The pools are gorgeous, but as one side of the resort had a closed pool for construction, it meant that the pools on our side were totally packed. We actually spent more time at the beach, anyways. We wouldn't consider it necessarily a downside, but the hotel does seem a bit more catered towards families because the pool areas were all very shallow. Lots of families and kids in that area, but if that's not your thing, the beach is just steps away and romance can happen anywhere on this beautiful island.
On our taxi trip from the airport, our driver told us knowingly, "you won't even have to leave your resort - it's that gorgeous." She knew we had just arrived on Maui for our first trip to Hawaii and that we were beginning our honeymoon stay. The staff was wonderful and so friendly- always willing to ask how our stay was, where we were from, and they even gifted us with a personalized present upon our arrival, congratulating us on our marriage. The grounds and landscaping are immaculate. The rooms, especially the kitchen, spared no expense. You can tell they took care to select quality products, appliances, and furniture when planning this resort. We had an amazing view of the grounds and the ocean, and our lanai was tucked in away from the harsh trade winds. The pool staff was also very friendly, and helped in any way they could. Duke's Beach House is right on the edge of the property and is SO WORTH checking out! Do not miss your chance to try the Duke's Breakfast Sandwich or the panko crusted calamari appetizer. We didn't try any main courses there, but there is no doubt they must also be very good. Prices weren't bad either, as considering they could be much higher. Last thing worth mentioning was that on the road side of the resort, there is a good sized grocery store and some small shops. It's all within a short walk, and you can save some big bucks by making some of your own meals in the room. (If you don't like to cook, then what's the point in staying somewhere with an amazing kitchen right in your room?) there are also bbq grills throughout the property that you can use for 30 min at a time. Thumbs way up, all in all!