My favorite place to stay on Maui! If you haven't been here for a few years, take note, they've redone all of the common areas. I stayed here last in 2003 and was amazed by the difference. The Mana Kai is on Keawakapu Beach, and is angled in a way that every room has a killer view. The sunsets here are to die for.
RATES - Yes, it can be a little pricy. We booked thru VRBO.com, which I highly recommend. You can select your room and often negotiate rates! We paid $200/night (total, which included cleaning, tax, etc) which I definitely felt was reasonable. This included parking and wi-fi.
ROOMS - There are "A" rooms and "B" rooms. The B rooms have NO view (they look at the hallway and parking lot) and are really not desirable. The A rooms all have amazing views and every one has a large (and private) deck! These are condos and from what I know, most, if not all have full kitchens. It was really nice to be able to use the fridge for drinks and save some money and cook dinner in a few nights. We cooked breakfast every morning and sat out on the deck enjoying the incredible view. We stayed on the 2nd floor and the view was still unbelievable.
BEACH - In my opinion, South Maui (Kihei, Wailea, Makena) have the best snorkeling AND beaches in all of Maui. And the beach right in front of the Mana Kai is amazing! The snorkeling is also incredible directly in front of the hotel with beautiful coral reefs and tons of fish... we even saw giant sea turtles. Great waves for boogie boarding too. We stayed in Kaanapali for part of this trip and I thought the snorkeling in front of the Mana Kai was far superior to the snorkeling at Black Rock in Kaanapali, which you always hear people raving about.
CONDO GROUNDS - The pool is nice and lounge chairs are always available. The lawn is expansive and chairs are ALSO always available. No need to try and get there early and throw your towel on a chair! The entire place is really clean and security is always around so you'll feel safe leaving your stuff on a chair to jump in the ocean. I also love that Zack's (the general store) is on the main level because we often bought beer and snacks there! Surprisingly, it was really well-priced, too!
DINING - The Five Palms restaurant is located here. The view is unrivaled and yes, the food is expensive. You can cook dinner in your room which has the exact same view, or I recommend hitting the bar at the Five Palms for happy hour from 3pm-7pm! Apps (sushi, spring rolls, edamame) are half off and there are some decent drink specials. Definitely enough to make a meal out of and save a little bit of cash. And if you want to splurge, try the restaurant! We did eat at the Five Palms and although pricy, the food was REALLY good. You really can't beat eating dinner outside in the warm Hawaiian air...
All in all, I highly recommend the Mana Kai! We can't wait to go back.
- 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