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Wailea Grand Champions Villas
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“Do you want be pampered or left alone?”
Reviewed May 10, 2006

Grand Champions is a condominium complex about a quarter of a mile away from the beach in an upscale part of Maui. It is not a hotel, and I don't think any kind of 'star' grading system to describe the facility to compare it to hotels is really that meaningful. There's no front desk, the concierge is in an office a quarter of a mile away, and there is no lobby.

Booking: We found Grand Champions on a last-minute search engine (cheaptickets.com) that combined airfare and hotel. I understand you can book through Destination Resorts or from condo owners as well.

Getting there: It's about half an hour from the airport. A car is manditory, as it doesn't have a lot of the facilities that a hotel has. Some packages will actually include the car, so look around. You will be assigned one parking space during your stay.

Checking in: You don't go directly to Grand champions on arrival. You have to go to the management company office, about a quarter of a mile away in an outdoor mall. If you arrive after hours, there is a phone outside the office, and it connects you to a security guard who will give you keys, a flashlight, and a map.

Location: Grand Champions if a condo complex, about thirty units long and six units wide and two stories high. It is situated perpendicular to the ocean, so most of the upstair units will have a 'partial ocean view.' Ekahi, also managed by Destination Resorts, seems to have it's units facing the ocean, and is on a steeper hill, giving a better view. On one side of the complex is the Wailea tennis club, and it's actually kind of pleasant sitting on the balcony watching people play, with the ocean as the backdrop. The other side of the complex is a long fairway, which is nice, but on the other side of that is some massive construction project. Some of the other reviews mentioned this, but it wasn't clear to me before I came what this entailed. They seem to be building something really big there. Maybe it's a hotel or a subdivision, not just a little landscaping or pouring a sidewalk. The is a long, black tarp fence that runs along the far side of the fairway that hides what's going on, and the noise was really intense: multiple trucks beeping as they back up at once, a big crane, giant air hammers...you get the idea.

Getting around: A car is a must. Even walking to the mall a short distance away is difficult because there aren't sidewalks or curbs on the busy street. There are notices to not walk accross the golf course. The beaches in the area are really nice. It seems like a lot of the public beachs on Maui are right next to busy streets, so the big hotels in the area buffer you from the road. Joe's Bar and Grill is part of the Tennis club and is good, but most places are not accessible by walking. I read on their web site that the Wailea 'Town Center' is nearby, but this is nothing more than a few shops, an ATM machine, and a gym. There is a neat general store in the mall where Destination Resorts has their office. Safeway is a few miles away.

The Unit: The first unit was along the fairway/facing the construction. Clean, white carpet, upholstered furniture, ceamic tiles on the floor and counters. It was airy, odorless, mold-free, and clean. Nothing fancy, but nice. The Lanai is about six feet by twelve, clean and tiles. Laundry machine is in a closet outside. The kitchen comes with full-sized refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher. It has cookware, utensils, but no seasoning. The unit is very spacious. At night, it was very quiet, breezy, but by morning, the construction crews had started up and I literally found myself wearing my noise-cancellation headsets! I tried to get over to Ekahi, but that was no longer an option, and eventually the management found us a place on the other side of Grand champions facing the Tennis Club. It was much quieter on that side, though there is also some kind of construction /truck traffic there. The second unit was about the same quality. NIce, not great. On the plus side, it's very private, and you don't have to deal with a lot of the nuisances that you would have to in a moderately priced place to stay.

Recommendation. Overall, I liked Grand Champions. The unit was really big, and comfortable. It feels like you're staying at someone's house. You are left alone, which we like. A housekeeper comes daily, and we wound up cooking once in a while, and hanging out a lot. It was relaxing, but not pampering. For this part of the island, it was very inexpensive. I suppose for the same amount of money, you could be right on the ocean on a different part of the island, but on the occasions we did wind up next to those hotels, we were quite glad we were able to escape back to Grand Champions.

