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A few whale season openings!

We still have a few whale season openings! Whale season? Have you ever seen a 60,000+ lb whale do a belly flop? It is truly amazing!

Kihei Surfside #405: April 4-20, 2016. This condo is right on the ocean, you can watch the whales jumping and splashing from the comfort of your lanai! We have a pair of binoculars, in case you want to get a close-up view! This property also has stunning sunsets.

Sugar Beach lawn
Ahhhh… what a place to enjoy the view and work on your tan!

Sugar Beach #104: March 26-April 4, 2016. This is a ground floor condo, located in the courtyard at Sugar Beach Resort. While you have a sliver of an ocean view, you are merely 50 steps from the beach. There are plenty of lounge chairs on the grass area for you to enjoy, or watch the whales while going on an early morning or romantic sunset walk!

The view from the lanai at Maui Kamaole I-103
The view from the lanai at Maui Kamaole I-103

Maui Kamaole I-103: March 29-April 7, 2016. This property is located up the hill from Kamaole III beach, and the Kihei boat launch. You have an ocean view from your lanai. Our neighbors recently told us about their amazing whale cruise with Blue Water Rafting which leaves right from the Kihei Boat launch (a short walk away)! Blue Water Rafting are best known for their snorkel and scuba trips, but during whale season they also put on whale watches. Yes, you sit on a raft, experiencing the rush of being right on the water while enjoying whales (prepare to get wet!)

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VRBO announces new booking fee for travelers

VRBO is one of several vacation rental sites such as Flipkey (Tripadvisor), AirBnB, Mauiownercondos etc. A few years ago Homeaway bought out VRBO. This past fall Expedia (yes, that big travel search engine) bought out Homeaway. As expected they are looking to increase profit margins for their shareholders.

They have announced big changes starting February 16th 2016 which include a proposed traveler service fee of 4-10% (scroll down to ‘More Travelers’). By comparison, AirBnB already charges guests 6-12% commission, and Flipkey also has a guest booking fee of 5-15%. To date, VRBO has been different, in that owners pay an annual rate to list their vacation rental but didn’t charge travelers additionally. So far they have not announced specifics on how this new fee will be implemented. However, there is sure to be confusion among owners and travelers.

What can you as a traveler do?

If you are planning a trip and already know your dates, consider shopping for a vacation rental now before this new fee goes into effect (overall rents are sure to increase). Most owners only require a deposit up front to hold the booking (though many have a cancellation fee, so do make sure you are sure of your dates before committing).

Another option, book directly with the owner. While we advertise on VRBO and AirBnB as well, you can also book directly with us through our website or by calling us.

Sig-CaraWhat is the booking process at Maui Oceanview Condos? It’s very simple. Check our availability calendar, select a condo and then send us an email or call. We will confirm the availability, send you more information, or if you are ready to book, send you a rental agreement. You may pay by credit card (through VRBO/Homeaway or PayPal – we will send you an invoice) or US check (ask for a check discount). We strongly encourage you to call us, this helps us answer any questions about the condo or rental agreement/payment you may have.

We strongly recommend you purchase trip cancellation insurance – please do your own research.

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How about a Maui Spring Break?

What are your spring break plans? How about making it a Maui Spring Break? We still have plenty of March and April availability at our beautiful Sugar Beach condo for your spring break winter get-away!

This is a nicely renovated ground floor one bedroom one bathroom condo that sleeps up to four guests. It has a full kitchen with all the dishes and gadgets you will need, linens, towels, beach gear and a washer/dryer. Oh and of course internet, too 🙂

The complex is ocean-front, our condo is in the courtyard, just steps from the beach and saltwater pool.

Sugar Beach waves
Ahhhh waves….
Sugar Beach lawn
What a place to enjoy the view and work on your tan!
How about our Sugar Beach #104 condo for your Maui Spring Break?
How about our Sugar Beach #104 condo for your Maui Spring Break?

Check out the Sugar Beach condo page for more information, availability and rates.

