Ahhh . . . arriving at Travaasa (formerly the Hotel Hana Maui) is like letting out a deep sigh. The atmosphere is so relaxing you’ll forget everything beyond this remote seaside sanctuary. Nestled in the center of quaint Hana town, the 66-acre resort wraps around Kauiki Head, the dramatic point where Queen Kaahumanu was born. All of the accommodations here are wonderful, but the Ocean Bungalows (adults only, except over the holidays) are downright heavenly. These duplex cottages face the craggy shoreline, where horses graze above the rolling surf. Floor-to-ceiling sliding doors open to spacious lanais. Book your stay here a la carte or all-inclusive; the latter includes three meals, snacks, and a treatment in one of the planet’s nicest spas. Whichever you choose, your room will be stocked with luxurious necessities: plush beds with organic linens, bamboo floors, giant soaking tubs, complimentary bottled water, Fair Trade coffee, homemade banana bread, and irresistibly scented bath products. You’ll be far from shopping malls and sports bars, but exotic red-, black-, and white-sand beaches are just a short walk or shuttle ride away. The genuinely hospitable staff will set you up with numerous activities, many at no charge. Try stand-up paddling in Hana Bay, practice your archer’s aim, take a tour of a nearby tropical fruit farm, or learn to throw a traditional Hawaiian fishing net. Rooms have no TVs (the Club Room has a giant one), but there are nightly talk-story sessions around the fire. This is luxury in its purest form. Tip: Stay 3 nights and fly for free from Kahului to Hana Airport.
5031 Hana Hwy.
Our Rating Neighborhood Hana Phone 888/820-1043 Prices $450 single a la carte; $700 single inclusive; $500 double a la carte; $1000 double inclusive. Children stay free, can purchase $75 daily meal plan Amenities 2 restaurants (w/Hawaiian entertainment Sun evenings); 2 bars (entertainment nightly); concierge; fitness center/fitness classes; complimentary clubs and use of the 3-hole practice golf courses; 2 outdoor pools; limited room service; luxury spa; tennis courts; free Wi-Fi Units 66 Web site Travaasa Hana