Our favorite place to stay
We stayed here for 10 days in an ocean front room. The room and the view was amazing, I love that it had air conditioning as well. This will always be our first choice when booking a trip to Maui. It was perfect!
Papakea is nice
rarelysatisfied (Vancouver, Washington)
There are many units so I am sure there is a wide spectrum of experiences one may have. The resort grounds are well taken care of. It was a quiet and peaceful location with no obnoxious music or road noise. The games of shuffleboard and putting green were great. What knocked this down? A really poor (painful) mattress in our unit was a big reason. There was also obstructed access to the ocean and no places that were shaded for hours long lounging.. Again depending on the unit you get the mattress may be fine.
Nice resort for the price
Maxdog0099 (La Conner, Washington)
We’ve been staying at the Papakea since 2006 and have always thoroughly enjoyed our stays. The resort condos are a bit dated and could use some renovation. But for the price you can’t beat the oceanfront views. The only major downside is their is no beach.
Very nice quiet resort
MannyCampos (Fontana, California)
What we loved the most was that we could walk outside and we were literally on the water. We loved having a kitchen and washer/dryer. We we fell in love with the sound of the waves all through the night
Toddlers pool “accident” spoils it for many
We booked our unit through VRBO, unit #A201. This corner unit was beautifully upgraded, including faux wood tile floors, new kitchen, along with super nice decor. Large living room and patio for taking In the gorgeous view. No maid service, but we kept it picked up; that wasn’t a problem. My only complaint is that there was no safe! I don’t get how someone cared enough to make this condo so pretty, and didn’t include a safe. It was a hassle finding places to hide jewelry, cash and credit cards when we went to the beach or pool. BTW, there is NO BEACH ACCESS. You have to walk about 8 minutes, and they don’t make it easy. You have to walk along the highway, since fences and gates of other properties prevent you. North, there is a small public beach, but not great. Lots of rocks. To the south, just past the Mahana, a nice sandy beach starts, and you can walk all the way to Kaanapali if you want. I did not realize that getting to a beach was going to be such a hassle when I made the booking at Papakea. As for the resort itself, it was “not that great”. There are two pool attendants at both of their small pools, whose only job is apparently to put on a daily wristband so they know you’re a guest. This appears to be SO important that other issues weren’t dealt with. I can give two examples. A group of girls playing loud music on the lawn outside the pool were allowed to continue. We had to close our patio door, it was so annoying. Yet, I guess this is okay (?) Nobody asked them to stop. The WORST thing that happened was a toddler defecated at the pool, not only on the pool deck, but IN the pool itself. Everyone had to leave the area, and the pool was shut down for 24 hours! If you wanted to use the pool, you could go to the other—even smaller —pool, and cram in. This is inexcusable. The posted pool rules call for all babies and very young children are required to wear swim diapers. It would be easy for one of the attendants to check for that. All you would have to do is ask the parent to confirm the child was wearing a diaper. A shame that one lazy person had to ruin it for so many. When I asked one of the attendants about it, they appeared unconcerned; it happens “3-4 times a year.” Why does it have to happen at all? This hotel needs to reinforce their own rules. I would not recommend this “resort”.