Couldn't have asked for anything better. Loved the location, the view and the accommodations. Well worth the money. Condo has everything you need and more. We even had a family of sea turtles camp in the water in front of balcony!
Written by: Alysonko
(Red Bluff, California), Visit Date: 2015-02, Source: TripAdvisor
This condo checked all our boxes - it's clean, it's quiet and at the end of a dead end road, has a well-equipped kitchen, a pristine 2.5 mile beach, turtles and whales to watch, and only 1/2 mile from several restaurants, the aquarium, and the Ma'alaea Bay Marina. Just a quick 10 minute trip to Kihei or 20 minutes to Lahaina. We are ready to book our third year in a row!
Written by: foodiereviews
(Spokane, Washington), Visit Date: 2015-01, Source: TripAdvisor
We stayed in 5B. I loved the setup of the condo. It was very clean and well stocked, obviously focused on customer satisfaction. I have been traveling to Maui for years to see the whales and this location was by far the best of any place that I have stayed. Can't wait to return!
Written by: Nancy F
(Phoenix, Arizona), Visit Date: 2015-01, Source: TripAdvisor
On one hand I'm reluctant to write this review because it will contribute to the difficulty in ever finding a vacancy the next time my wife and I want to visit. On the other hand, Makani A Kai B5 is such a fantastic place it would be a shame for me to keep it a secret. Any closer to the ocean and you'd be sleeping with the turtles--which abound up and down the sandy, secluded coastline. Maalaea is close to both Lahina and Kehei to quickly do the tourist thing...and then get away from the hordes. MAKB5 is clean, and the owners stock every detail--from boogie-boards to mayo (not stored in the same place)--so the place is truly turnkey. I can blather on for pages regarding the positive attributes of the place and the owners...or you can save everyone's time and book the rental. Just promise to keep it a secret.
Written by: A FlipKey verified reviewer
, Visit Date: 2014-10, Source: FlipKey
We loved our stay at this condo- it's very clean and bright, fully equipped with everything you need, a balcony with amazing views of the ocean/ crater/ turtles and only steps away from the beach. The complex and grounds are very well looked after, very green and felt safe at all times. Being one of the smallest complexes in that area added to the relaxing atmosphere. The owners can be reached easily by email/ phone, were very helpful and even provide a tasty welcome package with fresh fruits, local cookies and coffee (Thanks again!). The location of the condo was perfect for exploring the island, as it's only a short drive from Kahului airport/ the Road to Hana, not far from Lahaina and also the Haleakala crater (amazing sunrise experience!). Grocery stores and nice restaurants aren't too far away either. We can recommend this condo to anyone looking for somewhere not too busy, but still centrally located, and would definitely come back again!
Written by: A FlipKey verified reviewer
, Visit Date: 2014-10, Source: FlipKey
The location is awesome, 20 steps you are at the beach. Pool is good and clean. Barbarque stove is available and ready a seafood feast. Rental is clean and owner is friendly and easily reachable with email. Rental has all kind of equipments for use such as snorkeling gear plus many more. Search no more, this the place for a wonderful vacation. Highly recommended!!
Written by: Breion
(Calgary, Canada), Visit Date: 2014-09, Source: TripAdvisor
The condo was clean and nicely decorated. The kitchen was well stocked and the beds were comfy. It also came with all the beach gear you could possibly need, snorkels, towels, chairs, even a cooler with ice packs. This condo is right on the beach with a stunning view of Ma'alaea bay, Kihei, and Haleakala. Its located at the end of a small, quiet street off the beaten path. No noisy neighbors. We had a wonderful, relaxing time. Definitely coming back!
Written by: Rita V
(Lakewood), Visit Date: 2014-08, Source: TripAdvisor
Condo had everything we needed for fun on Maui. Beautiful and private view. Not crowded and easy access to all Maui has to offer. The beach was perfect for morning walks with my wife. We had the best time ever. Owner really cares that you are happy with your stay. Can't wait to come back and stay again.
Written by: ChristopherMP1
, Visit Date: 2014-05, Source: TripAdvisor
We stayed just over a week at Makani A Kai's B5 condo and felt very pampered while enjoying the freedom of a condo. The condo was very clean with special amenities provided by the owners. Every day we enjoyed sitting on the 2nd floor lanai, looking out on the beautiful blue waters and the beach that curves around the bay, and got to enjoy the lunar eclipse without having to drive to a more optimum location! The condo has nice, cool floor tiles and ceiling fans to keep the unit cool on hot days. The breeze off the bay is often cooling enough, but we were never cold. The Makani A Kai grounds are beautiful and well-maintained, and resident owners and other guests were friendly. We enjoyed swimming in the clean pool, and often had it to ourselves. The condo complex is close to the Maui Ocean Center (so cool!), the Maalaea Harbor where we departed for a great 5 hour snorkel trip and the Golf & Sports Complex where we enjoyed mini golf and is in a great central location between the towns of Kahului (where the airport is located), Kihei and Lahaina. We got to relax and have fun playing and exploring with no problems!
