Outrigger Palms at Wailea
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To say the least, I just did not have enough time on this island - so I'm already planning my return to this gorgeous locale. It is a much more commercialized island, more so then Kauai, without the city feel of Honolulu and Waikiki beach.
Our villa at the Outrigger Palms at Wailea was much nicer then the Kauai villa, and it was located …
... to the whaler village, just along the seafront. It was there we would have breakfast, another feast! Despite being full after breakfast we couldn't resist a wee visit to haagen dasz shop for an ice cream milk shake. Fruit and milk, healthy right?!! A leisurely walk back to the hotel and it was time for some much needed rays! We located some good beds right beside the pool (the pool area is pretty crowded with sun loungers, all crammed together with little space in ...
... but as green turtles make up a good part of the sharks' diet, we looked from the deck! Yesterday, we ventured north and east, to drive the Hana Highway, considered by National Geographic to be one of the greatest drives on the planet. It's only 51 miles long, but with 620 bends and 59 narrow bridges, it takes some time! The road is predominantly through rainforest, so the weather changes quite dramatically along the way, and there are amazing views from ...
... by the water and sometimes pounded into the bottom. However, if we timed it just right, it was awesome! It was amazing how strong the waves could be, too. And these were little waves, especially for Hawaii standards.
After everyone was totally exhausted we decided to leave and do some other things. We went to a market to shop around and also wanted to get some fruit. We saw fruit that we had never heard of before. We didn't ...
... Lookout. It was about a tenth of a mile walk to the lookout from the parking area. It was beautiful! We were overlooking an area (kind of a valley) and the clouds would just roll in and be so thick you couldn't see anything and within a minute or two, the clouds would all roll out and it would be completely clear! I've never seen anything like this and it was fascinating to watch. There were signs describing this that talked about ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Outrigger Palms at Wailea Kihei
I just returned from 5 great nights here... I met up with about a dozen friends - some owners here and some renters, so ive seen 8 different condos -- for our group, it was a great stay - the rooms vary a bit from OK to great; I stayed in 1803 (garden, 1br, lower) and highly reccomend it. The lower units stay cooler generally, and for me the ocean view is not that big a deal (the gardens are really stunning here). Lanais as already mentioned are great, spacious, and all have open pass through windows to the kitchen....1803 also has a great BBQ grill . Very quite at night (except for the 6:30am mina birds...just close the windows). Its a very different experience from staying on the other side of the island, and for me and my friends, much more enjoyable, and **mellow**. Never crowded over here....if you are adventours, little beach off Makenna is a great clothing optional way to spend the day . All in all, id pay to stay here in a heartbeat over a hotel room....just realize its a *home away from home* not the ammenties of a big mega hotel...but thats exactly the point.
Stayed at the Palms at Wailea for 6 nights last week. The 1BRs are pretty spacious. The furnishings seem quite old but clean. Stayed in Room 2103. We had a bit of an ant problem in one of the bathrooms (they kept coming in overnight through a small crack on the bathroom). The room rate was $169/night. A pretty good rate though I heard up the street in South Kihei (less than a mile) I could've gotten better.
My husband and I stayed at the Palms in early September. We had an enormous one-bedroom condo. It didn't have a direct view of the ocean, but that was okay since we didn't spend a ton of time in the place. The sunset view at the pool was very nice though. The bedroom had A/C which was useful. The grounds were really pretty, and the pool/hot tub were very nice and fairly deserted during our stay. The staff was also really friendly. The beach was a sort of a long-ish walk away, but we chose to drive to other beaches nearby instead (our favorite: Big Beach). Having a condo was ideal: We cooked several meals ourselves and also bought groceries to take lunches/beers to the beach with us everyday. Having laundry facilities onsite also meant we could pack less. Also, they have a deal with the Marriott, so you can go down and use their pool/facilities. We didn't have time to do that, but the hotel did seem very plush. Overall, we really liked Wailea and the Palms!
