Date of Stay: Aug 2012
This condo exceeded our expectations. It’s extremely clean and well stocked with all the amenities needed for a Hawaiian vacation (boogies boards, beach towels, chairs, cooler, etc.). The remodel was very well done, tasteful, high quality, very comfortable – loved the walk in shower, laundry, and drying racks. We saw a ground floor condo in the same building and there’s no comparison to this place. This condo is located on the third floor (maybe not the best for very young children), which makes for great breezes and allows you to keep the screen door open at night. The view from the lanai is nice and because the condo is a block from Kihei Road there’s very little noise. We especially liked the kitchen and the little extras left by previous visitors in the fridge and cupboards. It great not having to buy things like olive oil, spices, ketchup, etc. The king size bed and the sofa-sleeper were very comfortable. We enjoyed the internet radio, Netflix, and free wifi – the instructions were very well written and easy to follow. The binder Diane and Gordon put together is wonderful, highly recommend you read it as it contains all the information on the condo, complex, and surrounding area including restaurant recommendations and menus. Diane was great to work with, easy to reach and was available anytime for questions. They have a well-stocked library with books on Maui; Maui Revealed is a must read before and during your trip. The local beaches (Kamaole I/II) were great for lounging, swimming, and snorkeling. We saw lots of sea turtles from shore and also snorkeling in this area. Go to the beach early as the wind really picks up in the afternoon. The pool area is nice and well maintained as is the BBQ area.
Other tips – go to Costco when you arrive and stock up on basics and Hawaiian specialties/gifts, like chocolate macadamia nuts, books on Hawaii, leis, etc. Also, Costco gas is the cheapest on the island. We shopped at Safeway on Pi’Ikea for smaller items. Hilo Hattie’s is a great place for all your trinkets and souvenirs – you can find some similar stuff at ABC Stores, one located right around the corner. Whalers general store on S. Kihei Road is a great place for all sorts of things, including post cards, souvenirs, and grocery items. The prices are pretty reasonable.
We have recommended this condo to all our friends and can’t wait to stay again. You won’t be disappointed!