We thoroughly enjoyed our recent stay! The Makaha Valley Plantation is well groomed, clean, and well-maintained. The security guards and office staff are friendly and helpful, as were the neighbors we met. The condo itself was very clean and comfortable, with a great view of the surrounding area. The updated decor is very tasteful. We were pleasantly surprised to see how well stocked the kitchen was, in addition to the usual dishes, pots and pans (toaster, crock pots, blender). The beds were super-comfortable! There were plenty of beach towels and beach accessories, including a cooler, umbrella, mats, boogie boards, and beach toys. There were also board games for evening entertainment. Of course, cable tv and wifi were nice bonuses. When we first arrived to the condo (mid-afternoon), the air conditioner was not on, so it was quite warm and stuffy. It took most of the evening to cool down. We strategically placed the floor fans to help circulate the air to the bedrooms. The condo gets afternoon/evening sun, so we found that keeping the curtains closed while we were gone during the day through sunset helped to keep the condo comfortably cool. The free-roaming peacocks and chickens were fun to watch. I even got a nice picture of a male peacock with his feathers fanned out, "strutting his stuff." The peacocks can be quite verbal, especially in the early morning, along with the roosters. If you sleep with the windows open, you will hear them. It didn't bother us at all, but just a reminder that nature was close by. The town of Makaha is definitely inhabited by more locals and is not "touristy" at all. The beaches are not crowded and we found that gas was cheaper than closer into Honolulu. That said, if you plan on grocery shopping, I recommend shopping in the Kapolei area instead of the local grocery in Makaha -- better, bigger food selection. Also, there are only a handful of options for dining (we really liked Spinner's Cafe), but overall, there is a much better selection of restaurants down the road in Ko'Olina and Kapolei. If you are planning on driving to see the sights, I suggest avoiding the typical rush hour times. It takes about 30 minutes in normal traffic to get to the highway crossroads that access the rest of the island. Once to the crossroads, it was easy to get to the North Shore or Honolulu. We enjoyed our first visit to Hawaii and the condo accommodations certainly added to our experience. We would definitely stay here again!
Makaha Valley Retreat