Loaded with luxury resorts, Maui attracts all sorts of affluent travelers, but for those looking to soak in the island's unique appeal, while enjoying the comforts of home, it's tough to top a stay at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa.
Outfitted with more than 600 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom condominiums, the resort not only offers units with a great deal of space but also full gourmet kitchens, featuring Bosch and Viking appliances; en suite washers and dryers; and a bathroom connected to each bedroom.
"That property is for people accustomed to high-end hotels that are looking for a luxury home experience while on vacation," said Tracy Michaels, the owner of Flying Dutchmen Travel in Santa Rosa, Calif. "The place literally just feels like a home."
According to Honua Kai General Manager Steven Rose, the west Maui property, which sits north of Kaanapali's main stretch of beachfront hotels, has attracted many visitors vacationing as a family since the resort's 2009 opening.
"The kitchens are great for families," Rose said. "They can have breakfast and lunch in the suite and can go to the grocery store to stock up, so they're just getting real value on their vacation, [and] with the washers and dryers, that makes it great for those not interested in packing too much."
The Honua Kai also offers travelers a beautiful beach, with live coral for good snorkeling right off shore and a collection of pools Rose described as "3 acres of aquatic playground for kids of all ages."
And while the property's larger units are a great fit for multigenerational families, Michaels said they've also been easy to sell to couples interested in traveling together.
"The rooms are separated, every bedroom has its own bathroom, and those three-bedroom units are nearly 2,000 square feet, so there's plenty of moving around room," she explained. "You're not cramped in there at all."
Michaels added that she does a lot of honeymoon business at Honua Kai, where the $284-per-night rate for studio units appeals to couples. But Rose noted that certain times of the year attract more romance business.
"If you look at the mix of people that are here now [in late September], you're going to get a lot fewer kids," he said. "It's a lot more suitable for a romance-type getaway in September or May than it would be in August or July when kids are out of school."