Maui & Big Island Part 2: Accommodation

While deciding on where to stay during our trip, we decided to try out a few different places. We ended up staying at two resorts, two bed and breakfasts, and a bungalow / “tree house”. The different locations and styles made each place unique and we loved the diverse experience they offered. It’s hard to say which was our favorite as they were all beautiful and so much fun to stay in. I could easily recommend all of the places we stayed at. If you have questions about any of these places specifically, please leave a comment below. 

Travaasa Hana

At the end of our Road to Hana, we found ourselves at our first resort stay: Travaasa. Travaasa is the quintessential paradise resort: secluded, peaceful, and absolutely gorgeous. Our room was a spacious studio complete with a sitting area and separate hot tub.  The view from our lanai overlooks a golf course and the ocean (Hana Bay) in the distance.

Within the resort there are golf courses, several pools, croquet field, and a fitness trail with exercise stations. The resort also has daily activities ranging from Pilates and yoga classes to ukulele lessons and smoothie sessions. We also got to try smoothies made in a bicycle blender with home-grown organic bananas and berries.

One of the off-site excursions offered by Travaasa was a horseback ride along the shore. We went on a sunny morning and the views were just incredible.

We loved our stay at Travaasa, but probably could have cut our time to 2-3 nights.

Pros:

  • Great location: Downtown Hana. Nearby attractions include Waianapanapa Black Sand State Park, Hana Lava Tube, Hamoa Bay, Hana Bay, Kaihalulu red sand beach, Haleakala National Park
  • Amenities: Big rooms, large soaking tub, lanai, spa on site, several pools, laundry room (free)
  • Lots of activities both on-site and off-site: our favorites were Pilates classes and coastline horseback riding.

Cons:

  • Expensive, mediocre food: Restaurant prices were significantly higher than outside food truck options. The food was okay but not spectacular. Breakfast was better than dinner, in our opinion.
  • No AC in the room – not a problem for us during the day but sleeping at night was challenging at times.
  • Mosquitos – we were bitten pretty badly on the first couple of days and learned to spray ourselves from head to toe for our remaining time there.

Hamoa Bay Bungalow

The next place we stayed at in Hana was the Hamoa Bay Bungalow, or as Vincent liked to call it, “the treehouse”. It was a spacious stand-alone studio with a large balcony that was nested in the middle of what looked like a tropical jungle. The entrance to the Bungalow was just off of the Hana Highway and quite easy to miss unless you were looking for it.

The Bungalow came with a fully equipped kitchen, a jet tub with built-in shower on the balcony, and an outdoor lava stone shower. Our balcony overlooked a gorgeous tropical garden and the ocean in the distance. All of this was also visible right from the bed. We literally woke up to sunrise every day and it felt like pure magic.

Even though the Bungalow did not come with AC, it felt much cooler than our room at Travaasa and I didn’t have much trouble sleeping. The bug situation also felt better as the balcony was fully covered with a screen to keep mosquitos out.

We bought some eggs and yogurt for breakfast in downtown Hana and made our own breakfast on most days. For lunch and dinner, we picked up Thai noodles, salads, poke bowls, and huli huli chicken from nearby food trucks.

We loved our stay at the Bungalow and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Maui. We were only able to book it for two nights but would have happily stayed for a couple more. If you are interested, make sure you book early as both the House and the Bungalow seem very popular. The Bungalow was perfect for the two of us and would be a great option for any couple. The House next door would probably work well for larger groups or families.

Pros:

  • Uniquely situated in a private tropical garden with unbeatable views
  • Great amenities include kitchen, jet tub, outdoor lava stone showers, etc
  • 5 minutes away from Hamoa Beach and Koki Beach, less than half hour from all other attractions (similar to Traavasa)

No cons, just things to consider:

  • Books up very quickly. If you are interested, make your reservation ASAP.
  • Limited food option. Hana only has two small general stores that are not really full size grocery stores. Cooking breakfast is not a problem, but produce and meat selections are very limited. There are some very good food trucks around, but you must plan around their very limited (and sometimes unpredictable hours).

