The unit is beautiful - very clean and well-maintained and exactly as pictured on the website. The furnishings are comfy and neutral and the unit is very spacious - we had plenty of space for the five of us. There are a lot of thoughtful touches, such as beach towels, cooler, beach toys etc, as well as a well-stocked spice rack and other kitchen bits and pieces. We were slightly disappointed that the table (which only seats four) was inside, so we moved it on to the lanai so we could enjoy the beautiful grounds during mealtimes. The covered garage is useful and meant we didn't have to leave our car sitting in the sun
The grounds themselves are stunning. The pool area is nice, although the pictures are misleading as the pool interior is black, not blue as seen in the photos. We didn't mind this as it was still clean but I heard another couple complaining about it. I loved that the pool area was gated and locked so we could happily play in there with our toddler with no fear of him running off. Most days we were the only people in there.
The complex is within an easy and pleasant 15-minute stroll of the beach club, through the amazing ancient fish ponds. The Shops at Mauna Lani are also a very walkable 10 minutes from the complex. The beach club was fantastic and perfect for our young son - the warm, calm water, soft white sand and shaded cabanas were our go-to in the afternoons
The only thing that lets this complex down - at the moment - is that it is currently undergoing extensive construction. The owner Trude did warn us of this before we booked, and we were given a rate that reflected this but she mentioned that work was only taking place on building H, and mainly to the interior, which is a few buildings away from building C. However, when we arrived we saw immediately that extensive and noisy construction is taking place in building F, just across the street from building C. There were construction trucks parked all over the property, a trailer just outside our lanai storing contractors' equipment and near constant construction traffic traveling right by our windows. Now for us, with a 21 month old boy, this was not a big deal, and helped keep him entertained while we were cooking etc, but adult-only parties may find it detracts from the peace. Note: the contractors arrive at 6am and work until 4pm. I'm not sure if the owners are aware of the extent of the work taking place. I would recommend Palm Villas but only once building work has finished.