Travel Blogs from Makawao
Up early and off to the airport to get to Maui. They weighed our suitcases - Rhonda and I were overweight so we had to shift some things. Mine was still too heavy but the Hawaiian Air lady got tired of watching me shift things around and sent us on to the gate :) Once on Maui, we headed down the road to Hana. Katy ...
Paul and Leianna invite us out for breakfast at Grandmas place - a coffee shop about 5k down the kula highway. We meet them there at 0930 and start the day with cinnamon bread French toast, bacon and maple syrup (me) and rice, fried spam, fried egg (Mark - spam is quite big here!!). It's delicious, and a lovely spot, and a beautiful day. Roasting. We pop back to our house with Paul (via Fongs grocers in the ...
... to Paia now though for cocktails!! Pass a lovely looking picnic spot opposite Makawao union church. Noted! In Paia, we have strawberry daiquiris in our window seat, my (non-non- drowsy) antihistamines make a mong of me tho. So we head back to the house. We do stop at hookipa lookout again though to watch the sunset and the die-hard surfers still catching waves. Back to the house for beer, steak and egg, and cheese balls. ...
... then splashed down through and over the rocks to join the stream below. It was a really pretty spot!
We've decided that all of the prettiest spots in Hawaii are seen from one-lane bridges that are impossible to stop on. However, this stop was worth parking and walking back to see. Makapipi Falls flowed out from directly under the bridge, and looking down from the bridge we could see the heavy white spray dropping far down into the stream below. It ...
Today we move on to Maui.
We got up on time and we took it easy. We didn't have to be at the airport until 9.30 am. We were at the airport at 9.15 am to bring back the car. We checked in at 9.35 am when Erwin looked at the ticket to check the boarding time, it said 9.47 am, gate closed at 9.57 am and departure at 10.12 am. This was not the time schedule I remembered, but we didn't have time to check, we had to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Aloha Cottage Makawao
Such a unique taste of Maui hidden away from the crowds up a pristine country road, the Thai Treehouse sits perched amongst verdant trees full of song birds. What a serene and romantic setting to spend with one's beloved. Beautifully appointed with treasures from around the world, this cottage is a work of art. For those who love nature at its best!
Can't beat the Bali Bungalow
My fiance and I had the most romantic honeymoon imaginable in Maui, and a great deal of the reason why is due to where we stayed. Many other places on the island looked run down and in disrepair. Also, since it was our first time to the islands, we weren't sure what to expect from the different places on the island, but we quickly found out that we were both glad that we did not stay at one of the big hotels alongside the beaches on Lahaina. These areas provide little romantic atmosphere if any, and leave you no room for privacy. The wonderful thing about the Bali Bungalow was that we had our own private entrance, and much more than a hotel room. All of the decor was beautiful (we took dozens of pictures for ideas for a future project of our own) and the upcountry area of Maui is the best!! We had access to just about any part of the island within about a half hour drive (except for Hana of course). This made it easy for us to choose a different adventure everyday, we just found ourselves so excited everyday!! When we return to Maui (soon) we will definately be staying here again, I wouldn't even try to find another place to stay, the Bali Bungalow left absolutely nothing else to be desired.
Bliss in the Bali Bungalow
If you are looking for a lovely place to establish your relationship, or reconnect with your mate- this is the place. The Bali Bungalow is paradise on earth- peaceful, quiet and private. The long drive up the hill from Makawao takes you to the lush gardens filled with fragranat flowers, wild birds and the Bungalow nestled on the side of the hill.
Horses graze in a pasture nearby as you sit on your terrace eating breakfast after a peaceful night in the king sized bed. We had the best ten days of our married life there, cooking when we wanted to, eating out at the many great restaurants a short drive down the hill, and just enjoying the natural wonders of Maui. Forget staying at a big hotel where you get bored with the menu after three days, rent one of these two beautifully appointed cottages and remember what life should be about- each other. The hosts- Ron and Ranjana- are delightful and there when you need them. The cottages are as luxurious as any fancy suite in the best hotels. Everything was PERFECT!
Hidden gem on Maui
My wife and I booked our stay at the Aloha cottage and subsequently read the reviews on Trip Advisor. We were very worried about getting married and spending our honeymoon at the property after seeing some of the negative reviews. Much to our delight, our fears were completely unfounded. Our wedding ceremony was nothing short of magical.
The Bali Bungalow was fantastic. It was like having our own little house on Maui. After visiting the big resorts, I was so glad we opted for this property. The grounds are extremely immaculate in a Zen sort of way. In addition, every detail has been richly appointed. The owners have an incredible sense of style and an eye for the highest quality.
You can really tell that a lot of love and money went into building this place. For more information on the Aloha Cottage you should check out the artcle in Conde Naste magazine.
I got very ill on the last three days of our trip, and Ranjana was an angel. I felt like I was at home, and I greatly appreciated her care and concern. If you are looking for a mundane, run-of-the-mill, cookie-cutter place to stay then the Aloha cottage is definitely NOT for you. If your tastes run more to the eclectic, as mine do, then you will LOVE this place. The up country was my favorite part of Maui and the Aloha Cottage was truly a Shangri-la.
My wife and I recently enjoyed a REAL GETWAY at The Aloha Cottage for our honeymoon in January. We really felt a positive affirmation for our choice of accommodations, after our return, when we saw that Conde Naste Traveler just chose them "One of the Best Bed and Breakfast in Maui" in the recent February issue.
