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Makena Surf
4.0 of 5 Condominium   |   4850 Makena Alanui, Check in at 34 Wailea Gateway Place, Wailea, Maui, HI 96753   |  
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“Heaven in E-103”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Having only 4 nights in the Wailea area during our two week Maui vacation, we decided to splurge on the DR Oceanfront Prime condo in the Makena Surf. The wife and kids were delighted by the large condo and its proximity to the beach: out the slider, across the lawn, through the gate, and on the beach in about a minute.

Cheap? No. But it is a wonderful condo with beautiful views and sunsets out on the lanai. We spent most of our time on the lanai and on the beach. It is also a short drive (and easy walk) to the big resorts and shopping in Wailea.

The complex also features tennis courts and a huge pool with nice surroundings.

The owners have done an exceptional job of updating and furnishing the home. We would stay there again next time.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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La Quinta, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Beautiful views and serene property on the far south end of Maui. We woke up each morning to the cacophony of a rain forest and pounding waves. We witnessed a wedding or two a day from our beachfront lanai. Two pools and tennis courts kept the teenagers busy when the wind came up on the beach. Rained out for one day, mornings serene and calm for snorkeling but winds came up each day between 1p and 2p and lasted until 5p. Beach is fairly empty of beach goers during this time.
Boys saw turtles and a reef shark snorkeling. Many snorkeling tours park right out front so must be a favorite snorkel spot. Big Beach and Little Beach less than a mile away, drum circle Sunday late afternoon is a trip back to the 60's. Lava Fields further south worth the quick trip.
My preference is West Maui for weather and access, not the gold coast of South Maui but everyone much happier with less wind, more options. It may be June and then again it may not.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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DestinationResortsHI, Guest Experience Manager at Makena Surf, responded to this review, June 30, 2013
Aloha....We appreciate you taking the time to post your review of Makena Surf and all that South Maui has to offer.

Mahalo,

Matt Smith
Destination Resorts Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013 via mobile

This was just a wonderful experience. The condo b106 was decorated is a fashion that really made you feel relaxed. The property was beautiful. The gardens were breathtaking. There must have been every color of hibiscus as well as many types of other tropical flower that I can't pronounce. It also has it own cute little herb garden. The beach was just perfect it was very unpopulated and gave the illusion of being a private beach. The concierge service will essentially take care of everything. From beach toys to the purchasing and delivery of groceries with your own private chef. I opted out of the private chef but after the long flight nothing is more convenient to check into your unit already stocked with the wine and groceries of choice. Great stay!

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DestinationResortsHI, Guest Experience Manager at Makena Surf, responded to this review, May 21, 2013
Aloha.......I would like to thank you for taking the time to post your review of Makena Surf. It sounds like you had a wonderful time. I was also glad to see that you took advantage of our full service concierge service, including the pre-arrival grocery delivery. It is a wonderful feeling to check in to your unit without having to worry about going to the grocery store that first day.

Mahalo,
Matt Smith
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Our family of four rented the Makena Surf unit F208 through Destination Resorts for two weeks in March 2013, and we were blown away. The unit has been recently renovated (travertine floors, conrcrete counters in the kitchen, granite in the bath rooms). Electronic dimming system throughout with indirect lighting in all the ceilings and even on the lanai. Sliding glass doors on the ocean side of the unit collapse together and disappear into the wall - so you really feel that you are outside when in the kitchen and living area. We are very disciminating travelers, and we could not find fault in F208. The unit was very quiet (Never heard any neighbours upstairs or down, and felt very private). Amazing turtle snorkeling directly out front, and our favourite Maui beach as well - Pool'enena, with great swimming and boogie boarding.



The unit was so nice, we decided to check the guest book to see if any celebrities had stayed in it - and found an entry by very prominent US politician and his wife in 2010!

Destination Resorts was fabulous to us - when a couple of minor things needed attention they delt with them immediately.

Every morning we got up to the wonderful unubstructed ocean front view and said 'wow'. Everyday we saw either whales or dolphins cavorting offshore. We had a late flight on our last day, but couldn't get a late checkout since our unit was already rented that night. The fabulous Destination Resorts houskeeping staff found another (beautiful) unit for us to stay in until late afternoon when we left for the airport. We would not hesitate to stay in F208 again.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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DestinationMaui, Guest Experience Manager at Makena Surf, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Aloha....Thank you for your kind review of unit F208 at Makena Surf. It is a lovely property and the fact that you can snorkle with turtles right in front of your condominium makes it even that more special.

Mahalo,
Matt Smith
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Location: Unit F104 is a ground floor, corner unit at the very tip of the property. Thus, it affords extraordinary views both west and north. The sunsets were stunning! I'd say we are 50-100' feet from the water (not the beach). Snorkelers come every morning to explore right off the rocky point in front of us.. A small beach is located to our left and the bigger beach to the right. Our kids never made it to the big beach as they preferred the smaller beach since it was quiet, a bit closer, and had perfect waves for boogie boarding (as did the bigger beach). The waters around the rocky coast line on either side of the beach, and directly in front of us, provide for exceptional snorkeling -- the best I've experienced on Maui (after several visits over the years). I'd note that we are certainly farther from the beach access gates and the pool than most of the other units but our bright, airy, corner unit with the best views more than compensate and we are still only a 2 minute walk to either the pool (which we never got to though it looked fine) or beach. Because we are tucked away in the back corner on the point, it is also very quiet with little foot traffic passing by either in front or back. For our preferences, this is the single best-located unit in the complex. The only other unit that looked comparable is the unit next door (F105), which I don't think is on the rental market. Again, this location is our preference -- I have friends who prefer the units that face the bigger beach or even units that are at the back of the complex.

