This is a true ocean front condo - yes as others have said 10 STEPS to the sea! The condo looks exactly and delivers exactly what is described on the owner's website: www.mauisands.com You have the "Hawaiiana" charm of an original Maui vacation condo built in the 1960s before there were "set back" rules to keep buildings farther from the ocean. You also have a huge amount of green space around the condo with very mature landscaping, the complex is only two stories. This is a much quieter experience than the big resorts just down the road. There is not really a "beach" on the ocean front but grass and steps down to a couple rocky reefs with sand in between, water shoes recommended. Because of the reef there is plentiful snorkeling and many tropical fish right in front of the unit and we saw sea turtles feeding every morning and every evening. The sound of the waves and the constant view of Molokai in the distance is mesmerizing.
Location, location, location. This complex sits just north of Kaanapali Beach and all the big resorts so it is very easy to go check those out. If you want to go to the North side of the
Beach and visit Dukes restaurant it is within easy walking distance. There is a natural foods grocery store, fresh fish market, ABC store and a traditional grocery store all within walking distance as well.
When you see the complex from the street it has a modest appearance, showing its age a bit and not all of the units have been renovated, the landscaping of mature plants and trees is spectacular. There is a mix of vacation rentals and permanent residents in the complex giving it a very quiet homey feeling. When you enter Unit 4B itself, however, everything is brand new. This unit was completely gutted and redone, it has all the modern conveniences; granite counters, stainless steel appliances, large flat screen TV, excellent free Wifi, wonderful sound system with complimentary Pandora and Netflix. The sound/video system is everything you need and thankfully there is a step by step manual on how to run everything as you may need it. I loved laying on the lanai with the sound of the ocean and the Hawaiian music station playing on the Pandora in the background.
The owner, Ryan, was very responsive throughout my booking process and our stay. We had one minor issue when we first checked in and he had a maintenance man over immediately.
This two bedroom 11/2 bath condo could sleep up to 6 people, although I think 4 or less would be ideal. There were 3 in our group and it was perfect. What I loved most about staying here is that no matter where we were or what we were doing on Maui, I was excited to go back to the condo and just enjoy being there. Some of my favorite times of my whole trip were the meals we prepared and ate right at home with our first row, ocean front, sunset view. Paradise.
- Also Known As:
- Maui Sands Hotel Lahaina
- Maui Sands Lahaina