The following review(s) were provided by the property manager.
BEST MAUI TRIP EVER
We loved our stay at Makani Sands. It was the perfect mix of nice functional place and beach front access. All the guests and staff we friendly.
Response from Makani Sands; Monday, June 13, 2022
Aloha Derrick, Thank you for the review! Hope to see you again. Mahalo, Tammy
- Derrick C.
Reviewed On: 6/13/2022
Although a bit dated I didn't have to struggle with technology to be at home. The location is very good and first floor made it easy to sit out along the breakwater and watch the turtles. The description specifically says beach access but the stairs are gone and even at low tide there's only about 8 feet of sand. We didn't need anything from the management but they were warm and friendly. Great spot for an older crowd. I will comment on the awesome bed.I forgot to look at the label but it was superb.
Response from Makani Sands; Saturday, May 14, 2022
Aloha Mark, Thank you for the review and we hope to see you again soon. Mahalo, Tammy
- Mark G.
Reviewed On: 5/12/2022
Great experience! Love location. Sad that there is no beach, and condo could use updating, with that being said, the owner came and measured for new appliances. This was our second time vacationing here!!
Response from Makani Sands; Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Aloha Rick, Thank you for the review. We are shutting down the entire resort In August and September to put in new stairs and repair our seawall. The owner is aware and updating the condo. Hope to see you again soon. Mahalo, Tammy
- rick D.
Reviewed On: 3/8/2022
Located in beautiful oceanfront location but needs serious improvements inside.
Response from Makani Sands; Monday, February 28, 2022
Aloha David, Thank you for the review. We are in the process of doing the improvements so guest will be happy. I appreciate your feedback. See you next year. Mahalo, Tammy
Reviewed On: 2/28/2022
Old sofa, partially cleaned unit on arrival
Nice office staff, but my dates were cut after I checked in. Individually owned units- sofa and laundry machines in poor condition. Parking lot clean, but tight
Response from Makani Sands; Friday, November 12, 2021
Aloha Dawn, Thank you for the review. Hope to see you back again. Mahalo, Tammy
Reviewed On: 11/11/2021
The condo unit was clean and tidy. I loved that the towels are folded and effortly designed. The management is efficient in regards in contact with the guests. I would highly recommend this unit if as it’s just next to the beautiful sandy beaches of Kaanapali. Credits to the owner for letting us experience this beautiful slice of paradise. Will definitely come back again����
Response from Makani Sands; Friday, April 29, 2022
Aloha Kristine, Thank you for the review! We would love to have you back anytime. Mahalo, Tammy
- Kristine B.
Reviewed On: 4/27/2022
Unit 109 Makani Sands
Makani Sands was an awesome place to stay and I would highly recommend it :)
- Katie B.
Reviewed On: 12/7/2018
It's all about the view!
My top priority is a direct ocean view, preferably with beach accessibility, and Makani Sands has both although there is less sand in winter than in summer. Unit 109 is a basic unit with an outdated kitchen and furnishings. The bedroom mattress was comfortable but the foldout couch mattress was thin. On arrival the bedroom television didn’t work but the manager was very responsive in fixing it. In previous years I have enjoyed the Monday “pupu” events where guests and owners share appetizers and drinks at sunset but that event didn’t happen on one of the two Mondays I was there.
- Ann L.
Reviewed On: 3/1/2019
This unit is Old Old Old ��
Never been touched since new which a shame !<br/>The property location is great and very well cared for.<br/>You can see the staff and grounds keeper are doing a great job and that clearly shows.<br/>From #109 we moved upstairs to # 205 and walking through the door you see the love taken in this unit.<br/>When your renting expensive properties I think it’s a shame to allow some owners to lower the bar for a property.<br/>If we had not had the luck of seeing unit 205 we would have been telling all our friends to stay away from Unit 109 !<br/>The owners of 109 should be forced to upgrade that unit as it’s not fair to the other owners .<br/>
- Gregory C.
