Our family of 4 rented Wailea Elua 1502 from Destination Resorts Hawaii for 10 days in March 2012. This unit is about 1/2 way between the beach and the road, and as a result is a short 2 minute flat walk to the beach, and is right next to the 'small pool' and hot tub. Nice ocean view from the Lanai, but units in the front of the Elua property (around a block away) block a direct view of the beach. Strategically placed plants on the Lanai make it very private from adjacent Lanais, but like all the units in Wailea Elua, sound travels easily to and from the other nearby units, especially when windows were open. Luckily our neighbours were mostly quiet (I hope they say the same about us!) Amazing landscaping. Maids did a great job at cleaning the place and staying out of our way.
The unit was similar to the photos on the Destination Resorts and VRBO web sites, but we were disappointed in its poor state of repair. Our expectations were high due to the high price of the unit ($595.00 per night with AAA discount) and since it was being rented by a professional property management firm.
The unit came with access to a locker with lots of great beach stuff (chairs, umbrellas beach mats) as well as golf clubs !
Master Bedroom desk with no chair
Master Bedroom, TV in a wardrobe, but wardrobe doors prevented viewing TV from the left hand side of the bed
Master Bedroom, knob missing from closet door
Master Bedroom, part of wodden slat window system broken, some slats could not be opened
Master Bathroom, paint chipping off of vanity handles
Master Bathroom, tub faucet missing trim
Master Bathroom, hair drier broken (GFCI plug made a buzzing sound, and drier didn't work)
Master Bedroom, finish on side table tops worn.
Kitchen, paint chipping off of handles
Kitchen, Microwave broken (turntable didn't turn, make loud buzzing noise)
Kitchen, paint chipping off of ceramic sink (not sure who would paint a sink!)
High def TV's, but no high def boxes or service
Both tables on Lanai had cracked class tops
In general the unit is in need of major renovation of the bathrooms and the kitchen, plus a lot of small things fixed. But the place is not a complete disaster. The main living area furniture was in good shape, and the carpet was high quality and looked recently replaced.
We did bring a couple of issues to Destination Resorts attention during our stay - a shower head hose failed, which they replaced immediately - and we appreciated the fast service, and the problem with the microwave (which the service guy said they would look into replacing, but it wasn't replaced during our stay).
We would stay in Elua Village again, but not in this unit. We have learned that a professional property management firm like Destination Resorts does not guarantee value. Just to reiterate, the unit was not completely unacceptable (we continued to stay there after all, and only reported a few minor things to the property management firm), but we just found it to be a poor value for the price. If the kitchen and baths were in better shape, then it would have been a different story.
One other item of interest to anyone renting a unit in Wailea Elua that has northern exposure (as this one did) before spring of 2013- there is a major construction project going on the adjacent property - (Used to be a Renaisance hotel, sign says will be completed as an Andaz resort in spring 2013). There was loud jackhammering noises Monday through Friday 8 till 5. I didn't find the noise that bad, but my wife did not enjoy. Our unit was a few hundred yards from the construction. North facing units or units on the north side of Wailea Elua might find the noise worse.
We loved Wailea and the beach walk along the shoreline, and hope to return next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on beautiful Ulua Beach, this private Wailea condo resort spans 24 acres of manicured lawns and gardens. Catering to an adult crowd where peace and relaxation are primary, there is easy access to the Shops at Wailea as well as the Wailea Beach Walk - a 1/2 mile path that wanders Maui's coastline through stunning sandy beaches, Hawaiian cultural sites and gardens, and the luxury seaside homes and resorts of Wailea. Outstanding amenities include two swimming pools, a whirlpool spa, paddle tennis court, putting green and BBQ facilities. Beautifully appointed 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom condos feature a separate living/dining area, fully equipped kitchen, private lanai or patio with barbecue grill and en-suite washer and dryer. Amenities include in resort credits for dining and spa services at nearby resorts, parking, hi speed Wi-Fi internet access, phone calls, housekeeping and a Maika'i grocery discount card. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wailea Elua Village Hotel Wailea
- Wailea Elua Village Maui