Hawaii’s hotels are experts at making guests feel welcome, but boutique B&Bs stand out for their abundance of breakfast options, tropical gardens, and swimming pools.
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The most charming bed and breakfasts on Maui are found away from the large resorts; they are small, unique, and best suited for visitors who prefer a more personalized experience. These well-located boutique lodgings, which range from elegant inns to charming cottages and chic beach houses, offer a calmer, more laid-back alternative to the typical Maui vacation.
Peace of Maui
Bed and Breakfast
There are eight rooms totaling this property, including a two-bedroom cottage, so those looking to spend some quality time with extended family may want to book it all out. The two-acre (0.8ha) plot, which is situated on the edge of Haleakal, has views of the West Maui Mountains and the North Shore’s pounding surf. With the exception of the cottage, there is a shared hot tub, kitchen, and bathroom with shower. Daily breakfast delivery to your in-room pantry includes granola bars, oatmeal, and seasonal Hawaiian fruits like papaya, starfruit, mango, and tangerines.
Bed and Breakfast Maui What a Wonderful World
Every morning, breakfast is served on the lanai (deck), which has views of Haleakal and the West Maui Mountains and is run by hosts Eva and Jim Tantillo. The rooms are spotless, comfortable, and have more of a homey feel than a hotel, and they are only a short drive from South Kihei’s white-sand beaches and Wailea’s resort-lined stretch. Even better, it’s reasonably priced and comes with nice extras like a barbecue area, laundry facilities, and free use of the B&B’s beach equipment and towels.
The name, which in Hawaiian means “winter,” provides a clue as to how this bed and breakfast came to be—as a winter getaway for the owners. The six-room property, which is nearby Lahaina, is tastefully furnished with cast-iron clawfoot tubs, vibrant flamingo prints, and roomy lanais from which to observe whales. Your visit will result in a donation to the Pacific Whale Foundation on Maui as a way of giving back to the local community. Breakfast is provided, there is a small refrigerator in each room, and the best restaurants in the area are only a short drive away for all other meals.
The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono
Independent Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Inn
The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono, formerly known as the Lufkin House and constructed in 1924, has been lovingly restored to recall the splendor of 1920s Hawaii. Large bamboo furniture and hand-sewn quilts that are works of art in and of themselves are featured in the guest rooms. A delicious home-cooked breakfast featuring regional specialties is served to guests in the comfort of their rooms or in the meticulous tropical garden designed in honor of Don Blanding’s poem “My Hawaiian Garden.”
A beautiful bed and breakfast has been created out of what was once a family home. The two rooms and standalone cottage at the 37-acre (15-hectare) Iao Valley Inn provide a distinctive Maui stay. The property’s tropical decor is a reflection of its lush surroundings, where taking walks through the forest and dozing off to the sound of the Wailuku River remain popular activities. Visit the historic Ao Valley State Park nearby to take a stroll around the Ao Needle Lookout Trail and Ethnobotanical Loop and learn more about the Hawaiian tropical flora.
Bed and Breakfast, Inn, Independent Hotel
Surf’s up at Paia Inn, where chic Bali-style rooms provide a relaxing retreat after a day of aerial maneuvers and hanging ten. This laid-back boutique hotel, which is situated in Paia, a hip surf town on the way to Hana, has nine rooms with direct beach access, ranging from standard-size one-bedders to a three-room beach house. Locals love the on-site Vana Restaurant for its craft cocktails and Japanese food with Hawaiian influences.
Maui Meadows Guest House
The secret to stress-free group vacations? Keep everyone together, and keep the entertainment flowing. With four elegantly furnished bedrooms and five roomy bathrooms, Maui Meadows Guest House has enough space for everyone to spread out and sleep comfortably. A saltwater pool, ping pong table, and hot tub are available for group activities, while a waterfall and an outdoor cabana offer a quiet retreat. There are eight beaches within a 3 mile (5 km) radius when it’s time to hit the sand, and Wailea Golf Club is conveniently located for early morning tee-offs.
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