The Ma'alaea Surf Resort is a beautiful, well maintained set of condo's right on Sugar Beach, in north Kihei. No matter which unit you rent, you'll have a great view, and are only steps from the beach. We truly felt like this was our home during our 12 days on Maui.
We stayed in unit E4, a 2/2 on the first floor. We (family of 6) were overall very happy with this unit. It was very clean and well stocked. The furnishings and decor were very nice & up-to-date, but the kitchen and baths are dated and (in our opinion) in need of an overhaul. The king bed in the master was comfortable. The twins in the second bedroom were about as comfortable as the tile floor. The living room sofa bed was very comfortable - the kids were fighting over it - trading nights on the comfy sofa & stiff twin beds.
The A/C (necessary when staying in Kihei) generally worked well, but was strained in the afternoon, with the sun beaming in unobstructed through the elevated ceiling / windows. We admittedly like it cooler than most, at 72F. The inside temp would rise to 77/78F by about 5pm, cooling back down by about 8pm. The bedrooms would stay cooler, as they're sheltered from the afternoon sun in the back.
Excellent service by housekeeping, provided 3 times per week (note the schedule for us was Mon / Wed / Fri). I believe the housekeeping service depends on your unit, and who you rent through. We rented directly through the resort's website (www.maalaeasurfresort.com). All personnel were professional, courteous, and provided Aloha spirit. Mahalo Jeni!
We were pleasantly surprised with a plethora of beach toys, body boards, even snorkeling gear made available in our unit. It appears many of these are donations left by previous visitors, a nice way to 'pay it forward' for other travelers. We left a beach umbrella behind for the next family.
The grounds are beautiful and expertly maintained. There are two beautiful pools, a fun set of shuffleboards, great gas grills (though not at your lanai), and the beach is right there in front of you. It's a nice, picturesque, narrow walking beach. You'll want to visit the other beaches in South or West Maui for the best beach experiences.
The location is excellent for those who want to enjoy all of Maui, as we did. It's right at the northern tip of Kihei, which puts you in a prime central starting point for the day, no matter which direction you want to go. Amazing beaches in South Maui are 10-15min away. Lahaina and the beautiful West Maui beaches are 30-45min away. The start of the Hana Hwy, or route to Haleakala are ~30min away.
For supplies - groceries & ice are ~5 min away. I recommend using Costco (in Kahului, ~20min away) for your starter bulk food purchases, gas, and local favorites like Maui onion chips, variety fruit juices, Hawaiian Host chocolates, 100% Kona coffee, etc. They also have an awesome variety of fresh poke. The best shave ice in Maui (Ululani's) is just a block down S. Kihei Rd.
Do your research for the unit that fits your needs and budget. I suggest reviewing pic's of the interior, and chose which you like best. There's not a ton of difference in views / convenience between the "Beachfront" vs. "Oceanfront". You can save some money by going with a nice oceanfront unit and walk the extra few steps to the beach.
Also, it appears one or more units are being renovated (July '14), as there were construction crews onsite during the week (we didn't have any problems with their presence - no mess or noise). Nice to see the owners investing for the future - a good sign that this property will continue to be a solid place to call 'home'.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ma'alaea Surf Resort is easily accessible to nearly all popular Maui destinations, yet we still maintain a comfortable distance from the more crowded island resort areas. This provides our guests with a welcome combination of privacy and convenience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maalaea Surf Hotel Kihei
- Maalaea Surf Resort Maui/Kihei