Summary: Best (the only) place to stay in Maui if you're not into the all inclusive right on the beach resorts…
It is great for couples or solo travelers who like the "independent travel" without being timed/programmed for any activity.
The BEST sides: the hosts, the services/amenities, cleanliness, quiet… and the pineapples in the morning!
Could be better: … really can't think of anything, everything was great for us.
We spent 11 of our best vacation nights in August/September at the Maui Guesthouse.
All the other great reviews you read here are true. The Guesthouse is a medium sized Hawaiian home on a residential street 1 block from the best beaches between Lahaina and Kaanapali. Every room has a brand new hot tub, a fridge, a flatscreen tv/dvd player and a private Lanai with overwhelming scents of Hawaiian flowers. :) The house has a small pool that is great to cool off in if you're just hanging out around the house for the day. The deck is spacious and was a great place to meet others staying at the guesthouse and have hearty conversations with some of the greatest hosts we've come across.
So that's what all the other reviews say - and there is more:
At every minute of the day the house is spotless and clean. Everything was absolutely immaculate. The breakfast is included and includes awesome choices of healthy unlimited cereal, any ingredients in the fridge for you to cook your own breakfast, and the freshest fruit from the island. We already are dreaming about the Maui Gold pineapples that were cut fresh by Brad every morning for all the guests.
The location is awesome. If it's your first time in Maui (it was ours), you need to know that you cannot get around the island without a car - if you want to do ANY type of sightseeing that is. That being said - it takes about 40 minutes from the airport to get to the Guesthouse after a very scenic and easy drive. The house is 5 minutes from downtown Lahaina by car, 30-40 minutes walk if you choose to do so. Then the beaches - the house is not on the beach - but it's a 10 minute walk to a great snorkeling location and quiet beach that you will practically have all to yourself all day. But if you like to have people around - it's another 20 minute walk on the beach to Kaanapali Beach and the Black Rock. This was one of our favorites. We walked the length of the beach a few times to Black Rock in the morning, before anybody from the resorts woke up to crowd or spoil anything. Don't forget to take your snorkels!
But again there are so many beaches and snorkeling spots in Maui you should be going to a different one every day. :)
You can practically get to anything on the island within 40 minutes time except Hana of course. One morning we drove all the way down to Wilea/Ulua Bay to check out the snorkeling and beaches over there - only took us 40 minutes. We returned after lunch though. Kaanapali, Kulua, Napili, MM14 were all more appealing to us with the calmer waters and within 10-20 minutes from the Guesthouse.
Oh and of course Tanna and her staff - absolutely very friendly people who treat everybody like family…:) Tanna knows everything there is to know about the island. Seriously. She is great at giving suggestions, providing you tips about places you're going and making reservations for you with discounts, if you're interested in any particular activity. Listen to her about what is and is not worth it. She's always there - I could have sworn she never left, but she had pictures from a couple of diving trips. ;)
I can write more about the Guesthouse and how wonderful everything was on our first trip to Maui - but I think you get the point. I cannot imagine staying anywhere else on the island when we do go back and would recommend it for anybody who is not interested in "resort" vacationing and more in experiencing the local culture, foods and people.
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