Lovely house, good location, great holiday!
Submitted: March 23, 2013
Stayed: December 2012
We stayed almost 3 weeks over Christmas and New Years in this lovely house in the "up-country" of Maui. There were 9 of us, 2 families with 5 kids from 8 to 16 years old (the owners were kind enough to bend the rules on numbers allowed). The house was big enough for us all, although a couple of the kids slept on extra floor mats.
The house is situated on an acreage on the slopes of the extinct Haleakala volcano. It has great views of both north and south shores of Maui and the typically cloud-capped hills of west Maui. We enjoyed many early evenings on the porch - I mean lanai - sipping a cool drink and watching yet another great sunset. The setting is rural, with a goat farm on one side and various other farms (vegetable, eggs and cactus!) just up the road. Although. It has been quite dry, the yard is watered automatically so is green and has avocado, papaya, banana, orange, lime and mango trees. We had fun trying to spot the chameleons in the trees and shrubs in front of the house. Along with mourning doves, we were sometimes awoken by the loud squawks of wild grouse. And it wasn't unusual to see a deer in the neighbouring fields. I even snapped a shot of a buck in the front yard!
One of the nicest features of the house is the lap pool. It is not big and is solar heated so isn't hot, but it is refreshing at the end of the day, or an invigorating way to start the day. The kids liked chilling out in it on our non-beach days.
The house has all the regular amenities: dishwasher, TVs, stereo system, fireplace, washer and dryer, coffee grinder and machine, BBQ, etc. and lots of pots, pans, knifes, etc. We had one issue with the stereo - CD player skipped - and the owner, was over the next day with a replacement. The only other problem we had was a small leak in the kitchen plumbing. The owner quickly arranged a repair.
The location was great. The Kula Highway is just up the hill, providing easy access to the whole "up country" area of Maui, including numerous farmer's markets, gardens, restaurants, artsy shops and galleries, a winery, hiking trails and Haleakala National Park. The Hana Highway is just down the road and for the adventurous you can turn right and take the southside road to Hana. Beaches and touristy areas aren't far away by Maui's good highway system. We travelled all over the island and all agreed that we picked the best location for our vacation.
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
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