Kihei Akahi C 505 – Guest Stay March 2019
“Kathy’s place was very clean. The kitchen was well stocked with pots and pans and all the utensils needed for cooking. We utilized the beach chairs, beach towels, cooler and boogie board that was there for our beach day. There was enough linens for us and the sofa pull out was comfortable to sleep on. The condo is located right across from the beach and walking distance to many eateries in the area.” – Brandy W.
Island Sands 206 – Guest Stay March 2019 – Maui Vision Rentals was able to help save this family’s vacation. Read on…
“We ended up in Island Sand 206 after arriving in Maui and finding our original Airbnb Rental extremely disappointing. We had our son, his wife and 2 grandchildren arriving the next day and knew we couldn’t stay there with them so we had to find something available the next day. There was very little available on a days notice in peak season and while we liked the photos, I was a little worried because there were only a handful of reviews. Well, my worries were completely unfounded and I’m still shocked that this gem was available for us.
We had purchased our groceries immediately after arriving on the island and had no place to store them in the hours between leaving the first condo and check in at Island Sands 206. Kathy graciously made arrangements for us to drop off our food and luggage at the unit early even though the cleaning lady (who was an absolute sweetheart) was hard at work preparing the unit for our arrival later that day. She even let us leave our luggage so we’d have room in our vehicle for our kids luggage, strollers and car seats when we picked them up at the airport. I know this meant our stuff had to be moved around so that the unit could be cleaned properly but the cleaner made us feel that this was absolutely no problem. We all arrived back at the unit a few hours later and began settling in. The unit was sparkling clean and and I began to explore it to see what we would need to buy since I had not had time to inquire in advance about cooking supplies, bathroom/laundry supplies or beach items. Well it was all there and more!
There was a beach cooler, beach chairs, an umbrella and tons of beach towels, there were plenty of paper products, dish soap and laundry soap. The kitchen was extremely well stocked. There were plenty of good pots and pans, storage containers, mixing/serving bowls, utensils, casserole dishes and baking sheets. There were way more appliances then we needed including a toaster, blender and electric kettle. And the cupboard and fridge were full of basics including plastic wrap, aluminum foil and plenty of spices. Since we were travelling with 2 kids under 2, we prepared almost all of our meals ourselves and this was a breeze here. The unit was plenty large enough for 4 adults and the two little ones. The walk-in shower in the master bathroom was very spacious and having a bathtub in the second bathroom was terrific for bathing the little ones. The kitchen is a little tight but since its partially open to the living and there is a ton of extra storage in the cupboards that take up one entire wall of the living room, we were able to store our snacks and bar supplies there which gave us plenty of room.
An earlier review mentioned that the furniture was dated but it isn’t really dated so much as it is a particular tropical style that is common. It is the exact furniture that you see in the photos and it is in very good shape and is clean. The lanai is truly spectacular. The view is amazing and we were able to see whales (and get a close view with the binoculars thoughtfully supplied) and watch the turtles playing in the rocks right below us. The grounds are very well maintained with beautiful flowers and grassy areas and there is even a little Koi pond near the elevators. The pool is heated which made it a delight to play in when we got home after long day beaching or sightseeing and there are are plenty of lawn chairs and tables around the pool.
There are two large shared grills in the pool area and there was a never a wait to use them. There is a real neat group of owners who gather at the tables near the grill every evening and my husband loved taking a cocktail down to the grill and talking to these folks each evening. They offered us lots of tips and even invited us to a potluck one night. These folks were so awesome and friendly to our grandchildren and once they discovered that our granddaughter loved to press the elevator buttons they would wait for her if the saw her coming so she could press the button for their floor too. As mentioned in another reveiw, the parking spot is at the end of the row right next to some bushes so it is tight but we managed even with a Suburban and there is parking on the street if you want easier access in and out of the drivers door. The staff in the building office are really helpful and gave us a bunch of restaurant coupons and even gave us a code to receive $5 off each admission at the Ocean Center. As you can see, we loved the place. My husband and I were staying on Maui 3 days longer than our kids and had (previously made) reservations at a much more expensive hotel in Lahaina for that time and in hindsight we wish we had simply stayed at Island Sands 206. Please don’t think twice about renting here….although I hope there will still be room for us on our next trip because we won’t stay anywhere else. Thanks for saving our vacation Kathy!” – Laurel E.
Kihei Akahi C 505 – Guest Stay March 2019
“Great location – half a block walk to the beach. Was awesome having beach chairs, umbrella, boogie boards, fins, etc to use, all in great shape. View from lanai was really pretty view – wished the lanai was a little bigger & we didn’t end up sitting on it much, but one time when I was out there, saw humpbacks not far from shore. All the beaches around were nice, never crowded & we snorkeled with turtles off of Kam II! We waffled a lot on where to stay on Maui & were so glad we chose Kihei – has several great spots to eat within walking distance or a within a short drive up the road, & Kihei was a great base to explore from. The weather was always way better there – would be windy, chilly & rainy elsewhere, and sunny & warm in Kihei! Condo was clean & welcoming , & owners have done a great job of stocking all kinds of basic needs on top of the beach gear. Rental company was always really quick to respond & check-in was seamless. Door code instead of a key entrance was also super handy.” – Nicola and Mark F.
Kanai A Nalu Unit 101- Guest Stay March 2019
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“Great location. Well equipped. The highlight was watching the whales and a sea turtle from the patio while having our morning coffee. Awesome!” – Valda S.
Kihei Akahi D 506- Guest Stay February 2019
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“Property was clean, everything we needed. Watched many whales from the Lanai each day. I would recommend bringing a good set of binoculars. Walking to the beach was easy. The location was perfect for all our driving adventures.” – Gail H.
Kanai A Nalu 318- Guest Stay Feb. to March 2019
“A relaxing, beautiful time… A very, very nice spot. Beautiful relatively uncrowded beach, quiet facility, a few restaurants and bars down the street. Would definitely rent it again.”
– Mike I.
Kihei Akahi C 405- Guest Stay February 2019
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“Great unit with all the necessities.” – Sherri S.
Kihei Akahi C 505- Guest Stay March 2019
“Clean condo in a great location in Kihei, right across the street from the beach. Kathy was very quick to respond. Would recommend and stay there again.” – Adam H.
Kihei Akahi D402– Guest Stay February 2019 – March 2019
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“Perfect location in Kihei – walking to an excellent beach (Kam II), restaurants, and stores. Gorgeous view from the Lanai. This particular unit (and building?) is perfectly aligned to catch the wind. Even on the hot days we never needed air conditioning. New appliances, excellent beds – even the pull out couch and twin mattresses. Beautiful, new showers. Could not imagine anything you could need that this airbnb did not have: all the kitchen items, linens/pillows/towels, beach chairs, cooler, binoculars, …Perfect for a couple with 2 kids – both bathrooms are ensuites to the bedrooms. Very quiet in the evening. Lots of friendly guests.” – Marilynn L.
Kihei Akahi C505– Guest Stay February 2019 – March 2019
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“Really enjoyed our stay! It was so great to have all the extras provided – beach chairs, umbrella, coolers, beach bag, boogie boards etc. Everything you would need and more, you won’t find that at a hotel!” – Hilmar W.