Condo: 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, Sleeps 4 ADULTS (Q & Twins + one roll-away cot)
About Doug Wallway
We are a developer/contractor, interior design team. We live in the Truckee, Tahoe area of California. We have built/remodeled high end homes and many condos, including beautiful lake front properties. Our passion is designing and building & we love doing it in beautiful places. We feel very blessed and fortunate to have this opportunity!
Doug Wallway purchased this Condo in 2010
Why Doug Wallway chose Lahaina
We were visiting the beautiful island, Maui for a wedding and rented at The Maui Sands. We really enjoyed the location, the low density and the ambience of the Maui Sands resort. While there, we discovered there was a unit for sale & bought it! It is an older two story complex that is right on the water. It is quiet & has a more local feel than the high rises. We really enjoy the non commercial & quiet beauty of this location.
What makes this Condo unique
We love the ocean & its sound! We are only 11 feet from the surf and it is what we have always wanted. It is an older Maui style building with charm and since we don't go to the ocean to hear hotel/pool noise and looking at other guests' balconies this place is perfect. Seeing the wild life in it's natural habitat is wonderful too. Location is central and close enough to the shops & restaurants for when you need them. The setting is so beautiful you will want to stay home for dinner and the sun sets are amazing!
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Amazing property and owners
We were so impressed with this property. The owners stock it with every beach item you could need from pool toys to snorkels and even water shoes, which were a real help. We didn't have to worry about buying anything for the kids to play with or to enjoy the water. The location, right next to the beach steps was amazing. We were able to swim both at high and low tide but at low tide, we were able to see so much wildlife, snorkel right off the beach and walk down the beach to additional beaches. The accommodations were perfect for a family with 2 kids that need their own beds and the property was well stocked with towels, kitchen supplies and even staples like ketchup and sugar, which was a pleasant surprise. The view of Molaki is beautiful, especially at sunset.
Lots of choices of places to eat within walking distance and a grocery store that you can walk to as well. Overall, the condo was a perfect fit for our family of 4 and we would highly recommend.
On another note, we had a bit of an emergency while on island and the owners (and some of their neighbors) were so incredibly helpful and supportive. Not only are you getting a great property if you rent this, you are dealing with very stand up, helpful and caring owners.
Best vacation ever
We had such a great experience with the entire process from booking the condo, to the communication with the owner, to finding the condo once we got to Hawaii. The condo was beautifully decorated, clean, and it had everything you could possibly need. The view was just amazing and so relaxing. My husband and teenage boys enjoyed the fact that the ocean was our backyard. Thank you to the owner for everything. Will definitely book it again next time we go to Hawaii. We have recommended this condo to a few of our closest friends.
Lovely condo in a rather depressing complex
Reviewing this property is a bit complicated. The condo itself, and its proximity to the water, is wonderful. The place was clean, well-stocked, and updated, as the photos indicate. What the owners don’t provide are photos of the complex itself, which, as my sister, who rented another unit here, said looks like Section 8 housing: grim, cinderblock buildings, tired-looking exterior paint, and doors/window coverings in need of attention. We were all REALLY disappointed when we pulled into the parking lot—the last thing you want to feel on the first day of your Hawaiian vacation.
To complicate things further, the complex is undergoing construction, and though this didn’t directly impact our building, it did have a major impact on our experience. There’s ugly orange plastic fencing snaking its way around the property that prevents easy and quick access to the pool, trash area and buildings on the south side of the complex, and there was a large bulldozer and other machinery smack in the middle of the property—and yes, some construction noise. A large swath of the lawn is dug up due to this work. We were made aware of this construction only because the owner of my sister’s rental emailed them to warn them of it, and offered to release them from their contract. In the end, the owner gave them 50% off. I emailed our owners when I found out about this work, and they did promptly reply, saying that they would assess the impact of the construction when they came out here to stay last month, but we never heard back from them.
So, all-in-all, we enjoyed our time here on Maui, loved the views from our condo, and appreciated the thoughtful touches the owners provided in their unit, but feel that they weren’t upfront about the state of the complex itself, which, in my opinion, warrants a frank disclosure on the part of the condo owner and a discounted rate.
Thank you for visiting us, much appreciated.
