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Review 4841: Owner, 2109 Elua Village (#256641)
2bed/2bath condo on Maui, Hawaii
November 2010, 7 days
Elua Village is a gated community in the Wailea area of southern Maui. The beach stretches for three to four miles through Wailea and Elua is 2/3rds of the way down. The Four Seasons and Grand Wailea Hotels are virtually next door. Elua Village is a three to five minutes walk from the Shops at Wailea, which is very upscale but does have a few places to eat.
You would want to drive to Costco or Foodland or Safeway. The condo came with a Foodland card so you can get the "local" prices, or you can sign up on Safeway's website and get one from them. Have to drive to those, but it's only about 10 minutes. Food is horrifyingly expensive in Maui, even with the "local" prices. Although Costco seemed to be about the same prices as in Texas. There is a Starbucks if you walk along the beach about five minutes, at I think the Grand Wailea, but on the beach. Shops at Wailea had a Cheeseburger place, ice cream, Ruths' Chris Steakhouse and there is a great pizza place across the street from the shops.
This condo village was all two story, although the garage below makes it three story, built into a hill. Unit 2109 is on the top of the village/hill, next to the road but you can't really hear any road noise. All units have an ocean view and you can see the ocean from this one, but there are trees and you can't see the beach (too high on the hill).
The condo is in great shape, it was renovated in 2007 I think, or 2009.
The grounds are extremely manicured and well kept, exactly what you picture Hawaii to be. Apparently this area of Maui was developed in the 60's and 70's and was all scrub brush before then, so the plumeria and orchids that are every where had to be trucked in and still have to be irrigated with underground water systems. The maintenance crews take very good care of this village.
There is a fenced patio on the street side but the wall is about 10 feet high. Patio furniture and a gas grill are outside. The lanai facing the ocean looks toward the water and is shady in the morning, sunny in the afternoon, very nice outdoor furniture on the lanai. Private lanai and the patio is overlooked by the upstairs unit, but it felt very private.
There are two pools, the Upper Pool (never went) and the Lower Pool, next to the beach. You need a code to get into the pool area because the beach is public. However it was never crowded, even on the weekend. The Lower pool has a gym (don't get excited although the free weights were OK), an outside shower and a great shaded area with lots of table and chairs. Sun loungers in the sun or out, your choice. A small paperback/lending library is in the pool area too if you run out of things to read.
Furniture was in great shape. I judge rentals by couches and TVs ... if either looks outdated, I don't stay there because I figure if the owner doesn't put money into that, they don't put money into anything else. The sitting area/living room had two couches and a big coffee table, very comfy couches. Flat screen mounted on the wall, basic cable. Dining room could seat 8, very nice table. Floors were tile with carpets.
Master bedroom had a king bedroom (very comfy), soft sheets and tons of closet/drawer space. Floor to ceiling window/door to the lanai and soft carpet on the floor. Flat screen Vizio (took a while to figure that out) with a DVD player. En suite bathroom; double sink, granite counters, separate toilet/tub-shower room. Travertine on the walls, nicely done.
Second bedroom had two double beds, a large closet and dresser. Hall bathroom had a stand up shower and granite sink counter-top. Beautifully done.
Water pressure was very low ... shower was hot, but it was hard to get the sand out of my hair. Nice towels and lots of them. Bath sheets were huge.
Great kitchen. Tons of dishes and glasses. Blender, hand mixer, toaster, other appliances I didn't use and don't remember, but lots of them. Granite counters, great fridge, microwave, dishwasher. We ate in most nights and all breakfasts.
Stackable washer and dryer in the hall, worked great. Don't bring soap, there was a huge jut of white powder laundry soap, which we appreciated.
Problems or Bonuses
No surprises. This is a ground floor apartment, but the garage is underneath and you walk up 12-15 stairs to get to the front door. The people in the apartment above were a little stompy, so if that bothers you, you will hear them. They were only there half our stay. This condo village is a mix of renters and year-round residents.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
You have to check in at a strip mall 5 minutes away but it was painless. Checkout was easy -- just leave the key on the counter, which was convenient for an early flight, Agency was easy to work with prior to the visit.
The pictures on the VRBO website are accurate --- that is EXACTLY what the unit looked like.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
This was a great rental, exactly what I hoped it would be, definitely recommend to others.
Things to do in this area
Beach, beach and more beach.
Sunrise at Haleakala ... it was so cloudy that day we didn't see anything and it was cold, like 30 degrees and misty.
Road to Hana --- I did not get anything out of it, not sure what the purpose is. It is beautiful but Hana is a few stores and houses.
My kids were too young to zipline, horseback ride or ATV so we did the beach. My son went on a snorkel trip (Trilogy, highly recommended, they were so great to him and he was the only kid that day) to swim with the turtles.
The South of Maui has the calm waters in November, the West side at other times. We drove to the west side but the waves were big so we didn't swim.
We did the luau at the Grand Wailea and it was nice. Food was good, show was fine (they have fire dancers, which is something we wanted to see, so we did not do the Old Lahiana luau). Expensive but OK for a "once in a lifetime" thing.
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