Maui is known for stunning beaches, intriguing wildlife, and sun. However, Maui is not known for bargain lodging. On the last night of our trip we were checking into a hotel near the airport. When I was told my reservation was for the next night, I knew we were in trouble. Since they were fully booked, we were left without a room. My wife went on booking.com and found one suite left at What A Wonderful World bed and breakfast in Kihei. At only 225 USD this was the most reasonable lodging we had for the week. We wondered if it would be as good as the reviews and photos made it seem.
Great location with comfortable rooms
From the airport to What A Wonderful World B&B it took only about 25 minutes to drive. Arriving at a upscale residential area two blocks from Kamaole Beach we saw our home for the night. I parked the car and approached a couple who were standing at the front door and asked them if they were staying there. The gentleman said, “Yes we are guests and have stayed here several times. Eva is probably on her way.”
I noted that Eva, the owner had posted instructions for us to enter our room if she wasn’t present. We had no trouble at all finding our suite and were amazed how spacious and well appointed it was. A full living room opened to the tea kitchen. There was a big screen TV, fridge, microwave, sleeper sofa, and most anything we needed if we wanted to cook a meal. Just outside was a common area with a gas grill, tables, and chairs for dining alfresco.
Inside we noted a queen size bed with a colorful tropical designed bedspread. An attractive tiled shower, sink, and enclosed toilet room looked like staying in someone’s designer home. Eva had a bamboo ladder in the bathroom that held towels and washcloths in an attractive space-saving way.
Most visitors want air conditioning when it gets hot in Maui, and Eva’s rooms provide such comforts. Electricity is so expensive in Hawaii, not all lodging choices feature air conditioning. We didn’t need A/C but were happy to see our suite had it just in case the room got stuffy at night. Eva told us she usually is booked every day of the year. We were so lucky to get one of her four suites. Plan on spending 175 USD up to 250 USD per night depending on the time of year you visit and which room you choose.
Other important amenities
What A Wonderful World also provides guests with high-speed WiFi, free laundry facilities, free international phone calls, and more. Eva and her husband have owned What A wonderful World since 1994 and have lived in Maui even longer. With years of local knowledge Eva shares tips on how to have the best vacation possible on Maui.
Eva provides most everything you need to enjoy a day at the beach. She has beach towels, boogie boards, umbrellas, beach mats, chairs, and coolers to lend guests free of charge! Add to all of that is also a deluxe breakfast for free. Enjoy fresh fruit, muffins, bread, cereal, coffee, fruit juices, and other surprises. All this is enjoyed with a great view of the ocean. Coffee is available 24 hours per day if needed in the modern Keurig machine.
To be just a two-minute drive to Kamaole Beach for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing is what visitors love about this B&B. For upscale shopping, head to Wailea which is just a few minutes drive away. Wailea also has golf courses for those hoping to get in a round or two.
Dozens of excellent restaurants are within a ten-minute drive of What A Wonderful World. Consider Maui Brewing Company if you love craft beer and affordable cuisine. The happy hour at Maui Brewing Company runs between 3:30-5:30 and 9:30 until closing time daily. Happy hour features 10 USD pizzas and discounts on cocktails and beer. The view of sunsets over the ocean is one of the best in Kihei. Ask Eva for her recommendations for everything between cheap eats to fine dining in the area if an upscale brewpub is not what you’re looking for.
What A Wonderful World bed and breakfast is an excellent choice whether you are planning to stay one night or more. Eva gets rave reviews for being a perfect host, and we agree. Just be sure and book well ahead of your trip, so you don’t miss out on one of the best B&Bs this travel writer has ever stayed at.