Rare, precious, profound, can’t begin to describe the Maui Retreat experience. We all search for our own” little piece of heaven”, and this beautifully landscaped, enchanting property, in lush tropical nature, exquisitely decorated with artifacts from around the world that make you feel like you’ve visited all their origins in a day, gives you so much more than any luxury Eco-resort.
To begin with, the owners Kutira and Raphael, are two of the most creative, talented, inspiring individuals you can ever be privileged to meet. They are pure delight openly sharing their wealth of information and what they have spent the last 20 years of their lives creating as a tribute to Eco-friendly sustainable living at its best. It is rare to vacation in a spot where there are so many special treasures available inside that you don’t ever want to go out of the gate. As for scenic nature adventures, the breathtaking journey down the cliffs to the sea rewards you not only with a fantastic swim in the ocean but a little further along the trail will take you to the spectacular waterfalls and pools. The intricately carved and decorated temples are the perfect spot for meditation or quiet reflection. This land is sacred; you feel its healing touch your body and soul just walking barefoot across the grass or sitting in the silent jungle areas serenaded by so many birds. For me this was the greatest gift of this magical place, you don’t have to “do” anything, though there are Yoga classes and massage available. The land heals you just basking in her natural beauty and serene stillness being caressed by gentle ocean breezes. It’s a place you feel grateful every moment that you found it and know that you will never be able to stay away for too long.
We recently spent 5 days on this magical land. This is not your typical hotel or motel. This is sacred space. This is land that has been loved by the very hands of people you want to know. This is land that you want to walk barefoot on to soak up the deep rich fertile soil into your soul. We rented the cottage and it was beyond our expectations. My sister, and 5-year-old son, and I melted into this lovely home. Made meals that nourished our bodies. Woke up early to meditate in the music temple, do yoga, dive in waterfall pools. We left the property one day to “go to the beach” — All we could do was talk about getting back to the land. Honestly, if I could marry all over, I would get married here. I plan to come back – for a month – and be here. The location is ideal (i.e. feel like you are in HANA but you are actually close to Paia) — and to have the opportunity to rest your sweet head in a home built from LOVE (they are magical spaces, furnished to the utmost of intention) — gorgeous altars, lovely people quietly surrounding, this is the place. I will return, for sure — hopefully soon.
And I will never stay at a resort on Maui again, this is my home away from home. Mahalo. From my heart, thank you for inspiring my 5-year-old to be present, courageous, one with the earth. Even my little sister (nearly 30) will never be the same. MY LOVE TO YOU. Katy, Sairey and Noah Sky.
“The greenest place on Maui! This place is healing… there is no other way to put it! Enjoy the fresh coconut water from the land, a community of folks who always greet you with a smile, and access to one of the best kept secret spots with all the views 😍 This is a place you don’t want to leave, and you promise yourself you will return to. Worth every penny.”
A wonderful gem just off the Hana Highway. Even driving in, we felt like we were going on a jungle safari, which was a blast. The accommodations are charming and include themed rooms with beautiful artifacts and a well-appointed and organized kitchen for cooking. Some highlights included finding and eating fresh lilikoi (passion fruits), playing with their sweet dogs, hiking down to the ocean and to an immense waterfall, and meditating in the Music Temple. We had originally planned on driving to Hana but enjoyed The Land so much that we just stayed there and explored. Extra points for a kind and helpful staff and the eco-consciousness built into every facet of this imaginative and wonderful place.
Sublimely wonderful. The gardens are like an orchestra of exotic naturalness. Exploring barefoot in the friendly soft jungle is the way to go! Waterfalls and pools (on the property) are breathtaking. Clean and unique rooms and kitchen with museum-like charm and character. Lovely staff and you’ll meet fascinating people, no doubt about it!
The Maui Eco Retreat is located in the beautiful jungles near Haiku and is truly a hidden gem. We loved how private and zen the retreat was. There’s a great energy about the place and Kutira & Raphael’s peaceful intention in its conception is clearly evident in all that makes up the retreat. From numerous gorgeous statues scattered around the property to various mediation temples and a donation-based yoga class, the place is the definition of bliss and a nice break from the typical beach hotel. In fact, Kutira & Raphael even greeted us personally when we checked in which was a very nice touch. We stayed at the eco-bamboo house and it was like having our own home in the middle of the jungle with a view of the ocean! There are nice beaches pretty close by and Haiku and Paia are cool towns to get supplies and eat out. Hana isn’t that far either and the retreat serves as a good launch point for that journey.
Magical. Raphael told us to “feel our feet” while we were there. He means this poetically (for you really do feel that the beautiful land you walk on is sacred) but also as a precautionary measure. The lagoon is beautiful and made even more so by the challenging trail it takes to get there. This is no paved tourist spot made for those who want their memorable moments served to them poolside. This is a place where you walk the land and earn the moments you’ll remember forever. Bamboo gardens, lagoons on top of waterfalls, and beautiful statues hidden throughout. Highly recommended would be an understatement.
Our one-week stay at the retreat was fabulous! It was the perfect setting for a relaxed and magical experience. We enjoyed meeting the other guests and made some very synchronistic connections in this space. Every structure was intricately and intentionally adorned with beautiful art pieces and sacred objects. The energy of the property is truly special. Thank you, Kutira and Raphael. You have created an enchanting space to share.
“Wow! This place is a true retreat; an incredible and gentle oasis in the jungle. The entire staff is out of this world in their welcoming and open hearts. The rooms and property are unbelievable. And Kutira’s attention to every detail to ensure I and others enjoyed the property is unparalleled in the hospitality industry. Mindfulness is the game here! Thank you for hosting me. 🙏”
At Maui Eco Retreat you will find the serenity you seek knowing you are safe in our care and aligned with the A'ina, the spirit of the land.
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