Written by: Weather_Beater
(Bothell, Washington), Visit Date: 2014-04, Source: TripAdvisor
My husband and I stayed at this condo in January for a friends wedding. All the wedding guests were staying in Maalaea, so I was looking for a place there with good ocean views and beach access to swim everyday. This property was perfect and in my opinion just about the best condo in the nicest complex in Maalaea. Makani a Kai is a very low profile complex at the end of Maalaea Bay next to the start of 2 mile beach which is a wonderful stretch of natural coast line that connects to N. Kihei. It was wonderful to start our day running or walking it. The best swimming spot in Maalaea is also in front of the condo as much of Maalaea Bay toward the harbor is rocky. The condo itself is clean, light, comfortable and is as shown in the pictures, if not better. The kitchen and bathroom are not modernized as some other condos were that I looked at, but still very clean and well put together with plenty of amenities. We ended up shopping at Whole Foods in Kahalui and eating our breakfast each day in the condo out on the lanai before we headed out. We used the loft bedroom with the king bed, which was very comfortable. We never used the aC since there was plenty of breeze with the windows open upstairs. My favorite aspect of the condo was the view and how close it was to the water. Being there in January allowed us to have unobstructed views of the bay watching endless whale spouts, breeches, and tails. It was truly amazing. I would not hesitate to stay here again; it was a lovely place that was a pleasure to relax in and enjoy Maui while being centrally located to everything. Mahalo Bill!
Written by: A FlipKey verified reviewer
(Paso Robles), Visit Date: 2014-01, Source: FlipKey
Very Clean. Comfortable and quiet. Well-equipped from kitchen utensils to coolers, boogie boards and umbrellas! Fresh towels and linens. The wife had no complaints which is no small feat! View and location fantastic...walk the beach daily, watch, sunsets, sunrises, whales and turtles from the lanai. Or take roadtrips with relatively short distance to either west or east end. The grounds of the condo complex are very well maintained! The owners very hospitable and easy to get a hold for queations. We are already talking about when we can come back here! Thankyou for sharing your condo with us!! Mahalo
Written by: A FlipKey verified reviewer
(Champlin), Visit Date: 2014-02, Source: FlipKey
We could not have been happier with this location and rental property. The owners take exceptional care of the unit and are so amazing and friendly. They truly thought of everything and had so many things available to us that made our stay stress free and simple. We were literally feet from the waves... we watched sea turtles from the lanai and we fell asleep listing to the crashing waves. You can't get much better than that! Whenever we return to Maui, this will be the place we stay... no doubt about it! Thank you so much!
Written by: Josh C
, Visit Date: 2015-06, Source: TripAdvisor
Makani A Kai is the perfect place to stay in Maui. Our unit was just yards from the beach, and upstairs so we enjoyed additional privacy. We listened to the waves breaking all day and night. The owners provide guests with everything necessary to enjoy the beach and ocean. They've thought of everything; hats, snorkel gear, beach chairs, cooler, boogie boards, beach bags, etc. -- you name it, they've thought of it. There are even sea turtles hanging out a few yards offshore.
Community washers and dryers are available in a separate building onsite. A hose for rinsing off sand and salt water is handy just steps from the beach and condo. The landscaping is beautiful. Makani A Kai is within walking distance of the marina, shops, restaurants and Maui Dive Shop. Grocery and drug stores are an easy drive.
Our only negative experience occurred after we left. We moved on to a timeshare resort in Kona, and were very very disappointed because we had been so spoiled by Makani A Kai.
Don't pass up a chance to stay here. It is everything you imagine Hawaii to be.
Written by: SlyFlyMom
(Daytona Beach, Florida), Visit Date: 2015-06, Source: TripAdvisor
Loved this condo! It exceeded my expectations. It had an ocean view, but was very private. We were able to take family photos on the beach in the middle of the day because we practically had the beach to ourselves. Everything you need is included in the condo-just like home only much more scenic!
