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'Discover Aroma' at the Aromatherapy Foundation of Maui's aromatic botanical educational estate and farm.
Your accommodation at the Aromatherapy Foundation of Maui, a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, provides more than just a beautiful place to stay but equally important provides you with an educational opportunity to experience the world of aromatherapy with a stay on an aromatic botanical farm. You will be surrounded by about one-thousand aromatic plants, be able to roam the gardens and learn about the individual plants, make use of the in-house atomizers which will fill your unit with the fragrant and healthy aromatic scents, be able to attend the on-property aromatic distillations, enjoy the purest of aromatic body treatments and massage, participate in a hands-on nationally recognized scientific survey recording your specific impressions of various essential oils, and have the opportunity to peruse the literature provided within each unit and even if you wish take a beginners aromatic course which will provide you with a well-rounded introduction to the benefits and pleasures of aromatherapy.
Our belief here at the Aromatherapy Foundation of Maui is that there is tremendous potential provided by the aromatic plants that surround us in our environment to nourish us with good health and provide vitality and quality of life. Better than providing a rigid and formalized course, our tact is to immerse registrants directly into a lifestyle that is surrounded by many facets of aromatherapy which participants can appreciate in a fun and casual manner that fits your schedule. While enjoying the property, each person may incorporate a painless form of education and develop knowledge and skills that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. You may participate in as much of the program as you would like and we are confident that you will be leaving us with a better understanding and appreciation of the science of aromatherapy and how it may serve to make your life and those of your loved ones richer for the experience.
Everyone staying as overnight residents at the Aromatherapy Foundation of Maui will be asked to be a participant in a study involving essential oils that will require exactly five minutes a day to complete. (Special pricing will be inclusive for all Aromatherapy Foundation residents).
Please Call Us for Availability as our Calendar on this site is not always up to date. 808-573-8002. To enhance your understanding and educational experience, the Foundation has several facilities on the property that allow you to spend the night and enjoy the healing benefits of Aromatherapy, including treatments and applications that utilize Aromatherapy’s therapies. Obtain an in-depth understanding and appreciation for Aromatherapy while resting and recovering from your daily activities. The facilities on the property include the following:
Maui's 'Octagon Studio' at the Aromatherapy Foundation of Maui provides guests with a charming accommodation and an exceptional opportunity to getaway and escape from the fast paced world. Our tranquil botanical garden of lavender, rosemary, geranium and other aromatics are sure to help you RELAX. Views are sensational and dramatic from this elegantly decorated hideaway.
The Octagon Studio is the perfect place for those wanting to relax, reconnect and rejuvenate or simply enjoy balanced quietude. After a day of exploring the mountain, relax in the large in-ground Jacuzzi under a colorful sunset sky.
The Octagon Studio can accommodate as many as two persons. The kitchenette and gas stove are adequate for meal preparation should you desire to stay on property, or should you want to take a break from the kitchen, delicious dining is just minutes away in fine Makawao restaurants.
The Aromatherapy Foundation of Maui [AFM] is a 501 c  non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to providing programs, education, training, workshops, therapies, scientific information, research, support and other activities and services to the public regarding the use and benefits of aromatherapy and aromatic horticulture.
We stayed in the Octagon Studio. This place was everything you can ever imagine. I felt honored about how great of a choice we made, especially after speaking to people on the island who stayed in the "regular" hotels/resorts. Initially upon arriving, we kept hearing "Makawao? You are staying where? You have a hotel in Makawao? Apparently because this side of town is considered "Upcountry" and its on a totally different side than the "Hotel Zone." Let me give you a rundown of our experience. Just as I mentioned, this here place is on a different side of town so I would just be very cognizant of the activities you plan and their location. A prime example is activities in Lahaina. This is in Maui but it is literally an hour away. We only went there twice for the mall (to walk the strip) which you only need to do once, and for a cruise. I would make that trip on that side of town five more times and still wouldn't change my mind about where we stayed. There are also tons of places in the area which are close as well. There is a long winding road before you get to the Aromatherapy Foundation that took 7 minutes to drive up alone. Once you get there you feel like you are in your own little town. The studio itself was on a property with two other buildings but it surely didn't feel like it. We felt as if we were completely alone. A beautiful ambiance. Not to mention the continuous aromatic smells. We were also so high up that we could see two sides of the island as we stood outside of our studio. Something that obviously can’t be changed would probably be preferred is a ramp. We had a bit of a hard time getting our bags up and down those stairs. I could also imaging how tough it would be for someone who is in a wheel chair. Though we were able to manage all the steps. Just a thought, not a downfall. I had a great concern before coming about the size of the studio. Super concerned that it would be too small. . . . I was wrong. It was perfect. Everything was so clean. The shower gave you that perfect feeling. Even though you were inside, you could keep the curtain open and see the trees, the flowers and watch the sunrise. The bed must have been made out of cotton, because it was softer than soft. The mini porch balcony overlooking the garden was definitely used. It was so calm and peaceful. The only thing I would recommend is a microwave. I must be programmed with this new generation, but I sure would have enjoyed being able to warm up my food from "Da Kitchen."
