The Aston Mahana at Kaanapali is everything we could have dreamed of and more!
* Full on ocean views from our living room/bedroom!
* Fully equipped kitchen with plates, silverware, new refrigerator, freezer, microwave, stove, dishwasher, and disposal.
* Washer and dryer in unit with detergent!
* Area of soapstone shower for two (with recessed lighting inside), is separate from sink area. Beautiful and convenient!
* Fully renovated with granite floors and countertops in every room, a light in the shower, and beautiful recessed lighting
* We're currently there and we sleep with the screen door open so we hear the ocean crashing on the shore all night (it's so restorative!).
* High up on the 10th floor, so we have a full view of the ocean, but complete privacy!
* Flat-screen tv with unlimited DVD service (the DVD service comes with your $15/day service charge, which includes coffee and tea service and the newspaper).
* Patio with full ocean views, table and chairs for sipping coffee outside, reading, etc.
* Separate beach towels and plenty of other towels, soap, shampoo, etc.
* Books -- including on Maui! And, beautiful decor!
* Soundproof walls. Lovely!
* Gorgeous black bottom pool with outdoor seating just feet from the ocean and beach, surrounded by palm trees.
* Daily maid service, despite it being a condo.
The way it works is that each unit is separately-owned but part of the resort.
Honestly, if you book it through Travelocity, as we did, it's the luck of the draw to get a nice unit, but if you do (and we did!), it's amazing!!!
Stay here! Book through Travelocity or Expedia, and get ready to be WOWed!
We'd waited nearly four years to take our honeymoon, so it was such a lovely gift from the universe!
Java Jazz & Soup Nutz is a funky and cool place with absolutely delicious, smooth and rich coffee and espresso!
The guy who waited on us had as much personality as the atmosphere and we felt instantly welcomed!
We've come back five times now, and have enjoyed the coffee, the service (from all staff), as well as the food immensely!
We lucked out. We went for dinner and shared the coconut shrimp (highly recommended!!!) and the Mahi Mahi, scallop and shrimp special with a cream sauce and capers. Scallops are hard to cook, much less shrimp and fish, yet each piece was done perfectly! It's also hard to make a sauce that's flavorful but doesn't overpower the fish. Again, done perfectly! Adding capers to any dish is difficult because it's easy to over-salt. Again, it was beautifully executed.
We happened to be there right before the music show started (at 7:00 p.m.), with a guy who could sing Neil Young and Gordon Lightfoot. It was so much fun! It was clearly a local hangout, not just for tourists.
We went for breakfast, and I have two words for you: FRENCH TOAST!!! Well, six, to be specific: Raspberry French Toast with cream cheese. They are heavenly! Made with real Hawaiian bread (thick and soft), creamy and sweet! They are a reason to go out to breakfast, whether you're a traveler or a native! I can't recommend them highly enough to you! Their omelettes are delicious, too, if you want something savory. But, for me, it's all about the French Toast!
Java Jazz & Soup Nutz is also right across the street from The Aston Mahana and other resorts, which is incredibly convenient for anyone wanting delicious food and coffee far away from the usual crowded places. It's cozy and funky and romantic all in one. I highly recommend it!
Absolutely delicious fish tacos in corn tortillas (with fresh Ono and Mahi Mahi, a spicy kick, and so hard to fit in your mouth given all the deliciousness!!!). We also had their fried (though not greasy) Mahi Mahi and Ono (a steak-like fish), with homemade dill tarter sauce: YUM! The atmosphere is very casual and the prices are very reasonable given the amount and deliciousness of the food! The owner and chef is from San Francisco, originally.
Chocolatey coffee, friendly service, and a really funky intimate setting with delicious-looking bakery items! A great way to end your dinner at Coconut's Fish Cafe, or, a prelude to dessert at Ono Gelato's! Hot coffee and cold dessert are a supreme combination!
Amazingly delicious gelato!
Our favorite, not surprisingly, (because it's everyone's favorite) was the Sandy Beach. This is an amazing concoction of peanut butter + graham crackers + coconut candy + black lava sea salt (which is a combination of sea salt + activated charcoal from a volcano -- supposed to be very detoxifying and therefore, good for us. I love that rationale!).
Even the small is big, though you won't think so since it's so tasty!
Highly recommended for dessert after the amazing fish tacos at Coconut's Fish Cafe, and a delicious cup of coffee from Java Cafe.
Julia's offers absolutely delicious (still warm!) banana bread -- as others have attested.
Despite its fame and reviews, this is a small stand, cash only.
It is true that to get here, you have to travel, as Yelper, Bill A. says on an absolutely terrifying road (that, I myself, would never travel on again, and would never have traveled on it had I realized how scary it is: a one lane highway for potentially 2 cars, with a cliff on one side and no room anywhere to move over. It's an act of precision for many miles, going 10 miles an hour with no break and no way to turn off. Scary as all fuck!).
But, I digress! The bread. Julia's Best Banana Bread is warm, fragrant, and very moist and light!
