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scjmc Nov 21, 13 9:18 pm


Originally Posted by salvag (Post 21830649)
How bad is the construction that is still going on?

As of last week, they separate the construction at the residences from the resort with sort of a camouflage fence. Depending on that floor your room is going to be it might impact your view. There is still construction noise at times as well as workers walking around the resort.

oc2005 Nov 21, 13 9:32 pm


Originally Posted by canyonleo (Post 21830618)
With regard to the "poolside suite" or "partial ocean view suite" - I agree, beware!

I paid using 33k/night for a suite and got a room/view near identical to that photo (except mine was one or two rooms to the left down the hall, towards the elevator - so my view included a sewer).

I asked for a nicer view, and I was given a non-suite room with a killer full ocean view (Hema building/tower). The wife wanted a suite, but the view trumped space.

For any you getting a "poolside" or "partial ocean view" suite using diamond suite upgrades or 33k/night points, do you remember what your room showed up as in your original confirmation email or on your web reservation details? Did it say that you'd be in one of the poolside or partial view suites (with a 800 square foot room) or did it just say "Andaz Suite" (with a 850 square foot room)?

I have a reservation for December using 33k/night that says "Andaz Suite" so I just want to set my expectations if they're downgrading some guests to lesser suites than their confirmation says!

canyonleo Nov 21, 13 9:47 pm

Mine (using 33k/night) said Andaz Suite :(

For yours, you might fear that you'll get a room with IMO no view. So, if it was me knowing what I know, I would call the hotel two days before arriving and talk to a FO manager about the blocking, or be prepared to downgrade to a "regular" room with spectacular full ocean view (if it's available and they'll do that move) and receive a refund of the points difference (33k-22k).

canyonleo Nov 21, 13 9:50 pm

If you're into health juices and smoothies at breakfast - talk to Joe or Chris at the juicing/blending station - they'll customize anything you want and make some incredible beverages at breakfast. Some of the items I included were kale, flax seed, and açai.

oc2005 Nov 21, 13 10:01 pm


Originally Posted by canyonleo (Post 21830924)
Mine (using 33k/night) said Andaz Suite :(

For yours, you might fear that you'll get a room with IMO no view. So, if it was me knowing what I know, I would call the hotel two days before arriving and talk to a FO manager about the blocking, or be prepared to downgrade to a "regular" room with spectacular full ocean view (if it's available and they'll do that move) and receive a refund of the points difference (33k-22k).

Wow, thanks for the info; that is disappointing to hear but good advice!

I wonder what happened to their original plan of having:

7 - Three- to Five-bedroom villas
2 - Premiere Suites (1,500 square feet)
33 - Andaz Suites with panoramic ocean views (850 square feet, 1 1/2 bath)
255 - Standard Rooms

Sounds like many of those 33 Andaz Suites have shrunk by 50 square feet and lost their panoramic ocean views; very disappointing!

booyaa Nov 21, 13 10:43 pm

Aside from Costco, any suggestions on where to buy bottles of wine locally near the Andaz? Wife likes wine, but I don't like resort prices.

Also, anyone try out any excursions that are worthwhile? Like the Discover Molokini?

Thanks!

canyonleo Nov 22, 13 8:46 am

There is a liquor store in Kihei, close to the southern part of town, next to the Da Kitchen and around the corner from the Thai Bistro... in maybe the Dolphin Mall.

And, in Hawaii the grocery stores sell liquor (as do some drug stores), although Safeway on Pilani Hwy and Foodland and Times Mkt in the more northern end of Kihei are not very close to Andaz.

But, one can't beat the selection and price at Costco.

booyaa Nov 22, 13 9:15 am


Originally Posted by canyonleo (Post 21832969)
There is a liquor store in Kihei, close to the southern part of town, next to the Da Kitchen and around the corner from the Thai Bistro... in maybe the Dolphin Mall.

And, in Hawaii the grocery stores sell liquor (as do some drug stores), although Safeway on Pilani Hwy and Foodland and Times Mkt in the more northern end of Kihei are not very close to Andaz.

But, one can't beat the selection and price at Costco.

