For over 25 years we have tended to this land and respected the Hawaiian nature and ancient way of living in harmony with Mother Earth. We are proud of our achievements in the past 25 years consciously carving and creating out of raw jungle a template for future sustainable living. Are you ready to embark on a journey off the beaten path and discover the elegance of sustainable living?
We are the Hidden Jewel on the North Shore of Huelo and once you find us ~ you have found Shangri-la ~ the lost paradise. Full license and permitted since 2009 Permit #BBPH0003.
This extraordinary place is full of genuine Hawaiian Mana (blessings). It can be felt the moment you set foot on our lush green land. Whether you are seeking sanctuary, looking to write the next chapter of your life, or are simply on vacation, come explore sustainable living on Maui's 5-star certified Eco-Retreat, voted 'The Greenest Spot on Maui' and the proud recipient of the 'Platinum Green Leadership Award 2013'
Maui Retreat is a 10-acre, secluded oceanfront property with amazing waterfall trails ending at a lagoon for swimming. We are completely off-grid and you'll enjoy: solar power, delicious well water, temples to meditate, create or relax in. It is simply a very romantic setting. We offer luxurious and unique accommodations. Organic coconuts on-site and tropical fruits are available when in season.
Choosing our place means you automatically lower your carbon footprint. Yes, when staying with us, you are contributing to the sustainable green living movement, that is expanding daily.
Escape the tourist-filled places. Yes, this is the old Hawaii you have been looking for: exotic, wild, waterfalls, hiking trails, lush bamboo forests next to the ocean, and yet only 15 min drive away from Haiku shopping centers and restaurants, and 25 minutes from Pa'ia.
Note to Parents: We are not the perfect place for small children. Children older than 5 years enjoy learning 'living ecologically safe' and we welcome their participation in the garden.
OPUA GUEST HOUSE - ROOMS ARE RENTED SEPARATELY
The Opua Guest house contains 4 uniquely appointed and curated bedrooms. The shared fully appointed kitchen and dining space provides our guests a unique meeting place to sit and talk about their experiences while cooking or sharing delicious food. The kitchen bar is handcrafted from beautiful bamboo material and the large bamboo dining table hosts 8 people comfortably.
LOTUS ROOM - $179 nightly rate, $165 weekly rate
Our ground floor master bedroom is a spacious room with stunning ocean views, floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook a lotus pond. This room includes private bathroom with shower, and a large in-room closet. Sliding glass doors open to a large deck for sunning and meditation.
Our Dolphin Room, located on the first floor of the Opua House, utilizes a shared bathroom and shower. Sliding glass doors open to a stunning Brazilian pepper tree, with views of the lotus pond and ocean. The uniquely designed bamboo canopy bed is perfect for couples or singles.
INDIAN ROOM $129 nightly rate, $115 weekly rate
Our Indian Room, located on the second floor of the Opua House, utilizes a shared bathroom and shower. With windows on both sides, providing views of the Haleakala crater, the ocean, and our jungle-like garden. The room is tastefully decorated with offerings from India and Tibet.
HAWAIIAN ROOM $148 nightly rate, $135 weekly rate
Our Hawaiian Room, located on the second floor of the Opua House, utilizes a shared bathroom and shower. Celebrating the spirit of the islands with Hawaiian art and exotic wood flooring, and a large private deck with spectacular ocean and crater views.
Our cottage is $269 nightly rate, $249 weekly rate
We prefer a 3 night minimum stay in our rooms and a 5 night minimum stay in our cottage. Shorter stays are accepted with a higher clean up fee and if those dates are fit in between existing bookings.
How to find our Maui Retreat:
We are only located 15 miles from Kahului airport on the North Shore near the towns of Haiku and Twin Falls.
What makes us sustainable:
We are caretakers of this sacred land since 1988 and consider ourselves environmental-spiritual activists. We are specialized in structural bamboo - the lumber of the future. 50% of our buildings are constructed from Bamboo or recycled materials. Our bamboo farm is an invitation for agriculture tourism and contributing to the new consciousness of alternative energy and living organically and ecological sustainable. We invite you to watch our feature length movie called 'The Dance of Earth and Spirit'.
We are 100% organic and apply the Permaculture method (Permanent Agriculture for a Human Base Eco-System). We provide natural well water on property for drinking and use a water catchment system for landscaping. We recycle ours and our guests' waste including glass, cardboard, paper, plastic and aluminum cans. Food waste goes to the worms and chickens and the rest gets composted.
Maui Retreat's guest book contains more great information on how to be sustainable plus historical tips of the land and its surrounding.
