Great view and comfortable apartment
We prefer homestays to the cut and dry hotel stays, and this condo has been our most comfortable stay so far. The condo is located on the 4th floor of Makaha Beach Cabanas and has an unbeatable view of the blue sea just 50 ft away. The living room is a bit dark and dingy and you can hear the neighbors, but the bedroom opens out to the patio and is bright and beautiful, and quiet apart from the sound of the waves. Sleeping to the sound of the sea is so relaxing. In the mornings, we spotted a bunch of whales right from our patio! The apartment can comfortably accommodate 2 adults and a child. The owner, Michele was prompt in communication and payments. The list of instructions she provides with the booking is idiot-proof and very thorough. She was also extremely thoughtful with the rental- it had everything we needed, even before we thought of it ourselves. The kitchen had complete cookware, dinnerware and silverware, rice cooker, coffee grinder, blender, coffee and tea, basic spices like salt, pepper and also some extras like brown rice and butter for cooking. The apartment provided good quality snorkel gear and boogie boards, beach chairs, mats and umbrellas, a small cooler for packing 2 sandwiches, laundry detergent, dishwashing soap, fabric softener and even some shampoo and body wash. The little things really made a difference, like the ziplock bags for packing our sandwiches, the spare plastic bags for holding our wet clothes, the flashlights and the cooler. There's even a few USPS boxes in case you shop too much!
The area isn't very hip and there are no nice eating places, so we planned our fine dining at the other places we were visiting. But the condo building is safe, and the security guard patrols the corridors at night. The beach in front is private and much better than the packed Waikiki beaches, but I strongly recommend staying in the shallow waters if you're not a strong swimmer.
For first timers to the island, remember that you will have to travel at least 1 hr each way to get to north shore or Waikiki, and much more if you get stuck in the rush hour. The Farrington highway is slow speed and often clogged. Almost everything for sightseeing on the island are at least an hour away, so be prepared to drive.
Owner's Response: The living room can be brightened by raising the shades but then you will lose some privacy... I don't think it is "dingy" as furniture is 1 year old, of modern design and condo is cleaned thouroughly after each guest. This is a large 9 floor condo which has tenants/guests coming and going just like a hotel and unfortunately we can't control who is your "neighbor" but overall, you will see very few complaints about neighbors, more complements on how friendly everyone is. Just want to note that items mentioned (food, shampoo/body wash) are sometimes left by previous guests to share with next guests and are not guaranteed to be in the condo. If you come during whale season, bring your binoculars for a better look!
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