Thanks. We don't have Costco membership and the by the time we arrive at OGG on Sunday, they will be closed anyway.

hhhhkk Nov 22, 13 9:28 am


Originally Posted by canyonleo (Post 21830742)
With regard to non-expert level snorkeling:

Look at a map and go north to south, starting at the property.

1. Between Mokapu and Ula beaches is Ulua reef. This is a fantastic option! Mokapu and Ulua beaches are beautiful, they offer easy entry, they are never never super crowded, it's right out your door, and there's equipment rental. This reef almost never has current. If there's strong waves then it's a little tougher, but just focus on the outer reef (where the reef meets sandy bottom) and lap this reef/sand border from Mokapu to Ulua (and swim the return or walk the maybe 30m back on the sand). This site is super commonly used for check out dives, so it's easy. If there's no waves, then explore the shallows. In the shallows I found numerous kinds of ells, octopi, and many turtles. I saw two mantas there my first day in the deeper Ulua side outer reef (so much for thinking it's a reef only for beginners). It's also a somewhat common site for sharks (which is good, don't be afraid).

2. Next reef going south is between Ulua and Wailea, this might be called the Marriott Rocks/Wall. This area is much larger than Ulua, and has some more interesting topography and some maybe better deep sections versus Ulua, but it's can have (slightly) less vis. One day I did a "drift snorkel" (really no current but for fun) starting at Mokapu and ending at Wailea beaches, snorkeling these two sections of reef. In this area I saw much the same life as Ulua, but more turtles and once a spotted eagle ray near the bottom in about 50' depth. Let's call this area "intermediate" only because one can't exit in the middle, it's a longer stretch and the only entries/exits - which are super easy - are at the beaches.

3. The reef between Wailea and Polo. I didn't do this area this trip - Wailea is a more crowded beach and Polo beach access parking isn't my favorite location, and there's so many choices in South Maui. If I had more time and my wife liked snorkeling as much as I do, I would do a drift from Ulua all the way to Polo (walking Wailea beach instead of swimming/drifting it) and walk the great Wailea beach path - which stretches from Andaz south to Polo - home.

4. The area between Polo and White Rocks beaches. This is a killer area! (Killer for it's beauty, reef topography, and recent tiger shark attack). I like to swim it from White Rocks, which looks like a private beach for houses and is accessed by street parking south of Polo. White Rocks never has many people. The reef is like a mini-Makena Landing reef in topography. This area is somewhat more wind-protected than others. I saw a small manta ray here, and of course lots of turtles - but no shark.

5. The reef between White Rocks and Poolenalena (aka Loves, sometimes called Chang's) beaches. Poolenalena has three access lots (northern-most is large, two others are super small, souther-most has showers), and has a nude area northern third separated by some easily skirted rocks from the southern two-thirds. I access this area from White Rocks, but it's not as good IMO as the other side of White Rocks.

6. The area between Poolenalena and a little pocket beach I've always called Chang's (some call P-/Loves Chang's, and the little pocket beach a "secret beach", but I know the super small beach north of Maluka as Secret Beach, so...) is great. I prefer access from Poolenalena south. This area has a turlte cleaning station - so there's lots of turtles and they are super still and tranquil as they want the fish to come and clean them. I also see eels here.


There are many more great sites, such as Red Hill between Black Sand and Little Beaches, Dumps, La Peruse, and of course Makena Landing - but I won't call any of those "beginner" level (although plenty of adventurous beginners have no issue loving some of these sites).

excellent info. Thank you so much.

rocksurf Nov 23, 13 2:06 pm

Andaz Maui
 
Just returned from a 4 day stay at the Andaz Maui - a beautiful property, but still working out the kinks. Occupancy was between 30-60% so not crowded. Service was amazing, but having to explain where you are from, how long you are staying and what you are doing while you are in Maui over and over again to staff was a little much for me, but others might like that. The staff will bend over backwards to get you anything you need - we felt very pampered during our stay.

