About the property
- Condo800 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 3 nights
Condo, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)
Located on Keawakapu Beach on the sunny side of the island, the Mana Kai is a condo complex of 98 privately-owned, luxury two bedroom, two bath units. Walk down the beach to Wailea and the luxury beach front hotels--The Grand Wailea, Four Seasons, and Fairmont's Kea Lani. Play golf at the world class courses at the Blue, Gold and Emerald courses at Wailea or the Makena courses, just a five minute drive down the road. There is also great shopping at the Shops at Wailea, and Kihei Town is less than a mile up the road.
The Mana Kai has recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation that includes a complete remodeling and expansion of the swimming pool. A large lawn area provides sunbathers an option to the sandy beach mere steps from the complex.
We purchased our unit in 2008 as our part-time residence. We completely remodeled it, including replacing the tile floors, expanding the kitchen, installing new kitchen cabinets, granite counter tops and top of the line appliances (Bosch range, dishwasher and microwave, GE full-size refrigerator/freezer), new bathroom cabinets, sinks, toilets and showers, new paint throughout and new furniture, including two king-sized beds, two flat-panel high-definition TV sets, a Bose music system and a completely upgraded air conditioning system for the entire unit. A keyless lock system means you never have to worry about locking yourself out or losing a key at the beach. Chairs, umbrella are also provided at no charge. And needless to say, it comes fully stocked with all the necessities of home that you would expect from a turn-key, top of the line condominium.
We re-decorated in 2013 buying a new corner sectional sofa. What made this possible was moving the TV to a new custom cabinet that sits at the foot of the bed. A remote control raises and lowers the television for viewing in the living room. The TV swivels so you can also watch it in bed. No other unit at the Mana Kai has this feature.
Wake up in the morning, look to your left and watch the sun rise over Haleakala volcano from your balcony while you check your email using our free wireless internet. Look the other way and watch the sun set over the Pacific between Lanai and Kaho'olawe every evening sipping a cocktail. In between you can watch the whales (5,000 spent the spring here in Maui this year) or just sit and watch the paddle boarders, sunbathers and snorkelers down below.
Keawakapu Beach is routinely voted one of the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii and is home to multi-million dollar homes down its half mile length. Because of its north/south orientation, waves rarely break over a couple feet, so it is extremely kid friendly. Snorkeling off our point is some of the best on the island.
The Five Palms Restaurant is located downstairs. It has been voted the best breakfast place in Maui, has an excellent happy hour at the bar from 3 to 6 daily, and offers gourmet dining nightly. Zack's Deli is located at the other end of the complex and sells sandwiches, food staples and a wide variety of wines and liquor. An on-sight activity desk can help with excursions such as a sunset dinner cruise, a luau, snorkeling off Molokini or riding bikes down Haleakala. And for you yoga enthusiasts, Maui Yoga Path offers daily yoga classes taught by renowned Iyengar yoga instructor, Deni Roman. In 2016 the resort remodeled the basement of the building and built a state-of-the-art work out facility, a new conference room that can hold up to 12 people, and a business center.
The picture down the beach was taken on a typical late afternoon from the balcony. You can see why couples get married right on the beach several times a week--it is a magical and memorable place, and it is waiting for you and your family.
Check out our new video which does a good job of showing the interior of our condo, the views down the beach, and highlights many of the nearby amenities.
So why stay in 306?
You have many choices when you are deciding where to stay in the Mana Kai. All 98 condominiums have identical floor plans; many have been recently remodeled; and some are closer to the ocean or on higher floors than others. Why do we love ours?
As you can see from the pictures, we completely remodeled our condo when we bought it, and have made many additional improvements over the years. Deanne is a designer in the Bay Area and her choice of colors and furnishings are unique and beautiful.
We live here part of the year. It is more than a rental property to us. We buy the kind of things you would put in your house: high quality dishes and silverware, pots and pans and kitchen utensils. We also regularly replace linens and towels rather than wait for them to wear out, and needless to say, we buy the kind of sheets you would want to sleep on at home. We would like you to think about our condo as your home away from home.
Generally, condos that are on the ocean side of the building and on higher floors can accommodate higher rental rates. We are slightly contrarian to this view. While you would want a top floor penthouse if you were staying in downtown Manhattan, we believe that higher up only makes you further from the sounds of the waves and the view down the beach. Being on the third floor is just right. We also have unobstructed ocean views in our back bedroom where many other units look into the stairwells or the elevator shafts.
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When our youngest of four children went off to college my wife Deanne and I figured it was time for us to quit the rat race and spend time doing the things we have dreamed about over the years. Scott quit his job as a VP and General Counsel of a Silicon Valley semiconductor company, we sold our house in the San Francisco Bay Area, and bought a condo at the Mana Kai Maui. Our extended family had vacationed here for several Thanksgivings so we knew what we were getting into--our piece of paradise. This picture includes Scott, Deanne and two of our four children--Kevin and Allison, sitting on the patio.
Owner purchased this Condo in 2008
Why Owner chose Kihei
The Mana Kai is so close to the ocean that when we first arrive we have to close the window because the waves are too loud. We take daily walks down the beach and let the warm water wash over our feet and the trade winds blow through our hair. I get up early and watch the sun rise over Haleakala and then, from the same seat on the patio I watch the sun set in the evening. Magic.
