House and optional apartment, 6 Bdrms, 6 baths, 3 sleeper sofas (Sleeps 12-17)
- english, german
Why Robert Austin chose Kihei
I've been vacationing on Maui most of my life and while I've traveled extensively, I have always found Maui to have the best of what I'm looking for.... great weather, a relaxed atmosphere, friendly people, and the tropical beauty and diversity of the islands. It's easy to understand how Maui has been voted time and time again as the top island destination in the world!
What makes this House unique
This house was originally built as a beach getaway for a wealthy Maui family living on the slopes of the nearby Haleakala volcano. Built on 2/3 of an acre, fronting the beach and ocean beyond, the house has the feel of old Hawaiiana with its lava rock walls and fireplace, high beamed ceiling, large covered terrace, expansive lawn, private pool, and beautiful tropical landscaping, which includes a wonderful old Banyan tree, large Monkeypod tree, fruit trees, flowering plumeria trees, and lots of coconut palms. With its expansive grounds and sleeping capacity, it is perfect for extended family groups, multiple families, reunions, anniversaries, and other celebrations. Our guests include many extended family groups and the large (optional) apartment on the property provides guests lots of flexibility as they may add the apartment to the rental at any time if the size of their group grows.
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Broken fans, power-lines, cockroaches, mice, and broken fans.
When we first arrived, I was locked out from the house for 15 minutes until the cleaner heard my honking horn. The property management returned my call two hours later to see if we were okay. The sign on the front door asks you to take off your shoes. This lasted five minutes, as the babies knees and feet were black as night within five minutes. It’s a large floor and perhaps they forgot to mop it. I don’t know. But we had to go buy four fans as there were many broken ones and it was 91-99 degrees everyday. When we first arrived I had to clean out three dead roaches and five centipedes. I hoped this was just something the cleaner had sprayed, but was later told they spray the entire perimeter of the property and inside before and after each guest. I wish we had known this before we let two small 2-3 yos crawl and walk all over the property. After finding even more live and dead roaches everyday of the week, I mentioned this in an email to the owner and he had the property manager come and spray the entire property again. On top of this, I killed two mice and had to chase out others that I couldn’t catch. I was told, now on my fifth trip to Maui after not seeing any bugs other than flies and spiders before, “ that the island has a roach and mice problem,” in response to my message to them. There are power-lines obfuscating the entire shore line and a large road with two bus stops directly in-front of the property. People didn’t stop much at the crosswalks, and one morning we waited ten minutes to cross back to the house. The beach also was horrible with riptides that pulled my wife out and smashed my nephew to the ground the second day and he wouldn’t return to the beach. Also, in the bedroom my sister in law stayed in with her son, only two of the plugs worked in the room, and the room never went below 84 degrees and went up to 101 as it faced the sun almost entirely. We also had three or four broken totally fans and two that were in disrepair and hardly worked. This resulted in us buying four new fans to try and remain cool, only the pool had adequate provisions for our amount of people and two children. My sisters-in-law bought many toys, as well to add to the barren house. Hopefully this will make future stays better for others. But as they add to the power lines, and the road our front and out back of the house bring more rodents and pests, I am not hopeful. Good luck to you and yours Sir.
Wow ! that is a lot of negativity. 67 reviews have rated our home 4.85 stars, so your review is quite a surprise. Nevertheless I will do my best to respond objectively. You mentioned a wait to enter the property. It is gated to protect guest privacy and we provided you phone and e-mail contact for our property manager and asked you to contact him to arrange a time for you two to meet so he could let you in and introduce you to the house. The entire house is cleaned thoroughly prior to your arrival, and while I will pass on your comments to our cleaners, we have not had complaints from other guests. As to your purchasng fans, you failed to mention that the house comes equipped with 8 large ceiling fans, one in every room including all five bedrooms. We would have supplied additional fans had you asked. Sept is the warmest month averaging a high of 88 and a low of 70. Your report of 99-101 degrees, with an overnight temperature of 84 is difficult to believe. Any tropical setting including Maui has its share of rodents, and insects. Our annual contract with Terminex calls for an aggressive treatment schedule and does kill them effectively. However if doors and sliders are left open they will enter, especially if food is left out on counters during the day and overnight. Every window, door, and slider has a screen but they must be used at all times and we mention this in our house manual. Yes there are power lines in front of the house, however most of our guests instead comment on the amazing ocean view instead. The road in front has one lane in each direction with a 30 mph limit. In my experience the cars always stop for you. Our house is on a knoll 10-12 feet above road level and you don't even see the cars and buses go by. The beach is not horrible and does not have riptides. In fact it usually has very small waves, and is considered one of the nicest white sand beaches on the Island, great for kids, and wonderful for swimming and all water sports. You mentioned purchasing a number of toys to add to the barren house. The opposite is true. The house is extremely well equipped throughout. We provide lots of pool and beach toys for the kids and adults as well, with two sets of golf clubs, beach chairs, mats, umbrellas, coolers, 8 pool chaises, 15 beach towels, hammock, and lawn games. You mentioned one bedroom exposed to the sun, however, our very wide roof overhangs insures that the sun never touches any of the bedroom windows.
Perfect for a vacation and small wedding
The home was a great place for us to stay. The house is big with 5 bedrooms and with enough bathrooms that no one had to wait. We didn’t have as many people specifically stay at the house with us as expected so it was perfect in our own rooms to also have privacy.
The best part of the place is the view of the ocean and the huge backyard and patio area. The patio was a great place to sit, relax, sit at the pool and enjoy the ocean breeze. My daughter was married in Wailea and we did a small reception in the backyard. It was perfect. The wedding was early in our stay and then we got to enjoy another few more days relaxing with friends and family who came to visit from the wedding.
When you come on to the grounds, it is well landscaped and clean. It is close to the airport and to many other places for a quick run (or walk) to get food, groceries, and shaved ice (our fave). The place is stocked with everything from detergent, beach chairs, umbrellas, pool toys etc. it was very helpful.
Darryl was very helpful and available when needed. We had my little granddaughter with us and Darryl put up a fence around the pool for safety.
I knew there was no air conditioning from the description but we were there during a more humid and hot week. ( according to the gardeners) Personally, between the breeze and many fans, I did fine but some of the other guests had a hard time with humidity. The kitchen seemed little small for the size of the house but the two refrigerators was great to have.
Overall, it was a great stay. I appreciate Roberts quick follow up when we set this up. Thanks for a memorable time!
Great rental for a family vacation
We were a family of 9, the house layout was absolutely perfect. The property inside and out was spacious, clean, comfortable. We enjoyed being so close to the beach but at the same time it was a great property to enjoy an afternoon at the pool or a fun game of bocce. We would definitely stay there again if we return to Maui.
We stayed here for a 75th birthday celebration with 15 people. Your place is awesome, loved sitting outside and listen to the ocean. Plenty of space, better than the pictures. Would highly recommend!
Turning 40 was awesome
The house was perfect for 2 families of 4 and 2 couples. The living room both in and outside was the perfect gathering area. The house was very clean and offered plenty of extra toys and games to keep all ages entertained. We loved every minute of our stay.
Worth Every Dollar
My family and I love this place. It was worth every dollar for the memories we created.
It has everything you could ever need while on vacation in maui; pool, laundry, full kitchen, beach toys like beach chairs and umbrella.
We are located in quiet residential neighborhood, directly across the street from a beautiful white sand beach. It offers great swimming, fishing, boating, snorkeling, and beach walking. Our home is in N. Kihei, extremely convenient to beaches, shopping, restaurants and activities. 30 minutes to Lahaina, 20 minutes to the airport, and 15 minutes to Wailea.