Written by: Danette N
(St. Louis, Missouri, United States), Visit Date: 2015-07, Source: TripAdvisor
Thank you for a great stay. Makani A Kai B5 was well furnished and it was a pleasure having breakfast welcome provisions waiting for us. The loft bedroom oversees the oceanfront and the sea breeze lulls you to sleep. Beach supplies were also appreciated: chairs, boogie boards, etc... great beach front location, good for walks. Central enough to plan for road trips anywhere on the island!
Written by: Lise L
(Port Carling, Canada), Visit Date: 2015-10, Source: TripAdvisor
Hidden gem, this condo exceeded our expectations.
Stayed for 5 nights late December.
You feel like you our on top of the beach with outstanding views.
Everything you need was available, fresh fruit on arrival, water bottles, full set of ocean activities(snorkeling gear, boards, chairs, much more), plus steps to the water.
Great little swimming beach out front plus we went snorkeling every afternoon and saw many turtles.
Owners Bill and Cris were great with excellent communication throughout our booking process.
Written by: dmambler
(Holualoa, Hawaii), Visit Date: 2015-12, Source: TripAdvisor
We had such a beautiful and relaxing vacation this year in Maui due to the lovely stay at your condo. Everything was perfect-the weather, amenities, location, view and the sounds and sights of the ocean.
Although I am not an early morning person normally, I would get up each day before sunrise to enjoy my coffee on the deck feeling the gentle breezes and enjoying the changing views of the morning sunrise. It is truly a beautiful location on the island. We definitely appreciated all of the condos supplies and extras. You thought of everything! The welcoming local fruits, coffee and cookies made us feel very welcomed and special.
Turtles off the beach were amazing. We loved counting how many we could find!
My husband walked all the way from here to Kehei on beach. It was exhilarating with stunning views. He said the beach changes a little bit each day with the tides
Your recommendation for Beach Bums Bar and Grill was wonderful. It became our "go to" place for lunch, breakfast and happy hour! Good food, Great service!
Mammas Fish House was exquisite. Pricy, but amazing service, atmosphere and food!
Views from early morning to sunset were astonishing! We plan to return again. Thank you for the fabulous vacations.
Written by: 192dianey
(Gardnerville, Nevada), Visit Date: 2016-04, Source: TripAdvisor
We suffered a long glich filled trip to arrive in Maui. What a relief to enter Unit B5 in the middle of the night to find it totally inviting! It was spotless, tastefully furnished, and stocked with fresh fruit and snacks. In the morning and every morning thereafter we looked out on Maalea Bay with cloud draped Haleakala looming above. After local coffee (provided) on the balcony we strolled onto the beach directly in front of our unit and shared a swim with the resident sea turtles. There are no mega resorts in Maalea, so the beach was never crowded. The slope is gentle, and waves are attenuated by the bay so that there is no heavy surf to fight. Maalea is pretty centrally situated on Maui so that it is easy to travel from there to any part of the island.
Back to the condo: The storeroom is stocked with a big bunch of varied beach gear - from good quality snorkels to beach chairs to coolers, etc. Bill, the owner, lives in Maui. I was extremely impressed with his interest in assuring that we had a positive stay. He even called on our first day to make sure everything was to our liking and to offer any help or advice we might want.
This was a top notch experience. We'll be baaaack!
Written by: Joel B
(Sonoma Coast, California), Visit Date: 2016-05, Source: TripAdvisor
Great location for family visit. Our kids, 13, really enjoyed the aquarium and the easy access to the beach. Condo was well equip with boogie boards and beach supplies. The view from the condo was amazing and the grounds of the condo are beautiful.
Written by: Heather T
, Visit Date: 2016-06, Source: TripAdvisor
This condo is set in a great location with a fairly quiet beach. It sits at the end of a quiet road so not much traffic. It is next to a state park, though, and we had groups of local overnight campers next to the building. It might be better outside of summer when I assume they adhere to the "no overnight" camping signs! On most days, our kids were able to body surf ad enjoyed seeing turtles at the small reef in the water.
The condo was equipped with 4 sets of snorkel gear, body surfing boards and sand chairs--all of which we used and really appreciated having on-site. The view from the lanai was amazing and doesn't get any breeze, even on windy days. The layout of the rooms, the kitchen utensils and the starter food the owners left for us made this feel like a real home-away-from-home! Would definitely stay her e again!
