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Island Sands Resort
Trabuco Canyon, California
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“Wow! Love Maui, Love Island Sands, Love Nikta”
Reviewed 2 September 2011

This is our second trip back to the Island Sands in Maalaea, and I promise we will come back again. We discovered Nikta Houston a few years ago and she introduced us to Maalaea. We had previuosly stayed ay the posh resorts in Wailea and Kaanapali, but we have now fallen in love with this less crowded, great beach and beautiful harbor town. I don't know what is better our host Nikta or our accomidations in Island Sands condo #605. Nikta made us feel like VIP's. We went to Maui this time to get married and Nikta ensured that our family was well taken care of going above and beyond what any concierge at a resort could/would do. Nikta made us feel like a part of her family. Our condo was beautiful, think understated elegance meets Tommy Bahama. Upon arrival we felt like we were in our own Maui home, it has a wonderful warm feel. Anything that you would want at home Nikta has provided in the condo. We spent every morning on the lanai having coffee over looking the ocean watching the "Freight Train" surf and most evenings with a glass of wine reminiscing about our adventures on the island that day. If you are looking for a very relaxing, stress free, beautiful island vacation this is a great place to stay!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Santa Cruz, California
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Reviewed 13 August 2011

Our stay at Island Sands was so enjoyable. The condo is spacious, wonderfully decorated and stocked with all you will need to feel at home. The lanai looks out to the ocean which is literally in the backyard and just off the harbor a reef break produces succulent waves that call you into the water. The grounds are really well kept with plumeria trees blooming, a koi pond and a pool with plenty of space for cookouts. We loved returning to the condo at the end of the day to unwind and soak in the spirit of Aloha that has definitely been infused into this great location. Mahalo!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Katy, Texas
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 10 August 2011

Reserving this unit was effortless. Nikta always responded in a timely manner and went above and beyond our expectations. The complex was well cared for and quiet. The unit itself was large, clean and well appointed. It had everything we needed as well as items to take out and about (beach chairs, coolers, maps, beach towels, etc). This unit is very close to the airport, various excursions and lots of shopping in Lahaina. Nikta offered a great concierge bonus while we were there - offering suggestions and contacts for restaurants, events, excursions, etc. I cannot conclude without mentioning that we had a lovely welcome basket and card waiting upon our arrival. Nikta made sure that our stay was nothing less than perfect.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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seattle
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Reviewed 7 May 2011

Our stay at Island Sands #605 in April was fabulous. It is furnished with everything you could possibly need. It even had beach chairs and sand mats that we took to Makena Beach. The view is stunning and unobstructed. It is very quiet and relaxing. The decor is lovely and the grounds are beautiful. Both bedrooms and baths were well-furnished and the beds were super comfortable. The owner had a gift basket for us on arrival and checked in to make sure we had everything we needed. We cannot wait to come back and stay here! You will not be disappointed in this condo. It is just perfect.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Chicago, IL
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Reviewed 19 April 2011

I can sum it up in one word.......roaches. Ick! Needs some fixing up. One of the small bathroom windows was broke and wouldn't open so it would get extremely stuffy in there. Dryer only worked on one setting. Condo was centrally located. 5 minute walk to the beach. You could watch the sunrise, but not sun set from the lanai. Pictures look nicer than it actually is.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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College Station, Texas
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Reviewed 6 April 2011

We've made several trips to Maui and this location is our favorite for whale watching and golf. It is so convenient to the several golf courses we love to play and for exploring any part of the island. Our sixth floor condo was clean and beautifully decorated, had comfortable beds, and the kitchen had everything we needed. Beautiful hardwood floors and nicely decorated. Felt like home. We'll return to this one again--soon, I hope!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
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rapid city
Level 5 Contributor
29 reviews
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Reviewed 17 March 2011

Most of the reviews of Island Sands appear to be accurate, although the outside was nicely updated a couple of years ago. The landscaping & pool are pretty & well care for. We stayed in condo 608 & found it on VRBO. From other reviews, I understand that not all Island Sands condos are equal but 608 has been totally updated for your enjoyment. It was perfect for our needs. Whereas the condo is central to the island and thus a good location to be halfway to Haleakala & Hana, it is not in a high action area...& that is not bad, just be prepared to drive. The owner, Leslie, was always quick to email back answers to questions, even the day of the Tsunami warning. The condo has every piece of equipment you'll need to create a delightful vacation & has an assigned parking space so you don't have to search for parking. The granite countered kitchen has all necessary equipment, including a blender for blended drinks. The apartment sized washer/dryer is a plus & detergent is provided. We appreciated the 2 ice chests, 2 boogie boards, 4 wonderful Tommy Bahama beach chairs, 2 beach umbrellas, 1 pair of fins & snorkel (no mask), sand toys, etc. Our son & daughter-in-law joined us & we found the 2 bedroom/2bath condo perfect as it gave us each plenty of privacy. The master bath has an attractive walk in, tiled shower & the 2nd bath has a nice, new bathtub/shower. A hairdryer is provided. Another big plus to us is it's location on the building. It is situated southeast so you can sit on the totally private, covered lanai most of the morning out of the sun & catch the breeze. If you want the sun, you could position yourself to have it as well. The only thing between you and the ocean, which is about 25' away, is 2 palm trees.
So, let's recap why 608 is lovely: 1. It is furnished with all the comforts of home including beach toys. 2. It is literally about 25' from the ocean with the view flanked by 2 palm trees. 3. The lanai is totally private & covered. 4. The constant breeze allows you to open the sliding doors to the living room as well as master bedroom to cool the condo.( Lock the outdoor screen & prop the door open slightly to create a comfortable flow of air while awake.) 5. 2 private baths. We are pleased with 608 Island Sands & would stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Island Sands Resort
Address: 150 Hauoli St, Maalaea, Maui, HI 96793
Region: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Maalaea
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Maalaea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Island Sands Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 84
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Island Sands Hotel Maalaea
Maui Island Sands Resort
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