We stayed in the Bamboo Temple and it was a great place. Unfortunately we arrived after dark and in the middle of a thunderstorm which made the place a challenge to find. The road is a little bumpy and off the beaten trap and gets a little slick in areas when it rains. We found the place and upon entering the main house found about ten folks in the kitchen eating. Nobody said a word as we walked in and we asked who we should talk to about checking in. They said we should talk to William but that was all they said. We then asked where we could find William and they said he might be upstairs. We then had to ask how to get upstairs and then had to wander through the house to find upstairs. We ran into a lady who was very friendly and started talking to us and telling us about the place and we figured maybe she was taking William's place but we found out she was just a guest. William finally showed up and we drove him over to the Bamboo Temple. He wasn't sure of where lights were or what paperwork to fill out as he was knew to his position. We got it figured out and got settled in. While in bed we kept getting sprayed with water and thought the roof may be leaking but unfortunately/fortunately we figured out it was the Gecko's relieving themselves as there were six or seven of them living in the upper levels of the temple. We figured that's why the mosquito netting was above the bed. The place was not the cleanest but not bad either. The grounds were nicely kept and the trails to the waterfall and the ocean were nice for exploring although some may not like the terrain and ropes to get to the waterfall. On our last day we tried to find William, or anyone, who could inform us of the process for checking out but nobody was around. We called the Emergency number listed, as it was the only phone number listed, and we got an answering machine. We did not get a call back until the next day so be forewarned the Emergency number listed probably won't help you in case of emergency. Although I loved the location and the grounds I was a little put off with the staff and service. They even charged us an extra $45 for showing up after six even though the innkeeper, William, lives there! I think they are more about the money, and selling their CD's and other services, and your stay is not their priority.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For over 25 years we have tended to this land and respected the Hawaiian nature and ancient way of living in harmony with Mother Earth. We are proud of our achievements in the past 25 years consciously carving and creating out of raw jungle a template for future sustainable living. Are you ready to embark on a journey off the beaten path and discover the elegance of sustainable living? Permitted since 2009 # BBPH/0003. Our Tax ID is 063-848-6J28-01. This extraordinary place is full of genuine Hawaiian Mana which means blessings. It can be felt the moment you set foot on our lush green land. Whether you are seeking sanctuary, looking to write the next chapter of your life, or are simply on vacation, come explore sustainable living on Maui's 5-star certified Eco-Retreat, voted 'The Greenest Spot on Maui' and the proud recipient of the 'Platinum Green Leadership Award since 2013 up to this day. Maui Retreat is a 10-acre, secluded oceanfront property with amazing waterfall trails ending at a lagoon for swimming. We are completely off-grid and you'll enjoy: solar power, delicious well water, temples to meditate, create or relax in. It is simply a very romantic setting. We offer luxurious and unique accommodations. Organic coconuts on-site and tropical fruits are available when in season. Choosing our place means you automatically lower your carbon footprint. When staying with us you are contributing to the sustainable green living movement that is expanding daily. Escape the tourist-filled places. This is the old Hawaii you have been looking for: exotic, wild, waterfalls, hiking trails, lush bamboo forests next to the ocean, and yet only 15 min drive away from Haiku shopping centers and restaurants, and 25 minutes from Pa'ia. Note to Parents: We are not the perfect place for small children. Children older than 5 years enjoy learning 'living ecologically safe' and we welcome their participation in the garden. We are EXCITED to announce that as of the 1st of September 2016, after much planning, anticipation and roadblocks to overcome, the badly needed road repair and upgrade has been successfully completed. Mother Nature had definitely taken her toll on our roads! Now with the vast improvements, and thanks to a dedicated road repair crew and the help of local volunteers, the last stretch of the drive to our magical resort is now as smooth and enjoyable as it is beautiful! OPUA GUEST HOUSE The Opua Guest house contains has uniquely appointed and curated bedrooms. The shared fully appointed kitchen and dining space provides our guests a unique meeting place to sit and talk about their experiences while cooking or sharing delicious food. The kitchen bar is handcrafted from beautiful bamboo material and the large bamboo dining table hosts 8 people comfortably. LOTUS ROOM Our ground floor master bedroom is a spacious room with stunning ocean views, floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook a lotus pond. This room includes private bathroom with shower, and a large in-room closet. Sliding glass doors open to a large deck for sunning and meditation DOLPHIN ROOM Our Dolphin Room, located on the first floor of the Opua House, utilizes a shared bathroom and shower. Sliding glass doors open to a stunning Brazilian pepper tree, with views of the lotus pond and ocean. The uniquely designed bamboo canopy bed is perfect for couples or singles. INDIAN ROOM Our Indian Room, located on the second floor of the Opua House, utilizes a shared bathroom and shower. With windows on both sides, providing views of the Haleakala crater, the ocean, and our jungle-like garden. The room is tastefully decorated with offerings from India and Tibet. HAWAIIAN ROOM Our Hawaiian Room, located on the second floor of the Opua House, utilizes a shared bathroom and shower. Celebrating the spirit of the islands with Hawaiian art and exotic wood flooring, and a large private deck with spectacular ocean and crater views. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Maui Retreat Hotel Haiku
- Maui Eco Retreat Haiku, Hawaii