Kauhale Makai (Village by the Sea)
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TravelPod Member ReviewsKauhale Makai (Village by the Sea) Kihei
Higly recommend staying anywhere in Kihei, very relaxed city, quite, beautiful sunsets, anything on the island reachable.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kauhale Makai (Village by the Sea) Kihei
My boyfriend and I stayed here during the week of March 1st thru the 6th. We arrived verry late(thanks to crappy American Airlines) we were worried that we might not get in. The manager had left the key in a locked code box that we were able to get open with the aid of the security guard. (not that they needed a security guard, but nice to know he was there!) This condo was gorgeous! 6th floor smack dab in the middle of the ocean view! And what a VIEW! We saw tons of whales just sitting out on the lanai (make sure you bring binocs to get the real close up!) The condo itself was beautifully decorated in Island style and offered many "extras" like- beach towels- hair dryer- snorkels, books- even seasonings for cooking! There is even a little party store available for you right on the premises.I know some people have had crappy condos but I think you really have to do your homework to get a good one~ we lucked out thru Expedia. If we go again, and we will, we will certainly request room 605. The location is great, the price is right and the amenities are perfect! Aloha! Tess
This worked out just great
We just returned from our trip to Maui, which was during the Christmas period of 2003 (family of 4). The Village by the Sea suited us very, very well. We had a one bedroom unit on the first floor. I wouldnt necessarily recommend a 1st floor unit due to the foot traffic (our cooler was stolen). However, the kitchen was well equiped, and the unit also had a stereo with CD, TV with DVD and VCR, and AC. Furniture was also comfortable.
The developement is well located, and provides easy linkage to access points throughout the island. Also, the development is located on the beach side of the road, which is nicer than having to cross the street.
The gas grills do not work too well, and the swimming pool is small.
But, the place has a good deal of land and beach front. It was relatively quiet to, during one of the busier times of the year.
Overall, I would recommend this place. Its not the Hilton, but nice and affordable. You'll be spending plenty of money elsewhere on the island.
Great deal for the money
We just came back from a 10-days Hawaii trip over Thanksgiving. We had stayed at Kauhale Makai for five nights in a 5-floor one bdr unit. The overall experence is great and we would definately come back to this place with even higher price than what we had paid through Expedia (~$81/day).
Pros: Good ocean and mountain view; good location in south Kehei that is a short drive to all attractions, very clean room, very quiet for both inside and outside the building, free reserved parking, nice and helpful manager, full kitench with all the stuff you need including dishwasher, free local calls, basic cable although we didn't have much time with the TV, beach chairs, new AC, hot tub with ocean view is a big plus, full BBQ gears;
Cons: it's an old unit that shows its age; sleeper sofa is not very comfortable for either sleep or sit, no maid service (didn't bother us), beach is not suitable for swim so you have to drive one mile down south or three miles north, which is not a big deal.
Overall it's a good place for people have a car and would like to cook for themselves. Friendly neighbours too.
This is a nice property for the price. I noticed a complaint regarding 'not-oceanfront'. Some people should not be traveling because NOTHING makes them happy. They complain about everything. Take it with a grain of salt. I loved the place and I know many others that did as well.
Great value for an ocean view.
We stayed in a fourth floor 2 bedroom unit during March 2003. The bedrooms were large and comfortable with a king size bed over looking the ocean in the master bedroom and two twin beds in the second room (no view) which works great for the kids. We had guests for 2 days and they used the queen sized sofa in the living room.The unit was fully equiped with a coffee pot, mixer, dishes, flatware, and all the cooking items anyone would need. We enjoyed breakfast on the lanai gazing out over the ocean and even saw a few whales going by. The amenites were great with a pool, barbarques, jacucci, and adjacent tennis courts. We used the beach from a little bit but preferred going a mile or two south to the Kameoli III beach.This was a fabulous value for the money, especially when you can lie in bed and watch the ocean. It did get a little windy for a couple of hours in the afternoon but since we were on the south side of the building we were well sheltered from the wind and were able to sit on the lanai and watch the wind surfers.Great place and we will diffinitely go back.
