Hello to all,
My husband and I just returned from a wonderful trip to Maui. Neither of us had ever been to any of the Hawaiian islands before so we were very excited to embark on this adventure. We stayed 6 nights although we took the red eye back to the mainland on our last day so we essentially had an almost complete last day on Maui.
I booked our trip through United Vacations (flights, hotel, and car rental) and got a fantastic deal. Although I had always stayed away from Hawaii due to fears over how pricey it was, I feel if you do your research, you can snag some good deals and keep costs on the lower side.
We stayed at the Aston Mahana (Kaanapali Beach). It is a condo property managed by the Aston Hotel chain. It is no Four Seasons or other mega resort complex, but it certainly was nice and fit our needs. There were no daily parking rates and the resort fee was only $10 (I researched resorts where it was $25 a day). This included daily newspaper, parking, use of their DVD/video game rental (they had a machine in which you could rent new DVDs out on video along with Play Station games). This was great when wanting to relax and wind down in the room after a busy day out). What I loved about the complex though was that all rooms were ocean front, none of the extra spend $50 a more for a partial ocean view, $75 for an ocean view, etc. We stayed in a studio which was very spacious and had a complete kitchen with fridge, stove, and microwave. Our balcony was also great as we ate many breakfasts and lunches out on it.
The hotel was in the Kaanapali Beach area as I mentioned and was right across the street from a supermarket (Times) as well as some restaurants/cafes (we dined at Java Jazz and Pizza Paradiso). It was also next door to Dukes which is a great beach side restaurant, terrific spot for breakfast.
As we were coming from the East Coast (and traveling all day long!) our Day 1 didn't consist much more than driving to our hotel from the airport in the pitch dark (it took just under an hour) and then dining at the restaurant at the Aston Kaanapali Shores (it was right next door to our property). We were pretty beat and I found the food to be just okay although I don't think anything would have tasted excellent with how exhausted I was. Hopefully this is a good start.
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