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Maui Schooner Resort
Ranked #11 of 62 Specialty Lodging in Kihei
Certificate of Excellence
Olympia, WA
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22 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Excellent resort!”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

The Maui schooner was perfect for our needs! We went with a couple of friends and shared a one bedroom. I have back issues and was a bit concerned about sleeping on the hide-a-bed so after the first night, I asked the front desk for some extra blankets to cushion it. They not only offered me an extra blanket, they had an egg shell pad to put down!
Our unit was equipped with a washer/dryer (especially helpful when you have constant wet towels/swimsuit changes), a kitchen & air conditioning. The pool was well maintained and accessible until 10pm. They also have bbqs available if you want to save some $ and cook.
The beach is just a short walk across the grass past the tennis courts but be sure to wear aqua socks if you are going in the water! The beach may look sandy but there is lava/coral all over the place (hence it not being considered a swimming beach).
If you have any left over items from your trip (groceries, sunscreen, etc) feel free to leave them in the room. The housekeepers will take what they can use and dispose of the rest for you. Hawaii offers change back from recycling so leave your plastic, glass & cans in your room for them too!
I will definitely be back, Mahalo for the great times!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Maumelle, Arkansas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2012

We had stayed the first two weeks at the Kaanapal Beach Club, then moved down to the Maui Schooner in Kihei to take advantage of the wonderful snorkeling spots, saw numerous turtles, fish and corals, etc. We arrived early and we able to check in early, which was very much appreciated due to all the frozen and refrigerated foods we had with us. Our unit had been (B204) recently redone from top to bottom. It was nice to have a full kitchen with lots of utensils and equipment a person might need or want to use. Even though the units are smaller compared to the KBC, it did include a full sized washer and dryer. Air conditioning in living room with ceiling fan and ceiling fan in bedroom, nice grounds,small, but nice pool and hot tub, cleaned daily as well as the BBQs. Putting greens, shuffleboard, tennis courts free wifi and parking, as well as, very nice and helpful staff who answered our questions.
Enjoyed our stay and definitely would return.
Great location, close to Long's Drugstore, Safeway was closely and about 15-20 minutes away from Costco, where they even sell gas 30 cents less a gallon than the rest of the island.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tigard, Oregon, United States
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2012

We stayed at the Maui Schooner for a week in September. Even though the check in time was 4pm we stoped by early. Nancy at the front desk was very friendly and allowed us to "pre-check in". I visited with Jan-the attractions guru. She gave us a great suggestion for lunch and some places to check out since it was our first trip to Maui. All of the staff was very friendly and helpful. It is a nice clean 2 building timeshare with a small pool and spa. They also have 3 gas BBQ's on the pool deck. With a Safeway nearby we took avantage of the grill on a couple of nights. Plus it's a great way to meet other people while they are cooking dinner too! Our unit was a two bedroom two bath with a full kitchen. Our patio looked out over the ocan. there is a large grassy area between the buildings and the ocean. the beach there is small. But there are a number of larger beaches located nearby-a short (5 minute) drive away. They even had a cooler and 4 folding beach chairs in the unit for us to use. Kihei is centrally located on the west coast of the island so it is a great place to launch your exploring. The Maui Schooner isn't a Marriott or a Hilton but that is what makes it so good. There's just about every kind and level of dining nearby. We never had trouble finding a place at the pool. We enjoyed our time there very much. There is some daytime remodeling going on so there is some construction noise, but it was kept to a minimum. We only had one day where they were working on the unit below ours. It was loud at times but if we wanted to escape the noise all we had to do was go to the pool or walk out to the ocean. We'll be back!

Room Tip: If you want an ocean view-timeshare owners get first shot-ask for the "A" building. The ot...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tustin, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 13, 2012

This place is gorgeous. Very quiet too. We got the room B304 which was a huge 2 bedroom 2 bath loft style condo. Wow. Views of the ocean along with views of their pool and beautiful grounds. They had everything, towels, chairs, an ice chest, washer/dryer all kitchen utilities. Everything was clean and sparkling. A few little tiny hicups but nothing worth mentioning. I stayed at another one down the road before and it was a dump. You will not regret staying here with the sunset views off the property or your balcony. Not a bunch of screaming kids running around either which is what I was looking for.

