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Mahina Surf
4057 Lower Honoapiilani Road, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761   |  
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Hampshire, UK
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“We really liked it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

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.

Room Tip: Discuss with the Office when booking. Some are more accessible than others, some have better views...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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English first
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

What a great spot. Perfect location close to everything in West Maui. Loved the heated pool and gorgeous grounds with tropical plants. Right out in front of the complex is the best treat of all, Turtles feeding and turtles sunning on the rocks along the ocean front!! My daughter had never seen the huge turtles before and was thrilled to see them all the time. We also saw whales from the lanai since we were there during whale season.

We stayed in 222, which is a very nicely decorated condo with comfortable beds, tile floors and 2 flat screen TV’s. Condo 222 is away from the road and the parking lot so it was very quiet. We were 3 women so it worked out great having twin beds downstairs and a queen upstairs. There are large closets up and down with lots of hangers including skirt hangers. Yay. We women liked having enough hangers and closet space.

The ocean view was fabulous. We ate in a lot since we had such a great view and the kitchen was stocked with all the pots and pans and dishware we needed. I noticed some of the other reviews about the small bathrooms. Yes, the downstairs bathroom is small, but there was a medicine chest, a shower caddy and a bathroom shelf so we had plenty of space for our toiletries. The upstairs bathroom, however, was very large.

We were thrilled with everything. We really loved our vacation at Mahina Surf and will be back again next year!

Room Tip: We stayed in 222, which is a very nicely decorated condo with comfortable beds, tile floors and 2 fl...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alpine, Wyoming
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

We stayed in 222, which is a 2 bedroom 2 bath condo that has been upgraded. We were very happy with the condo. There was a bedroom and bathroom down and another bedroom and large bathroom up. Beds were very comfortable and the condo was nicely furnished. There is a flat screen TV in the living room and another large flat screen TV in the upstairs bedroom with DVD players so we were able to watch a few DVD’s we had brought with us.

We .were thrilled with the view from the lanai and the location of the condo away from the parking lot and road. It was great being on the top level so we were able to leave the downstairs bedroom windows open with nothing but tropical plants outside the window. There is a separate entrance to the condo so no there is no corridor like other large condo complexes we’ve stayed in. I liked being in a small complex and having all the peace and quiet. I spent a lot of time in the pool on my floater and reading on a chaise lounge. There are plenty of chaise lounges around the pool for the guests.

The pool is heated and the grounds are gorgeous with tropical planting. Right out in front of the complex is the best treat all! Turtle viewing! Turtles feeding and sunning on the rocks every day. Saw as many as 8 turtles at a time sunning on the rocks. Also saw a ton of whales from the lanai since we were there in January.

We really loved our vacation at Mahina Surf and will be back to 222!

Room Tip: 222 is on the side that doesn't get the direct afternoon sunlight so it stays cool all day long.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Milwaukie
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

Loved Mahina Surf Unit 222 and turtle viewing!

My friend and I stayed at Mahina Surf last October and felt we picked the perfect spot for out Maui vacation. The grounds were gorgeous and well maintained. Mahina Surf is a small low-rise complex so it was quiet and relaxing. Enjoyed the heated ocean front swimming pool and the turtle viewing out front. All the units have ocean views from the large lanai’s so our view was magical.

Unit 222 is a very comfortable upgraded unit. We each had our own bedroom and bathroom, which was nice as we had our own space and didn’t have to share a bedroom. The unit has new tile flooring, new paint, new curtains and new furniture, bedding and decor. Not all the units are upgraded so check before you book!

The location was great. We were a short drive to Kapalua, Lahaina and Kaanapali and able to walk to the beaches at Kahana. We were able to walk to Dollie’s and Roy’s to eat if we didn’t want to drive. However, we stayed in quite a few nights and cooked on the barbeques since we had the best view right there at Mahina Surf.

Check-in was easy. Tammy at reception takes care of everything. Right next to reception are coin operated washers and dryers and clothes lines with clothes pins which came in handy.

All in all, it was a fabulous vacation and I can’t wait to go back and stay at Unit 222 in Mahina Surf.

Room Tip: We loved #222 and will return there each time! Quiet, beautifully furnished, with a lovely view!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

We were thrilled to arrive at our condo after a long day of travel and were so delighted to step into a beautifully decorated and cozy place. Were were a large group so the kitchen was perfect for preparing our meals. The kitchen was very well stocked with every thing we needed. Loved the granite counter tops. Plenty of bed space for our group of 6. Enjoyed many sunsets form the lanai, and breakfast there as well while watching the Turtles that live right out front. The view is fantastic. Trade winds were plentiful and kept us very comfortable along with the ceiling fans. The grounds are lovely and the heated pool is great, however you must have a swim with the Turtles. What an experience. If you are looking for the ultimate stay Mahina Surf #204 is the place. We found this condo under mauiturtlecondo.com. We will be back.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cupertino, California
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

We have stayed at the Mahina Surf several times and in several different units. Each time, we are delighted by the accommodations and especially the manicured grounds and beautiful saline water pool. Every unit has an ocean view and you can snorkel directly off the grounds of this complex, swimming amongst the many sea turtles who gather in this area. The office staff is especially friendly and helpful. On our most recent trip (April 2012), we had the chance to visit two different units, in addition to the one in which we were staying. Both were beautifully updated, clean, and filled with amenities. A part of me says, "Keep this place a secret" but I believe it is better to share our feelings about what we think is the hidden jewel of Maui!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

This is the perfect place to spend your Maui Vacation. What a spectacular location! Unit #204 is the best spot in the Mahina Surf complex. It's literally just steps to the beautiful saline pool, or you can veer a little to the right, and cool off in the Pacific Ocean. The sunsets from the deck are amazing! Don't forget the Mai Tai's. The unit has been very recently renovated, and looks great.
Granite countertops, new cabinets, great showers, and most important, the beds are really comfortable. The Mahina Surf grounds are neatly kept, and the pool is very clean. There's also a great BBQ at the oceans edge! You can literally watch the whales breach while you cook. For me, the best part was snorkeling with the turtles. I've snorkeled all over the islands, but i've never seen a place where the turtles congregate in such large numbers. I made a small video of the turtles, and the condo owners (Joe and Connie) put it on the #204 Website. It was all shot right outside the condo! Check it out! Many of them come out of the water to sleep, so you don't even have to snorkel to enjoy their presence. The name "Maui Turtle Condo," is well deserved.
I booked unit 204 directly through the owners at Mauiturtlecondo.com. it was like renting a condo from good friends.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Mahina Surf Hotel Lahaina
Mahina Surf Hotel
Mahina Surf Maui/Lahaina
Address: 4057 Lower Honoapiilani Road, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 43 Specialty lodging in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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 

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