Reviewed On: 2/10/2019
A week at Makani Sands
Beautiful View. Keep the door open at night, sleep on the pull out and listen to the waves. Condo was clean; however it could use a fresh coat of paint and moulding replaced. That being said, would go back in a heartbeat.
- Michael H.
Reviewed On: 3/29/2019
Unit 109 Makani Sands
I had a lovely time at Makani Sands. This was my third stay at this property. The grounds were beautiful. The unit was clean but is in need of an upgrade. In order to charge the rates being asked it should be kept up to date in terms of finishes. Also the kitchen could be stocked better in terms of utensils etc.
- Lori G.
Reviewed On: 4/27/2019
Such A Lovely Location
We have been to Makani Sands several times over the years and stayed in a few different units. We have stayed in this unit before and were terribly disappointed with the condition of the condo when we arrived. It simply was not clean, so we spent a few hours cleaning it ourselves upon arrival. The manager remedied this as best as possible and provided a mid stay cleaning as compensation. We were short changed on towels and bedding, and had to do laundry daily because we had to share a single wash cloth. We will still return to Makani Sands because the location and the residents are so wonderful.
Response from Makani Sands; Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Thank you for your review. I always appreciate honest feed back.We are working towards improving our housekeeping situation.I do apologize for the lack of washcloths. We are waiting on a delivery of new towels and hope to remedy this situation soon as well. Hope to see you next year.
- Kerry R.
Reviewed On: 2/17/2020
What can I say. Makani Sands is always great.<br/>Not all units are the same. Unit 109 needs a lot of help. I wrote up what it needs and lacks and turned the list into the office. I will not recommend unit 109. My commitments below pertain to the overall property not unit 109. Safety issues, IE Lani carpet trip hazard. Furniture old, Surf board in closet, Bicycle in unit. Ceiling fan coming apart. The on site people did what they could to help. They are great.
Response from Makani Sands; Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Aloha Ted, Thank you for the review .I agree the condo does need some attention . We have notified the owner and he is coming to make some updates and adjustments to the condo so you will have a better experience. Mahalo, Tammy
- Ted S.
Reviewed On: 6/29/2021
moldy app #109
Very moldy, very very strong smell of mildew, that was giving me asthma attack problems during the whole stay. I tripped over sticking out from under the bed pieces of wood that were used to make baseboards. In some areas, the baseboard was ripped off. The place was under repair. When we were leaving I reported to the rental manager that the place is unhealthy smelly, and I had to use my inhaler and asked for a discount since we gave them a business by staying but were very upset, when manager Tammy said it is too late. The smelly unhealthy room is still there. The owner should not rent under construction condominiums, or give a discount for the inconvenience. <br/>Out of 4 questions, 3 of them are negative. I will not recommend unit 109 to anybody, and the owner should not rent a condominium when it is under construction and smells really really bad. Unit 107 where my son stayed was very nice no mildew smell, so cannot blame the climate. The couch fabric was torn pretty bad too.
Response from Makani Sands; Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Aloha Tamara, AS we discussed, I would have been happy to move you to another condo had you reported any of this to me at anytime other than check out. I spoke with your family several times during your visit and even came out to help you inside of #109 when you had a problem with the windows. At no time did you mention the" unhealthy" conditions. I cannot give a refund or discount to a guest who enjoyed the entire stay and then at check out decides they are not happy. Wishing you the best. Tammy
Reviewed On: 5/6/2021
Vacation stay in Maui
We were very satisfied with the location, management and maintenance. The unit 109 is in badly need of upgrades! Shabby furniture, shabby rugs, kitchen cabinets. Condo below par.
Reviewed On: 4/12/2016
12 Days in Paradise
We celebrated our 55th Wedding Anniversary at the Makani Sands. We had an absolutely wonderful time.
Reviewed On: 4/19/2016
# 104 is in serious need of upgrade; bed, carpet in living room needs to be tiled. Sofa quite uncomfortable for a grown man. <br/>Leak in the evestrough made for a very unpleasant time (when raining) as the intensity of water falling onto the patio or garden made for uncomfortable sleeping and we were unable to sit outside.