Unit: The complex is the typical beige, bland Maui style completely lacking in character and with fairly cheap construction (hollow doors, cheap hardware, etc.) So be it. The unit itself is quite nice. It's been updated recently and is both very comfortable and practical. The decor is tropical, colorful, and tasteful. The only weak spot is the second bedroom, which is darker than the rest of the unit with only one window facing the interior of the complex and is what I'd call "granny style Hawaiian". The third "bedroom" is a converted study with not much storage for clothes and shares a bathroom with the second bedroom. It is very nice though and we all preferred it to the second bedroom. The lanai is well-furnished with nine (!) chaise lounges and a comfortable dining table. The kitchen is thoroughly outfitted and functional. The unit, like all the units here I think, comes with all the standard technology amenities (i-Pod docking station, Wi-fi, DVD, flat screen TVs, etc.). Though this unit is, I believe, a bit more expensive than other 3B units at the complex due to its updated decor and prime oceanfront location, it is important to note that this unit is 1/3 the price of the Kea Lani "villas" which don't have nearly the view or location and are at a crowded hotel, albeit with the standard hotel services. We spent a day at the bustling, over-crowded, noisy Grand Wailea on this trip and were all so relieved to come back to our oasis at Makena Surf (though kudos go to housekeeping at Grand Wailea that located and returned my cell phone that I stupidly left in my robe at their spa!). My only suggested improvements to this unit beyond brightening up the second bedroom would be (1) an Apple TV or Roku unit so you could stream your own movies on their big screens, and (2) some cozy throws to snuggle up in during cooler evenings and mornings in the living room.

Makena: We've stayed several times in Wailea (Kea La) and rented houses in both Kaanapali, and Kapalua. We much prefer Makena. It is much, much more crowded down in the Wailea area now than it was about 6-8 years ago but it is still more peaceful than Kaanapali or Kapalua. Makena is quieter than Wailea given that is farther down a dead-end road. That also makes it a little farther from many restaurants, shopping, and activities but we loved that the snorkeling boats came from all over the island to snorkel in our waters. We were orginally drawn to Makena Surf because of the perfect white sandy beach combined with access to world-class snorkeling.

Though we still prefer Kauai for its beauty and relative solitude, if/when we return to Maui, we'll definitely come to Makena and most likely return to this same unit at Makena Surf.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DestinationMaui, Guest Experience Manager at Makena Surf, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Aloha.......Thank you for taking the time to post your review of Makena Surf. It is an exquisite property just minutes away from all that Wailea has to offer. And as you mentioned, the snorkeling in front of the property is amazing.

Mahalo,
Matt Smith
Destination Resorts Hawaii
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wi
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Stayed at Makena Surf in Jan 2013, found property to be very private, quiet, scenic, clean, immaculate grounds, tennis courts superb, pool areas exceptional. Will always look here first for future trips to Maui.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

We didn't know what to expect since we had never rented a beach condo before. We were immediately surprised and delighted with the fine quality of this rental. Within two minutes, we were wishing we lived there!
Our unit was newly redecorated with beautiful furnishings. The small kitchen was deluxe with beautiful cabinetry and counter tops, appliances, and every gadget you'd ever need for anything.
The supermarket was a couple of miles up the road, and we stocked only breakfast supplies as we usually ate out for the other meals. Well, our breakfasts on the patio seemed to last for hours as we quietly sat, looked at the ocean, listened to the waves, and watched the birds drift by. There didn't seem to be anything more important to do. What a great way to start the day!
We learned about Maui-grass-fed beef, found some steaks at the supermarket, and grilled out on the patio and watched the sunset one night. Beautiful.
This unit is on the end near the path down to the beach. The beach was small but picturesque. We saw at least one wedding performed on the beach every day.
After this condo experience, I don't think we'll ever book a Hawaiian hotel again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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DestinationMaui, Guest Experience Manager at Makena Surf, responded to this review, January 18, 2013
Aloha....Thank you for your review and I am so happy that you loved you first Maui condo experience. Vacationing in a private residence does have a lot of advantages, especially at an oceanfront property such as Makena Surf. I hope it is not too long before you can once again enjoy dinner while watching another beautiful Maui sunset.

Mahalo,
Matt Smith
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Address: 4850 Makena Alanui, Check in at 34 Wailea Gateway Place, Wailea, Maui, HI 96753
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Wailea
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Wailea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Makena Surf 4*
Number of rooms: 107
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A quiet retreat on secluded Paipu Beach.Located along a half-mile stretch of Paipu Beach, the Makena Surf resort is a fantastic choice for a secluded Hawaii beachfront vacation offering spectacular ocean views and luxurious appointments. Retreat to a world of peace and privacy through a gated access and meander along cobbled pathways and lush tropical foliage. Select from two- or three bedroom oceanfront suites that open onto your private lanai with glass balconies that overlook the Pacific Ocean. Each suite offers a fully equipped kitchen, separate living/dining area and en-suite washer and dryer. This beachfront resort features two swimming pools, two whirlpool spas, four tennis courts and 90 holes of championship golf at the nearby Wailea and Makena Golf Courses, where guests enjoy preferred rates. Amenities include $155 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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