Space and convenience makes Kaanapali Alii just right for Maui returnees
Even veteran globetrotters sometimes long for the comforts of home--a full-size refrigerator stocked with snacks obtained at something less than honor-bar prices, one bathroom for grownups and another one for the kids, and a washer and dryer right down the hall so that traveling light needn't mean a choice between self-serve laundromats and a lingerie-draped bathroom.
Savvy Hawaii travelers have recognized that they can enjoy a blend of hotel amenities and self-serve conveniences by booking an upscale condominium unit for at least part of their stay. On Maui, the Kaanapali Alii's offerings are designed to appeal to these vacationers.
Target Clientele: This upscale condominium appeals to travelers seeking independence and space, along with the ease of a resort hotel. Families with younger children who might normally book two adjoining rooms will appreciate the option of a two-bedroom unit.
Accommodations: The one- and two-bedroom units range from 1,500 to 1,900 square feet. Each has two full bathrooms, a living/dining room and a private lanai. Each also has a kitchen fitted with full-size appliances, including a refrigerator/freezer, microwave oven, electric range and a dishwasher. Cupboards are stocked with cooking supplies, utensils, cutlery, dishes and glassware. Two-bedroom units have three televisions (including one in each bedroom) and a compact stereo; one-bedroom units have two televisions. Other room amenities include a washer/dryer, iron and ironing board, hair dryer and safe.
Guest amenities include daily maid service, newspaper delivery, in-room coffee and borrowing privileges at the resort's video library. Concierge, bell and room service are available, and guests can avail themselves of dry-cleaning, grocery delivery and charging privileges at specific neighboring restaurants. Units are inspected annually and renovated as needed to meet the standards of operator Classic Resorts.
Public Areas: Kaanapali Beach on one side and the three Kaanapali Resort golf courses on the other vie for clients' attention during the day, but travelers will find things to do right on the grounds of Kaanapali Alii. There's free use of its tennis courts and fitness room, and a view of the beach from the pool. At day's end, guests congregate around the poolside gas grills to prepare dinner. Ask for details about Kaanapali Alii's summertime program for children, which includes craft sessions and tennis clinics.
Dining: Although there is no restaurant, room service is available, and guests have charging privileges at some neighboring restaurants. The poolside barbecue area is quite popular, and guests can also cook for themselves in their rooms. S
Service: Staff members are friendly and helpful. Clients who wanted to set out early for soft adventures that begin before sunrise, for example, receive cheerful advice about driving times and necessary supplies.
Strongest Selling Point: Spacious units and a convenient beachfront location within the highly regarded Kaanapali Resort are a plus whether clients want to explore Maui or relax.
Rates & Packages: Nightly rates for one-bedroom units start from $300 from April 21 through June 21 and from Aug. 25 to Dec. 19, and from $325 through April 20 and from June 22 to Aug. 24. Two-bedroom units start at $390 and $425, respectively. Rates are based on a maximum of four people per one-bedroom unit and six per two-bedroom unit.
This year the resort offers a honeymoon package that provides a one-bedroom ocean-view unit, with champagne upon arrival. Rates start at $450 and $470 per night. Longer-staying clients receive a seventh night free when they pay for the first six at published rates.
* FAST FACTS
Address: 50 Nohea Kai Drive, Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
Last renovated: Various public areas renovated in 1999 and 2000; units are inspected and updated regularly
Commission: 10 percent
Web site: www.kaanapali-alii.com
Reservations: 800-642-6284 or 808-661-3339, fax 808-667-1145
Foster, Camie. "Comfort in Kaanapali." Travel Agent 303.4 (2001): 84. Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection. Web. 1 Nov. 2009.
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