We are a spiritual artistic community family, educating young people who are interested in sustainable living. We are ready to serve you and provide you with an unforgettable experience of living elegantly green!
Take time to explore our website and call us when you are ready to book this magical journey. This will invite you to find out even more of what we have to offer as a spiritual, artistic, creative musical family of kindred spirits. We welcome the new dawn of the Eco-Traveler ~ YOU!
Keywords: House, perfect for singles, couples, and honeymooners who enjoy to be 'off the beaten path'
Left on 09/02/2014 for a stay in August 2014 | Ruth ZReviewed Sep 2, 2014Stayed Aug 2014
My husband and I went to Maui, and wanted to have some time for ourselves that was quiet and away from the busy Hawaiian beaches, so we could reconnect with nature, with one another and to rest. The Maui Eco retreat was the place to do so! We found tranquility, peace and got great accomodations. We spent a lot of time at the retreat property, as there are lots of things to do such hiking, meditating, yoga, swimming in the lagoon but still we were closed to town that we could get a great dinner out or visit amazing places in Maui! I will definitively stay in the Maui Eco retreat again and again.
Left on 04/07/2014 for a stay in March 2014 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Apr 7, 2014Stayed Mar 2014
My wife and I stayed at the (private Bamboo Temple). Which was not private. There is a cottage right in front of it. We were greeted by the owner who must have not showered in months. It was very disappointing. The view we had from our room was beautiful but that was about it. Rules everywhere. Don't use this don't touch that. More gecko's inside than outside. After the owner left our cottage we had to air it out for one hour. The place felt dirty. I felt like they collected our money and that was the end if it. It's to bad could be a nice place if managed properly. Read more
We are sad to read this comment as we always strive to provide for each traveler a place of comfort and beauty. We try to understand your need for privacy and you are the first guests we ever had in the more than 15 years of hosting travelers from around the world who consider this location as "not private" - there are no dwellings in view from any window or porch on the Bamboo Temple, nobody comes by nor can see into it, and YES, the view is stunning.
We are proud to share that we have received the "Platinum Leadership Award" by Trip Advisor for our green business practices - something that has become part of our lives. Living sustainable we do have to give some guidelines but certainly not with "don't touch this". We only can assume that this must be a misunderstanding. We do not spray our grounds and houses with pesticides for any insects. We use safe non pesticides methods and they work. However our geckos are part of living on the North Shore and they are part of the Hawaiian lifestyle. We enjoy the natural sustainable resources such as the lumber bamboo and the geckos too. We have no air-conditioned and hermetically sealed rooms, we like the trade winds to refresh us. We certainly can't and don't want to compete with a large hotel on the South Shore. We strive for zero waste and we take pride to share our knowledge of green living, organic gardening and safe cleaning methods. We give our best to keep our place nice and clean and if something can be improved we listen and act. We may not be for everybody, but we hope with our website to be open and clear where we are located and what we provide and how our place looks. We even have a video posted. However with all of that said we can happily report that most of our guests enjoy their stay and have a loving, unforgettable experience. As always, we shoot for 100% guest satisfaction and take any constructive criticism seriously, including all comments that are shared.
We hope you choose to come and visit our piece of paradise - our land is truly beautiful. And, if your stay is not meeting your expectations, please let us know immediately so that we can handle any concerns. We are proud of our 98+% of good reviews we have on Trip Advisor, Flipkey, as well as the many hand written testimonials is our guest books in each room.
We hope to see you soon.
"Paradise at Maui Retreat"
Left on 03/05/2014 for a stay in February 2014 | Charles RReviewed Mar 5, 2014Stayed Feb 2014
Finding the Maui Retreat is all part of the adventure, but with the excellent driving directions, it was a breeze during the day. Upon arrival my husband and I were greeted by William, who explained that Raphael, one the owners, would show us to our retreat for the week - the Bamboo Temple. After Raphael showed us the temple, he sat and visited with us for a few minutes and provided a detailed hand-drawn map covering the 16-acre retreat and a map to the local grocery store.
Nestled in the side of the mountain, the Bamboo Temple looks over the ocean. The next morning, we experienced a breathtaking view while lying in the bed, which is centered in the room. Yes, I said the bed. Lying in bed, we experienced the tranquil sunrise over the ocean as the coconut palms swayed with the morning breeze...a heavenly experience.
If you can live without Internet and cable TV, the Bamboo Temple is shear perfection. The property has so much to offer, you would never have to leave except to explore new places to eat and shop.
