I don't enjoy writing negative posts so when I have to ...I dont intend to go into the detail. Suffice to say ...the owners of this property are doing themselves and their property a diservice. It has so much potential but the broken, tired (battered!) appearance of most of the furniture, linen and kitchen crockery and utensils lets it down. Most of the towels we were provided were threadbare ....proving completely useless when you were wet! They had a damp smell to them and despite putting everything in the wash on day 2 ....we discovered it was actually the washing machine that had this damp, mouldy smell so we stood no chance. The fridge was packed with previous guests condiments .... the entire door in fact .... so chockablock that even if you were brave enough to venture into one of the bottles (how old?!?!?) ...you'd struggle to pull it out. The crockery was mismatched, chipped and don't even get me started on the frustration of trying to find a knife that would cut.
Fortunately we checked the gas level for the BBQ on arrival before the cleaner departed ....it was empty. We managed to get a replacement two days later.
Reading these reviews its obvious that there are some pretty stunning villas and we just had the bad luck of booking a poor one. So ...assuming you've secured yourself one of the better villas then this resort will make a good vacation. There are only two negatives for us ....which I think are more a personal preference so might not bother you :
(1) You need a car to get everywhere. We like being car-free on vacation so were a little dissapointed to see that we needed to drive to the beach, the shop, the coffee shop ....everywhere. The reading material says there are footpaths ...we tried this one day and called our friends to collect us at the end point because we were so exhausted and sun exposed. The paths are rocky and exposed .... we landed up using the road in the end as it was more direct and easier for walking.
(2) A number of the villas have terraces to the rear overlooking the golf courses and lava field ...sounds nice but they're actually quite dark and windy. We never seemed to enjoy sitting on the terrace as it was too cool ...which might be good on a searing hot day but as we were experiencing normal Hawaiin temps .... this would not be ideal. In hindsight we would look for a villa that had ocean or garden views next time.
- Also Known As:
- Golf Villas Mauna Lani Hotel Waimea