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The Kapalua Villas, Maui
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Kapalua
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 January 2006

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!

  • Stayed: September 2005
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Reviewed 4 January 2006

We stayed at the Golf Villas Unit 15-V-1 with our two young children (2 and 5 years old). This is a one bed-room unit looking out onto the golf course and ocean (in the distance).

What we liked:
1)They are good with details: detergents are provides so you can run your washing machine, dish washer, or simply just wash your dished in the sink
2)There are 1 and 1/2 bathroom in the unit, making it easy to have privacy; the shower was great, kids love playing in the shower
3)The unit was BIG. Kids have space to run around or hang out on the porch
4)Service was friendly - they say housekeeping is twice a week but they change towels everyday and if we put all our dishes in the washer they run it for us everyday!
5)Our drive to these great places take less than 2 minutes: the beautiful Kapalua beach, the exclusinve pools and beach in Ritz Carlton, Napili beach (very nice and full of people if you get a little lonely in the secluded villas), the serene Kapalua bay Hotel
6)All phone calls are free incuding long-distance

Here are a few reality checks:
1) The king bed was not as comfortable as those in upscale hotels (e.g.,regular hotel blanket rather than plush comforters)
2)The pool in the property is small - we just use the pools at Ritz
3)It is more secluded so if you like to see a lot of people and make friends with other travelers this might not be your kinda of place

Overall we thought this was a wonderful vacation spot for us. Next time we might check out Napili Kai Resort because it looks like a fun area wth more people to interact with and walking distance to the beach

Best reagards,
A traveler from California

  • Stayed: December 2005
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10  Thank nzhang94404
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Reviewed 4 December 2005

We just got back from 5 nights at the Kapalua golf villas. We have been to Hawaii 6 times and this is our favorite place yet. The Kapalua community consists of 3 golf courses, use of 2 hotel pools and beaches, shuttle service, great restaurants and more. We chose the ocean view villa and it was great! The Ritz had a great pool and lawn games that the kids enjoyed like shuffleboard, mini golf and bochee(?) They have a shuttle to take you down to the beach where the waves are rough. My daughter broke her foot bodysurfing in the 8 foot waves. One day the beach was closed because of the conditions. Don't eat at the Ritz though. The hamburgers at the pool bar were $15 and a soda was $5. Thanksgiving buffet was $90 per person! The Plantation House and Pineapple Grill had great lunches. They are on the golf courses. Enjoyed the golf. You get a nice discount on green fees for staying there. There was daily maid service and they even gave you 2 boxes of Tide detergent for laundry daily. It was very nice to have the washer and dryer. We had 2 lanais in our villa. The main one was so large with chaise lounges and table and chairs. The community pools were close and peaceful. They had nice gas grills for your use. Next time I would grill a couple of nights. I would definitely return.

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San Jose
Reviewed 30 November 2005

I agree with several previous reviewers--it completely depends on the villa you
rent. We wanted ocean front, and the first unit we checked into (#21 G4)was
phenomenal, gorgeous upgrades, great views. Unfortunately, we found out our
second day that the unit above us was under construction, and rather than listen
to the hammering, sawing, and conversation of the work crew, we asked to be
moved to a new villa. The staff was more than accomodating and moved us that
day. To our dismay, the new unit was nothing like the first. Cheap and old
furnishings, bed like a brick (my lower back is still aching), no sliding doors
to lanai, overall not up to the $350/night price tag. Both units were very clean
and neat however, so no complaints there.

I would stay here again because the location is awesome, you have full use of
the amenities at the Ritz and Kapalua Bay Hotel, and the private beaches are
practically deserted in November. Just don't stay in Villa #20 G5. Request to
stay in Villa 21 G4 (the first villa we were in) and you will be more than

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Reviewed 30 November 2005

My wife and I reserved our Sept. 30 - Oct. 9 vacation in January of 05. We had talked about going to Hawaii since we met. We finally did it to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. We could not have been more pleased. We chose the Villas for the value, proximity to the water (Oceanfront), and the fact that we are self-sufficient and do not need to be fawned over.

