"I'm the kind of traveler that spends an inordinate amount of time planning vacation accommodations. Why? Because vacation travel, for us (family of 4 with 2 young children) is a rarity and indescribably precious! So, I researched literally hundreds of options for weeks. What drew me here? a. Proximity to beach, b. Direct view of beach, c. Somewhat quiet stretch of beach. We had options for resort type properties that were far more furnished, contemporary or "luxurious" - but we opted for this vibe. We couldn't have been more pleased with our decision.
This unit at Kamaole One lived up to every expectation. It offered incredible views - not just from the lanai, but also the living room and upstairs bedroom (what a scene to wake up to!). While the upstairs units required going around a fenced side area to get to the beach (versus the downstairs units which had a straight shot there), it also featured the extra set of upper level windows that were amazing. It was homey, yet not Hawaiian cheesy (ok, some parts were - e.g. the fish artwork, but we dug it :), comfortable, convenient, spacious (for a family of 4), accessible and along just the most divine stretch of quiet beach. Soft sand, warm clear waters, and never too crowded - despite being much more so a few blocks or miles down the road. And, despite the healthy price (for our standards, anyway) - we saved a ton of money being able to comfortably cook every night and enjoy our meal with 5-star restaurant views and the comforts of home. Didn't interact much with Sharon, but didn't need to. Everything was set-up so nicely!
1. Go to Costco immediately upon landing (pro tip for anywhere you're stay in Maui)
2. Check out the goods in the (very well furnished) condo BEFORE shopping for random extras (e.g. condiments, seasonings, utensils, etc) - we bought (and eventually donated) - so many items that were already there... soap (bath wash in each shower), sugar (well stocked collection of packets), hot sauce (there was some!), beach toys, etc.
3. Bring snorkel gear. Depending how deep you went in the water would depend on the volume you'd see - but wife and I saw a HUGE sea turtle and enormous exotic fish a mere 15 feet from shore with almost zero effort.
4. Check out the grass area by Kamaole Beach Park III for one sunset during your stay. Yes, the sunset from the condo is epic - but sharing the experience with dozens of others pulling up beach chairs was a fantastically bonding experience."
Guest: Danny G.
Date of Stay: September 2016
Review Submitted: September 15, 2016