My initial disappointment finding that the hotel was built in the 1980's and not in the 1880's was soon forgotten when I checked in to this gem of a hotel in Lahaina.
It is a faithful replica of an old sugar cane plantation property and has an unexpected old world charm and tranquillity echoing the heritage of the area. The staff were genuinely the most helpful and kind people at any hotel I've ever stayed and were only too happy to help or to provide information about the area. We had a problem with the toilet in the bathroom not working - the reception team had the problem fixed within an hour of being reported.
The rooms are quiet, very clean and well maintained, sharing the old world feel of the rest of the hotel but still with the modern facilities you expect from a hotel - flat screen tv, modern bathroom and super efficient air conditioning. The furnishing are all solid wood and bespoke for the room. The only down side was the bed was a little uncomfortable although everything was immaculately clean and we still had a good few nights sleep.
The public areas are peaceful and well maintained with an excellent pool and jacuzzi but as there are only 19 rooms, the facilities were hardly used so very quiet.
Breakfast is included with every room and was really good. Served in the gardens, the staff were again very friendly and helpful and the location is excellent. The reviews of the food are perhaps a little oversold - it's all heated in a microwave - but that shouldn't detract from what was a very good and substantial breakfast to set you up for the day. Eggs Benedict were great as was the French toast (good luck finishing them both as the portions are huge!)
Other facilities include plenty of free parking and free wi-fi.
The location is just a couple of minute's walk from the waterfront of the old town of Lahaina which has plenty of restaurants, bars, shops and art galleries and there are sunset cruises leaving the nearby harbour. Be warned all the restaurants are very expensive. I would recommend Fleetwoods restaurant which is two minutes walk from the hotel - the food is great and on the night we went we had the pleasure of meeting the great man Mick Fleetwood himself!
If you're looking for something a little cheaper, five minutes drive around the corner is a a Pizza Hut and Panda Express for a take-out or the Foodland supermarket does salads and sandwiches for a picnic on the beach to watch the sunset.
A little further afield are the main sights of the island but all are easily driveable in a day with the main airport being around 40 minutes drive away.
I would definitely stay here again when visiting Maui.