What makes this Condo unique
Keawakapu Beach is beautiful and very family friendly. The waves rarely break over one or two feet, so young children are free to frolic in the water. Wonderful snorkeling is right on the point. During the Spring you can watch the whales literally jumping out of the water. Scott enjoys golfing and there are four world class golf courses within a five minute car ride. While Scott is golfing Deanne likes to go to the Spa at the Grand Wailea.
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Very comfortable condo, nice to hear ocean waves every night and as our wake up call!
It was a pleasure to spend the final 4 days of our vacation in unit 306. Very comfortable beds, nicely decorated and plenty of space for two adults and one toddler. Although we had to keep an eye on our little climber as he could easily have scaled the bar chairs and table on the Lanai😱�. Would have liked a rice cooker as we like to cook rice, eggs and Portuguese sausage for our Hawaii breakfasts! Scott was easy to contact and readily granted our request to check out a couple of hours late. Much appreciated Scott!
One of the best at Mana Kai
Smartly designed and great views down the beach.
Spectacular Unit in a Picture-Perfect Location!
I stayed in Scott’s unit for 8 nights and loved every minute of my stay! This unit has absolutely everything going for it…inside and out!!!
Location first…there are very few condo vacation rentals on Maui that are set directly on a sandy swimming beach ─ this unit at Mana Kai Maui is one of those rare gems. And what a beach it is! This unit is set directly on Keawakapu Beach, a spectacularly sparkling and cushiony soft stretch of golden sand that offers wide unobstructed swimming spots as well as rocky outcrops for amazing snorkeling experiences. Set back from the main road and therefore less visible than Kihei’s main roadside beaches, Keawakapu Beach is less crowded, giving it more the feel of a private beach. And the panoramic ocean views with direct sunset viewing…from the unit or down on the beach, they are breathtaking!
The location of Mana Kai also serves as the perfect launching spot for leisurely strolls into lively Kihei town to the north or trendy upscale Wailea to the south. All in all a perfect location!
The Mana Kai complex itself is a gem, super clean, and offers all the resort amenities you could want for a vacation stay…a gorgeous beachfront pool and hot tub, outdoor shower, beach chairs, a convenience store with full service deli, a newly renovated fitness center, an activities desk, beachfront yoga classes, beach equipment rental, an award winning restaurant, free parking…all with no additional resort fee! That was a big selling point for me.
And then there is Scott’s unit itself. Gorgeous!!! The unit description says that Scott’s wife, Deanne, is a designer. Well, this unit has the aesthetic appeal of a designer’s tasteful and thoughtful touch at every glance! The photos are 100% accurate but even they don’t do it justice. The beauty of the unit and it’s breathtaking views make you feel enveloped in beauty and care. This unit defines pampering and relaxation.
In addition to the thoughtful design, the owners also thoughtfully provide additional items / supplies to make a stay there effortless. The unit is fully stocked with bathroom amenities including bath towels, hair dryers, body wash, hand soap and paper goods; kitchen amenities include ample cook ware and serving ware, small appliances, cleaning supplies, and thoughtful touches such as plastic food bags and some essential food items such as spices and condiments; and other helpful items such as beach towels and portable beach supplies including chairs, boogie boards, an umbrella
Fantastic return visit to our favorite Mana Kai unit
My family has been lucky enough to stay in three different VRBOs at the Mana Kai over the past four years, including a top floor unit and a unit really close to the ocean side of the building. Each unit we visited was very nice but, without a doubt, this unit is our favorite of the three we have rented. When we had the chance to make our fourth visit to the Mana Kai, Scott's unit was an easy choice for our first-ever return visit to a unit. The length of time, level of thoughtfulness, and expense he took in renovating and furnishing the unit shows. We hope to return again in the not too distant future!
We rented the unit for two weeks over Thanksgiving. It was in excellent condition. Beautifully designed and furnished. A fully equipped kitchen. We needed the AC for a few of the humid days but otherwise the tropical breezes kept us cool.
The views, the beach walks, the adjacent snorkeling. Good food downstairs and an excellent Yoga studio in the lower level. We ate at many of the ower's recommended spots and we even cooked a few meals at home. WE'll BE BACK !
Our family of 4 just enjoyed a terrific vacation at this Condo. The unit has been beautifully renovated throughout and feels very luxurious yet comfortable. The owner has spared no expense on linens/towels, dishes/cooking items, beach equipment (2 chairs, 2 boogie boards, an umbrella) and A/C controls/fans. We absolutely loved the keyless entry....was perfect for our two kids who could run back to the room if they forgot something and taking walks on the beach without worrying about remembering a key was fantastic. We met many wonderful families during our stay and felt the Mana Kai has everything you need to make your stay pleasant.....store on site for snacks, restaurant with great Happy Hour, activities desk for booking tours and beach rentals as well. The view from the lanai is lovely and we especially loved the way the property is lit up at night with tiki torches. If we could ever afford a vacation home this is the type of Condo we would love to create. Mana Kai is a ideally located resort with a beautiful view and well laid out grounds. You won't regret a stay in this Condo, you really won't!
Situated on Keawakapu beach, consistently voted as one of the best beaches in Hawaii. Excellent snorkeling steps from your front door. Unbeatable, unobstructed views down to Wailea Point and Makena.