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Maui's Secret Hideaways: Bed and Breakfast on Maui

The legendary resorts and hotels of Maui County continue to win accolades and top awards around the world, providing guests the ultimate in deluxe service and amenities, while Maui's range of quality, mid-priced hotels and condominiums make the Magic Isle's charms affordable to anyone, whatever their budget.

But now, Bed and Breakfast inns are offering a lovely new way to experience the warmth, hospitality, and true "aloha" of Maui's people. While more and more of these B&Bs are scheduled to open on Maui in the coming months and years, today a "lucky seven" of the very best are available to choose from -- each wonderfully unique, each reflecting the owners' tastes and personality, each very different in setting and atmosphere. Upcountry in the cool, green, rolling meadows of Ulupalakua, with spectacular panoramic views, the Silver Cloud Guest Ranch is a 12-room B&B that operates year-round. Owners Mike and Theresa Gerry offer a variety of rooms on their nine acres of pure Maui country, all with private baths, all tastefully decorated and immaculately clean. The Plantation Home has six guest bedrooms; its grand living room boasts a fireplace and the kitchen is big enough for many guests to use at once. The Paniolo Bunkhouse contains five small apartments, each with a kitchen, while the Lana`i Cottage -- the honeymoon suite -- has its own kitchen and wood-stove. Breakfast is served for all guests in the garden sunroom of the Plantation Home. Rates start at $85 - $150 per night (plus tax) including breakfast.

On Maui's picturesque North Shore, the Kuau Cove Plantation in Paia has the charm of an old Hawaiian plantation home and the privacy of a European villa. Its 3/4-acre grounds are nestled behind an 8-foot vine-covered wall and shaded by two giant Monkey Pod trees and a rubber tree, and are just a short walk from a secluded ocean cove lined with coconut palms. The 1939 doctor's residence has been renovated by owner Fred Fox to like-new condition, and furnished with antiques and period-faithful wicker and rattan. There are two large bedrooms in the main house, each with private bath, queen size bed and ceiling fans. There are also two large studio apartments with private bathrooms and kitchens, special amenities and views. Rates begin at $85 - $95 a night (plus tax) for two people, including full continental breakfast.

Across the island in sunny Kihei is Maui -- What A Wonderful World. Anyplace as happily named has to be sure of pleasing its guests, and if the reviews from satisfied customers are any indication Eva and Jim Tantillo have every reason to be confident. The Tantillo's Hawaiian-style pole home offers two spacious one-bedroom suites and one studio suite (the suites have cooking facilities), plus a Master bedroom. All have private entrance and bath, in-room phone service with free local calls, air conditioning, TV/VCR, coffee maker and coffee supplies. In the garden, there's a hot tub, BBQ grill, and lounging area. Kihei's famous beaches are just a leisurely stroll away, and the Tantillos give you chairs, coolers, towels, boogie boards... everything you need. Rates begin at $65 per night (plus tax), and include a full breakfast every morning.

Four of our lucky seven Bed & Breakfasts are in West Maui: Blue Horizons, The GuestHouse, Garden Gate and House of Fountains.

At The GuestHouse, situated in a quiet residential area between Lahaina and Kaanapali, you awaken every morning to the scents of fresh Hawaiian coffee and homemade bread, then arise to enjoy tropical fruits as your host prepares French toast or banana pancakes. Each of the four deluxe-appointed suites features a queen bed (three of the suites also have an extra twin bed), private jacuzzi or hot tub, air conditioning, color TV with remote, ceiling fan, room refrigerator, private phone and private Lana`i. The house also has a BBQ and kitchen for preparing meals and snacks, swimming pool, living room and a family room with video, picnic and beach supplies. Owner Tanna Branum is a certified Divemaster, and host Tammy Djoa speaks German, French, Dutch, Indonesian...and English. Rates begin at $89 a night (plus tax) for two people, including breakfast; $85 a night for a single.

Blue Horizons is located between the resorts of Kaanapali and Kapalua. An "upscale," two-story home with lush landscaping, BBQ grill, lap pool and a beach just a 5-minute stroll away, its views of the Pacific and the islands of Moloka`i and Lana`i are truly breathtaking. Owners Bev and Jim Spence offer two large suites, one studio suite, and one guest room. All have air conditioning, color TV, private bath, and all have use of the main living areas and screened Lana`i. The two large suites each feature a queen bed, private living area with queen sofabed, private kitchenette with stove and refrigerator, and VCR. The Studio suite has two twin beds that can link to become a king, plus a double futon, and a private kitchen with stove and small refrigerator. The guest room has a queen bed and small refrigerator. Rates begin at $75 (plus tax) including breakfast.

On a West Maui mountainside overlooking historic Lahaina, owners Thomas and Daniela Clement's House of Fountains is a spacious, recently remodeled, 7,000 square foot residence with panoramic ocean and sunset views. The six guest rooms are all meticulously furnished island-style, and all include queen bed, private bath with shower, hair dryer, TV/VCR, air conditioning, ceiling fan and mini-refrigerator. Four of the larger units include sofa beds, and five of the six rooms have outside access. The large, friendly house is full of amenities -- like an inviting swimming pool with slide, separate jacuzzi, well-equipped BBQ area and expansive Lana`i with scenic view. Facilities for your convenience include outdoor showers and beach towels and mats. Your day begins with a full complimentary breakfast in the main dining room or on the terrace, and rates begin at $85 per night (plus tax).

The Garden Gate B&B, owners Ron and Welmoet Glover's pride and joy, is set in a secluded neighborhood in Lahaina, two blocks from the beach. Their lovely tropical garden is graced by a small stream and waterfall, banana and guava trees and fragrant native flowers, with a hot tub and wind chimes to complete the ambiance. There are two traditional B&B rooms in the house, one with sweeping ocean views, a private bath, private entrance and deck, and both with queen bed, small refrigerator, fan and air conditioning, and TV and phone available in the main house. There is also a large Garden Studio with its own entrance, Lana`i, sitting area, kitchen, private bath, queen bed and sleeper sofa, TV/VCR, fan and air conditioning, library and phone. Perfect for honeymooners. Rates begin at $55 per night (plus tax) including breakfast.

Historic Wailuku Town is the home of one of Maui's newest B&B's. The Hawaiian name "Ulupono" means "to grow and flourish in righteousness." And although the name is new, the feeling at the lovingly resorted Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono is most definitely that of Hawaii as it used to be. The sense of history and sense of place are unmistakable. Innkeepers Tom and Janice Fairbanks offer seven guest rooms decorated in 1930s-1940s Hawaiiana. Full gourmet breakfast, business amenities and central location to Maui attractions.

All of the B&Bs have far more to tell you about their properties than can possibly be included here, and each owner has different policies about deposits, cancellations, credit cards. So be sure to contact them directly for complete information.

Resources

Silver Cloud Guest Ranch Phone: 800-532-1111

Kuau Cove Plantation Phone: 808-579-8988

Maui -- What a Wonderful World Phone: 808-879-9103

The GuestHouse Phone: 800-621-8942

Blue Horizons Phone: 800-669-1948

House of Fountains Phone: 808-667-2121

Garden Gate Phone: 808-661-8800

Kula Hula Inn Phone: 808-572-9351

Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono Phone: 808-244-5897

Article Courtesy of the Maui Visitors Bureau

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