All I can say is that our family had the most incredible stay at KBH. We felt it was a terrific value and really did exceed our expectations. (Our party consisted of myself, my wife (both of us mid-30s), and our 12 yr old.) The hotel's aloha spirit stands out, from the grounds, to the complimentary activies, to the people. We felt so relaxed and "at home" the whole time, it was amazing.
First, our room: We found a special on their website for $143/night ("garden view"), plus a $75 (per stay) dining credit. For that price, we weren't expecting anything spectacular, probably one of their few remaining un-renovated rooms. As it turns out, we were on the 2nd floor of the Kauai wing in a newly renovated room. Maybe we just got lucky, but the view was what I would consider a partial ocean-view. Beds were very comfortable and the room had plenty of space; also included a mini-fridge. Nice Hawaiian pictures/prints on the wall. I travel frequently for work, and quality-wise, I'd compare it to a newer Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Select, etc. type room. Would still be a great deal even at a higher price than what we paid, in our opinion.
Renovations: The Lana'i wing was mostly closed for remodeling, couldn't tell if it was almost done or just starting. We didn't really look in the other wings. But our wing (Kauai) was mostly done with remodeling. There was remodeling work being done on the 5th floor (and possibly some finishing work on the 6th). The 1st floor (smoking floor) had not been remodeled at all yet. We saw inside some of the non-remodeled rooms. And yes, they are in need of an update. However, they weren't horrible, and it looked like we would have still enjoyed our stay had we been in an older room (especially considering the price). Besides, I would guess that the hotel will be done remodeling by year's end.
Grounds: Very pretty, clean and well maintained grounds. Loved the scent of plumeria trees that lingered in the air. Had plenty of lounge chairs, covered picnic tables. Cute whale shaped pool that our daughter liked - no fancy water slide, etc. but for us, we can go to a water park anywhere in the mainland, we came for the beach!
Dining: Ended up eating at the hotel quite a bit, actually. (Yeah, food in Maui was pricey but we expected that; and portions generally seemed large at most places.) The Tiki Grill has good burgers, chicken nuggets, fries (warning: fries are enough for 2 people!) - not spectacular food but good for a quick bite. Drinks from the Tiki Bar were pretty reasonable and luckily, not watered down at all. At at the Tiki Terrace (sit-down type restaurant) one evening - a little pricey, but great food and attentive service. Recommend their "authentic hawaiian meal" (forget the actual name) that consists of things like poi, fish steamed in ti leaves, and other pre-western contact Hawaiian foods. Tried the Mixed Plate buffet for lunch, worth a try though not as impressive as Tiki Terrace - their kalua pork and 5-spice chicken were tasty; nice dessert selection.
Service: From the front desk to the maids, everyone at the KBH was genuinely friendly and really made the difference in having an outstanding stay. We really felt like they were happy to have us there and wanted to share their island and their culture. Hotel staff would ask if you needed any help or had any questions. The first night they left a welcom note and box of chocolate-covered macadamias. Nightly turndown included coconut-macadamia nut shortbread cookies. Maid service was thorough, always found the room clean and tidy. Definitely go to the welcome breakfast! A hearty buffet for free, they give away some door prizes and share some info on Maui. Yeah, the host makes cheesy jokes but he's just having fun & not taking himself too seriously.
Activities: Wow, lots of complimentary stuff - hula lessons, various types of lei making, sand art, etc. Their Aloha Passport for Kids program is outstanding. They get some cool little prizes and learn some things, too. Our daughter had fun with it.
Entertainment: Nightly live music & hula shows for free. You can get something to eat or have some drinks while enjoying the show. Also, on certain days they have local artists and craftspeople selling things in the lobby, we bought several nice carvings from one guy.
Misc: Pretty much every hotel on Maui charges extra for parking (and most, also a "resort fee"). No resort fee here. Parking is $9/night for self or $11 for valet - both quite a bit less than the average parking fees in the area. Since it was only $2 more, we did the valet. Whaler's Village is a few minutes' walk from KBH, so we went there quite a bit for snacks and souvenirs. Walked all the way down the beach path to the Hyatt to see their tropical birds one day. Didn't think the beach down that way was nearly as nice; in fact there was no beach to speak of, in front of the Hyatt itself. Ka'anapali beach itself was heavenly! Played around Black Rock, snorkeled (lots of fish and turtles to see), watched the sunset, or just chilled out.
Not a scientific survey, but to us, seemed like the guests seemed to be a mix of couples, families, seniors.. families being the slightly larger group, maybe. With one exception, the kids were all well behaved and orderly. Actually as far as noise, the room was nice and quiet, too.
We definitely will be back to Maui (soon, we hope!) and won't consider staying anywhere else! Hope this review is helpful to someone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surround yourself with aloha on one of Maui's most beautiful beaches...At Hawaii's Most Hawaiian Hotel! Located on golden sand next to the clear blue waters of Ka'anapali, all rooms have balconies overlooking lush tropical gardens, inviting you to relax to the sound of gentle surf and cool tradewinds. Award winning dining, shopping and recreation are on hand or close by. Here you'll discover the best in Hawaiian culture and family-style hospitality - truly aloha at its best! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ka Anapali Beach Hotel
- Hotel Ka Anapali Beach
- Kaanapali Beach Hotel Maui/Lahaina