Written by: NinaMama123
(Vancouver, Washington), Visit Date: 2016-07, Source: TripAdvisor
This was our third time to Maui, but our first time in a condo. Location is great; not crowded at all and great views! We were steps away from the beach and would have breakfast every morning on the balcony. The owner was very helpful and accommodating. We were welcomed with fresh fruit, cookies, bottled water, etc. We felt at home immediately. The owner also provided everything you could possibly need: bug spray, sunscreen, snorkeling gear, beach chairs, boogie boards, sand toys, etc. We would definitely come back to this condo!
Written by: netterx
, Visit Date: 2016-07, Source: TripAdvisor
a beautiful condo right on the beach, private and so well set up. Turtles feeding right out the front.
Written by: crafty62
(Smithton, Australia), Visit Date: 2016-08, Source: TripAdvisor
Makani A Kai, B5 was a great choice for our stay in Maui. It was in a central location basically 10-30 minutes away from everything on the island (except the Road to Hana which is hours long no matter what) and the condo was right on the water with a great view and at any given time the beach had no more than 5 other people on it. Most of the time it was just me and my husband and. Maybe 2 other people. Sea turtles were swimming in the water just in front of the condo on a daily basis and it was so relaxing and fun just to spend time at the condo. Booking and coordinating with Bill was a breeze. They provided fruit and coffee and cookies and my husbands fell in love with POG (juice drink Bill provided). They have everything you need there (snorkel, flippers, chairs, umbrella, boogie board, ice chest and even sun hats) for activities on the beach. Amazing view and it has a small but effective A/C unit which some rentals do not have. Great view from the upstairs loft/bedroom to wake up to in the mornings. It is a two level condo (loft bedroom and bathroom upstairs) on the second floor, which I was not sure I wanted at first because I wanted to be as "on the beach" as possible, but the height gives you the view the first floor would not have and it is extremely easy to access the beach. It's just down stairs. There is a swimming pool for the condos that was always kept clean (although we never used it with the beach right there). There were well maintained lounge chairs and the parking lot had ample parking space. We would definitely stay here again.
Written by: Jellolyn
(Fresno, California), Visit Date: 2016-08, Source: TripAdvisor
Cant say enough about Bill & his wife they were super accommodating to us, It was my 25th anniversary and they were kind enough to allow me to send some items i wanted there before arrival and also was super kind enough to even pick up a bottle of Champagne that i wanted waiting for us as well and some gorgeous flowers that they picked out for me so they could also be waiting as a surprise to my wife you just cant get more "Aloha" then that... great people. The accommodations was everything we expected if not more, from the little items you typically forget ..to a fishing pole that you wished you could have brought ! Clean, comfortable bed and views that cant be described but only witnessed, turtles frolicking in the water RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE UNIT , everyday we would swim out with the turtles CRAZY ! Beach is quite the way i like it but minutes from other beaches as well as great shopping and restaurants we stayed for 7 days and moved to the West side ...To busy for me i missed this stay after we left it ! Don't pass this up enjoy.
Written by: Paulie9999
(New York City, New York), Visit Date: 2016-09, Source: TripAdvisor
Great location (you need a car) and a very nice condo in nice grounds with a perfect view of the sea and shore from it;'s balcony. Plenty of room and a lot of thought has been put into making sure you have all you need for your stay. On arrival there is some coffee, fruit and juice and biscuits to ensure you do not starve.They provide dish wash tabs, washing powder and even quarters for the laundry machines. There are books and DVDs and board games. Plenty of instructions on the 'house rules'. All in all a pleasurable part of our holiday.
Written by: TrevB56
(Camberley, United Kingdom), Visit Date: 2016-09, Source: TripAdvisor
The condo is in a wonderful location with a wonderful view of the ocean ( 3o yards away) & Haleakala. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The condo is fully equipped with everything you could want including snorkel equipment, coolers, fishing rod etc. Bill, the owner was very accommodating in every sense of the word. We celebrated our 50th anniversary there. I highly recommend it.
Written by: William S
, Visit Date: 2016-10, Source: TripAdvisor
It's hard to describe how much we enjoyed staying at this condo. If you were to ask me what my favorite part of visiting Maui, I would say picking this spot to stay. The ocean, the sea turtles, the cleanliness, the thoughtfulness of the owner. I could go on. Renting this condo will be the best decision you made coming to Maui. I read the guest books before we left and EVERYONE had the same experience. It was hard to leave. The beach adjacent to the condo is undeveloped so you can walk forever down it, the condo is quiet and well built. Like I said, I could go on and on. Thank you Bill and Cris!!!!!
