We are New Zealanders, and a great Kiwi holiday for us consists of a "Bach" by the beach (a simple cabin). For us, there is novelty value in staying in a big resort like you will find in Ka'anapali - but a real holiday is no TV, no shopping mall, no bustle. It's waking to the sound of birds, eating local and passing the time by playing board games in the sun.
If that all sounds like what you're after you can do no better than Travaasa. The charm is both Hana itself (half the adventure is getting there) but also the laid back staff, who instantly take you to the space I have described.
We woke early, and beat the crowds to Waimoko Falls (a two hour walk - take plenty of water), then met the Travaasa van at Hamoa Bay where we had a fantastic picnic delivered to us. It was a truly wonderful and memorable day.
It's a little pricey, but worth it - especially if you'd like to break up the trip to Hana to enjoy over two or three days.
The only thing that made us sorry was having to leave!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the end of the famous Road to Hāna, Travaasa Hāna sits on 69 acres along Maui's eastern coast, surrounded by lush, rolling grass fields, palm tree groves and the shores of Kaihalulu Bay. The AAA Four-Diamond experiential destination site, voted "#1 Best Boutique Hotel and #1 Best Hotel/Resort for a Romantic Getaway" in Hawaii Magazine's 2013 and 2014 Reader's Choice Awards, takes guests on a joyful journey with distinct offerings - Adventure, Culinary, Culture, Fitness and Spa & Wellness - that define the Travaasa experience, yet engage guests in the spirit of Hawaii. With activities like ukelele and lei making lessons, horseback trail rides, coconut husking, stand-up paddleboarding, outrigger canoe rides, outdoor yoga and traditional throw-net fishing, mo'elolo, or stories, are created as guests harmonize with the healing energy of the island. Our Maui spa treatments go far beyond pampering and indulgence. They reflect Hāna, our passion for, and knowledge of, the human body. We honor the ability of plants and essential oils to naturally treat, heal and revitalize the soul. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Hana Maui And Honua
- Travaasa Hana, Maui