We absolutely loved Ala'aina Ocean Vista. This property was beautiful in the photos we saw on line, but it was stunning when we saw it in person. We like to eat at restaurants, but after we saw the views from our deck, we cooked at our outdoor kitchen as much as possible. We thought it would be a little restricting having only a stovetop, but we made tacos and spaghetti, and we enjoyed salads with fresh avocado from the tree on the property. We also enjoyed trying varieties of fresh fruit that were waiting for us there in the basket. We found this the perfect retreat after enjoying days sight-seeing in Hana. The drive is about 2 1/2 - 3 hours from the airport, but we enjoyed every minute that the views on the drive afforded us. I read some reviews complaining about the lack of air conditioning, but - with windows wide open, the gentle breezes that drifted through the cottage all day and night provided the perfect climate control. Cool evenings and breezy days made the cottage more than comfortable. It rained one afternoon when we were there, and we enjoyed playing games and watching videos. Sam directed us to some quiet places where we could swim in waterfall pools and enjoy privacy. Mercury lives in the same house as the cottage, but we truly felt like it was a completely separate space. We only saw the owners when we sought them out, and we were given utter privacy 24/7. We were able to enjoy the outdoor shower and bath - a totally unique experience to this B&B, and it was quite possibly the best part of our trip. It is obvious that great care was taken to manicure the gardens and grounds, and that only made the place more of a blessed experience. Mercury is an artist, and you can tell everywhere you look that this place is not just her dwelling - her lovely heart and soul is reflected in it. Because of that, it's obvious that she takes the care of it very seriously and highly values the positive experience and high opinion of her guests. The fact that it is solar powered has been a source of some complaints, but we didn't find it confining in the least. It's paradise - we prefered the moonlight for strolls and romantic encounters, but there is plenty of solar-powered light if desired.
We spent 4 nights in Hana and 3 nights in Lahaina (on the more populace side of Maui), and we found ourselves almost wishing we had scheduled more in Hana. We loved that side of Maui so much. It was a rainforest, beach, and prairie - 3 gorgeous ecosystems all rolled into one.
Suggestions for prospective guests:
1) The propane fridge will not keep your food ice cold, and we did have a gallon of milk spoil by the 3rd day we were there. So... buy smaller amounts of milk and shop at Hasegawa's in Hana if you need more. Keep things that you need colder on the top shelves of the fridge. The freezer does a GREAT job preserving meat and making ice.
2) Take advantage of Sam and Mercury's expertise of the area, and go to the places they suggest you visit. You will NOT be disappointed.
3) Go on the Hana/Maui Kayak/Snorkel adventure tour. Kevin was an AMAZING tour guide, and the tour was very private, and we saw some beautiful things!
4) Try not to plan anything on the other side of the island when you are on the Hana side, as it will be an all-day trip. We accidentally planned a sunrise bike tour of Haleakala on the other side of the island, and we had a long day/night of car trip navigating the tricky "Road to Hana" - even the south road we took was a little scary at night. If you take the south road, it's better to be in an SUV - our convertible made for a very bumpy ride.
5) Have a plate lunch in Hana. YUM!
6) If you're an "indoor" person - who insists on AC, room service, and all the amenities of a hotel, this probably isn't the B&B for you. This place has all the romance and charm that a hotel can't possibly offer. Enjoy it for what it is - don't complain about what it's not.
We enjoyed our stay more than we can express. We were sad to leave Ala'aina, and if we are ever afforded the chance, we will go back there again! We are certain that our memories of Hawaii - most of them at Ala'aina will last us a lifetime.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ala Aina Ocean Vista is proud to be 100% GREEN and an ECO-FRIENDLY accommodation. We offer you a VERY private and unique B&B suite, located on a former banana plantation, nestled in an exotic lush tropical setting. It boasts the peace and quiet and offers guests sweeping ocean vistas. Enjoy lying in bed watching the ocean in your king-sized bed surrounded by windows overlooking tropical trees, flowers and rolling green lawns. Our B&B suite offers a custom -king-size bed. The fully-equipped efficiency kitchen, on the large private deck, is charming and you can cook "under the stars"! There is an inside private bathroom with marble floors and tiled shower (roomy enough for two), as well as an outside bath and shower with lotus pond in your own little garden. We offer a cool selection of retro board games and Direct TV access for those that want television. We also have free WIFI too. The best part is we offer each and every guest a romantic and quiet accommodation experience and SWEEPING OCEAN VISTAS from your room and deck! There are also spectacular sunsets and incredible rainbows that our guests rave about! This is a true Hawaiian getaway and a real slice of paradise! We are just 2 miles from, 7 Sacred Pools, aka The Pools at Ohe'o. Additionally we are 10 miles to the town of Hana, where the famous Hasegawa's General Store and the Hotel Hana Maui are located. We are only 30-40 minutes to Maui's black and red sand beaches. Waioka pond, known as "Venus pools", are a short 20 minutes away and Alele Waterfall is just 5 minutes away. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ala`Aina Ocean Vista Hotel Hana