This last May I went to Maui for a few weeks on vacation and met up with my parents who flew in a few days before me from Seattle. On this trip to Maui we decided to stay again at Sugar Beach Resort since the property has worked best for us on our trips to Maui. A few years back we stayed at another rental property and had a pretty poor experience, so this time we decided to go back to the property we knew best. This post is just going to be focusing on Sugar Beach Resort and not the unit we rented. I’ll cover the unit (PH 14) in another post later this week.
Sugar Beach Resort is not like your typical resort since the units are actually all individually owned since the property is condominiums. We like renting condos in Hawaii since it works best for our Hawaii vacation style. Condos are convenient since most offer a full kitchen and some also have in-room laundry facilities. One great feature about Sugar Beach Resort is all the units have air conditioning and laundry.
The property is located in Kihei on Sugar Beach and is only a short drive over to Kahului. This makes for an easier trip back and forth to the airport. Plus most of the main shopping areas are in the Kahului area like Costco, Target, Walmart, and Whole Foods. There are a few grocery stores and numerous restaurants located throughout Kihei, which are convenient to get to from the condo.
The property has been around since the 1970s and actually my Mom stayed here not long after in opened. My first time to Sugar Beach Resort was in the mid-1990s and I have stayed at the property more than a dozen times since. Unfortunately no one in the family
ever bought a unit here so we always rent. The property hasn’t changed a whole lot of the years, but is well maintained and in my opinion one of the nicer rental properties in Kihei.
Now the property does not have some of the features an actual resort offers like daily maid service or a 24-hour front desk. If you are wanting that type of service, Sugar Beach Resort definitely won’t be the place to stay. The property does offer great features like a large pool area and hot tub. There also is a small mini-golf area, a restaurant, and a sightseeing office to help book tours for those who don’t know the area or how to use the Internet (I’m kidding on the Internet part, but it is really easy to book tours and luaus yourself online now).
All the condos and the pool area have key code instead of an actual key, which makes it convenient to come and go as you please (plus no worries about losing the key). There also is a grill area near the pool with views of the ocean. The grills are cleaned daily and seem to be well maintained, though the occasional one may not heat as well as the rest.
The best part of the complex is the location right on the beach with easy access. The beach is actually pretty nice with some snorkeling right off the beach. A lot of people rent boogie boards and paddle boards to hangout in the water. We typically just stay around the beach and swim a bit in the water. Sometimes the water may be a bit murky and rough depending on the time of year, so just be aware conditions may not always be the best.
Over the years we have rented various condos either directly through an owner or a rental agency in Maui. Now we like to go directly through an owner since you know which condo you are getting. This time we went directly through the owners on a unit we found on VRBO. There also are a lot of units available on Airbnb, but those are mainly one-bedrooms. The property has both one and two-bedroom units.
Now the one downfall of the property is some units are not as well maintained/updated as others, which unfortunately is the big issue here. Some owners have really remodeled their units with nice features and lots of kitchen supplies, while others feel like they are in a time capsule or have been raided by thieves. I recommend if you go directly through an owner and know which unit you are renting, to really research that unit and read reviews. Read the reviews on VRBO (the owner may filter those), TripAdvisor, Yelp, and any blogs you may find. If you find negative reviews on a unit, I would probably stay away from that unit. I don’t want to scare anyone but we’ve stayed in some great units and some poor units here over the years. The poor units really can put a damper on the vacation experience.
Luckily this time we stayed in a fantastic unit, which I’ll review in the next post.