We booked a one week stay at the Maili Cove Resort, 3rd floor, ocean front unit. The pictures and wording in the unit summary totally misrepresented the condition of this property and, specifically, this unit. We encountered everything from half used food in the fridge to grease and grime on the patio door runners, a very old window AC unit, which was noisy and the owner asked us not to use, unless it was at night to drown out the extreme traffic/road noise, dogs in neighboring units that barked at every noise, grimey overhead lights, kitchen and bathroom cupboards that were badly in need of repair and paint, and I could literally go on and on. I called the owner with our issues and, after some negotiations, we told him we would have to find other accomodations, after two nights, and he agreed to refund me $800.00 for the prorated portion of our week that we wouldn't stay. It's now nearly a month afterwards and I have yet to receive a refund. He has ignored my calls and messages. Wouldn't recommend this property to my worst enemy.
This is my fourth visit to Maili Cove. My friends stay there four months out of the year and I try to visit every other year. If you have seen all the sights of Hawaii Waianae - Maili Cove is the perfect place to say. Beautiful mornings on the Lanai and gorgeous sunsets! Most residents own there but are plenty of rentals. Owners are very lovely and friendly people. The pool us wonderful - it's not clorine, but a saline pool. Very nice!!!
Overall we had a great stay in this condo, it is pretty much exactly as
advertised/shown. Sunsets with the palms are amazing. The other descriptive reviews are very accurate: bad traffic noise in the bedroom, can be drowned by the not-very-effective A/C. Small A/C (5K BTU) will not really cool the entire condo, so I wouldn't stay here in the warmer months unless the owner upgrades that. NEW idea: We "hacked" the situation by moving the queen mattress onto the living-room floor in front of the TV and by the lanai, closing off the bedroom doors for noise, and leaving the lanai open, giving us wonderful wave sounds, almost no traffic noise, a firmer bed, cool breezes, fan overhead, and a fantastic view from the bed. Huge win!
If you had someone on the thin/saggy fold-out couch bed, this wouldn't work... but I would only recommend that couch to my enemies. If you are bringing 3+, bring/buy an air mattress.
Until Ed buys a few more kitchen knives, bring your own.
The kitchen is otherwise well equipped, even including an excellent vintage Osterizer Pulse-matic blender
(although we couldn't find the lid). There's even a conch horn to blow at sunset.
A few things not otherwise mentioned:
- the property abuts a large beachfront park, where locals have impressively large picnics on the weekends, but it is otherwise empty and a great mile-long run.
- the beach in both directions is deep coarse sand steeply sloping into the water, most of which is fronted by lava flows. This makes it suprisingly hard to walk on the beach, and definitely not a wading/swimming area immediately in front of the condo. You can walk a half mile or so into the park to get a sandy entry. There is far better wading/swimming/snorkeling a short drive away.
- traffic is terrible at rush hours. Plan on at least an hour to/from the city, if you must. This is not a good base for city activities, too far away and on slow roads constantly under construction. The "highway" has lights and a 25-45mph speed limit. It is also an hour to the north shore, because there is no direct route. But if you want few tourists and lovely views, plus great hiking, this is a good base. Hiking to the pillboxes on nearby hill is a fun all-walking-distance outing. Kaena Point with a great 3mi shorefront hike to view nesting albatrosses is a short drive away.
- the TV has lots of music choices at channels 600+
First floor units in this complex have the advantage of direct access to the pool lawn. Otherwise, as in this unit 310, you must lock your outside door and also go through a gate to get to the pool. However, the view from the third floor is definitely better, and 310 is smack in the middle of the building, so has least obstruction except for the end units. I will try to post amazing sunset views...best ever, and I've been in a lot of paradises!
Good location and value away from the hustle of the West and the big city. Spent 3 nights after a week in Kailua. In February, this side of the island is much drier and less windy. The pool and beach are at your doorstep. Snorkeling near by. Beautiful sunsets. Whale watching from the balcony. Fairly well equipped kitchen. Comfortable living area. Cable TV and Internet.
Third floor with no elevator. Dated linens/towels/pillows. On a busy/noisy road. If you're looking for night life....there isn't much.
This place is total ripoff when it comes to hidden charges.No clean towel or bedding was provided and they added a cleaning fee of $120
to the bill so the actual price to rent was $170.You can find far better places for less.