My husband and I arrived in Maui on a late Saturday night and got to the Tradewinds (staying in the Starwind cottage) well after "business hours". Beverly still greeted us and gave us a quick tour, and came back in the morning to go over everything in daylight.
Indeed there are many dry goods for breakfast/snacking. We appreciated those and took a few on our various roadtrips around the island; we also knew this was not a B&B where we would be served hot breakfasts every morning - and that's not really what we were looking for at this point in the trip anyway so we were totally fine with that. We enjoyed the comfy bed, fully stocked kitchen, nice dining table to eat at (or unload hundreds of digital pictures from your camera at!) The "backyard" of the Starwind has a barbeque which the husband grilled on one night. We took advantage of the laundry room provided and washed some clothes! We showered in the outdoor shower – cool! (there is a nice indoor bathroom too, if outdoor cleaning isn’t your thing!). We also indulged in the hot tub one night –what a fantastic deck the Starwind has!
The Tradewinds is a GREAT location if you're going to do a little "do-it-yourself" exploring of Maui, which was what the first part of our honeymoon entailed. Pretty much right at the start of the Hana Highway, very close to local towns Paia and Haiku, and not far from Kahului. As previously mentioned, close to nothing but not too far from anywhere! We enjoyed activity-filled days around the island and loved coming back to the cottage at the end of the day. For purposes of being as objective as possible, I'm not sure we needed to spend $300+ a night for a place we did not spend all too many waking hours in and may have perhaps been fine in the Tradewinds Suite or even a less nice place in Paia or Haiku, as the cottage had more than enough space for 2 adults (we didn’t even use the second bedroom at all) but heck, it was the first stop of the honeymoon and decided to indulge. That being said, this would be a perfect, more-than-affordable place of lodging if there were 2 couples sharing the cottage on a trip, and we thought would also be great for a family with a pair of children. Then you’d really get the best use of all the space provided!
So all in all, an amazing place with zero “cons” to report from us. We loved it and enjoyed the hospitality provided by the owners! Interactions with Bev made it obvious to us that she takes a lot of pride in her property and respects the beauty and nature around her. You’ll surely have a peaceful, beautiful time staying here. Mahalo! (photos to be added shortly!)
A few pieces of advice/comments:
- May be obvious, but if you're going to stay here, you probably already know you need a car!
- A good local eat - Colleen's in Haiku. Yummy, and only 10-minute drive away!
- Tradewinds provides a pretty good starting point for the drive up to Haleakala National Park - if you can get up early enough, make the drive up there to see the sun rise. We did it our last morning before checking out - it was amazing!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A romantic honeymoon/vacation retreat on Maui's beautiful north shore. Have the best of both worlds by staying away from crowds and commercialized development, yet conveniently situated for exploring the entire island. A rare combination of gracious island lifestyle, unspoiled natural beauty, and privacy. Experience breathtaking views, brilliant rainbows, sunsets over the ocean, and your exclusive Jacuzzi, tropical garden, kitchen, and luxurious sauna/bath. Free, self-catered continental breakfast. Free WiFi and long-distance calls to U.S. mainland and Canada. Free parking. Highest ratings by respected travel authors, including Frommer's and Best Places to Kiss. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Maui Tradewinds Haiku