Condo, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)
Greg and Kenlyn Stewart
About Greg and Kenlyn Stewart
This is a family business with Ken and Marilyn Erickson as the owners and our daughter and son in law, Kenlyn and Greg Stewart are operating the vacation rentals. They live in Knoxville Tennessee and Ken and I are in Sedona Arizona.
Greg and Kenlyn Stewart purchased this Condo in 1983
Why Greg and Kenlyn Stewart chose Kihei
We discovered one of the most beautiful ocean front locations in the world. We were dazzled and are still amazed to this day. It is a top beachfront location on all of Maui and starts the 2 miles of pristine, uncrowded swimming, snorkeling beach that goes all across Wailea. The climate is the best on the island...less humid than other locations. Our top floor location above the palm trees gives an amazing panoramic view, and quiet times on the lanai. Being at the very south end of Kihei, and on the sand at the north end of the amazing Keawakapu Beach is as ideal as Maui gets. Just do a google map satellite Mana Kai view, and you will see why we chose this beautiful spot in Paradise.
What makes this Condo unique
The stunning panoramic views, the miles of gorgeous sandy beach, the Mana Kai Resort complete with gourmet waterfront restaurant, lounge, Sushi Bar, Happy Hour plus a wonderful upscale Deli and country store. There also is a beauty parlor. The lobby area has a travel desk for all the Maui tours. The beautiful pool and waterfall are surrounded by tiki torches at night. Very romantic lovely atmosphere.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Great location and view of beach
The description of the property was spot on. The building is right on the beach and the top floor provides a great view of the ocean. Other plusses: the assigned parking spot was right near the entrance, the laundry room was right around the corner. The only small downside was that the floors were a bit dusty (making our feet black), but rather a small thing.
Great location but need to kick up cleaning a few notches.
Location is excellent, master bed was very comfortable. Very disappointed with cleaning - dishes, refrig, bathrooms etc all had issues. Once we cleaned out fridges ourselves and washed dishes as we used them, rest of stay was enjoyable. Had one minor issue with air cond and owner/maintenance was quick with response. In general, great experience once we got past being dirty on arrival.
The condominium is a nice layout and has a beautiful view. The bamboo sliding doors are a very nice room divider. The place could have been cleaner - we walked around with bare feet at first and the bottoms of our feet were black and the kitchen sink and counter area seem sort of grimy/dingy. Lots of paint chipping around doorways and grout needs cleaning or updating. It wouldn't take much to be more top of the line. One thing would be a more towels, soaps, shampoos, or just joining the condo organization and being managed as part of the property. There are amenities that guests would have like pool and bath towel exchanges that would be so wonderful and really add to a vacation. We loved the pool, the Lanai was nice and the setting on the ocean can't be beat. We found the owners to be very nice and good communicators. We added some sand toys and noodles to the gear closet. There are no cards or games accumulated so bring your own for those family game nights in the evening hours. A good place for kids with a great beach and good snorkeling plus the pool!
We have just repainted the condo, added a new dishwasher and range, steam cleaned all the furniture, got a new mattress for the main king bed, and acid washed and coated the floors.
We replace the towels very often, (both bathroom sets, and beach towels) and will add some more to our inventory. There are times when some disappear, but we always check and replace the missing towels.
The dirt that accumulates on the floor has been coming from the remnants of the wild fire that hit the area. It still gets tracked in. It has been a problem for the condos in Kihei and Wailea. With more rain the problem should take care of itself.
We do supply cleaning materials and bath soap. We used to supply shampoo, but most every renter I asked about it, said they prefer to bring there own personal brand.
We are one of the few condos that do not have to be part of the rental pool. That allows us to offer a better rate, and charge no resort fee. It also means you know exactly what unit you are getting. (809 - top floor). That is something booking through the rental pool does not guarantee. It is a trade off our long time repeat renters place over towels and made service. There is a convenient washer and dryer room a few doors down the hall.
Last year we remodeled both bathrooms, and added a new custom bamboo shake divider sliding that makes our condo better than ever. The top floor view has never need any improvement.
Wonderful stay at best beach in Maui
Building was in great location
Beach was fabulous
Highly recommend this condo and this building
Will be back
Mana Kai 809
Fantastic location and amenities. The view is unmatched!
I have stayed at the Mana Kai twice now and really appreciate much about it. The location and vibe of the place is great. The person we dealt with (a family member of the owner I believe) was reponsive when we booked. When the lock broke, he had a locksmith there to address the situation immediately. Much appreciated. Beds are good (important). I also think that the owner could spend just a little bit of the rather steep nightly fare to make it a better situation for renters. Buy some more kitchen utensils, etc. Provide a cheap cooler. Buy some beach chairs for your guests to use. The Mana Kai provides chairs, but for use on their lawn only. What about when you want to sit in the sand or visit another beach? I just don't think that guests should be expected to buy their own. None of this was a big deal and overall it was a good rental experience. I would rent from them again. I just think, considering the nightly cost, that they could spend a couple hundred bucks now and then and make things better.
Thanks for taking the time to help us do a better job at making the experience as nice as can be. We added two really nice Tommy Bahama beach chairs, and completely overhauled our kitchen utensils, glasses, serving dishes, and added a great knife set. We also added a brand new high end mattress for the main bedroom. We have a grab bag closet, that is always full of beach goodies. The folks who stay add to it, and sometimes things disappear. We never quite know what is available. I made sure that a cooler was added to the mix. Again, we really appreciate you taking the time to add your thoughts.
Fine restaurant, Top of the line Deli, Sushi bar, Happy Hour, Water sports shop,Tiki torches, Best snorkeling & Best location!!!