You are close to everything including a nice little flea market. I read on another review that the back bedroom was hot, well we placed the provided fan pointing into that room and no issue with it being hot. I would highly recommend this place to adults looking for quiet time with pristine grounds to relax and enjoy your vacation. Everyone we met was nice and pleasant. Seldom do you come across timeshares like this one. We did not own it but was a gift to use.

Room Tip: These are timeshares (2 bed 2 ba condo) and not rooms but B304 offered the best views, huge in size.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 29, 2012

We had such a wonderful time in Maui! We traded our timeshare in California for the Maui schooner! I was a little worried, but it was perfect. We celebrated our 30th Anniversery with our 3 kids(in there 20's an future son in law! We stayed in B305. It was perfect. Took walks on the beach, loved the grounds. The pool is nice. We did a lot of hiking on the road to Hana and kept very busy. So nice to end the day at the schooner and bbq or cook! I would defiantly come back! Such a beautiful vacation!

  • Stayed August 2012
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San Diego
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2012

We've now stayed here on three different occasions over 20 years (on a timeshare exchange), and we've enjoyed ourselves each visit. This is not a huge property, and it's definitely showing its age, but it is perfectly fine for our needs.

We got unit B305, which is one of the loft floor plans, overlooking the pool. As luck would have it, it was one of only a few units that have been refurbished, so we enjoyed new appliances and the updated color scheme rather than the '80s tropical pastel thing that is still running rampant in many Hawaiian timeshares. We shared the place with my sister and her boyfriend, and aside from some minor privacy issues (you can hear everything that's happening upstairs in the loft, so beware!), we felt like we had enough room to stretch out and be comfortable.

We didn't really spend a lot of time on the beach this visit, so not having that close by was not an issue for us. I can, however, understand that if someone is planning on doing that, it would make sense to fork out the extra $$ to stay in Wailea or up in Kaanapali/Napili -- somewhere with more welcoming beaches and less wind than Kihei (there's a reason it's the windsurfing capital of the world!) We did spend a lot of time exploring the island, and we've always found Kihei to be a good home base for that.

The one, teensy thing that I found kind of disappointing (and, obviously, not the Schooner's fault) is that our little strip of ocean view from our room included the very brown and dry West Maui mountain with the unsightly metal windmills dotting it. Bummer. In fact, I was shocked at how brown the dry side was -- the drought has definitely taken its toll, and I found most of the drive up to Kaanapali pretty depressing in that regard. If you are counting on lush, green landscapes, my recommendation would be to visit Kauai . . .

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Memphis, TN
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed June 25, 2012

Goign into our stay, we had read a bit about how the condos here were a bit older, and needed updating, etc. Our 1 besdroom, 1 bath unit had recently been updated, and was exactly what we needed. 1 bedroom 1 bath, Hi-Def TV's int he den and bedroom, and a fully quipped kitchen. We parked right outside our unit, and never had trouble with anything.

In a place like Maui, you're not spending a ton of time in the codno anyway. However, the Maui Schooner had perfect rooms to relax in after a long day on the beach, and had every amenity we needed. Would definitely stay there again!

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Maui Schooner Resort
Address: 980 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-9151
Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Kihei
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 62 Specialty Lodging in Kihei
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Maui Schooner Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Maui Schooner Resort is a beach-front property with sprawling ocean views and charming Aloha hospitality. The resort boasts a tropical, Hawaiian resort atmosphere. Relax in your one, two or three bedroom suite, spacious enough for a couple on a romantic getaway or for the family. Unlike the typical hotel room, The Schooner's condominiums are equipped with a full kitchen, separate living room and all the amenities necessary for a comfortable stay in Maui. Enjoy beach side tennis courts and a an expansive scenic stretch of Maui sand and surf. ... more   less 
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