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We had a fantastic time at this beautifully appointed home! Close to everything (Makena Beach, the Monkeypod, Wailea) and the home had everything we needed and then some! Beautiful place, loved having morning coffee on the lanai and listening to all the birds serenade us. Pool and pool area was incredible too! We are already planning our return trip--Thanks Al & Elaine, for sharing your lovely home with us! Can't wait to visit you again ! Marc, Lisa and Family
The Bird of Paradise Cottage is much more than even the photos and description represent. The cottage is beautifully situated in a calm residential neighborhood in Kihei, immediately adjacent to Wailea. We travel to Maui regularly and have settled on the Maui Meadows neighborhood as our favorite. Calm walks from the cottage give a real feeling of living on Maui, with well kept homes and personal fruit stands, rather than being a tourist at an exorbitant hotel. Ocean views abound as do mountain vistas. The beaches are a quick drive away with easy parking, as is a plethora of shopping and dining.
The cottage itself is a cut above many in the area (a high standard already) and is extraordinarily well equipped. Owner Frankie has thought of everything from kitchen needs, bedroom and living comfort items, as well as beach and pool goodies. Frankie is so friendly and generous, always available but never intrusive. She would appear by the pool area with toys for the kids, snacks, and pool items for both fun and safety.
The pool area is undersold even with the beautiful pictures. Aside from the cottage itself, the large pool area is set above the cottage some steps away. We LOVED that the pool was not immedately outside the cottage doors, a huge safety factor with our 7 and 4 year olds. The pool is surrounded by the biggest outside kitchen I've seen, with a fully indoor-style kitchen fully equipped AND a large grilling and dining area. Separately is a fire pit deck - best s'mores we've made!
For any combo of four people, a real feeling of living on Maui, lacking nothing and surprising in so many positive ways, this is a great find. No exaggeration, and I'm an ordinary traveller writing.