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Ala'aina Ocean Vista
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Reviewed July 30, 2008

The Mother-Daughter team do a great job at hospitality in their "Piece of Paradise". We enjoyed two of our dinners on the lanai watching the sunset. One dinner we ate off of the bamboo tray on our bed because of the rainfall. As the evenings progressed, we would sit at the table and read, eat tropical fruit from the property then crawl into the king size bed and watch the geckos crawl up the outside of the windows. The croaking frogs and light rainfall lulled us to sleep several nights.
We enjoyed coconut milk, mangoes and bananas from the beautifully manicured grounds (a former banana plantation).
Once we were greeted and shown around, we were given complete privacy, unless we sought them out with a question. I bought a nice costume jewelry necklace from Mercury's collection of handmade jewelry. We appreciated all of the plumerias and other exotic flowers used to decorate our room.
We would recommend Ala Aina Ocean Vista, especially for honeymooners; lots of privacy and beautiful scenery. The only sounds we heard were the mooing of nearby cows occasionally, birds trilling, the wind in the mango trees and the frogs at night. Ahhhhh, lovely!
This is the exact opposite of Kaanapali's hustle and bustle. it's remote, quiet & relaxing. If you want to rejuvenate and enjoy nature, this is the place to stay!

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank auntgretchen
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Reviewed July 22, 2008

After spending an exhausting first week in a lovely hotel in Makena, the Hana highway unfolded as our yellow brick road through magic to an equally enchanting abode in Kipahulu. The artistry of the vegetation and sculptures that abound at Ala'Aina clearly reflect the appreciation and love that the proprietors, Sam and Mercury, have and give to their special place on Mother Maui. It is no small task to keep these grounds manicured in the lush tropical arena.
The sounds and smells that lulled us through our first night orchestrated the entire week we were there. The ocean surf, soft winds and early morning rains accompanied by various songbirds and, of course, the lily pond toads, caressed our ears while so many magnificent flowers enticed our noses and eyes.
Our cozy room was decked out with gorgeous local woods and had full wall windows enabling us to slumber under the stars at night and awake to magnificent mountain and ocean views. We were provided with more homegrown, tree ripened tropical fruits than we could possibly ingest. While honoring our privacy, Sam and Mercury were available to direct us to magical pools, waterfalls and ocean shore, as well as the national park and bamboo forest. We got back into our car only once to visit Hana and Red Sands beach because walking everywhere else was such an adventurous treat.
This romantic hideaway enabled us to truly experience the serenity of natural Hawaii. No white washed tourist vacation had here. A true respite for the soul. We are eternally grateful to have shared this nest.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank mamgrlaw
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Reviewed July 14, 2008

What an unique sanctuary! What an impact your retreat has had on our heartsand our souls. This was a perfect way to end our 20th anniversary celebration.

Our dream and goal is to find a special place like 'ala'aina to tuck away so that someday we can retire and live our lives out in paradise.

There are so many little details and artistic touches wherever you look. We have commented that other places we have stayed could improve in some ways, but there was nothing that could be done to improve this Shangri La. Fresh flowers from the garden, fresh fruit, lotus pond, naked showers and bathtub looking at the ocean while the sun went down were greatly appreciated. We were so inspired by the ocean views everywhere you look. It was exciting to view the Big Island through the clouds.

We would gladly pay double to have the opportunity to experience this once again. We will encourage everyone we know traveling to Maui to have this unique experience.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank Serenity1000
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Reviewed February 9, 2008

I love, love, love this bed and breakfast. The care that went into this beautiful home gave me the true Hawaii experience.

My room was so beautiful. I've never seen a hotel this elegant. The owner's Sam and her daughter Mercury are charming and so helpful. I felt right at home.

They guided me to magical waterfalls in walking distance, and I went to sacred pools and walked early in the morning through the bamboo forest that is a walking distance away and swam and buried myself in the sand.

It was the best vacation ever! I love this place and will return every year. I feel as if I've been to an expensive spa and the price was very reasonable. I"m grateful I found this hotel and suggest that anyone who needs a break from civilization comes and renews their spirit.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled solo
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13  Thank Tashidheleg
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Reviewed January 27, 2008

So why go to Hana, Maui, Hawaii?

Is it for the poolside experience? The Breakfast? The complete lack of creatures?

Well if thats why you go, then stay away from this amazing place. But, if you can get past the fact that you are off the grid, in the boonies, with very simple accomodations - THEN you can learn to enjoy why the East side of Maui is so amazing. Yes, there are geckos. Yes, there are no chairs in the room. Yes, the view from every window in the room is better than any resort hotel I have personally ever stayed at.

Stunning sunsets. Two Ocean Views for both the sunrise and sunset (reflecting off the snowy mountains of Hawaii for our visit).

So - for those of you into the hotel scene - please stay away. But for those of you looking for an off-the-grid spectacular experience, in a simple but perfectly appointed locale, then call the owners now, because you are going to have to compete with me for a reservation next December when we go back.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled as a couple
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11  Thank Bannor
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