This is our second time to this property as a couple. We absolutely love the peace and tranquility of this location and the setup of the bedroom which makes you feel like you're sleeping outside. Enjoyed the sunset from the veranda every night and the local sights at a slow pace during the days.
This enchanting spot is lovingly maintained and decorated with tropical flowers. The hosts are welcoming and available if needed but aren't intrusive. The grounds are beautiful, the views of the ocean from the deck are gorgeous, and the ambiance invites you to unplug, sit back, and take it all in.
One of the owners lives in the small house attached to the B&B room and deck, but she was careful to respect our privacy. (The other owner has a separate house on the property.) Our room, which was stocked with interesting books, had a large, comfortable bed (though with one side right up against the louvered windows, making it a bit of an effort for one of us to get out of) overlooking the garden and the sea beyond. The nighttime breeze through the windows made sleeping comfortable. There's no air conditioning and the fan has to be set on low at night because the property uses solar energy only, but we didn't find that to be a problem.
There's an outdoor kitchen (small fridge, stocked with breakfast supplies and drinks) that we found fairly easy to cook dinner in. There are a couple of small table and chair sets on the deck, so it's a very comfortable place to dine al fresco and take in the changing sky as the sun sets (can't be seen directly, but still beautiful). We saw lovely rainbows, and the night sky was wonderful. Lots of bird sounds rounded out the beautiful ambiance (frogs croaking were promised but never materialized). The bathroom is good-sized, with plenty of towels.
The B&B is about 10 miles beyond Hana as you head around the island, so there's no need to travel back via the slow, beaten track of the Road to Hana, despite what your car rental company will tell you. The drawback of this location is that, if you stay more than a day or two at the B&B (recommended--we stayed four), you'll have to battle the traffic on the narrow road between it and Hana to take advantage of that extra time. The driving is tiring and you have to be alert at all times (especially around waterfalls), but it's worthwhile nonetheless.
We had just enough WiFi access to allow us to keep in touch with family if we wanted to, but Ala'aina is about as perfect a place to disconnect as you can ask for.
We have been lucky enough to have stayed at this lovely bed and breakfast twice; the first was for our honeymoon almost 13 years previous to this most recent stay. We love this side of Maui, is has not yet been spoiled by tourists (even though we are tourists) or by businesses; it is peaceful and natural, we love it. As much as we love this side of Maui, we wholly enjoy and appreciate this bed and breakfast. The owners (Sam and Mercury) are amazing in their ability to be accommodating and yet provided us with peaceful privacy. The room is equipped with a small outdoor kitchen that is more than adequate to prepare breakfast or other meals as you desire. The owners provided us with fresh fruit, eggs, bagels and juice. The views from the porch are awesome, especially at sunset and sunrise (the sky is pink and purple over the blue water). The breeze coming in the room especially in the evening is lovely and makes for a good room temperature (even for those of us addicted to air conditioning). We totally appreciate the eco friendly facility (solar powered) and had no trouble with the (very minor) restrictions due to such (we actually find it extremely refreshing). We hope to stay here again, and would recommend to others.
We stayed for 2 nights in February 2017, and I really wish we had stayed longer. My Mom and Dad stayed here in 2013 and recommended it to us. The bedroom is large enough to store your gear and still have space and the back of the bed is set up with pillows so you can sit and read leaning back on the pillows. The bathroom was comfortable and we had plenty of hot water when we showered. We had everything we needed to cook breakfast (bagels, PB&J, butter, eggs, Aloha Maid, coffee, sugar, creamer) and simple dinners on the 2 burner gas stove. Since it is probably 30 min past Hana, I would recommend cooking your dinners and not planning on eating out. They also supply olive oil and other cooking oils. The kitchen is outside on the lanai and fully covered by the overhanging roof. In the morning I would sip my coffee while reading on the porch chairs. I have read some of the negative reviews of this place, and it seems that what some people didn't like are the exact reasons that I loved this place. I loved sleeping in the bed surrounded by screened windows on 2 sides. You can see the stars, feel the breeze, and hear the frogs. I found the bed quite comfortable, and it was comfortably cool at night. The grounds are absolutely gorgeous with amazing views of the ocean and the mountains. It was incredibly peaceful. We felt like it was very private and did not mind that the room is attached on 1 side to Mercury's house. To me, it had everything that I want in a vacation: remote, quiet, stars...things I usually only find, say, camping in the middle of Utah...except that we were sleeping in a real bed with a real bathroom and a kitchen. So, be honest with yourself before you stay here, if you are a diva and want to style your hair and say "ew" if you see an animal, then try the Four Seasons :) Geckos are adorable by the way. A little more useful info: We left from Kahului on our B&B arrival day about 11am and managed to see all the sights we wanted up until Wai'anapanapa State Park, and then had to drive straight to make it before dark to the B&B. On our middle day, we backtracked to Wai'anapanapa and worked our way back toward the B&B making it until before the Kipahulu region of Haleakala NP. On our departure day, we backtracked slightly to Haleakala NP and did the hikes there. Finally, we drove around the South side of the island back to Kihei. It is true that this B&B is fairly far around when you are coming clockwise, but there are multiple days worth of sights within 1 hour drive in both directions. I do recommend driving around the South once you leave Ala'aina, and Sam will recommend that you do as well. If you made it to Ala'aina I don't think the rest of the road is much different and there is far less traffic. In short, we loved this place and highly recommend staying here.
I wish that I had read all the 3 star reviews first so I could have been more prepared on what to expect. The picture is of a lovely home but your small room is the lower half where the stair case is. One of the owners lives next door and even though the blinds are closed I felt like I was invading space. I didn't realize that the kitchen and seating area was outdoors on the deck. The dishes and utensils are not covered so we had to wash everything before using when making breakfasts. I will say it was very nice that the owners provides breakfast items and fruity soft drinks for your convenience. We weren't planning to cook our meals and ate our other meals in Hana (40-45 minute drive away).
I knew the home was solar powered but I didn't realized that meant no hair appliances could be used. There wasn't any closet or shelf space so you had to pull things from your suitcase.
The trade winds picked up at night when we were there and the screened window in the bathroom was broken so window came open. There were extra blankets for cooler nights so we were fine. If you need to get up in the middle of the night, be prepared to crawl over your partner, to get out of bed since the bed is flushed against the wall.
This room just wasn't my style. I prefer to stay in Hana next time.