Makani Sands, Maui

Makani Sands is a low-rise, intimate oceanfront resort in Hawaii, featuring 30 units, many of which are occupied by owners year-round. The resort offers a range of amenities, including a swimming pool, beachside BBQs, picnic area, and complimentary parking. It is conveniently located within walking distance of shops, a farmers market, a natural market, and various restaurants. The resort also provides quick access to its beach for swimming, kayaking, and snorkeling, as well as whale watching during the winter months. Nearby attractions include world-class golf courses at Kapalua and Kaanapali, and the historic Lahaina Town, which is just 5 miles away.

Makani Sands Average Rates


As of May 2024, the average price of a 1 bedroom unit at Makani Sands is $191. The average price of a 3 bedroom unit is $575. Note that prices vary depending on the specifc unit and season (holiday rates are usally much higher), and the averages don't include Hawaii's 18% accommodation tax or cleaning and booking fees. Visit the rentals page to see specific unit rates.

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What Do Guests Think? An AI Analysis of 421 Guest Reviews


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The following executive summary is based on a comprehensive and impartial AI analysis of guest reviews. Keep in mind that all units are individually owned, and review scores among units can vary considerably.

The Makani Sands condo resort on Maui receives overwhelmingly positive reviews from guests, highlighting its exceptional location, well-maintained grounds, and comfortable accommodations. Guests appreciate the resort's proximity to beaches, shops, and restaurants, as well as the stunning ocean views and opportunities to watch sea turtles and sunsets directly from their units. The resort is praised for its cleanliness, well-equipped condos, and responsive management. While some guests mention minor issues such as the need for updates in certain units or the absence of a beach due to seasonal changes, the overall sentiment is highly favorable. Guests enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, the convenience of on-site amenities like pools and BBQ grills, and the added value of provided beach gear. Makani Sands is recommended for its ability to provide a memorable and enjoyable stay on Maui. This summary is based on a comprehensive analysis of 421 guest reviews.

Recent Makani Sands Reviews


Our 11 day stay in 103 was outstanding. The view from the lanai was fantastic- whales, turtles, surfers, beautiful sunsets and watching the morning sky change with the sun rise. The condo is just as pictured. Loved being on the ground floor. Very clean, quiet and convenient to everything. Staff on site we're very helpful. Highly recommend this location!
J P.
February 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was clean. I was very happy with the location. I was satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: great location with wonderful guests
Mervyn H.
February 2024

Rating Details: The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: This condo is the best, loved the air conditioning, the garbage disposal, the bed was comfortable, and it was very clean. The next time I am in Maui this is right where I am going to stay.
Patricia W. W.
January 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: A very nice relaxing vacation.
Lyndon O.
January 2024

We come to Maui every January, and this is our favorite place to stay due to location and proximity.
Greg M.
January 2024

Great views of Molokai and Lanai… and lots of whales!
Dino G.
January 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: We stayed here the first time in 2021. We had a family reunion. We rented 4 units for a week. We loved it so much we rebooked this year but only required two units. We loved the improvements they made in the 2 years between our visits. We will be back
Robert W.
January 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very unhelpful. The vacation rental was very clean. I was very happy with the location. I was satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I do not recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: We had family meet from Japan, Colorado, and Connecticut in Maui for the first time since 2019. The condo itself was well situated despite the fire in Lahaina. The problem was with the dishwasher which appeared to be original to the condo. When we discussed with the front desk that it was not working, it appeared to be an issue which had been plaguing the previous visitors, and had been reported on before. So a handyman was sent over, who reported that it needed to be replaced. And in the process of inspecting it, he managed to loosen something, because for the next 2 days there was a constant leak in the kitchen, which made the tile turn into an ice skating rink. Each of the children staying in the condo managed to slip and fall at least once. When the front desk was informed of this, they were nonplussed. As this was new years eve it was difficult to get someone to come over but a handyman eventually made it and found the leak source. However, the dishwasher was never replaced and honestly, I doubt it ever will be. So good luck to the next set of occupants, anything advertising a functional dishwasher is probably a lie. Otherwise the place is nice but very dated, does not appear to have been renovated since the building was constructed.
Matthew B.
January 2024

Good place to stay. Located on the upper northwest part of the island.
Alex A.
January 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Our family of five had a great time staying at Makani Sands! We love being right on the water, love the ocean front bbq’s and the rental we had was so comfortable and had everything we needed to enjoy our week’s stay there. Love the location as well, it is within walking distance to shops, coffee and dining and is just a short drive away from Kaanapali!
Ryan W.
January 2024