The Bamboo Temple is like a little hippie getaway. We felt renewed with energy. The surroundings are simple and comfortable. Indoor plumbing, stove, refrigerator and an outdoor shower...what else to do you need? The huge shower is a sanctuary all its own. Who cares if it rains, I'm taking a nice hot shower after my hike to the ocean.
To be at the Maui Retreat is to be at peace with yourself and Mother Nature and appreciate all the beauty that is available for you to experience. There are hiking paths that lead to the ocean, the Music Temple and to a private swimming area with a waterfall. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that shouldn't be overlooked.
The place may not be there forever, so experience it while you can. Upon leaving, we met Raphael's wife, Kutira, and visited with her about our joyous and restful experience. We will return.
Left on 02/24/2014 for a stay in January 2014 | JonReviewed Feb 24, 2014Stayed Jan 2014
Many people say they loved there stay here. I wish I had not stayed here. I did not like being told to put all my used toilet paper in the waste bin by the toilet. I did not like my 100% polyester sheets. I did not like sharing my bathroom with four guests and with four other people associated with the operations of the "Eco Retreat." I did not like the mosquito bites. I did not like that the last mile of the access road is dirt, rocky, rutted and very unpleasant to drive. I did not like finding out there was no soap or shampoo provided in the shower. I did not like looking at the nine signs on the walls of the facility stating what the owners wanted and did not want from the guests. I am writing this review because I am concerned that a typical visitor to Hawaii might not expect the unpleasant aspects of a stay here.. I do like convenience and comfort. I found neither here. Bless the people who love the "Eco Retreat." I hope they will understand the few of us who do not. Read more
You may have seen this review, "not my cup of tea," on other sites. Below is the same response that we offered to the first posting; however, we are not everybody's cup of tea - and that is what makes us special. We are an ecological, sustainable retreat and it is true that we cannot be compared with a chain hotel on the west side with air conditioners, a karaoke bar, and many commercial activities. We are a family-owned business, enjoying off the beaten path hiking trails, waterfalls, and a surrounding quiet that allows our guests to rest body, mind, and spirit.
We deeply appreciated that this guest wrote to us in an earlier email: "I would like to write something that encourages the people who would like the retreat to go there and enjoy it. AND I would like to include information that would let travelers like me know that they should go to the other resorts that are not as concerned about saving the planet as is yours."
We are sad to see that you posted your report a day after you sent your questions, without considering our in-depth answers. As you did not take the opportunity to incorporate our answers in your report, we will post our answers as a response.
As a short note, we feel compelled to point out that if guests desire a private bathroom, we have several spaces available which can meet that need, all of which are explained on our website. In all other aspects, we strive only to protect the environment.
We are grateful for the 98% of wonderful reviews and have never felt, as you wrote to us: " You have so many positive reviews, most of them quite hostile toward people with my preferences, I suspect you will attract even more "Eco Tourists" who want to prove their commitment to saving the planet."
None of the reviews from our former guests have ever felt "hostile" to us. On the contrary, we feel their joy, appreciation, and celebration that they have found us, off the beaten path, off the grid. We are proud to commit to protect our environment so our children's children can enjoy this precious earth as well.
We wish you all the best and hope that in all of your future vacations you will find the perfect place for a relaxing holiday.
Blessings of gratitude
Maui Eco Retreat
Below you will find each of the questions that this guest asked, along with our detailed responses. Please read on if you wish to know more about our retreat.
We are sorry to hear that your stay with us was upsetting.
We try to have clear communication with guests about who we are and what we have to offer to make sure our guests have an experience in alignment with their expectations. We do apologize that you were not satisfied and again we appreciate that you want to know more from our side, before you post your final testimonial. To take care in the hospitality sector and on a piece of land that is completely “off the grid” is certainly more challenging and needs the cooperation of our guests. Not always easy and we give our best.
1. Why is it more eco-smart to haul feces-caked toilet paper to a land fill than it is to have it flushed to a septic tank where the effluence is neutralized through natural processes?
We are trying to stay in alignment with our eco-conscious values and have to make choices for how we use our systems that are most appropriate. Our septic system is very delicate and we choose not to burden the system with paper products, only natural organic materials. We have been advised that single ply toilet tissue would be fine to use but we have chosen to have a multi-ply tissue for our guests with the septic saving remedy of throwing the toilet paper separately. We have our housekeeping staff change daily or more if it is required or requested. We are sorry that you have found this offensive.
2. Is there any reason not to tell all potential visitors that the last mile of road to your Eco-retreat is very rutted, very rocky and very unpleasant to drive?
