I still don't have much to say for myself. Something happens when you spend time in Hana. It's like time slips away and any sense of routine is gone too. There are no televisions or phones in the rooms and cell phone reception is minimal. Whole days slide by and I would be hard pressed to tell you exactly what I've been doing...
I came here to write about the Honua Spa at the Hotel Hana-Maui, voted The Most Excellent Spa Hotel in the U.S. by Conde Nast Johansens. And that it is.
Being a spa writer/junkie, I can honestly say that their treatments are the best I've had anywhere. Plus it's my kind of place, laid back and not so fancy that you feel uptight, but with perfect attention to detail, down to the flowers that are hand-picked by your therapist for you to enjoy during your treatment.
The grounds at the Hana-Maui are exquisite, with gorgeous flowering trees and breathtaking views everywhere you look.
Even with the hotel at full capacity, you see very few people out and about. It's as if you have the grounds to yourself.
We sleep with the screen open and the sound of the waves is there through the night and first thing in the morning.
In the short time I've been here, I've spent who knows how many hours in the infinity pool doing nothing but gazing at the ocean.
Somehow I missed the complimentary yoga classes, the luaou, the horseback riding, and getting to the waterfalls. But I don't really feel like I've missed out.
A lot of people have said that Hana is the last unspoiled bit of Hawaii left, and now I can see why.
We made it down the road to Hamoa Beach, had an ice cream at the general store, and came back to spend hours in the hot tub. While it rained off and on, we sipped pina coladas and chatted with some of the very cool guests at the hotel.
As you can probably tell, I love this place and hope to come back for more!