Love the "labor costs are generally thought to be too high to make all-inclusive models work".
I think it is more like people would rather get out and explore than be in the resort the whole time....might explain why there is only one AI in all of Hawaii.
Hey to each their own, will be interesting to see if they actually make it.
Hana is a great place for an all inclusive. The last time we stayed overnight we almost starved. The little take outs were not open, in fact everything seemed to be closed. We finally got the last chicken at the grocery store.
All inclusive would take the hunt out of finding a meal.
I would probably agree that labor, and certainly food costs would be a disadvantage over Mexico etc. I also agree that Hana would be the right place for this. It's hard to drive down the road for different restaurants or activities. I probably wouldn't stay more than a couple of days.
For $499/night, that's a week in Mexico (plus airfare). But a different experience. Certainly something to watch.
They make it sound like a 'land cruise'. Same room, board and entertainment, but no ports! lol If you compare this to cruises, the cost is reasonable.
Mauifan, it's $499 a night per person!
Here's a link to a thread I posted last month about this:
Not my thing either but there must be a market for people who want to be in a very secluded area and learn how to net fish. For now, I'll stick to the quiet condos and teach myself how to body board like the kids do at Big Beach without breaking my neck.
Yes, $499 / person is a lot of dough. Mexico rates are pp as well (double occ). No doubt a niche market.
Wow! Thanks for the info BLBL.
For that price, they better fly Caddy into the Hana Airport on a Lear, drive me to Travaasa Hana in Elvis' famous Pink Caddy, and then roll out the pink carpet (and throw pink rose petals) as I saunder into my Sea Ranch Cottage.
I guess even at $499 per person/per night for the Caddys that too much to ask. :)
If they fly you in on a Lear,
They'll be carrying you put in a box.
It's a tiny un-manned strip that can't handle jets.