The only issue was the A/C system - it kept malfunctioning and turning on and off at random times during the night. Apparently, the room "knows" when you are in the room because the door has a sensor, and when you are not in the room, the A/C turns off and on, even if you have it turned off on your controls. So this was driving me nuts every night and every night we had to call engineering to remedy the situation, which is not fun when you are trying to sleep. Finally they opened the main vent and took the A/C apart to turn it off for us. There is also another vent (right above the bed?!!!) that blows continuous air to dehumidify it - you cannot turn this off, so it feels cold and is a bit loud when you are trying to sleep. They put a towel in that vent and that fixed that issue. The engineers are professional will do whatever it takes to make you comfortable. The assistant manager also called me to see how he could make things right, and he did - which tells me that customer service is important at the Andaz.

Otherwise the room is thoughtfully done - the bathroom made no sense to me at first, but I ended up loving it and the pull apart shutters so that you could bathe/shower with an ocean view. Also I was surprised and so happy to see the Toto washlet (you will know what this is if you have been South Korea or Japan). The furniture on the lanai is the most uncomfortable ever but it's beautiful and artsy and I liked it -I had no problem putting some towels on them to relax. They provided an electric hot water kettle and coffee/tea service. No nespresso for us spoiled travelers!

Fosto (spelling?) at the Pool area, Debbie (activies & concierge), and the entire beach crew were exceptional.

We upgraded to an Andaz Suite using a diamond upgrade certificate and it was nice - we had a beautiful view and were on the 7th floor. We enjoyed the diamond breakfast experience at Ka'ana Kitchen and it was fabulous - if they don't have what you want they will make it for you. I overheard a lady make the most ridiculous request for her eggs and they did them exactly as she wanted without complaint. The fresh squeezed juices (we had 2 green juices every morning) are amazing.

The food at the pools was very good as well - try the lobster grilled cheese and the poke - both were delicious!

We were there for our birthdays but they didn't ask and we didn't expect anything because I am sure that everyone there is there for some special occasion. Since they don't charge a resort fee, I didn't mind paying for parking. Didn't take advantage of the free shuttle, but nice to keep in mind for next time.

All in all a good stay and I am looking forward to returning to this beautiful property.

rocksurf Nov 23, 13 2:25 pm

Tours
 

Originally Posted by booyaa (Post 21831152)
Aside from Costco, any suggestions on where to buy bottles of wine locally near the Andaz? Wife likes wine, but I don't like resort prices.

Also, anyone try out any excursions that are worthwhile? Like the Discover Molokini?

Thanks!

Debbie, the concierge at the Andaz will point you in the right direction when it comes to any kind of activity on the island. There is a Molokini tour that is better than the others, they go the earliest and are the only tour company that goes to the other side of it. As far as the other Molokini tours, I heard from several people at a snorkeling site near the Andaz, that they did not see that much more in Molokini than at the snorkeling site (Ahihi State Reserve - follow the road in front of the Andaz away from Kihei past the residential area and to the parking area - a volcanic rock area - bring shoes to walk to the snorkeling area here).

We did a Maui Downhill bike tour down Haleakala - that was so much fun and they keep you safe and away from cars coming down the mountain.

We loved staying at the Andaz, with good snorkeling and kayaking/paddleboarding right in front of the Hotel as well. And there is a good walking path all the way to the Grand Wailea/Four Seasons area that we did each night.

Enjoy!

rookie10 Nov 23, 13 5:50 pm


Originally Posted by Cbass98 (Post 21823181)
Wife and I are staying here next week. What's the best way to get to the hotel? Cab, shuttle, or arrange with the hotel? Thanks.

I reached out to the property and their response was 60 one way by taxi, and for shared airport shuttles the cost for 4 people, approx. 50. The Andaz can also arrange transportation, but I'm sure that would be much more than the others.

fishy21 Nov 23, 13 10:23 pm


Originally Posted by rocksurf (Post 21840158)
Debbie, the concierge at the Andaz will point you in the right direction when it comes to any kind of activity on the island. There is a Molokini tour that is better than the others, they go the earliest and are the only tour company that goes to the other side of it. As far as the other Molokini tours, I heard from several people at a snorkeling site near the Andaz, that they did not see that much more in Molokini than at the snorkeling site (Ahihi State Reserve - follow the road in front of the Andaz away from Kihei past the residential area and to the parking area - a volcanic rock area - bring shoes to walk to the snorkeling area here).