The guest was writing the review on behalf of two different parties and individually owned units in two different locations on the property. We had numerous emails/questions about the new seawall repairs and the complex. We were frank and honest and always answered questions and would have reported a negative back if there had been anything else that needed to be discussed. The south end of the wall work is going to be completed for this year in August 2019. We did go out to the property to assess the work. Our unit being situated at the most north end of the property was not impacted by sight nor sound from the work in the south end. There was safety mesh in the center of the common grounds area as per code and we do acknowledge that during work hours: Mon - Fri when more safety measures were taken, it was an inconvenience to walk a bit further to take the trash out. Arriving in our north parking lot and walking down to the Pacific Ocean, one could not see any repair work (except if you looked through a gap between two buildings)
The friends of our guests were in a different location and would have had a different view and would have been impacted. They were offered 50% off because of their location. We didn't do this because our unit wasn't impacted or the immediate area around us. This probably tainted our guests attitude towards the visit before hand(?) TWO weeks before these guests arrived we received a wonderful FIVE star rating on our unit and a re booking. We also gave these guests our own 5 star rating to help their booking profile.
The outer buildings in the south parking lot are about to undergo repairs and paint. The common areas are tropical and lush with very old growth, not found anywhere else on that particular stretch and they will be open again in a few weeks (August). Maui Sands is an older resort that has a local feel and not your typical, high rise modern hotel. It is low density and has a very local ambience.
The whole upper west shore of Maui has undergone a lot of restoration work over the past couple of years and our neighbors north and south have had the same repair work done.
Please read all the many 5 stars!
On the Water Beachfront Luxury
Absolutely floored by this gorgeous apartment. Being on the bottom floor was wonderful since we could just walk right out onto the Lanai and down the steps into the water. Two reefs directly in front of the apartment make a tide pool area for small children to explore in low tide and a snorkeling paradise if you want to brave the waves at high tide. We did both and it was fantastic. Turtles and all kinds of tropical fish right next to the apartment and just a gorgeous lanai to sit and enjoy your meals or get a tan.
Driving through Maui and seeing many of the accommodations even in the same apartment complex makes you realize just how wonderfully maintained this unit is. No bugs, AC, floor and overhead fans in eat room, as well as plenty of beach or pool amenities and everything you could need for the kitchen and house. There is not a thing we would change about our stay- and we had a 9mo old with us. It was perfection. At naptime only one person from our party had to be indoors and could watch from the lanai as the others snorkeled off the reefs in front. Love love love Maui and this apartment. Pleasant owners with great communication right from the beginning. Comfy beds, comfy furniture, beautiful bathrooms and decor and it was luxury as far as we were concerned. You won’t be disappointed renting this apartment.
Aloha Hope! Many mahalos for your wonderful review of our condo. We truly appreciate your time in writing and for the great description of your visit. You were a pleasure to work with and it makes it all worthwhile when we hear from appreciative guests, like yourself.
The location is really as close to the water as one can get!! The property is going to be hugely improved upon as well, as we are having a beautiful new sea wall built (half done as we speak) and the grounds will be getting a face lift too! All good stuff and you were a great guest to understand that repairs to the wall further along the property from our building had to take place (and didn't disturb you either!) The west side of the island has undergone a lot of tidal stress these last several years and most resorts have had extensive work north and south of us.
We'd love to have you and your family back and we always offer return guest discounts. Many thanks again!
We love our stay at the Maui Sands it’s a home away from home.
Our family (w/ kids 12 and 15) thought this location and condo were perfect for our Maui visit. The condo had everything we needed. It was great being on the water. The view was perfect with lots of whale action. The water in front of the condo isn’t always useable. There were days that we couldn’t swim there but other days it was perfect for snorkeling(although we didn’t see much).
We were surprised by the amount of driving we had to do on the island, but that would have been wherever we would have stayed. This condo was a great location, close to Kannapali. It was also walking distance to an ABC Store which has pretty much everything you need.
We will tell friends about this place.
Fantastic whale watching & marine life while you sit on your lanai or look out from the unit. Whales, occasionally dolphins can be seen out further and a couple of resident turtles frequent the reef right in front of the lanai. You really can't get a better spot for viewing nature at it's best!