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Coming later this month…. a new website!

Have you been wondering why our website is just a tad out of date? There is a new website in the works! I can’t wait! While I love the look and design of our current website, the new site will incorporate this blog (there will be an automatic re-direct in case you have us bookmarked, so you will definitely be able to find us) and give me the ability to update and change things, even announce specials directly on the website (currently you have to go to the VRBO listing to see them)!

I’ve spent the better part of this morning uploading information into the new website for my web-designer to massage into place. It is looking great and thankfully I am starting to get the hang of the data-entry!

For now, on our current website click through to the individual VRBO listings for the most up-to-date information, pictures and rates. I’ll announce our new website once it goes live, hopefully by end of December!

Sunset at our Kihei Surfside condo!
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Sleepover Time at our Sugar Beach Condo!

Once a year we try to stay in our condos. It’s a really good practice to stay at your own vacation rental and many owners do this when they come to Hawaii on vacation. It’s a great time to pick up on things that need maintenance, fixing, improving etc. Yes, we go into our condo between each booking, tackling repairs as they are reported/we notice them, and doing things on our regular maintenance schedule, but some things you don’t notice until you actually use it.

In my head I know it’s a good idea, but in practice it is extra work – it means that I have to pack up our family’s stuff, go there, sleep there, then completely clean and prep the condo for the next guest in addition to tackling the new to-do list. It’s the weekend, and I was feeling energetic, so we had a sleepover at our Sugar Beach condo before I changed my mind 🙂

We picked up dinner-to-go from Safeway, some ready-made ribs, fresh bread and a lemon meringue pie for desert and ate at the condo. Unfortunately things didn’t go quite as planned time-wise and we ended up eating dinner during sunset in the condo. Ah well. I had hoped to walk the beach at sunset. Then off to the pool we went, first to cool off, then to sit in the hot tub. We met and visited with two couples in the hot tub, one celebrating an anniversary, the other on their honeymoon. We chatted with them for a bit, then Sig went home (he doesn’t appreciate these sleepovers) and the kids and I went back to the condo.

Oh my goodness, the bed we bought last year is so comfortable. I’ve been getting positive reviews from guests on it, but it was nice to try it myself too!

Do I have a hunny-do list for Sig and I? Yes! Nothing big, but a few things I noticed that we will address in the next few weeks between bookings.

By the way, we still have some openings at our Sugar Beach condo this fall! You too can come try that comfortable bed and walk the beach at sunset!

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Check-in and Tree Trimming at our Sugar Beach condo

Yesterday was a check-in day at our Sugar Beach condo. Cindy had already given me the ‘all clear’ after cleaning the day before. Sig had already been in to get the lanai door screen back in its track (the previous guest had knocked it off track – it happens).

So I drove over with my trunk full of goodies. I always carry a big Costco-sized jug of laundry soap and fabric softener in the back of my car so I can refill the condo jugs for our guests. Why have a washer and dryer if you don’t have soap, after all. I also had with me a supply of condo pens and paper, a few guest mac nuts (plain salted, chocolate and garlic & onion – try the garlic & onion, they are really good!), a starter pack of coffee, rags for random wiping, air freshener (sometimes guests fry up the last of their bacon the day they leave – that smell is hard to knock out). I looked around, checked the TVs to make sure they were set to TV mode (nothing like having to figure out how to switch the input right off the bat, though we do have instructions in the instruction manual in the TV cabinet). I checked the guest book (happy guestbook entry, mahalo!), placed the new towels Cindy had asked for in the bathroom cabinet. I double-checked the safe (we once had a guest forget a wedding band in there, oops!).

As I was leaving I snapped a picture of the palms being trimmed in the parking lot. Have you ever wondered why they need trimming and how they do it? Certain palm trees shed their spent palm fronds (they come crashing down on their own, hopefully not hitting a car or person below). These trees need to be manually cut. Also, all coconuts are removed (also for safety reasons – guide books will actually warn you to NOT sit under a coconut palm, those are high up and they pick up speed and power when they fall down and land on your head). One of my kids actually asked for a palms-climbing set a few years ago. It just looks like fun!