Andaz Maui Wailea

After Hana, we made our way to Wailea, where we stayed at Andaz. Andaz is a newer luxury beach resort, complete with top of line amenities, infinity pools, and private access to the beach with full-services (umbrellas, towels, water, sunscreen, etc). The check-in process was very customer friendly. Instead of standing at the desk, we were invited to sit at one of the many comfortable couches overlooking the beach and the pools. An icy refreshing drink and hand towels were brought to us while we waited to be checked in. We were briefed on the various activities the resort offered while our bags were brought to our room.

Our room was spacious and came with a lanai overlooking the pools and the ocean. I was thrilled to have AC again but a bit disappointed that there was no soaking tub. I especially liked the design of the bathroom, which included a separate vanity area, closets and toilets that were “hidden” behind sliding doors, and rain showerhead. The bed was the most comfortable bed out of all the places we stayed at and I definitely slept the best during our two nights here.

The level of comfort and luxury was on par with the premium price tag. We thoroughly enjoyed our day at the beach, and also managed to catch a sunrise on our second day there. The only disappointment during our stay was valet parking, which was horribly delayed a couple of times. When we complained, the hotel gifted us a box of chocolates and a bottle of sparkling wine. Overall, I would recommend Andaz if you are looking for a luxury beach resort experience in Maui.

Pros:

  • Luxury amenities, including very comfortable bed, AC, and full services.
  • Direct access to a beautiful beach
  • Wailea and nearby Kihei offer a wide variety of dining options

Cons:

  • Premium resort price
  • Disappointing valet service

The Old Wailuku Inn Bed & Breakfast

Our last two days in Maui were spent at a charming Hawaiian style bed & breakfast in the Wailuku district. Our room was comfortably sized and the spacious bathroom came with a large soaking tub that I loved. I was happy to find Aveda toiletries and air conditioning.

The owners of the Inn are a husband and wife team, and they were both very gracious hosts. The highlight of our stay here was definitely the breakfast, which was made by the wife every morning. Wailuku is centrally located on the island and the Inn was right next to the Iao Valley.

Pros:

  • Central location that allows you to take day trips to just about any part of the island, or even to another island since the airport is nearby
  • Excellent breakfast
  • Reasonably priced

Cons:

  • None really, we’d love to stay here again!

The Holualoa Inn

We stayed at this gorgeous bed and breakfast in the Kona region of Big Island for the last part of our trip. The inn is part of a larger estate that grows its own Kona coffee and a variety of fresh fruits and produce. Upon arrival I was instantly smitten with the peaceful and breezy ambiance. Wood is omnipresent in the Inn’s design and lends the place an extra feeling of calm. Guests were also recommended to remove their shoes while indoors, and being Asians we felt right at home.

Since this was towards the end of our trip, neither Vincent nor I felt much desire to venture out so we stayed in quite a bit. The mountain top view and the relaxing atmosphere couldn’t have been more perfect. We began each of our days with a cup of 100% Kona coffee sourced directly from the estate, followed by sumptuous farm-to-table breakfasts.  Our favorite spot was a shaded area at the top of the inn that overlooked the mountain and the ocean in the distance.

There’s only one restaurant that is on the estate, and all other dining options require driving down the mountain towards the coast / beach. The drive is around 15 minutes and not too bad.

Pros:

  • Beautiful scenery and peaceful surrounding
  • Spacious and airy design that create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere
  • Delicious farm-to-table breakfast using fresh, organic ingredients sourced directly from the estate
  • Complementary 100% Kona coffee and tea available 24/7

Cons:

  • No AC. Our room felt a bit stuffy and the lack of air combined with an overly soft bed made sleeping challenging on most nights.
  • Sound insulation was lacking due to the wooden construction of the inn. We were kept up on a couple of nights from the bird and frogs chirping throughout the night.

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