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Nice quiet condo in front of Kahana beach
We stayed in Royal Kahana in November 2002 for four nights. This is a quiet, clean condo-hotel. What I like on this property is you can buy groceries from nearby store and cook in your own room. That saves a lot of money. Instead of eating breakfast which can be pricey, we bought eggs, bread and meat and cook in our room. Utensils are provided by the hotel. We also have washer and dryer inside the room, hence we washed our clothes before going back to the mainland. The vicinity is quiet, not so crowded unlike Kaanapali or Lahaina. We take shuttle/taxi to go Kaanapali which is of course have nicer beaches. I love Kahana beach ! It is not as crowded as Kaanapali. We rented a beachfront condo and we can see Molokai island from the balcony.
I loved Maui and the Royal Kahana was tops!
The Royal Kahana was a fantastic hotel to stay in and the prices were very reasonable. I took the advice of someone on this board and stayed in the higher up units. The decor was fabulous and the view was amazing. I would definitely recomend this hotel to anyone considering a trip to Maui. Excellent place!!
Exceded our expectations!
We stayed at the Royal Kahana in Feb 2003. We were extremely impressed by the staff and their aloha spirit! Our 1 bedroom condo exceded our expectations. From the fully equipped kitchen to the ocean view from our lanaii or the ocean view from our bedroom we were enthralled! We traveled with our in laws who have been to Maui many times and they agreed that this was the nicest resort they had stayed in in Maui yet!
We will definately return!
Maui is paradise on earth
Stayed at Royal Kahana for 4 days during the christmas week. We had a oceanview studio and the view was pretty good. We were on the highest floor (highly recommened) as that will be the best view you can get of the ocean. Ask when you reserve and you are highly likely to get it.
The maid service was good, the kitchen was well equipped, the washer dryer was very good to have. The bathroom was no problem. Only once, the water pressure in the bathroom decreased but that may have been some co-incidence. The night guys at the front desk were pretty friendly and answered our questions well. And what can I say about MAUI, it is simply awesome. Everything is perfect about it. We just have fallen in love with it and we will be going back soon. It was a great first experience at HAWAII.
We'll go back
We stayed in a 2 bd/2ba unit on the 8th floor at the Royal Kahana from 1/27 - 2/9/04 and loved our accomodations. The unit was extremely spacious, light, airy, attractively furnished, very clean and nicely equipped. The only drawback was the draperies were not light-blocking so you are pretty much awake by 7 a.m. which was okay as there was too much to do most days to sleep in. The ocean view is best from the upper floors. Be sure to bring binoculars for whale-watching off the balcony.
The swimming pool is nicely situated and well maintained and, though not Olympic size, is large enough to do laps. The concierge desk gives a daily 45 minute presentation at 8:30 a.m. re tours and excursions.
This is very worthwhile even if you don't sign up for a tour (no pressure). Florence the concierge Wed thru Sat. gives a very good presentation.
We stayed at the Royal Kahana from May 16 to 20. We found it to be a great place. We were looking for something quiet and relaxing where we could spend an evening in if we wanted. This was it. Of course you have a car if you are in Maui, so driving 5 minutes to the beach was no big deal. We were on the 5th floor but enjoyed a nice view of the ocean. Room was fairly clean (no bugs) although the walls and floors could have used a good scrubbing. It was certainly very spacious and comfortable. Housekeeping was extremely friendly and helpful. From reading previous reviews, we were already aware that it is not a 5* nor does it have much of a beach. However, especially in comparison to the tiny, stuffy hotel we stayed in at Honolulu, we had no complaints and considered our Maui time the highlight of our trip.
Nice place to stay!
We statyed at the Royal Kahana from 1/19 to 1/26, and had a fantastic time. The only downfall to this resort is the lack of young people for my teenager to "hang" with. When we return, and we definitely will, we will stay somewhere on Kaanapali Beach, as that is where it is all happening! We stayed in room 401, a 2 BR/2 bath unit. The full kitchen was great, the main bathroom and bedroom spacious, and lots of closet space. I thought it was decorated very well, and was a very functional unit. We spent all our days at different beaches, Napili and Kaanapali the majority of the time. There is really nothing happening at this resort, if you are looking for activities to do, however, that is why a rental car is a must. We went to Lahaina or Kaanapali every night for dinner, and toured around most days to different beaches. Black Rock is wonderful snorkeling, much better than our snorkel cruise. Whales were multiple, and we could see them from our lanai every day. We booked an ocean view, and you could see the ocean, but this is much different than ocean front, which is what I thought we had reserved. Our price was 2000 for 7 days. Overall, the resort is clean, nice, tasteful, and the room was fantastic, like a very large apartment. 5 of us were there, and never felt crowded, which is a first for us. We will definitely return to Maui next year, though will stay somewhere with a little more action, Kaanapali more than likely. The sunsets every night were absolutely beautiful at the Royal Kahana, and if you're looking for a place to relax away from kids and teens, this is definitely the place!
