Thinking of a stay in North Kihei? There are enough condos in the area to ensure a comfortable vacation that suits your needs.
But how do you choose the right one?
In this guide, we’ll take a look at North Kihei’s Maui Schooner resort to see what it has to offer.
Where Is Maui Schooner?
The Maui Schooner is a family-friendly resort in North Kihei.
Waipuilani park is to the back of the property, with South Kihei Road to the front.
The resort is roughly 25 minutes from Kahului airport, following Highway 311 to North Kihei Road, and then down South Kihei Road.
If you enjoy exploring Maui, the Maui Schooner is well located to discover both West Maui and South Maui.
Rooms At Maui Schooner
The Maui Schooner resort has both 1-bedroom suites and 2-bedroom suites available.
The comfortable and fully furnished rooms offer a home base for a stay on Maui, with space and amenities to allow you to vacation as you like.
The 900 square foot 1-bedroom suites have an open living room, dining room, and kitchen, with a queen-sized sofa bed.
Large sliding doors let in the Maui sunlight, and open onto a private lanai.
The bedroom is comfortable, with a king-sized bed taking up much of the space.
The 2-bedroom suites cover 1100 square feet, and include a king bed, a queen bed, and a queen sofa bed.
One of the bedrooms is loft-style, and opens onto the living room. Like the 1-bedroom suites, the living area is open, with large windows to a private lanai.
The décor across the suites is fine, if not particularly interesting.
It looks like almost any condo anywhere, so it would be nice to see a little more aloha in the finishing. But the rooms are comfortable and open.
Is There A Kitchen?
Both 1-bed and 2-bed suites at the Maui Schooner include fully-equipped kitchens, and laundry facilities.
The kitchens are clean and simple, and include an oven, microwave, fridge, coffee maker, and toaster.
They also come with a dishwasher, so you don’t have to spend your vacation doing the washing up.
The décor is dated in the kitchens, but the appliances are all relatively new, and easy to use.
They aren’t massive but there’s space to move around without knocking elbows.
Suites come with a large table and several chairs, situated next to the sliding windows, so you’ll enjoy cooking and eating in the condo.
What’s The Pool Like At Maui Schooner?
The Maui Schooner has a mid-sized pool in the center of the resort.
The oval pool is simple but pleasant, and blocked off from the road by the resort, it’s quiet and peaceful.
A small hot tub next to the pool is well sheltered, and a good place to relax at any time of day.
An outdoor shower can help you wash off before returning to your suite.
Around the pool area are several loungers, some with shade from umbrellas. There’s also a gazebo covering a number of picnic tables.
The Maui Schooner has only 58 units, making it smaller than many of the condo resorts in Kihei.
The pool area is typically quiet and relaxed, and the smaller number of rooms means that even at busy times it doesn’t get crowded.
Other Amenities At Maui Schooner
The Maui Schooner consists of two buildings set in a nicely maintained garden area, with large lawns.
The lawns are set up for games including shuffleboard and horseshoes, and there are also golf putting greens near the pool.
There are a couple of barbecue grills at the Maui Schooner for guests to use.
Well looked after, the barbecue grills are sheltered to prevent smoke disturbing other guests, but close enough to the tables to carry food back and forth.
Just outside the property is the Waipuilani public park. It borders the back of the resort, and it’s through here guests can access the beach.
There are several tennis courts in the park, which are public access. Guests at the Maui Schooner can request racquets at the lobby (plus other equipment to use on the lawns).
Is The Maui Schooner A Beachfront Property?
The Maui Schooner isn’t quite a beachfront property, but it is only a short distance to the beach.
And to access the sand, you only have to walk through Waipuilani Park—there’s no road crossings involved.
The beach itself is narrow, and catches the wind in the afternoon. It isn’t a swimming beach, and lounging is best done in the mornings.
However, it does face west, so you can get some good sunsets. Better beaches can be found with a 10-minute drive in either direction.
Do Any Rooms At The Maui Schooner Face The Ocean?
One of the buildings at Maui Schooner faces the ocean, while the other has views over the gardens.
What’s In The Area?
The Maui Schooner is in North Kihei, which is a quieter area on South Maui.
Much of the surrounding area is made up of other condos.
There are restaurants and shops within walking distance, including Coconut’s Fish Café for really good tacos, and Nalu’s South Shore Grill for live music and burgers.
This area also has a couple of food trucks, which, perhaps surprisingly, do some of the best food on Maui.
You can grab something to eat back on your private lanai.
The resort itself has a small shop in the lobby, selling various gifts and postcards.
They also sell local coffee, if you want to stock up for the coffee maker in your room.
How Much Is A Stay At Maui Schooner?
The Maui Schooner is a budget condo, with a suite costing between $200 and $300 per night.
Advance booking and longer stays often come with a discount, but the Maui Schooner is a small condo, and rooms can sell out quickly.
Final Thoughts On Maui Schooner
The Maui Schooner is a friendly and relaxing budget resort, which welcomes families to a smaller property.
The rooms could use an update, but they’re comfortable and well laid out.
Good amenities make up for a windy beach, and large windows to a private lanai help you enjoy the setting.
Other Places To Stay In Maui
We’ve written quite a bit about all of Maui’s available lodging, and continue to do so, but we wanted to share a few more places to stay below from our friends at Booking.com.
A Resort Stay: The Four Seasons Resort in Wailea is the cream of the crop of resort stays, with restaurants, ocean views, an on-site spa, and the Shops at Wailea are just down the road. Couples particularly love The Four Seasons!
Bed and Breakfast: Sometimes, it’s all in a name, and Adventure in Paradise is exactly what it sounds like, located in Haiku on Maui’s north shore. Wake up to a 180 degree view of Haleakala summit every morning from your private patio.
Hotel: The highly rated Maui Sunset hotel combines laid-back atmosphere and the beach of Waipuilani Park. Also, it’s only 1.7 miles from the Elleair Maui Gold Club!
Vacation Home: Find your home away from home at Puu Koa Palms, six minutes from Hookipa Beach, and near the Hana Highway. Also particularly great for couples!
Villas: If you’re looking to vacation in style with your own villa try the Andaz Maui, which include all the expected amenities along with grills and plunge pools.