We went to Maui as a family - we rented two - two bedroom units side by side.
In each unit, you go up the back stairs to enter, once in - on the main floor there is a bedroom with a closing door with a double or queen bed in it, a full bathroom, kitchen, living room and dining area along with a large lanai.
Upstairs in each unit was two twin beds and a bathroom (206 had bathtub, shower, toilet, sink, closet – 205 had shower, sink, toilet and I think a closet)
The lanai in 206 has an unobstructed view of the water, however has full sun in the afternoon when it is most hot. 205 has a great view of the ocean as well, but a quarter or so of it has some coverage from the sun by the next door unit. Truly, because I get overheated and burn easily, I would choose 205 for my unit next time.
Unit 205 has bamboo curtains attached to the balcony spindles that are in the loft, which gives you privacy if you are changing- in 206 - we fixed the issue of privacy easily as we just hung our towels over the loft balcony.
There are slats for windows, the windows are covered in screen, then there is a crank to shut the window slats. This doesn't make for it being very quiet ever. If you are sleeping in the loft and have your windows open to get air flow through - the neighbors in their bathroom blowing their nose can be heard in your unit :)
We kept our drapes shut in the afternoon when we were out to keep the sunlight from coming in and heating up the place.
We found in each unit different items that have been left behind by previous renters - things like salt, pepper, coffee, filters etc... that was great for us! We also left our seasonings we bought.
The units were both well equipped with cutlery, coffee makers, microwaves, dishwashers, paper towels, new sponge to clean with.
They ask you to just put the dirty dishes in the dishwasher and throw out the garbage prior to leaving.
Outside of that - their cleaners come and do the rest. We did a pretty thorough clean prior to leaving our units though so they didn't have to clean our mess up!
To see turtles – walk down the back area towards the water – when you get to the water, turn right and walk over the sandy area where it looks like there are tree stumps for you to sit on. Look down – there are turtles there when the tide is low.
They are quite large and often there. There are signs everywhere, stay 15 feet away from them, don’t touch them – people who live around there also come down often and don’t think anything of filling you in on the rules.
If you think it would be great to snorkel out front with them – well, you can pick your way down the rocks to the sandy ish type of beach – and go in – my brother did it, he did eventually see a turtle, but quite by accident – he and his wife swam out there for half an hour looking – the turtles were less than 10 feet away from them, but he said the water was so murky, he could barely see in front of him.
If you are going with kids, apparently there are rules somewhere to be found regarding what age they can be at the pool on their won – make sure you ask at the front desk – you don’t want to be the person being tsk tsk’d for not watching your kids.
There is a man that comes early each morning to take care of the pool, he is quite friendly and took care to wave at us on our first day – the kids thought he was pretty cool!
We all very much enjoyed our time there, mid-week, we all did laundry in their facilities ($1.50 wash and $1.50 dry and they sell soap to do your laundry)
If we go back to Maui – I can’t imagine staying anywhere else!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Mahina Surf Hotel Lahaina
- Mahina Surf Maui/Lahaina