My wife and I stayed in Unit #603 just last week, and I felt that I should post this review as soon as possible. Let me start with the bad, then the good.
Negatives: Bathroom was small...that's it. That is the only thing we could find to complain about. This was such a minor inconvenience that it's hardly worth noting, but I felt I should be as honest as possible in this review. A prior reviewer complained about no soap in the bathroom. That was either a mistake by the cleaning service or a remedied problem, because we did have hand soap in the bathroom.
Positives: Look at the photos of the view from the lanai and note that there are absolutely no camera tricks. Those photos aren't taken at a certain angle or in a certain light to make it look more beautiful. It is actually more beautiful in person than any picture could show. I could spend this entire review talking about the view. I have done my fair share of traveling (Kauai, Caribbean, Europe) and can say this is by far the best view I have ever had in a hotel/condo.
The beach is also great. Depending on the surf/tide, my wife and I were able to simply float on the inner tube, noodles, or boogie boards provided by Anthony or use the boogie boards for actual boogie boarding when the waves were higher. The snorkeling off the ladder and at the second beach is also great. There are sea turtles daily. These turtles were so much larger than I ever imagined. In front of the condo was the only place on the island we saw them while snorkeling, and it was an unforgettable experience.
The complex itself is very nice with well-kept grounds. You will quickly learn in Maui, and elsewhere in Hawaii, that the condos and hotels are not like those in Florida or the Caribbean. The buildings are almost all older and not as attractive from the outside as the newer buildings elsewhere. There are a few newer buildings, but why pay for a pretty building with a lesser view?
Anthony was INCREDIBLY cooperative. We were able to check in early (10:00 a.m.) and check out late (6:00 p.m). This won't always be possible of course, but it was, and Anthony had no issue with it.
What else can I say? The neighbors were quiet and friendly, which is a huge plus. Also, we were told on arrival that we wouldn't need the A/C, and thought this was crazy. It may take a day or two, but once you adapt to the heat and learn to appreciate the breeze that comes through with the doors and windows open, the A/C is an unnecessary convenience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kuleana Resort boasts a truly remarkable oceanfront location, on West Maui's pristine coastline, with a gorgeous panoramic view of the Pacific ocean and the nearby islands of Molokai and Lanai. We offer you a rare piece of vintage Hawaii with the convenience and comfort of today. For over 25 years, we have strived to make sure that our guests have the most unique Hawaiian vacation. The atmosphere of our resort is friendly, family-oriented, homey and fun. This rare gem sparkles with the beauty of the tropics that only years of aloha can provide ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Kuleana Hotel Lahaina
- The Kuleana Resort Maui/Lahaina