Written by: Sherry H
(Auburn, Washington), Visit Date: 2016-10, Source: TripAdvisor
This is a great condo to stay in. Very easy to find and on a quiet, clean beach. The owners actually take care of this place and care.
Written by: jgranger2016
(Ann Arbor, Michigan), Visit Date: 2016-10, Source: TripAdvisor
Everything was totally awesome! The beach was gorgeous. There was even good snorkel equipment in the condo, and with a bit of coral right out front, the snorkeling was awesome! There are lots of sea turtles that hang out in the water by the coral.
There's a printer, so you can print your airline tickets the day before your flight! When the printer ran out of ink, he even came and replaced it right away. We loved everything, except that the A/C didn't really reach into the bedroom.
Written by: Kathy C
(Westby, Wisconsin), Visit Date: 2016-05, Source: TripAdvisor
Das Condo liegt in einer kleinen Anlage am Ende einer Sackgasse mit traumhaften Blick direkt am Strand. Es war sauber, sehr gut ausgestattet und absolut ruhig. Alles ist genau wie auf den Fotos zu sehen. Das Bett war sehr bequem, wir haben toll geschlafen. Besonders gefallen hat mir, dass der Balkon windgeschützt ist. In Maalaea ist es durch die Lage immer sehr windig, auf dem Balkon spürt man kaum etwas davon. Wir konnten dadurch immer draußen sitzen. Wir haben uns hier sehr wohl gefühlt und würden wieder hier buchen.
Written by: MartinaK
(Köln), Visit Date: 2016-11, Source: TripAdvisor
Located on the south shore of Maui, in the notch between Maui's two lobes, this lovely condo is easy access from the airport and about equidistant from Lahaina and Wailea. The beach is sand and goes for nearly two miles. Pieces of coral can be found on the beach and there is nice snorkeling right in front. The owners keep the condo in tiptop shape and all amenities are there, including snorkels, masks and flippers, boogie boards, beach towels, a full kitchen, great lanai overlooking the beach, which, by the way, is VERY uncrowded, enemy to the pint of being nearly empty, even in peak season! A memorable family vacation!
Written by: CaliforniaDavid92103
(San Diego, California), Visit Date: 2016-12, Source: TripAdvisor
We just returned from a wonderful week at Makani A Kai in Maalaea, Maui. The location was perfect for the excursions we had planned; a sunrise tour on Haleakala, and a snorkeling trip out of Maalaea Bay. We were able to walk to the Maui Ocean Center from the condo, and not worry about parking, when we went on our snorkeling trip, and the airport is only about 10 miles away. The condo itself is just right for a week at the beach. The views from the balcony and master bedroom are amazing! And hearing the crash of the waves is so relaxing. Just a few steps to the water and a beach that stretches out for a mile. Every morning we walked the beach as the sun rose over Mt. Haleakala, often not running into another soul. From our balcony we sat and watched turtles in the reef just offshore, and the condo is equipped with full snorkel gear, so you can also view them up close and personal! The beds are comfortable, beach towels are provided, the kitchen is fully equipped with pots, pans, dishes, utensils, etc., dishwasher, the bathrooms very nice, furniture comfortable.....I could go on, but suffice it to say, this condo is just the way one would decorate and equip their own beach house. Oh, and we really appreciated the keypad entry so no need to keep track of a key and everyone could come and go as they pleased. We used the laundry room and the machines were clean and in good working order. A load costs $1.50 and there was a jar of quarters on the counter in the condo, along with laundry detergent in the pantry, to help out. Having previously stayed in hotels in Kaanapali on past vacations to Maui, we all agreed that the quiet solitude of Makani A Kai is the only way to go to really enjoy the relaxing beauty of Maui. Also, Bill was very easy to work with; got right back to us when we first inquired about renting the condo and also promptly answered our emails when we had a few questions while in Maui. Again, we all agree, if ever we return to Maui, this is the condo we would rent!!
Written by: Bjrsmom
(Sacramento, California), Visit Date: 2017-01, Source: TripAdvisor
Mahalo, Bill, for a wonderful stay on Maui! This is a perfect location, away from the heavy traffic and hoards of people in the resort areas...our teen daughters agreed! Watching the sunrise and set, and watching the turtles from the deck were wonderful. Beach walks and play on an uncrowded, gorgeous area were awesome! The pool area and BBQ areas were never crowded, ever. There are lounge chairs on the property that are always available. The incredible hospitality was much appreciated as well...early check-in, late check-out; the welcome package of fruit, cookies and coffee; beach chairs; snorkel gear; beach towels; binoculars; books, games and cards in the hutch...they really have you covered here for a comfortable, home-away-from-home type stay! If we make it back to Maui this is definitely where we would choose to stay again.
