My wife and I recently spent a fantastic week in a one bedroom oceanfront Kapalua Bay villa (unit #21B3), rented through VRBO. It offered a commanding view of the ocean, Molokai, both the Bay and Plantation golf courses, and the west Maui mountains. We saw incredible sunrises from bed every morning.
This specific unit was 2-story with a lanai outside both the living (lower) and bedroom (upper level). It had updated furniture and a newer, well equipped kitchen. The bed was huge and very comfortable. The only real weakness was the bathroom... while serviceable it was not updated (25+ years old I think) and would have benefited from new fixtures and better lighting. Also, there was no A/C, but strong trade winds kept the unit relatively cool.
Oneloa Bay was a minute's walk from our front door. Beautiful to look at and nice to stroll, but IMO not a good snorkeling or swimming beach thanks to wind and surf conditions. It was only a short 7 minute walk to Kapalua Bay, where the sunning, swimming and snorkeling is fabulous. Several other great snorkeling beaches were nearby as well. A very nice swimming pool was just a 100 or so feet away.
With several wonderful restaurants on the property, plus Kaanapali and Lahaina only a 15 minute drive away, there are countless dining (and shopping) alternatives.
One last comment on the Villas: I agree with other reviews regarding the variability of the units, and highly recommend you perform a good deal of research before selecting a unit. If money is not a big deal, next time I would rent from Kapalua Realty and reserve a unit from their "Gold Program" (Google "Kapalua Gold" for more info). There was one next door to us that I got to tour, and it was first class. Also, if an unobstructed view is important to you, be advised that not all of the Bay units are truly oceanfront; many view other units.
In summary, Kapalua is a wonderful destination and in our opinion this unit represented an excellent value for the money. If you do your homework, we think you will love Kapalua too!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kapalua Villas are located on the beautiful Kapalua Resort on the west side of the island of Maui. Offering 1, 2 and 3 bedroom condominium accommodations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Kapalua Villas Hotel Kapalua
- Kapalua Hotel Lahaina
- Kapalua Resort Lahaina
- Kapalua Villas Maui
- The Kapalua Villas, Maui