Hotel Hana Maui – What I Loved About My Drive, My Visit, My Stay

I shared with you about my staycation at the Hotel Hana Maui.  On my previous post I shared a lot about what was going on with me and how the relaxation helped me, but I did not get to share as much about Hotel Hana Maui as I wanted to.  And so this is the follow post. The beauty of Hana is beyond words. However, I will try to list some things that I loved about my stay:

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1. The Scenic Drive to Hana. 600 curves and across 59 bridges (over half of which are just one lane wide), the beauty is simply stunning.  I got to see waterfalls, bamboo forest, and ocean view.  It was my first time to drive there by myself, and I thought it would be “scary” – but it was actually enjoyable.  Of course I made it a point to pull over every time I see a car or truck behind me, because I know I was driving slow.  That made the drive less stressful.  For tips on driving to Hana, check out Go Visit Hawaii Blog.

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2. The Plantation Style Cottages With Ocean View.  I love it that the hotel kept the original architectural designs of the plantation houses.  There are some newer condos in the resort, but the one I stayed at is the older planation style and I love it!  They matched the inside with an interior decoration filled with Hawaiiana style and spirit.  Kris posted some pics on his Flickr site.  There is no A/C but that did not bother me.  I slept very well in the nights I stayed there.  And in the morning, I woke up to a beautiful sunrise!

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3. Heated Pool Overlooking the Ocean.  This is is probably one of the most romantic part of the Hotel Hana Maui.  At night, the pillars are lighted with fire.  You can see it here on this photo in their website. Whether  it’s day time or night time, this pool area is beautiful!

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4. Relaxing as well as invigorating massages at Honua Spa. While I was in Hana, hubby called me to give me a “gift of massage” via Honua Spa.  He read that the massages on Hotel Hana Maui are some of the best in the world so he told me to make sure I get one (yes, he paid for it).  I got the Lomilomi massage and loved it.   Next time I will try the stones.   And let me not forget to share that their Spa products are wonderful! Smells so good and was so gentle with my skin and hair. It’s available on-line . I suggest you try them out.

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5. Friendly Staff, Good Service. There’s a touch of Aloha on the services I got at Hana Hotel.  The staff are friendly and helpful.  They are always with a smile.  I love the “local” accent or intonation as they speak. As for excellent services, one example is that I left my phone charger at home and the receptionist took extra steps to try to find me one from the unclaimed lost and found. She did not have to do that, but she did.  She never found one but I appreciated the effort.

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6. Complimentary Yoga. I arrived Friday afternoon and planned on attending the yoga class on Saturday but I stayed late in bed.  So the next morning I made sure I woke up early.  Having a complimentary yoga classes in the morning was very nice. Great way to start the day.

There are so much more to share.   They say pictures are worth a thousand words so I thought I’d share many of the photos I took. Pleas enjoy the slide show below.  Aloha!

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13 Responses to Hotel Hana Maui – What I Loved About My Drive, My Visit, My Stay

  1. Sheila @ GoVisitHawaii February 10, 2010 at 4:39 am #

    Liza – your visit sounded heavenly!

    The first time we drove the road to Hana, we stopped into the Hotel Hana for lunch and walked around the grounds. It was amazingly beautiful and peaceful. I dream of staying there sometime.

    So, do people from Hana have a different accent than the rest of Maui?

    Kudos to your hubby for arranging that massage. What a sweet, sweet thing to do. (We Wolfpackers are nice like that. ;-))

    Thanks for sharing more about your visit. Sigh…I’ll go back to day dreaming now. :-)
    .-= Sheila @ GoVisitHawaii´s last blog ..Kauai’s Wonderful Waimea Canyon & Kokee State Parks in Photos =-.

  2. Sheralyn February 10, 2010 at 12:35 pm #

    I was excited to see your update about your stay at the Hotel Hana Maui!

    I’ve never stayed there myself, but it’s on my “wish-list”… everything you’ve written about your stay there (along with your awesome pics) has just made me want to stay there even MORE!

    I’m daydreaming about a swim in their heated pool as I type this! :)
    .-= Sheralyn´s last blog ..FREE Whale Festival Symposium on Protecting & Saving Whales =-.

  3. admin February 10, 2010 at 7:26 pm #

    Hi mom, will you make me one of your blogging friends so i don’t have to go on to liza’s eye view just to get in here. Also sis wants to know if she can go up to Hana some day with you too.

  4. James February 12, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    The Road to Hana is a trip that everybody has to take and enjoy at least once in their life. I have been lucky enough to do it 3 times – twice by car and the last time through a local tour.

    Here was my write-up
    http://www.hawaiilifeofluxury.com/the-road-to-hana-with-valley-isle-excursions/

    The Maui surroundings are simply stunning.
    .-= James´s last blog ..Make Sushi With Chef Nobu Matsuhisa At Nobu Waikiki =-.

  5. Jenny February 13, 2010 at 8:13 am #

    Hi. Just stopping by to check out your blog :D
    .-= Jenny´s last blog ..A New Q & A =-.

  6. Natalie Surowiecki February 16, 2010 at 8:07 am #

    I have always wanted to do the road to Hana drive. Thanks for sharing, and I’m doing to link to your story for my blog if you don’t mind!
    .-= Natalie Surowiecki´s last blog ..Blogging Inspiration =-.

  7. marlynn February 16, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    looks AMAZING! I’m going to have to pick your brain when you get a chance about spots for family vacas in Maui. :)
    .-= marlynn´s last blog ..Love =-.

  8. Ryan February 19, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    The Hana Hotel is very nice, but if you want activities, the Hana area has some, but it is limited. Here are some top rated luxury resorts I’d recommend:
    – Maui Four Seasons in Wailea
    – Ritz Carlton in Kapalua
    The Kapalua area is very upscale and relatively secluded, and it is a personal favorite.
    – There are 2 Four Seasons Resorts on Lanai that are top rated and have activities.

  9. Kris February 23, 2010 at 8:40 am #

    One year ago today we were waking up in our Sea Cottage at the Hotel Hana Maui. What wonderful memories.

    We’re definitely trying to make it back there again. This hubby owes her wife a gift massage at the Honua Spa, too. :)
    .-= Kris´s last blog ..Fan Drive Follow-up =-.

  10. Ryan Windsor March 9, 2010 at 6:57 pm #

    Great post. The Road to Hana is special by itself, but the Hotel Hana is the icing on the cake. Glad you had such a nice visit. It sounds like you need to take your daughter next time. :)

  11. john March 25, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    your staycations are so much better than mine..

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