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Island Sands Resort
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   150 Hauoli St, Maalaea, Maui, HI 96793   |  
Hotel amenities
Ohio
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Paradise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2010

We recently vacationed in Maui at the Island Sands in Maalaea unit #605. Our accomodations were nice and clean and made us feel right at home. The views were breath taking. We found the wind to be a little strong at times but it was a wonderful vacation and we look forward to going back again soon. We would definately recommend this location which is in close driving distance to a lot of the other areas.

The Wellman Family

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2010

Unit #410 was in need of a good scrub and would not recommend staying there even if you are on a tight budget. The cleaning fee was a feeble excuse to charge an additional $75 . We actually had to buy cleaning products of our own and spent a couple of hours cleaning down the kitchen and washroom and removing the couple cm's of dust from the ceiling fans. We have never slept on a mattress so past its sell by date - not only was it lumpy and sink down in the middle, and it was incredibly squeaky even just when turning over in the night.

However, The Island Sands is otherwise a great place to stay if you are looking for somewhere tranquil to lay your head after all day out and about on the island. The long term tenants were extremely friendly. We did speak to other people vacationing in the building and they all seemed happy with the cleanliness and general condition of their accommodations. We truly believe that unit #410 is the anomaly and just wanted to make people aware.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2010

If you have small children that like to talk, laugh or giggle in the pool, this is not a place to come. Too many old people that cannot stand children or people that like to laugh at the pool. The mangement makes up rules and demands quiet at all times of the day. They call the police if you are making too much noise at any time of day (i.e. laughing and having a good time at the pool way before 10 pm). Do not stay here it is terrible.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Daphne, Alabama
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82 reviews 82 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2009 via mobile

We love staying here #608. Great view, very close to the shore, very comfortable. We like the location because we can visit the whole island and not feel too far for anything. Quiet setting and simple, we like that too.

  • Stayed July 2010
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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vancouver
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2009

We stayed for 10 nights in unit #608 of the Island Sands. The unit is a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo with full kitchen. Overall, it was an excellent experience and we would definitely stay there again on a future vacation.

Pros:
- Direct oceanfront with unobstructed views
- 2 bedroom 2 bathroom layout ideal for 2 couples
- Tastefully renovated condo with granite counter tops, nice tile, comfortable furniture etc.
- Fully equipped kitchen with all pots, pans, dishes, toaster, blender, dishwasher etc.
- Washer and dryer
- Great large covered lanai
- Cable TV, wireless internet, and local phone included
- Common oceanfront pool and bbq area
- Friendly group of owners and visitors when we were there
- A few shops and restaurants within walking distance
- A reasonably nice sandy beach walking distance down the road
- Centrally located (10 min drive to Kihei or Kahului, 20 mins to Wailea, 35 mins to Kaanapali)
- Reasonable price (published rate was $175 in the off-season)
- Rent directly from the owner Leslie, who was very friendly and pleasant to deal with
- Free parking

Cons:
- Can get very windy in the late afternoon and evening (the wind makes lots of noise at night
- Quiet condo complex, so don't go there looking for a party
- You have to be willing to drive to go to the best beaches

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Arlington TX
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2009

Maalea is in between Kihei and Lahaina- about a 20 minute drive to Kihei, 30 to Lahaina. It is quiet and there is little to do in this tiny harbor town. With that said, if you're looking for convenience and a place to escape from the non-stop movement of life, this is it. The Island Sands proved to be a great deal for us in terms of both cost and accessibility. We spent 11 nights in Unit 310 and though we missed out on the "nightlife" of Lahaina and Kihei, we had the best view we've had on any of the three islands we've visited.

The local beach is a park; it is a 5 minute walk down Ha'ouli Street- and an easy walk, as we did it daily with our three young children with little to no complaints.The beach there has the best of both worlds- areas with a decent swell and a tidal pool for those not looking to do any kind of "surfing"- body, board, etc. The pool at the resort is small, but nice to relax in and play in.

The room itself was dated, yes, but terribly convenient and comfortable. The winds kept the condo at a nice temperature; we turned off the AC after the first night and simply kept the screen door open and fans on after that.

There are a couple of good restaurants within 5 minutes drive, the Maui Ocean Center is up the street and is awesome, and the drive to the neighboring cities is easy. The Island Sands is not luxurious, but is just right for a family looking for a quiet home base while on the island.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Orange County, CA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2009

Just got back from a great 9 night stay at the Island Sands #110. This unit is owned by a Maui realtor, and he has it well furnished (Bali style) and keeps it very clean. (I found it for rent on craigslist and VRBO.com) The unit was literally less than 20 steps from the ocean. The views of the Ma'alaea bay from the lanai were excellent, and we watched the "whale show" almost every morning. We saw many whales including breaches (moms and babies) just a few hundred yards from our porch each day. Ma'alaea is a great central location for exploring the island, and a lot of the snorkeling and whale watching trips leave from the Ma'alaea harbor that is just a short walk away. The condo (actually all of Ma'alaea) does have a lot of older people living in it so it is quiet. The area is very safe, parking is good, BBQs are nice, and the pool is okay but a little small. The bay is good for kayaking and stand up paddling. We were able to launch from a small sandy spot just in front of the condo. There is also a very nice beach (sugar beach) less than 5 min walk away. The snorkeling right in front of the condo is okay - we saw turtles there everyday. In the summer there is a good surf break right next to the condo on a nice south swell. The owner of this unit provided boogie boards, beach chairs, umbrella and a cooler that was a nice touch. As for the wind, we didn't find this place any windier than the rest of the island. Generally the morning was pretty calm then the trade winds would pick up by noon. We had only planned to stay 6 nights in the condo, but since we liked it so much we stayed another 3 nights! This unit (#110) was definitely one the nicest and cleanest in the complex and I highly recommend it. Mahalo!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 150 Hauoli St, Maalaea, Maui, HI 96793
Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Maalaea
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Specialty lodging in Maalaea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Island Sands Resort 3*
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Island Sands Hotel Maalaea
Maui Island Sands Resort
Island Sands Maui
Island Sands Resort Maui/Maalaea

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