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"With the magnificent Pacific views and elegant Maui condos along the beach, our stay here was magical."
“Perfect Family Vacation”
We rented a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo at Polo Beach Club from Destination Resorts. There were 4 of us (my wife and I, our 2-year-old daughter, and a friend), and we can't say enough good things about our experience!
The condo was plenty spacious for us, and although the interior was a bit dated, it was very clean and well-kept. The stove and dishwasher were both quite old, but fully functional. Wireless wasn't working when we first arrived, but they sent someone up and had it working within minutes. The focal point of the condo is the lanai, which is connected to the living room and master bedroom by sliding glass doors, and offers spectacular views of the sunset every night, as well as a direct view of Polo Beach itself. Although the central air conditioning worked very well, we tried to use it as little as possible so that we could have just the screen doors between us and the lanai, and the crashing waves would lull us to sleep every night.
Polo Beach itself is fantastic. Unlike the other beaches in Wailea, Polo Beach was practically empty most days, and our condo supplied plenty of towels, beach chairs, and umbrellas. At the resorts, we saw people waiting in line for those things, and the beaches were much more crowded. Every morning it is relatively calm on the beach, which is a great time for snorkeling. I walked right in off the beach and saw incredible coral formations, bright red sea urchins, colorful fish, and best of all, huge sea turtles! If you don't snorkel, you can stand on the rocks on the south side of Polo Beach, and if you're patient, you will see enormous sea turtles coming up for air! The waves on the beach can get quite aggressive later in the day as the islands heat up and wind strengthens, and the bodyboarding is excellent. For my 2-year-old daughter, the waves were too intense, but she absolutely loved playing in the tidal pools on the rocks (the same rocks from which you can watch the turtles).
Destination Resorts did a fantastic job connecting us with local vendors - everything from grocery store options to rental suppliers for cribs, jogging strollers, beach toys, snorkels, bodyboards, and toddler toys. Grocery shopping is quite expensive in Hawaii, but you're saving a lot by not staying and eating at a resort. I met several people staying at the Grand Wailea, and they had very little good to say about it: extremely crowded beaches, long lines for beach chairs, outrageously expensive food that was of disappointing quality, and poor service.
The condo cleaning service was not spectacular. They aren't there every day like they would be at a hotel or resort, and when they do come they really don't do much (didn't change the sheets, and only vacuumed because we asked them to), but with our own dishwasher and washer/dryer, it really didn't matter for us.
We really enjoy cooking and having fresh fruit, so it was especially nice to find Eskimo Candy (a fantastic local fish market - go at 11am when they are just getting their freshest catch!) and the fruit vendor (pineapple and papaya and passion fruit were perfectly ripe, much better than supermarket!) under the tent across S Kihei Rd from Long's Drugstore. You'll need to rent a car, which makes everything you need just 5 or 10 minutes away (and the marina for snorkeling trips just 15-20 minutes away, and the airport less than 30 minutes away). And another great thing about Polo Beach Club was the grilling area. Three huge, brand new, spotless gas grills, and a phenominal herb garden right next to it.
The beach path beside Polo Beach runs north about 1.5 miles toward Kihei town center. It passes in front of the big resorts, and is a beautiful walk any time of day, although it is a little narrow with a stroller in some spots if joggers or other walkers are coming the other way. Note that with this path and usually lots of lawn space between them and the beaches, not one of the major resorts has any room even remotely as close to the beach as the Polo Beach Club.
One last note, because this review is getting too long...Polo Beach Club is expensive, but so is everything else in Wailea, and even if we hadn't split the cost with our friend, it still would have been much less than the cheapest room at the Grand Wailea (less than $400 vs over $550).
Maybe the best way to sum it up is: we can't wait to go back, and we are telling everyone we know how much we loved it!!