Travel Blogs from Makawao
... Look at the view. Look at the view. Look at the view. We landed, safely and in one piece. The relief was almost comical. All aboard the shuttle to the Sheraton! The Sheraton is beautiful in true resort fashion: manicured landscaping, palm trees, winding pools, tiki bars, open air walkways and more. We asked for a "complimentary upgrade" since it is our honeymoon and got a partial ocean view... Sweet! It sounds crazy saying this, but not ...
Sorry I'm a little out of order here. As I mentioned a couple of days ago, we got behind and have had trouble getting caught up. In this particular entry, I'm combining all of this day's activities; we started the day by leaving Kihei, ziplining in Makawao, then made the almost 3-hour trek to Hana on the renowned Hana Highway. As with previous entries, we have video ...
... we went to the Kihei Cafe. It's a breakfast restaurant well known for big and not too pricy meals? Mine was about $15 for three gigantic pancakes with macadamia nuts on top and a side of home fries and a tea. Very yummy especially with the coconut syrup! We decided to go to the well-known lavender farm -Ali'i Kula Lavender near Kula. It was chilly there as the farm is at an elevation of 4' 000 feet! The fields ...
... say that sometimes first impressions aren't lasting impressions.
The hostel staff were unbelieveably friendly and helpful, and of all three times I have stayed at the Banana Bunglaow, they were the best! It was like the good old days of hostelling. Caitlin was super hilarious and April was so friendly, it was sick. Someone please clone them.
It was also a Canadian convention at the hostel with, among the many, very cool Greg & Natalie, and JS ...
... to Kahului, Maui – (6 hours), we picked up our car and drove to the B&B, Hale Ho'okipa in Makawao. We settled in and went for dinner in town.
Our thought had been to awake and head out early to the Haleakala volcano for an early appointment with sunrise, but it looked unlikely for that day because of how tired we were. The trip to the volcano from where we were would be about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Sunrise was at 6:50. ...
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.