We did a Maui Downhill bike tour down Haleakala - that was so much fun and they keep you safe and away from cars coming down the mountain.

We loved staying at the Andaz, with good snorkeling and kayaking/paddleboarding right in front of the Hotel as well. And there is a good walking path all the way to the Grand Wailea/Four Seasons area that we did each night.

Enjoy!

I plan in taking the Haleakala bike downhill. Did you drive there or take their shuttle?

seaduck79 Nov 24, 13 12:00 am


Originally Posted by booyaa (Post 21831152)
Aside from Costco, any suggestions on where to buy bottles of wine locally near the Andaz? Wife likes wine, but I don't like resort prices.

Also, anyone try out any excursions that are worthwhile? Like the Discover Molokini?

Thanks!

We've found that the best non-Costco liquor prices are at the Long's Drug at the Cannery. Some of the ABC stores have good prices, too, and there's one of those in Kihei.

rocksurf Nov 24, 13 12:57 am

Maui Downhill
 

Originally Posted by fishy21 (Post 21842402)
I plan in taking the Haleakala bike downhill. Did you drive there or take their shuttle?

"Maui Downhill" picked us up and dropped us off at the hotel - the concierge can make all the arrangements and you can charge it to the hotel ($115 per person + tip).

m0hamed Nov 24, 13 2:24 am


Originally Posted by seaduck79 (Post 21842696)
We've found that the best non-Costco liquor prices are at the Long's Drug at the Cannery. Some of the ABC stores have good prices, too, and there's one of those in Kihei.

That Long's Drug store is, perhaps, the most bizarre store we have ever been in. The entire complex is full of very odd people, who look drunk or high or both. It was like a scene from night of the living dead.

We're 2 gym fit lads and literally got back in the car out of fear of how seedy it was and found another pharmacy. Oh, and the store smells odd, too.

canyonleo Nov 24, 13 8:59 am


Originally Posted by fishy21 (Post 21842402)
I plan in taking the Haleakala bike downhill. Did you drive there or take their shuttle?

For those considering a bike down Haleakela, consider that while some might really enjoy it, as a rather experienced biker (I mountain bike numerous times a week in season), you might hate it.

My opinion of it is a crappy bike, being stuck in a cattle call of a hundred bikers, riding to the lowest common denominator, stuck going slow and sucking exhaust from a convoy of tour buses going 5 mph around hairpin turns, in wet cold weather.

If you're a biker and you're considering it, then some notes:
- bring you own equipment (clothing, gloves, helmut, etc.)
- rent a bike from Haleakela Bikes (no tour offered) and do your own ride on double track and single track
- find a company that has the smallest tour size possible?

Of course, some, especially those that enjoy group tours (I'm the opposite, an anit-tourist), you'll probably agree with the many positive opinions of the tour.

*So, just another opinion data point... TA offers a great opinion sample size on such a topic.

rocksurf Nov 24, 13 3:37 pm

Haleakala Bike Tour
 

Originally Posted by canyonleo (Post 21844421)
For those considering a bike down Haleakela, consider that while some might really enjoy it, as a rather experienced biker (I mountain bike numerous times a week in season), you might hate it.

My opinion of it is a crappy bike, being stuck in a cattle call of a hundred bikers, riding to the lowest common denominator, stuck going slow and sucking exhaust from a convoy of tour buses going 5 mph around hairpin turns, in wet cold weather.

If you're a biker and you're considering it, then some notes:
- bring you own equipment (clothing, gloves, helmut, etc.)
- rent a bike from Haleakela Bikes (no tour offered) and do your own ride on double track and single track
- find a company that has the smallest tour size possible?

Of course, some, especially those that enjoy group tours (I'm the opposite, an anit-tourist), you'll probably agree with the many positive opinions of the tour.

*So, just another opinion data point... TA offers a great opinion sample size on such a topic.

