My husband and I extended our stay in Maui and booked just two nights here at the end of our stay. I had researched this hotel before we came and had kind of been interested in it because I thought it was a good value. It is a lovely place and the beach was gorgeous at this location. However I was a little disappointed with our room. If I had been here for my whole stay I would have been very upset and would have asked to be moved. Our room must have been the smallest room in the building. There was no place for our luggage. It took up most of the space we did have. I am not sure if they gave this to us because of the deal we scored on expedia or not but it offered ZERO privacy from the bathroom and the bathroom was micro tiny. The door in the bathroom was like an old sliding closet door and I could literally wave my hand out of one side of it, which was humorous to me but might not have been if I was on my honeymoon. It seemed almost as if this room had maybe once been a storage area for the hotel. We did have a nice lanai with nice views of the ocean however and I was pretty relaxed since this was the end of our stay and we really just wanted to still be in Maui but keep in mind I did only pay 140 a night and this was in the room category partial ocean view. I also want to note that it was incredibly loud early in the morning with the staff yelling housekeeping outside our room at 7:45 a.m.. I am on vacation I do not want to be awake that early!
The pools are very small but you don't really need them as the stretch of beach here is long and unobstructed and beautiful! It has a great location to whaler's village and some great snorkeling as well. We did watch the sunset from the beach here and it was one nice sunset! Make sure you make it to Hula grill one night for a sunset! It was very romantic and the drinks are awesome there!
This property does need to put some money in updating the whole resort, as they have only updated the rooms at this point. I felt a little sorry for the staff as there attire was pretty horrible. I would be embarrassed to have to wear what they did. The staff was very nice though and seemed friendly. I don't know if I had been looking for above and beyond experience here if I would have received it though. The food was pretty good for lunch and we found over the course of our whole stay that splitting meals was a good way to go as the portions were hearty enough to share. They have a pretty decent happy hour here and that was nice after the place we were before. However I would highly suggest going to the grocery store and getting a cooler and bring your own alcohol with you to the beach or pool. Just keep in mind not to bring glass down to the beach! :)
They did give us a late checkout on our last day of 2 p.m. but I had to kind of pull teeth for it but that was nice as we didn't leave Maui until 9:00. They do offer a "clean up" cottage you can use for 30 min. That is a bit of a stretch as you have to cart down to it and that takes about 5 to 10 min of your 30 min. They should in reality give you at least 45 min to an hour. Just beware that you are not the only one who has used this room during the day and it will be like using a community shower. The cottage rooms are very very outdated and I would not want to stay in one of these at all. The bathroom was unbelievably hot and there was only one little tiny window AC in the main living room to cool the whole area. It was fine just to get ready in but the resort should really renovate them. They could be a real gem!
All in all this place is a nice 3.5 place with a very nice beach and good location. I would recommend this resort but only if you get a really good deal and definitely not for a honeymoon. I think there are more romantic places on the island you could go. I priced it out when I got home and was pretty shocked to see the oceanfront rooms were outrageously priced (as much as the Ritz, which is where we stayed for the first part of our stay) and I would be pretty upset if I paid that kind of money knowing I could have had much more room and service somewhere else for that kind of money.
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