Travaasa Hana, Maui
What We Love
- Hamoa Beach, one of the most beautiful on Maui
- Elegant dining on fresh local fish, fruit, vegetables and beef
- Chef Barry Villiarimo, who was born and raised in Hana, incorporates taro, breadfruit, sweet potato, coconut milk and fern shoots in his preparations
- Understated spa with skilled therapists
- Laundry facilities; if you love the outdoors, you also want the ability to wash your workout gear
- Inquire about activities; even if they don’t advertise one you like, they can probably help you anyway
- You’ll never say, “I stayed in a place just like this in…”
- For more info, read our interview with Chris Manning, co-founder of Travaasa
What To Know
- North Sea Ranch Cottages will be closed for renovations from February 9 into 2016, and South Sea Ranch Cottages are being individually renovated from February to August 2015
- Starting July 26, 2015 the hotel will be open to guests of all ages
- If you’re looking for beachfront, air-conditioned Four Seasons–type accommodations, this isn’t it
- The hotel sits on the edge of beach cliffs, making the ocean inaccessible
- Hamoa Beach is at least 2 miles away (there is a shuttle, and you can get picnic lunches sent there)
- Expect some light showers on many days, though they don't interfere with activities
- There’s no shopping nearby other than the down-home Hasegawa General Store
- The airport is a 2- to 3-hour drive away, and transfers are $200 per car, each way; or guests can take a 15-minute flight for $250 per person, each way
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
When you stay at Travaasa Hana, Maui in Hana, you’ll be in the historical district and close to Fagan Memorial and Wainapanapa State Park. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of Red Sand Beach and Hamoa Beach.
Make yourself at home in one of the 70 guestrooms featuring refrigerators and minibars. Rooms have private balconies. Private bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, as well as phones with free local calls.
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, which include 2 outdoor swimming pools, an outdoor tennis court, and a steam room. This resort also features concierge services, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and gift shops/newsstands. Getting to the surf and sand is a breeze with the complimentary beach shuttle.
All-inclusive rates are available at this resort. Meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments are included in all-inclusive rates. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.
Satisfy your appetite at the resort’s restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Mingle with other guests at a complimentary reception, held on select days. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.
Featured amenities include a computer station, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and a 24-hour front desk. Free valet parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
If you want to fall in love with a resort, you should stay on the west or south sides. If you want to fall in love with Maui, then Travaasa Hana is the place for you. The south and west sides are overcrowded developed nightmares filled with people staying in mega-resorts that could be anywhere in the world. Everyone is just going through the motions. If you want to experience a more authentic Maui, then plan on staying several days in Hana, at the least. Hana is a wonderful little town. There aren't any chain restaurants or dance clubs. But it's located right in the middle of all the best "Road to Hana" sights. By staying in Hana, you can be the first to see the big sights in the morning, and that truly makes the experience much better. We found the people of Hana to be very friendly and talkative.
As for Travaasa Hana itself, let me tell you about Room 216. I can say without any doubt that Room 216 is the best room in all of Maui, if not all of Hawaii. Expansive, unobstructed views of the shoreline. You don't even know that any other rooms exist until you go out the door on the backside. Absolutely amazing to sit on your deck and watch the sea turtles swimming in the crystal clear waves. We left our huge sliding doors open without the screens throughout the night. We never had a single bug or lizard in the room. And the gorgeous sunrise happening right there. I am quite sensitive to getting over-heated at night, and I had absolutely no problem sleeping without A/C, and the daytime temperatures were unusually hot while we were there. I think if you leave the glass doors closed, it would be stuffy and hot at night. But why would you do that and deprive yourself of falling asleep to the sounds of the Pacific?
The buildings are made of wood, not concrete. The décor isn't ulta-modern like the big resorts. But the best room at the Four Seasons does not compare to this. Please please please do everything you can do to get into room 216.
And then there are the people. The staff at Travaasa are not worn-out and tired of us tourists like they are at other places on Maui. We had so many meaningful and mutual conversations with staff members and townspeople. In fact, the entire property of Travaasa in entwined with local life. The community center, a church, the baseball field, and tennis courts are basically right in the middle of the property. You have innumerable opportunities to meet people. Every staff member was wonderful, but I have to call out the folks at the front desk, especially Selma. She had us laughing and she filled us with her positive spirit every day. Everyone was genuinely concerned with our well-being.
The restaurant on-site is the only fine dining in Hana, so you will meet locals there too. We are both vegetarian and the chef was very accommodating. The prices here are in line with other Hawaiian fine dining. Hana also has quite a few options for low-key food. We stayed for three days and didn't come close to eating at every place. There is a section of food trucks with Thai, Mexican, American, Ethiopian food. You can find huli huli down the road. And then there's the Hana Ranch and Braddah Hutts. Lots of options.
Oh, and participate in the daily activities if you can. We did the lei making and ukulele lessons. Both were a lot of fun. My wife loved the spa and said it was one of the best spa experiences she's had. There is a pool that we didn't go in. There's a yoga studio that we didn't yoga in.
Travaasa Hana is not directly on the beach. You are a short walk away from the Red Beach with is absolutely drop-dead beautiful. A five minute drive one direction gets you to Waianapanapa, and the other direction gets you to Koki and Hamoa. All of these beaches are super fun and so much better because they are not crowded.
We have traveled a lot and we always look for places to stay that best embody the spirit of a place. Sometimes that means a B&B, sometimes that means a luxury resort like Travaasa. Travaasa and Hana were by far our favorite places on Maui. If I could do it again, I would stay our entire week there. But I will have to live with the memories until we can return to make more.
This is “old Hawaii”, refined charm and welcoming hospitality. Beautifully appointed rooms, overlooking the ocean, ocean breezes, stellar service, wonderful atmosphere and the staff is friendly and met our every need. We took full advantage of the yoga and meditation classes, sat poolside, and the food was delicious. Our only regret is we could not stay longer and give the hotel a higher rating!
People- read the reviews- what a management nightmare. No A/C, lots of bugs and lizards, poor ventilation. To charge over $600 a night without air is a crime.
Management take notice, you are losing business. Visitors take notice, this is beyond a disappointment.
Nice staff, outdated room an zero air conditioning and 100% humidity.