PHOTO: www.facebook.com/astonatpapakea

Fodor's Expert Review Aston at Papakea Resort

3543 Lower Honoapiilani Hwy., Honokowai, Hawaii, 96761, USA See on Map

All studios and one- and two-bedroom units at this casual, oceanfront condominium complex face the ocean and, because the units are spread out among 11 low-rise buildings on about 13 acres of land, there is built-in privacy and easy parking. Bamboo-lined walkways between buildings and fish-stocked ponds add to the serenity. Enjoy outdoor cooking on the 12 grills installed at the property's two pools, surrounded by rolling lawns. Fully equipped kitchens and laundry facilities, as well as a store and shops nearby, make longer stays easy here.

YOU SHOULD KNOW There are a variety of fees that aren’t well-presented up front, including a $17 daily resort fee and a one-time cleaning fee of $89. Daily cleaning is not including, but can be added for an additional fee.

room

Large condos range in size from studios to three-bedroom, with garden, ocean, and oceanfront view options. Each is individually owned and decorated, most with island-inspired furnishings and decor. Each condo includes washer/dryer, full kitchen, and private lanai.

Since the units are individually owned, be sure to call Aston directly to find the one that is going to best meet your needs and expectations.

bathroom

Bathrooms vary based on the condo, with some more luxurious than others, but all are stocked with Aston-branded toiletries.

lobby

There is no lobby at the resort.

pool

The property is home to two heated swimming pools, both with sundeck, oversized hot tub, loungers, a few cabanas, and large grills. Pools have beautiful views of the Kaanapali Coast, as well as views of nearby Lanai and Molokai.

gym

There is no gym, but guests can get some exercise in on the tennis courts or some low-key exercise on the two 12-hole putting courses. There are also weekly activities that include opportunities to participate in fitness classes.

LOCATION

Getting Around

It’s easy (and preferable) to explore Maui’s smaller towns by foot, but to get to them and around the island, you’ll need to rent a car. If you plan on exploring the Road to Hana, get something with a little extra horsepower (but not too big as the road can get very narrow).

Restaurants

Enjoy a great meal in a fun, relaxed atmosphere at Down the Hatch (14-min drive). This self-service restaurant is a favorite among locals and tourists, loved as much for its vibe as for its drinks and food. The southern aloha spirit runs strong with friendly staff and a menu that features heavily on fish and seafood, particularly in sandwich and taco form, but also includes specialties like chicken & waffles. Those looking for a plant-based option won’t be able to get enough of their sweet potato tacos. It’s one of two restaurants in Lahaina that stays open until midnight. Round your meal out with a refreshing treat from sister company (in the same courtyard) Hawaii Shave Ice Co.

For a casual meal with one of the best ocean views in Lahaina, try Aloha Mixed Plate (10-min drive) for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You’ll get your plate lunch fix with some traditional items like teriyaki beef and kalbi ribs, as well as a loco moco plate, and a mixed plate that lets you try a few different items. Besides the famed plates, you’ ll find a fresh breakfast menu, and sandwiches, salads, and noodles at lunch and dinner. You’ll also find a special treat on their menu--a few of their items, including the pork and beets, are cooked in the nightly imu from next door’s luau. AMP is a good choice for families.

Bars

Hula Grill’s Barefoot Bar (7-min drive) is a great place to kick back with your fingers wrapped around a tropical drink and your toes dug into the sand. Their Aloha Hour lasts from 2:30 to 5 pm and includes live music. After drinks, saunter into the dining room for more food options and to enjoy hula performances and live music that lasts until 9 pm.

Though it may not be as popular as another Hawaiian brewing company, Maui Brewing Co. (49-min drive) deserves every bit as much respect, especially since it’s still local. Its newest brewery, tasting room, and pub in Kihei is super sleek and fun. Drop in for a brewery tour or grab a seat at the massively long bar and try out some of their seasonal beers that are only available at the brewery. Be sure to grab a crowler or growler to enjoy those special flavors during the rest of your trip.

WHY WE LIKE IT

Though each condo unit is a bit different, the resort as a whole keeps well maintained grounds and offers beautiful views, a fantastic location, and a good price.

QUICK FACTS

Rental
FamilyViews
Casual
Near the beach
Casual Chic
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 866-774–2924;808-669–4848

What’s Nearby

People also liked

Peace of Maui Bed & Breakfast

$ | Upcountry | 1290 Haliimaile Rd., Haliimaile, Hawaii, 96768, USA

Enjoy sweeping views of the North Shore and West Maui Mountains in thi... Read More

Ala 'aina Ocean Vista

$$ | East Maui | Off Hwy. 31, 10 miles past Hana, Kipahulu, Hawaii, 96713, USA

This B&B on the grounds of an old banana plantation past Oheo Gulc... Read More

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

$$$$ | Kapalua and Kahakuloa | 1 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Kapalua, Hawaii, 96761, USA

One of Maui's most notable resorts, this elegant hillside property fea... Read More

Travaasa Hana

$$$$ | Hana and Nearby | 5031 Hana Hwy., Hana, Hawaii, 96713, USA

A destination in itself, the former Hotel Hana-Maui might have a new n... Read More

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

$$$$ | Wailea and Farther South | 3900 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, Hawaii, 96753, USA

Impeccably stylish,\" \"extravagant,\" and \"relaxing\" describe most... Read More

Wailea Ekolu Village

$$$ | Wailea and Farther South | 10 Wailea Ekolu Pl., Wailea, Hawaii, 96753, USA

These affordable Wailea condos are perched on a hillside and offer pan... Read More