If you are accustomed to and require the usual five star hotel experience provided by the big chains, then look elsewhere as the Lumeria is not for you. However, if you are searching for a truly relaxing, spiritual and refreshing alternative to mass market travel then immerse yourself in the Lumeria's magical experience. The location above Paia is comfortably away from the jostling crowd of tourist hotels in south Maui, yet provides ideal access to Haleakala, the Road to Hana and gorgeous beaches. Paia and Makawao, both close by, have a genuine local feel, with a good range of shops and restaurants - you'll find a much more authentic Hawaiian feeling here than on the south coast. The Lumeria is set in beautiful, tranquil grounds. The buildings are carefully restored and the rooms simply but elegantly furnished with a cool, timeless ambience. Relax in a hammock amongst the 'whispering pines' and feel yourself slip away to another place and time. There is a tranquillity and simplicity here missing in the bigger hotels - sit still, close your eyes and feel it wrap itself around you. We (two adults and one teenager) had breakfast every day and dinner one evening. The food is simple and the choice limited but absolutely fresh and of good quality. Try Paia and Makawao for alternative dining. The new pool and jacuzzi are excellent, more so given the limited number of guests around to use them. The Lumeria was in the middle of our 3 week holiday on the Hawaiian Islands, and fell between two high end, 5 star luxury hotels on Hawaii and Kauai. Yes, I enjoyed them, but the one I always return to in my mind? The Lumeria - every time. The absence of TV's, air-con, over-enthusiastic bell boys, valet parking, tipping for everything and endless choices on the breakfast buffet are an antidote to the modern travel norm. I left rejuvenated in body and mind. Yes, we had to carry our own bags to the room and negotiate a few steps - if that's going to annoy you, then stay away. But you will be missing a unique experience in Maui.