We were totally thrilled with Menehune Shores. We rented unit 304 on VRBO (listing *272098) which has recently had all new furnishings purchased. The tile floors were very practical for a beach house. The kitchen is well equipped (including much better knives than we use at home) and all mattresses, linens and pillows were high quality. Although it was exceptionally windy when we were there, the lanai is sufficiently sheltered that I think we only ate indoors one meal - one huge advantage of the north side of the building.
There is a small swimming beach at a public park with perfect sand for gigantic castles just through the gate from the pool to the north. One can walk on the beach for miles in either direction (have to go about one block on the street to the north to get there from the small swimming beach). Although the beaches one could walk to were not as good for snorkelling as others, those to the north were gorgeous and totally uncrowded (the one to the south had gravel and seaweed issues but was still an interesting walk). With 3 generations, it was so handy being right on the beach as the beachlovers could hang out there while others pursued shade; there was no waiting for everyone to get ready and pile into the car.
Not only do the owners of this condo go to great lengths to accommodate guests, but the entire building is exceptionally well managed. We ended up with little piles of sand outside the door of our unit on two occasions, and both times, it magically disappeared within 24 hours. The landscaping was impeccable. A huge bonus for us wimpy Canadians was the solar heated pool - the warmest pool we have ever found in Hawaii. We put the new Webber BBQs to good use.
To addresss some of the negative comments from other reviewers:
a) Yes , the restaurant does ooze curry, but most would find that a pleasant smell and you really only can smell it in the parking lot. We got wonderful take-out Naan bread from there.
b) Yes, this unit is on a busy road, but the same is true of any beach-front condo in Kihei. One can pay the big bucks for one off the road in Wailea, but most have hundreds of people walking on the ocean path past your building every day-light hour. Menehune shores is far more private.
c) Yes, there is only one parking spot per unit, but it is hard to know how the management is supposed to come up with extra parking for those who rent two vehicles. At least one has pleasant weather for the walk from street parking!
d) Units are individually owned so will vary markedly in furnishings. Ask to see photos of all rooms before you choose one. Those that are number 09 - 16 are the most directly oceanfront, but I think you can see the ocean from all lanais.
e) You may not find room-darkening shades in all rooms, but should one not be up with the sun while on Maui?
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