Fodor's Expert Review Polo Beach Club

4400 Makena Rd., Makena, Hawaii, 96753, USA See on Map

Lording over a hidden section of Polo Beach, this wonderful, older eight-story rental property's charm somehow manages to stay under the radar. From your giant corner window, you can look down at the Fairmont Kea Lani villas and know you've scored the same great locale at a fraction of the price (plus, daily housekeeping service is included). Individually owned two-bedroom apartments are well cared-for and feature top-of-the-line amenities, such as stainless-steel kitchens and marble floors. An underground parking garage keeps vehicles out of the blazing Maui sun.


All of the condo units at Polo Beach Club are two-bedroom vacation residences (some can sleep four, while others can sleep six). Each unit differs in furnishings and decor, as each are individually owned, but the PBC website does a nice job of letting guests get a good view of each unit online. Each unit includes air conditioning, full kitchen, washer/dryer, free Wi-Fi, and ocean views. Some include private lanai.

The units are ranked by platinum, gold, silver, and bronze level, based on quality. Some days the cost of bronze and silver are the same. If your travel is a bit flexible, look for these savings opportunities.


Bathrooms are a nice size, and though they differ based on unit, for the most part they all have a sense of luxury to them.


There is no lobby at this condo hotel. Check-in is at an offsite location.


The pool is a bit small, but it has a fun shape to keep it interesting and lovely ocean views from the pool and adjacent hot tub.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The fantastic beach that the condos sit upon is small and can sometimes get crowded quickly. Plan to arrive early in the day, or have an alternative plan, especially on the weekends.


Though there is no on-site spa, in-room massage can be arranged through the condos.


There is no on-site dining, but for an additional fee guests can arrive to a fully stocked kitchen for cooking inside the condo or at one of the outdoor gas grills in the common areas.


Getting Around

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). This property offers free parking in an underground garage. There is also a free Wailea shuttle service provided that just happens to be a Tesla X.


Find casual, beachy fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Beach Bums (24-min drive), where Hawaiian meets American in the form of omelettes, sandwiches, and burgers. Their kiawe/guava wood smoked BBQ dinners make for a special treat.

Dining at The Mill House (24-min drive) should top any Maui itinerary, giving guests the chance to enjoy innovative, beautiful, locally sourced dishes. Add to the food a variety of fun cocktails and a massive wine list all wrapped up with clever, beautiful styling, and it’s hard to pull yourself away. An extensive happy hour from 2 to 5 p.m. gives guests the chance to try a variety of small plates and drinks. The views of the clouds wisping by the west Maui mountains and the fun duck pond off the patio makes the dining experience even more special.


Three’s Bar and Grill (12-min drive) has an insane happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. (in the Surf Lounge) that includes pupus and raw bar selections alongside $3.75 well drinks, $4 14oz beers, and margaritas and mai tais for $3.75 (with the option to upgrade to top shelf for $6.75). It’s a laid back, good time that you’ll want to have nearly every day of your vacation.

If you’re looking to get a little more rowdy while enjoying a cocktail, you’ll want to stop by South Shore Tiki Lounge (12-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.


There are some really stand out features at Polo Beach Club, like the fantastic beach in front of the hotel -- it’s low key and small, and the snorkeling is great. The herb garden and lending library add to its charm. More than anything, though, we love that it’s so prepared to welcome families by providing playpens, cribs, and has babysitting services available. Daily housekeeping is also a very nice treat at a condo property. The lack of a daily resort fee is also a big draw.


On the beach
Casual Chic


Phones: 808-891–6249;800-367–5246

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