By Kyle Ellison
December 10, 2014
Best Bed and Breakfasts on Maui
Credit: Courtesy Ho'oilo House

Sitting on the deck of a historic plantation home and sipping a morning coffee; gathering around a breakfast table and nibbling on Maui-grown fruit; lounging in a living room that feels like the home you wish was your own; chatting with the owner for hours on end about Maui’s hidden corners… these are the sorts of moments that make B&B stays so ideal on Maui. While they might lack the fancy swimming pools or sceney oceanfront glitz of big resorts, many travelers prefer the privacy, serenity, and personalized experience that B&Bs offer. Many Maui B&Bs are set in towns where there aren’t any resorts or hotels, and allow you to base yourself in a part of the island that not many visitors will experience. Staying at these properties can make it easier to feel the local pulse and get a sense for everyday island life. If you’re the type of traveler who craves this sort of charming intimacy and a hospitable vibe, check out the following B&Bs.

Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono

Though the house was built in 1924, impeccable restoration has allowed this plantation-style home to include all the modern comforts. It’s listed on Hawaii’s Registry of Historic Places, and the hand-sewn quilts that cover each bed are authentic pieces of art. Centrally located, and offering phenomenal breakfasts, this shaded sanctuary of forgotten simplicity is a slice of true Hawaii.

The Plantation Inn

This is where to stay if you want to be walking distance from Front Street, but still have a quiet place to sleep. A historic oasis in old Lahaina town, this 18-room inn is an “adults preferred” property and also a culinary gem. The fine French restaurant, Gerard’s, is on property, and serves breakfast treats like Croque Monsieur and gourmet French toast.

Ho‘oilo House

It isn’t set on the edge of the world—but you might swear you could see it from here. The view from this teak-wood Launiupoko home stretches out to Lana‘i and beyond, and the six rooms feature outdoor showers in private, garden surroundings. Maui roasted coffee is served in the morning, as is fruit grown on property.

Haiku Plantation Inn

Set on Maui’s lush North Shore, this historic plantation home dates to the 1870s, and the architectural style is still studied as a classic of “Old Hawaii.” When the inn opened in 1986 it was the island’s first B&B; today, it’s a serene rural retreat where even locals might spend an anniversary.

Ala‘Aina Ocean Vista

This is the way to experience Hana: Wake in the morning with freshly picked fruit and a cup of locally grown coffee, then casually stroll to the Pools of Ohe‘o before the hordes of day-trippers arrive. This cabin lets you do that, and plenty more. Go ahead and use the outdoor shower—the four acres here are all your own.