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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Maui Schooner Hotel Kihei
- Maui Schooner Kihei
- Maui Schooner Resort Kihei