This is a lovely, romantic, ground floor, beach front, affordable condo, off the beaten tourist path but convenient to most of the island. We just completed a major remodel October 2017.
If you miss the way Maui was decades ago, or wonder what it was like, this is as close as you can get.
You look across a little park at the ocean, the Kihei coast, and Haleakala, a huge dormant volcano . From our breakfast table, we've watched whales spouting off our beach! A gorgeous 3+ mile, nearly deserted beach is just a few steps away, directly off our front lawn. (We walk several miles on it nearly every day we're here, but have never made it all the way to Sugar Beach and back in one hike.)
In your early morning walk along the beach, you can watch the sun rise from behind giant Haleakala while cute little sand crabs scurry in and out of their holes (pukas), turtles bob and feed, outrigger canoes paddle by, and (late December to early April) whales play. Wading birds call to each other from the nature preserve ponds behind the dunes, and occasionally you can see rays or a monk seal. It's hard not to just keep taking pictures! It's gorgeous other times of day (and night) too!
In the other direction, out of sight, but an easy walk down a pretty little country lane with condos and ocean on one side and trees and cane fields on the other, is a small village, a cute little harbor filled with boats, a well-regarded aquarium, the Pacific Whale foundation, miniature golf, and a few shops and restaurants. A latte is always welcome from the General Store while watching for whales breaching. Regular golf courses are just a few miles away.
This is a good sized, ground floor condo we just purchased March 2017. (We've owned our other listing, VRBO 152519 just up the street at Maalaea Banyans about 26 years.) There is a King sized very comfy bed in a pretty, jungle-view bedroom, and a queen-sized sofa bed (new foam mattress) in the living room. It's perfect for 2 people, fine for a couple with 1-2 children, and could work (but is not ideal or particularly recommended) for 2 very compatible couples. You can eat at the high table inside or the one on the lanai and see across the ocean to the South Maui coastline in the shadow of Haleakala.
We are unit A9 in Makani a Kai, which means "Sea Breeze". The complex is small and friendly, and village-like (not boxy). There is a nice pool and BBQ's with outside tables nearby. The lounge chairs along the ocean are perfect for sunning, reading, or a relaxing happy hour. The landscaping here is amazingly lush, tropical, and gorgeous!
SMOKING IS NOT ALLOWED in the condos or anywhere in the complex except out by the dumpster where the parking lot meets the street.
We just repainted, and added new quiet efficient fans and separate air-conditioners in the living room and bedroom. (and a screen door in case you like old fashioned cooling) There is a brand new 55" UHD 4K TV and cable and wifi in the living room.
There is a a full kitchen including espresso maker, coffee maker and teapot, and one bathroom with walk in rain and regular shower. Our major kitchen and bath remodel was completed October 2017.
We supply beach chairs, tatami mats (great to keep your towels clean when lying on the beach), beach umbrella, beach towels, some snorkel stuff, boogie boards, etc. Please let us know if there is anything else you need, and we will try to accommodate you if possible. There is a laundromat steps away on site.
We are not an ADA unit. But if you have a family member in a wheelchair, and need more than one condo, there are 2 very nice, well equipped and popular ADA units (which we do not own or manage) in our small complex (A2 and A12) .
In addition to this ground floor one bedroom, one bath condo, our son and his wife have a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo (B12) right over one of the Makani A Kai ADA units, and our daughter and her husband have a 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit (B4) at the front of the property. We also have a beautiful one bedroom one bath unit in Maalaea Banyans about 150 yards up the street.(VRBO 152519) So 4 available condos in all. We've found that separate condos, and separate cars are a wonderful way for family reunions or groups of friends to have togetherness without too much togetherness! We do give a discount if you book more than one of our family's condos.
We and our kids have wonderful memories of them growing up coming to Maui, and now we are busy making memories of their children doing the same thing.
We invite you to make some Maui memories too. You will absolutely love it!