I respectfully disagree - we only had 4 people (total) in our group for Maui Downhill and we got to go pretty fast. Also, felt safer because we didn't have to deal with cars - the guides would know when they were coming and motion for us to pull to the side - we did not have to keep looking behind us and did not have to be stressed out about cars (the bike lane can get pretty narrow and at some points non-existent) and only the tour groups have license to drive on the road). I'm pretty anti-tourist myself - we eat at local restaurants and this is the only tour we have done in the Hawaiian Islands, but I was so glad we went with a group. They did all the work and made me feel safe. The bikes are not great bikes but they are properly maintained and are fine for what is done on the tour. I do understand, though, that if you are a seasoned cyclist, you will probably want to do it on your own since you will be more experienced dealing with cars.

fishy21 Nov 24, 13 10:38 pm


Originally Posted by rocksurf (Post 21846566)
I respectfully disagree - we only had 4 people (total) in our group for Maui Downhill and we got to go pretty fast. Also, felt safer because we didn't have to deal with cars - the guides would know when they were coming and motion for us to pull to the side - we did not have to keep looking behind us and did not have to be stressed out about cars (the bike lane can get pretty narrow and at some points non-existent) and only the tour groups have license to drive on the road). I'm pretty anti-tourist myself - we eat at local restaurants and this is the only tour we have done in the Hawaiian Islands, but I was so glad we went with a group. They did all the work and made me feel safe. The bikes are not great bikes but they are properly maintained and are fine for what is done on the tour. I do understand, though, that if you are a seasoned cyclist, you will probably want to do it on your own since you will be more experienced dealing with cars.

Thanks for the reply. What tour company did you use? The one I'm looking at is self guided. Haleakala Bike Company.

jsw1773 Nov 25, 13 1:44 am

Fishy21, I went with Maui Sunriders about a year ago, highly recommended. It looks almost identical to Haleakala Bike Company, but a bit cheaper ($90 advertised, we paid $70 + tax for our group of eight).

aaucello Nov 25, 13 4:46 pm

Just got back from an amazing 4 night stay! Here's my review with TONS of pictures: http://boardingarea.com/justanotherp...aui-at-wailea/

AJLondon Nov 25, 13 10:31 pm

Here now, and really loving it. Amazing property, incredible views and great staff.

1fan Nov 26, 13 2:48 am

Aside from Costco, any suggestions on where to buy bottles of wine locally near the Andaz? Wife likes wine, but I don't like resort prices.

Also, anyone try out any excursions that are worthwhile? Like the Discover Molokini?

Thanks!


Wailea wine has a good selection its in the Wailea town center. Tamura on Dairy Rd by the airport has a great selection with prices slightly higher than Costco

LivelyFL Nov 26, 13 4:31 am


Originally Posted by aaucello (Post 21853717)
Just got back from an amazing 4 night stay! Here's my review with TONS of pictures: http://boardingarea.com/justanotherp...aui-at-wailea/

Loved your report!

soonerfanatic Nov 26, 13 5:10 am


Originally Posted by aaucello (Post 21853717)
Just got back from an amazing 4 night stay! Here's my review with TONS of pictures: http://boardingarea.com/justanotherp...aui-at-wailea/

Great report and thanks for pics of the gym ! That is where I will be in the wee early hours.

funtrainsf Nov 26, 13 10:29 am


Originally Posted by aaucello (Post 21853717)
Just got back from an amazing 4 night stay! Here's my review with TONS of pictures: http://boardingarea.com/justanotherp...aui-at-wailea/

Great report!!! Heading there on Sat.

jayer Nov 26, 13 5:00 pm


Also, anyone try out any excursions that are worthwhile? Like the Discover Molokini?
The problem with Molokini is you never know if it is a good day or a bad day for fish till you get there, and you need to be reasonably experienced snorkeling (unless you are just going for the boat ride, which might have been what most of the people on our boat were there for--oh, maybe it was to drink all the free beer on the boat). Don't count on the boat having good snorkel equipment or flotation aids.

(I presume, but have not checked, there are online boat service reviews somewhere).

If you just want to snorkel South Maui is almost a can't miss. By a guide book and pick a reef based on difficulty level. Try a different one tomorrow.

If you want to take a boat ride and snorkel, I recommend the day boat to Lanai. State park literally around the corner from the boat landing. Left side of beach.

rocksurf Nov 26, 13 11:09 pm

Maui Downhill
 

Originally Posted by fishy21 (Post 21848553)
Thanks for the reply. What tour company did you use? The one I'm looking at is self guided. Haleakala Bike Company.