We flew in from the mainland and the Octagon Studio was our first stop. What a way to begin our honeymoon...perfect! Upcountry Maui is very beautiful, lush and full of flowers!! It is cooler at night because of the elevation and as we hit a unusually cool spell we could not open the doors and windows and enjoy the open flow. Can imagine that must be amazing. We enjoyed the hottub instead and it was so relaxing! It is a small cottage but has everything you need and is as beautiful as in the pictures. VERY private!! Even if the main unit is occupied you will not feel crowded and you are tucked in your own little private corner.
It is situated perfectly if you would like to explore Upcountry, Haleakala and the road to Hana. We had a enjoyed a perfect massage and the hosts are genuinely nice and caring but give you ample space and privacy. We had dinner at the Steakhouse in Makawao, very good!
Thank you for making our start so beautiful and perfect!
My fiancé and I stayed two nights at this beautiful property in the Octagon Studio. The property was very secluded and just naturally beautiful! We enjoyed touring the grounds and learning about all the plants. We utilized the salt water pool and hot tub several times. The views from both were just amazing! We scheduled couples massages at the spa and they were the best treatments we have had in a long time. The therapists were very knowledgeable and in tune with our body’s needs.
The studio was a perfect fit for two people. We enjoyed the open air concept, especially the shower with all glass walls, helping bring in the outdoors and with utmost privacy. We picked up food at Safeway on the way up to the property and cooked breakfast both days and had plenty of snacks. We enjoyed the breathtaking views from the deck (you can see both sides of the island) and sat out there often either enjoying morning coffee or afternoon cocktails. The studio has everything you need from towels and robes to all the kitchen essentials to cook light meals. We participated in the Discover Aroma Program and liked doing the exercise where we used the oil diffuser and combined it with meditation. We utilized the oil diffuser each night and even sometimes during the day, sampling all the different scents. The only thing that was missing was filters for the coffee maker, but we made due with paper towels.
We had dinner out at the Market Fresh Bistro on a Thursday as they offer a 7 course tasting event with wine pairing. The owners are from NY, as is the chef and the food was fantastic! The price was equally as good. We would highly recommend it, especially since it is right in town and just a short drive down the hill.
This place is true paradise and we were sad to leave although look forward to being able to return someday. It is a great value for the amenities offered. If you are looking for a quiet getaway with natural surroundings, then this is the place to go!
This is a great studio located in a very unique property. The studio itself is very romantic, you feel like you are all by yourself on a tropical island. It was a very comfortable stay! Great views and a great deck.
This cottage was a unique and wonderful place to stay in Maui. At night we felt like we had the island to ourselves. It was silent, and so dark, one night we saw more starts than I ever knew were in the sky. We actually saw the Milky Way! The bed was large and comfortable. I would have preferred to have a microwave to warm up leftovers, and also some type of stall for the shower as it can be quite cool in the bathroom in the morning. Nevertheless, it was nice to be away from all the action around the resorts and have an entire place to ourselves. The view is lovely, as are the surrounding gardens. The birds are quite loud in the morning, as if we were camping in the wilderness, but there's nothing you can do about that. Being on EST we were ready to wake up at 6am anyway. The staff was friendly but kept to themselves and gave us our privacy. We never had any problems with the staff or the cottage.
My husband and I found the octagon studio, and it didn't disappoint! The property managers, Doreena and Tom were amazing to work with! We arrived in late, and we were welcomed with flashlights and a handwritten note saying "sweet dreams." The service was excellent, and I got a hug on the day we left! It is a bit of a drive up the hill, but well worth it as we were centrally located, and the privacy was important for us.
The Octagon Studio is located in the beautiful area of Olinda just a few miles above the quaint cowboy town of Makawao. The air at three-thousand feet is fresh and vibrant and the pine and eucalyptus forest above the house provide great hikes and adventures. The cottage is located on an aromatic farm and the mesmerizing scent of rose geranium and lavender is always present. A beautiful 20 minute drive down the hill will bring you to Baldwin Beach near Paia for swimming and beach time and two miles north of Paia are the famous windsurfing and kite-surfing beaches of Hookipa. Both Makawao and Paia provide excellent shopping and dining experiences.
Golf: A spacious deck area surrounds the pool and is perfect for sunning and includes an umbrella-shaded table and outdoor lounge chairs for relaxation after your water workout. Towels are provided for your pool activities. Sometimes for special occasions like family re-unions or extended family gatherings, the best use of the property is to reserve both The Home & Cottage at the same time. This also works well for wedding parties that reserve the retreat for a period of time after the ceremony. Depending upon the sleeping arrangements of the guests the estate can hold up to fifteen persons. The rates for the property used in such a manner will vary depending upon the use and the number of guests.
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
|Cleaning Fee||$100 + Tax|
Rates are subject to change unless confirmed by Agreement.
Half of the total amount is due 10-days after making the reservation and the balance half is due 60-days prior to arrival. Payment can be made by personal check or bank wire. Canadian guests can pay with a Bank Draft in U.S. Dollars. PayPal payments are accepted and all fees incurred for this method are the responsible of Guest.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.