When we checked-in to our stunning cottage, we were tired from a long flight, but as soon as we opened our lanai doors and stepped out into the cool night air we felt calm and refreshed. The next morning, we awoke to scenery and sounds that were even more amazing than we could ever have imagined.
Ron and Ranjana Serle (the owners) were wonderful and provided us with loads of helpful information we needed to make our stay truly exciting and memorable. Ranjana was even sweet enough to phone us after each one of our activities just to see how we enjoyed our day... we really felt cared for.
It was also so nice to have so much privacy after months of stress and preparations. My husband and I really wanted to enjoy married life AFTER the wedding and to get to have time alone, just the two of us.
The Aloha Cottage provided exactly what we needed. It was the prefect place to relax and rest in beautiful Maui. Clean, well appointed, and totally unique!!
If you are someone who desires privacy, and wants to experience Hawaii away from the hustle and bustle of a touristy hotel then I would highly recommend it- we both could not of thought of a better way to begin our life as husband and wife.
Cheers!!! to Ron and Ranjana for a job well done. "Mahalo" for making our Hawaiian vacation special!!
Up Country Splendor
Hawaii like many great places to visit is being destroyed by development. Up country, Hana and the north shore of Maui are what is left of the "old" Hawaii and we found the Aloha cottage a great base to explore the island. The setting of the cottage is beautiful with the smell of eucalyptus trees spectacular (not to mention the pheasant which roam the property). The cottage was very clean and comfortable with an efficient kitchen. The owners, while respecting our privacy helped us plan itineraries, sent us to the best beaches and waterfalls on the island, suggested restaurants, which were some of the best we have ever eaten in (Paia Fish Market Restaurant, Mama's Fish House, Hailimaili General Store) and recommended a hiking trail in a bamboo forest which was incredible. The cottage itself had a marble bathroom, oriental rugs, teakwood floors, a hot tub on the deck and was made with some exotic woods which show unusual attention to detail by the owners.
It was very well maintained. We highly recommend staying here.
Most Magical experience
We spent our honeymoon at the Thai Tree House and it was pure magic. We could never have imagined a more romantic, secluded and relaxing atmosphere. We enjoyed the soaking tub on the deck very much. Our hostess was very helpful and gave us many ideas to experience the many wonderful places on Maui. We are planning on returning every year for our anniversary.
Loved the Bali Bungalo
My wife and I decided to celebrate our 25th anniversary with a quiet, romantic getaway and the Aloha Cottages certainly exceeded our expectations. The Bali Bungalo was beautifully designed with wonderful touches of exotic decor. The soaking tub on the deck came complete bubble bath...how more romantic could it be? The climate at 3000' is much cooler than the beach resorts making for great sleeping and breathtaking air quality. This is not a resort vacation, but if you want a scluded, beautiful and private getaway, this is it.
Once you're there, you're on your own...
We arrived on a Friday to spend our anniversary at the Bali Bungalow, which is one of the 2 Aloha Cottages. We spent 8 nights on the same set of sheets. There were 4 more towels brought to us during our stay.
There is a TV, as stated in the web-site (a 13" TV), which is approximately 12 feet from the bed, which was the only place to really view it from (uncomfortably). This facility falls under the category of Bed & Breakfast, there is a bed, there is "no" Breakfast. We had a constant stream of ants in our kitchen area. The decor is interesting, lots of imported carved wood accents, buddah figures, hindu type dolls, India-type weavings and decor. Some people would enjoy this exotic decor, we were just expecting more local Hawaii type decor. The bathroom door, which is a pocket-type door, makes a very loud screech when opened, if that doesn't startle your sleeping partner during the night, nothing will. In the winter it is 65 degrees in this up country area. Not to mention it can rain extensively. So a hot tub would be great...There is a soaking tub (not a spa tub, it's not jetted) on the porch area which once filled used up the water in the water heater, but not quite enough to fill the tub. It wasn't the cleanest place we have ever stayed in. The, the duvet cover on the bed had some spots on it when we arrived that looked like blood spots. The 2 person marble shower was nice. but some of the darker areas on the marble we discovered weren't veining in the marble, it was actually in need of cleaning. There was shower gel provided, but no shampoo or conditioner.
As we were leaving, we did leave a note which addressed some of these things. We received no response, or apologies from the owners, of whom we saw only one time during our 9 day stay. They keep supplies in a storage area next to a laundry area, not for guest useage with a common wall with the cottage. We saw them while they were doing laundry, their own, or the other cottage's we assume.
Thumbs down for this B and B
This Maui B&B's website looked nice. Appeared to be a charming cozy cottage. When we got there it turned out to be a very small one room A frame. Very claustaphobic. No where to go if you wanted to read or something while your partner sleeped. Not even a comfortable chair in the place. Was cold and damp. Once the towels where wet, they were damp for remainder of stay. A nice outdoor tub on the deck and complete privacy would be okay for 1 or 2 night romantic stay for some. There was a loft but was useless with just a matress and a required a climb up a ladder to access it. Made the mistake of staying four nights. We could not wait to leave after two nights. Also, there was nothing to eat when we got there, as with most other Maui B&B's, so breakfast the first morning required a long drive down the mountain. The owners home had a very nice view, but the cottage had no view, which one would expect being in the mountains. The floor was sticky, and the place was not very clean. Extremely hard bed was difficult to sleep on. Nice tropical grounds of the property was one of the few pluses. Very bad choice.