As you drive along the Lower Honoapiilani Road, you seem to pass dozens and dozens of resorts on the makai side of the road and it would be impossible from the road to tell which are good and which aren't. Amongst them all is Mahina Surf and it's only when you enter the grounds that you realise what a delightful place this is.
The condo units are arranged around three sides of a spacious lawned area sloping down to the ocean, with a large rectangular pool in the middle. The units are angled so that they all have an ocean view and, I think, all with a view of either Molokai or Lanai across the water. Palm trees around the pool and at the water front add to the tropical feel of the beautifully kept grounds, as do the many tropical flowers in front of the units, etc..
The units themselves are individually owned so the furnishings vary from one to another. All have a large bedroom, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and spacious sitting room, with a lanai facing the pool and the ocean.
We found the staff all very friendly and efficient, so we really felt welcomed. A couple of minor problems we had with the unit were put right very quickly, and generally the impression is that the whole property is very well looked after.
Without wanting to detract from what we really found a delightful resort, there were a few little problems it's worth pointing out:
The layout of the property means that all the units are accessed from the back (the side away from the pool) and the bedrooms face out onto the walkway that runs along the back. Because there's no A/C (a good thing I think) you do need to keep the windows open to allow some fresh air to blow through at night but this means that anyone walking along the the back who makes any noise at all is doing so just a few feet from people who are asleep. There are notices asking people to be very quiet between 10pm and 8am but unfortunately too many people forget and talk as they walk along when leaving early or arriving late. We were woken by this on numerous occasions; for three nights in a row we were woken at around 3am by someone walking past our room talking. I don't know what more can be done about this but it is annoying that people are so thoughtless.
Another slight issue with this type of resort - not unique to Mahina Surf - is that it's an ideal place for large groups to stay. We had a large group of families who were friends staying at one point, and later around 12 units were taken up with guests at a nearby wedding. Without meaning to, these groups tend to take over the pool area, causing the quieter couples like us to withdraw to their lanais.
One last problem they need to sort out. Apparently there is wired internet to all units but wi-fi is provided only at the whim of the individual owners, and they all provide it in different ways. Some provide open unsecured wifi, while for others you need to do a web browser login. I expect others have WEP or WPA security. Our unit clearly had a wireless access point but the SSID was hidden and no-one knew how to access it (fortunately, anticipating this, I'd brought my own travel access point and plugged that in instead). Even if they did provide a consistent wifi throughout the site, these days a web login isn't really OK as it's terribly inconvenient with devices like smartphones, iPads, kindles etc.. The only security that really provides the service most people need is a WEP or WPA password that is entered once and then never requested again.
I've gone into some details on some drawbacks but I don't mean to suggest that these detract from Mahina Surf being a lovely place to stay. We certainly plan to return.
- Also Known As:
- Mahina Surf Hotel Lahaina
- Mahina Surf Hotel
- Mahina Surf Maui/Lahaina
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mahina Surf boasts fifty-six, oceanfront one and two bedroom condominiums situated on two intimate acres of lush tropical gardens. Ideally located on Maui’s leeward shore, renowned for its year round sunshine, cool tradewinds, and pristine beaches.Each Mahina Surf suite is uniquely and generously apportioned. All units include living rooms, full baths and fully equipped kitchens.Our one-bedroom suites are ideal for couples seeking a romantic retreat, or for a family of four on a vacation getaway. Two-bedroom units comfortably accommodate as many as six adults. Regardless of the unit you choose, your expectations are sure to be exceeded.Private lanais provide relaxing, unobstructed ocean views of the neighbor islands of Molokai and Lanai. Just a few minutes ride to the north or south, the resort areas of Kapalua and Kaanapali offer world class golf, tennis, dining, shopping, and a host of beach activities. In the winter months the waters off West Maui play host to migrating humpback whales, putting on spectacular displays - many of which can be seen from your own lanai! Explore the many wonders Maui has to offer, like the famous road to Hana, or the summit of Haleakala.Stroll the tropical gardens...relax poolside and work on your tan....or fix your own intimate sunset dinner. ... more less