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Hooilo House

Hooilo House, West Maui

At a Glance

    Pros

  • friendly on-site hosts Amy and Dan Martin are an asset
  • beautiful furnishings

    Cons

  • not good for families with younger children
  • three-night minimum
  • beaches are a short drive away

Fodorite Reviews

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Hooilo House Review

If you want to treat yourself to a luxurious but intimate getaway and don't require resort facilities, this stunning Bali-inspired B&B, in the foothills of the West Maui Mountains, just south of Lahaina town, exemplifies quiet perfection. Almost all the furnishings and building materials were imported from Bali. Each uniquely decorated room features traditional Balinese doors with mother-of-pearl inlay, a custom bed, private lanai, huge bathroom with giant bathtub, iPod and iPad docking stations, flat-screen TV, refrigerator, and—best of all—a private outdoor shower. Common areas provide great spots to snack, chat, or just relax, and immense glass doors open onto a small but sparkling pool and a breathtaking view of the Pacific.

    Hotel Details

  • 6 rooms.
  • Rate includes breakfast.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 02-21-2014

Fodorite Reviews

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    Paradise in Paradise

    Ho’oilo is absolutely amazing. This was our second stay and both times have been perfect. You really can’t go wrong by staying here. This visit we stayed in Kohola, which is an ocean view room. The room was clean, comfortable and the view was gorgeous. One of our personal favorite touches is the ocean view outdoor shower. Previously we stayed in Akala Manu, which was just as nice. We would honestly stay in either a second time. Outside of your room you get a very nice private lanai and some lovely common areas. The décor is very beautiful and we love the ponds as well. The breakfast is so delicious and well worth planning into your day. Fresh fruit, pastries, juice, coffee, etc., all very good. The overall vibe of Ho’oilo House is relaxing, peaceful and friendly. The hosts are also incredible, adding even more enjoyment to the stay. We would recommend Ho’oilo House to everyone looking for an amazing retreat in paradise.

    by ChrissieP327, 3/10/14
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    Beyond Paradise

    We love the Ho'oilo House! We originally planned to stay in one of the Ka'anapali resort areas but found them all too expensive for the amount of time we wanted to stay. After researching lots of different boards and sites, we decided to book with Ho'oilo House. Honestly, I kept checking the reviews as it got closer and closer to our trip date, and I won't lie....I was worried about cockroaches! I have to agree with one of the other reviewers and say that I truly do not understand the negative tone to some of these reviews. We were prepared for the worst and got the absolute best possible experience! We stayed in the Akala Manu room from June 14-21 and it was amazing!!! We got in late so Dan and Amy left us a note on the door and we fell into that supremely comfortable bed with glee and exhaustion. The first morning, we woke up to the most amazing sounds! Birds, frogs, bees, the coi pond trickling away. It was incredible and set the tone for the rest of our visit. The room itself was great--bed super comfy, closet roomy, a little fridge, the floor and decor were gorgeous. Unlike other reviewers, we didn't mind the toilet didn't have a door--we just turned up the tv or one of us went out onto the lanai. No biggie. The outdoor shower was a little tricky--you have to play with the temperature for a bit but once you figure it out, it's cool. It does sort of get harder and softer and harder again as other people use water, but it really wasn't a bother. The shampoo and soaps were fantastic and my hair and skin smelled amazing the whole trip. I miss the soap! I did notice that you can hear the people in the room next door, but honestly I didn't really mind and everyone is generally pretty quiet--except for in the morning when everyone is opening and closing their doors to go get breakfast. The breakfast was beyond fantastic--the reviews about Amy's muffins and the fruit are not exaggerating. I am dairy-free so the availability of the soy and almond milk and the Earth Balance was SO appreciated! Dan bakes the quinoa bread every morning and Amy keeps you guessing with the muffins. The fruit is super-duper fresh and SO sweet and yummy. We did love the coffee and the POG juice...it was all just amazing. Dan asked what sort of yogurt I like to buy since I'm dairy-free and the next day it appeared for me. What a sweetie! We didn't meet Amy, but Dan was really nice and always available to chit-chat or give advice on where to go and what to do. We loved the free water bottles and Dan even made sure we had a little to-go breakfast on the day we went kayaking before breakfast. The pool was great and the whole building is just fabulous and peaceful--the views are stellar and the flowers are so gorgeous. The B&B is in a residential neighborhood, which we liked actually, and is just a short drive (7-10) min from Front Street, which is where all the stores and restaurants are. We loved that we could go hang out all day and then head back to the quiet hotel for a nap everyday.
    Overall, our experience was absolutely serene, beautiful, tropical, and cockroach free. You do see little geckos all over but we made friends with all of them and they were welcome to hang out...so were the teeny-tiny frogs in the shower. :)
    We both got teary-eyed the day we had to leave and we are already planning to come back on our 5th anniversary. Dan and Amy, truly you have left us both breathless and missing your B&B so much...thank you for making our honeymoon such an incredible memory. We have already recommended you to dozens of coworkers and friends. Mahalo!

