Aloha to our hosts Bev and David! We are home now back in Pennsylvania (sad face) but the memories of our 25th anniversary at Starwind Cottage will be cherished for many years to come. The actual cottage is as beautiful, if not more beautiful, than the pictures on the website. Believe the reviews you are reading here because this is a "must stay" (unless you prefer the hustle and bustle of urban hotels). The views of both Mt. Haleakala and the ocean from the hot tub on the deck are superb and couldn't be more relaxing - we couldn't get enough of it. It was just what we needed. The cottage is very private and off the beaten path - which is exactly what we were looking for. There's nothing like sitting on a deck in a private hot tub with outstanding views as the sun is setting, followed by bright stars as the night wears on.
Bev and David are close if you need them but you'll hardly see them or anyone else if you don't want to! They are there to make your stay as wonderful as possible but are very respectful of your privacy.
The beds were extremely comfy and for the 9 nights we were there we still can't believe we never used the air conditioning (the master bedroom has an air conditioner). We were certain we'd need it but the design of the cottage and the fresh ocean breeze kept the nights plenty cool to sleep without it.
This was everything we hoped it would be - and MORE. After showing the pictures and describing it, I've already been asked by two different people for the Maui Tradewinds website (a friend and a colleague) and both said they are planning on going to Maui in the next year or so and will now very likely stay here if it's available.
Bev and David - we'll be back (with another couple) - but it won't be soon enough. Thanks for everything.
Rick & Cindy
(Tips to people who stay here: Take a look through the information Bev and David leave for you. It wasn't until the day we left that we realized there is a grocery store not far away in Haiku instead of running into Kahului. Also, while there are many waterfalls on the road to Hana, don't miss the falls that are closest to the cottage called Twin Falls - only about 4 miles away in the direction of Hana. There are several falls and pools along trail at Twin Falls with the furthest being about a 3/4 mile hike but it's well worth it.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A romantic honeymoon/vacation retreat on Maui's beautiful north shore. Have the best of both worlds by staying away from crowds and commercialized development, yet conveniently situated for exploring the entire island. A rare combination of gracious island lifestyle, unspoiled natural beauty, and privacy. Experience breathtaking views, brilliant rainbows, sunsets over the ocean, and your exclusive Jacuzzi, tropical garden, kitchen, and luxurious sauna/bath. Free, self-catered continental breakfast. Free WiFi and long-distance calls to U.S. mainland and Canada. Free parking. Highest ratings by respected travel authors, including Frommer's and Best Places to Kiss. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Maui Tradewinds Haiku, Hawaii