We came in winter to see the whales and this place did not disappoint. Sitting on the lanai watching the whales swimming by was the most amazing part of our trip. You can also snorkel right outside the property which was nice. We will definitely be coming back again! Thank you.
Elaine N.
January 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: I can't express how happy I am with this unit. It was very clean, we watched whales all day every day, and I was there for work so I appreciated the very small building with pleasant, respectful guests and a wonderful staff. The experience was better than my honeymoon! I am so very happy I found this unit. I would never imagine staying anywhere else on Maui - and I've spent weeks at the Andaz in Wailea. this unit was paradise. The property manager was lovely. The ocean was spittin' distance. The building had many kind people. I'm so very happy. Thank you so much Lonnie, Rick, and the rest of the team who made this an unforgettable, magical, life altering week for me. I needed it more than you know! I'm sending a friend to this unit in March but I'm scared that when you read this amazing review that I won't get to rent it again. Save room for me! This place is the bomb.
Stephanie H.
January 2024

Wow wow wow!!!! The view is just stunning. We saw whales and turtles up close right from the balancing. My family and I spent most of time and meals sitting on the balcony. The 2 futons in family room were very comfortable for my 2 kids that don’t like sleeping together. It was very spacious for my family of 4 and my parents. They also have a small beach where you can swim off of and snorkel. The host Luan is amazing! He was always available and responds right away with any questions we had. He fully stocks the condo with Things you may need like toilet paper, garbage bags etc. He is so kind and readily available for you! The location was also fantastic. We could walk to multiple restaurants. I walked everyday to a local market and had my delicious Açaí bowl. Yumm! I highly recommend renting this unit. We can’t wait to return!
Michelle G.
January 2024

great apartment and location
adrian jorge l.
January 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Our family had a wonderful Maui vacation. The Makani Sands was a great location and nice condo for our family of 6. Very clean and nice unit and grounds.
Gina M.
January 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Once again, Makani Sands was an enjoyable place to stay. This was our 5th visit/stay. We enjoy the location, the friendly staff, and the nice comfortable rooms. This was our first time visiting in December/January. Saw lots of whales, turtles, and other marine life. The weather was awesome, no rain! Just sunshine and beautiful skies. We were truly sadden by the damage due to the fires in Lahaina and supported businesses as much as we could. Prayers go out to ALL people of Maui as they rebuild their lives and homes. Looking forward to our next vacation!
Janet H.
January 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: We stayed for 11 days and EVERYTHING about Makani Sands #203 was WONDERFULL!! The incredible condo itself!! The view!! The grounds!! The location!! The people!!We would recommend #203 "IN A HEART BEAT" to anyone at anytime!! You will NOT be disappointed and you will want to come back year after year!!MAKANI SANDS & STAFF you are the best!!
A guest from Puyallup, Washington
January 2024

There were stains on blankets and the shower in one of bathrooms did not work from the first day. We contacted to the host and management team of this property through emails, calls, and knocking their office but nothing was reachable. It was horrible experience since our group share only one shower room during the stays. We tried to contact VRBO and this property office to talk about it. There is no action except creating an issue ticket from VRBO.
Daye K.
January 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: The accommodations were excellent! We whale watched right off the balcony. My husband watched 10 whales breach out of the water on Christmas day from our balcony! There is an elevator which was not listed in the listing. We were thankful for it!
Amy H.
January 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: The perfect get-away: drinking morning coffee from the lanai with views of tropical blue waters, sea turtles bobbing in the gentle surf, clouds drifting by in a sky of blue. Clean condo with furnishings that add to the tropical atmosphere of simply being in Hawaii. Makani Sands employees were kind, helpful and welcoming. I will definitely book this unit or a similar one when i return to Maui. Booking direct was a breeze.
Linda D.
January 2024

Lovely condo in a great location.
Valerie M.
December 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was very clean. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Very relaxing enjoying the ocean and the pool.
A guest from Vaughn, Washington
December 2023

Tom’s place was perfect for our needs…fully equipped kitchen, a patio space that opens right up to the grass/ocean with viewing of turtles and humpbacks daily right from the loungers. Never had an issue finding a parking space and the building was quiet and the lawn space well maintained. We look forward to staying again one day!

