E komo mai meke aloha kakou!
Here’s a little “talk story” about our condo in the Maui Vista. We hope it will give you an accurate picture of our Maui home and help you make the best decision for your vacation.
We recently had guests who split their Maui vacation between our condo and another in the Maui Vista complex. When our guests returned home, they wrote us to say that, even though the other unit had just been remodeled and everything was brand new, they wished that they had been able to spend their entire vacation in our unit. He wrote “There is something magical about your condo. We loved it! We were comfortable and relaxed and had everything we needed and then some. We will be back!”
That seems to sum it up pretty well.
This condo is a magical place. It has good vibes, I think because it seems to draw exceptionally wonderful guests who leave the imprint of their happy memories and love of the islands for everyone who follows.
We do take very good care of the condo and keep it updated. We bought a new oven (or is it stove?) and replaced the closet sliding doors in May of 2018. In July 2017, we removed the carpet in the living room and bedroom and replaced it with PERGO and area rugs (the kitchen, bath , and hall are tiled). It's very attractive (pictures to come soon). We also replaced the dining chairs - but kept the upholstered matching seats - in July 2017. In June 2015, we bought a new sofa sleeper - it's a commercial frame and does not have that uncomfortable bar in the middle. We also installed a fan in the living room. A year before, in June 2014, we removed the popcorn ceiling - it looks so nice! We replaced the interior doors with raised six-panel ones and new hardware. We replaced the bedroom dresser and night stands (now we have night chests - more drawers for storage, helpful for guests who stay longer), and we bought a new living room air conditioner.
In addition to the above upgrades, in 2013 we added a new vanity, vanity top, faucet, and towel bars; solid thermal pane windows that replaced the drafty louvered ones (and help keep the unit very quiet); and a new mattress, springs and bed (headboard and frame). We personally “visit” at least three times a year to restock and replace items that need replacing, clean every little corner in the unit, touch up the paint, and organize cupboards and linens to our standards. (Some people think we are on vacation! Not so!)
As you can tell from the reviews, you will have every supply that we can think of; but I still need to tell you that the pillows are really good – and there are two down ones for those like me who use down pillows. You will also find an exceptionally clean condo; our managers send a re-inspector before each guest arrives to be certain that the housekeepers have done their usual outstanding job.
People do ask us why we keep our rates reasonable. It's because we very much want you to have a wonderful vacation that doesn’t break your personal bank. We used to live on the mainland and struggled every vacation to find a balance between the money we spent and the value we received on our Maui vacations. We found that we were able to have a wonderful vacation and manage our resources if we prepared many of our own meals (we brought many of our own supplies and kitchen gadgets and consequently learned to supply this condo with those items) and stayed at condos where we didn’t have to pay $20 or $25 a night for parking. We became hooked on condo vacationing, especially in wonderful Kihei.
Other information you might want to know: We are located on the second floor of building one, unit 1225. It’s an end unit and consequently is a little larger than most one bedroom units and has air conditioners in the living room and the bedroom. We have both a hide-a-bed and a queen Aerobed, the two layer kind with a headboard. We also have an infant play n pack and a portable bed for a small child.We have electronic locks, the combination of which is changed for each new guest. We don’t charge you a fee if you pay by credit card and we don’t charge a cleaning fee if you stay four nights or longer. We also don’t require that you purchase damage insurance because we have only once had guests who have damaged the unit. The Maui Vista does not have a resort fee or a check in fee. We do have professional managers, Maui Condo and Home - 800-451-5008, mauicondo.com - available 24/7 to handle issues that you might have. (Hawaii law requires that we have an on-island representative and we live on the Big Island.) Maui Condo also handles financial transactions (that don't go through VRBO) for us. They do charge a $50 booking fee to all of our guests.
Of course you have access to the pools, barbecues, and the tennis courts at the Maui Vista, and are just steps from Charlie Young Beach, one of the best beaches on the island. Just grab the beach chairs, the umbrella, beach towels and cooler and, in fewer than five minutes, you're on the beach!
One more thing: the State of Hawaii is increasing the transient accommodation tax effective Jan. 1, 2018. In case you wonder why the tax increase - Oahu is running out of funds to complete the light rail system and has decided to let the other islands help them with funding.
Try us, you won’t be disappointed.
Oh yes, we must provide our tax registration number(s). They are GE 014-590-3616-01 and TA 014-590-3616-01.
A hui hou,
Nancy and Stafford
Hawaii tax ID #40884910-01