Best place I have every stayed in Maui!!!
Ok, so we just arrived from Maui today April 15 2004, we spent 3 nights at this incredible place from April 11 to 14, 2004. We booked a 2 bedroom oceanfront unit!!! Oh My God!!!! The views where incredible, the units we more than we expected. They were spotless and spacious!!!! We travelled with family and the rooms were fantastic!!! Our unit had 2 and 1 half bath!!! How convenient is that!!! All I got to say is KUDOS!!!! However, the staff at the hotel, specially the front desk manager was little to be desired!!! We requested a few thingsfrom him wish were minimal and he never came through with the request!!! Anyway Unit #1210 had the million dollar views and you could see the whales from you balcony since you are on a higher floor. Dont expect this hotel to be the Grand Wailea or the Four Seasons!!! Its not!!!! But worth it and for the money, this is your best bet and the views are not to shabby!!!! We are planning a 2006 Maui trip and we are staying again at the Royal Kahana!!!! WE LOVED IT!!! Also I happen to be a travel agent so I know a good place when I see one specially since this was my 7th time!!! This placed really impressed all of us!!! Bravo!!!
It is what it is.
The Royal Kahana is a resort condominium, not a resort hotel. As long as you know the difference you will probably be very happy at this venue.
This was a return trip for us to Maui. Our first stay was our honeymoon and we were seeking first class all the way. We stayed in a five star resort hotel on the south coast and were very happy never to leave the resort grounds. This time we were looking for reasonable accomodations to serve as a base for exploring the island. The Royal Kahana is good for this purpose.
The positives: The grounds are beautiful and driving up to the main lobby is very impressive at night with the pretty landscaping and dramatic lighting of the building's fascade. The lobby is nice, but a bit stark in decoration. There is a full service activities desk (which we did not use) and a nice sitting area on the beach side which makes you feal like the waves are going to wash up onto your feet at any minute. The corridors are mostly outside balconeys which offer a nice view of their own of the west maui hillside. The room was a bit stark in decoration with all white walls and ceilings. The room was very clean and very well furnished with bed, sofa, dinette, and lanai table and chairs. The kichenette was very well furnished and included toaster, microwave, coffee maker, dishes and flatware for four, and a full array of kitchen tools (ie knives, serving spoons, cookware, baking casserole, and even a 2 quart pitcher). About the only modern convenience missing was a dishwasher. It was nice not to have to purchase a single kitchen item during our entire stay, and the fully equipped kitchenette made meal preparation simple and almost fun. The room had a nice lanai though the outdoor furniture was a bit basic and aged. We had an ocean view studio, and the view from the lanai was quite nice. Although it was partially obstructed by the hi rise next door, the view was very enjoyable and included full view of the pool, beach, and ocean with molokai in the distance. We stayed on the south side. The view from the north side would not include views of the pool or molokai, but Im sure would be very nice as well. We had a clear view of the beach and could easily tell the beach conditions from our lanai.
The pool area was very nice with more than adequate seating for the number of units in the complex. The pool was clean and there was a nice view of the beach and ocean from the pool area. There is a basement sauna which is easily accessed from the pool area which we did not use.
There was adequate parking for the number of units in the complex. The made service was excellent, and even included daily washing of our coffee maker and any stray dishes we may have left in the sink.
The negatives. There were a small number of surprises. First, the beach is not quite as nice as portrayed in the hotel literature. We booked through an online discount service and the photos of the beach are obviously quite old. The Royal Kahana is having a significant erosion problem. The are trying to temporize this by stacking sandbags along the beachfront side of the property, but this will be a temporary fix at best. The problem is that the erosion has left very little beach in front of the resort. At best there is a 10-15 foot wide strip of beach left. Also, the remaining beach is quite steeply inclined to the ocean which created an undertow that made the beach unusable for swimming during our entire stay (to be fair to the resort, we did stay in the winter and there were high surf warnings durinh our entire stay, so maybe the beach is better during the summer or low surf periods.) Anyhow we were very dissappointed with the beach and ended up driving further down the coast to swim. Second, there was no hot tub/spa at the pooside. This was a surprise and a dissappointment. Third, local phone calls carried a significant surcharge of 75 cents with a per minute charge added as well. This was a bit frustrating when trying to set up activities or finding restaurants. We ended up using our cell phone because it was actually cheaper to use up or cell minutes than to pay the surcharge. Fourth, there is a significant problem with plumbing. My guess is that the building was never plumbed for a washer and kichenette in every unit. During every shower, regardless of the time of day, there were significant shifts in hot and cold water pressures every few seconds. There was no stability in temperature and the water could easily go from ice cold to boiling hot and back frequently. This made for un-enjoyable showers after long days at the beach. Fifth, the location is a plus or minus depending on what your plans are. The resort is located fairly remotely on the west side and there is a significant drive to both Kuhului (the primary comercial area on the beach) and South Maui where the best beaches seem to be. However, the resort is close to Lahaina (a nice touristy shop and restaurant area) and Kaanapali Beach (which also is a nice beach area). Sixth, it was a bit noisy during the day due to the close proximity to several other hirise condo resorts. There always seemed to be some sort of work going on whether it be mowing the grass, blowing off the parking lots, or some sort of maintanence work. Night time was very quiet however except for the sound of the waves crashing on the shore which was very very nice (even from the eleventh floor).
