During the last leg of our trip to Maui, we made our way to the west end of the island and were guests at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa, a newer establishment located right on Ka’anapali Beach. Ranked by Trip Advisor as the #1 resort in Lahaina, Honua Kai offers something a little different in terms of accommodations, amenities that will have moms and dads jump for joy.
Located on nearly 40 acres of Ka’anapali beachfront, Honua Kai Resort & Spa is more of a home away from home then anything else. When we arrived, we were greeted by the Valet who were dressed casually in Hawaiian shirts and dress slacks. The service had more of a casual ‘Hey how are you’ kind of feel as opposed to Grand Wailea.
The lobby is very inviting but quite modern with its elegant tile work frame, rich woods and furniture. Its funny, because when we checked in I said to my husband, “The decor reminds me of Blue Mountain in a way” and later learned that the property is owned by Intrawest – the same Canadian company who owns Blue Mountain Resorts in Collingwood, Ontario Canada! Anyways, although I can’t complain about the service, it did lack in that extremely warm Hawaiian vibe we had been used to over our stay.
Checking in to our room was a sweet surprise! Located in the Hokulani Tower, our two bedroom suite offered ALL of the comforts of home! They are fully furnished and come with Bosch stainless steel appliances, dishwasher, washer/dryer – everything! We were running a little short on clothes, so I did some laundry just before we left and had zero to do when we returned. I can’t even begin to tell you how convenient these amenities were! The room was also furnished with flat screen televisions and DVD players in both bedrooms and living room. The air conditioning can be controlled by ‘zone’ so each room can choose their preference in temperature.
These units are more like condos then anything else. They are luxurious but very homey. Two bedroom units have two bathrooms so no fighting amongst siblings or parents for that matter ;).
There are three pools on the premises, an infinity edge pool with cabanas and hot tubs, a children;s pool with water slide and wading pool and a lazy river pool. The towel situation was a bit of a nuisance. Upon check in you are provided with cards for towels. If you do not remember to bring your cards to the pool, you won’t receive a towel and if you lose them you are charged a fee. Quite annoying when you have little ones and forget.
There is also a Kids Camp for children with daily programs and activities.
Duke’s Beach House is the restaurant on premises open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We really enjoyed the airy atmosphere, everything feels very open. Although our family didn’t dine here for dinner, we enjoyed a breakfast while sitting in their outdoor seating area. The Macadamia Nut pancakes are to die for!
Sometimes eating out can get tiresome, calling for a good old fashioned BBQ. Honua Kai has three outdoor BBQ areas just adjacent to the pools, so you have the option to grill outside or cook in your kitchen.
If you decide to take advantage of the cooking facilities either indoors or out, groceries can be purchased in the Aina Gourmet Market located in the lobby area. This shop really impressed me because they carry a very wide range of foods from traditional to gourmet, vegetarian to allergy-free. Lots of variety here, especially in the health food department. Aina Market also serves gelato and coffee for those who want a quick snack.
Other facilities on the property include a spa (opening soon), a fitness center, courtyard with infinity koi pond and fire pit. The location is excellent and not far from Front Street, where the Whale watching tours and plenty of shopping can be found.
Honua Kai is a great spot for families looking for more freedom during their vacation. You can cook, BBQ and relax with the comforts of home in these extremely spacious suites. The resort is also set up in a way where multi-generational families can enjoy a getaway in comfort.
*A very big thank you to our sponsors, the Honua Kai Resort & Spa and Maui Visitors Bureau and who invited our publication to experience the magic of Maui. Mahalo!*
Photo Credit: Child Mode & Honua Kai Resort & Spa