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Reviewed August 8, 2010

Sam and Mercury are delightful hosts. The view from their hilltop cottage is breathtaking, especially at when the moon rises over the ocean and when the sun is setting between the mountain peaks.

Mangos and tropical flowers were everywhere. The horse in the field next door would poke his head over the fence from time to time, and the neighbor's rooster made sure we didn't sleep too late.

The suite is exquisitely crafted from native hardwoods, and the bath is airy and inviting. Choosing between the spacious shower indoors and the outdoor shower and tub was a highlight.

Dining on the stone lanai overlooking a koi pond and the tropical splendor made each evening special. The outdoor cooking area was well provisioned and made cooking almost pleasant, at least for camping style. We brought frozen ahi tuna and steaks and frozen drinks, which was convenient for keeping the icebox cold.

We took the trail ride with Maui Stables, across the road. It was a bit pricy, but the trail guide was an expert herbalist and a passionate advocate for preserving the natural habitat and cultural heritage. And the exclusive view of Waimoku falls in the distance made it worthwhile.

If you're looking for a Blue Lagoon experience, this is certainly the place to find it!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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22  Thank Aloha-Russ
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Reviewed July 25, 2010

We stayed here for 2 nights to kick-off our honeymoon. The room was very nice with huge windows and great ocean breezes. The best part is the outdoor cooking and eating area on the deck, with stunning ocean views -- the deck is partially covered by a roof, just in case a tropical shower blows though during dinner. There was a two-burner stove, perfect for making meals for two -- just make sure to pick up groceries in Kahului before you hit the highway -- don't worry too much about fruit though, they provided us with an amazing fruit basket when we arrived.

Sam and Mercury took great care of us and provided super-helpful info when we checked-in about activities in the area, including the Wailuku Falls, Seven Sacred Pools, and Alelele Falls. And though they were always nearby, we always felt like we had our privacy.

The location is ideal for exploring the Kipahulu area, right off the main road, about 30 minutes past Hana, and about 10 minutes past the Seven Sacred Pools. The road itself is breathtaking, the scenery does not stop at Hana.

In terms of value, the price is a bit steep, but overall still a pretty good deal, especially when you factor in making our own meals and drinking your own wine and beer on the deck.

Finally, in terms of sleep quality, the bed isn't really the greatest. But if you leave the windows open at night (they have screens), the nightly rainstorms made for great sleeping... as long as you aren't afraid of a gecko or two ;)

Overall, we loved our stay, we'd stay again, and we'd highly recommend Ala'AIna, especially for couples that just want to enjoy being together in a very beautiful and peaceful setting.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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16  Thank row22-8
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Reviewed July 6, 2010

My husband and I found this "bed and breakfast" online and thought, based on their website and previous reviews, that it would be a good place to stay while visiting Maui. The property is beautiful and the owner is friendly. Our biggest issue was we were expecting something close to luxury (at $175 per night your expect it to be nice), and felt like we were camping instead.

We felt that the pictures on the website were deceiving-- they make the room look much larger and more private than it actually is. The room is VERY efficient-- there isn't even a place for you to unpack your things for the duration of your stay nor a place to store your suitcase. We were pretty disappointed in the lack of privacy; yes the owner probably wouldn't care to look in at you, but the fact/feeling that they could was kind of unnerving.

Also, the breakfast portion of the stay turned out to be a carton of eggs and bottle of juice placed in your fridge at the start of your stay. From there, you are expected to make your own breakfast on your camp-like stove each morning. So, expecting a breakfast to be made every morning at the B&B was a mistake.

I think for a certain crowd, the idea of conserving energy (solar panels, but too weak to support a hairdryer) and living simply could be fun, but if you like your privacy and are looking for nicer accommodations, look elsewhere.

All in all, if you are looking to stay on the Hana Highway, I would recommend the Cliff's Edge over this B&B.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank nixy111
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Reviewed June 22, 2010

Our stay was short as we were meeting friends in Kaanapali, but we didn't want to leave as this B & B is wonderfully set on gorgeous grounds with soothing views of the ocean. The birds sing to you and you can't help but relax on the lanai. There is lots to do & see in the area. This gem is hidden away in paradise and run by the wonderful hostesses Sam & Mercury. When we saw our friends after we left, we immediately showed them our pictures & told them they need to go there the next time they come to Maui. We absolutely will go back.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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20  Thank GrandmainHeaven
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Reviewed May 12, 2010

After two weeks of being pampered at the west Maui and Big Island resorts it was a small shock to be thrown back into the reality of preparing your own food, not to mention finding a place to buy it. Initially we though that we had chosen to stay too long, but once we started doing some exploring we found plenty of things to do.

We hiked up to take a shower under the nearby falls, went horseback riding with Maui Stables (highly recommended) and visited red, black and white sands beaches. We started most of the days at the hippie fruit stand just down the road.

The location itself is beautiful, and left a great impression. It's not every place you can watch both the sunrise and the sunset from the comfort of your bed. The atmosphere is very relaxed, and you will be greeted by lots of little cute geckos.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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19  Thank Logge
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