"Our family of three (myself, my wife and our young son) had a terrific 30 day stay at Gene's condo in Makaha Valley Towers and were very happy with our experience.
The condo felt like a home away from home rather than some luxury resort condo. It wasn't equipped with the box standard furnishings, but, rather, had its own personality. It really felt like we were borrowing someone's beach getaway place, which is probably because that is what i imagine it is for the owner. We made it our home for 30 days and there was much to love. The views from the condo were just stunning and the condo itself had most of the basic conveniences and furnishings that we needed / wanted. The A/C was an extra perk for those rare occasions when we needed some extra cool air.
Our only real substantive comment on the unit itself is that the layout meant that access to the bathroom was through the 2nd bedroom and the 2 bedrooms were separated by a curtain rather than a door. However, for us, with our young son in the 2nd bedroom, it was never really an issue and we really felt at home in the unit, but it is worth mentioning.
We also cannot say enough about the pool and BBQ facilities at Makaha Valley Towers. We made extensive use of both and it really added something special to the stay. The evening dinners in the BBQ area were memorable and it also gave us the opportunity to meet other residents.
In terms of the local area, there were some fantastic beaches nearby. We especially liked Makaha Beach Park, both during the day and also in the evening for some fantastic sunsets. There are also some great hikes in the area for the adventurous.
The towns between Makaha Valley and Ko Olina / Kapolei don’t have much on offer in terms of restaurants or tourist-oriented retail shops, but there are a couple of good supermarkets to pick up all of the necessities for preparing some great meals. And we did enjoy Countryside Cafe in Maili and Hannara Restaurant in Waianae, particularly for lunch/breakfast. Again, though, we found ourselves enjoying our dinners back at the property at the end of each day.
Makaha Valley is a good hour drive from Waikiki and anyone staying at any property in this area needs to understand this. We did find ourselves stuck in afternoon traffic on the Leeward coast on our way home from some day outings, but if one plans for it, it is very manageable.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and Gene was very accommodating and gracious!"
Guest: Joel N.
Date of Stay: April 2016
Review Submitted: May 20, 2016