I wouldn't stay there again--too expensive for the low-grade experience, misleading location, lack of swimmable pool or ocean, no hot tub, and highway noise. I wish I'd listened to the other reviewers about this stuff.
Location: The condo is at the very top of Kihei, and the writeup makes it sound like Kihei is still accessible and the ocean is nice, but you actually have to get back on a highway and drive to get to Kihei and swimmable/calm beaches. The condo building is right off the highway, and you can hear the traffic all the time. This definitely makes sitting out on the much-advertised lanai quite unpleasant and you can't have the windows open and still hear each other or sleep.
Ocean/Beach: The ocean, which is supposed to be calm and nice to swim in there in South Maui, was actually very rough, cold, and there were rocks that cut your feet. Down in actual Kihei the ocean is as-advertised and quite nice, but at the location of the condo itself it's not at all--no one was swimming, just walking on the beach.
Pool: The pool was small and very cold--we couldn't swim in it, even though at our prior rental we'd been swimming every day. There is no hot tub. The condo next store has a lovely pool and large hot tub but you'd have to sneak in/could get asked to leave.
Space: The unit was clean and everything worked. The owners tried hard to make the space "beachy" and provide clean, useful items. However, the building was low quality and the overall experience wasn't at all worth the cost. The elevator is slow/old/gross and felt like it was going to fail. We took the stairs almost every time, even to the sixth floor. We were in 601, a corner unit, and the wind was absurd--we had to keep the doors and windows closed in order to hear each other.
Hospitality: The woman who checked us in was not particularly welcoming, but she was efficient and did give us an extra two hours for a late checkout, which was nice, but in the process she hung up the phone on us :/
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