Lumeria Maui an Educational Experience
What We Love
- The retreat is enclosed by six acres of lush gardens with ocean views; the town of Paia is a five-minute drive away
- Large, comfortable lobby with a fireplace encourages guests to linger
- Smooth river stones massage your feet as you shower
- Private rooms open onto expansive shared lanais
What To Know
- It’s a five-minute drive to quaint Paia or Makawao, 20 minutes to busy Kahului
- No television in rooms
- Registration desk has limited hours; check with them for early and late arrivals
- The Wellbeing Center offers a full menu of massage and wellness treatments to complement the retreat's daily classes and programs
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
For serenity amid tropical splendor, it’s difficult to beat Maui’s north shore. And set above the Pacific in a lovingly restored 1909 estate on six manicured acres, the 24-room Lumeria Maui, an educational adventure retreat, is focused on bringing that tranquility to its guests at every turn with classes, programs and elegant accommodations. In sync with Mother Nature, you’ll find natural wood, stone and metals with decor from around the world under soaring 12-foot ceilings. Get your blood pumping on a surf outing, and then recover with a meditation session, a dip in the saltwater pool or a massage in your suite. These luxe digs are surrounded by beautiful—and edible—gardens (used in the onsite gourmet farm-to-table MuBu Restaurant), yet they’re just minutes from the historic town of Paia and Maui’s legendary north shore surfing spots.
In the Area
Tour nearby Ali‘i Kula Lavender Farm, where the calming purple flowers are grown and turned into a variety of culinary items and toiletries. Head to Ulupalakua, where Tedeschi Vineyards produces wine from both grapes and Maui-grown pineapples. Hike an evergreen forest more reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest than a tropical island, at Polipoli Springs State Recreation Area. The artsy town of Paia is home to art galleries and plenty of dining options. Start your day with pastries from Anthony’s Coffee Company, head to the Flatbread Company for some awesome pizza (with excellent gluten-free options), or grab dessert at the Ono Gelato Company. Stop at the Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center to check out the latest exhibit and see inside the historic estate of Kaluanui.
How to Get There
Beautiful retreat with a variety of wellness classes included each day. Amazing farm to table restaurant, beautiful pool and hot tub area, no tvs - very relaxing stay! Close to the town of Paia also. Highly recommend this resort.
Loved everything about our stay. My stress started melting away the moment I stepped onto the property. Grounds are both lush and curated. Staff friendly and personable. We were there a week and quickly felt like family. Restaurant had delicious, healthy options. Rooms outfitted well to enhance a rejuvenating, peaceful stay. If you are looking for a quiet place to unwind and indulge in taking care of mind, body and spirit, this is a perfect place.
I would never return to Lumeria, nor will I recommend this as the 2019 group yoga trip to my yoga teacher, with whom I have group traveled to Costa Rica, Tulum, and Big Sur. For a 2-night stay we had access to only two yoga classes out of 10-12 originally scheduled. The two were in a dusty, dark room, no sunrise yoga because cancelled to provide the space for a group already booked. The afternoon class of Qi Gong was cancelled late in the day due to what was described as a family emergency. That happens, but the third and final class of the day began 30 minutes late, and only after a guest notified the receptionist, who then contacted the teacher. After class, the teacher advised against wiping down the mats because the yoga was “only restorative and didn’t raise a sweat.” She also told me I could easily skip my shower and go straight to dinner because “We are casual here." Hygiene?
When we checked in, we were informed that our sunrise class the next day of checkout would be cancelled due to a different group who "bought out" the week. All afternoon classes were cancelled that day as well due to that group. At check in, no one bothered to inform us that the second and third morning classes of our departure day would also be cancelled. In fact the entire day of yoga was cancelled because of the "buyout." Management said they had short notice of this second group -- but why did this become our problem, and at our expense, as guests? Worse, they gave us no advance notice at all, and should have reimbursed us fully for the second night due to cancellation of most classes. Even worse, we had planned to check out on time the day of departure and remain reading and relaxing on the premises until leaving for the airport, However, we were informed at noon we needed to vacate the grounds by 12:45 pm because they were locking the gates to all but the buyout group. No advance notice given. For a 2-night very expensive stay at this so-called yoga retreat we had access to only two classes, and these in a dark and dusty room, no yoga on the lawn. Our compensation for these cancellations and disruptions? $104.00. Fair compensation would have been no charge for the second day.
In my view, Lumeria needs better management and improved communication policies and practices. I will so report to my yoga teacher in Washington, D.C., who asked me to rate Lumeria for our 2019 group yoga retreat. My recommendation will be anywhere BUT Lumeria for 2019, I have never before written a review for Trip Advisor, despite numerous travel experiences, but I feel compelled to forewarn yogis about this particular location. I also intend to spread this word to yoga cohorts from other classes here in the D.C. area. This was a terrible experience. We left Lumeria far more rattled than when we arrived from a family wedding. Definitely not a good yoga experience.
Nice quiet place with impeccable grounds, cozy bedrooms, and beautiful upcountry view of the ocean from building #5 rooms. Clean relaxing pool environment. Could do with a little less lawn maintenance noice on Monday, but gotta keep up with it sometime.
I arrived on maui for a weekend from Oahu to attend a funeral for a three year old child. I cannot describe the sadness that was felt by all of our group this weekend. It was Lumeria that made this a special trip.