We do explain that we are about a half mile down a paved road from Hana Hwy., and then that there is a half mile of dirt road. Most of our guests know that we are in a remote location of the island and come here for this very experience. While we understand it may not have been comfortable, we also have guests that consider it quite an adventure and prefer our location to stay in well paved large corporate hotels. We do not keep our location a secret or that we are 'off-the-grid'. It is one of our most sought after features. We never had anybody stuck on this road and even low rider cars make it up.
3. I stated that my sheets were 100% polyester. That is what the tags on my sheets in the Dolphin Room said. Your company's response to my statement implied that I was not correct. Do you, Raphael and Kutira, say that my sheets were not 100% polyester?
Thank you for asking this question as I was puzzled to read “polyester”. I was able to educate myself regarding microfiber and cotton sheets.
Most of our sheets are either cotton or micro fiber. I really thought, when touching the fabric that this is not polyester and thought micro fiber is a form of cotton.
After further research on my part, I understand more about the difference between microfiber, made primarily of petroleum waste products, the material makes use of waste that would otherwise fill up landfills, and cotton that cannot be reused and uses large amounts of water resources and energy to manufacture. So, technically, microfiber can be labeled as 100% polyester, yet many customers compare microfiber sheets to Egyptian cotton, which is considered luxurious.
One particular comment on microfiber struck me and has stayed with me: “Cotton sheets used to be considered the preferred fabric of choice for bed linens. But like everything else has evolved to new and better fabrics that last longer and are 100% recyclable. Where cotton cannot be reused and uses large amounts of water resources and energy to manufacture. People assume organic cotton is better but don't realize that organic cotton uses twice as much water and uses more resources to transport the cotton from the farms to the factories and manufacture. I have read that many spas, hotels, and other businesses are making the switch as well because it produces less waste in the environment because the microfiber sheets last longer.”
In addition, microfiber sheets are beneficial for people with allergies as their material deters both dust and pollen, and their lightweight nature means that more of them can be washed at a time and that they dry faster - very eco-friendly!
After all this research I put a short paragraph on our FAQ page and explained that we have cotton and microfiber sheets. I hope with this information our future guests can be informed of what kind of sheets we use. I am glad I now understand and can provide both materials.
4. What is an honest way to tell potential guests that they may receive quite a few mosquito bites if they walk around on your property?
An honest way is to say that in any wet or woodsy area, there will be mosquitoes, and the North Shore of Maui is green and lush. Hawaii does have mosquitoes and we do not use harsh toxic chemicals to spray for them. We do have the benefit of the regular trade winds that keep away the mosquitoes on the ocean side of the property where our guests stay.
5. How do we tell potential guests that they will be asked to save electricity while someone on the property is running an electric pump to operate a water feature?
We put signs up to gently remind our guests who are not used to managing the resources of being off the grid. They are not meant to be upsetting but to bring awareness to our resources, in alignment with our ecological practices.
Now for your question about the electric pump operating the water feature. First, of all this system is independently powered by the solar panel from our private house. Second, this was a gift from my sister. The water is circulated through this system, so it is recycled and does not at all deplete our resources. I have worked the last 25 years relentlessly in creating this land from a piece of jungle into a sustainable place for people, and would never do anything to contradict these values.
We truly give our best to offer our guests a great visit and explore the land and its nature. We surely like to only host people that enjoy our land and feel sad that your experience of staying with us has been such a unhappy experience.
I appreciate that you are supporting us to give a clear response to the future traveler without being negative but honestly as we know for 98% of our guests are happy with what we have to offer… so we are striving together to get 100% satisfied visitors and lead the others wisely to places where they are happy and all their needs are met.
Thank you for you time.
With blessings and gratitude,
"Perfection on Maui"
Left on 02/16/2014 for a stay in January 2014 | SeanAndSabrinaReviewed Feb 16, 2014Stayed Jan 2014
I was trying to find the perfect location to make the day and night of my engagement to my fiancee something to remember... well I don't think I could have found anywhere in the world that compares to our experiences with Maui Retreat.
I was able to book my reservation with ease, and had my detailed questions answered over the phone. We stayed in the Eco Thai Hale Cottage and it excited my expectations. The pictures online don't do it justice. The love and care put into the property are apparent in the meticulous grounds and well kept Cottage. We were greeted and escorted to our Cottage and informed of all the things the Cottage and grounds of the Maui Eco Retreat had to offer. They knew my plans of getting engaged and provided a detailed map of the property. We hiked down to the ocean, walked to the secluded music temple, and explored the properties beauty. Our highlight however was a spectacular 150' waterfall, just a short hike from our cottage. It was the perfect setting for me to pop the question. Gorgeous views and two pools to swim in atop the waterfall.