- William W.
Reviewed On: 12/14/2015
Two Weeks in Paradise
We greatly enjoyed our stay. We experienced some interesting weather - more humid than usual and a rougher surf which was fun to watch. More noisy children than usual- but also very nice people,
- Patricia & Harold B.
Reviewed On: 10/28/2015
Location Location Location
Oceanfront,small enough to get from parking lot to room, room to pool and walk out to ocean. Beautiful grounds. Friendly staff. Would return again and again.<br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/>
Reviewed On: 5/30/2016
Very unhappy with the unit. The bedding was ripped. There were broken tiles in the bathroom. The stove burner didn't work. The furniture and carpet is very dirty. This unit needs to be updated if you are going to charge the same price as the other condos which are very nice. I've stayed at Makani sands several times in the past and always loved it but this particular unit is horrible.
- Dana A.
Reviewed On: 11/22/2016
Life under the sun
Great location, good amenities. Condo very outdated, needs lots of work ie whole condo needs painting, replace cupboard doors, replace shower sliding door, replace screen door to patio, replace burners on stove, LR furniture needs deep cleaning and bdrm furniture should be replaced. Good washer, dryer and fridge. Whole condo needs a good cleaning.
Reviewed On: 3/22/2016
Great location, condo well laid out. This unit needs a lot of work; very outdated and worn. It needs a new sliding door to lanai, new cupboard doors, replace bdrm furniture and shower door in bathroom. LR furniture needs deep cleaning and the whole unit needs to be cleaned and painted. There is a great fridge, washer and dryer.
Reviewed On: 3/30/2016
Already did a written review upon exit from makani sands
- Kermit & Carol S.
Reviewed On: 2/17/2017
Excellent!<br/>Marie & Bert are awesome!<br/><br/>Will be back!<br/><br/>John Morioka
- John M.
Reviewed On: 12/8/2016
A week in Paradise!
This was our 5th or 6th visit to Maui. We've stayed at Makani Sands 3 different times. We really like this place. It's older than other condos we've stayed at but it has so many pluses. Or room was on the first floor. We can sit on our patio and see the ocean which is less than 60 feet away. We were in 109. Bed was great. It is clean and has nice furniture. Easy parking. Friendly permanent residents and nice guests. On Monday evenings they have a cook out which is a great time to meet others. Our kitchen had everything we needed. We ate every breakfast at our condo. We would either eat lunch or dinner out & fix the other meal in our room. We will definitely be going here again. This is our favorite place to stay on Maui.
- Rick P.
Reviewed On: 1/30/2017
We have stayed here many times and it is our favorite spot. It's a small complex and alot of the guests are repeat customers. All units have unobstructed ocean views. It's usually pretty quiet and not crowded at all. No need to go out with your beach towel first thing in the morning and "save your lounge chair"! The grill area is a great place to watch the sunset with a drink in hand,cooking dinner and, talking about the days adventures with your new friends!
- Debbie A.
Reviewed On: 3/10/2018
Semi Oceanfront in Good Location
Location is great, 18 of the top 20 things to do and 8 of the top 10 restaurants were all within 25 minutes. Can't be replicated. While oceanfront, it's really about 25 steps out and down a 15-20 foot ledge. Some reviews that read turtles walk up to your door, Impossible. There's not really beach access, the water slams the wall all morning and when we arrived in afternoon for check in at 3:30ish was still then, I know that's a plus for many so you don't have to pay to park and beach. The water calms down by night.<br/><br/>A few annoying things. $189 charged in total for rental fee and cleaning. We had to clean all glasses and plates over upon arrival, they were still dirty or not dried. Have to make and clean bed everyday, wash towels if you want them fresh, separate garbage in design for Hawaii. So for $189 you are paying them to vacuum the room basically.<br/><br/>Emphasized all over the premise is quite hours. This was our honeymoon so we opted for more adult areas in terms of stay and quiet hours was a plus for us. The first three nights right above us were children. They ran and screamed all day and night and majority of this was during quiet hours since no one is there in non quiet hours. We were woken up several times between 3-4 am. The last 3 days, new kids were next to us and families/friends were separated. Same crying and screaming and they screamed to each other from floor 1 to 2 outside our floor. If quiet hours is going to be a selling point on the site and all over, it should be followed accordingly. <br/><br/>Shower water only stayed hot for 2-3 minutes. We would take breaks which became obnoxious by the end of the trip but tough to waste honeymoon time on it.<br/><br/>Property manager works his butt off. Property was very clean in my opinion, I saw him everyday whether leaving for our destination or dinner still working. Marie was very nice and informative upon arrival.<br/><br/>My only two complaints are what is listed above, just a follow throu
- Ryne O.