Written by: Z3777EKkarenl
(Wellington, Colorado), Visit Date: 2017-03, Source: TripAdvisor
We couldn't have asked for better accommodations. The condo provides everything you could possibly need to enjoy your stay and is neat, clean and beautiful. Bill is so warm and friendly Great to work with. The view is breathtaking. If we were any closer to the beach we would have been in the water. Definitely coming back. Great value.
Written by: allforthedogs
(Indianapolis, Indiana), Visit Date: 2017-03, Source: TripAdvisor
We were very impressed by the view of the ocean and the sound of the waves the minute we walked into this condo. The ocean and the beach are only 20 feet from the unit and we spent a lot of time relaxing at the balcony. To welcome us, the owner provided us with a generous supply of fruits and juice. The beautiful beach is not crowded and you can walk or run all the way to Kihei along the shores. We like the central location of this condo and you can drive to other attractions and other beaches in less than 30 minutes. The owner also offered more flexible check-in time and check-out time. The unit was clean and well maintained, and it even has a printer that we used to print out our boarding passes. The only thing we missed were the humpback whales that can be seen from the balcony. For that reason we have decided to come back in February. We absolutely enjoyed our stay at this unit.
Written by: EDITH W
(Chicago, Illinois), Visit Date: 2017-04, Source: TripAdvisor
We are very happy with our decision to stay here. I really can't think of anything that would have been more perfect. We were two couples on vacation together who like things low key and far away from the crowds. This place is centrally located so you can easily get to most places around the island. It is also adjacent to a protected wetland and bird refuge so it is good for those who like the more wild and natural aspects of Maui.
Besides the fact that you are literally overlooking the ocean and can watch "surfer" and "turtle" TV while drinking your morning coffee, I want to call out the thought and care that the owners took to stock the place. Every time we looked for something in the kitchen or the supply closet or bathroom, the thing you needed was there. It was like a magic trick. Coolers, flashlights, snorkel gear, hydrogen peroxide, boogie boards, champagne bucket, even quarters for the laundry. When we arrived there was fresh fruit and POG in the fridge. Nice touch!. The overall complex is well maintained. Also the owner Bill was very responsive and helpful in his communication.
This is definitely our new "go to" Maui place that we are willing to share with others until we can get back:-).
Written by: Y314EQlindaf
, Visit Date: 2017-05, Source: TripAdvisor
The condos are at the end of the road and therefore mostly quiet. It feels like home when you come in. The two bathrooms are a big plus as is the distance (or no-distance) to the ocean. We enjoyed our stay a lot and would definitely come again.
+ full equipped kitchen
+ fast Wifi
+ close to beach
+ loooots of towels
+ hasslefree check-in and check-out
- stores in walking distance close early
- airconditioning only in the living room (can get a bit warm in bedrooms but not too bad, since there are ventilators in every room)
in all, an amazing place to stay!
Written by: deborahm290292
(Kaltbrunn), Visit Date: 2017-05, Source: TripAdvisor
Beach front Maalaea was all that it was promised to be and more! Waking up with a view of the ocean was incredible, the breakfast goodies waiting the first morning, snorkling gear and boogie boards, the swimming pool, etc.
We would love to come back again!
Written by: Sightsee494295
, Visit Date: 2017-06, Source: TripAdvisor
After having spent a week in Kahana, we requested an early check-in to Makani A Kai. Bill graciously accommodated us making our two grandchildren (ages 10 and 9) happy to have an earlier day at the beach, located directly in front of the balcony.
The kids were never bored with the beach, pool, watching the sea turtles feed and chilling in the loft at their disposal. They were especially enthralled with the behind-the-scene tour of the nearby Maui Ocean Center.
We were pleasantly surprised at the number of amenities provided - more so than any other place we have stayed - and we are definitely looking forward to returning.
Written by: Pathfinder16478
, Visit Date: 2017-06, Source: TripAdvisor
This is a nicely maintained and well-stocked condo, and it's right on the water. The bedroom is on a second level and looks down via large windows onto the beach and ocean. Maalaea is about twenty minutes from the airport by car, and it's a pretty straightforward trip. Less than half a mile away are a few restaurants, a convenience store and the aquarium, and the marina as well.
