Arrived around noon. Receptionist asked if we were aware that check-in time was 3pm (which we weren't)- she wasn't very friendly or helpful but was happy to hold our bags until 3pm and gave us a discount coupon for the 5 Palms restaurant at the hotel (food was amazing). Hotel is on a lovely long beach so perfect for long walks along the beach towards Wilea and for whale watching in the distance. You probably want a car if you stay here as the hotel is far away from shops and other restaurants so we went to the 5 Palms 2 more times during our stay (the 5 PM Happy Hour with 1/2 price sushi at the bar is very popular). Marie at the excusion desk was fabulous. She got us arranged with a $30 2 for 1 sunset Whale Watching tour which was great (yes, we did see whales!) and also got us set up with a decently priced rental car at Kihei car rental. She also helped us plan out a bus route to get to the Whale Watching before we decided to rent a car. Room was comfortable with mini fridge (could have done with defrosting), and microwave, coffee maker but there is no cutlery or plates. The convenience store in the hotel is very convenient and has lots of variety but is pricey so if you can get to the Foodland, stock up there. Our room wasn't ocean view so it overlooked the parking lot and at 6am and 5:30pm there is a ton of activity and noise from the minor birds that flock to/from/between the trees in the parking lot. It was like something from a sci-fi movie! The room was quite noisy (walls/windows are thin) so you can hear everything from anyone walking by on your floor, and we were consious of not saying/doing anything private!
Oddly they didn't allow the beach chairs to be taken off the grass onto the beach. It didn't really feel like you were staying at a resort, but more staying in an apt. building which is really what is it.
Overall, it was OK but I wouldn't stay there again mostly because of being so far away from everything.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located directly on Keawapaku Beach, one of Maui’s most beautiful swimming beaches. The Mana Kai Maui, home of the on site rental management program, manages 48 two bedroom condominiums. The resort offers one and two bedroom beachfront condos with a private lanai that overlooked the southern end of the island and hotel style units. Daily maid service and pool towel exchange is included in the rate. Free parking, free WIFI, no resort fees. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mana Kai Maui Kihei
- Maui Mana Kai