Reviewed On: 11/12/2017
WOW! I Should Keep This a Secret!
This was the most simple and glorious spot for a vacation. The unit we rented is right out of the 80's, but clean and comfortable. Despite the winter storms that prevented us from using the beach in front of the condo, everything else was simply amazing.
- Kerry R.
Reviewed On: 12/6/2017
Blue water sunny skies
We stayed in a ground floor one bedroom unit which was well equipped with everything you need for a comfortable holiday.<br/>Having the pool on the road side of the building, not the ocean side, made it very peaceful. No splashing around noise to interrupt your serene view out over the ocean watching passing yachts and turtles.<br/>The perfect place to relax and watch the sun setting.<br/>An added plus is that the local bus stop is right outside Makana Sands so if you don’t have a car, no problem, you can go north to Kapalua or south to Lahaina on the bus.<br/>The unit we were in was quite old, therefore even though it had been cleaned, the age of the property meant it could not be spotless. Also the bedroom at the rear of the unit was very dark.<br/>However, we enjoyed our stay and will return.
Reviewed On: 6/6/2018
Swimming with Turtles
- Kyle F.
Reviewed On: 8/17/2018
Makani Sands #109
We really enjoyed Makani Sands on our recent stay and planning to return next year. We found the resort to be very friendly <br/>If I may make a couple of suggestions for improvement they would be: (1) to provide some option for shade for guests while sitting or lounging on the oceanfront patio and (2) to find some form (perhaps more perimeter landscaping or higher fencing) of sound protection from the street traffic noise during sleeping hours.
Reviewed On: 2/2/2014
Great XMAS in Maui
Very nice. Very clean. The staff was great. Linda and I thank you all.
- Gary J.
Reviewed On: 1/2/2015
this is probably over our 30th visit to Maui and more than 25 times at Makani Sands. The overall property is great. The unit 109 needs lots of attention. It's old, outdated, bedroom tv doesn't work, cutlery is poor, on and on.
Reviewed On: 2/22/2015
Watch what you step on...
... it might be a large sea turtle (true story)! Makini sands has the absolute best beach, turtles included. This is our 5th time to Maui and this is the best room we stayed at. All the amenities and lovely neighbors. Highly recommended.
- Parisa M.
Reviewed On: 5/23/2014
The property manager and office manager are excellent. Very helpful and made special efforts to make us feel a part of their 'family'. The Monday pupus with the owners was great too
- Chris & Paul D.
Reviewed On: 6/18/2014
Makani Sands rental unit 109
We had a wonderful time staying at Makanisands unit 109. The unit was clean. The location was awesome. We sat outside in the morning and watched for whales. We also saw some turtles. The management company for the unit was great. They were very helpful and delivered on everything that was agreed upon. <br/> A couple of other comments : the unit is in need upgrade. It seemed as thought other units were more modern. Also the kitchen could be better stocked. Ie: salad bowl, newer tea kettle. <br/>All in all I would recommend Makanisands to my friend. But I would suggest they look to rent another unit first before deciding on unit 109. <br/>You cannot beat the location and the management group did a great job during our stay.
- Laura H.
Reviewed On: 3/4/2015
We had a wonderful holiday at Makana Sands. Couldn't have asked for a better location, accommodations,assistance in booking or a friendlier atmosphere!
- Peggy L.
Reviewed On: 8/21/2015