A June 2006 trip
to Maui by jwdorris
Quote: Maui truly is a magical place with a wide variety of environments and activities to explore. From pristine natural beauty to shopping and dining opportunities, Maui was the perfect setting for our 25th anniversary.
We were a little worried about what we were going to find at the Kamaole Sands. Some of the reviews that we read after booking weren’t extremely encouraging. We read that some guests thought their rooms were outdated and that service was inadequate, but had none of those issues. We followed the advice of the on-line booking site that we use and asked for a recently upgraded unit and what we got was a fantastic bargain for the price.
The personnel at the office were friendly and helpful; the entire check in process took less than five minutes. Finding our condo, number 7-305, was easy with the provided map. Our one-bedroom condo not only met, but far exceeded our expectations. The rooms were spacious and clean and the decor was bright and cheery with a decidedly tropical theme. Artwork from local artists adorned the walls and the furniture was wicker and glass, adding a romantic, tropical feel. The bedroom was spacious and well decorated and the bed very comfortable. The kitchen had modern, well maintained appliances including a dishwasher, refrigerator, stove, microwave, and coffee maker. The living room had a comfortable couch, two chairs, TV, VCR, desk with high speed Internet connection, and books to read. The condo had two spacious bathrooms as well as a washer and dryer which were very handy. We were able to keep our laundry done throughout the ten days we were there and unlike our typical vacation; we didn’t have laundry to do when we got home. The private lanai was spacious and well apportioned. There was a table with four chairs and two loungers. We ate breakfast on the lanai most mornings where we could look over the well manicured grounds and listen to the birds.
Our condo was advertised as a garden view, but was, in reality, a partial ocean view. The grounds included a large pool with an Expedia booking booth on site to allow easy booking of activities. Wednesday afternoons featured "Music and Mai Tai’s" with free drinks and live music. The pool area also included two hot tubs, an exercise room, and a computer room. Barbecue grills dot the grounds providing a great place to cook and congregate with friends.
The Kamaole Sands is located just across the road from the Kamaole III Beach Park which became our favorite place from which to watch the sunset. We were a little concerned that the only air conditioning in the condo was in the living room, but the evening breezes off the ocean were so comfortable that we never used it. We had none of the problems that some reviews complained about. There were a couple minor problems that needed repaired but they were remedied promptly and without hassle. The location provided easy access to the main highway that allowed easy access to the entire island.
We found the Kamaole Sands a clean, quiet, comfortable place to stay. The only complaint that we had was that we had to leave.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2006
2695 South Kehei Road
Kihei, Hawaii 96753
A Mexican restaurant on Maui! What were they thinking? If they thought that it would become a great place to eat some delicious food at a very reasonable price in a beautiful setting, they were right. Situated on the west coast of Maui in the town of Kihei, Fred’s is a great place to eat. The restaurant is on the ground floor of a two story building facing the setting sun. It is located just across the road from a beautiful stretch of white sand beach and provides the perfect spot to enjoy a delicious meal or drinks with friends while watching the sun sink into the Pacific Ocean and create the gorgeous sunsets for which Maui is famous.
Fred’s is decorated in bright and cheerful colors, interesting signs (for example, the "Hell’s Kitchen" sign above the kitchen), and items typically found in Mexican restaurants such as sombreros and colorful artwork. The real beauty at this restaurant is the magnificent view of the beach and ocean. The walls of the restaurant are open, allowing an unobstructed view of the sunset and letting in the smells of the ocean. This open plan also lets the smells of delicious Mexican dishes float out into the parking lot and onto the sidewalk inviting guests to come in and eat.
Although we first ate there because of the proximity to our condo, Fred’s quickly became one of our favorite places to eat on Maui for four main reasons: the food was delicious, the service was outstanding, the sunsets were spectacular, and the prices were very reasonable. An endless supply of chips and salsa, drinks, and high energy music made the wait for the food pleasant. The fajitas were undoubtedly the best that I have eaten at any Mexican restaurant anywhere. In addition to the usual green peppers, onions, and tomatoes grilled with the steak, Fred’s grilled whole sprigs of cilantro which added a delicious spicy flavor to the fajitas. I can’t vouch for the rest of the food; the fajitas were so good that I didn’t have anything else.
Although the restaurant was always crowded, our servers were always attentive and quick to respond to any request. Best of all, in spite of the top notch food and service in such a spectacular setting, the prices were very reasonable. We ate a several restaurants on Maui where the prices were considerably higher than what we typically pay on the mainland, but Fred’s prices were comparable to the prices of our Mexican restaurant at home. A serving of fajitas which was more than enough to satisfy even the heartiest appetite was just $11.
The great food combined with great service with such a spectacular view of the ocean quickly made Fred’s one of our favorite places to eat on Maui. You may have to wait to be seated, but if you like Mexican food and want good food at a reasonable price, don’t miss Fred’s.
Fred's Mexican Cafe
2511 South Kihei Road
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 28, 2008
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