As all of the other reviewers have said, the view from this secluded, charming cottage is worth the price on its own: a large deck wraps around the back of the cottage looking out on Maui and Lanai (we watched the 4th of July fireworks off in the distance on Maui); on a clear day you can even see Kahoolawe. In general, we found the cottage to be perfectly suited to our needs: it was clean, well decorated, there were plenty of home furnishings (kitchen equipment, towels, etc.). It was homey and cozy, perfect for a couple (like us) to enjoy cocktails and romantic meals on the deck. We fell in love with Molokai, and on our next trip we would definitely look to stay here again.
As some other reviewers have noted, there is definitely some room for maintenance, especially when it comes to doors and windows. Nothing was stuck or unworkably broken, but the screen doors were in disrepair and the French doors required some finessing. We had some issues with bugs invading the cottage until we figured out how to be more mindful with the doors and draw them away with decoy lights outside. But, as they, say, this is Molokai; you don't come here expecting ultra-modern, top of the line anything – that's just not the island's style. You accept the little imperfections and adjustments that come with rural living, which is what this is. That being said, new screen doors and some elbow grease on the doors and windows would go a long way to making this retreat truly superlative. Also, we would love to see an outdoor grill added; with so much deck space, it seems a shame to have to cook inside.
Don't let the little things discourage you here. This is truly a wonderful find on an under-appreciated island.
- Also Known As:
- Molokai Hilltop Cottage & West End Studio Hawaii