In mid-December of 2012, we planned a lavish excursion to Maui with some friends. I have journeyed to the magnificent island of Maui numerous times and have been blessed to be able to lease extravagant private estates near Lahaina. We always feel compelled to take our guests on the famed "Road to Hana," which is certainly worth the trip. However, considering the time it takes to make this iconic drive, one will get the most out of this experience by spending at least one night in "Heavenly Hana."
Therein lies the challenge. When planning our trip, I scoured the internet looking for a place to stay in Hana for just one night. Most of the properties that are really nice (at least for Hana) require a minimum stay of two (or more) nights. In order to see all the wonderful sights Hana has to offer, we felt it only necessary to spend one night there and Hana Bay Hale was the only property that allowed a single-night stay.
Yes, I saw numerous reviews of this place on the internet that were absolutely horrible, but given the fact we were only wanting to stay in Hana for one night, I felt like we could survive such a 'seedy' place. So for less than the cost a a nice meal at an upscale restaurant, I reluctantly booked bungalow #2, the "Hana Bay Suite" (a two bedroom unit) for one night and reflecting on the awful reviews, expected the worst. Given the fact that restaurants in Hana are virtually non-existent, we bought groceries in Paia, before we started out on the road to Hana and decided to cook out on the gas grill I had seen in the pictures of the property.
I called the property manager and let her know we were planning to use the grill and asked if it was in working order. She was extremely nice and let me know that not only did the grill work, but she would make sure it had a full tank of propane before we arrived. I told her I had seen the awful reviews of the property and for the small amount it cost to stay there, we weren't expecting much.
Needless to say, when we arrived, we were pleasantly surprised to find the bungalow was much nicer than we expected. It was spacious (and clean), with all the creature comforts of a modest home. It had a great view of the ocean at Hana Bay and not only did the grill have a full tank of propane, the manager sent a friend by our bungalow after we arrived, to light the grill for us and ensure we were satisfied!
We found our one night stay at Hana Bay Hale to be a most enjoyable experience. No, it did not compare to the 17 acre private estate we leased overlooking Lahaina...nor did it come with the astronomical price tag. Hana Bay Hale was a refreshing diversion from the extravagance and our cook-out on the lanai was one of our favorite experiences of the trip.
Here's a tip worth passing along: While we were in Hana, one of the locals recommended that we not go back down the road to Hana, like we came in. Instead, they suggested that we continue on the road to Hana (past Hana) on a road that was just recently re-opened after being closed for three decades. This was an unbelievable experience, as the scenery is unlike any other and I highly recommend this route...just ask a local resident, they'll tell you where it is. Meanwhile, give Hana Bay Hale a chance...you just might be surprised! Aloha.
- Also Known As:
- Hana Bay Hale Hotel Hana
- Hana Bay Hale Maui