We have stayed at most of the brand name resorts on Kaanapali beach and have really enjoyed them – from the Marriott Maui Ocean club to the Hyatt to the Sheraton at Black rock. We felt that South Kaanapali Beach ( from the Hyatt at the southern point to the Sheraton to the North ) was really our comfort zone… but having come to Maui for almost 20 years, I felt it was time for a change.
After some extensive research we decided upon the Honua Kai Resort. The resort is located on North Kaanapali beach and was opened in 2009. The Canadian company Intrawest designed and developed the resort. The original sales opening was held back in 2005 and nearly 400 of the 720 total projected condos were sold in a single day. Of course, with the ensuing stock and real estate market collapses, many of the units fell out of escrow and in some cases the owners of the units sued the developer to get out from under their contracts.
So with a somewhat controversial beginning, the Honua Kai resort had some work to do to overcome the original upheavals.
I met one of the owners who was one of the first to close and occupy and he told me that in the beginning the resort was nearly deserted. He likened it to the infamous hotel setting in the movie “The Shining” – sans the ghosts and other paranormal activities.
Upon arriving at the Honua Kai resort we were greeted with a bustling, thriving resort community that seemed to place is main emphasis on the themes of land and sea (Honua Kai translates to earth and Ocean in Hawaiian) – with huge swaths of grass, dunes, open beaches, the vast Pacific and 38 acres of land – this was quite a beautiful and inviting place.
I did have some qualms with the property: it’s located across from a business center and sewage treatment center ( about 500 yards north of property across from road ) – although I never noticed any malodorous smells – just the idea of a stink factory coupled with the less-than-Hawaiian feel of the business center registered a few marks in the negative category for me.
Overall the resort was beautifully appointed, the accommodations were first class and the staff and amenities were excellent. Once inside the resort grounds you are transported away from everyday life, it’s relaxed and tropical setting contributing to a carefree and wonderful vacation escape.
Select a Time of Week That is Less Popular
If the destination you will be heading to is basically meant for businessmen, then you will find many last minute hotel deals and hotels to pick from during the weekend. Contrariwise, if the city you are going to is mostly famous for being a tourist point, you should try finding accommodation during working days (Monday to Friday). A lot of hotels in such places are trying to reserve as many rooms and suites as possible during the slower working days of the week. There is a bright possibility that you will be able to grab a nice deal.
Select an Area That is Less Popular
This could be much trickier to go ahead and look for a good last minute hotel deal while you limit yourself to just the tourist areas that are most popular in a region or a city. The hotels which are situated closer to known attractions and major landmarks are mostly getting reserved by tourists and visitors far in advance. Therefore, you will have a hard time being able to find economical rates for a last minute hotel deal at a good hotel. Try opening yourself up to the opportunity of staying a little “off beaten path,” nonetheless, and you will be able to get a great rate. For instance, a lot of people find wonderful last minute hotel deals in places outside the major cities; even though it might mean a little more of a travel for getting to hot spots, it might also enable you to save huge amount of cash.
Book Online for Last Minute Hotels
Do not overlook the outstanding option of online booking for securing a good hotel deal, regardless of where you plan to go. A lot of hotels circulate their finest deals online via various comparison websites, and you will see that there is no issue in making an advance booking. In fact, you might even find out that last minute hotels’ prices fall down significantly when you book online. Thanks to the brilliant technology in today’s world. The detail published on the internet about the availability of rooms is mostly accurate. In addition, last minute hotel deals found online are normally abundant; for popular destinations as well.
1. Evaluate your budget:
When you know just how much you can spare for the hotel, it becomes easier to narrow down the search on the available hotels within your destination or desired location. The fact is that even budget-friendly hotels can have all the amenities you find important during a stay and will serve all your needs without weighing you down financially. You can use the internet to make a search and compare between available hotels.
2. The Kind of Accommodation:
To make sure you settle for the best, you should also consider the options available to you in terms of the different kinds of accommodation. There are hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, resorts and hostels to choose from.
3. Look for Deals and Offers:
Hotels and airlines often offer travel packages inclusive of accommodation and transportation. Packages are a great way to save when you travel. Such arrangements will also save you time and stresses of finding the best of everything during your travel. The best is that you can have packages customized to meet with your individual preferences for a most enjoyable and memorable experience.You can also take advantage of gift cards to enjoy discounts on luxurious accommodations. A few places offer early bird discounts too for advance bookings.
4. The Time of Travel:
Timing your travel right might also be your ticket to getting cheap and budget-friendly hotels. Travelling during off-season to your destination of choice you are bound to be exposed to lots discounts to enjoy an affordable stay.
5. Use a reliable destination management company
This might be the easiest way you can go to find budget friendly hotels to take care of your needs. The good thing about management companies is that they offer you a complete package of hotel accommodation, transportation and even parking. These kinds of packages will not only ensure that you spend a reasonable amount of money on your accommodation but will also take the worries of having to organize everything else off your shoulders. Such companies partner with local hotels, transportation companies and hotels to enhance your travel experience. You will have the liberty to select the package you feel is best for you to ensure you enjoy your destination to the maximum.
· Competitive pricing
Your budget determines the choice of resort facilities. Fortunately, the entry of many players in the hotel industry over the last few years has paved the way for competitive pricing. Therefore, you stand to benefit from quality service at a price that falls within your budget. Many of the inclusive resort facilities provide a wide option of events, lodging and food- among other services. The offer is often available for a one-price discount package. Furthermore, some of the all-inclusive resorts include transportation, shuttle service and rental car. Therefore, if you have a restricted budget, you may consider the all-inclusive package deal. If you do not have any constraints with your budget, a luxury resort may be a good option.
· A modern restaurant
If you are looking for an opportunity to sample what the resort industry has to offer you can always visit the restaurant. You stand to benefit from many gourmet culinary options; exciting menus that offer sustainable local and international dishes. The intimate environment in many of these restaurants offers the perfect place for a group dinner or a romantic evening. The restaurants are also recommended for their signature drinks.
· Sports facilities
If you are a fun of most popular sports, including golf and tennis, you will not be disappointed. In most of these facilities, guests have the benefits of an 18-hole golf course. Furthermore, tennis enthusiasts can play and practice in a several beautiful hydro-clay and championship hard courts. In addition, the facilities have indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools for both fun and competitive sports. There is also a full service spa and top-rated clinic to treat any injuries.
· Conference facilities
The resort facilities have spacious conference facilities to cater for different functions, including office meetings, birthdays, weddings and anniversaries. The facilities offer flexible indoors and outdoors pre-function and meeting space for seminars, conventions, luncheons and group meetings. The event coordinators will recommend everything that is needed for any upcoming meeting, to ensure a successful event.