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“Comfortable”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Sands of Kahana

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Sands of Kahana
Inverness, United Kingdom
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“Comfortable”
Reviewed 24 May 2014

Stayed here for a week as an RCI exchange from the UK in May 2014. Location is good, nice quiet residential resort towards the upmarket end of west Maui. The resort has its own almost private golden sandy beach which is excellent and a real luxury to not have to drive to a beach, fighting for a parking space, hauling your gear around. There is a pool, hot tub and restaurant on site. Lahania is about 10 miles away, and the main airport 45 minutes. That suited us as we found Lahania to be a real disappointment – lots of high end shops, hot, crowded and over commercialised but not a lot else, so we visited once and then never went back. There is a really good supermarket “Time” & all week farmers market about 10 minutes away from the resort and real ale brewery, Maui brewing, and other pubs/pizza places across the road.

As others have said, the staff are really nice and helpful, and Susanna the assistant manager was wonderful when we had a problem with our original unit. This is a large resort, nearly 200 units, and the resort team manage most of them, but some are in private ownership as condos. The resort consists of 4 blocks of 8/9 floor high rise blocks set around nice landscape gardens and the pool and the stunning beach. Some of the units have ocean views, some are ocean facing (very important difference – these are the best ) and some are garden views (i.e. Garden/road/car park ). Get the largest and best position you can afford – high floor ocean facing in blocks 2&3 are really worth the extra money.

We had a 3 bed top floor 2 level unit on level 6 – called a penthouse, in block 3 with a good close view of the ocean, and the unit was truly huge – I suspect designed for living in as a condo rather than a holiday let. We had 3 huge bedrooms, 3 full big bathrooms, 3 double walk in showers, full kitchen, walk in closets, great free wi if and lots of ceiling fans. Beds were comfortable and the kitchen well stocked with working appliances, and washer drier combo with free detergent. Bedding and linens were basic, but clean and lots of them, including lots of towels for pool which we liked. The unit was spotlessly clean and tidy, small problems were dealt with immediately and the whole place seemed really well run.

However as others have said, it is dated with no air con which is the only major faults we could find. I suspect it was very luxurious in the 80s, however now it needs a facelift. The interior is top 3 star quality BUT there is no air con – being from the UK we did not see this as a problem initially, but it was really hot (95 degrees day time) – especially at night and we did really struggle to sleep. As we had a top floor room we had a lot of roof glass as that acted as a greenhouse and as we got the sun for most of the day – it got super hot, even with the fans on and doors open – unfortunately the window blinds are old and don't always close so it also gets very light as soon as the sun comes up. For this reason we would think carefully about re booking.

Overall this was a good ( but hot!) stay, not deluxe but comfortable in a great location (which drives the gold crown status ) moments from an uncrowned stunning beach and we really enjoyed it – accommodation space on Maui is at a real premium/ very expensive and our 3 bed allowed us to relax and chill out. It's not luxury or a Hilton or a mega new resort but comfortable and relaxing in a nice quiet neighbourhood – and directly on the beach.

Room Tip: High room, ocean facing not ocean view are best in blocks 2 and 3
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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drenzi, Manager at Sands of Kahana, responded to this review, 30 May 2014
Thank you for exchanging into the Sands of Kahana. We are happy our location and proximity to the beach were a convenience. The information you have shared about the surrounding area will be helpful for those who are planning a stay. We are delighted our staff was nice and helpful, and that you found our accommodations spacious, featuring a stunning ocean view. We appreciate the feedback you have provided and will be looking further into your concerns. We hope you will consider returning soon!
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Anthem, Arizona
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

Fantastic location, great views of the beach, ocean and other islands. This was our first visit to Maui, and we plan on going back next year! There was also a great workout area, very convenient with up-to-date workout gear. Mahalo Sands of Kahana staff!!!

