Splurge vs. Steal Resort Edition: Maui, Hawaii

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Our Splurge: 30 Papaua Place, Lahaina, HI is currently listed by Mary Anne Fitch for $8,500,000.

Mahalo! Just saying that word makes me more relaxed. And what better way to escape the daily grind than dreaming of Maui? This week we found two exceptional Maui retreats, each with oceanfront views and luxurious appointments, but with price points that are miles apart. Are you eager to hang ten with the best of them? Then check out our latest Splurge vs. Steal where we pin a surfer’s paradise splurge, against a golfer’s whale watching steal. Which one would you choose? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

Surfer’s Paradise With Honokeana Cove Views For $8.5 Million

Welcome to Papaua Place, where the oceanfront breeze and private, gated, resort-style amenities are just a way of life.

This three-bedroom, three-full-and-one-half-bathroom beauty was updated top to bottom in 2014, making it one of the most exceptional enclaves around. Ideally nestled between Kaanapali and Kapalua Resorts, it’s definitely one of Maui’s prized retreats.

With an open floor plan built for entertaining your Ohana (family), and close proximity to the ocean, you many never want to leave!

Make your way through the lushly landscaped and vibrant back lawn to a rock staircase with access to the cove. Here you can snorkel, surf, and experience some epic turtle and whale watching.

The breathtaking ambiance inside means you’ll have a comfortable place to land after a long day of adventure on the water.

Inviting accommodations, a generous gourmet kitchen, oversized beds and baths, and 3,742 square feet of indoor-outdoor living space make Papaua Place a real head-turner. Who doesn’t want to own a nearly quarter-acre slice of Hawaii paradise? For $8.5 million, it’s a worthy splurge.

30 Papaua Place, Lahaina, HI is currently listed by Mary Anne Fitch for $8.5 million.

Golfer’s Whale Watching Retreat With Ocean Access For $3.3 Million

Our Steal: 29 Ke Ahi Lele Place Lahaina, HI is currently listed by Ray Chin with Hawaii Life for $3,300,000.

For less than half of our splurge, you could do far worse than 29 Ke Ahi Lele Place. The exceptional four-bedroom, four-full-bathroom golfer’s retreat sits in Lanikeha, West Maui’s newest gated community within the world-class Kaanapali Golf Estates.

Take a golf cart ride to the world famous Kaanapali Beach and bask in the glow of living the good life. Surf, sand, and yes – seasonal whale watching come standard at this Maui, Hawaii abode.

Back at home, you’ll enjoy a spacious 3,839 square feet of living and entertaining with wide open spaces to take in those striking Lanai and Molokai island views.

Living here also means having access to exclusive community amenities like the Lanikeha Club House, pool, spa, and exercise room. Practice your swing with world-class golfing year round. Central air-conditioning, modern interiors, and a three-car-garage are only some of the perks.

29 Ke Ahi Lele Place Lahaina, HI is currently listed by Ray Chin with Hawaii Life for $3,300,000.

We can almost taste the fresh coconut, feel the sun on our skin, smell that salty ocean air. Can you? This week has us Maui dreaming.