While the grounds and hikes were breath taking we also soaked in our time at the Eco Thai Hale Cottage. Relaxing on the front porch over looking the Pacific, listening to wonderful music our friend (William works on the property and loaned us bug spray, took pictures for us when we got engaged at the waterfall, and was a joy to talk with and share such positive and amazing energy with, we love you William!!!) strategically placed in the CD player for us, unwinding in the outdoor mermaid shower, meditating upstairs in the loft, and just taking in the tranquility of the Cottage. It also had a full kitchen that we only sparingly used.
We can't wait to come back!
from the bottom of your hearts, thank you Kutira and Raphael for sharing your property with us!!!
Left on 01/29/2014 for a stay in December 2013 | Ryan GlissonReviewed Jan 29, 2014Stayed Dec 2013
This isn't the kind of place you go if you're interested in a 5 star resort with Olympic sized swimming pools and gift shops. This is the definition of peaceful. You come here and really learn a lot about yourself and the land. In my opinion this is the nicest place on the island. I'm not a fan of the over crowded touristy side - this place really brings you closer to earth. The land is beautiful, there are scenic views everywhere you turn! Trails down to the ocean for those up to an adventure. One of the most beautiful places to truly be secluded from all of the madness in the world. I really can't say enough about my stay here!
"A magic retreat and the healing energy of nature all around you"
Left on 01/02/2014 for a stay in December 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jan 2, 2014Stayed Dec 2013
We found everything we were looking for and were dreaming of. The energy of the place is astounding. So much healing all around! Walking barefoot, listening at wind, water, birds, tropical rain and ... just silence. Looking at an amazing star sky. Walking down the cliff and discovering lava stones that embrace you and the stormy ocean, a challenge even for good swimmers. Then walking through the jungle to the hidden private waterfall. People at the Maui Eco Retreat are very beautiful, inside and outside. Peace, love, music, yoga, meditation offered a perfect coming home after the many sightseeing tours of the island. 20 hours flight, 11 hours time difference ... still we are very sure that we will come back!
Left on 03/26/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | MarnieReviewed Mar 26, 2013Stayed Mar 2013
I loved our stay! So different with its bamboo architecture in natural northside wilds. Lovely trails, waterfalls, and People! Such interesting guests and of course, Raphael and Kutira. Raphael teaches an amazing class on Tuesday nights, with, in our case, dance and improv singing. And, I loved my musical portrait that he recorded for me. Also, my special diet was supported by the very well-appointed kitchen. Such a rare and lovely experience! Read more
Thank you Marnie, we feel so blessed to be able to welcome guests that appreciate our spiritual environmental and artistic community.
A FlipKey verified reviewer
San Jose CA
"Our Own Private Waterfall? Priceless!"
Left on 08/02/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Aug 2, 2012Stayed Jul 2012
This retreat is incredibly gorgeous and energetic, with beautiful structures everywhere peeking through the jungle on cliffs above the ocean. It is off the beaten path but not too far for a nice dinner out. Raphael and Kutira are sweet spirits, and magical trainers. And my wife and I spending some romantic time at our own 200 foot waterfall? Getting away does not get any better than this...
Left on 08/01/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | Chris & CindyReviewed Aug 1, 2012Stayed Jul 2012
This was our second trip to Maui, and like our previous visit we decided to look for a B&B; away from the typical tourist traps. We do not like vacationing with 3000 "new" friends like you get on the West side of the island and always look for intimate out of the way B&B;'s. The Maui Eco Retreat certainly did not disappoint us in that respect. We loved the Thai Hale cottage! It was so secluded, and just what I needed after a hectic year of non-stop work. It took me a while to unplug, but when it finally happened, what a relaxing week. The secluded cottage, the intimate loft, the kitchen (and we made some amazing dinners), and the outdoor shower was to die for! We both loved our session with Raphael too! The grounds were amazing, and take the two hikes to both waterfalls if you can, just wear good shoes. With my wife and I both being in the architectural and engineering industry, and both Leed ap's, we loved the fact that the retreat was "off the grid", and that the cottage was made from "sustainable materials". Just remember a couple of things, this is the windward side of the island and it rains. The good thing is that the vegetation is gorgeous, but there are the occasional critters, but that is the price you pay for staying on the beautiful side of the island. Also, bring a flashlight. It is so remote, there is no ambient light (but that is a good thing). Also bring a candle, use it, take it home, and use it often. There is nothing like making love by candle light in the loft of the Thai Hale House! One last thought. I travel a lot. If you are like me, can you remember the last place you stayed at? Well I will never forget the week we spent at the Maui Eco Retreat. Aloha!
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