You don't walk straight out of the condo to the beach, as going straight out takes you onto the balcony. To get to the beach you go around the building to get to the break in the low hedges that provides access to the beach. On the beach there are usually small numbers of people strolling along or in the water snorkeling, but sometimes it's empty. There was a spot in the water quite near the beach where we often saw animals lingering, perhaps small sea turtles or fish, couldn't quite tell, but it seemed like turtles.
There's a parking lot with plenty of room -- all you need do is put in a form with your car's information so that you can park in the lot. The doors don't have keys, using electronic locks instead, so you'll have to remember the key code (simple to remember). There's also a small pool that also has access via a code. A laundry room with plenty of machines is near the parking lot, and it uses quarters but the owner left more than enough for one load to be both washed and dried.
It took us a while to get used to navigating along the paths to our unit, as they aren't really marked. Lots of little lizards scooting across the path as you walk along but they have a skill for not getting stepped on so no need to worry!
Highly recommended -- a clean and comfortable condo in a very pretty spot, with amenities conveniently located.
Written by: Lawrence D
, Visit Date: 2017-08, Source: TripAdvisor
This is a two bedroom and two full bath condo directly on the beach in Maalea. It was fully appointed including kitchen and was immaculate. We enjoyed the full length two story windows with spectacular views of the bay and saw sea turtles just outside the lanai. There was shared access to two Weber Genesis-style grills and a pool. Parking was very easy. Would definitely recommend to a friend.
Written by: sandrahR9083JG
, Visit Date: 2017-09, Source: TripAdvisor
Awesome beachfront condo...just 20 feet from beach. Beautiful views of the bay, with frequent whale sightings. Furnishings were gorgeous with well stocked kitchen. Sitting out on lanai every morning seeing sun come up was the best. Quiet area and central to all areas of the island. Owners were great. I highly recommend this condo and would rent it again in a heartbeat!!
Written by: NancyW891
(Greenwich, New York), Visit Date: 2018-02, Source: TripAdvisor
The location is to die for, about 100 feet to the water's edge. A panoramic view that you dream of with the beach and ocean right before you. Bill and Chris have thought of everything, all the amenities you look for and more. They also accommodated us for our special needs. Thank you for a wonderful vacation!!
Phil & Wanda
Written by: Philip K
(Colorado Springs, Colorado), Visit Date: 2018-02, Source: TripAdvisor
This townhouse condo overlooks the bay with easy access to the beach. There is also a pool and a lawn with chaise lounges. The Aquarium is a five-minute drive and well worth the visit if you want to see the colorful Hawaiian fish. Whale-watching boats leave from the nearby harbor. We enjoyed the food at the BBQ restaurant across from the harbor. The condo had comfortable beds, a fully outfitted kitchen, DISH TV, lanai with table and stools, attractive art and clear information on how to enjoy both the accommodations and the activities nearby. We especially loved the zip-line experience at the Tropical Plantation nearby. The tram tour included a demonstration of opening a coconut and the uses for each part of the layers. The owners, Bill & Chris, were available as needed and very congenial. We hope to return for another visit in the future. Aloha!
Written by: conniev31415
(Los Angeles, United States), Visit Date: 2018-04, Source: TripAdvisor
I rented this condo for myself and my daughter for 10 days. The location was amazing. The beach was just a few steps away. At night we listened to the ocean and slept incredibly. The condo had everything we needed and more. Beach toys, chairs, and towels. The location in Maalaea was perfect. We were away from the touristy areas, yet close enough that it took only 20 mins to Kihei or Lahaina, and the airport. Bill (the owner) was very accommodating. He even left some quarters so we could do laundry, and the fresh fruit and coffee were much appreciated. I will definitely be staying here on my next visit to Maui.
Written by: Pamela M
(New Smyrna Beach, United States), Visit Date: 2018-05, Source: TripAdvisor
We had a really pleasent stay here. Bill and Cris had everything cleaned up very accurately and we even could get into the flat earlier which was very relaxing since we had an early arrival.
The flat is fitted very well with everything you need and the next target isn't far, so we were prepped for the holiday immediately. Really beautiful was the view on the ocean from the bed and while sitting on the balcony. Also the neighbours were very friendly and helped out with many informations. Another plus was the washing room. Pretty nice to have the opportunity to wash your clothes.
For sure we will be back and we will recommend Makani A Kai to friends!
