Travaasa Hotel Hana
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... left, not to worry). Last night's boys night out left me a bit dehydrated in the cranium area. I slept poorly, dreamt of scorpions and was boiling hot. Woke up before everyone else to rehydrate. The clan woke around 7:30-8:00 and we had a leisurely breakfast. M We then decided to head to Makena State Park beach, or Big Beach for short. It's only a ten minute drive from Kehei, and the drive takes you through scenic ...
... food and I had some pizza). We went back to our condo around 11:00 am because it was getting really hot and we just couldn't handle the heat anymore. Unfortunately, Ayden was still feeling under the weather today, but on the bright side, had no throw ups as of yet... So that must be a good sign! After eating lunch at our condo, mom and I went (for the THIRD time) to look for a bathing suit for her. And she came out victorious! Finally! We went back ...
... pool that descended to other pools...24 to be exact. Obviously the person naming this place wasn't good at math. 9. Horses! Technically, this stop was Charles Lindburgs grave site but I made friends with a horse :) 10. Some steep cliffs. Reminding us why we are not driving right now. Our driver told us the locals call this divorce road and it's not uncommon to see couples yelling at each other. Not us! We are sitting pretty up here in our shuttle :) 11. Winery ...
... have a saying, “never turn your back on the ocean.” That’s especially true here.
Mark and Mac made full use of the boogie boards; Cheryl and Josie hung out at the edge of the water, getting a little more into the waves as the day wore on. Mac had a blast with the boogie board and just body surfing. Speaking of surfing, there were many surfers at the beach, so it was like a show just for us.
Around 5:30 we ...
... there with good looking tanned faces (obviously not American, most likely Europeans). Even shopping at Mana Foods, there're a couple of very good looking women, strolling their shopping carts with their young children. Water at Paia is turquoise, so beautiful and inviting. Would love to swim there next time we've a chance in the area.
Thankful of the homey vacation rental we have at Pukalani. It's cool, quiet, away from all tourists. ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsTravaasa Hotel Hana
Yoga at 7.30. Went to gym but did nada .. Had a delicious smoothie class and met Staci and Richard from Chicago have info in Hawaii files. Intend to eat Thai since it was so good. Have couples massage at 5.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Travaasa Hotel Hana
Sleep to the sound of the ocean
Spent a couple of nights of our honeymoon at the Hotel Hana after time in Wailea. It is the perfect place to just relax without any interference, and it was a nice touch that they left a bottle of champagne in the fridge with a note from the manager wishing us a happy honeymoon. We stayed in the highly recommended Sea Front cottages and left the door open to hear the ocean crashing on the rocks as we slept (the rain storm in the middle of the night did wake us up though!) The activities provided (yoga, tennis, bikes etc) were well run and in good repair. The staff were informative and pleasant without being intrusive. The trip further along the "Hana Highway" is good, get to the 7 pools early to avoid kids jumping from above. Spending time at Hamoa beach is well worth it, especially as you don't have to worry about taking anything there as the hotel provides beach chairs, towels, boogie boards etc. The Red Beach was over-rated, unless you're into nudist beaches, as it was quite crowded and the shingles are not easy to walk bare footed on. The eating out situation is a problem, we ordered room service the first night and ate at the restaurant the second night, i must add that the food was very tasty. Overall, the place was great and the cost reflects that, I would recommend it for a special event but a couple of nights was enough for us as there is too much else to see in Hawaii!
Very nice rooms, plan your meals carefully
My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Hana-Maui for 3 days amid our excursion in early November. I loved the rooms and the grounds, my husband was put off by the restaurant's staff. The concierge was disinterested in helping me arrange things early, before our arrival (oh... you can just wait until you get here). So, I just arranged them myself. I didn't WANT to wait until we got there, that's why I called early (matter of fact, if we had waited we wouldn't have been able to do what we wanted). The rooms are lovely, the bathrooms very unhotel-like, and overall the grounds are nice for strolling. We were surprised by the lack of concern from the "only restaurant available for dinner." When we arrived we were told that the restaurant closed at 9pm, but we were NOT told that we would need a reservation in order to be seated. We arrived at the restaurant at 8pm and were told they had no room - that we would have to wait 45 minutes to be seated... or we could just go eat in the bar. The bar menu had appetizers and a $15 hamburger! The bar waitress was overloaded already... looking in at the diners in the restaurant we saw that they'd only used maybe 10-12 tables of the at least 25-30 tables in the restaurant. I suggest you make reservations (despite the fact that the hotel owns the restaurant, they don't seem to know how to staff it properly). Or, better yet, bring a picnic of nice cheeses, breads and fruit and head for the beach (the hotel's shuttle only runs to and from the beach 10am-4pm) - take your car. Also, the take-out window at the Ranch restaurant (yes, there is another restaurant available for dinner on some nights) has terrific burgers (much better than those from the bar, and at 1/2 the price.
But, go early, they close by 4pm I think. Also, the pool closes at 8pm - yes 8pm, and they throw chemical shock in at that time just to make sure you can't enjoy it anyway. I understand the idea that we're supposed to be relaxing - but forced limited activity time is rather unwelcoming and frustrating. I should think 9 or 10pm would be more reasonable. Hotel Hana is a lovely place to stay, and the "bell" and the social director are warm and helpful people. Other than that I was left waiting for that "real Aloha spirit."
