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We have been to Maui a number of times now, and always enjoy our day-trips to hana. But after our last trip we said we weren’t going to travel the Hana Highway again for a while. It’s such a beautiful drive but it always makes for a very long day. So we decided the best way to have more time to relax and enjoy the sights and scenery would be to spend a few nights in Hana. After doing quite a bit of research online with VRBO and TripAdvisor, we came across the Hana Oceanfront Cottages. Right away we knew it was the place we had to stay. They have two options – the Cottage or the Suite – but the Cottage was the one we really wanted. What a beautiful place – exactly like the photos on their website. Here are some of our favorite photos taken during our stay…

Hana Oceanfront Cottage - Hana By The Sea

View from the Hana Oceanfront Cottage, Maui

View from the Hana Oceanfront Cottage, Maui

The Living Room - Hana Oceanfront Cottage

Kitchen - Hana Oceanfront Cottage

Bathroom - Hana Oceanfront Cottage

Hana Oceanfront Cottage Bedroom

Since we haven’t spent a night without A/C during our time on the Hawaiian Islands we were a bit hesitant to spend too many nights there, since we weren’t sure how it would go. So we only booked a one night stay, which worked out well as it filled a small gap in their calendar. There are windows on all four sides of the cottage, so it was very well ventilated and cool throughout the night. It wasn’t quiet however as you could hear the ocean crashing below, and the frogs chirping from time to time. I found it quite relaxing and got a great sleep. Shauna didn’t sleep as well, although I did wake her up a few times throughout the night as I woke up a few times to check out the skies… Our one night stay coincided with the peak of the annual Lyrids Meteor Shower. Unfortunately the clouds blocked the view for most of the night and the moon was already starting to rise. I did find a break in the clouds around 2am and was able to get a few photos in, however didn’t see any meteors this time. I did get a couple nice night photos though.

Hamoa Beach, Maui

We woke up to a beautiful morning, and of course headed across the road with our cameras to take some photos. It was amazing to hear and watch the waves below as the light changed and go brighter. We ate our breakfast out on the patio watching the waves and the surfers. We could definitely spend a lot more time here. Before we checked out we headed down to Hamoa Beach. The surfers were enjoying the waves, but we didn’t want to test them so stayed on the shore. Maybe next time we will give it a try if things are a bit calmer. Here are some of our favorites from the morning…

Hana Sunrise

Beautiful morning at Hamoa Beach

Hamoa Beach, Maui

Hamoa Beach Surfing

Hamoa Beach Maui

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We stayed in Kihei at unit H-105 of the Maui Banyan during our 2009 trip. It was an amazing place to stay and we can’t wait to go back. Here is a shot of the Maui Banyan, taken from a second level parking spot:
Maui Banyan Condos

The condo itself truly was a home away from home. The king sized bed was very comfy. There are two A/C units, one in the living room and one in the bedroom, which was very nice since we were not used to the Hawaiian heat. The fully loaded kitchen had everything we needed. Most days we only ate breakfast at the condo, and then set out to explore or relax on the beach. We often ate out for lunch and dinner. Although there were a few nights we enjoyed using the bbq area to do our own cooking for dinner. We stocked up on groceries at the Costco in Kahului, so it was definitely nice to have a full kitchen with a regular sized fridge/freezer. We were much happier to have a fully equipped condo than a hotel type setup.
20090404_040The unit is a one bedroom condo. As you can see from these two photos, the kitchen, dining room, and living room areas are attached. The bedroom and bathrooms are to the right. The TV had a pretty sweet surround sound system as well, although we didn’t watch a lot of TV so we didn’t use it very much.

20090404_038The two bathrooms are another nice feature of this unit. The ensuite bathroom has a sink, toilet, and the jacuzzi tub. The other bathroom near the entrance door has a sink, toilet, and the washer/dryer. It was great that we didn’t have to find a laundromat during our stay, and could wash our clothes and beach gear when we wanted to.

Kamaole II beach is a two – three minute walk from the unit. I wrote an additional post for this beach with more information and photos if you want to check it out as well.

2008 04 13 017The Banyan itself has two great pool / bbq areas – one at either end of the grounds. Quite often we wanted to swim after dinner, but since it gets dark around 7pm we did not want to swim in the ocean. So the pools were the best option, and we certainly got a lot of use out of them.The pools are open until 10 or 11, although they don’t seem to kick you out as long as you keep the noise down. And if one pool was busy, you could just walk to the other and see if things were quieter there. The H building is in the middle of the complex, so it is about the same distance to either bbq/pool area.

The photo below shows the lanai at unit H-105. It runs the full length of the unit, with doors on both ends – one from the living room and one from the bedroom. You can just see the building where one of the pool/bbq areas is.

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The grounds at the Maui Banyan are very well kept and quiet. It was a nice place to walk and look around at the tropical plants. There seemed to always be people working away to keep things looking good.

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Shauna really enjoyed taking photos of the many tropical flowers there. Here is one that she took, but you can also see the rest of her Maui Banyan photos on her Flickr Account here. She has some more photos from inside the unit as well.

Flowers at the Maui Banyan

Building H is far enough back from South Kihei Road that we could not hear the traffic. We found Kihei to be a great location to stay. The beach is right across the street so if you don’t want to drive, you don’t have to. But it is close enough to the beaches of Wailea, without having to pay the excessive prices of the Wailea resorts. Kihei is about a twenty minute drive to Kahului, and about a 40 minute drive to Lahaina.

The owners of this condo were very good to deal with.

Here is the link to their website: http://romanticmauicondo.com/

 

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