December 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: We have stayed in Makani Sands #201 multiple times ...wonderful every time. Several updates since our stay only 7 months ago were appreciated: new sliding patio doors vs. the old worn out, plus an awesome new microwave! We love Makani Sands, #201 especially ...we’ve booked for two more stays in 2024! The only flaw is that #201 needs a conch shell to blow at sunset!
Paul L.
December 2023

A wonderful location. Quiet ocean front lanai and a few steps to lawn chairs to enjoy the view. Also one of the best stocked condos in terms of beach chairs, towels a cooler and so on. We have been to Maui at least 25 times and have stayed at this resort a number of times. We think it is the best area of Maui to stay.
Jim M.
December 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Perfect location, clean, comfy, place to park the car, walking distance to some shops, great views of other islands, can hear the waves when you fall asleep and wake up.
Ryan G.
December 2023

My son and I are regular Maui visitors. We stayed away longer than usual because our last trip was 2018 and then Covid. We usually stay in Keihei. This is only the 3rd time we have stayed on this side of the island but we will DEFINITELY come back to this space. The condo is beautiful, the property set up with direct access to the ocean and a heated pool was amazing, there was another beach that was a literal 5 minute walk and across the street from that beach was a great little market and an AMAZING gift store with all Maui made items. Our trip was short but great. Vicki the property manager was friendly and attentive. There was a bottle of pineapple wine and chocolate covered macadamia nuts in the room as welcome gifts. The bed is totally amazing and the pull out couch was so much more comfortable than I had anticipated. We rotated through both spaces because we all wanted a day when we got to fall asleep and wake up to the sound of the waves, and open your eyes to this view!! My only suggestions would be to get some metal straws for the kitchen. I wanted straws because the tumblers were huge and finding ones outside that weren't paper was a challenge. But we were soo soo happy with 202 and we will be back!!
Shelly A.
December 2023

A very beautiful location and a clean, well-kept condo and surrounding property. Also, close to many amenities and other beautiful beaches.
Melissa W.
December 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: No complains at all here. Property management was very friendly and was able to extend our last day departure check out. Very clean, quiet, updated condo. Can't beat that sound of the ocean in the morning. Bed very comfortable. I would highly recommend this. If you ever near the area try goin to the food trucks near by, the food is amazing.
Daniel k.
November 2023

The condo is well supplied with cooking gear, spices, and bathroom amenities. The washer and dryer was a life saver for our extended visit. Can't go wrong at the Makani Sands.
MARK M.
November 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was very clean. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Wonderful staff, nice place, and beautiful views!
Sarah D.
November 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was more than happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: My Ohana (family) flew to Maui from neighbor islands and the continent to attend a very special event. This temporary home away from home provided the perfect place for us. The decor is beyond what we could have imagined. The location is steps to the ocean. The simplicty of access to the condo and the check out process was so appreciated. The notebook of expectations was informative. I'm already making plans to return because my Ohana enjoyed themselves so much! Mahalo nui loa!
Tercia K.
November 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was very clean. I was more than happy with the location. I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: The unit needs a a lot of work. There is so much stuff in the closets that we had nowhere to put our suitcases or things. My husband opened a drawer in the master bath and drawer front twisted in his hand. Front door knob does not lock. The chair in the dining room had a screw sticking up into the seat. The light in the dining room did not work. The toilets were running and screaming when we got there, which was fixed. The garbage disposal did not work, they fixed it. The dishwasher door would not stay open. The bed WAY too big for the room. The light over the bed does not work. The kitchen cabinets are in TERRIBLE shape. The shower faucet is loose. It might be leaking in the wall. Table on deck has a broken leg. It sits on a rock. The drapes are falling off the hooks in both rooms. Can't get them closed all the way. Flood light outside of unit flashes on and off all night.I would recommend the property but NOT this unit.
Judith F.
November 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Everything was great, weather, staff, and the condition of the condo. The only part that we didnt enjoy was the motion camera light in both the hallway and deck. They came on constantly and would ruin the ambience of watching the evening stars. It needs to be adjusted or taken down. Not sure what purpose it serves.

November 2023

The place has a five stars location, right on the sand in beautiful Lahaina, only a 3 min walk from the nearest beach. The grounds are kept immaculate, the apartment is small and comfortable. It was great for our family vacation.
Juliana B.
October 2023

The accommodations provided by the host are well furnished and in excellent condition! The building is in good condition, recently painted. The back yard was meticulously groomed and the sunsets off the deck are out of this world! The surf every day was very calming to watch and listen and you’ll see lots of sea turtles. Makani Sands is in a good location with a farmers market and nice shops nearby. There is a lovely pool to enjoy and it is not crowded. The islands make a nice background in the sunset. The property is everything that the description says it is.
Cavelle H.
October 2023

There are many options for rental condo's along the west side and for something in this price point and size I highly suggest this one at Makani Sands. Simple straight forward well appointed ground floor condo where you can walk straight out the back door through your lanai to the oceans edge. The property is well maintained so no worries on that end at all. No AC might be a challenge for some as the need for AC there is borderline. It was in the mid 80's all the time we were there in the afternoon and as long as you managed the windows and sun late in the afternoon it was fine. There are a few fans available in the master closet to use to move additional air through if needed when the trade winds are settled. Tom was very responsive in our comunications.
David D.
October 2023

