My husband and I spent the first two weeks of Feb 2012 at the Mahana and it is a wonderful place to stay. This was our first trip to Maui and the staying at the Mahana made the trip very special. We stayed in a premium 1 bedroom unit on the 9th floor and the views were simply spectacular. Feburary is prime humpback whale season, and it is not a question of if you will see humpacks from your unit, its how many will you see in an hour. Sometimes we would be watching a half dozen whales in every direction.
The building sits so close to the water, perhaps 25 yards, and unlike more modern buildings every unit has a front row seat with the same view. Its only a question of what floor you will see the whale show from at this time of year. The condo we stayed in, unit 914, was very comfortable, with a good bed, tastefully furnished and the kitchen was well stocked and had good appliances. Resturants are very expensive in Maui, so it was great to have a kitchen where we could eat in, and there is no resturant on Maui with that view.
This place is also so private, very unusual for a beach resort area. We booked through Aston, so we had daily maid service. The staff is very helpful and kind. Thanks to all of them for being so nice. They offer a one hour presentation in the morning for your first day giving you an overview of the island, and things to see and do, since we had never been to Maui before it was very helpful.
There is a grocery store near the driveway entrance to the building, but better yet, about two blocks down the road is a place called the Fish Market. It is primarily a fresh fish store, but also has carry out items as well. Their fish was the best. They claim the fish is caught either the night before or that morning, and the fish is so fresh that it is very hard being back in Mich and contending with what they claim is fresh fish here. The also have seafood gumbo and chowder that are outstanding. We went on line and found a Mama's Fish House reciepe for the mahi mahi- my my was it good!
There is a reef directly in front of the Mahana so there is no swiming directly in front. However, there is swimming and snorkeling right off the ends of the building. With a reef right in front, we saw giant sea turtles when we looked down from our balcony! Also because there isn't any beach activity right in front the units are very quiet during the day.
The pool and hot tub area is very nice, and it looks like its been updated, but it is a smaller pool, by today's standards, probably 1970s 1980s vintage. The Mahana also has gate access to the Kannapali boardwalk. Be sure to get the code from the front desk. You can walk all the way to the Hyatt on far end of the Whalers Village area on the boardwalk. We heard its about 4.5 miles from end to end. Its a great way to see the area, and lots of resturants and shops along the way if your interested.
We did all the first time on Maui must do's, the road to Hana, ate at Mama's Fish House, saw the crater, drove around most of the island seeing the beaches. The road to Hana is a must do, as is Mama's, but bring lots of money for Mama's. The driving on the road to Hana was not as bad as they say, but its about a 10 hour trip round trip with very few stops. On our next trip we will stay in Hana for a night or two. We went back a second time to see the Gardens on the Road to Hana and to eat a Mama's. The Gardens are wonderful, lunch at Mama's was to die for, and well worth a seperate trip. My husband and I agree the crater was our least favorite. Very cold even mid day on a sunny day and very windy.
The best were the boat trips for sunset, whale watching, eating, and snorkeling or any combination thereof. We highly recommend the Alli Nui and the Hula Girl for all of the boat trips, both are pricey but well worth it. I have never snorkled before and I am not much of a swimmer, and the folks from Alli Nui, got me in the water and snorkeling like a pro. And I am 58. What fun.
I would recommend getting a premium room and request a higher floor and try to go in Feb or March as those are prime months for the humpbacks. Thanks to the folks at the Mahana, for such a pleasant stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy the seclusion of this beachfront condominium resort where each custom-furnished oceanfront suite features floor-to-ceiling windows and a private lanai with panoramic views of the Pacific and Maui's magical sunsets. An array of onsite amenities include swimming pool, jet spa, covered outdoor barbecue areas, and tennis/pickleball. Nearby attractions include Lahaina Town and the Sugar Cane Train. At the Mahana, you can experience the tranquility of Maui. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aston Mahana At Kaanapali Hotel Lahaina
- Aston Hotel Lahaina
- Mahana At Kaanapali Aston
- Resortquest Mahana Kaanapali
- Mahana Kaanapali
- Aston Mahana At Kaanapali Maui/Lahaina