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Hotel Hana-Maui and Honua Spa, Hana, Hawaii 

5031 Hana Highway
Hana , Hawaii
Tel: 800 321 4262 (toll-free)
Tel: 808 248 8211
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Hana's lush beauty has been protected from overdevelopment by the daunting two-hour drive in or out on the twisty Hana Highway, and aficionados swear it's the last authentic place on Maui. This sprawling luxury ranch takes full advantage of the unspoiled setting: The eight one- and two-bedroom oceanfront Sea Ranch Cottages sit out where the land suddenly drops into the sea. The wooden houses have high, beamed ceilings, an enclosed garden off the modern bathroom, and interiors done up in vintage Hawaiian designs. There are amenities for guests at nearby Hamoa Beach, a pool that overlooks the ocean, and a state-of-the-art spa with open-air treatment rooms. An additional four Maui Bay Cottages sit closer to the main building, with views over Hana Bay or the garden, and for complete privacy, the turn-of-the-century Plantation House has two bedrooms and is a 10-minute walk from the hotel's main building (there's a shuttle service too). Attention, honeymooners: September is an adult-only month.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
This "precious plantation house" provides the "consummate Hawaii experience." Select cottages have private lanai hot tubs, and some have ocean views; none come with radios, TVs, or clocks. The menu at Ka'uiki changes daily but always promises "excellent fresh seafood." Relax on "one of the world's nicest beaches," or listen to local musicians at Paniolo Bar, overlooking the bay. "Gracious staff made the visit unforgettable."

(69 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 94.4
  • Activities: 92.1
  • Design: 98.5
  • Food: 81.5
  • Location: 98.5
  • Rooms: 97.0
  • Service: 98.5

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008

Amenities: Beach, Pool, Spa, Tennis, Water sports

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