Great view, great deal
My wife & I stayed in a 2BR Oceanview unit w our daughter & son-in-law over THanksgiving, 2002 and enjoyed it tremendously. From our spacious lanai we had an excellent view to the ocean, while the large bedrooms, large LR/DR and more than adequate kitchen made it seem like home.
Spotlessly clean with comfortable furniture and a good pool. A great choice for anyone who doesn't want to lay on the beach all day.
The Wailea Palms was delightful. Summarizing our recent stay in July 2003, our fondest memories of the Wailea Palms are of the warm clean pool and the comfort of a full household. The kitchen was very clean the entire unit was clean. This stay was for 4 nights and our first stay of a two week adventure in the Hawaiian Isles. It was a good way to adjust to a vacation. Having a washer and dryer was refreshing.Maui is marvelous and the Palms Condo Resort is located in a great part of the Island. The close-by public beach is one of the reasons Maui is known for its beaches. It is perfect. We walked there once and drove another time. The neighborhood is upscale and it feels safe. Some web complaints about the fact that there is but one air conditioning unit in the Master bedroom wasnt a problem for us as we did not use it anyway. We opted for open doors and windows and acclimated to the local environment and weather, even though it was July and wonderfully warm. It was very comfortable. We had a first floor unit, which probably was cooler.We didnt want to leave Maui but didand found ourselves comparing the other Hawaiian Isles we visited with this lovely haven of tropical splendor. It was a very positive experience; the staff was very nice and accommodated our requests promptly. There were plenty of towels for the room, the pool and the beachjust ask and you will receive!It was also nice to have an invited welcome at the Marriot Hotel, which is near-by and related to the Palms. We utilized the Marriot Beach area to Ocean swim and watch one of the most Hawaiian Sunsets ever. .. Listening to the Hawaiian Luau in the backdrop. The pool at the Palms was quieter and, in my opinion, nicer.It is Great to have convenient parking right off the unit. The markets in Kihei had everything we needed. We picked up a London Broil and cooked it up at the condo. That was a real treat. I don't know if it was Maui beef, but it was Muey Good. It was actually fun to cook there. I discovered a great tip for traveling cooks... try picking up a fresh ready-to-eat bag of salad and some Italian salad dressing, and use the salad dressing (settled-top) instead of oil in the pan for other food; like eggs. It was delicious and saved buying oil and leaving stuff behind as waste.All our expreiences during our Family Hawaiian Vacation 2003 were upbeat and positive and it helped to commence our trip at the Wailea Palms. It is sophistocated but not stuffy. Hawaii is a safe, beautiful, family destination vacation place.... So nice it is part of the USA.Aloha Hawaii... I long to see you again.
Hot Time in Wailea
Just got back from Maui 2 days ago. We stayed at the Palms and it was very nice. We had the 2 bedroom condo with a queen bed in the master bedroom and twin beds in the other for the kids. Very clean complex, nice pool, and not very crowded. The only drawback was that it was hot and humid and only the master bedroom has AC. We mostly played at the Marriott in Wailea, as a guest of the Palms owned by Outrigger. You can use the pools at the Outrigger Marriott in Wailea, as they have a great kiddie pool with a structure that has a slide and spews water. There are also 2 other slides in this area. The ocean water was warm.
This condo was very nice.
We really enjoyed our stay at The Palms. It was the type of place you wanted to stay at all day and never leave! The grounds/gardens were so beautiful and well taken care of. Even though we had a garden view we could still go onto our lanai and see the ocean. The only minor problems we had were that the blinds would fall apart---which they fixed and the dishwasher would flood onto the counter. Over all we had an excellent stay and would recommend The Palms to anyone. It definitely enhanced our stay in Maui!