    by bmarie777, 7/11/13
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    Hooilo House Review

    If you plan a trip to West Maui, your first step should be to secure a room in Ho ‘oilo House. The drive up the residential street to its entrance cannot prepare you for the privacy and serenity you will find. This was our first trip to Hawaii; we had come directly from a two-night stay in a seaside cottage in Hana and were under the spell of Hawaii. It seemed that coming to Lahaina might break that spell, but it was kept alive: the mountains behind us, the ocean before us, and the peaceful, aesthetic Ho ‘oilo House in between. You will find everything you need here to enjoy the beaches and terrain of West Maui (and the South Maui beaches are not so far away). If you look around you will find ample touring guides and beach paraphernalia for guests’ use. Take advantage of Dan’s warmth and affability – he is generous with his knowledge of the area, what to see and do. And Amy gave us great recommendations about where to find good food. (By the way, we’re from NYC and were pretty surprised by $40 entrees that would cost $25 here – be prepared.) That said, the food we had was well-prepared and delicious.

    by Marye_NYC, 5/10/11
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    A little bit of heaven

    What a wonderful place. Unfortunately the host where not there that week. We had a bit of the same problem with the cleaning and supplies but why let it bother us. I would of liked a little variety for breakfast when staying for 1 week. Having said that we would problaby go again. The Hana room had the privacy we wanted with the view and great outdoor shower that we just loved.

    by Odile, 3/8/08
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    Beutiful B&B, Needs Improvement Cleaning

    Aloha -
    My husband and I stayed at Ho'oilo House for over a week in January. It is truly a beautiful B&B in a beautiful, spectacular location. The views of the mountains in the back, and ocean in the front are amazing!! We especially loved our private outdoor shower, with views of the ocean!!!! Dan is more of the host, and Amy makes the continental breakfast every morning. We didn't talk to her much as she was usually busy making breakfast or taking care of their 3-year old daughter.
    On the downside, Dan didn't seem too knowledgeable about all the activities, for example one of the housekeepers, and the pilot on Blue Hawaiian gave us great recommendations for horseback riding, but Dan had no information to offer when asked. There is actually horseback riding in the mountains that are right in their backyard! They hadn't even tried the best Italian restaurant in town that was 2 years old! The continental breakfast was great, but we grew tired of having the same breakfast every day during the course of our long stay.
    Finally, the biggest downside was the lack of a clean bathroom. It seemed their housekeeper was out for most of that first week of our stay, and Dan and Amy were cleaning the rooms. The toilet in our room was quite dirty for the entire first week, beginning with the day of our arrival! We thought they were permanent stains, so did not say anything, but on our last few nights the toilet was cleaned spotless (when the housekeeper returned). As co-owners of the B&B, they should clean the bathroom when their housekeeper is out. But, it's a fairly new business, they are young, have a young child to tend after, and were finally made aware of what had transpired, so hopefully they will improve in the cleanliness department.
    Overall, I would highly recommend Ho'oilo House. It is quite romantic, the B&B in itself is lovely, the views are spectacular, and the privacy can't be beat.
    Mahalo!!

    by MandK, 1/20/07

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