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
Areas for improvement:
- there were numerous occasions where loud children interrupted quiet time / yoga classes
- having the kitchen next to the yoga room should be reconsidered - during class you can hear loud music / dishes banging together
- was hoping for more classes and more outdoor activities
- the room wasn't extremely clean (the rug was stained) and felt damp and smelled musty
- our room did not have a canopy over the deck so we could not sit outside most of the time since it rained a lot - every other building had an overhang.
- The lounge chairs at the meditation lawn are not very clean
Positives to our stay:
- The property is stunning and peaceful
- The pool area is really nice and relaxing. Salt water pool is great
- The restaurant has great food and nice that the chefs prepare different dishes each night and take into consideration guest preferences
- The room is designed very nicely - having no tv is great. The bathroom shower is very zen
Overall we had a nice stay however there are certain touches that are expected at a high end retreat or hotel that were missing. This made us feel that the price per night plus the daily fee was too high.
Incredible trip with the Wife on our babymoon (i think that is what it is called?) We have stayed at the lumeria before and loved it. It is one of the most serene places I have ever been. Small and intimate, delicious breakfasts (planning to try the dinner on our next visit). TONS of yoga and healing classes, great spa offerings. Very close to Paia, which is a very cool little town.
Does not live up to potential. Uncaring management- During an unprecedented storm, no one from hotel came by to check on us, offer dinner, or alternate lights. We had to go out to get a flashlight.
.Room, while clean had musty 'old bungalow' smell.
Yoga classes that were taken were excellent, but not always available, as advertised
This is a beautiful property with nice facilities. However our room did not have hot water to our shower and staff did not repair this during our stay. Also, great idea to have a flashlight in the room but unfortunately the battery was dead. Could be a great place with better management
We booked a room at Lumeria for one night because our AirBnB ended one night before our flight back home. We didn't want to stay too far from the airport, so we looked around Paia and Wailuku. The only hotel that was available for booking was Lumeria. On the day of our check-in, we were hit with one of the worst storms in Maui, historically. When we arrived, we walked to a small building which was the check-in room. We were greeted by a woman, who informed us that the Yoga Classes for the day were cancelled due to weather. It was unfortunate that we weren't able to do the one thing that made this resort so expensive but it was also force majeure and the hotel cannot be blamed. After checking into our room, we noticed the blinds and cabinets were extremely dusty, and the room smelled like 99% isopropyl alcohol. We wanted to crack open some windows, but the windows were out of order. Our immediate impression was definitely what you would expect from a self-proclaimed 4 star resort. During our stay and interactions with the few staff that we encountered, we felt like the staff were not trained properly in hospitality or general customer service. We overhead a conversation with another patron and a hotel staff member and it made us feel very uncomfortable. The patron was an older gentlemen who apparently spoke very little or no English at all and he came into the dining room to get his water bottled filled up. He was immediately countered by a staff that had very little patience with the man, and spoke to him in a very condescending manner because he spoke little to no English. We had our own encounter with the same staff member, and she was very friendly to us. At that point, I came to a conclusion that she has a short fuse and probably didn't mean to come out the way she did.
The premise itself is beautiful and feels very peaceful, especially when there were only a few guests that we saw and most were older. We weren't able to use the pool because of the weather on the first day, and the next morning, it was completely littered with leaves and tree branches.
I can see this resort being a great place to host a small intimate wedding, but other than that, it was not worth the amount we paid.
For the one night, including fees and taxes, we paid close to $700.