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Reviewed 19 May 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.

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled with family
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1  Thank David B
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SouthKohala, Manager at Villages At Mauna Lani, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2018

Thank you for your review and we are pleased that you enjoyed your accommodations at the Villages. As a guest of the Villages you are extended the resort privileges of the home owner, with complimentary access to the Mauna Lani Resort facilities at the Beach Club (a private beach with lounge chairs, towels, a full-service restaurant and a parking access card). You also have access to the amenity complex at the Villages development (a pool, gym and outdoor BBQ facilities). The "Mauna Lani Pool' that you are referencing is the pool located at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows. This is a hotel pool that is only available for use by hotel guests (not resort home owners or vacation rental guests). Visitors may dine at the hotel restaurants and patronize public shops and areas, but the hotel facilities are not owned by the resort nor accessible by anyone other than a a guest of the hotel. Thanks for bringing up this point to other travelers. Management has reviewed our online content and descriptions of these facilities to ensure accuracy for future visitors. Mahalo!

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Reviewed 26 January 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

Room Tip: Try to get a unit close to the main gates/grocery . Also ask if there are bikes available-those would be useful.
  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 March 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).

Room Tip: Try to research the individual units offered and look at photos.
  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled with family
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2  Thank relaxandread
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Reviewed 10 January 2015

Spacious units, nicely located. Ours was well appointed and well maintained. It was perfectly suited for two couples, and had plenty of room for entertaining. The two story units had challenging stairs for the Mrs. who was just recovering from surgery, and anyone who is bone tired from a full day of activity. The dining area extends out from the kitchen and opens out onto a lanai allowing a selection of dining/entertaining options.

Stayed: December 2014
1  Thank Mike K
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

We enjoyed our stay in unit #220. The owner was a bit fussy about the AC. Unfortunately we were there when there was no trade winds at all. So it would have been nice to freely use the A/C. Other than that the unit was great. It is great for multiple couples. Each room had privacy. I would also note that the fourth bedroom only has a slider so it would be better suited for children. It was also nice to be able to park our car in the garage. The owner also provided beach chairs, towels, and a cooler. Will stay again.

Room Tip: Just note that this was not a hotel. The unit was private. The back lanai over-looked a small putting green.
Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
3  Thank Laura Z
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