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 Wailua
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.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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!
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.
Our home on Maui
My family and I have stayed in 809 numerous times. It has become our home on Maui. I love sitting on the lanai watching the whales. Falling asleep at night to the sound of the waves is such a peaceful experience. We look forward to our next stay.
Great location, great view, beautiful building but unit could use some updating.
Beautiful building and views but overall this unit is dated and because of this it was not as enjoyable as a previous stay in a different unit. Simple replacement of bedding, linens, paint, dinnerware and the stove would go a long way. The unit could also use new flooring and mattresses and it would be significantly more enjoyable. Air conditioning was nice and kept us comfortable.
I am sorry you had some problems with our unit. This is the first non 5 star review we have received since our total remodeling of both bathrooms and installation of a custom high end sliding bamboo wall. We rent at over 90% occupancy, and a lot of our renters are repeat.
I'll address your complaints down the response, but I need to add a few things about why our unit is unique and fairly priced. I do not think there is another top floor unit, as reasonably priced as ours. If so I would love to know. When you rent ours - you know exactly where you will be located. The much more expensive units from the Mana Kai rental pool do not offer that assurance. Staying right above the restaurant can be an unpleasant surprise. Our view is is second to none, and the ambient visitor noise and footsteps above are non-existent.
We are one of the few units that do not have to follow the same exacting remolding plans the rest of the units at the Mana Kai must abide by. This is a unit owned by a family of artists and musicians, and we have remodeled in a way that suits our taste. We call it relaxing and comfortable. We a use smaller fridge and stove to give more counter space, and to add room for a make up room connected to the main bathroom.
The floor tiles are our choice over the large slabs that all the remodeled units must use. The painting is something our cleaning crew leader (the same person we have used for over a decade) will look into. We added the custom bamboo sliding wall to take care of chips that happened to the old painted one. Since we repainted everything during the remodel, and we have not had any complaints, I am glad you brought that up. We always attempt to resolve all problems immediately. With our unit use being over 90%, we add new linens more than a half dozen times a year. This is the first mattress complaint we have had, and we will also look into this right away.
Like any rental spot, were are not the right fit for everyone. What we provide is great experience for those who want an unforgettable lanai view, and less humid breezes our non restricted high location provides. It is what we choose to provide, but will also problem solve anything that arises as soon as possible.
There are $1000 rooms at the 5 star (not on the beach) Japanese hotels that provide gilded fixtures and candy on the pillow. The view, however, can be seen a million places around the world. Ours is unique, and will stay with you long after you have returned home. Greg
Fine restaurant, Top of the line Deli, Sushi bar, Happy Hour, Water sports shop,Tiki torches, Best snorkeling & Best location!!!