Nice Place, Well Located
My 12 year old daughter and I spent a week in a 1 bedroom Condo that we reserved through Expedia. The location was perfect for us - kid friendly restaurants a short drive south in Kihei, and the best snorkeling beaches down by Makena only 15 minutes away.
Things to know before you reserve: what floor (I'd recommend 3rd or above), facing the pool (which is nicer than facing the neighboring buildings), and when the unit was remodeled (the complex is older, so you want a room remodeled since 1997 or so.)
While the complex is on the beach, the ocean here is not good for swimming - water is clouded. Great for walks, though.
Great Deal ! Great location.
Very good accomodations. Many, many room amenities made it feel like home - coffee maker, full flatware set - even scissors! Not sure if these were provided by Kauhale Makai or by the last guest. Very good (but not excellent) ocean view and view of Mt. Haleakala. Stayed in a very good 2-room "condo". Floors could have been cleaner and King size bed (made from 2 single beds with a foam piece that joined them) was terrible!Overall a very good value and a very good location to travel to all places on Maui!
What A Great deal!
Before arriving to The Village By The Sea, I was a little sceptical. I had read a couple of bad reviews. But, When my boyfriend and I arrived, I was pleasantly surprised. Luckily we did have an ocean view. We had been forwarned that many people pay for an ocean view and do not get a good one. If that isn't a huge factor, than you would probably be happy with any one of the condos they have. The decor was new, and it looked great! I liked the fact that it wasn't next to all of the big resorts (like Lahaina). I was definetely very happy with the condo.
You get what you pay for..and more
We stayed at the Kauhale Makai for a week in early December and really enjoyed our stay. Yeah, it's not the Ritz, but for $545 pp including rt air from LAX we thought it was a real bargain. The room was located right next to the road but had a decent view of both the mountains and the ocean. We were on the fourth floor and I would recommend a fourth floor or higher room if you can arrange it to ensure a great view. The room was a "studio", and while not spacious had plenty of room for the two of us. With the well appointed kitchen, (large fridge, microwave, stove/oven, dishwasher, and ample counter space) we were able to save alot of money by preparing our own meals. The fold down bed was a little cozy for two, but was comfortable none the less. The beach here was nothing to write home about, but since we had a rental car we had access to every beach on Maui (highly recommend Big Beach south of Waimea about a 20 minute drive). The grounds were very well maintained with beautiful gardens and a nice pool area. Since the units are privately owned, the decor and repair of each unit will vary somewhat along with their provisions, so staying here may be somewhat of a "crapshoot". The building is of block construction, and as a result our room was really quite quiet even though we were right next to the road. Laundry facilities and small Convenience Store on site. Overall I would recommend this location as a great base for your Maui explorations, but perhaps not a place you would want to spend all of your time at.
Ocean view?, not here
we stayed here 12/02, booked and payed for an "ocean view" condo, got a 2nd floor condo with barely a site of ocean, not only is complex 100 yards or more from beach, we were booked into room 2nd from street, called property manager Gene Wilkenson to complain and was told "ocean view" meant any part of ocean could be seen from lani and he could do nothing for us. Condo had 5 forks (3 dinner-2 salad) and only 3 full size drinking glasses (others plastic), towls were frayed and other problems too numerous to mention. If a view of the ocean is wanted, I DO NOT RECOMMEND STAYING HERE. going to dispute bill on credit card, did not get an ocean view and payed for one. Stayed at Lahina Shores last year, was right on the ocean, could not be any closer-ANYWHERE! (not the best place there is but worth the price for a condo and short walking distance to Lahina shops and resturants)
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This island definitely is the most expensive in terms of accommodation. We choose airbnb.com.On one hand lucky to get unexpected upgrade with ocean front lanai, on other hand neighbors were changing …
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... by the time we've got to head home and I'll have to pick and choose. Back to the condo for a quick siesta and some time in the sun on the lanai. The sun sets early here, around 5:45, and we'd heard the sunsets from Kihei are amazing, so around 5:15 we headed across the park to the beach to watch the sunset. All I can say is WOW - I have never experienced a sunset where you can literally see the sun disappearing into the horizon, over the ocean - truly ...
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