Photo courtesy of Travaasa Experiential Resorts
Travaasa Hana, Maui
An antidote to hectic modern life, Travaasa Hana, on Maui’s remote eastern coast, feels like a step back in time. There are no televisions, radios, clocks, or air-conditioning (ceiling fans and panoramic sliding doors capture ocean breezes) in nearly all of the 70 cottages and suites, but you won’t miss them. Your days will be spent soaking up Hawaiian culture, whether that means fishing with throw nets, making traditional ti leaf leis, or enjoying an open-air ukulele lesson. Of course, no visit to these parts is complete without a journey along the legendary Road to Hana, which lies to the north and west and promises primordial views of waterfalls, gardens, and secluded swimming holes. Upon your return to the resort, don’t miss the fresh-caught specialties at Preserve Kitchen and Bar, overlooking Hana Bay.
By Jennifer Fernandez, AFAR Contributor
Cottage Living in Maui
Instead of turning around when you reach Hana, book a cottage at Travaasa and take your time exploring Maui’s east side. The hotel’s general manager, a fourth-generation Hawaiian, teaches guests traditional throw-net fishing in Hana Bay.
By Jen Murphy, AFAR Contributor
Horseback riding with Paniolos in Hana
Hana, Maui is a place to escape for the road-weary traveler. With its 620 bends and 54 bridges, the final turn on the road to Hana is the metaphoric pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. And while this remote Hawaiian island destination appeals to kayakers, scuba divers, snorkelers and sun seekers, you should know that Hana is also home to Paniolos - Hawaiian cowboys. What better way to see Hana and its magnificent coastline than from the back of a horse? Ride with Paniolos through cattle ranches and watch egrets feed alongside horses as ocean waves crash in the distance. Hana Riding Stables (at Travaasa Hana) offers one hour horseback rides for beginners or advanced riders. Advance reservations are recommended.
5031 Hana Hwy, Hana, HI 96713, USA