We also loved her freshly dried mango with sugar, coconut candy (freshly dried coconut with sugar), freshly dried taro with guava jelly, and coconut cashews. Wonderful!!!
I will never visit again, and I'm sad about this. But, happy to be alive, and, to have tried her bread and other delights!
Really cool little museum with great photos, video, and information from the times when whaling was an industry in Maui, and a necessity, given the need for whale oil to illuminate the world.
Prepare yourself, though: this is, as another Yelper pointed out, a place where they describe killing whales. For that reason, we didn't watch the video.
They also have a collection of whale bone (not really made of bone, but of the elastic material used in whales' mouths to strain out plankton), on which the sailors traced women in fancy gowns from catalogues, in order to pass the time. It was quite a skill to be able to do this and took many hours.
While there, we also heard about Black Rock as the best place to snorkel from an informed local who is also a marine biologist and photographer. We bought several of his framed prints of turtles and fish (also sold here) which were beautiful!
We loved the individualized attention and informal tour of the area!
As others have attested, Kaukini Gallery is a great sample of Maui artists with lovely, authentic art for any economic range. From $12,000 sculptures to $5 handmade ceramic frogs, you can find something in your price range!
We came away with beautiful, handmade necklaces, a sterling silver bracelet shaped like a wave, two framed prints, and, lava glass earrings, among other things!
The staff is very friendly and helpful, and the place is beautiful. Parking lot is small. Be patient. Wait for this place.
I am sad I will never return as the Road to Hana is too f-in scary, but that's okay. Once was enough, and we now have something lovely from Maui artists to take home.
Really cute little bungalow-type cafe with delicious Macadamia nut pancakes with coconut syrup and great Portugese sausage! Even if you're not sitting outside, you have an ocean view, and the service in this cute place is wonderfully friendly!
They have a wonderful variety of drink options. We had POG (pineapple, orange, guava juice -- not sure it was fresh). Prices were very reasonable for Maui ($9-11 for each one and good-sized).
1. It is beyond all the condos. If you're in the middle of them, you're going toward the right place!
2. The bathrooms are to the side of the establishment, outside: you have to use a key card on the counter to open them.
Had to wait in line for Bad Ass Coffee, which was fine. But, the espresso was bitter -- really bit -- which was a surprise since all the coffee & espresso we've had so far has been awesome! I don't like bitey coffee, but if you do, go to Bad Ass.
What a lovely, lovely place! We came here for breakfast, and were seated in front of rolling green hills (the golf course), and the tennis courts, (where our entertainment, unknowingly played in front of us), and the mountains. Pineapple Grill is in a ritzy part of Maui, but don't let that stop you! It's also so friendly and you can wear shorts there. We did. It's a perfect mixture of classy and comfortable!
I had poached eggs with portugese sausage and homemade biscuits with guava jam, which was delicious!!! And, my partner had the corned beef hash with eggs over medium, and potatoes. Both came with fresh fruit. All was delicious and very reasonably-priced! Coffee was perfect: smooth, rich, and delicious!!! I'm always amazed when restaurant coffee is s good as my favorite cafes. And, this is!
Service was impeccable and it was so relaxing! This is a great place to come in the morning when it's quiet! The view, the food, and the service will feel very much like a vacation, trust me!
We loved the Macnut pancakes. With whipped cream, they were too sweet for me to eat with coconut syrup, but they were thick as cake and delicious!!!
We waited 40 minutes, but brought coffee from Java Jazz (our favorite coffee place in West Maui). That's good, because the coffee at the Gazebo restaurant sucked. It was very, very, very weak.
We also ordered their fried rice which was tasty but too salty. (I also wondered if they used MSG). My ankles swelled to the point of needing special circulation socks after eating a plate of their rice. It was tasty, but... not THAT tasty!
In addition to the Macnut pancakes and the super sweet and efficient service, the best part of the Gazebo Restaurant is what's below the restaurant.
Yup. You heard me. What's below.
After your meal (or hold your place in line, and), walk down to the beach below. From there, you will be able to see Sea Turtles! Yes! Sea turtles! We watched them for about 30 minutes before heading off to our next adventure.
It was a true bonding experience with other happy Gazebo-goers as we whooped together in joy!
Last tip: If you don't want to wait to eat (because the line will always be long, even mid-week, 1/2 hour before they open), then call ahead and take it to go, either below the restaurant (as above mentioned), or back to your condo, if you've got a sweet view.
We had a great couples' massage here. It was so relaxing and lovely! The prices are high (especially if you add on a decent gratuity -- 15-18%), but it's a wonderful way to add even deeper relaxation to your vacation!
This spa is at the Sheraton which is very resort-like and cool. Service is spotty (not sure why as there seemed to be a lot of valet drivers, etc).
Tip: Drive up to the valet parking and have the spa validate your ticket for free and easy parking!
