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Maui Schooner Resort
Ranked #11 of 62 Speciality Lodging in Kihei
Certificate of Excellence
Elkridge, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
86 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Nice resort right on the Ocean”
Reviewed 30 July 2010

We arrived on 7/25/2010 in Maui and stayed at the Maui Schooner in Kihei, this was an exchange with Interval International and after reading the reviews I was skeptical (like everyone else).

We stayed in unit A-401, it is facing the ocean and the trade winds were blowing each evening, so we didn't even use the A/C. Of course, I'm not sure the A/C could cool the whole unit, there is a unit in the dining/living area, and another in the 2nd bedroom (why it's not in the master, I don't know). This unit has an unfinished loft, which would have been the 3rd bedroom, but there was no access to it, and we were told they ran out of money when building the resort to be able to finish it. The unit is older, but everything worked fine, the furniture was comfortable, and we really enjoyed the beach chairs and cooler supplied, we only wish there were a few boogie boards for the beach too. We did not use the pool, but it looked pretty small, but never crowded, the beaches are way too nice here to spend time in the pool I suppose.

If you are looking for something to do, make sure you attend the Sat-Mon morning activities presentation (only need to attend one, since they are all the same). Judy will tell you about the island and what there is to do.

We went on the Valley Isle tour to Hana and the Blue Water Rafting trips.

The trip to Hana was an all day adventure, and was well worth it not to drive it. I never take guided tours, I like to drive myself, but in order to see everything, we decided to let someone else drive, and we are glad we did. This trip takes you all the way to Hana on the Hana Highway, and then keeps going where most turn around, takes you on the poorly paved/gravel roads around through the desert side and then comes through "Up Country" and stops at a winery. All in all a great trip with Valley Isle.

The Blue Water Rafting trip was also amazing, and probably the most fun we have ever had. I would recommend this to anyone without any physical limitations and kids at least 8 or 9, as this can be a physically demanding trip, lots of waves (hold on tight) and snorkeling.

But coming back "home" for the views from the balcony are fantastic, and the sunsets were pretty good, although the sun went down behind the Lahania side of the island before it actually set, but drive down S. Kihei Rd and you can find a clear view from one of the beaches.

All in all a great place to stay, and we would stay here again if we could get this unit, or one similar facing the ocean.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 14 June 2010

Traded a nice Wyndham week for this unit via Trading Places. Their website and operator described this a "Five Stars" which we expected might be a bit much. Units are older, with very cheap appointments. Older TV's, thin hollow doors, and cabinets that would not close. Staff were nice, but services minimal. At best, this is 3 stars and that is quite generous. This is more of a value destination than a fancy, well-appointed resort. Pool is small. Air conditioned, but only in one room via wall unit. Noise from birds and early risers due to older windows. We've stayed on Maui a number of times and each was nicer than the Schooner, even though 2 were older. Pool is adequate, but small and labeled no snorkels, making it tough to get a new rookie comfortable before ready for ocean.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Pleasanton, California
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Reviewed 8 June 2010

We just returned from a week at the Maui Schooner and having read the reviews I felt I knew what to expect. The resort lived up to our expectations and even exceeded them in many ways. The condos are in need of a major update (decor is at least 20 years in the past), but we found ours to be very clean, and most importantly - everything worked! The kitchen was well-stocked and linens were plentiful. My only complaint is in regards to the bed, it was way too hard! I think hard mattresses are bought because the owners feel they will last longer...do us a favor and go for a little softer mattress. I do not find sleeping on a board to be restful at all. The 1/1 condo was the right size for two people who spent most of their time out enjoying the island, it was nice to come back to a comfortable air-conditioned space. The grounds are beautiful and kept immaculate, while this is a beach front resort it does not have a swimming beach. The staff was friendly and helpful and the resort was very quiet and well-located. We would stay here again anytime.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Sacramento, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2010

We stayed at this resort and were so dissatisfied! After our first night, we discovered while making the bed a HUGE glob of dried bodily fluid!!!! The front desk and the manager, Nancy had several lame excuses i.e. bleach, masking tape. It was clearly bodily fluid!! To add insult to injury, the manager, Nancy, told us there was nothing she would do for us. Don't waste your money. An hourly motel would be clearer!

Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Modesto
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Reviewed 1 May 2010

We traded our 2 bedroom timeshare from Lake Tahoe--a 5 star resort, for the Maui Schooner. Our 2 bedroom we received was a 1 bedroom downsrairs and a loft with king size bed upstairs. If you were sitting on the couch down stairs you could see the person upstaires lying in bed. There was NO privacy. It was also very small compared to our Lake Tahoe resort. We were also evicted for one of the days we spent there because the pest control had to spray for bugs. I think they could have done their spraying the day of check out/ in. Everyone is required to check out by 10:00am and check in is not before 4:00pm. And we still had the bugs after the pest control came. We did have a good time in Hawaii--who wouldn't but I would not recommed the Maui SchoonerResort.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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White Rock, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2010

We stayed 11 nites here and even though it was abit off the beaten path it was well setup for barbequing with 3 new Weber units beside the pool. The unit we had was listed as a 2 bedroom 2 bath (unit 306) but the upstairs bedroom was a open loft. Not the greatest setup for early to bed or early to rise sleepers as the downstairs noise carried easily, upstairs. The unit itself was well equipped even with beachtowels and beachchairs. The beach out front was not very suitable for swimming and rarely did we see anyone doing so. It did have a lovely open lawn with attached tenniscourts out back which were part of a city/state park. You also have a choice of horseshoes, putting green ,shuffleboard or hotub/pool to amuse you. Be warned..Wed. and Thurs. are slated for lawn/yard maintenance from 9am to 3pm and believe me you can forget about snoozing by the pool on those days..the gas powered equipment is non stop then. Even with these annoyances the price is hard to beat at $200. per nite for 4 quests on the ocean. The front staff were very friendly and helpful too.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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Utah
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Reviewed 13 March 2010

We had a great vacation even with the delays caused by the saturday tsunami warning. We got in really late and the weather was horrible...after a long day of traveling I wasn't expecting to be impressed because of some reviews I read. We were in a 2 bedroom 2 bath, one bedroom was an open loft to the livingroom but with only 3 of us there were no problems with that. It was very spacious and the lanai was huge with a table and chairs.

We were on the 3rd floor in the farthest building from the beach but still had a great ocean view and view of the pool area. In short, the rooms are dated, they are planning a renovation but overall there was really nothing to complain about. The kitchen and bathrooms need the most work but the furniture was nice, beds comfortable, very clean, air conditioning worked perfectly, washer and dryer, nice pool towels and everything you wouldn't think of for your comfort....such as a cooler to take to the pool or beach and beach chairs. We used the cooler everyday in our travels around the island and saved a ton of money on drinks and snacks.

The pool is small but we never had an instance where we couldn't find chairs or felt crowded. They have made the whole pool area very user friendly with an ice machine, vending machines for snacks and drinks, BBQ's, and tables and chairs. We don't play tennis but the courts looked nice. There is a ton of lawn inbetween the resort and beach, so that could be a fun area for kids. The beach is small and not swimmable but great for sitting around watching sunsets.

There is a lot of shopping nearby. After our initial travels out and about we really didn't go too far. Down the road we had great meals at Stella Blues Cafe, Fat Daddys BBQ and my husband thought the authentic Japanese restaurant Izakaya Matsu was the best food ever. I ordered some kind of fish gill and almost vomited at the table, its very authentic. There are 4 or 5 bars not too far away, karaoke at Lifes a Beach was fun, definately a locals hangout, the Dog and Duck Irish Pub had decent food, Tiki Bar was talked up but we never saw very many people there. The Diamond Bar had great music but was a very young crowd and had a weird vibe to it. A ride you need to take is out past the big expensive hotels and million dollar houses. We found a secluded beach with the nicest sand and great views, its definately a place to visit and play for the day.

Traffic to Lahaina and Kaanapali is crazy!! It took us over an hour to get there but if you can stand making the trip we love Whalers Village and always eat at Leilani's on the Beach. They have a bar down by the beach and the restaurant upstairs....we have never had a bad meal there and would suggest it to everyone. Our only activity was whale watching and we had a mom and baby circle our boat the whole time we were out there. Very fun activity during the season. Overall we had a very fun vacation and would stay at the Maui Schooner again....post refurbishment would be even better. Oh, on a side note....the average age of people there is 60ish.....not the place to go to meet young couples and definately not for singles!!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Maui Schooner Resort
Address: 980 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-9151
Region: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Kihei
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 62 Speciality Lodging in Kihei
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Maui Schooner Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Maui Schooner Resort is a beach-front property with sprawling ocean views and charming Aloha hospitality. The resort boasts a tropical, Hawaiian resort atmosphere. Relax in your one, two or three bedroom suite, spacious enough for a couple on a romantic getaway or for the family. Unlike the typical hotel room, The Schooner's condominiums are equipped with a full kitchen, separate living room and all the amenities necessary for a comfortable stay in Maui. Enjoy beach side tennis courts and a an expansive scenic stretch of Maui sand and surf. ... more   less 
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