Totally Private, Oceanview Retreat

Cabin - Entire home/apt · Kaluanui Rd, Makawao, HI 96768, United States

This eclectic antique Hawaiian cottage is perched atop a scenic jungle gorge with breathtaking views in every direction. Open and breezy; attention to detail shines from every facet.

Your host, Sydney
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This eclectic antique Hawaiian cottage is perched atop a scenic jungle gorge with breathtaking views in every direction. Open and breezy; attention to detail shines from every facet.

The Space

This 20 acre shade-grown coffee plantation borders a forest preserve and is completely private. A stream runs through the property year-round attracting a variety of wildlife. There are amazing panoramic ocean, jungle and mountain views. Seasonal waterfall views. Guests have the option of booking a personal tour of the farm and grounds which includes a short hike to see the ancient Hawaiian pictographs, an artesian spring and gives an overview where all the private trails, natural pools and picnic areas are. Reservations include full access to all the grounds and amenities on the farm. The cottage is located over a half mile from the main farm house and is completely private. It includes:
30 Mbps Wi-Fi, W/D and detergent, Barbecue, Tiki Torches, Refrigerator with icemaker, Dishwasher, Gas Range, Microwave, Juicer, Blender, Toaster Oven and Coffee Maker provided. There is a claw foot tub and separate shower. Hair Dryer, Bubble Bath, Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash Provided. Fully furnished and includes Cable TV, DVD Player, DVD selection, Guitar, Woodstove and Firewood. Iron and Ironing Board. Yoga Mats, Beach Towels, Beach Chairs, Cooler and Binoculars Provided. Bird Feeders and Birdseed Provided. Flower cutting, Fruit and Herb picking (seasonal) privileges included. Plenty of secure parking.

Close to shopping and North Shore beaches. A bag of fresh roasted Maliko Estate Coffee is provided as well as a basket of fruit (when available) and fresh flowers from the farm.

Optional activities (additional fees) :

Historical/Jungle tour: 2 hours and includes an overview of all the trails on the private grounds, archeological sites, the history of the valley and the medicinal uses of the jungle plants. $75.00 per person.

Basketry lessons with material gathering excursion. $40.00 per person, includes the use of tools and supplies not gathered on the excursion.

Wild Tea Adventure with gathering excursion. $30.00 per (website hidden) Class - Salad Dressings from the Jungle. $30.00 per person.

WE HAVE NOT INCLUDED the 13.41% Hawaii Transient Accommodations Tax because you would have to pay the airbnb fee on that so to save you their fee WE WILL SEND YOU A SEPARATE INVOICE for the additional fee. PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS STATE LAW THAT WE ADD THE TAX...Sorry!

Guest Access

Guests have access to all the private hiking trails on the property as well as swimming privileges in the natural pools in the fresh water stream.

Interaction with Guests

Host will greet you upon arrival, give you a brief orientation of the cottage and surrounding area and will come say aloha on departure day. The rest of the time you will have to yourself unless you schedule a tour or class.

The Neighborhood

Maliko Retreat is 3 minutes from the historic town of Makawao with great restaurants, shops and galleries.
8 to 10 minutes from the surfing town of Paia, with more great restaurants, shops and galleries. Also the location of Mana Foods, a wonderful gourmet/organic food store.
4 minutes away from Haiku Town with restaurants and a great workout gym.
Haleakala is a 35 minute drive to the summit, but it will take you longer, pulling over to take photos of all the great scenic views along the way.
Ulupalakua is 35 to 40 minutes away, but it will also take you longer than that to get there as you stop to take photos and just to breath it all in.
Hana is a 2 hour drive, same thing, lots if stopping to smell the wild ginger and photograph the waterfalls along the way. It's not to be missed though. The largest archeological site in all of Polynesia is located near Hana. You could easily be the only people in the park to view this incredible, powerful place. And the drive is an attraction in itself.