This was our first time visiting the island of Maui. The location of the condo was in a nice quiet area. Local shopping stores were near by and the condo was easy to find. I loved everything about the condo. Especially waking up every day to this amazing ocean view. If I ever go back to Maui, I will definitely stay at Tom's condo again. Tom was very good at communicating when we would reach out to him. Thank you again Tom for allowing us to stay at your beautiful condo in Maui.
Jennifer B.
October 2023

My wife, I and our 2 year old stayed here for just over a week in early March and would gladly return. The location was great for us with it being close to many beaches we like and great food options without the traffic or business of the bigger towns or resorts, not to mention sitting on the lanai watching the surf and whales. Tammy the manager was wonderful leading up to our trip, answering our questions and making the process very easy for us. We fit a pack n play in the bedroom with half it in the closet but had plenty of room to get around it to the bed. The unit was well stocked with everything we needed for some beach or pool time and the kitchen similarly included all manner of cookware. The pool was nicely sized, clean, and was in the morning sun/afternoon shade. Between fans and having windows open, the unit never got too warm or stuffy (temps around 80 F). We'll definitely be back!
Matthew B.
September 2023

This place has the best view of any of the places we stayed during our 2 week trip across the Hawaiian islands. The condo was spacious and fit our families needs perfectly. No air conditioning but plenty of fans and are fires like towels and beach equipment was a plus.
Andrea O.
August 2023

The unit was clean, well equiped, always a good breeze and a magnificent view. The property was also well maintained and offered acces for a swim
Claudie T.
August 2023

This place was perfect. It's not often you get a quality bed on vacation. It was the perfect size for the 3 of us. Beach towels, chairs and umbrella were provided. You could see turtles from the balcony but the view might be better on the top floor. The location is great and only minutes away from multiple beaches. Highly recommend this location. The only negative which would be difficult to change is the pull out couch frame is loud and sleeping on it was difficult due to how loud it was. One item I would fix is curtains in the living room for that bright morning and evening sun. I truly hope this place did not get damaged in the fire, I would absolutely stay again!
Shaylyn G.
August 2023

We came and the place was exactly, if not better than, what we expected. Then the Lahaina fire happened and that’s where our host, Thom, really showed what kind of human he is. He offered us a place to stay, without making a huge deal about anything, was really responsive and helpful. 10000/10000 stars, I will definitely stay here again someday
Joe N.
August 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: All three condo's worked out perfectly. No body wanted to leave. The property manager Tammy was the best.
Scott B.
August 2023

Beautiful condo with incredible view. We were able to watch sea turtles in the ocean most days from our lanai/balcony. Very clean with full kitchen and in-suite laundry! Also has ocean access which was perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Is located in quiet area, around 10-15 minute drive to common restaurant areas. Overall, would recommend!
Vanessa V.
August 2023

Everything was as described or better! We used the beach chairs and umbrella every day. It is perfectly located and right on the water. We prefer to stay in a smaller complex rather than one of the bigger resorts and this was the best yet. 3 minutes to Nipili Market, 20 minutes to Honolua bay, 10 minutes or less to Nipili and Kapalua Beaches, the Gazebo, etc. Perfect!
Erik S.
August 2023

We have come to Maui every year or sometimes a couple times a year since 1990. We have stayed at just about every place on the west side and this place did not disappoint. Owner was easily reachable and flexible when we arrived a day early. Like we always say, if you are looking for someone to come out to the pool and say "may I bring you another drink" you may want to go to one of the big resorts, but you will deal with crowds and with little Trevor's temper tantrums and all the noise. If you want the real experience, and to be lulled to sleep every night by the surf on the water, this is the place. Fully equipped. The only thing not in the kitchen was a crock pot so we bought one and left it for you in appreciation for an always-good experience. See you next time.
Leo W.
August 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was clean. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: The place was great with all the amenities you could ask for. Outstanding view and updated interior. Only issue is the person on the 3rd floor feeds pidgin a couple times a day & the birds **** all over the Lanai & furniture. We asked her to feed the birds elsewhere but no. They live and sleep above 107. We cleaned the poop daily to have it return everyday.
Timothy M.
August 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was very clean. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: The common hallways were not vacuumed daily of sand. Otherwise, the property is very well kept. Staff very friendly. Great location. Suites adequate for our needs. Beautiful views of Lanai & Molokai. The best is the view from our lanai of the ocean and turtles. Snorkeling is great for kids and adults alike. I found it very relaxing mesmerizing watch the ocean.
Scott B.
August 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Makani Sands has been my go to place for several years now. I enjoy the small, intimate setting that’s direct access to the ocean. Tammy at the front desk was amazing as always!
Jennifer F.
August 2023


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