Construction is going on all over the island, not just here, so you may get exposed to it no matter what. All the gardens with the hotel also require substantial upkeep, so you will be exposed to lawnmowers and weed wackers and blowers -- it has all become a part of Maui. As I said before, the main road runs right along the coast, so your hotel may get a lot of street noise. With that said, I think next time, I'll stay at Ekahi, which was about $30 more a night at the time of my booking ($60-$100 more once you get here). If that stretches your budget, this is not a bad place. You will want to maximize the location within Grand Champions, however. Units 155-188 and 65-94 are along the fairway/construction. Units 31-64 are on an island and surrounded by parking lots. Units 144-153 face the ocean, Units 107-142 face the tennis club, units 1-30, 95-106 face towards the back (not sure how their view might be).

Happy travelling! Maui is beautiful! I hope this info is helpful -- I wrote this for fun, and I'm not responsible for the acuracy of any of it's contents.

  • Stayed May 2006
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Reviewed February 18, 2006

We rented a bottom floor, one bedroom unit directly from owner. They also own the studio next door with connecting door. We felt like we were down in a hole and the pictures portraying this unit were very misleading. The construction directly across the gulch was noisy. The place did quiet down at night but we could hear our neighbors phone ringing, people upstairs clomping around. Could barely enjoy our lanai because the unit on our left clothes dryer vented directly onto our lanai. On the other side (the studio) their washer and dryer were on their lanai and it was noisy. Air conditioner noises were bad on our lanai and in our bedroom from surrounding units. We don't go to Hawaii to turn on an airconditioner, a fan is just right for us.

The parking was the WORST! The slots are so small the driver can barely get in and out of the car and had to back out before letting in any passengers. Fortuntely the car parked next to us pulled up on the curb and sidewalk to make some room. Ridiculus.

There might be some units at Grand Champions that are nice. I'd be very careful in selecting one. For the money, I think you can do better staying elsewhere.

  • Stayed February 2006
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Reviewed December 17, 2005

We stayed at Grand Champions from Nov. 24-Dec. 4. While our unit (#162) was lovely and well-equipped, we were dismayed to find that the "partial ocean view" to which we had upgraded was actually a "partial construction view."

Construction on the "Wailea Town Center" directly across the golf course from our room went on six days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aside from the ugly sight, the noise was intolerable. We couldn't enjoy sitting on the lanai during the day, and we couldn't even keep windows open.

After a couple of days, we went to the Destination Resorts office at the Shops at Wailea and asked Michael, the concierge, if we could move to another unit at Grand Champions. He was totally unsympathetic to our plight and treated us rudely and condescendingly. He said no rooms were available at Grand Champions and offered us a room at Ekahi Village for an additional $60-90 per day! Of course, that was completely unacceptable so we stayed where we were.

Travelers beware -- if you stay at Grand Champions, be sure your room is not one of those facing the construction zone. And if you have a problem, don't expect the promised "exemplary customer service" from Destination Resorts.

Other than that, we had a great trip and hope to return to Maui soon. But we won't be staying at a Destination Resorts property.

  • Stayed November 2005
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Reviewed December 4, 2005

We just spent 18 nights in a two bedroom condo at Grand Champions in Wailea. It is very obvious that as each unit is individually owned the quality and decor of each unit is going to vary with the owner. We did book directly with an owner and saved as opposed to a broker.
We found our unit to be nicely decorated, clean and had a lovely view of the golf course. The Shops of Wailea are a nice walk but access to the beaches often described in ads as walking distance are much further than we expected. Especially if you are taking beach equipment and you can be sure the walk back is going to be much hotter than your leisurely stroll there. Wailea is much quieter than Kihei and touristy Lahaina but we enjoyed the peace and quiet as everything was just a short or scenic longer drive away.We did take advantage of the barbecues and enjoyed as many meals there as we did dining out. I would stay at Grand Champions again being very careful to view many pictures of the unit ...checking for air conditioners in every room (no central air) and directly conversing with owner as they really do vary substantially from owner to owner.

