as far as cleanliness. I did take my own cleaner and do a quick job on the room, but I didn't find a lot to complain about... it had been gone over pretty well. Also, security here is under control. We saw the men in golf carts constantly patrolling the property at all hours. We had a short walk to the lawn area by the beach. There's a restaurant there and shuffleboard. We actually played shuffleboard one night after dinner in the drizzling rain. We didn't care, we were in Hawaii! And it wasn't drizzling so bad. One of the best features of this hotel is the lawn area. You can pull your lounge chair right up to the edge of the lawn and enjoy the ocean without getting sandy. There are big trees for shade or you can move over and get some sun. I had a favorite area where I liked to sit and watch the whales through binoculars. My favorite part of the whole trip was sitting out on the lawn with my husband and/or kids, under the trees, with a perfect breeze blowing, watching whales blow, flip their fins, and slap their tales. One morning a mother and calf came in close to the shore and I heard a big splash! The next thing I knew the mother came out of the water and did a body slam! Amazing! You could hear people shouting down the beach! My husband ran back from his walk in excitement. The lawn area is so wonderful that one afternoon they had to give the guests wristbands because people from the beach were taking loungers. Did I fail to mention that this hotel is located right on Kahekili Beach! An absolutely gorgeous stretch of golden beach! This beach is to the north of Black Rock. Kaanapali Beach is to the south of Black Rock. They are equally gorgeous, but I like them for difference reasons. I like Kaanapali Beach because you get excellent snorkeling at Black Rock from that side. There is also Whaler's Village over there. I like Kahekili Beach because it's less crowded. You can also snorkel on Kahekili Beach just across from the Pavilion. I tried both places. If you have never tried snorkeling it's something you need to do once in your life. Incredible! I am not a murky ocean person, but you can see tons of fish right off the shore and the water is so clear and lovely. We're talking March people! I had to catch my breath 'cause I'm a cold water wimp, but I quickly warmed up. There's also a trolley that takes guests from the Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas to the Kaanapali Beach area and Whaler's Village. It runs until 10 p.m. and it's free. You can also walk. I could go on and on about our trip. Definitely take the drive to Hana (rent a convertible). Take the road all the way around instead of backtracking. Past the Pools of ?Ohe?o you'll encounter alternating gravel and blacktop roads... sometimes the way is narrow and you have to wait for a car coming from the opposite to pass. If they've had a lot of rain you should see green all the way around. At any rate, don't miss this opportunity to have some "alone" time on the island. It's a peaceful drive. Go up to Nakalele blowhole around high tide (north of Kaanapali area, past mile marker 38, you'll see a pull-out with little rocks stacked on top of boulders). Get the best book I read called Maui Revealed (many sites are NOT marked well around the island so you need a book which refers to mile markers). I would recommend this hotel and I would stay there again. Our family had an awesome vacation! I truly did not see a better lawn/beach area. Just be aware of one thing... at check-out you will be charged $1.56 a day for the phone whether you used it or not. This was a charge I wasn't expecting and it put me in a bad mood for a few minutes (I think they should include these charges in the room rate when they apply to everyone and not surprise people at the end). We had free parking, but I think that is changing soon. As with all hotels, just be sure to ask at check-in if there will be any additional charges at check-out.
We fell in love with Maui & Aston Kaanapali
Just returned from this property & I wish I could've stayed longer. This is a large property, with 9 floors & several wings. Our room(451) was a bit run down,but, kept quite clean. Quite a hike to get to ,but, we are active and enjoyed the excercise..I mean we are in Maui!!! We had a 1 bdrm condo with a balcony large enough for a patio table & chairs & a lounge chair. We had an extremely comfy queen or possibly king size bed & a hide a bed queen sleeper with lots of fluffy pillows. There was a washer/dryer in the room & a full kitchen. There are 2 pools & 2 hot tubs with lots of room for kids to play on grassy areas nearby. The birds sound magnifcent in the garden area. Our garden view gave us a good glimpse of the ocean as well as the pool & garden area, which has a lovely gazebo & walkways along a pond with live koi.Rm 549 is the same with a much better ocean view. From the pool area you can walk to the ocean to witness some of the most spectacular sunsets. There are rocks & coral formations here,but, if you rent some boogie boards(from west maui surf shop in Lahaina or right at the hotel activities desk) you'll barely notice it. We were lucky enough to see whales breaching just past the booies here & later in the day a momma & baby were jumping out of the water together. There are 2 shopping areas, a flower shop, a henna tattoo stand open some evenings and a video game room. We loved it here & thought everyone was very kind & helpful. There is also a restaurant on site with a lounge next to the main pool. Parking is $9 per day,but, we knew that & budgeted it in. There is a shopping area across the street, walking distance for most fitness levels. I must say that my very first thought upon entering our room was disappointment, the bedroom seemed dark & gloomy, the washer & dryer were aged, the kitchen was dated, but, the more I looked around the more impressed I became...I truly believe we got more than we paid for & I'd go back tommorrow if I could!
MKV was great!
We just returnd from a week at the Maui Kaanapali Villas, May 29, 2004. I was a little apprehensive, having read mostly good reviews, but a few bad ones about select rooms on the property. I had requested an oceanside one bedroom condo with a loft, and wasn't too sure what we would get. They gave us the room I had requested, and though not exactly oceanside, it was just about as close as you could get. It was room 276 in the Dolphin building, and the balcony overlooked the pool, but the most important thing was that we could sit on our lanai and watch the ocean!
