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Just returned from spending a most enjoyable 3 nights at the new Honua Kai Resort & Spa on Maui.

Located at the north end of Kaanapali Beach (just before Honokowai), the resort is comprised of all suites … from a roomy 580 sq. ft. Ohana Suite to a palatial 2,650 sq. ft. 3-bedroom master suite. Each suite features a private bathroom for each bedroom and many more unexpected luxuries.  I had a comfy and spacious 2-bedroom unit with a great ocean view.

Living in a home on Oahu that was built in the 1970’s, I had some challenges with the wonderful new fixtures and appliances in the kitchen but, it was fun figuring out how they all worked.

Above is an image of the resort I snapped from a 6th floor balcony.

Right is a photo I took of one of the 2 bedrooms in my unit.  Very beautifully appointed with comfy king bed.  I did not take a photo but there was a tub and separate  shower plus a huge vanity area with double sinks in spacious the  bathroom and an almost identical set-up in the other bedroom.

Currently there is just one restaurant – but it’s the very popular oceanfront Duke’s Beach House.  Another restaurant will open in the second tower (possibly in mid 2011).  Aina Gourmet – a wonderful coffee shop and deli with groceries, sundries and more is available for anyone wanting items to prepare in the kitchen or something lighter to eat or snack on.  Here’s a photo of the breakfast panini I had one morning (note that half of the panini is missing).

The resort also offers a fitness center, children’s program with play room, 3-pool aquatic playground and more.  The spa will also open sometime in 2011.

When booking a visit, be sure to check for specials.  Currently, they are offering a 50% discount plus the 5th night free.  For the 2-bedroom unit that I had, the special rate is $375 per night but when you think that it can accommodate two couples or a family of six, that’s not a bad deal.

Finally, here is a photo I took from the huge lanai all units have.  Although you can’t see it, the glass doors to the deck do not slide open … rather, they fold open like a shoji screen … giving you a larger than large indoor / outdoor suite space.

For more detail about the resort and a photo gallery with gorgeous images, visit