Located a quick 30 minute drive from Kahului Airport in Maui, Lumeria Maui is a luxury wellness retreat tucked away in upcountry Makawao, Hawaii. The 24 room property is truly a place to unplug and nourish the body and soul.
Upon arrival you’ll be drawn to the registration building, with its calming water feature, flanked with lush, native Hawaiian landscaping. A hot hand towel and cold glass of lemon water wait at reception.
While cell phones do work on property, there are no telephones or televisions in rooms. Besides the meditation room and three spa treatment rooms, to the right of the office, the majority of the rooms are in a horse shoe shape, surrounding a vibrant, green meditation lawn.
Owner Xorin Balbes, an architectural conservator and designer, has taken great care with the selection of building and room materials at Lumeria Maui. From the use of Hawaiian names for each bedroom, to the river rock stones in the shower, a nod is given to Hawaii’s aloha spirit at this former plantation.
My room, Pua l’lima 2C, rented for $299 during winter season ($349 summer rates begin in May) and was one of 13 single king rooms. Additionally, there were nine rooms with double beds and two suites. As Lumeria Maui bills itself as an educational, adventure experience, there are daily yoga and meditation classes, weekly horticulture classes and aromatherapy classes where ancient healing secrets are explored.
Educational adventure experience at Lumeria Maui
In addition to water sport packages, Lumeria Maui features three treatment rooms for massage (additional fees apply.) I enjoyed a Hawaiian Lomi lomi hot stone massage. With the gentle Hawaiian breezes and recorded slack key guitar music, the hot stones, used together with long rhythmic strokes relaxed my body and soul.
What’s included at Lumeria Maui
The $25 daily retreat fee includes a light, organic breakfast, coffee, tea and fresh fruit (the apple bananas are fabulous) complimentary parking and wireless internet. The swimming pool, with hot tub, opens March 2013.
For an additional charge, guests are able to dine nightly (closed Sunday and Monday) at the on-site Harvest Café. The three-course meal consists of a soup or salad, meat, fish or poultry dish with local vegetables and sides, as well as a homemade dessert.
Lumeria Maui welcomes drop in guests to yoga classes for $20. Hawaiian local residents pay $15. per class. Check website for current prices.
Need to know
3:00 p.m. check in
11:00 a.m. check out
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If You Go:
Lumeria Maui 808) 579-8877
1813 Baldwin Avenue
Makawao, Maui, Hawaii, 96768
Article written by, video and photos courtesy of, Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. I was a guest of Lumeria Maui and Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau.