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at the Villages at Mauna Lani
May 5th, 2018
This is a gated community- very quiet and safe. Some homes have individual pools, some do not but the community pool is nice ( concrete gets hot! So take flip flops). The mauna Lani beach club is on a nice, calm bay, covered seating is available if you get there about 900-1000 am. There is good snorkeling in the bay. You can rent paddle boards etc right there. The restaurant has good food and the mango margaritas are yummy. The grocery store is walking distance and well provisioned. There are several restaurants within walking distance as well. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
In Pursuit of Perfection ?
Mar 1st, 2018
Our family chose the Big Island of Hawaii for a family vacation - primary reason being that none of us had been to the Big Island - One big decision was accommodations for five. As a result, we researched the issue thoroughly. We decided on Unit #320 at the Villages at Mauna Lani. Absolutely “No Regrets”!! The property was exactly as described! The owner/s (Chris) were excellent to deal with and accommodating. Queries were promptly responded to. Rather than repeat the property description, I’d like to suggest it be googled on TripAdvisor or VRBO sites. To mention a few of the amenities particularly appealing to us were the high end appliances and furniture throughout! 3 Br. 31/2 baths. The private beach & restaurant; the private pool within less than a 5min. walk. Meticulously manicured landscaping and grounds and the sound of birds chirping for noise. Excellent shopping (food & other) within very easy walking distance. Just absolutely amazing. I will definitely continue to recommend this property to friends and family. I will also continue to monitor reviews just to see what anyone could possibly find negative about this property 😎 TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
You can not use the Mauna Lani pool.
May 19th, 2017
The condo itself was very nice and the Mauna Lani beach club beach was wonderful. However we were *extremely* disappointed (and felt very misled) when we learned from the Mauna Lani that were in fact NOT able to use the Mauna Lani pool. The South Kohala - Mauna Lani website says " Guests of South Kohala Management will have access to resort facilities." What they actually mean is "you can not use the Mauna Lani pool". The Mauna Lani said they had to put up a notice signed by their general manager explaining that only guests of the Mauna Lani could use their pool since they believed that people renting out condos were mis-representing access to the ML pool. The Villages's pool was much smaller, not nearly as scenic, and generally underwhelming. That said, the Mauna Lani Beach Club has a fantastic beach for snorkeling and playing in the sand (we have 2 young kids), so although we were very very frustrated by what felt like intentionally misleading customers, we didn't let it ruin the vacation. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Jan 26th, 2017
This is not a typical hotel, so the ratings below dont really apply. We rented one of the larger Maile layout condos as we had three couples. This worked out well as each room has its own on-suite. The layout is large and spacious. We cooked breakfast and a few dinners , which was a nice change from going out all the time. This particular unit was close to the main gate and the nearby grocery, so things were very convenient. the complex is not really close to the beach so you will need to drive down. Our unit included a parking pass to one of the local beaches which was handy. Definitely would consider renting again TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Roomy Condo Experience in Mauna Lani Resort
Mar 22nd, 2016
We've rented multiple units in this complex and additionally know many owners. These are privately owned, very well-constructed town-homes in a gated community that is not directly on the ocean (additionally there are a few stand-alone homes, although these may not be bookable). All of the units have 3 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, a lanai with outdoor barbecue, well-equipped kitchens, and a laundry room. There are two basic floor plans (Lehua and Maile), with the larger Maile units having the living/kitchen space and master bedroom upstairs (and a balcony lanai that probably will give you glimmers of the ocean). Because of the footprint of the community and private ownership, there is wide variation among the units. There will be different levels of furnishings, different views (sometimes very little), different maintenance/property managers, and varying degrees of closeness to a next-door shopping center and the recreation center within the complex (which consists of a smallish pool, outdoor hot tub, and workout room). Typically there only will be cleaning done after you have ended your stay (i.e. no maid service). All told, it pays to research the specific unit that you wish to stay in. The vibe of this complex is sedate - there are many full-time residents who want things quiet. Brief-stay renters are strongly discouraged and it often would not be possible to have more than two cars parked at each unit. Some of the owners may charge for excess electricity use - but with Hawaii electricity rates (highest in the nation), this is understandable. Having the two AC units running most of the time could easily give the owner a bill of over $500 per WEEK (and let's not forget the monthly HOA fee the owners have to cover). In sum, these are large, very well-constructed units in a very nice complex in the Mauna Lani resort. If you are looking for larger recreational facilities as part of a condo complex (e.g., better pool), you might want to consider the Fairways, Ka Milo, or Kulalani complexes nearby (or the two hotels - Mauna Lani Bay or The Orchid). TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
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