The property is older, but very well maintained and quiet! We felt very at home there, and if I have one complaint, it's that the "one bedroom" is actually a bed in the living room with no privacy walls. The loft was the only semi-private space, and it had no doors and only an open railing.
The beach right in front of the hotel is fabulous, with a very gentle surf and great snorkeling right by the hotel. There is a restaurant on the grounds that serves good food, and there was one very nasty blonde female bartender which kept us away from the bar for the rest of our time there. All of the rest of the staff is very friendly and helpful, and we would definitely stay there again on a return visit.
We are scuba divers, and we dived with Lahaina Divers who I would also highly recommend. All in all, if you're looking for peace and quiet and a beautiful beach, I would highly recommend staying in Kaanapali at the Maui Kaanapali Villas.
Great place and great value- some misconceptions
We just got home from 2 weeks in Hawaii. The 2nd week being at the Maui Ka'anapali Villas. There were 12 of us (3 families altogether) and we each booked a one bedroom condo. The staff was great, and got us all on the same floor. From the reviews I had read, we knew they were all individually owned and furnished, so we weren't quite sure what to expect. Our room was great! (Room 410...same building as the front desk). The owners really did a great job in decorating, etc. The beach access was GREAT and the bar/restaurant was WONDERFUL. The staff made it even better.
The only thing I would warn people about is...that Apple Vacations states that this hotel has workout facilities on the premisies, and a washer/dryer in each room. This is NOT true. In fact, when we went to do laundry, one family put their clothes in the dryer and went back to find the whole laundry room GONE....yes....all the washers and dryers (including their clothes) were gone!
We had to go to the Ka'anapali Shores to work-out (after 2 weeks...you have to!)...and it was $30.00 for 5 days. Small gym...but got a good workout. I really liked this place, but I think we will stay at Whaler's Village next time where the kids can play on the beach and us women have shopping at our fingertips.
One more word of advice: GO WHALE WATCHING! FABULOUS!
Heaven on a beach were the Ka'anapali Villas!
I saw several not-so-good reviews mixed in with some OK ones. I was very skeptical about going but couldn't find any other Condo/Hotel that was located where we wanted to be and affordable for 5 nights. Ka'anapali Beach was everything we hoped for... we loved walking along the beach and snorkeling. The accomodations were marvelous! Anne, in reservations, worked with us to get a ground floor ocean front studio with a patio that looked out onto the Pacific (a channel between Maui and Lana'i and Molokai) at the end of March of 2004. We saw humpback whales our first morning and a rainbow while we ate tropical fruit on the beach! There were no bugs, because we were intelligent enough to know to shower after being in the sand. The room was neat, clean and welcoming. It even had a guest book to write in about our experiences while visiting! My wife and I fell in love with Maui while reliving 25 years together! We will be back...we won't wait 25 more years! We visited Oahu for our last 2 days and it didn't even begin to compare with our stay on Maui at the Ka'anapali Villas!!!
Better than we expected
I think the person below is speaking of a different Aston property. We just got back from Hawaii today, had a FABULOUS time. I wasn't sure because of some of the reviews I had read on the property, but I was happy with what we had. We had a 1 bedroom condo, ocean view. The rooms do not have a washer and dryer in them, there is a coin operated facility behind the the building. Parking is free until 1 May, when they start paying. This resort was away from the main drag, which I liked, it was less crowded than on the other side of the black rock. There are 3 pools, no hot tubs, an activities desk, a gift shop type place and a restaurant out by the beach. We loved it there and will go back. Our favorite feature was strange enough, the floor to ceiling sliding doors with screens. At night we left the air off, and opened the doors, the tradewinds were so nice and it felt great in there. We had room 511 and 512, we will definately go back.
We loved Aston Villas
My husband & I stayed at the Aston Villas on March 18 - 23, 2004. It was awsome! Our room was spotless and maid service was great! I can't say enough good things about the place. I've stayed in places where it sounded like elephants were running down the halls but I didn't here a peep here. It's mostly an older generation that stays here so everything is quite and laid back. Just the way we like it. It wasn't over crowded at any time. The beach & pool were beautiful. The food at the beach side cafe/bar was very expensive but good. You can find great food for 1/2 the price in Lahaina. I thought this was the most relaxing place I've ever been.
Not Very Good
When we went to Trip Advisor prior to our trip and the reviews were 50/50. We ended up going there and after WE FIXED our own air conditioning it was nice. It also depends which room you stay in. Some are very nice with the owner's touch. Some looked like they had old Goodwill furniture. I might stay there again if I knew exactly which room I was staying in.
condo rental advice
My husband and I (late 20's) have booked a trip to Hawaii Aug 7-18th. We are debating on where to stay. Some of the condo's we have been looking at are:
Any opinions on these places? We want a good swimmable beach and preferably AC.
RE: condo rental advice
The beach at Kaanapali is a great beach, good swimming, but don't expect big waves. Some of the places near Napili are on rock and the beaches are not as big, if there is beach at all, but there is good snorkling right off the rocks. The disadvantage to this area is that to get anywhere, road to Hana, Ioa Valley, Paia, you have to drive back to the center of Maui. Sometimes there is a lot of traffic on the highway getting up to Lahaina / Kaanapali area.
RE: condo rental advice
You might check www.wizardpub.com. Click on Maui then aerial photos. You can view each of the resorts from the air which may help you with your decision. Wish I would have known about this site prior to my trip last November!!
RE: RE: condo rental advice
We've stayed twice at the Whaler Condominiums at Kaanapali (1997 and 2004). Loved it both times. Each condo is individually owned. If you're interested in a few pictures of the Whaler from our vacations, please see the URL below.