We just returned from an 11 night stay at the Mana Kai Maui and can't say enough about what a great condo it was! We were on the 6th floor, Deluxe-Ocean Front View and boy what a view it was! Please don't worry about the no A/C - you leave the huge sliding glass doors open 24/7 and the Ocean breeze keeps it just perfect - not only that you can hear the waves continuously all night long!
The maid service was great - they were there every day and even cleaned up our dishes when we did leave them. We had no trouble with any locals, the resort has hired security which maintains a visible presence near the pool and on the grounds and they are constantly watching for locals. The front desk was always friendly and available when we needed them (we arrived late afternoon) and didn't have to leave till late at night as well. One nice suprise was the day we left - they kept our luggage for us and let us use the facilities that whole day (we had a 9 pm flight) and they even let us clean up and shower so we wouldn't have to get on the plane all sticky and sandy!
Zacks was a great little convenience - and yes some items were pricey - but the necessities were the same prices as any local convenience store. Their coffee was always hot and fresh, anytime of day!
This was our 5th trip to Hawaii (our 2nd to Maui) and we have always stayed in condos - but the location and service of this resort / for the price you pay - has beat out all the others for us. We have two teenage boys that went with us and in the past we have spent a lot of time driving them around to find a good beach with good snorkeling and boogie boarding. Not this time! They were content (and even asked to stay there and not go anywhere else for the last 4 days) to stay at the condo and beach for the majority of the time.
The snorkeling over the reefs just to the right of the beach was exceptional. Some of the best we've seen, especially early in the morning when the waves were calm. We had a couple really great boogie boarding days as well right there.
Yes they were working on the elevators all during our stay - I have to agree with the rest of the reviews - it was a nuscience however - hey you're on Maui - it was worth a little inconvenience, and they are scheduled to be completely done with the elevator work in early September. It looked like most of the other remodeling in the hallways had been complete, the ones we ventured to anyways. They were working on a couple of the rooms but to me it's always good to see a place working to improve. Two missing things - which are not necessities, but nice to have - bar-b-que grills and free wi-fi. We didn't mess with the internet (even though the teenagers wanted it), you had to call a number and give them a credit card, and the teens survived. As far as the bar-b-que grill - we headed over the Kamole Beach 3 for an evening picnic and used the grills there, which made for a nice change - just not as convenient if we could have grilled right there.
Overall - it was a top-notch stay and we are definitely planning on returning, and would recommend this resort to any of our friends and family!
- 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