Molokai is not for everyone, but if you’re the kind of person that's looking for a getaway from the typical tourist trap and crave a peaceful and relaxing experience this could be the right place for you. If you are looking for shopping, fine dining, luxury resorts, traffic lights, nightlife, and convenience you should look elsewhere.
While there are a few hotels and condo developments on the island, that was not the kind of experience we were looking for. We wanted a quiet and secluded place all to our own that offered amazing ocean views and a large deck that we could use for whale watching, stargazing, and just lying in the sun and listening to the sound of the ocean. Molokai Hilltop Cottage offered us all this and more at a very reasonable price.
The Cottage is located on the eastern end of the island about twenty minutes from the main town of Kaunakakai. Perched high on a hilltop, you access the cottage via a long and winding driveway that passes by two other homes. When we arrived we were warmly greeted by the neighbors who were taking care of the place for the owner. They offered us helpful advice on the local scene and brought us tropical flowers from their garden. Shortly after we settled in the owner phoned us to check if everything was satisfactory.
You access the Cottage via the large deck so the first thing that hits you is the stunning view and refreshing ocean breeze. You enter the Cottage via sliding glass doors that are part of the many windows that front the deck area. The place has an open and airy feel with lots of windows for cross breezes and maximum viewing. The living room is a large open space that includes a kitchen area with a small breakfast nook. The living room furniture was clean and comfortable and amenities such as satellite TV, a CD/radio player, DVD player, and a collection of books on Hawaii were all available to us. It was nice to have these available, but not necessary as the view from the deck was all we really needed.
The bedroom is directly off the living room through a set of French doors. Though we could still see the view through the glass, we opted to keep these open so that we could better see the twinkling lights of Maui at night. The king size bed was very comfortable and there was plenty of room for all our stuff (2 dressers, clothes rack). The bathroom was quite spacious with plenty of windows for ventilation, pedestal sink, towel racks, and separate shower and tub. Thus, the cottage fit all our needs and afforded us an excellent retreat after spending the day boating, kayaking, snorkeling, beach combing, hiking, etc.
Now, I should say that if you are the kind of person that’s looking for luxurious furnishings, the latest appliances, fancy curtains, etc. the cottage is not for you. It’s not a modern luxury condo; it’s a comfortable cottage home with spectacular views in a quiet and secluded location. Also, there are a few small things in the Cottage ( bedroom window, some screens, light switch) that need to be adjusted/repaired, but these did not cause us any concern during our stay. Like other tropical islands, Molokai has insects that are always present and difficult to completely control. We did notice ants and other insects during our stay, but keeping all food in the fridge and quick clean up kept them under control.
We had a great week at Hilltop Cottage and will definitely stay again the next time we visit Molokai.
- Also Known As:
- Molokai Hilltop Cottage & West End Studio Hawaii