  • Stayed December 2005
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Reviewed October 1, 2005

While searching for a place to stay, I found these reviews very helpful. We were pleasantly surprised by the size of our unit #54. We had a one bedroom two bath condo. Our view of the tennis courts and ocean was very nice and relaxing even though our unit was the furthest away. We had great access to the swimming pool which was right across the street. The pools are equipped with gas range grills that we took advantage of. Our room was fully equipped with everything we could ask for. From BBQ utensils to beach chairs and umbrella, even sand pails and shovers for our kids. Each unit is privately owned but managed by different companies so I can't speak for the others. The towels could have been nicer and linens were not organized well, we couldn't find an extra plain sheet for the pull out bed. All and all for a condo, it was decent and we had a great time. It would have been nice to have a DVD player and the answering machine was out dated. There is high speed internet available for a charge but not necessary. The condo is located in a very nice area of Kihei and right on the border of Wailea. The Shops of Wailea and big luxury hotels are just down the street. Nice walking areas and beaches.

  • Stayed September 2002
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, Private Owner at Wailea Grand Champions Villas, responded to this review, October 11, 2005
This review incorrectly states that the complex is in Kihei on the border of Wailea. That is not true. The Grand Champions Villas are in the middle of Wailea, surrounded by greenbelt, golf course and tennis courts. They are adjacent to the famous Joe's restaurant and a few minutes walk to the Shops of Wailea.
Many units in the Villas are rented individually and not through a large management company. These units are often more reasonable and also have more updates in furnishings as each owner takes great price in their individual property.
These type of units can be located through many individual vacation rental sites, including vrbo, where you can communicate directly with the owner.

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Reviewed September 27, 2005

We stayed in unit 153 for 3 nights. It's a 3 bed/2bath ground floor condo. It was nicely decorated although a bit dated but not offensive. It was large unit with a large balcony/lanai along the 7th fairway. We had 7 adults and 1 child and it was plenty of room but one more bathroom would have been nice. There was a nice Sony Wega TV, a DVD player, and VCR. A nice stereo that played MP3 CDs was also available. Dish soap, laundry detergent, sand toys, and nice patio furniture made a nice touch. The pools were pretty small but we didn't go in them anyway because the Wailea beaches are so close although the Kihei beaches a bit further were nicer.

My only complaint was that a number of the pots and pans hadn't been washed but were put away as if clean.

Wailea is pretty quiet at night and there are no restaurants open late, but Kihei has many places and is a short drive away.

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Reviewed September 10, 2005

We stayed at the Grand Champions from late August until early September. Maui was beautiful, the unit we stayed in was anything but. The carpets were stained and the unit was filthy. We spent a good part of our first day cleaning just to be able to unpack. The airconditioning which we had only in the living room area, was musty smelling and had seen better days. The blinds in both the bedrooms and the living room had slats missing which made us feel like we were living in a fish bowl.

The pool areas were nice and very quiet, but small. If the unit itself looked anything like the grounds, it would have been great. The landscaping and the exterior of the units looked great, but very misleading for what we found inside. I am sure that there were other units that were very nice and clean inside, and I would definately stay there again if I could find one. The good news is that the condo didn't ruin our vacation because Maui is a beautiful place, and I look forward to my next visit to the Island.

  • Stayed August 2005
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Property: Wailea Grand Champions Villas
Address: 155 Wailea Ike Pl, Check in at 34 Wailea Gateway Place, Suite A102, Wailea, Maui, HI 96753-9528
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Wailea
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Wailea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Wailea Grand Champions Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 107
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This Wailea golf resort with a country club feel is centered on 11 acres, amid the 18-hole Wailea Blue Golf Course. Select from garden or ocean view suites or golf front villas along the 6th, 7th and 8th holes, with ultimate views of well maintained fairways and sun-drenched strokes. Within this country club condo resort, you'll also find the world-class Wailea Tennis Center and stadium. The resort features two pools, two whirlpool spas and barbecue grills; and is located near The Shops at Wailea and popular Mokapu and Ulua beaches. Each 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom suite features a fully equipped kitchen, living/dining room area, private lanai and en-suite washer/dryer. Amenities include in resort credits for dining and spa services at nearby resorts, parking, hi speed Wi-Fi internet access, phone calls, housekeeping every third day, and a Maika'i grocery discount card. ... more   less 
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