Aina Nalu on Maui: What True Hawaiian Paradise Really Is

Outrigger Aina Nalu entrance
Outrigger Aina Nalu

When people think Hawaii, they think the fantasy Four Seasons screensaver version. But the true Hawaiian experience involves the local food, culture, and not to mention, the convenience and comfort of home. Ok, maybe a little more pampering than home. The luxurious condos of Outrigger Aina Nalu in Lahaina on Maui encompasses the complete Hawaiian experience.

The first thing I noticed arriving at the Aina Nalu was its ideal ocation. It’s conveniently located within 3-block walking distance to the lively and diverse Lahaina, Maui downtown scene, and a 5-minute car drive away from the local supermarket and quaint fruit stands.

As we pulled up to the front lobby, I was immediately swept away by its open-air lobby and understated island decor. Without over-the-top gaudiness, the Aina Nalu condominium hotel was a simple, yet elegant presence in the heart of Lahaina.

Home to numerous Hawaiian island plants and animals, the Outrigger Aina Nalu is the realistic paradise that you can see yourself taking permanent residence. Unlike the fantastic image of Hawaii, Aina Nalu provides the beauty, comfort, and relaxation beyond your own home, but still with the welcoming home feel.

A stroll through Aina Nalu’s garden reveals small green geckos warming up on the stalk of Tahitian Gardenias under the mild morning sun, scattered red and pink ginger, Lawa’i Fern, and Bird of Paradise, and the sweet fragrance of Hawaiian’s signature Plumeria blooms. The mellowing effect surpasses any spa treatment.

Outrigger Aina Nalu pavillion
Outrigger Aina Nalu pavillion

Water is the central theme to Aina Nalu’s island garden. The source of life, water decor, is a crucial part of the property’s design. Stone fountains and mini waterfalls all demonstrate Aina Nalu’s connection to the life of the island. The largest bodies of water on the property is undoubtedly the two swimming pools. Napping on the lounge chairs under the palm trees, or inside one of the exotic wood and bamboo gazebos by the poolside is another way to enjoy the water-themed property.

In addition to offering divine views, the Aina Nalu is also a strong supporter of preserving the beauty of Hawaii through its environmental efforts. The property utilizes the green technology of photovoltaics through generating electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity. All of its light bulbs are the energy-saving compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), its hot water system is also derived from solar power, and it has a comprehensive recycling system.

Amenities of the Aina Nalu is among the best I have seen. It’s home but with more upgraded luxuries. All of its appliances are manufactured by consumers’ favorite, Whirlpool. Complete with a full freezer/refrigerator, microwave, polished stainless steel electric range stove and oven, as well as a microwave and coffee maker, its fully equipped kitchen gives you the opportunity to cook your favorite meals and enjoy it on your private lanai. Many guests of the Aina Nalu also take advantage of one of its elaborate top-of-the-line outdoor grills to barbecue with friends.

Outrigger Aina Nalu pool
Outrigger Aina Nalu pool

The shower stall adopts an open design lined with stone-like tile surface. It gives you the feeling of showering under a waterfall. Rich, yet mildly scented toiletries further reinforces the sweet, laidback island experience. One of the most convenient features of Aina Nalu was each individual condo’s private washer and dryer.

Every room in the condo has a banana leaf-shaped ceiling fan. Relaxing on the soft, luxurious queen bed with the Plumeria island breeze from the lanai perpetuated by the ceiling fan, was the ultimate island paradise experience.

Returning home after vacationing at the luxurious Aina Nalu condominium hotel on Maui proved to be more difficult than staying at a 5-star hotel, because with a 5-star hotel, you know in the back of your mind that you’ll eventually have to leave. But a place like Outrigger Aina Nalu, an upgraded comfort luxury version of your own home, can really make you believe it’s home.

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2 Responses

  1. Deb says:

    I fell in love with Hawaii two years ago during my honeymoon. We stayed on Oahu and had a fabulous time. Next time, we would like to visit Maui and looks like the Outrigger Aina Nalu is a beautiful place to stay 🙂

  2. Nicole Bennett says:

    I love hawaii, the people are so friendly and it is the most beautiful place in the world.