|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Here time and nature move to a greater rhythm. Hana is nearby- a little town on the backside of Maui, that is just about as far away as one could hope to travel... and still return. When it comes to natural attractions, Hana is blessed above all others. You can visit black, white, and red sand beaches and swim near, but not in, luxurious waterfalls.
The gardens which surround the property offer seasonally, a delightful array of papaya, mango, banana, breadfruit, avocado, ginger, jasmine and plumeria. The organic garden seasonally produces delicious, various greens to add to your salad and fresh herbs.
The cottage has abundant natural light, white walls, white ceilings with ceiling fans. Living area has TV / DVD player, lounge chair, window-seat, wooden dining table accommodates four. Cottage has food prep area, cooking & eating utensils, large 'frig.,
4 gas burners, electric BBQ. Bathroom, with separate shower/tub combination, outdoor shower for rinsing off from the beach, and washer/dryer.
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Sybil has created an amazing guest house with absolutely everything one could want to experience paradise at its finest. She was delightful to book with and finally meet and talk with. The fresh pineapple and papaya available for the picking along with the fresh muffins and local coffee were great. We spent one morning relaxing on the screened porch through a rain storm that changed the gentle brook behind the guest house into a roaring stream which was wonderful to experience. Loved the openess with all of the screened sliding glass doors high up in the tropical forest, yet it felt private. Wonderful property, hospitality and stay.
Stayed June 2015
My wife and I spent two very enjoyable nights in the Gate House. The kitchen was well stocked, the beds comfortable and the shower/tub relaxing. The sites and beaches of Hana were a short drive away and the rural setting just right for a getaway. The few minor issues we had were delt with by Sybil and Tracy immediatly.We will definitly stay at Sybil's retreat again.
Our Dec. 4 weekend started early with a rustic drive through the "back way" of Kaupo, where my aunt's ashes were laid to rest on the very 'aina that nurtured her and her siblings through childhood. After an emotional day of reminiscing and catching up with relatives, we were relieved and intrigued to finally arrive at Sybil's island cottage, tucked away in the lush Hana foliage. She was such a gracious hostess, introducing us to the facility and even providing some delicious banana bread to sweeten our stay. My three grown daughters, my infant grandson, and I were very comfortable, impressed with the cleanliness and convenience of everything inside. The kitchen amenities, the spacious bath (our cricket & birdsong "spa"), and the open living area -- all contributed to a relaxing retreat! (Though perhaps a draw curtain on the door window b/n bathroom & bath-house might offer more privacy for non-family individuals :).) It was wonderful to be surrounded by Nature. One morning we even enjoyed a little adventure hike down to Venus Pool, right across the street, through the pasture, down to the cliffside. The cottage was so convenient, not too far from Hana town and Hana Bay, where we celebrated another aunt's birthday the next day. Memories are made of this.
Our family just spent two nights at this house and would certainly recommend it to anyone. It is suited for up to five people and the location outside Hana is superb for touring the area. As others have said Sybil is a joy to meet and gracious in offering various fruits that exist on the property. Be ready to coexist with a few lizards and maybe a couple of ants but remember you are in a tropical environment.
While the cottage is in a pretty little spot and fairly comfortable, I don't consider this luxury. The amenities were very basic. I couldn't find any salt, and a call to Sybil was never answered. The screen doors were not easy to close and had gaps where mosquitoes could (and did) get in. I never found the hair dryer. The outdoor shower i& tub were a little hard to climb into and not for those who want privacy. The only fruit I saw was a single pineapple and some guavas. The light in the main dining/living area was dim it was hard to see the jigsaw puzzle we tried to do. There was only one operable light in the bedroom. This place could be a little paradise with these items addressed. We stayed 4 nights, one too many given the lack places to eat at night and the drive to the small town. Otherwise, Hana is beautiful, the beaches were lovely, and we did like the Venus pools across the street - the water was flowing pretty heavily and we could not go in though.
We stayed at Sybil's Gatehouse at Papalani for 2 wonderful nights. As other guests have stated, it's a perfact little cottage in Paradise! Sybil is the most gracious host and Tracy is "Mr. Fixit" for sure! They both did everything possible to make our stay memorable, and it was. I can certainly recommend Sybil's beautiful Gatehouse cottage for anyone looking for a beautiful getaway in one of the most beautiful locations, not just in Hana, but in all of Maui! I plan on coming back several times next winter when I'm again wintering in Maui, and will be bringing some of my other lucky friends to share this wonderful bit of Paradise. Aloha nui loa, Bill
Sybil's Bamboo Gatehouse at Papalani was a place of tranquility, the perfect spot for my husband and I to escape from the biting cold winter and fast-paced work stress that we left behind Anchorage. When we arrived, Sybil welcomed us and encouraged us to take advantage of the bounty in her own backyard, which we did: we ate tangerines and starfruit plucked straight from the tree every morning for breakfast, and enjoyed banana bread, guavas, papaya, avocado and radishes from the local farm stands. What I loved most about Hana was the process of discovery; the beautiful beaches and swimming pools were within walking distance, but you had to know where to look. Fortunately, Sybil provided us with her own maps and guidebook to make the trips easier: follow the small dirt path through a cow pasture and down the cliff to a beautiful, private, black sand beach where you can watch the sunrise. Or follow that same path slightly south to the Venus Pools, where you can jump from the rocks into the deep water and use snorkeling gear to check out the colorful fish swimming underneath you. Just a short drive (5 minutes) will take you to the white sand, Hamoa Beach, which is great for body surfing, but be careful--we bent one of our boogie boards. Don't try to fight the waves, they win every time. The Red Sand Beach is also very close and quite stunning. If you have time, check out the Lava Tube and the temple at Mile Marker 31. The cottage, A O'Loko, has a deep tub big enough for two, and plenty of sleeping space for 5 people comfortably. I loved reading in the bay window in the morning while my husband slept. The kitchen is fully stocked with all of the equipment you'll need; just make sure to stop at the grocery stores by the airport for the basics before you make the trip to Hana. Hasegawa General Store has an odd assortment of supplies that are a bit costly, but the grass-fed beef is well worth it. Nature lovers will particularly enjoy this cottage, from the soundtrack of birds, to the geckos hanging out in the ceiling (just chillin'). We had to be mindful of the spiderwebs when using the outside shower, but the spiders were harmless and actually helpful by eating up the pesky bugs. There was one stealth ninja mosquito that I could not find, but it seemed to find me every night while I slept. Nevertheless, the few bites I took were well worth the price for paradise. We HIGHLY recommend staying at Papalani and will likely be back sooner than I'd thought!
Just across the street, meander along a path to Waioka Pond for a refreshing dip, where Waiohonu stream meets the sea in a sparkling pool. Hamoa Beach is only a two minute drive. Hana itself, just ten minutes away, has a post office, gas station, gift shops, art gallery, two restaurants, and a number of local 'plate lunch' options, and Hasegawa's General Store. (If you need it, they have it; anything they don't have, you probably don't really need.)
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Stays longer than four (4) nights are discounted. Must contact owner for discount.
Due within 30 day cancellation period.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.