Fodor's Expert Review Luana Kai Resort

940 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, Hawaii, 96753, USA See on Map Fodor's Choice

If you don't need everything to be totally modern, consider setting up house at this great value condominium-by-the-sea with individually owned units offered in two categories: standard and deluxe. Furnishings and appliances in the standard units are more dated, and it's worth paying the few extra bucks for the updated deluxe units. Each comes with everything you need to make yourself at home: a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher; washer/dryer; TV and DVD player; Wi-Fi; and stereo equipment. There are three different room plans suited to couples, families, or friends traveling together. The third-floor two-bedroom units have high ceilings and a master-bedroom loft. Make sure to request a unit with air-conditioning—a must for hot, dry Kihei. The heated pool and deck is a social place, with five gas grills, a full outdoor kitchen, and a shuffleboard court. Luana Kai adjoins a grassy county park with tennis courts, and the beach is just across this grass.

There are no elevators at these three-story condos, so be sure to book a bottom floor if you have mobility issues.

room

One-, two-, and three- bedroom condos have garden, partial ocean, and ocean views. Each has free Wi-Fi and full kitchen. Some condos can have air conditioning added on for an additional fee. Each is decorated differently, based on the individual condo owner.

YOU SHOULD KNOW If you want a condo with air conditioning, you’ll be paying an extra $25 to $30 for it. There is also a cleaning fee assessed at check out.

bathroom

Most bathrooms at these condos are a nice size. Each is decorated differently, based on the individual condo owner.

lobby

The lobby is simple, but welcoming.

pool

The small, round pool has a tiled deck with a few loungers, adjacent hot tub, and a nearby sauna, as well as an outdoor kitchen and grill space for hanging out.

LOCATION

Getting Around

It’s easy (and preferable) to explore Maui’s smaller towns by foot, but to get to them and around the island, you’ll need to rent a car. If you plan on exploring the Road to Hana, get something with a little extra horsepower (but not too big as the road can get very narrow).

Restaurants

Find fresh, vibrant food at Fork and Salad (2-min drive), featuring signature, as well as build-your-own salads, grain bowls, and sandwiches made with a wide variety of mostly local and organic ingredients. These healthy options make a great choice to pick up for a beach picnic or day of hiking.

Find casual, beachy fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Beach Bums (17-min drive), where Hawaiian meets American in the form of omelettes, sandwiches, and burgers. Their kiawe/guava wood smoked BBQ dinners make for a special treat.

Bars

Three’s Bar and Grill (8-min drive) has an insane happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. (in the Surf Lounge) that includes pupus and raw bar selections alongside $3.75 well drinks, $4 14oz beers, and margaritas and mai tais for $3.75 (with the option to upgrade to top shelf for $6.75). It’s a laid back, good time that you’ll want to have nearly every day of your vacation.

If you’re looking to get a little more rowdy while enjoying a cocktail, you’ll want to stop by South Shore Tiki Lounge (6-min drive), where happy hour lasts all day. Seriously, it’s daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with live music from 4 to 6 p.m. each day. Even when it’s not happy hour their tiki, blended, and classic drinks are priced nicely, and the bar is a lot of fun, with drinks and DJs every night from 10 pm to close.

WHY WE LIKE IT

The website does a great job of showing pictures and listing amenities specific to each unit, rather than providing generic information (though they do have the option to exchange the unit you booked for one of equal value). These very affordable accommodations include shuffleboard, putting green, and a nice library.

QUICK FACTS

Rental
Casual
Near the beach
Local Flavor
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 808-879–1268;800-669–1127

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