"We've just returned from 5 peaceful nights at this sweet spot steps from the beach and wish we were still there! I can still hear the constant sound of the ocean waves lulling me to sleep, and I can picture the gorgeous ocean views from all throughout the upstairs unit. The owners Derek & Arlene treat you like ohana from the moment you check in, and they provide everything you need for a relaxing and fun stay – there are quality beach towels, chairs, umbrellas, and boogie boards for beach & ocean play time – and there’s a large hammock in the yard from which to enjoy the afternoon breezes after a sunny morning on the sugar sand beach. This location is perfect for exploring South Kihei on foot – you can walk steps from your door directly onto Charley Young beach at the north end of Kamaole I and continue walking Kam I, II & III for a great morning beach stroll greeted by turtles. If you paddle, the morning waters of Kihei are flat and forgiving. This studio apartment is perfect for two people, spacious and clean, and very nicely decorated with high quality linens and towels…and a very comfortable bed too! You can walk to great local restaurants, the grocery store and a better than average natural food store (Hawaiian Moon), and it’s only a short car ride to the great beaches and amenities of Wailea and Makena. The kitchen is well stocked to make your own meals, though admittedly we mostly made breakfasts and enjoyed dining out at night at places like Sansei, Café O Lei, and Tuesday taco night at Moose McGillicuddy’s. To satisfy your sweet tooth, check out Maui Pie up the road and we dare you to try to choose just one kind. Though we mostly stayed local because we wanted to chill on a great beach, this location is within easy-to-drive distance to upcountry towns you’ll want to visit like Makawao and Kula (visit the Kula Wed/Sat farmers market, then Surfing Goats Dairy and Hawaiian Sea Spirits within a mile of each other), or hop over to Paia town. Be sure to get back home by sunset so you can witness the majesty of it from Charley Young Beach – simply stellar. We will absolutely return for a stay here, just our style!"
Guest: Cathy E.
Date of Stay: April 2016
Review Submitted: April 18, 2016