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“Tropical Paradise Tucked Away in the Hillside”
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Ho'oilo House
Ranked #2 of 11 Lahaina B&B and Inns
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Highland Park, New Jersey
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“Tropical Paradise Tucked Away in the Hillside”
Reviewed 5 February 2012

Chances are, if you book at Ho'oilo House, you're looking for a tropical escape away from the crowded resorts of Lahaina and that is just what you'll get at this stunning property. It is a meticulously decorated and maintained sanctuary just a 10 minute drive outside downtown Lahaina. It truly is a hidden gem, so well-removed that you may not see it immediately up the very long shared driveway, but don't despair: you just have to follow the road all the way to the top and it's there on the right.

When we arrived on January 4, Amy and Dan - the famed owners - were away on vacation so they left their Uncle Hal in charge. He was more than helpful upon arrival when we reiterated my dietary restrictions for breakfast, then he graciously left us to our honeymoon business. You won't be hounded here like some other B&B's to take part in communal anything, thank goodness. This is truly "our house is your house" and you can come and go as you please. In fact, we never even saw the other guests the entire four night stay even though they were totally full!

Some standouts: the palatial suites have lovely touches like antique furnishings. We stayed in Nalu with the Chinese Wedding Bed (rather crib-like but cool) and the outdoor shower looked over Lanai in the distance. What more could you ask for, showering with 180 degree views of the Pacific? This is an Eco-friendly B&B so they aren't big on fresh towels every day unless requested. Breakfasts are healthy and delicious and usually include muffins, fruit, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, coffee and fresh juices. If you're off early on an excursion, they will pack you a breakfast to-go and put it in your room by 9:00 PM the previous night. Now THAT is aloha. The landscaping was so perfect, we actually felt like we were in some Merchant Ivory film set in the South Pacific.

The experience at Ho'oilo House is unique in the Hawaiian Islands - and on Maui, especially - so do yourself a favor and consider not staying at one of the monster resorts in Kaanapali and book this tranquil slice of Bali instead.

Room Tip: Stay in the "back" of the house, facing the ocean (Nalu or Honu, I believe). The ocean vi...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 February 2012

This location is for couples looking for a quite, beautiful and restful place (ie. no kids here). 6 rooms with very cool outdoor showers. Hosts, Dan & Amy do a fantastic job of making your stay comfortable and effortless. We really liked that it's located only 5 minutes from town but is very private and quite. I couldnt wait to enjoy breakfast poolside. Lots of fresh choices and yummy baking daily. Linger with a good book or use the free wi-fi to plan your day around town. We used their cooler to take lunch to the beach for snorkeling. There's a fridge in your room to accomodate cocktail hour & snacks. The landscaping is to die for, so tropical. The Bali influenced construction is unique and allows you to enjoy the beauliful weather at every turn, very open to the outdoors. Loved it, will return.

Room Tip: Mountain view seemed more private then ocean view since common areas also face ocean, either are fan...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Columbia, Missouri
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

I know that to say that a place is Heaven on Earth is a bit cliche, but this Ho'oilo House truly is! My husband and I stayed there all 10 days of our dream honeymoon, and couldn't be happier with our decision. Dan and Amy are incredibly welcoming, in addition to being fantastic bakers (we miss our Ho'oilo House breakfasts!!!) and great resources for information about things to do on the island. Dan recommended that we go to Haleakala one of our first mornings there before we had adjusted to the time change, which was brilliant advice! He recommended the Pacific Whale Foundation's snorkeling tour, and we had an amazing time (and arrived at Molokini before any other boats, giving us the best snorkeling of the day!). He had wonderful recommendations for restaurants. Dan and Amy took care of all of the details for us to get a couple's massage just outside of our room. They are excellent hosts! Our room (Honu) was beautiful - it seems that no detail was overlooked. I would highly recommend Ho'oilo House to anyone - and have actually talked with a few people who are considering honeymoon destinations about what a great place it is. It is far and away the nicest, most beautiful place either my husband or I have stayed. You will not be disappointed!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Honu room and loved it, but I'm sure all of the rooms are wonderful. We mostly...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hickory Corners, Michigan
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

We have stayed at numerous B&B's, and I would put the Ho'oilo House at the top of the list. Upon arriving we had planned on dropping our bags and heading to town...well there really wasn't anything more inviting then the relaxing poolside, birds singing, soft Hawaiian music, and spectacular view of the ocean and Molokai....pure paradise here....we ended up staying to enjoy the atmosphere all afternoon! A very peaceful place, unique, private, and very inviting!
Don't miss this B&B!!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 30 December 2011

After researching all of the options for our honeymoon, we decided to go with Ho'oilo House because of the location, reviews, pictures and surprisingly reasonable prices for the west side of Maui. We were not disappointed with any of these points! Location was great for those who want to rent a car and explore the island (which you should, it's very easy to do). The house is not located on the beach, but we didn't miss it because we drove our rental to a new beach almost every day, never more than 15 minutes away. I miss the scenic drive every morning from the house as you have panoramic views of the ocean, and going back home was equally as enjoyable with the lush green mountains. It won't take longer than 10 minutes to get to the heart of Lahaina with many dinner options for you each night (Must try Mala Ocean Tavern $$$ and Aloha Mixed Plate $). The house looks even better than the pictures on their website! Breakfast is fabulous, all natural foods and amazing fresh fruit. The owners accommodated all of our requests and were happy to answer your touristy questions in the morning when they served breakfast. I don't know why anyone would want to pay for one of the resorts nearby when you could stay at a place like this! It was truly a dream, and we will definitely be back.

Room Tip: Akala Manu room is on the side of the house...still private but you get both ocean views from the la...
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ho'oilo House

Property: Ho'oilo House
Address: 138 Awaiku St, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-5702
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Lahaina
Price range (per night): ₹ 23,843 - ₹ 27,625
Hotel Class:4 star — Ho'oilo House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the West Maui Mountains, this quiet, private Bed & Breakfast offers incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and islands surrounding Maui. Located on the popular west side of the island, you will be just minutes from the historic whaling town of Lahaina and the Kaanapali resort area. ... more   less 
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