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Any Canadian ukulele fans out there?

The Maui Ukulele Festival is coming up, this year on Sunday, October 11th! Why am I calling for Canadian ukulele fans? It’s the Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend (our Sugar Beach condo is currently available that week).

A friend has been telling me about the ukulele festival, how they make it a family affair, bringing a blanket, games, ukuleles, participating in the group lesson with Roy Sakuma! In fact, my friend’s daughter won a high-end ukulele as a door prize last year. I am looking forward to checking this out!

Oh yes, and admission is….. FREE!

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Summer Specials!!

Looking for a getaway? Maui is on sale 🙂

We have some availability at three of our condos. Check it out!

Our 1 bedroom 1 bathroom ground floor Sugar Beach condo is on sale at $139/night plus cleaning and tax for new bookings for all remaining dates from July 6-Sept 30, 2015.

Sugar Beach condo living room

Our 2 bedroom 2 bathroom ground floor Palms at Wailea condo has some availability August 19-31. Ideally I am looking for a 10 night stay, or a one week stay starting August 20th or ending August 30th (so that we can maybe fit two bookings). Discounts will vary depending on how well your booking fits this opening.

Palms at Wailea condo master bedroom

Our hugely popular 1 bedroom 2 bathroom ground floor Maui Kamaole condo has a fair bit of availability this summer and we are renting it out for a record low $145/night plus cleaning and tax for all remaining dates before September 18, 2015.

Maui Kamaole condo living room

Why so much availability you ask? I purposefully didn’t take any bookings for this month as the lower pool which is nearby is getting a new pool deck and I wasn’t sure just how loud it would be. The loudest part (blasting) has been completed, now they are cutting and laying quartzite tile. After spending some time in the condo, I am happy to report you can’t hear the construction noise as long as windows and doors are closed (we have a/c). Construction is taking place 7 days a week 8am-5pm, after which you can open the windows and doors and enjoy the oceanview lanai. And yes – there is a second pool a short 2 minute walk away, so you can still enjoy a pool and hot-tub.

So what do you think? Is a Maui trip in order? Check the availability calendars and give me a call at 808-281-7934.

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Spring into Summer Special!

How are you celebrating the start of summer? We have an opening at our ground floor on the beach Sugar Beach condo in Kihei!

This condo sleeps up to four guests, one bedroom (plus pull-out couch), one bathroom, fully stocked kitchen, complimentary internet and North America long-distance (much loved by our Canadian guests). We supply good quality linens, towels, beach gear (boogie boards, chairs, cooler, beach towels)…

Our Special deal is $135/night plus cleaning and tax. That comes to $1185/week. Give me a call!

How about a quick Maui getaway? Could be fun!

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Ululani’s Shave Ice at Sugar Beach

Yesterday we had an opening between bookings at our Sugar Beach condo. There is some maintenance work Sig needed to do before the next arrival, so he dropped the kids and I off at North Kihei’s shave-ice store (Ululani’s). I’ve heard that this local chain serves some of the best shave-ice on the island, but in all these years have never tried yet. Yesterday was our day.

The line-up was long. But we were in the shade, so it could have been worse.

Turns out, the line-up was worth it. It really was amazing shave-ice. Not crystal-y like it often is, this was very smoothly shaved ice, it was more creamy than ice-y. I tried the No Ka Oi flavor combo (mango, coconut, lilikoi) – it was amazing. I love all the colorful picnic tables with holes in the table-top to balance the color-ful shave-ice cups.

With our shave-ice in hand, we crossed the street and walked about a block along beautiful Sugar Beach back to the condo complex, enjoying our shave-ice and the view.

We rounded out our day with a sunset swim at the beautiful Sugar Beach ocean-front salt-water pool and hot-tub.

Just perfect!

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