When on our Maui vacation, our wonderful place at Napili Point was coming to an end. But our holiday wasn’t over yet. We just needed to relocate to our next stop.
Our stay at the Papakea Resort is very different from the smaller condo we were at. I admit there was an adjustment period. But it was short lived.
This was the view from our 3rd floor condo. Honestly, I gasped when I walked into our studio and glanced at this. It truly was beautiful. But you’re only seeing a small portion. There was another ‘heated’ pool down the beach.
I had an inkling this would be the place my son would love, and I was right. More people, more activity, more pools, two hot tubs, near the ocean which pleased me, we were set up pretty nice!
While it was ocean front, it was not beach front. I admit I was disappointed because the pictures showed otherwise. Apparently a storm cut away the beach front access a few years back.
So!! Always ask if you are renting from an ocean front or beach front. There’s a difference.
But just a short walk away was a beach, so it was ok. Just not what I expected.
The above two shots are my fav pics to take. They capture Maui in a whole different way you don’t see.
I was craving to jump in that little putt putt ground grinding car of ours and take off for the hills to capture weird stuff. I did once… I’ll show you soon. But I sure could have done more!
I sat here one night alone staring up at the starlit sky. It was so peaceful, hearing the waves crash and nothing else.
You will note all too soon that I adore palm trees. I think they are one of the most spectacular creations ever.
Maui kitty! Made me pine for my own Lake and Skye, but I forgave her as it was nice to get a cat fix.
I couldn’t get enough of the vegetation nor the trees. Adored this fan shaped palm tree and all the coloured vegetation planted around it.
And a palm tree shaped like a bottle!
This is what we saw from the back of our hotel. I wish I could show you what I saw in real life. It was so much more than this. The palm trees took my breath away!
I kept a journal while we were away. I knew in time I’d forget the smallest, coolest details on all the things we loved at this place. It really was lovely. The only thing I missed was the separate bedroom. But we made it work, with me sneaking onto the lanai overlooking that amazing poolside view with my kona coffee and laptop while my boy got in his apparent needed teenage zzzz’s.
Ready for some sunset shots? Click the pics to enlarge… you’ll be glad you did.
This one was actually taken while we were on the road. I knew we’d miss the sunset if I kept driving, so to my son’s immense joy (:)) I pulled over and snapped a few.
You know… being Maui’s newest sunset chaser and all.
So back at Papakea, this couple didn’t know I was snapping pics of them. Once I had a good one on my phone, I approached them, got their email and they had a copy emailed on the spot. That was fun!
I adore the family capture, caught in this Maui sunset.
Disclaimer… another photographer was taking pictures of them. I snuck in and stole a pose. 🙂
The coolest memory we have staying at Papakea was the nightly walks we took to the heated pool. We’d walk around the curvy sidewalks, with many surprise visits from frogs of all things. Lots of geckos is a given, but frogs caught us off guard! They were so cute, freeze framing themselves, like little frog gnomes everywhere you looked.
Staying at two places while on vacation indeed creates more work. BUT… it was like having two vacations within one flight. I’d totally do that all over again! The two locations dramatically changed what we did as well, which was cool. We were much closer to Whalers Village and the famous Kaanapali Beach area.
And you know, I was feeling kinda sad we didn’t stay at Kaanapali, until we spent an afternoon there. The current was so strong, and people so many, we were more than happy to return to our quiet little Papakea hideaway. Always a silver lining.
Next up in the Maui series, (almost done!) I’m going to take you around the island and catch some cool stuff. Wait till you see the little hippy town…