Travasaa Hana, Maui

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The magic of Travaasa Hana lies less in the accommodations — as lovely as they are — than in the feel of the place. A personal touch is evident in every detail, allowing guests to experience the clever blend of healthfulness and adventure that defines the Travaasa brand. First they created the unique Travaasa Austin in the remote Balcones Canyonlands Preserve; now they’ve brought the same spirit to Hawaii.You can find the intangible essence of Hana in people like Jolynn, a rodeo expert who took us horseback riding along the untamed coastline and invited us to canter across an open field populated with lounging bulls. Or Jan, whose therapeutic lomi lomi massage gave me everything I needed after a 45-mile bike ride. Or Dave, the construction manager who offered to give us one of his bicycle tires when one of ours failed.
Travaasa Hana can feel like a private Hawaiian home; above is a Sea Ranch Cottage. The guest quarters are large and comfortable (starting at 650 square feet), with a variety of options for couples and families. Depending on the suite type, there are vaulted ceilings, private hot tubs and views of the bay. I stayed in a Sea Ranch Cottage that had soaring exposed-beam ceilings and large windows that overlooked the waves crashing against the black lava rock. It’s hard to get more of a feeling of Hana than that.After just two days of peace at the resort — no televisions, clocks or phones in the rooms, and spotty cell phone service — everything that had seemed so important (and stressful) began to fade away. The only sound that woke us at night was the patter of rain on the corrugated tin roof over the lanai that housed our hot tub. We began to yearn for the physical activity and psychological tranquility that Travaasa Hana is all about. It’s a place to be active without feeling frenetic, and that alone makes it different from anything else in the islands.

We’ll be back.

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