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"With the magnificent Pacific views and elegant Maui condos along the beach, our stay here was magical."
“Luxurious and Relaxing”
We stayed in Penthouse #210 for 9 nights, June 26-July 5, 2013 and had a wonderful experience. The parking spots in the garage are very small, however there are outside spots of a normal size that could be utilized if desired. The garage spot for 210 is directly across from the elevator. The elevator is shared with 10 other units, however we rarely ran across other residents in the elevator during our stay. In any case, we never had to wait for the elevator.
The unit was beautiful! There is a sign at the door requesting that you remove your shoes—this is what we do at home to help keep our floors and furniture clean. The unit was spotless and well stocked. This particular unit supplied plenty of laundry detergent, but no Downey or Bounce, so if you plan to do laundry, you may want to bring a few Bounce sheets with you. There was ample dishwasher detergent as well as dishwashing soap. Plenty of paper towels and spices, coffee, tea, creamer and packets of sugar and sugar substitute are provided. Every imaginable kitchen gadget and appliance is also provided.
The view is partial-ocean and the unit is close to the family pool. Sitting on the lanai, you can hear the families at the pool, however it is not overwhelming. Once inside with the doors closed, you cannot hear any noise from the outside at all. The lanai was spacious, with seating for 4 (there are folding chairs in the laundry room if you need extra seating). We used the grill on the lanai twice during our stay, producing perfectly cooked steaks each time.
The beds in the two bedrooms were very comfortable. My husband ended up spending a few nights on the sofa bed due to loud snoring, and as sofa beds tend to be, he reported that it was not very comfortable. The bathrooms were large as were the showers. The closet in the master bath provided a great deal of room to store items when not in use, allowing us to feel more at home. Also, there was a safe in the master bath closet in case you feel the need to lock anything up. There were ample towels and the soap, shampoo, conditioner and shower gel all seemed to be good quality. When we needed more supplies, it never seemed to be a problem.
Overall, the unit was huge and the quality of the finishes was superb. There was tile throughout, except in the bedrooms, as well as granite and stainless steel countertops and top of the line appliances.
The adult pool was beautiful. As both of our children are over 18 years old, this is where we spent all our time. We actually found the best cabana—the second one down from the pool attendant’s station. This area was not too close to the ocean walkway or the attendant’s station, allowing for a view of the ocean as well as a bit of privacy. We had four chairs with an optional cover and were able to sit there every day we wanted without coming down at 7am to fight for it. In fact, that is the best part of Wailea Beach Villas—it is not crowded or stressful, the people are very friendly, and the only people walking around the property are those staying there or working there. Having stayed at the Kea Lani, the Four Seasons, the Grand Wailea and the Intercontinental (now the Wailea Marriott) on previous visits, I can tell you that this was by far the most relaxing to stay. Generally, we were the only people in the pool or hot tub at any given time and there were just a few people sitting in the chairs around the pool.
The walk to the pool and beach from the Penthouse building includes 60 stairs, but the walk is filled with waterfalls, foliage and lots of geckos. It is about a 3-5 minute walk, but in any of the area resorts, I think the walk to the beach would be about the same.
Wailea beach is beautiful too! We snorkeled almost everyday on both ends of the beach. We saw two sea turtles while snorkeling there and a multitude of fish. Also, there was a day when several smaller sea turtles came swimming close to the beach attracting a rather large group of people. (by the way, sea turtles are protected and should not be touched or approached too closely—someone should probably post signs at local beaches so people are aware of this). We also body surfed and boogie boarded daily. The beach is perfect for so many activities—we never ventured off to any other beaches during our stay.
The walkway in front of the property fronts the beach in both directions for a nice long walk. There were luaus at both the Marriott and the Grand several nights a week, providing a bit of musical atmosphere that you can hear from the lanai and get a view of from the walkway near the beach. The Shops at Wailea are a very short walk away, providing a variety of restaurants and shops—every morning I walked to the Honolulu Coffee shop for my morning coffee. There are many good restaurants within walking distance and even more just a short drive away.
For a more relaxed stay with plenty of room, I highly recommend Penthouse #210 at the Wailea Beach Villas!