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
- 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
I don't even know where to begin about this place. No A/C in 90-degree Maui heat, WiFi that didn't work, dirty sheets, a lingering smell of cat pee and lysol cleaner, and I counted at least two bugs crawling around. I know this is an old renovated historic building, but the pictures catfished us hard -- nothing about the facility except the gardens resembles the pictures. Rooms are dim, furniture is showing its age... the works.
For the price tag, I could've had a more comfortable stay at a Motel 6. The staff was also rude and passive aggressive asking about early check-ins (we were coming from another location and, although we weren't expecting early check-in, even asking got us a less-than-friendly reply by whoever was manning the phone).
And to not make it exceptionally clear there is no A/C unless you dig into the website's room details? And to not mention it on hotel sites where one might be ordering? Give me a break -- it's summer in Maui, you need A/C or you'll be like us and unable to sleep until at least 12AM when the temp dips below 80.
Overall, horrendous experience. Added a few points for the nice grounds and whatnot, but holy moly, this place is the inverse of "bang for your buck".
I had a wonderful relaxing stay at Lumeria. The property was beautiful and the staff was very friendly and helpful including the receptionists, director of operations, and kitchen staff. I wish there was a bit more space in the room to eat a meal if we decided to take food in, and wish there were more food options than just the 50 dinner. My favorite way to spend the day was lounging at the pool. I do wish there were pool towels offered at the pool because what we got just wasn't enough. It would be fantastic to offer smoothies or items a la cart to snack on throughout the day!
You relax immediately upon arrival.
The property is super calm and beautiful with a great pool / hot tub and a designated area with hammocks and a view to the sea.
Staff is awesome (Rory in the kitchen and Sheridan at yoga).
Rooms are really nice. The bed is superb.
Excellent breakfast and dinner with natural and organic products.
Try out the yoga, even if you are a total rookie.