We were lucky enough to get the Villa used in the brochure photo. I actually got to speak to the owner when she phoned in during our visit. The Villa was decorated in a very simple, classy manner (mind you the decorations are done by the individual owner of the villa).

We were there too early for Whale watching, but based on the guest book in the villa, between November and April you can see them right from the villa. A school of Spinner Dolphins swam into the bay outside our villa and entertained all of us that were outside.

The service at Kapalua is first-rate. I saw a previous review completely ripping Kapalua and just want to say that I don't know what type of treatment some people expect or are used to, but the folks at Kapalua couldn't be nicer.

The only warning I have is DO NOT use Microsoft Streets and Trips for directions to Kapalua from the airport. The program had me take the UNPAVED, VIRTUALLY ONE LANE, TWO-WAY road on the northern tip of the island. This was highly dangerous, and I later found out will void your rental car contract. Take the road going south out of the airport and around the south end. It is longer in mileage, but will take you half the time (and not take so many years off of your life).

I heard the people that checked in next to us complain about their villa. In fact they left and demanded another (I have no idea what happened) but from what I understand, Kapalua will give you another Villa if you are not satisfied.

The food, golf and overall atmosphere were terrific. Our villa was inded a home for us for the 10 days we were there. That made our vacation unforgettable!

  • Stayed: October 2005
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Dearborn, Michigan
Reviewed 7 November 2005

My wife and I went to Kapalua to celebrate out 25th Wedding Anniversary. I was a little hesitant about reserving a villa but that quickly changed. From the moment we arrived we were very pleased with everything. The condo was beautiful!! It was upgraded to everything you needed and looked fabulous. The view was superb and the people were very friendly and accomodating. My wife and I played golf on all three of the championship courses where the scenic views were unbelievable. We used the Kapalua Bay beach all the time and the snorkeling was great. The restrauants were excellent and the on-site grocery store was very good. It had everything you would need when talking about staple items, sunblock, souvenirs etc. The grounds were landscaped and kept up beautifully. Even though Kapalua is the northwestern most resort on the island it was still only 15 - 20 minutes from Lahaina. Overall, it was a fantastic experience / vacation / anniversary and if we do ever get a chance to go to Maui again I would definitley stay at the Kapalua Villas.

  • Stayed: October 2005
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Charlotte, NC
Reviewed 1 October 2005

We stayed for one week in unit 29-G-5. The decor has not changed from our visit in 1989. The same kitchen/bathrooms; however new appliances and countertops and OK furnishings. The view for our Bay villa was terrible. We paid a premium to look right into the side of the unit next to us. Rather than a glimpse of the ocean when you looked 60 degrees to the left, we saw the guy next door in his undershirt at his kitchen sink. As a result, we kept the blinds closed most of the time. Better do the ridge or the golf villas for less money when all you look at is the Hunter/Douglas Duet shades anyway!

By renting through the Villas, we had use of the Bay Hotel and Ritz Carlton facilities. Well worth it!!! The Bay Hotel pool, while slightly less spectacular than the Ritz, had a wonderful ocean front setting and ambiance that made it our favorite.

The golf package made golf reasonably affordable. While they messed up the layout of our previous favorite, The Village Course, when they added the new practice/lesson facility, (it now has a par three as hole number one and a par three as hole number 18!)
golf here is still fabulous. (Even considering they had just aerated the greens of the Bay Course). 4 hour rounds (except for a weekend round on The Plantation Course) and great staff made golf very enjoyable.

The location, while at the far end of Maui is supurb. Don't stay here if you want night life and lots of excitement. Stay here if you want great accomodations, great food and great golf. It's laid back and luxurious! The views are wonderful. Vino, the restaurant at the Village Course Clubhouse, was a treat - good food in tapas portions and a nice wine list. The Plantation House has great fish specials and spectacular sunset views and The Ritz Carlton was divine!

We have visited four times in 15 years. We'll be back, but next time at a Ridge Villa.

  • Stayed: September 2005
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Address: 2000 Village Road, Kapalua, Maui, HI 96761-8727
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Kapalua
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Kapalua
Price Range: $303 - $730 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Kapalua Villas, Maui 4*
Number of rooms: 126
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