Amazing views, peaceful gorgeous surroundings and completely non-touristy feel, but convenient location half an hour or less to most of the places you will want to go. Right on the water, with a little beach in front, and a miles long beach a few hundred yards away. Beautiful furnishings, lovely remodeled kitchen and bath with rain and regular shower. We try to stock everything you may want (including washer and dryer and espresso maker) and it is an excellent value.
GREAT Value: We are charging only $129/night plus tax and cleaning fee from May to mid December! Only $149/night plus tax and cleaning for April. Only $249/night plus tax and cleaning mid December 2017 through March 2018. Always a very good value for such a nice place.
This is a lovely condo in Maalaea Banyans, on the third floor (great privacy and there is an elevator) of an attractive 4 story, nicely landscaped all oceanfront complex. It is in the quiet, peaceful village of Ma’alaea, ideally located only about 20 minutes from the airport, Lahaina, Kihei-Wailea, Kahalui, Wailuku, Iao Valley, North Shore windsurfing, etc.
From the living room and lanai, you have spectacular views of Molokini, Kaho’olawe, the coast stretching down past Kihei, and the base of Haleakala. Your view is framed by lush grounds and palm trees. The ocean is less than 100 feet away, with gently lapping waves. Usually. A few times a year there are strong south swells, and surfers come from all over to challenge the legendary 'Ma’alaea pipeline', also called the “freight train”, one of the fastest ride-able waves in the world. Huge waves, great surfing, and lots of broken surfboards right in front of you.
Another once in a lifetime experience: for some reason, Humpback whales tend both to mate and to deliver their babies right off Ma’alaea. Chances of seeing mating or births are best in January or February, but there is excellent whale watching from our lanai (or numerous boat trips from the harbor a few minutes away) from late December until mid April. Unlike California whale watching (where the whales are commuting between Alaska and Mexico) in Maui the whales seem to be on vacation too. They flap their fins, rhythmically thwop their tails, leap entirely out of the water, sing, make and have babies, and generally have a great time. April to December, you can still see outrigger canoes, Rays, Turtles, and the occasional Monk Seal and Dolphin from the lanai.
A 5 minute walk from the condo takes you to Ma’alaea harbor, several fun restaurants and deli's, a small shopping center, a well-regarded aquarium (the Maui Ocean Center), mini-golf, gas station, public transit, etc. They are convenient, but entirely out of sight and mind when you do not need them.
A 5 minute walk toward Kihei takes you to tiny Haycraft Park and a 5 mile long, largely deserted beach, backed by protected wetlands. Good swimming and hiking, sea turtles, and good to great snorkeling. (More great snorkeling is only a short drive away.)
There are a tremendous number of good eating options. The BBQ, grounds, hot tub, pool, and lanai may tempt you cook at home or bring back take-out. There are quite a variety of good restaurants in walking distance. And it is easy to go to Lahaina, Kihei, Wailuku, Kahalui, (or almost anywhere) just for dinner. When we used to stay in Kihei-Wailea we either went to Lahaina /Kaanapali/Napili for the whole day, or didn’t go at all. Now it is a short beautiful drive, so just going for dinner seems easy and fun.
Our condo has travertine tile floors throughout, good mattresses (new August 2017) , top quality furniture, towels and linens, all the amenities we could think of, washer and dryer in the unit, coffee maker and espresso maker, teapot, microwave, dishwasher, blender, Nutribullet smoothie maker, rice/slow cooker; beach towels, chairs, and umbrella, tatami mats, snorkel stuff, various size coolers, portacrib, beach toys, shade structures, boogie boards, even 2 size 6 kids wet suits, etc.
We think you will have a wonderful time. Many people return again and again, and we hope you will, too. (and we give a 10% discount for repeat renters)