Lahaina is amazing as i Maui as a whole. Staying at Puunoa makes it even better still. Very small and therefore privacy guaranteed while being ablo to snorkel at baby beach straight in front of your room as turtles pass you by......does life get any better? The units are a little outdates maybe on the inside but maintenance is impeccable and you have a LOT of space.......very very highly recommended
Wonderful amenities and great location. Easy access to Baby Beach and walking distance to Lahaina. Baby Beach is protected by a large, almost impenetrable, reef. This provides an ideal environment for snorkeling but less than ideal for paddle boarding. A fall from the board would surely result in injury because of the shallow reef.
We just returned from 10 days in #105, bottom floor, end unit. It was just my husband and myself. The unit was gorgeous, clean, huge. On the TA snapshot of Puunoa amenities it says "kitchenette". Unit 105 has a large, full, well appointed kitchen. Full size oven, large drawer refrigerator, dishwasher, 3 coffee pots! The bed and linens were comfy. A lovely place. This is why I say it's not for everyone. PBE sits on Baby Beach which is very calm and shallow. Consequently it's always full of small (read "noisy") kids, and it gets quite busy even in January. There is a rental house next door (maybe 12 ft away?) and while we were there there was a family in it that spend a fair amount of time screaming at their toddler, and him screaming back. Maybe this would not have been an issue if we weren't in the end unit closest to them. Also there is something under construction directly behind the next door rental. It's covered with tar paper so you can't see what it is but we were woken more than once by saws, hammers etc. Also maybe not an issue if you're not in the end unit. There was another issue while we were there that was a little disconcerting. As soon as the sun set (gorgeously BTW) and Baby Beach was mostly deserted, the homeless would move in. Sometimes setting up tents, hammocks, etc. One night they started a campfire and nearly smoked us out. They were mostly considerate, tho, not too noisy. We couldn't really see them from the bottom unit because of the hedge between us and the beach, but I imagine those in 2nd or 3rd floor units got a better view. My husband would see them every morning when he went for his early walk, asleep on the beach. We never felt unsafe, though. There is a gate between our condos and the beach too. I really hate saying anything bad about PBE. Despite all this, we had a great stay. If we still had small kids it would be a great place to visit, but right now especially with the construction, I would not rent an end unit. And, unless we bring our grandkids to Maui, we would not stay at PBE again.…
We left a review last year and stayed in this unit again this year (and we've already booked it for next year). Some points are worth repeating: > The location is perfect, within walking distance of Lahaina and Mala Pier > Sits on Baby Beach - great proximity, but the landscaping ensure privacy > The owner is a pleasure to do business with > The decor is top end > The ocean view is fabulous - whale watching from the lanai > The master bedroom is huge > Central air conditioning with a separate master bedroom control > Everything you need in the kitchen This is simply an outstanding place to stay.
Amazing, wonderful, top notch - the condo, beach, sunsets (felt like your own personal sunset every evening), pool, grills were all wonderful, clean, excellent condition. The rooms were beautifully appointed, large, full amenities, beach chairs, umbrella and towels included (total bonus), laundry (detergent total bonus). Amazing stars at night. Loved sharing baby beach with local families - plenty of shady spots - snorkeling - shopping close by. Do not even think twice about staying here - the large resorts were crowded, cramped, chaotic and everyone seemed grouchy fighting for a beach/pool chair. Totally chill relaxed vibe here. Grilled by the ocean every night. True family vacation. Pictures posted of resort are spot on. 5 stars all around.