We stayed in unit 203 at the Island Sands for three weeks in March, 2013 and thoroughly enjoyed our vacation. The condo was exactly as described and pictured. It was clean and very well-maintained. The remodelled kitchen and bathroom along with the washer and dryer in the unit made for a comfortable stay.
The flatware and dishes had a tropical pattern to them and along with the comforter in the bedroom and some artwork throughout the unit provided a subtle (without being too over-the-top), lovely reminder of the tropical destination that is Maui. The view from the lanai was very relaxing and private; we were able to watch whales from the lanai every day.
We took pleasure in meeting other vacationers/condo owners at the Aloha Friday morning get-togethers by the pool as well as the Saturday evening appetizer socials. The community at the Island Sands is a friendly bunch and we felt welcome there. The location is very central to many other parts of the island and that was a definite plus. A 15 or 20 minute drive would get you to Kahului (the airport, Costco and other shopping), Kihei, Wailea or Lahaina.
Ma'alaea is a quiet area and that is exactly how we like our vacation time. It doesn’t have the hustle and bustle and traffic of Kihei, yet it’s close enough that you can easily get there when you want to. We liked the condo so much that we have already booked our time in unit 203 for February 2014!