Again, the Royal Kahana is what it is. It is a resort condominium and proud of it. The negatives I mentioned are relatively minor and are overshadowed by the wonderful views from the lanai, and the cleanliness and excellent maid service, and the price tag which is significantly lower than any of the major resort hotels. If you are looking for a top notch, five star resort, then you will have to spend more money and stay at a resort hotel. If you are seeking a very comfortable, clean, and pleasant place to serve as a base to enjoy the wonderful Island of Maui, then this place offers an excellent value for your money.
Lahaina is not a good place to swim, small charter boats, catamaran cruise are park at the side of the pier to pick up and drop off tourists and locals.
Lahaina is a National Historic district. It used to be one of the important whaling port in 19th century.
In the present time, it is the place to shop, to eat and mingle with crowds. Almost every block in Lahaina have art gallery. I have taken this picture inside the Bubbagump Shrimp restaurant. It was a unique experience eating at this restaurant, to get the attention of the server you have to use the pingpong paddle. Each side of the paddle has a message, If you want to request for service you have to show the side that
says "Run Forrest Run" .
We signed up for a tour bus to take us to Mt Haleakala or also known as the House of the Sun. According to the legend, the island was formed by two volcanoes - Pu'u Kukui and Haleakala. The resulting depression between the two is what gives the Maui its nickname.
The view from the top of Haleakala is spectacular, if not magical. The extinct volcano is 10,023 feet above sea level hence you can see clouds below you. The roads on the way to Haleakala is covered with red soil and carpeted with grassy green.
We rented a one bedroom beach front Condo in Kahana. The condo is perfectly situated that we can see the Kahana beach from the balcony. At night we would open the door of the balcony and let the seabreeze in. We would fell asleep listening to the ocean waves.
Molokai is a crescent-shaped island and very popular for snorkeling. It is a 30 minutes boat ride from Maui. This picture was taken at 630 a.m. We were just waiting for the sun to rise.
"Sunset at Kahana beach"
The digital camera cannot do justice on how beautiful the sunset was. Purple and orange color reflects from the clouds. The feeling was heavenly witnessing the spectacular arrays of colors..
"Banyan tree at Lahaina"
The famous Banyan Tree located in courthouse square in the center of Lahaina was brought to Maui from India when the tree was a mere eight-feet tall. It was planted to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Lahaina's first Christian mission. The tree now reaches a height of about 50 feet and extends over 200 feet from side to side.
The silvery glow of the silversword is created by tiny reflective hairs that cover its leaves. I have taken this picture on my way to Haleakala.
The Kaanapali beach is rank among the best beaches in the country.
Outrigger Royal Kahana??
Has anyone visited this resort lately??
My family is planning our first trip to Maui in late November. I have a very attractive offer from the Outrigger for a 2 bedroom, oceanfront, and would like to learn more about the property up front.
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You will be on the road alot in Maui. When you want to relax The RK can be very quiet.
I recommend you stop at Costco by the airport right away and stock up on lots of things to tide you through a great and sunny quiet day.
The area has few amenities within walking distance so be prepared. You may be a taxi service for teenagers.
The pool is a little small for the size of the complex so there will be few chais lounges for use.
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Thanks for the reply. I have heard many people mention Costco. Is this a members' club, or is it open to the public??
On one of the maps I have seen, it looked like there was some shopping and restaurants across the street from the Royal Kahana. Is this correct or not???
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Also, can you recommend any other moderately priced condos--2BR/2BA is a must??
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Check out the Outrigger Napili Shores Outrigger Eldorado and One Napili.
The shopping and restaurants in Kahana are very limited. Lahaina and Kaanapali have great views and more variety so you will be going there more.
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This is for Costco. Yes it is a membership group like Sam's Club
Royal Kahana Resort
Wondered if anyone had any info on this resort. Stayed here, looked it over? What is the area like? Is it handy to beaches, shopping, etc. and will we feel safe? Planning a Nov. 2007 trip for a week. Any info/suggestions appreciated.
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It is ok but, you can get much better beaches in Napili if you want to be up north
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WE ARE GOING TO ROYAL KAHANA IN LATE APRIL. I ALSO HAVE BEEN LOOKING IT OVER AND ASLONG AS I GET A OCEAN FRONT ROOM I WILL BE HAPPY,,LET YOU KNOW
My husband and I have booked a condo through an owner at the Royal Kahana. Has anyone stayed there? What did you think of it?