Written by: Fabian Oscar W
, Visit Date: 2016-11, Source: TripAdvisor
My wife and I had a wonderful 10 year anniversary in no small part to the attention to detail Bill and Cris have given to their Condo. We were impressed with not only its placement within the condo complex, but the complex itself. Firstly, you step into a exquisitely manicured property that lends itself to privacy and peace. Inside, mirrors made every view great and the lanai on the second floor gave a territorial view of Haleakala as well as the entire coastline from south of Kihe to Maalaea. Everything we wanted to do was provided for...4 sets of snorkling gear in various sizes, backpack beach chairs, fishing poles, screw secured beach umbrella, breakfast, laundry change, you name it they had you covered. Follow their eating recommendations, you won’t be disappointed. Above all we felt like we were cared for like family. It was awesome!
Written by: John V
, Visit Date: 2018-07, Source: TripAdvisor
If you want to have a spectacular view of the ocean while sitting on the lanai, watch amazing sunrises, be within 100 feet of the beach,and stay in a beautiful condo with great owners... then this is the place for you! We absolutely love this condo, it was perfect for us. Bill & Cris have thought of everything you need, the attention to detail was wonderful.. including a nice welcome fruit & coffee basket, ocean “toys”, water bottles in the refrigerator, well stocked kitchen,and a restaurant book with their recommendations. This condo is the perfect place to stay!!!
Written by: 44janeth
(Aurora, Colorado), Visit Date: 2018-09, Source: TripAdvisor
My husband booked this condo for our anniversary and it was everything I ever dreamed of and more. Bill and Chris were very responsive to any questions. The condo itself had anything you needed. We really appreciated the beach chairs, towels, umbrella, and snorkel gear. I have 2 new addictions ... POG and macadamia cookies, thanks to the welcome basket. When we first planned our trip, we said it would be a once in a lifetime thing. As we boarded the plane we were trying to figure out how quick we could get back and stay at the very same spot. Thank y’all for sharing your beautiful home with us. I hope to see you soon!
Written by: kvhughes
(Russellville, Arkansas), Visit Date: 2018-09, Source: TripAdvisor
Right on the water with a gorgeous view and everything you need in the condo !!
Location on the island of Maui is ideal ! Convenient for a drive to Hana or a drive to the top of Halaekala or for exploring the west end of the island. No sound machine needed with the soothing sound of breaking waves lulling you to sleep each night. Thanks to the Lamkins for providing us such a great condo for our vacation to Maui.
Written by: Nancy C
(Newnan, Georgia, United States), Visit Date: 2018-10, Source: TripAdvisor
Maalaea is an off-the-beaten trail but still close to everything location near the aquarium. The apartment is fully-equipped with cathedral ceilings, loft upstairs with private bath and full bedroom with its own bath and full kitchen. The deck is wonderful overlooking a lovely beach which is steps away, along with a lovely small pool, hot tub and patio with BBQ. The owners are very accommodating and thoughtful of every need, including providing quarters for the laundry! You can go right out and have a long walk along beautiful Sugar Beach. We found this to be a very welcoming and relaxing place to stay, outside of the tourist bustle.
Written by: Explorer84765
, Visit Date: 2018-11, Source: TripAdvisor
Our experience with this rental property was not so great. We arrived after dark, the impression we had first walking into the house was that the place is old, it had a weird old house smell, and it was poorly lit. It was almost like waiting into an old lady's house at night, except this place costs little over $250 plus fees. We toured the house, the bathroom was old, full of half used products on the counter and cabinets. The safety strips at the bottom of the bath tub was peeling off. We called the owner and asked him if he could give us a refund because the place was not as advertised. He said if we leave right away, he would refund us the cleaning fee. We called Sheraton to see if we can book a room, we did and we left. Owner later mailed the cleaning fees back. We left in a hurry, didn't want to stay for longer than we have to, so we didn't take any pictures. Looking back, even if we had to throw 1 thousand dollars away plus the 1600 dollars to rebook another hotel, it was well worth it just not having to stay at this condo.
Written by: tripadsk224
(Perrysburg, Ohio), Visit Date: 2018-11, Source: TripAdvisor
Fantastic stay, wonderful hosts! Newly remodeled bathrooms have gorgeous showers and the view here is the true star! Amazing cove and beach access for great swimming and walks. Simply excellent.
Written by: rick c
, Visit Date: 2019-06, Source: TripAdvisor
The views from the lanai were amazing, the less crowded beach made for great walks, the amenities were perfect with additional gear provided for spending days at the beach. The condo is centrally located to lots of good beaches, snorkeling, heliport, shopping, and restaurants. We enjoyed everything about Maui and the condo!
Written by: AggieRuss
(Dallas, Texas), Visit Date: 2019-06, Source: TripAdvisor