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Fodor's Expert Review Wailea Ekolu Village

10 Wailea Ekolu Pl., Wailea, Hawaii, 96753, USA See on Map

These affordable Wailea condos are perched on a hillside and offer panoramic vistas of the resort, the ocean, and nearby islands. One- or two-bedroom condos are set on 18 tropical acres with two pools and a recreational pavilion. Ekolu is the Hawaiian word for the number three, and here you can take it to mean you get (1) parking, (2) Internet access, and (3) free phone calls. Another three: housekeeping is every third day.

Take advantage of the property’s proximity to a wide variety of shopping and dining options -- lots of choices are within a comfortable walking distance.

room

Each of the one-, two-, and three-bedroom units differ in furnishings and decor, as each are individually owned, but the 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.

bathroom

Some bathrooms have tub/shower combos, while others have standing showers. They aren’t particularly large, though the vanities are a nice size.

lobby

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

pool

There is one lower pool and one upper pool, both of which look almost identical. They are both a nice size, with concrete surrounding, and a few loungers.

YOU SHOULD KNOW This property is set back a bit from the ocean, so you’re not going to have beachfront access like at other properties. For some, the walk isn’t bad, but you may need to hop in your car to get down to the beach.

LOCATION

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). Free self parking is available. There is also a free Wailea shuttle service provided that just happens to be a Tesla X.

Restaurants

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. Find casual, beachy fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Beach Bums (22-min drive), where Hawaiian meets American in the form of omelettes, sandwiches, and burgers. Their guava wood smoked BBQ dinners make for a special treat.

Bars

Though it may not be as popular as another Hawaiian brewing company, Maui Brewing Co. (16-min drive) deserves every bit as much respect, especially since it’s still local. Its newest brewery, tasting room, and pub in Kihei is super sleek and fun. Drop in for a brewery tour or grab a seat at the massively long bar and try out some of their seasonal beers that are only available at the brewery. Be sure to grab a crowler or growler to enjoy those special flavors during the rest of your trip.


Three’s Bar and Grill (8-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.

WHY WE LIKE IT

This condo property adds some affordability to the resort area of Wailea, allowing for groups and families to stay without breaking the bank. The golf course views are nice, but the ocean views are even better, especially considering the distance from the beach.

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Quiet
Near the beach
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 800-367–5246;808-891–6249

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