Wow, what an experience we had. Truly magnificent. If you're ready for the serene side of Hawaii, this is the place to be. I thought I would go nuts without a TV or air conditioning but after settling in, the serene surroundings of ocean and mountain with the cool breezes were enough to forget everything else in the world. If you go, do it right and stay in the Sea Cottages with spa, right on the ocean. There's nothing better than to sleep to the sound of waves coming into the lava rocks. A bit pricey and the town of Hana has little to offer but this is truly paradise.
Paradise on Earth
I have stayed in a lot of nice hotels, but the Hotel Hana-Maui was my best experience ever. I only wished I'd had more than two days there. I knew it was something special when we checked in and had a fresh lei and a chilled glass of juice given to us. The grounds are beautiful, the plantation-style bungalows are gorgeous with wood floors and huge bathrooms with separate shower and soaking tub. The bungalow's kitchen was kept stocked with sodas and water courtesy of the hotel. We had a huge private deck overlooking the ocean with its own hot tub. The facilities are top rate. The dining room is very $$$ but the food is excellent. (Skip the hula dinner show..it's the local grandma's dancing and the buffet is ordinary but very pricey.) I don't really like the town of Hana, but I'd come back here in a heartbeat just to spend all my time at this hotel. It's the perfect retreat...a 'get away from it all' Old Hawaii experience.
No Kai Oi!
Wow, Hana is beautiful! And this hotel blends in perfectly with the scenery. My only complaint was the weather. It rains a lot. But the sun did come out the last day we were there. Don't miss the waterfall at 7 pools. And Hamoa beach is good for surfing. Not great snorkerling area but do try Dragon point in Hana bay. Only one reasturaunt, so don't plan on fine dinning. The staff and Locals were very friendly. Hana is much more old school Hawaii than the west side. Check it out !
Best vacation we ever had
My husband and I spent 8 days at the Hotel Hana Maui. It was in an incredibly beautiful setting. The hotel was very low key and friendly, with terrific attention to service and beautiful interiors and magnificent landscaping. There were daily yoga classes, great massages, and a fitness center. The food was good, the setting and view unbelievable. Couldn't be better.
We stayed in Hana during our honeymoon for four nights and enjoyed every second! It was not only the best place during our honeymoon, but one of the best hotels we have ever experienced. Perfect cottages with a spacious bathroom and the best view of the sunrise every morning! A very comfortable bed and a lovely terrace. Since we stayed there in January and the hotel was not fully booked, we received an upgrade of two classes! The crew was very friendly and helpful. We could not decide if we should stay at the pool with the view over the ocean or if we should drive the two miles to Hamoa beach, an incredible calm beach with perfect surfers during the weekend. I have to admit (like one wrote above) the dinner menu is not really impressive, but the food was really good (especially breakfast).
We have stayed at this hotel three times over the past several years and have always been extremely pleased. As others have noted in earlier reviews, the Hotel Hana Maui is not for everyone. Its low keyed and somewhat understated approach could disappoint someone looking for a Four Seasons-like hotel experience. In essence, do not come here expecting a lot of organized activities or white linen service.
What you will find instead is a very professional staff, most of whom have been at the hotel for years and who are friendly, knowledge and helpful; beautiful cottages recently renovated without televisions or even a clock, and lovely grounds and facilities. Your privacy is always respected.
The dining room is also staffed by good servers and the food is much better -- and fresher -- than you often find in isolated resorts. It's expensive. The wine list, too; plenty of options if California wines are your only interest. And the beach at Hamoa is perfect for swimming -- less than five minutes from the hotel.
Hana Ranch is nice but...
When you arrive at the Hana Ranch and enter your Sea Ranch Bungalow, you immediately take to the place. They are recently renovated, you can hear the ocean, watch the sun come up over the Pacific. It's great to sit in the spa on the deck, or get some sun.
But - there are only about 5 entrees on the menu in the main dining room, and the wine list is very weak. After a few days, you will crave for a new menu, but there is no place else to go in Hana. The Ranch has a buffet at lunch time and dinner, but it really is not up to par.
With the bungalows pricing at $700+ per night, you really expect much more selection on the menu.
Activities are all about nature in this area, with the horse rides, and exploring of the Bamboo Forest and National Park in the area - bear in mind the east end of the island gets more rain, which may cut into your plans.
Not your average hotel
The Hotel Hana-Maui definitely isn't for everyone. If you just want a room in a beachfront high-rise hotel, for instance, go to the Western side of the island. Hana is a remote location without the crowds and cookie-cutter sameness of the rest of the island, but also without the nightlife.
We stayed in July, just as they were finishing up their restoration. One of the pools was still closed, but we had such a relaxing time laying on the beach and in the hot tub on our deck, we didn't even notice. There was a lot to explore, ther Hotel is on a huge ranch, and we really enjoyed riding the horses.
The staff was wonderful, and very knowlegable about local history. We are definitely going back!