Enjoyed our stay
We stayed in E403. The place was clean and well stocked, and had a fantastic view of the ocean. The pool was great, and the staff were all friendly and helpful. The location is also good, being near the ocean, stores, and restaurants, all in easy walking distance. I walked across the street to Java Jazz for coffee every morning. Of course, things weren’t perfect. The shower in the master bedroom drained very slowly, and neither the AC nor the WiFi reached our bedroom. The floor to ceiling mirrors also took some getting used to. But overall, if for some reason I’m ever looney enough to go all the way to Maui so I can stay with 6 other people, I would try to stay here.
linjohnsimpson (Fort Dodge, Iowa)
L405 was the nicest we. Have ever stayed in. The resort is wonderful The view from the Lani is great you see two islands. They keep the ocean quieter. The whales like it and give birth right in front of us
Awesome winter vacation!
We found the staff at the Papakea Resort to be very friendly and helpful. They were constantly (quietly) working around the units to keep the grounds immaculate. There were 2 small pools, each with a hot tub that held maybe 12-14 people. The pools at the deep end were 7 and 8 feet respectively. There is an elevator in each building of the resort and two luggage carts housed at the bottom of each building. There is a "first day" orientation held in one of the two cabanas (covered dining area with restrooms) that was very informative. We will definitely return to this resort!
ashleyduber (Marysville, Washington)
We stayed here for 9 days in building B in a Queen studio with ocean view. Check in was a little spendy, having to pay an extra over $200 for the hold, daily fee and cleaning fee, but i think that may be normal for Hawaii. It would have been nicer to not have to pay for that resort fee. The room had everything we needed, washer and dryer, safe, cute little kitchen and an AMAZING view! I called ahead and explained that this was a special trip for us and when we came in they (the owner of our room or the resort) had given us a bottle of champagne and chocolates. I couldn't get over how sweet and thoughtful that was. The resort is in a fantastic location, we were so close to everything but when we were at the resort it truly felt as though we were on vacation. We sat outside and ate breakfast and watched the whales. The AC was amazing and worked perfectly. The only small complaints i have is the walls are pretty thin and i could hear my neighbors wake up early or stay up late & that you cant keep anything out on the balcony. We got a note left for us because we left a jiu jitsu gi out to dry in the sun, another member said he got another letter for having his surf board out there, so the whole trip we had to keep our surf board on the coffee table in the main room, which was very inconvenient.
Interval World rentals at Papakea - tips
MicheleM279 (Vancouver, Canada)
We reserved through Interval World 6 months in advance. We asked for a upper unit with a view, one bedroom. We arrived and received a one bedroom H101, first floor, no view unit. We were told units are assigned the day before, there is no flexibility and that Interval world only has ground floor units. This was not in the paperwork. The unit itself was nice and clean and renovated. It had no view and no privacy on the lanai and located next to the parking lot. No spices or even salt and pepper so stock up! We were also asked to pay and extra $250 per week "amenity fee" and now that we are home are still wondering what that was for. The property is nice, I would caution about how to book through Interval World to get a unit that makes for a nicer vacation.