Aston Mahana at Kaanapali is a tranquil tropical retreat that takes full advantage of its beautiful Northern Kaanapali Beach setting. Guests rave about the beautiful landscaping and decor, but it’s the ocean that is truly the star of the show. Every suite boasts floor-to-ceiling oceanfront views that make you feel as if you’re floating above the Pacific. Each unit includes a full kitchen, washer, and dryer unit, and breezy balconies. Enjoy all the comforts of home, with breathtaking views of Lanai and Molokai as an added bonus.
We made a reservation at Aston Mahana at Ka’anapali for a short trip for my 30th birthday. We had plans that mostly involved exploring and being out for most of the day so we were intentional in booking a condo versus a resort or hotel. We just wanted somewhere relaxing, on the beachfront, where we could warm up leftovers, grab a beer out of the fridge, and relax in between adventures. However, I was super disappointed.
Let’s start with the pros: All units are truly oceanfront. If you do your research, you’ll know that there isn’t a swimmable beach directly out front. The pool and the hot tub are decent. Parking is also free.
The cons: Our unit (302) was absolutely filthy. There were layers of dust bunnies in the pocket door to the bathroom. The closets were full of sand and dirt and old appliances. The wicker entertainment center had an interesting faux floral arrangement, all of which was covered in a thick layer of dust and grime. The deck had cheap pool chairs and table that were worn and dirty. The paper towel holder had mold all over the handle. The bed was thin and uncomfortable. The detergent drawer on the washer was covered in black scum. All in all just gross. We washed all of our dishes prior to using, and did our best to wash things that we could, and avoid things that we could not. Because it was such a short trip, I didn’t have time to make a fuss to switch rooms.
What really sucks is I’m sure the property has some lovely units. We initially planned to book directly through an owner on AirBnB, but our nights were quickly booked. We booked directly through the property and ended up with the dirtiest room I have ever stayed in.
Also, the neighborhood is not ideal if you plan on exploring the whole island. Ka’anapali and Lahaina are decent, but there is only one main road to the central or eastside - everything outside of west maui will take you at least an hour to get to.
I would not recommend this property. Especially not through the property reservation service itself. It was a very disappointing stay for my 30th birthday.
Best view on the island
We were blown away by the view from our room. The sound of waves were audible throughout the stay. We enjoyed sitting on the balcony watching whales, turtles and surfers. If you like to be catered to and have restaurants/bars at your fingertips, then this is not the place for you, but if you enjoy seclusion, not having to fight for beach chairs, the ability to cook in your condo then this is the place! Definitely will be back. Food trucks and Dukes was in walking distance.
Best condo, best view, best vacation!
This was our second stay in condo 1117 at the Mahana. The view is so spectacular and the condo is so well appointed that even if you spend your days staying in, you would not be missing out. We saw turtles and schools of blue fish everyday from the lanai. Outriggers, canoes, paddle surfers and snorkels were going by everyday. This condo could not be anymore ocean front than it is!
We also want to mention that both Judith (the owner) and Leann ( the iTrip agent) were a pleasure to deal with!
beautiful view and great services, beautiful grounds and upkeep
Very large one bedroom condo. Wonderful secluded oceanfront hotel. Enjoyed watching the sea turtles from our room, daily walks on the beach and the amazing sunsets.
Close to supermarket, resturants and more. Just a short walk on the beach to Dukes!
We stayed 5 days at the Aston Mahana. The location can't be beat. The units are directly on the water, allowing turtle, wildlife, and dolphin viewing from inside the unit. It's also very conveniently located to restaurants and the food truck court. It's quieter than the bigger resorts and has a very nice pool and jacuzzi. We will definitely be looking to stay here again on our next trip to Maui.
The Hawaiian word Mahana means ‘twins' and was chosen to represent the two “twin” towers that make up our property. Together with stunning views of Molokai and Lanai (the two islands that can be seen from our resort) Mahana is a special name for our place in paradise.