We stayed at this 1 bed 2 bath condo from April 5th to 12th. It was great. We stayed in unit 308, 1050 sq feet with huge deck 6 appliances, 2 tvs, granite counters in kitchen, 2 spacious bathrooms and washer and dryer. It was in very good and clean condition and nicely furnished a view of the water. It is situated in the beautiful resort enclave of Wailea surrounded by beautiful top end condos and large million dollar homes. Location is hard to beat at only about a block and a half from Keawakapu beach at 2 to 5 minute drive from all the numerous beaches in Wailea and Kihei. Gardens and landscaping were impeccable.Staff was very friendly, helpful and accomodating and there was daily maid service too.Pool facilities were quite good, though no alcohol rule around the pool and deck was a little extreme and unacceptable given that most everyone there is on vacation and paying $200 plus a night to stay. Having to sneak beers and coolers in plastic cups felt a little odd--like going back to jr high school. The only other complaint is that only the master bedrooms have AC so the unit would get quite warm even with all the windows open.We felt very comfortable and relaxed in this beautiful complex. The spaciousness of the unit and complex was an improvement over a hotel room.Highlight of the trip was Haleakela volcano crater which was amazing. It was a super clear and sunny morning when we were there so we got some great pics. Went snorkeling a couple times but it wasn't that great -- visibility so-so, not too many fish. Caribbean is much better. Couldn't get a half day trip to Molikini crater, where snorkelling is suppossed to be excellent, as it was sold out by Thursday when we tried to book. Remember to book early!We were a little surprised at how much traffic there was on the highways and roads. Food and drinks were very expensive too except for beer--$15 for 24!. Mixed cocktails at most restaurants and hotels $8 to $10 US!!!! Happy we stayed at a condo!We had use of the Outrigger Wai it as it is spread out nicely and mixes in well with the geography. It is also the closest to the water of any of the Wailea hotels and had a great infinity pool. It seemed much less crowded than the other big hotels around there too which had people and chairs right on top of one another on the pool decks (i.e. 4 Season's and Grand Wailea). The beaches were fantastic, not a speck of garbage and not too crowded and no vendors!. Colour of the sand is a mix of 4 or 5 colours -- black volcano rock, red sand, beige sand and white sand. Good for swimming too though a little cooler than the Caribbean. Colour of the water is not as nice as the Caribbean though as it is darker. We spent lots of time at the various beaches in Wailea. Lahaina was too crowded for our liking but has some cool little buildings and history. Happy that we did not stay up there or in Kaanapali, Napili or Kapalua, which did not seem nearly as nice as Wailea and it was raining up there when we went. Scenery of the West Maui mountains was also fantastic. Next time I would do a helicopter tour. Shopping was great too. The Shops at Wailea was very nice. We were most impressed with the scenery, beaches and cleanliness of the island. Haleakala was worth the trip alone--definitely one of the most impressive sights we've seen in our many travels. Next time we would book at least 10 days as one week is not enough! We would definitely go back to Maui and would recommend The Palms at Wailea.TJ St. Jacques
Great for families
We had a wonderful stay at the Palms in April 2002. It was perfect for a family; kitchen, laundry, close to the beach. A lovely property, well maintained.When we arrived, we did have a problem: I had booked a room that was supposed to have beds for the kids and us. When we got there, there was an air-conditioned bedroom with a queen-sized bed, plus one roll-away bed; one kid would be bedless. The front desk initially told us there would be a problem getting another bed, but they came through with another roll-away, and the two roll-aways fit perfectly in the open lanai. The children slept blissfully in their open-air lanai and we had the a-c master bedroom.Great location and a lovely pool. Perfect for families.
I stayed at the Plams at Wailea in November, 2001. After two prior stays at the Renaissance Wailea, I decided it would be nice to have the convenience of kitchen facitilites, washer/dryer, etc. All in all, I think it is a great value. For about the same prices as our standard Ocean View room at the Renaissance, we had a spacious 2 bedroom/2 bath Deluxe Garden View condo with a HUGE lanai (about a total of 1200 sq feet, lanai included). The kitchen is contemporary with granite countertops and white cabinets. The kitchen also has a window with breakfast bar for dining/serving food al fresco. There is also full size washer/dryer. One thing I didn't realize until we got there was that the units are only partially air-conditioned. There is NO central air--only a wall-unit in the master bedroom. Not a huge deal since the tradewinds cool things down in the afternoon. But, I can only imagine how steamy it must be here in the summer.