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Blown away by Kaanapali Shores!
Aubrey M (Altona, IL)
My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon and absolutely loved it. For the money we paid, I feel this resort is a bang for your buck!! Our view was spectacular of the pool and ocean and the grounds at this resort are very impressive. Some of the nicest I’ve seen. The location is prime — 10 minutes drive to downtown Lahaina and the beautiful beach at black rock is just a couple minutes drive. I highly recommend checking out that beach. There is a beach area in front of the south end of the resort and the pools and hot tubs are great. The food at the beach bar is better than expected, my husband was asking when we could eat there for dinner almost every day! Hah. The happy hour goes from 2-5 PM and has good drink specials such as $6 margaritas and Mai Tais. If you’re wanting a tropical getaway in prime location with great access to pools and beaches, GO HERE!!
Would call me “a frequent visitor” to this hotel. Wonderful view, two great pools and hot tubs. Any problem, very few, are handled immediately by staff. Great drinks offered poolside from on site Restaurant Visited 10 times and hope to be there many more.
Shockingly fantastic for the price!
Stayed here in August 2018 for a "babymoon" vacation with my wife. Spent hours researching all the available options on Kaanapali (including several other Aston resorts), and settled on this one. I'm SO GLAD we did. Be sure to look at the deals posted on their website. Found a "three free" deal that included car rental, a room upgrade, and free breakfast in the price, and even with those amenities included, the price on their website easily beat travel booking sites like expedia, Travelocity, etc. We paid budget-friendly prices, so we expected this to feel like a budget hotel... but the environment, amenities, and service matched the most expensive hotels in Kaanapali (we have previously stayed at the Sheraton). In short, we were BLOWN AWAY by this hidden gem. I could write an essay about how positive this experience was, but here are a few highlights: 1) The grounds / shoreline / pools - expansive, well cared for, and undeniably tropical. Walking out of the lobby you come to their tropical garden with a charming pond and hidden nooks where you can plop down with a drink. After the garden you hit their awesome pool with waterfalls you can sit under, fountains, and a bridge. Particularly cool are the few (intentionally) half-submerged lounging chairs, perfect for very hot days. After that you hit a large grassy lawn with paths that take you to the restaurant, shoreline, and second pool (near the ocean). Second pool is more "normal", but you can't beat the beachside setting and view. The shoreline is nice, though the hotel beach is a slightly small. The Aston-owned beach just a few steps to the left (when facing the water) has a larger, nicer expanse of sand, and that's where I'd recommend plopping down for sun and ocean swimming. Blissful and lush grounds overall. 2) The room - with the package we got, we were upgraded from a regular "resort view" room to a "garden view junior suite". Expectations were of a literal garden view, but we got a picture-perfect vista of their beautiful grounds AND a peek of the ocean. Was also able to capture some stunning sunset shots right from our room balcony (see pictures attached). The room offered a kitchen with a full-size fridge, regular dishwasher, glass dishes etc, so this would have been great for longer stays. The size of the room was large and spacious, and everything was as nice as you'd expect from a premium resort (with the one small exception of the not-so-great pillows). 3) The service - Everyone was helpful, cheerful, understanding, patient, and laid-back. Overall, really embodying the “aloha” vibe. A few standout examples: A) We arrived for check in early, and (understandably) our room wasn’t quite ready. Front desk thoughtfully gave us a ticket for two free drinks at the beachside hotel restaurant bar so we could sip on mai tais while we waited. B) We needed to arrange special accommodations with the restaurant so we could observe the Jewish Sabbath, and the manager, Nate, was understanding, helpful, and took our special needs in stride, making a potentially stressful and awkward situation smooth and easy (get that guy a raise!). 4) Location – Can’t beat Kaanapali, but the great thing about this resort is that it’s not where the real masses of tourists congregate. That meant that things weren’t too crowded, and that this could actually feel like an escape. Overall, provided a central, reliably sunny, and somewhat quiet place to head out from for all the outdoor adventures associated with Maui. TLDR: Fantastic resort at budget prices, offering an experience that matches options nearly twice as expensive. Will likely stay here again if we return to Maui, and would absolutely recommend this Aston resort to a friend.
Nice place to stay
Barry T (Youngstown, Ohio)
Stayed here with three teenage granddaughters. They enjoyed the swimming pools and the restaurant. Facility was very nice and it has been renovated. However, the rooms could have been more thoroughly cleaned, and the carpeting also needed to be cleaned. The beach is very small. Would recommend a short drive to one of the nearby beautiful beaches. I would definitely consider staying here again.
Surprise upgrade for 50th birthday stay!
StaceyR1111 (Freehold, New Jersey)
Booked oceanfront 2 bedroom suite - upgraded to Aloha Suite! PH901 Beautifully decorated room and wrap around deck, wish we were able to stay longer than 3 days. Staff was very welcoming and helpful. The staff sent me up a box of chocolate covered macadamia nuts for my birthday! Location is great, across from dive shop, restaurants and grocery store. The facility has a sundry store, restaurant and daily maid service. The resort itself is remarkably clean. The pools are beautiful and the beach is good for snorkeling. I could find myself living here. I will definitely return to Aston Kaanapali Shores upon my return to Maui.