Review Submitted: 05 January 2012
Date of Stay: December 2011
I was very fortunate to be able to spend a few days in Maui just before Christmas and what a WONDERFUL getaway! From the moment you arrive at Kahului and feel the warm, tropical breeze, you are instantly in rest and relaxation mode.
A quick 30 minute drive and you arrive at your temporary home in the Kihei Akahi. This complex is truly beautiful. A meticulously maintained landscape of lush greenery and tropical flowers surround the residential buildings, pool and tennis courts. Neal and Joe’s unit is well above average and most certainly, makes you feel at home. Well not one to put much faith in ‘accurate photo depictions’, the pictures of this unit do not begin to do it justice. Incredibly comfortable, with just the right blend of the classic kitsch of island rattan furniture, contemporary colour scheme, modern kitchen with light maple cabinetry, granite counter tops and new appliances and rather unique stone and tile shower worthy of the finest hotels. The lanai is also furnished and, while you enjoy your evening glass of wine, you can look right to the ocean or left to the mountains. With regard to this unit, fully renovated means exactly that – everything is new, new, new!
Everything you might need is available in the unit. Dishes, cutlery, cookware, nice BIG mugs for that morning cup of Kona coffee and even travel mugs and plastic glasses for the beach! Beach towels, beach chairs, boogie board, snorkel gear, safe, washer and dryer, the list goes on… Incredibly, the unit even includes wireless internet, FREE North American long distance and, apparently, cable TV, but, with all Maui has to offer, I decided to forego Survivor this week!
Kamaole Beach II is literally across the street from the Kihei Akahi and, should you wish a slight change in venue, Kamaole I and Kamaole III are just a short walk in either direction. While these three beaches are very close together, they are each very different and worth checking out.
Food? Bistro 808 is a nice little gem tucked away in the rear of the building next door to Kihei Akahi. Café a la Plage, just two blocks away, offers great Maui-roasted coffee and SPECTACULAR breakfast bagels. If cooking at home is more your style, you will drive straight past Costco on your way from the airport and a Safeway store with a large liquor selection is located right in Kihei.
All in all, a FANTASTIC place for a vacation and, when I return, I will most definitely be booking Neal and Joe’s charming abode at the Kihei Akahi
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