I'm happy to say our stay at Alejandro's beautiful and comfortable studio was everything we wanted.
There was plenty of space, the design was quirky and interesting, with lots of light and a view onto the garden, and a fully equipped kitchen (all the usual stuff, but unexpected gear, including a blender, rice cooker, salad spinner, and get this -- sharp knives!). We also had our own, private Gecko looking out for insects.
You feel like you're in the country (you are, actually) and even with big sliding glass patio doors, it felt private. We even had regular visitors -- Florence, the shy goat, and a half dozen chickens patrolling the yard, keeping it free from bugs.
Alejandro, our friendly host, gave us a tour of his garden and introduced us to his smart and affectionate chickens.
The location is pretty close to ideal. We were far enough away from town (and neighbors), but close enough to head into town -- both Haiku and Paia -- to enjoy dinners out. Paia's Mana Foods is the spot if you're planning on cooking in.
And definitely take Alejandro's restaurant recommendations: Paia's Flat Bread Pizza (ate there twice) and breakfast at Colleen's Restaurant. If you want sushi, get to Haiku's Nuka early, like 5:30, because it fills up quickly.
Would we stay again. For sure!