I do not typically write reviews of my vacation accommodations and trips but this one has stayed with me for so long that I am compelled to write about, although I am hesitant to publicize this magical place...
Hidden away on the "other side" of Maui, the town of Hana and it's Resort are lost in a magical time and place. The Resort is beautifully manicured, quietly majestic, and subtly surrounded by the town's markets and mystical beaches. The cottages are unbelievable! Huge open rafter ceilings, amazing ocean views through barn door style giant sliding walls onto the decks and jacuzzi. Giant open bathrooms. Yet, everything is designed with an eye for privacy.
The food is very special. All grown on the surrounding small scale organic farms by families and cooperatives. Beef is from the ranch on the other side of the mountain. Fresh fish, amazing sushi. The hotel restaurant had the best salad bar that my wife or I had ever experienced.
Hana and it's surrounding beaches and National Park are stunning. Waterfalls and idyllic pools abound! The Road to Hana is well worth the drive. The photo opportunities are endless.
Weddings, honeymoons, and anniversaries...any time you want to capture the magic of the moment or celebration, this is the place. The Resort's resident wedding and events planner is a pro and showed us countless spectacular spots for ceremonies from intimate to grand. The photographer, who has a studio on site, is a local who knows all the special hidden spots for once in a lifetime photo opportunities.
The facilities are all top notch. Spa facilities and general amenities throughout are on a standard comparable to luxury spas and resorts in Los Angeles, for example. But, all is tasteful and subdued. No flash or gaudy displays, it would not harmonize with the natural beauty.
The weather is paradise. The warmth and humidity are gently bathed in constant cooling breezes. Cleansing rains punctuate the days. Neither air conditioning nor heating are needed, but if you're habituated to an air conditioned environment and will be disappointed without it, then do not visit Hana.
The lack of in-room television and wifi is a true blessing. The rolling sounds of the ocean and breezes are comforting enough. Time with loved ones is made more special. I was hesitant to be disconnected but it was fine, better than fine, really good. I came back with so much focus that I had two months of solid productivity that has paid off so that now I have time to write this and take time off again this week.
Finally, the Hana-Maui resort, it's town, and the staff are truly authentic, old world Hawaii. Really the antithesis of Waikiki. The weekend dinner performances are true Hawaiian folk performances, with three generations teaching, performing, learning, and continuing the traditions. Often, time feels as if it has shifted back twenty, fifty, a hundred, or a thousand years.
My wife and I have traveled all over the world over the past twenty years and this place is truly special. If you value authentic experiences, supporting local economies and families, stunning natural beauty, and subdued luxury, this is the place. We will definitely be returning to Hana and the Hana-Maui Resort.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Hana Maui And Honua
- Travaasa Hotel Hana Maui