The tour company is actually called "Maui Downhill". I really did prefer the guided tour since I could ride on the road most of the time, and they would let us know when we needed to pull over to the bike lane (which is super narrow in some places). Felt safe so I could enjoy the ride.

infernorice Nov 28, 13 1:27 pm

Anyone know the policy for additional people in the room? I can't find it on the site, is it complementary roll away beds?

booyaa Nov 29, 13 5:56 pm

Just got back from 4-day stay using WAILEA code. Very pleasant stay and will post more later.

In the meantime, for those who have stayed there already, anyone had trouble figuring out how they came up with the "Eligible Spend" number on folio for points accrual? Did parking, dining at Bumbye and Lehua all suppose to count? My numbers don't add up.

Also, when requesting GP Concierge to adjust eligible nights from 2 to 4 from using WAILEA code, all 4 nights should then be eligible for promotions such as Discover New Possibilities and Diamond Trial bonuses?

Thanks.

ahcjar103 Nov 29, 13 6:39 pm

crossing fingers there will be cash and points availability on 1/7. trying to stay here for a wedding that's at the property next door in march!

aaucello Nov 29, 13 7:14 pm


Originally Posted by booyaa (Post 21875551)
Just got back from 4-day stay using WAILEA code. Very pleasant stay and will post more later.

In the meantime, for those who have stayed there already, anyone had trouble figuring out how they came up with the "Eligible Spend" number on folio for points accrual? Did parking, dining at Bumbye and Lehua all suppose to count? My numbers don't add up.

Also, when requesting GP Concierge to adjust eligible nights from 2 to 4 from using WAILEA code, all 4 nights should then be eligible for promotions such as Discover New Possibilities and Diamond Trial bonuses?

Thanks.

I also had a problem figuring out the breakdown of the spend... spent like $1900 at resort and only had $52 of eligible spend... doesn't make much sense to me either

soonerfanatic Nov 29, 13 9:53 pm


Originally Posted by scjmc (Post 21830336)
Just completed a 4 night stay using the Wailea offer, as part of my honeymoon. Used Diamond Cert to Upgrade to Partial Ocean View Suite.

In a nutshell it's been a great experience but the Hotel still has lots of room for improvement.

Good:

- Breakfast at Ka'ana Kitchen was great. Very attentive service and they were happy to fulfill special requests. Lunch at Bumbye Beach Bar was nice as well, go for the Lobster Sandwich or the Poke Bowl.

- Overall the resort didn't feel crowded at all, everybody was very friendly, although some staff tried a little too hard to make conversation.

- Room itself was very nice and modern, except for the awful balcony furniture. Didn't think the couch was that bad, but then again didn't spend a lot of time sitting on it.

Not so good:

- Room wasn't ready until 4:30pm.

- When they say partial ocean view, they mean partial. At best. We were given a Suite on the lowest floor.

It was facing a walkway and had a villa or maintenance building blocking the ocean view. You could only see the ocean if you leaned on the edge of the patio. Also zero privacy as people can see right into the bedroom / living room when walking by. We asked to move to a higher floor and that request was granted. Were given another partial ocean view suite on the 5th floor. Now we were looking mainly at the unfinished villas (i.e. construction site), but the ocean was partly visible from both the bedroom and the living room. However, the room was missing the ipad, and bathrobes and slippers. Everything was promptly provided upon request though.

- Upon check-in we were offered to make an appointment for a complimentary 30 - 45 min photo shoot. The front desk agent made it sound like you also get to take the pictures home free of charge. Sounded too good to be true and it was. Turned out the shoot was indeed complimentary, however after a 30 min sales presentation of the pictures they took, you can only take 1 picture (not just any, but one of their choice facing the resort) free of charge, for every other picture its $49 or you buy a package, $600 and up. Since we had arranged for our own photo shoot a couple days earlier it was a waste of our time, however if we hadn't we might have ended up buying the set.

- Upon check-in, I selected a fruit platter and a bottle of red wine as Diamond Amenity, to be delivered on the same day at 6PM. Never came. Had to inquire the next day, then it was delivered as promised. But with a bottle of white wine instead of red wine. Ah well, drank it anyway.

