When you exchange with RCI as we did, you are booking into a specific unit. You cannot switch units. Our unit was #5, which we were very happy with. First all of Maui Lea is up on a hillside [hence the name @ Maui Hill]. So even though unit #5 is a ‘ground’ floor unit both the entrance and lanai are elevated above ground level.
The resort is ‘older’, but in the good sense of that word… back when words like large and spacious had real meaning! Unit #5 was recently refurbished. It had one of the best equipped kitchens of all the condos we’ve stayed in over the year. There were ice cubes in freezer and a bottle of cold water waiting for us in the frig when we arrived. Kitchen furnishings were fantastic. There was even a beach umbrella in the closet for our use. The individual rooms were very spacious. The master bedroom bathroom had been completely redone as a walk-in shower. Great for rinsing off snorkel gear.
We got a lot of use on the big lanai — see attached picture. Great for breakfast and late night dinners. We were able to see the ocean as well as Molokini Island. Even though it was already April, we saw a whale off in the distance — see attached picture.
The pool was adequate, but we didn't spend any time there given the proximity of
Kamaole III Beach just up the road. Great snorkeling on the left side as you look out to the ocean.
Maui Lea is within an easy walk of the 5 Palms Restaurant - great happy hour that starts @ 3:00 - half price drinks and appetizers. It is also a great place for a sunset dinner — but make reservations.
There is a weekly ‘owners’ happy hour around the pool. Prizes, Maui chips, free drinks, and live entertainment.
Next time we stay on Maui, we will definitely try to get back into unit #5!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Great ocean views with warm aloha service. This private oasis, just minutes from the premier resort area of Wailea, offers extra-spacious condos with private lanais, and the amenities and activities of a hotel in a tropical setting. Golf, shops and dining nearby. A perfect alternative to more expensive Wailea super-resorts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aston Maui Hill Hotel Kihei
- Maui Hill
- Resortquest Maui Hill
- Aston Maui Hill Kihei