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Puunoa Beach Estates
Ranked #21 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Lahaina
Eugene, Oregon
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“The most amazing accommodations!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2009

My family of four (me, my husband, and two daughters) rented #205 for six nights through VRBO in Dec. 2008. We were blown away the moment we walked through the door of this beautiful condo! I will do my best to describe the unit, the complex, and the location of this stunning home.
Puunoa Beach Estates is a small, upscale complex located just north of Front Street, Lahaina. With only ten units, this complex offers peace and quiet with the convenience of being centrally located. It sits right on Baby Beach within walking distance of the harbor and shops in old Lahaina town. The location of this unit is what first attracted us when we looked into staying there. However, we rarely ventured from the condo and the beach because we were so content with our surroundings.
Our unit was huge (over 2000 sq. ft.) and was the size of a regular house. Our daughters each had their own bedrooms and shared a balcony, while my husband and I enjoyed a master suite with a separate lanai. The unit was completely updated with granite countertops and new tile floors. The furniture looked new as well, and a flat screen TV and docking station were located in the living room.
Each time we entered the condo, we were greeted with a sweeping view of the ocean. The master bedroom, off to the left of the foyer, had a large entry that opened to reveal sliding doors overlooking the ocean. In the same view, the living room visually connected to provide a sweeping view with larger glass doors and windows. The view was absolutely breathtaking.
Sitting on the huge main lanai (three in all), we enjoyed the view of Lahaina harbor. The sunrises were incredible. The sunsets over the island of Lanai were gorgeous as well. Because it was Christmastime, we observed decorated ships with lights shining almost every night.
We enjoyed the pool area every day. We never encountered another swimmer there during our entire stay. (In fact, we saw no other tenants at the complex our first two days!) We utilized the barbeque grills by the pool and just felt like we were in our own personal paradise with the caretakers occasionally peeking their heads out to give a friendly aloha.
We had a hard time leaving this unit. We ended up splitting our stay at two locations because the owners come to stay at Christmas. However, because this was such an incredible place, we will again pack and move locales just to have the opportunity to reside at Puunoa for the first portion of our vacation this December!
The other units in this complex are rented out for about twice as much as this owner rents through VRBO! We feel so fortunate to have secured a stay there this December as well.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Rooms
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Pittsburgh PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2008

Cannot speak for other units but unit #204 is superb! Three bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths plus a den and office. It is stunning and the view is breathtaking. Only complaint is the wi-fi did not work but were able to use the service in the office, so no problem. The pool is small but very nice.
The staff is wonderful, Paula and Buzz, could not have been nicer and were so helpful. We had a wonderful time and it is worth every penny. Could easily serve Two to Three couples and then be extremely reasonble. We are a family of four and had lots of room to spare. This unit is first class and no detail left unattended, gadgit guys will have a field day. It is truly a very special place to spend your time on Maui. It is also wonderfully located, can walk or bike to Lahaina and the Mall, All only a few minutes drive. The unit has so much to speak of, it is very special and we loved living there for our week on Maui!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2007

Utter bliss - couldn't fault anything. The location is fabulous, within a coral reef on a very quiet beach, and within walking distance of great restaurans in Lahaina. Spacious, quiet, luxurious - Heaven.

Stayed September 2007
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Denver, CO
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2007

We spent 8 nights in unit 203 (the 3 BR loft available through Whalers Realty) in April 2007. The beach exceeded our expectations and was PERFECT for our rather timid 3 year old -- absolutely still with plenty of sand for playing in the morning, and then very little sand but heavenly lapping waves when the tide came in in the afternoon. We also have a 1 year old and place tremendous value on the ability to feel like we're on vacation when stuck in the room, and that was absolutely the case here given the huge lanai and beautiful oceanfront location. The pool was very nice as well (very quiet).

For $600 a night, however, I expect nice accommodations -- and while this was probably nice when they furnished it 15 years ago (the construction is impeccable and all the wood furnishings are beautiful), they have not replaced the upholstered furniture and the carpet was just short of disgusting. My 1 year old's feet were black on top within a couple of days from her feet rubbing on the carpet. And I realize it's the tropics, but I still did not expect to see roaches scurry away when I turned on the lights at night to make a bottle. (We did not leave ANY food out.)

It was definitely nice to be able to walk into Lahaina for meals when we wanted, and nice proximity to other west Maui destinations. I would probably stay in this condo complex again, just not at this unit -- not for $600/night, when I can stay in a high end hotel suite for that price.

  • Liked — beach
  • Disliked — cleanliness
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2006

We took our grown daughters and their husbands for their first visit to Hawaii and chose Puunoa Beach Estates on the internet. It could not have pleased us more or been more suited to our needs (for three couples). On the beach, walking distance to Lahaina, extremely clean and lots of room. Felt like home for a week - didn't want to leave! We would definately go back. Small (only 10 units) with pool and spa, gated, and private. Loved it!!!

Stayed March 2006
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2005

My original desire was to book a private home for our family of six. We are typically too big for hotel rooms for more than a night or two. There are a lot of condo resorts on Maui, both high rise and spread out. Puunoa Estates 303 is very different from either.
It is in a VERY private gated community with a total of 10 units. 303 is the only unit managed by Whaler Realty. The other 9 are managed by an on-site manager. Most of them don't even rent out; the owners don't want the hassle or need the money.
303 is a three bedroom on the second and third floor of a 3 story unit. A two bedroom is on the first floor. The furniture and appointments are excellent. This unit isn't near a beach; it's on a beach. While the sand is only about 10 yards deep, you definitely can walk right out into ocean if you want to. "Baby beach" isn't much bigger anyway.
You are within two blocks of Lahaina town. That was our desire. We walked into town almost every day. You are 10 minutes from the beaches of Kaanapali, 20 minutes from Kapalua.
Don't expect the activities of Kaanapali or the on-site restaurants of a Kapalua. That's all in Lahaina. Just expect to feel like you are in your own private home on a beach in paradise

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2004

We booked this unit after very much research. I found it on the internet on the Whaler's Realty site. Before I booked, they were very accommodating answering my many email questions. My husband and I had been in Hawaii several times, but this was the first trip for our friends from Germany. So I wanted everything to be perfect.
And Pu'uona fits the bill !!. Our 2200 sq.ft. 3 bedroom unit was lovely, barely 50 yards from uncrowded Baby beach, just north of Lahaina, right off of Front Street in a residental area. Shallow water, safe for children.
We stayed for 1 week and after the 3rd day my German friend said: "If there is a paradise, this it it". They hardly wanted to leave the unit and just enjoy the view, peace and tranquility.

  • Stayed February 2004
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
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Property: Puunoa Beach Estates
Address: 45 Kai Pali Pl, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1686
Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Puunoa Beach Estates 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The expansive two bedroom and two bedroom/loft air-conditioned oceanfront townhomes range from 1,700 to 2,100 square feet in size. As you enter the elegant etched glass doorway, you will find that no two townhomes are alike. Each has its own distinct personality, with professionally selected furnishings, decorated with rich wood accents and works of local artisans, creating an elegant, relaxed but refined island atmosphere. ... more   less 
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