Condo By the Pool or Not?

Here are 5 criteria to consider if you should buy a unit located by the pool:

1. Development Size

Find out how many units are in the development and how many people may be using the existing pool or pools. Kapalua Bay Villas has 3 pools available for the owners and guests of the 141 units. The 3 large pools at Honua Kai are destined for the enjoyment of the owners and guests of the 627 units.

Kapalua Bay Villas Pool

2. Proximity to the Pool

Some developments have buildings that are less than 20 feet away from the pool. You may enjoy owning a ground floor unit and being able to quickly jump in the pool as if it were your own. Or you may decide that the laughter, the splashing, and the Marco Polo games are not for you. Other pools are strategically set to offer plenty of privacy, although allowing for easy access.

One of the 4 pools at Kapalua Golf Villas

3. Other Amenities by the Pool

Many developments also offer barbecue and dining areas by the pool. Due to fire regulations, many developments restrict the use of barbecues on the lanais. Pools are not only a potential source of noise, but they may also be the source of food odors or smoke.

Pool at Napili Kai Resort


When a development does not offer an ocean, mountain, or garden view, looking at the blue pool may be a coveted feature. Napili Puamala does not offer an ocean view, but the combination of the blue pool and the lush Hawaiian landscape make for a very soothing experience.

Napili Puamala Pool

5. Your Preference and Your Long Term Plans

You may think that I should have started with this criteria. But one has to consider their long term plans and how desirable the property is for other people. If you intend to enroll the unit in a vacation rental program, a unit close to the pool is a gamble. Some guests specifically want that, and some avoid it at all costs. The same applies when the time comes for you to sell the property. Your pool of buyers may increase or decrease due to the proximity to the pool.

Kapalua Ridge Pool

COVID Update: Most West Maui developments have opened the pools for use by guests and their owners. Some developments have dedicated senior hours. Gatherings are limited to 10 people.

Reach out to find out prices in any of the developments mentioned above.

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