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In a nutshell: You’ll find Kihei prices but a Wailea feel at this well maintained vacation rental property.
Overview of Wailea Ekahi Village
If you’re looking for a south Maui vacation rental the offers the feel of Wailea for prices that are closer to what you’ll find in Kihei, this is the spot. Wailea Ekahi is a beautiful ocean front condo community that offers one and two bedroom individually owned units. Head out your door to enjoy one of the many pools on property, walk to the Wailea Beach path, or step out of the gate to Keawakapu Beach. There are so many reasons we love to recommend Ekahi Village.
Ekahi Village Location
The Wailea Ekahi Village is located in South Maui on the Kihei/Wailea border, just steps from the beautiful Keawakapu Beach and the Wailea Beach Walk. Here you’re a quick 25 minute drive from the Kahului Airport and in a great spot to explore the best of South Maui and beyond.
Highlights of Wailea Ekahi Village
There are four swimming pools on the property, including one beachfront pool. So no matter where you stay in the complex, you’re just a short walk from one of the pools.
The pools are pretty standard condo complex pools, so there’s no waterslide or other exciting features that you’ll find at a resort. But there are plenty of chairs and the grounds of the complex are very pretty and lush, so as far as condo pools go, these offer a very nice setting!
Wailea Ekahi Village has one and two bedroom condo units that can sleep up to six or eight people (depending on the unit and the number of adults traveling). Each unit is individually owned, so the interiors will vary, but you can expect some basics like a reasonably well stocked kitchen, dining space, and outdoor lanai (patio). Units are either on the ground floor or first floor.
Some of the units have been well updated and are stocked with everything you need to enjoy your stay (including beach gear!). Others are a bit tired and have low end furnishings, including kitchen equipment. Reading VRBO reviews are really helpful to give you an idea of what to expect with each individual unit.
Wailea Ekahi is in a beautiful 34 acre ocean front location. The beach is located on is public (like all beaches in Hawaii) but there is easy access to the beach just steps away from your condo. Aside from the four pools you’ll also find a beautiful outdoor pavilion, grills, and a shuffleboard area. Kids will enjoy having plenty of open green space to run around on!
Why We Love Wailea Ekahi Village
When you’re picking accommodation on South Maui, you have the choice between luxurious (and expensive) Wailea and more value-priced Kihei. Ekahi Village seems to sit right in between both worlds. It’s technically located in Kihei and the prices reflect that (though, like all of Maui, it is expensive). But you’re also just so close to the luxurious setting in Wailea.
Here are some other reasons we think Wailea Ekahi Village is worth a look:
- Oceanside pavilion: Take your pupus (appetizers) and enjoy the view from the oceanside pavilion. The pavilion offers covered seating overlooking both the ocean and the pool, grills, and showers. It’s such a nice, central spot to unwind.
- Keawakapu Beach: There are so many beautiful beaches in south Maui, but Keawakapu Beach is a stunner (pronounced: kay ah vah ka puh). The long sandy beach somehow always feels quiet and is a great place to enjoy sunset after a day out exploring. Getting to walk out of your condo front door and down to that beach is a huge plus, in my opinion.
- Location, location, location: Aside from Ekahi being located on a great beach, you’re in close proximity to the other excellent Wailea beaches and the Wailea Beach walk. The paved walking path begins at the Andaz Hotel and will take you south to the Fairmont Hotel, past some of the best beaches on the island. I love this walking path for scenic morning walks.
- No high rises here: The condos here are spread out in 54 two-story buildings, which gives the condo community a smaller, laid back feel.
Things to Know Before Booking Ekahi Village
- Rental fees: All accommodations in Hawaii can come with some (rather large) fees. Whether you’re in a hotel paying resort fees or you’re getting a vacation rental and paying service fees, factor these into your equation. We usually go with VRBO because we’ve found that these fees are usually lower than what you’ll find on other similar platforms.
- No unit consistency: all of these vacation rentals are individually owned, so there’s a lack of consistency. Some are great and some are dated and come with fewer helpful amenities. Reading reviews of individual units can always give you a better sense of what to expect before booking. We’ve included a short list of units that we’ve either stayed in or have had friends or family stay in and enjoy. But there are plenty of other great ones that aren’t included on this list.