Exemplifying luxury Hawaiian vacation living at its best, this brand new cottage bridges traditional Hawaiian and contemporary designs. With the help of the leading designer on Maui, this cottage was just completed for the private use of the owner (we live in Upcountry Maui and this is our 'beach house') and select vacationers. Stunning views of the vast blue Pacific Ocean, the entire Island of Lana'i, the Island of Molokai, incredible sunsets and the rugged West Maui Mountains are unobstructed and to die for. The ocean side of the house opens completely to the most tranquil and stunning views.
The cottage is a free standing structure built at the end of a long private driveway. No one can build in front us and there are gulches on both sides providing absolute privacy and quiet. One of the gulches is protected by a State of Hawaii easement to prevent construction of any kind because of the archeological Hawaiian artifacts found on the property. This cottage is private.
Dine inside or out. The large kitchen island seats four and is made from a immense slab of local mango wood. Sip a glass of wine and chat with the cook or sit outside on the covered lanai and enjoy the breathless views. Teak dining furniture can accommodate six comfortably. The kitchen is fully equipped or cook on the grill outside.
Both bedrooms feature private baths, Tempur-pedic mattresses and french doors opening to the ocean side lanai. Comfort, quiet and relaxation is the theme of the house. The bedroom window shades have blackout, privacy screens so you can sleep as late as you want.
Outside, you can lay in the sun or the shade depending on how you feel at the moment. A Balinese day bed in the shade is a perfect spot to take a nap or to read a book. A private outside shower is available for you to rinse off after a trip to the beach (less than 1 mile) or a hike up the mountain or a brisk walk on the walking trails around Launiupoko.
If you want to stay connected while you lounge around you can hook-up to the high-speed internet with our wi-fi. The home entertainment system includes Bose Lifestyle Home Theatre, a large (56') high-definition TV, TIVO, DVD, Blu-ray and CD player, and a dock for your iPod or iPhone. Listen to your music or the business news inside or out. You have total control your environment.
Keywords: Private home, house
My wife and I were very fortunate and retired young. Karen was a clinical neuropsychologist and I owned a software development company in Dallas, TX. We sold the company in 2000 when our children were still in grade school. We decided to move to Maui to give the kids an incredible experience growing up. Our youngest just graduated from high school this past May. Both kids are now at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
The cottage in Launiupoko was built as a retreat specifically for Karen and myself. Before moving to Maui full time, we had a condo on the West Side. When we took the plunge and actually moved here, we decided to move upcountry to Makawao to be near the best schools. Lahaina and Kapalua were the places we vacationed for years and we missed that aspect of island life. Living upcountry we missed seeing the whales breach and missed the beach activities. So, building this cottage was a present to ourselves.
We knew we wouldn't use the cottage a great deal, so we designed it to be rented as well. Accordingly, it has everything we want for a perfect vacation (including a short 1 hour drive to get there!).