Despite it being a local chain, (and therefore, touristy), we enjoyed Leilani's on the beach. The view was beautiful (though partially blocked by our neighbors), and our fish (Ahi and Ono, respectively) was cooked to perfection and juicy, and served in a beautiful strawberry-feta salad with mandarin oranges. It was lovely!
This is a nice place to go if you're visiting the whaling museum (which is pretty cool).
Like many of the restaurants in Maui, Sea House Restaurant is by the water, after you pass by all the condos. Wish someone would have told us when we first got to Maui to know you're not in the wrong place if you're walking down paths between golf courses and condos. So, I'm telling you! You're not in the wrong place! ;)
I was really disappointed by the breakfast at Sea House, having read some of the other reviews. My French Toast, ($7) made of Hawaiian bread tasted like Denny's -- a little crispy rather than soft, and without any flavor! They promised to be moist, with a vanilla custard inside, and I can tell you, they were not! Even the syrup couldn't swim in and make it taste better!
That said, my Sweetie had Da Kitchen Sink Fried Rice (Jasmine rice fried
with sesame oil, garlic, onion, carrots, waterchestnut, bamboo,
Portuguese sausage, rock shrimp, pineapple, shoyu and Furikake.
Topped with two eggs), which was served on a plate with an old fashioned newspaper, and it was not only delicious but waayyy cool!
Coffee was weak.
The service was very attentive and the view of the ocean was beautiful.
There was a strange vibe here, kind of like the locals of color waiting on the rich white people. I didn't like it, but it was hard to name, even here. Very subtle. So, even as I write it here, I'm not sure what I'm naming is true, only that it felt odd, and different from every other restaurant we went to in West Maui.
Kimo's was fine. It's part of a local chain, and it's got that chain kind of feeling: servers who aren't that enthusiastic about being there, but seem nice enough. I ordered the fish tacos which were okay, but not very flavorful. It was odd to have them served with melted yellow cheese, too. Not bad, not good. All in all, I wouldn't recommend them over the other better restaurants in the area.
Went to Leoda's for pie, of course. Their banana cream pie was good. It was served in a little tin dish, rather small for the price ($8). The interior was rustic but kind of depressing -- not sure why. And, the service, while fine, was nothing to write home about. I've had better pie, atmosphere, and service. In short, I'd say Leoda's was just okay.
Fabulous LauLau: tender pork wrapped in a taro leaf and cooked underground for hours. You unwrap the part that's been underground and can eat the tender taro leaf with meat inside. Apparently, it's a traditional dish and I have to say it's amazing! It tastes like the heart of a fresh artichoke. I loved it!
They also have great virgin and regular mixed drinks. I had the virgin Pina Colado and it was divine!
Service is very meh. Not very interested in customers but they do their job. Prices were fine, and the view of the ocean was pretty cool.
They have a parking lot, but it can get a bit dicey when it's full; it's very hard to turn around in.
I love that Aloha Mixed Plate is an outdoor restaurant. As I said, food was wonderful! I just wish the service was friendlier.
Times Supermarket is good to grab some bottled water to take with you on your trek around Maui, or to grab some necessities for your condo, but the best fresh fruit was actually at the Farmer's Market Deli just a few blocks away. Nonetheless, if you want to see how real Maui natives live and experience some of their cool taro bread, this is the place to get some!
This review is for the parking and the spa at the Sheraton. We came here to park for the Spa at Black Rock. They have free valet if you go the spa. The service for valet (to leave) took forever! Seriously, 20 minutes even though we could see our car in front of us, and they had tons of bellboys/service people but no organization!
That said, this is a beautiful hotel, kind of sprawling. Not a lot of clear signs for the Spa, but the spa was very nice. Expensive, but very nice. We had Lomi Lomi massages. We waited a while to get the massages (which we'd scheduled) but they were good.
All in all, a mixed experience.
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"Yelping is a Form of Social Activism"
Portland, OR, Vereinigte StaatenYelper seit
Juli 2006Dinge, die ich mag
my life, psychology, generosity, wellness, kindness, Rumi, meaningful connections, turquoise, optimism, dahlias, hugs, scented geraniums, uplifting people, My Sweetie, Yorkshire Gold tea, The Harry Potter books, laughter, friends, Maui, dogs, trees, Delicata Squash, woodsmoke, & Mary Oliver.Hier bin ich häufig anzutreffen
the present moment. :)Heimatort
Fresno, CAWenn ich nicht gerade yelpe, dann ...
I'm helping, or trying to (smile).Warum du meine Beiträge unbedingt lesen solltest
I've got excellent taste (as do all Yelpers)Was ich zuletzt gelesen habe
The Murder Room, Michael CapuzzoMein erstes Konzerterlebnis
The BanglesMein Lieblingsfilm
Any Harry Potter movie, Ghostbusters.Meine Henkersmahlzeit
Quinoa salad at Hog & Hen; Brownie-marshmallow @ Brooklyn House Restaurant.Ich schwärme gerade für
Kookoolan Farm's Kombucha (made w/Earl Grey tea!).