You are looking down from the lanai of unit 2212, at Maui Vista, located in Kihei, Maui.
I came to know this little space like it was my best friend. On so many levels.
When I left for Maui in December, life was pretty chaotic at the time. I had actually booked this little escape during summer. Since then, I had cancelled it, but not the flight part, as it was purchased with free air miles.
So, when December finally hit, I was feeling all sorts of “No, I could never do that!” one minute, to bursting into tears the next, because I knew how much I needed it.
So at the 11th hour, I went online to cancel my flight, but my fingers started tapping for cheap condos instead.
And that’s when I found this place. (I go via VRBO)
When I read the listing, it said…
All in bright red. As if to wave at me saying… what’s your excuse NOW?
In December, this price is unheard of. You’d be looking at least $170 PLUS for a decent place, especially that time of year.
And I just loved the look of the decor inside! Tasteful, upbeat.
It was like everything suddenly aligned, and the only thing I had left to do was convince myself it would be ok to go.
So… I bit down hard, and threw the non refundable condo rent on my credit card.
When I first walked into the condo, the first thing I said was, “Wow, this is really nice!”
I didn’t anticipate feeling like this. I was already smitten with the condo I usually go to at Kihei Akahi. But I had to let it go, which forced this one my way.
What kept coming to mind about this place was, there was no wasted space. It didn’t feel too big, nor too small. It felt perfect. It was cozy, and all the stuff was placed like it was just meant to be there.
But I will say, I have never stayed at a condo before with so many empty drawers and shelves for renter’s stuff. It was pretty amazing. The closet doors hid a huge built in closet with all matching hangers, tons of shelves and drawers, and even cubbies. All empty.
Talk about a traveller’s dream…
As you can imagine, I allowed myself to completely unpack, and move right in!
I missed my son. This was ‘our thing’, coming here. But, I was here for a really important reason this round.
This one was truly just for me.
But being in a new place ended up as a complete blessing. There were no memories here, so I got to strike out all on my own this time.
It took a good week. But around that time, I let go. Of everything. And was just ‘here’.
When I look at these pictures, I get such a warm, comfortable feeling. This place? During my toughest hours, it became my sanctuary.
And that’s when the real magic started to transpire.
I’d start my morning with a Hawaiian CD, and enjoyed coffee on the lanai.
No discussions. No plan making. No wondering how to keep the other party happy and occupied. No sharing the TV remote. No tip toeing each AM trying not to wake the other up.
This was my little playhouse, and what a place to play!
Some days, after the beach, I just sat on the sofa and read a book. It was a south facing unit, so there was no lack of sunshine!
I became such a homebody here. Rarely went anywhere other than the pool, beach, or condo.
I just wasn’t in the right headspace to ‘work out’.
Knowing I’d move to another condo near the end of my stay, much closer to where all the walking action is, I just stayed put.
It was here that I also did my major sightseeing, which was actually very little.
But when I started to feel ‘meh’ once returning, I knew it was time to pull the plug, and just stay put.
One neat highlight though, was when local signmaker buddy Doug took me out to a sports movie, then we walked the beach at night. I would have never done those two things. But to come across sleeping turtles along the beach? So cool. So cool. Tag along with a local, and you’ll get something special out of it.
One highlight for me is spending time at the pool. This place has three, one to each building.
But just a warning… I did not expect the water to be as chilly as it was!
And that’s when I reflected… it was December after all. Warm to me, but cooler to them.
It also makes a big difference if a pool has dark tile. Most pools aren’t heated in Hawaii, so they rely on the sunshine to warm them up.
I was rather sad to miss out on nightly swims here, because honestly, I didn’t want my teeth to chatter!
But once I moved condos, the dark tiled pool at the other place was chilly too. I was stunned. In summer, it is as warm as a bowl of soup!
So there you have it. Temps are indeed cooler in Dec.
And while there is NEVER a bad time to go to Hawaii, there was less in bloom this time of year too. Still fragrant, lovely, warm… but it wasn’t out of place to wear a sweater in the AM or PM, and I didn’t DIE wearing jeans to the airport. Unheard of in July.
Something strange did happen with this unit while I stayed here. This condo has battery operated keypad entries. And one evening, I returned to a dead lock.
The front office was closed of course. But most units are rented privately, so your communication is through a local rental place.
Place all those contact numbers in your phone before you get there! I was searching through emails on the phone looking for a number to call. The pad glitched, and eventually did allow me in that night. But you can bet I didn’t leave until they ran over a bypass key the next AM!
Ok, and one more thing…
On my day of departure, I was about to leave at 11AM. I had just handed the key over, so I was without. Feeling a little odd about it, I tried the door lock before I closed it behind me, as I wanted to get the luggage trolly downstairs.
The door would NOT accept my code. Whaaaa…
With a quick call to the rental unit, they discovered the ‘clock’ on the lock was a little early, so I would have been locked out. Sheesh! So they gave me a bypass code this time so I could at least get out of the unit with all my stuff.
They made it right, and that’s all that really matters. But I’m just glad I was as cautious as I was.
This was my little putt putt I rented. It’s a Nissan SUV, and this sweet thing treated me right! Adore. Adore. Adore.
This would be called an ‘intermediate SUV’, which I highly endorse renting. They sit a little higher off the ground, perfect for pot hole-ish roads, and I love how the hatch back opens the back of the car right up. It also came with a back up screen and usb plugs. Swoon…
To rent, I generally go through Discount Hawaii Car Rentals. Super good online service, and it’s always worked out well.
And just to give you a little perspective of the surroundings, most places in Kihei are on the other side of the road from the beach.
Or, the more affordable ones are anyway.
This road gets super busy, so I always like to stay further inside the condo grounds, rather than face the road if possible. My unit was so quiet, you could hear a pin drop!
I am so smitten with this beach! I spent a lot of time at the little private beaches to the right of this lane. Most days I had my little spot all to myself.
But if you ever stay in this area, that’s a large parking lot on the right, and there was always tons of room.
And if you’re ever wondering if Christmas is ultra busy? I think summer is actually busier.
And while I really enjoyed my quiet time here at this quaint, sweet condo, I was eager to move to my next place. No more driving! I was done with all the sight seeing, and over the last 4 days, it was pool, beach, and condo yard. Rinse and repeat.
Oh.. and walking distance from my fav S&Q’s coffee shop (their iced coffee is perfection!), Moose’s (family pub), and 808 Bistro (the banana cream pudding is divine!) It was nice to leave the car behind this round.
Great places to stay
It’s really neat if you can divide your condo time up. It gives you two vacations in one, plus you aren’t sad when you leave the first time, because you aren’t going home yet!
One year we stayed on the north shore Maui, and divided it up between Napili Point and Papakea. Really neat experience! But I generally stay at Kihei Akahi.
So, did the trip do what it was meant to do?
It did. And so much more.
My wish is for every person to go on a vacation by themselves at some point in your life. A familiar place, where you know you’ll be safe. It truly was a life changing experience I will never EVER forget.
Happy travels to you!
Where do you like to stay when in Hawaii? Any favs?
You can read all about my travels HERE