I've been to Maui many times, but I've always stayed at the beach. This time, I tried staying upcountry, specifically in Kula. It was also my first stay at a B&B. It really is "cooler in Kula", roughly 10 degrees cooler than at the beach and noticeably less humid. I thought the weather was perfect, not too hot and not too cold. The view from the Upcountry B&B is truly incredible, with a 180 degree view of the island of Maui, plus two neighboring islands. The sunset from that viewpoint is like nothing you see from the beach level. I loved the quiet rural setting, with the view including some cows and goats as well. It's so dark at night that you can see the dim stars between the brighter stars that you normally can't see. I didn't make the sunrise trip to the summit of Haleakala, since I did that about 10 years ago and that was enough since I'm really not a morning person...
The owner, Michael, is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge about the island and really should write a guide book. After a while, my brain just couldn't hold all of the knowledge he was imparting! Michael gets some amazing pastries from a local french place that are paired with fresh tropical fruit that actually made me look forward to getting up for breakfast. I'm super picky about my fruit and I thought everything was delicious.
To be brutally honest, the deciding factor of where I was staying was actually Gabby, the dog. I always miss my dog when I'm traveling, so the presence of a friendly yellow lab made my decision for me. He's a great dog who loves it when people accidentally drop crumbs of the morning pastries almost as much as he loves hand towels, so if you happen to see one in the yard, you know who put it there!
I stayed in the Twins Room, and I believe all of the rooms are roughly the same size. The bathrooms are huge by hotel standards and mine had a separate shower and bathtub and dual sinks. There was a third bar-type sink on the bedroom side, with a selection of glasses. There was a small refrigerator and a microwave perfect for restaurant leftovers. Everything was clean. Shower soap, shampoo & conditioner were provided in the shower. Michael stocks an impressive selection of movies and TV shows you can borrow for your room and he made several recommendations as part of the initial tour. For an interesting story, ask him about the rugs hanging on the wall.
I had a smoke alarm that started chirping during my stay and Michael took care of it right away. I didn't get a chance to try the hot tub since it broke down the day I arrived and getting the needed part was going to take longer than my stay. So I can't report on the hot tub, but it wasn't integral to my plans, so it didn't really impact my enjoyment. I would pay attention to the directions on the website, but my rental car's navigation took me right there. I'd definitely recommend staying at the Upcountry B&B for the view, the great breakfast, the super informative friendly host, and most of all for the dog, Gabby!
I just realized I didn't take any photos inside the room, but there are some on the website. Obviously my focus was the view!
- Also Known As:
- Upcountry Hotel Kula
- Upcountry b&b