by Courtney Elko
Puunoa Beach Estates provides families with everything they could ever want in a stay on the island of Maui. There are just 10 multi-bedroom condo units, with tons of space for families to spread out, behind this gated community, so families can feel secure as soon as they drive in.
The sandy beach and calm shallow waters are just a few short steps from every unit and the town of Lahaina is also within walking distance. If the kids tire of the beach (doubtful!), there is an outdoor pool and plenty of lawn space for yard games and running around. The units are pristine with everything you could possibly need inside, including a washer and dryer, fully equipped kitchen, free Wi-Fi, board games, televisions, speakers and much more. When you want the best of all worlds–the extra space, the gorgeous views, convenience to town and the beach–and don’t want to sacrifice on service or amenities, Puunoa Beach Estates is the answer for your families Lahaina beach vacation.
Our Editor Loves
- Walk-out beachfront condos
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Walk to Lahaina town
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
Rooms & Rates
Each of the 10, two-bedroom units at Puunoa Beach Estates is uniquely decorated, but all offer gorgeous ocean views. Complimentary Wi-Fi can be found throughout each unit. All of the units feature a large separate living room and dining area; private lanai with lounge chairs and a table; a fully equipped, gourmet kitchen with full-size refrigerator; a full bathroom in every bedroom; air conditioning; flat-screen televisions, and a washer and dryer. All of the condos feature king or queen beds in the bedrooms and some feature a sleeper sofa in the living room. Daily housekeeping services are provided throughout your stay.
Two-Bedroom Plus Loft
This second-floor unit features two bedrooms, plus an additional loft space with a queen bed. The loft is open, but is private and perfect for kids. This unit can sleep up to six people.
The three-bedroom, three-bathroom unit features two bedrooms with king beds and third bedroom with a queen bed. This unit can sleep six people.
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.
All of the units at this property are only a few short steps away from the golden sand beach called, Baby Beach, and shallow Pacific Ocean waters. Baby Beach, where many locals with young families often visit, features an offshore reef, which creates shallow and calm waters at all times. Kids can walk out quite far into the water and remain safe from large waves or deep water. There are large reef rocks in the waters, however, so while it makes for good snorkeling, swimming isn’t ideal. The water is clear enough to see and avoid the reef, too, which is nice. The coral rocks can be painful if kids rub or scrape into them so definitely avoid the reef rocks, but enjoy the calm waters and the amazing views of the islands of Lanai and Molokai directly in front of you. Beach chairs and towels are provided.
The freshwater, outdoor pool is heated and only a short walk from all of the units. There is a whirlpool nearby and also a poolside BBQ for when you want to get the grill going for dinner. The pool area is on the small side, but features lounge chairs and tables with chairs and an umbrella. The pool is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and a key is needed to enter. There are no lifeguards on duty. Towels are provided.
Board games, books, movies and more are in most of the units, waiting for families to enjoy.
Since all of the units at this property feature fully equipped kitchens, there are no onsite restaurants. However, families can find numerous restaurants lining Front Street in Lahaina town, which is less than a 10-minute walk from the property.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout each unit.
Self-parking for two-vehicles in a driveway directly in front of your unit is available.
While these are condo units, daily housekeeping services are included in your stay.
Each unit has its own full-size washer and dryer with laundry detergent that guests are welcome to use.
- Fitness Center
A fitness center, with weights and cardio machines, is available for guest use. The workout area is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
- Grocery Delivery
Plan ahead and you can arrive to a fully stocked kitchen with all your groceries delivered for an additional fee.
The Best Time to Visit
December to February can be rainier and cooler, with highs in the 70’s and 80’s, but this is also the busy season. June through September are the hot months, with highs in the high-80’s during the day.The quiet months on Maui are mid-March through May and all of September.
The Kahului Airport, the main airport on Maui, is situated about 40 minutes from the property. Lahaina town is about a two-minute drive or less than 10-minute walk from the property.
Families are just steps away from the beach, ocean and pool from any of the units. The gated property is situated in a residential area and is secure. The town of Lahaina, which offers numerous shops and restaurants, is just a short walk away and there are sidewalks along the way, making it convenient for strollers.
A rental car is needed if you plan to leave the property or explore more outside of Lahaina town. If you would like to explore the island of Maui, a rental is needed, but if you plan to sit on the beach during the day and walk into town each night, a rental car is not needed when staying here. Taxis, while expensive, are readily available at the airport.
Lahaina town is only a short walk away and features several bars where the adults can enjoy a Mai Tai or beer.