These one- and two-bedroom condos—some with ocean views—lie across the street from one of Maui's best beach parks, Kamaole III. Condos have two bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, cable TV, and washers and dryers. Most units are decorated with the traditional island rattan furniture, although because they're individually owned, the interior design can vary. For extra space, reserve the popular two-bedroom units, which have a loft-style master bedroom. Among the 13 clusters of two-story buildings, there are tropical gardens, two tennis courts, a grotto pool with a waterfall, a Jacuzzi spa, another pool, and barbecue grills.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There is a five-night minimum for bookings.
The Maui Kamaole features 316 condos that are one-bedroom, ground floor condos and two-bedroom, second-floor condos. All have private lanais, free Wi-Fi, and full kitchens, as well as washer/dryer in the unit. Quality of decor and furnishings differs by condo, but many could use some updating.
The guest ratings and condo photos on the Maui Condo website are particularly helpful for making the right choice for your travel needs.
Bathrooms differ based on unit, some with tubs, others with standing showers.
There is no lobby for these condos.
There are two swimming pools on property, one of which almost looks more like a grotto than a pool, as well as a hot tub. Both are surrounded by manicured tropical foliage, adding beauty and privacy.
There is no fitness center, but there are tennis courts for guests.
It’s easy (and preferable) to explore Maui’s smaller towns by foot, but to get to them and around the island, you’ll need to rent a car. If you plan on exploring the Road to Hana, get something with a little extra horsepower (but not too big as the road can get very narrow).
Beloved Hawaiian chef Sheldon Simeon’s newest project, a contemporary take on his family’s Filipino food, takes diners through his personal story, ranging from his childhood to his time on “Top Chef.” The dishes at Lineage (6-min drive) are deeply personal, and the new interpretations of the food Simeon grew up with use incredible ingredients, including gorgeous vegetables from Oprah Winfrey’s Maui farm. The cocktail program at the beautiful bar is just as exceptional as the food, and the surprising amount of plant-based options is refreshing (but there are plenty of elevated traditional options for meat lovers).
Find fresh, vibrant food at Fork and Salad (11-min drive), featuring signature, as well as build-your-own salads, grain bowls, and sandwiches made with a wide variety of mostly local and organic ingredients. These healthy options make a great choice to pick up for a beach picnic or day of hiking.
Beer lovers should pull up a bar stool for a while at What Ales You (6-min drive), with its wall of 20 rotating taps that focus on a large variety of craft beers that staff has lovingly curated. If you’re not a beer lover, the bar also has some wine options, along with standard bar food fare.
If you’re looking to get a little more rowdy while enjoying a cocktail, you’ll want to stop by South Shore Tiki Lounge (6-min drive), where happy hour lasts all day. Seriously, it’s daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with live music from 4 to 6 p.m. each day. Even when it’s not happy hour their tiki, blended, and classic drinks are priced nicely, and the bar is a lot of fun, with drinks and DJs every night from 10 p.m. to close.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The location of Maui Kamaole is a big draw, right across the beach from one of Maui’s most popular beaches, walking distance from Kihei boat ramp where boat tours launch, and near Wailea Resort’s golf courses. The hilltop location allows for stunning views, and condos are quite spacious.