A traffic jam in Hana is a family of piglets crossing the road. Usually these little road blockers are more interested in munching on the fallen mangoes that litter the roadway than in reaching the other side. Giving Mother Nature a half grin, you wait, take in the scenery, catch the scent of that fallen fruit and slowly relax. Once the little piggies have safely made it into the rain forest, you continue looking for your hotel hideaway in this laid back Hawaiian town.
Hotel Hana Maui and Honua Spa
Pat yourself on the back. You have just driven the 600 curves and 54 single lane bridges that make up the Road to Hana. Your reward is a pampered stay at the Hotel Hana Maui and Honua Spa. Choose a Garden Suite overlooking the lush tropical landscaping or a Sea Ranch Cottage with a private hot tub and panoramic view of the Pacific. Indulge in a Hawaiian LomiLomi massage or some relaxation time in the Honua Spa’s Lava Rock Whirlpool. Enjoy a tropical drink and a light meal at the Paniolo Lounge, or a more formal dinner at the hotel’s Ka’uiki Restaurant. If you’d like to dine with the locals, try the Hana Ranch Restaurant in Hana’s Town Center. Then again you could order room service and dine on your lanai while watching the sunset.
Hana Hale Inn
Choose from a two-level Tree House Cottage overlooking a fishpond and Waikaloa Beach, or a Pond View Bungalow perched on a bluff with a private outdoor hot tub and shower. Or perhaps you’d prefer to live like a king in the two-bedroom Royal Suite with its palm-fringed view of Hana Bay. The Hana Hale Inn offers these self-contained units of subdued luxury surrounded by tropical gardens graced with scented flowers and swaying palms. Furnishings made from teak and Balinese bamboo give an exotic feel to each unit and skylights help bring the outdoors in. Walk down to Waikaloa Beach to watch the sunset or enjoy a tropical beverage on your private lanai. Get your supplies in Hana town before you make the half-mile drive down to the inn. (ref 3)
Bamboo Inn on Hana Bay
Spend a night or two on the beach at Hana Bay, at a place once home to the ancient Hawaiians. Featuring three oceanfront suites, the Bamboo Inn is somewhat isolated. If this is your first visit, try not to arrive after dark. Finding the correct fork of the road and the Bamboo Inn sign is a bit of a challenge. Choose from three suites, each named for a different marine creature. The Honu, or turtle suite, is on the first floor, and features an outdoor shower and tub for two on a private deck. The Iwa, or seabird suite, is on the second floor with shower and tub inside. The Nai’a, or dolphin suite, spans two floors with a private tub on the first-floor deck and an indoor shower on the second level. All three units have ocean views, teak furnishings and kitchenettes.
Hana Kai Maui
Combine the extra space of a condo with the services of a hotel at the oceanfront Hana Kai Maui. Book a cozy studio or bring the family and rent the top of the line Hana Kai two-bedroom, two-bath condo with its bird’s-eye ocean view. Prepare dinner in your fully equipped kitchen or grill fresh fish or steaks on the guest barbecue at the downstairs Ocean Lanai. Daily maid service, complimentary wireless Internet service and phones are provided, but there are no TVs. If the unspoiled beauty of Waikaloa Beach becomes too much for you, rent a mini DVD player from the front desk.
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