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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drenzi, Manager at Sands of Kahana, responded to this review, 30 May 2014
Thank you for staying at Sands of Kahana. We are happy you found our location fantastic, featuring great ocean views. We appreciate you kind remarks about our workout facility and staff. We hope to see you next year!
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

My husband an I take yearly vacations to Maui because we love the island. Last year we stayed at the sands of Kahana and it has now become our new home in Maui. We plan to go to Maui every year for our anniversary and on occasion take family and friends along. The Sands is so comfortable and relaxing we feel like we are home when there. Our plan is to start staying for 2 weeks at at time. One week at the Sands of Kahana in Maui is just not enough. Thank you Sands for making us feel like we are home! We love it there! check out the Farmer's market on Mon, Wed and Fri. It is a beautiful walk and a very short drive.

Room Tip: Of course facing the ocean is a better view but even a partial ocean view is spectacular.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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drenzi, Manager at Sands of Kahana, responded to this review, 19 May 2014
We are thrilled the Sands of Kahana has become your new home on Maui! We are delighted you find our resort comfortable and relaxing, and that you're planning to stay with us an extra week every year. We love knowing our guests are feeling right at home and look forward to welcoming you back for your anniversary on your next visit!
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Oak Creek, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

This is our second time we've stayed at the Sands of Kahana, first time was in 2005 and honestly nothing has changed since then. The resort is very clean, and the staff was very nice, but the condos need remodeling, new furniture and the noise was so loud it woke us up every morning around 6-7am. This is a very clean resort and it's in a great location but honestly I feel they need to start redoing the condos with new furnishings. Our shades in both our living room and master bedroom were broken and didn't close properly so the beautiful morning sun showed right through the blinds. Don't get me wrong, it's a great place to stay but VERY outdated. Lounge chairs by the pool need to be replaced. Nothings changed since 2005

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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drenzi, Manager at Sands of Kahana, responded to this review, 16 May 2014
Thank you for returning to Sands of Kahana. We are happy you found our resort clean and our staff friendly. However, we regret to learn of your disappointment with our accommodations. We are committed to the highest standards of quality and regret this was not your experience.
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

The place was clean and friendly staff. Beach was nice right in front and the had beach stuff to rent on site. Elevator was so very slowwwww but this is the islands. Room was nice and view was nice if you are in one of the front units or second set back. Lots of beach lounge chairs to use on grass and by pool. Overall good place to stay.

Room Tip: Ask for room with a beach view or you might end up with a parking lot view
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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drenzi, Manager at Sands of Kahana, responded to this review, 16 May 2014
Thank you for staying at Sands of Kahana. We are happy you found our staff friendly and our resort clean. We are glad you enjoyed being so close to the beach and appreciate the feedback you have provided. We hope you will consider another stay soon!
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California, Maryland
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 7 May 2014 via mobile

SOK Thank you for such an amazing stay. My family & I enjoyed our short vacation, A Special thank you to the young lady Jenny at the front desk who checked us in, thank you for your great customer service, and for being so friendly and kind to my kids when they come at the desk to borrow some equipments to play with. And also mahalo to all of the wonderful staffs at the Sands Of Kahana. We were hoping to be back nextyear!

  • Stayed April 2014
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drenzi, Manager at Sands of Kahana, responded to this review, 9 May 2014
We are thrilled you had a wonderful stay at the Sands of Kahana. We greatly appreciate your kind feedback regarding our staff and will certainly share your praises with the team. We hope to see you next year!
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Vernon, Canada
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2014

Wonderful place any time of the year. Great beach. Pool is now heated. People working there are very friendly and helpful. Service is excellent. Paddle boards and kayaks available for rent on site. Go back every year.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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drenzi, Manager at Sands of Kahana, responded to this review, 9 May 2014
Thank you for sharing this complimentary review of your stay at the Sands of Kahana. We appreciate your kind remarks regarding our accommodations and staff. We look forward to welcoming you back!
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Property: Sands of Kahana
Address: 4299 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-8925
Region: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sands of Kahana 3.5*
Number of rooms: 65
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