Kihei Resort – Griffin Family (#213)

Last updated 15. Jan, 2014 by in Lodging, Vacation Rentals | South

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The garden courtyard is the focal point of the complex.

The garden courtyard is the focal point of the complex.


Contact: Kihei Resort 213
Book: Online booking form

2 Bdrm / 2 Bath (Sleeps up to 6)

Lowest Advertised Rates:
Jan 7 - Feb: $179/nt. for 7+ nts or $199/nt. for 3-6 nts
March - April 14: $179/nt. for 7+ nts or $199/nt. for 3-6 nts
April 15 - May 14: $149/nt. for 7+ nts or $169/nt. for 3-6 nts
May 15 - Sept: $129/nt. for 7+ nts or $139/nt. for 3-6 nts
Oct - Dec 19: $149/nt. for 7+ nts or $169/nt. for 3-6 nts
Dec 20 - Jan 7: $259/nt. for 7+ nts
*additional $50 fee added to christmas day check in or check out.
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Beds:
King & Queen + Sofabed

Amenities:
| Fully Stocked Kitchen | Lanai | BBQ | A/C | Ceiling Fans | Washer/Dryer |
| 43″ TV | DVD | VCR | Cable | Internet | Pool | Hot Tub | Reserved Parking |
| Towels & Linens | Beach Accessories | Gardens | Walk to Beaches |

Summary
A great value, Unit 213 has been upgraded and is clean and comfortable. Quality furniture, linens, and thoughtful owners. The complex is centrally located, has private reserved parking, a beach across the street, and a swimming pool and hot tub nestled inside the tropical garden courtyard. Unit 213 is toward the back of the property, which means it is well off of S. Kihei Road and you can’t hear any street noise. Parking is reserved and very close to the unit.

Value
It is a given that this price range can prove very difficult to end up with decent quality – usually when you pass below the $200 mark on a two bedroom you can expect to give up a lot. Not the case here. In fact, you’re going to be hard-pressed to get everything for this price in another condo. The price is well below comparable units (or a hotel room, for that matter) – but corners have not been cut on comfort and quality. Another plus I noticed was the split-floor layout – this condo feels a whole lot larger than your average 2BR condo.

Location
One reason the price stays in line is that the location isn’t sitting inside one of the posh resort areas in Wailea – but folks who’ve been to Maui know that actually matters very little because Maui is very small. You can be at any part of South Maui from here within minutes. All beaches in Maui are public, so in ten minutes you can be sitting at the same beach Paris Hilton lounges on (that would be Wailea Beach, by the way) but without the “on Wailea Beach” price tag. There are also several beaches within walking distance, including a small, pretty beach right across the street.

Kalepolepo Beach Park across the street.

Kalepolepo Beach Park across the street.

Beaches Across the Street
There are two beaches across the street that are both off the radar of most tourists. Waipu’ilani Beach is a long white sand and coral beach protected by reef. Kalepolepo Beach Park, to the north is uncrowded and is the site for the recently upgraded Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary learning center. It is also home to culturally significant and the most accessible ancient Hawaiian fishpond in Maui. Both are great beaches of convenience for when you want to escape touristy crowds, have dinner or drinks while you witch the sunset, or strike up a down-to-earth conversation with a local family.

The Property
The totally misnamed “Kihei Resort” condo complex is a low-profile residential garden-style complex built around a tropical garden courtyard setting. Not a true resort by any stretch of the imagination (in fact most units are resident occupied.)

The few units that are currently rented to visitors are all privately owned, and not offered or managed by the condo property management as is common among some of the bigger timeshare and/or “condotel” buildings found in Maui resort locations. There also aren’t the kinds of fees true resorts relentlessly hit you with; extras such as Internet are included, there is no daily “resort fee”, and you won’t pay extra for your private reserved parking space.

The kitchen greets you as you enter the front door.

The kitchen greets you as you enter the front door.

The Unit
The Griffins actually purchased this unit as their home. Business demands and a growing family pulled them to another part of the island, but they value the low-key vibe and proximity to beaches and restaurants. Point being that they offer this unit with an eye on returning to it as their home in the future. I mention that because this focus is clear (and very different) when you rent this condo, creating a “home-away-from-home” feeling and added level of comfort that you simply don’t get at a for-profit vacation condo.

Another point that sets this unit apart from others in the complex is that the Griffins have expanded and remodeled the kitchen. Kitchens in the standard layout here are cramped and tiny, something the family felt needed to be upgraded when they were living here. The kitchen was redone beautifully, and just the right amount of room was added to give it plenty of space while maximizing space in the rest of the floorplan.

This unit can sleep 6 comfortably. While the upstairs bedroom is referred to by the owners as “the loft”, it is larger than most condo bedrooms, and would be considered completely private by most. It has a large shuttered window along the living room side that can be opened or closed. If you are extremely sensitive about privacy it should be noted that there is not an actual wooden door hung in the doorway separating the loft bedroom from the upstairs landing. Since there is no line-of-sight from any other part of the condo until you have actually entered the bedroom (see floorplan below) most find the lack of a door a non-issue.

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Kitchen

Kitchen

 

Bar seating

Bar seating

 

Livingroom

Livingroom

 

Livingroom

Livingroom

 

Master bedroom

Master bedroom

 

Downstairs bedroom

Downstairs bedroom

 

Bathroom

Bathroom

 

Floor Plan

Floor Plan

 

View from lanai

View from lanai

 

Asian themed gardens

Asian themed gardens

 

Courtyard in front of unit

Courtyard in front of unit

 

Garden statue

Garden statue

 

Small waterfalls in courtyard

Small waterfalls in courtyard

 

Reserved parking space next to unit

Reserved parking space next to unit

 

Path from parking space to condo

Path from parking space to condo

 

Kalepolepo Beach Park (across the street)

Kalepolepo Beach Park (across the street)

 

Beach across the street

Beach across the street

 

Humpback Whale Visitor Center (across the street)

Humpback Whale Visitor Center (across the street)

 

Piilani shopping center is around the corner

Piilani shopping center is around the corner

 


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