The 2 bedroom ocean view suite is actually 2 one bedroom units, one with an ocean view & one that is like a "studio" with a parking lot view. These could be rented separately. The entire property is set up this way. Our units were located at the east side of this property, room 515, right alongside the public gravel parking lot. We not only heard the ocean, but cars leaving the parking lot all nite long. There is a special relationship to car alarms in Hawaii it seems. Early in the morning you will be awakened by roosters - there are wild chickens that roam this property. Our daughter & son-in-law were stuck with the studio with microwave, tv, small refrig & full bath, which was adequate but noisy all night long with cars coming & going & NO ocean view as "led to believe". Our unit had a very decent kitchen & was basically equiped, but living area & bedroom was one large area, NO privacy, but our unit did have a very nice lanai & ocean view. Decor was nice. Important to know that the cleaning staff does a fine job of keeping your room clean & leaving nice fresh towels, but the "front desk" staff was not friendly or helpful. We think the security that patrols at nite sleeps because they don't check out the fights, and drag racing going on in the adjacent public lot - which guests might also have to use. You are only allowed one hotel parking space per reservation. Breaking into cars is a popular sport among some of the locals. Also, the front desk is not staffed until about 8am & closes at 8pm. If you arrive to check in late you could be inconvenienced. Bed was comfortable, the sofa bed not too bad. The property has a very nice pool & a spectacular spot on the beach, which is public. The hotel security did a pretty good job of patrolling & checking to keep out intruders. Unlike properties in Cancun, you do not have to claim your poolside chaise at dawn. This property had a restaurant & bar. Happy hour very fine $ wise, but our experience at the restaurant left us feeling fleeced...breakfast for 5 people was over $100, ordering basic breakfast food - i.e., the Fruit Platter, $15, was a halved frozen pineapple with about 1 cup of chopped fruit, mostly cantalope. It was impossible to eat the pineapple "dish". The macadamia nut pancakes were macadamia like, could you spare another nut? So I would never recommend this restaurant - you can get a wonderful meal just down the road at one of the fine Wailea Beach hotels for the same price. Despite the outside noise at night, the hotel was quiet during the day, clean & a nice family place. I would definately come back here again, but I'd make sure that my room was not near the public parking lot. The location is great, drive from the airport is about 30-40 minutes, (you would have a hard time w/o a car here), the town of Kihei was very nice - still fairly charming, not nearly like "the Dells" of Lahaina. Also, we were there for the "Tsunami" warning & this hotel totally failed to give us any information, just kicking us out & telling us to get in our cars & get to high ground. We spent one of our last precious nites in a compact car in an industrial parking lot along with thousands of others. One port-a-potty. No information. I think Maui needs to fine tune their evacuation plan since most of the population are tourists. There are 3 evacuation sites in Kihei & they were filled immediately. Had there been a real crisis, it would have been a horrible mess. No Red Cross anywhere to be seen or even local law enforcement making sure everything was ok. We were lucky to even find this spot, thanks to a local friend. It was a miserable scary nite with sirens going off & lack of information. Thankfully, the tsunami was minor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located directly on Keawapaku Beach, one of Maui’s most beautiful swimming beaches. The Mana Kai Maui, home of the on site rental management program, manages 48 two bedroom condominiums. The resort offers one and two bedroom beachfront condos with a private lanai that overlooked the southern end of the island and hotel style units. Daily maid service and pool towel exchange is included in the rate. Free parking, free WIFI, no resort fees. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mana Kai Maui Kihei
- Maui Mana Kai