- Even though the front desk agent acknowledged the fact that is was our honeymoon, the hotel did nothing special. The agent informed us because it was our honeymoon we were upgraded to a partial ocean view suite, but then again I already knew that since I used the Diamond cert to upgrade to that category.

We were given this same exact room initially, what a disappointment. Be careful on the usage of your Diamond suite upgrades. However, all is good now at the very quiet far north side.

Shark bite closed the beach today at around 2pm, pretty common lately evidently.

soonerfanatic Dec 1, 13 7:56 am

The beach was closed again today. If you plan to snorkel, beware of tiger sharks biting. One fatal, A 20 year old German girl back in August. Supposedly, they are trying to track their location http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/1...n_4285213.html

Ancien Maestro Dec 1, 13 10:06 am


Originally Posted by soonerfanatic (Post 21881952)
The beach was closed again today. If you plan to snorkel, beware of tiger sharks biting. One fatal, A 20 year old German girl back in August. Supposedly, they are trying to track their location http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/1...n_4285213.html

We checked in at the Kea Lani prior to Andaz opening the week after the incident. Hawaii may be beautiful, but there certainly are dangers. Can't take safety for granted. I would stay near shore, of if snorkeling, I would stay near others and the boat..

Couple more articles..

http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/german-w...maui-1.1421361

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/08/22...-arm-to-shark/

Big Island attack soon after this incident as well..

http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...fer-arm-bitten

funtrainsf Dec 1, 13 3:06 pm

Currently on property (look for beached whale by the pool).

First impressions:

Entry and lobby are grand and beautiful. Having the lobby on the 5th floor and being able to look down to the infinity pools and beach is awesome. I loved the casual checkin process where u relax on the comfortable couches enjoying the view while an employee uses an ipad to check you in. Great start.

Underwhelming room! Using Diamond suite award or upgrade gets u partial ocean view. Like someone said, it's the lower floor suites. We got room 140 (Andaz Suite) which only thanks to being 6'5" can I see the ocean; because the room is at the height of the villas between the hotel and beach. I can barely see over the villas. I asked for a higher floor but they were booked in those rooms, so they say. They did say they would be able to change me the second night (currently waiting on the call). The room itself is nice, but not "wowing". I like the high tech stuff (ipad, lights, shades, toilet) but this day and age that is just where everything is going.

Staff is awesome. Always making sure you are ok.

Breakfast buffet at Ka'ana Kitchen is EXCELLENT! Best freebie ever. Feel guilty.....almost. Had lunch at the pool bar yesterday and loved it. Food so far is fabulous, maybe slightly overpriced.

Went off site for dinner to a nice bistro in Kihei, 808 Bistro. Reasonable priced local food with byob.

So far so good, just don't like room. Also, overcast days lately.

Feel free to ask questions.

canyonleo Dec 1, 13 7:21 pm

No need to worry about safety in snorkeling (assuming you're not holding a bloody catch bag on a day shortly following heavy rains)... it's like being afraid of flying because one is afraid of dying in a U.S. commercial air crash - about a zero as it gets.

fishy21 Dec 2, 13 12:24 am


Originally Posted by funtrainsf (Post 21883815)
Currently on property (look for beached whale by the pool).


Breakfast buffet at Ka'ana Kitchen is EXCELLENT! Best freebie ever. Feel guilty.....almost. Had lunch at the pool bar yesterday and loved it. Food so far is fabulous, maybe slightly overpriced.


Feel free to ask questions.

Sweet. Can't wait to visit next month. How much is the breakfast buffet for those non-diamond members?

LivelyFL Dec 2, 13 4:47 am


Originally Posted by fishy21 (Post 21885814)
Sweet. Can't wait to visit next month. How much is the breakfast buffet for those non-diamond members?

I'd like to know also.

Ancien Maestro Dec 2, 13 7:18 am


Originally Posted by fishy21 (Post 21885814)
Sweet. Can't wait to visit next month. How much is the breakfast buffet for those non-diamond members?


Originally Posted by LivelyFL (Post 21886487)
I'd like to know also.

$45 per adult.


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