Ocean front and capital D-Deluxe, unit 317 was remodeled with tranquility in mind; a lovely match with the resort’s laid-back vibe. It is beautifully done with custom cabinetry and granite in the full kitchen, and quality, solid furniture all over—PLUS three split AC units. Both bedrooms have queen beds and a peaceful feel; the bathrooms are equally lovely. (A sofa sleeper in the living room makes the unit suitable for up to 5 guests.) There’s a large flat-screen cable TV, high-speed internet, and free WIFI for times you want to relax after a day of sun and adventure. Prep meals in the gourmet kitchen to dine on the lanai; the views of the grounds and pool are great in themselves, but attain new heights with the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean and Haleakala.
Outside is an oceanfront pool, two BBQ stations, and lounge chairs people line up so they can watch all the activity in the bay, from harbor boats to outrigger canoes to surfers and paddlers—and in winter, Humpback Whales settle in for their own Maui-time; keep watch for some blowing and breaching and other acrobatics. The reef in front of Ma’alaea Kai is home to a population of some quite hefty Hawaiian Sea Turtles; you will see them here, bobbing in the surf.
On days you are not venturing forth to other points paradise, stay local and take a stroll down Sugar Beach—an undeveloped 2.5-mile sandy stretch that ends at the north edge of Kihei. Explore Ma’alaea Harbor and Shops on another day you choose to relax close to home-base. Book a couple of ocean adventures here, shop, dine, or visit the Maui Aquarium to learn about Hawaii’s marine life; it is home to one of the world’s largest displays of live Pacific corals.