"We recently returned from our first trip to Maui and while the overall experience was amazing, my favorite part was this home. First of all Alain and Katy were wonderful to work with - very responsive to questions and emails leading up to the trip and provided all the information necessary to make the arrival and stay as pleasant as possible. We were two couples and house provided more than enough room and privacy. It literally felt like we were in our own private reserve complete with banana, coconut and lillikoi trees. The pool and hot tub provided the perfect way to end each day. The house was fully stocked, probably better than my own home - we went to the store daily and prepared most of our own meals and had almost everything we needed without having to run to the store for things like utensils, cookware, spices, etc. This was very much appreciated. The location was perfect for us - while the west side of the island is beautiful (we visited), our group enjoyed the more laid-back nature of the up-country. The town of Pa'ia and Haiku provided us with the majority of our needs but yet the central location made the island's abundance of activities within a 30 minute drive. It is literally on the Road to Hana (not for everyone) and we also made day trips to Wailuku, Wailea, Kihea and Maalaea, golfing in Pukalani, and a number of beaches. The house is within minutes of a few great spots including the Ho'okipa Lookout which is a great spot to watch the local windsurfers and traditional surfers - amazing - and Mama's Seafood (which was just average in my opinion). Another wonderful find close to the house is Haliimaile which was one of our favorite spots. Go to the General Store (hopefully Tristan will be working the bar) for a great selection of cocktails and fine whiskeys/scotches - we only ate appetizers but wished we had done dinner there instead of Mama's. Across the street is a distillery with some great Vodkas - missed the tour but it will be on our schedule next time if we get back. I have already recommended the Maui Pole House to my friends and encourage anyone to put it on their consideration list if you are looking at staying in Maui. The only constructive feedback (and this is grasping at straws) is lack of air-conditioning which is not all that common anyway but it rained frequently while we were there which forced us to close the windows. This could be a drawback for some but the house cooled down quickly when the windows were open."
Date of Stay: September 2016
Review Submitted: September 30, 2016