Getting around

You will definitely need a car. You won't need a four-wheel drive though. The roads are fine.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $50 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $1365 /week
Monthly Price: $5880 /month
Cleaning Fee: $125
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Wonderful place. I cant say enough good things about the home or the hosts. Very peaceful and the views from the lanais are spectacular! The bath tub was a real gem and needed for the cooler upcountry nights.

    The beds are really comfortable.

    We would absolutely stay here again!

    July 2014
  • A beautiful experience was had at the retreat near Makawao hosted by Sydney Smith. Just like a faerie tale, this house is whimsical, open and lovely with wonderful decks for sunning and dining; very well equipped with many thoughtful extras; nestled above the trees' canopy of the forest. The other amazing features can be found in the running creek with a waterfall, natural pools, flora and fauna, and best of all the very important petroglyphs from ancient times of Hawaii…how could you ask for more! An Up Country gem that is shared when you stay at this property. Thank you Sydney for making such sweet memories!

    June 2014
  • We really liked our stay at the Sydney's retreat. The place was just beautiful. The house is a very private location with amazing views but still has good access to restaurants and stores which makes it very convenient. The place was clean and had all the amenities of a home. Sydney (email hidden) and took the time to show us the property and tell us the best places to visit on the island. I highly recommend this place to stay.

    May 2014
  • If you want a memorable island experience, Sydney's place is it. Situated in upcountry--a not-so-touristy area of Maui---the Makawao Retreat is where writers go to pen that novel, poets thrive on inspiration overload, and everyday folks break free from the rat race of city life. My husband and our baby stayed here before heading to Kihei for the remainder of our visit to Maui and I'm sure glad we did. It was just what we needed to sink into a relaxing vacation mode before staying in a more populated town. The place was cozy, clean, and stocked with all the necessary anemeties. Sydney is such a warm and amazing woman, who took on this passion project with real heart, and is committed to protecting and loving the land. It was a pleasure hearing her stories and staying in her sacred piece of paradise.

    May 2014
  • Every review you read for Sydney and her place is going to glow. And it should. This is not (email hidden), it's a remarkable experience.

    My wife and I spent 6 days here and we left different people. We consumed the place with every sense imaginable. We tasted fruit fresh from the vines, smelled flowers newly in bloom, heard birds we didn't know existed, felt waters perfectly pure and clean and saw a rainbow's origin directly from the deck.

    If you want a vacation you can find those lots of places. If you want something more that will leave you telling stories for years to come, stay with Sydney.

    April 2014
  • I'm really not sure I want to tell the world how wonderful it was for 2 nights upcountry in this peaceful & magical spot. Views in all directions, including from the lua, and yet a sense of being perfectly faraway - a well-hidden treasure at the end of the rainbow. Thanks for the aloha Sydney.

    December 2013
  • If you truly want to get away, relax, heal, and enjoy the true beauty of Maui, then this is the spot!!! The cottage is spotless. The Decor was very welcoming and warm, you can tell it was done with lots of love and consideration. I really can't put into words the majestic views of this place (yes they are are off in the distance but still very beautiful!!!!) it made feel so good just to be there and see this part of Maui and this sacred place!!! Sydney was amazing! She left us alone unless we needed her!! She's one of those people that's beautiful inside and out! this was truly a trip of a lifetime! We will definetly be back!!!

    December 2013
  • We stayed at this wonderful cottage up in the mountains for a weekend and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Sydney is a very responsive and gracious host and answered emails in less than a few minutes most times. The cottage is just as the pictures show and actually better as the large decks on the first and second floors are not really visible in the pictures. We took a stroll down into the little stream running down the valley below and had a great time wandering around down there. There is a public road behind the house which has some traffic during the day, but it was quiet at night and early morning when it counts! There isn't a street light for miles though which made for lovely star filled nights. We will be back.

    November 2013
  • What can we say about Sydney and her property that hasn't already been said? The location was perfect - close to all of what Maui has to offer, yet just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of tourists. The house offers views that can't be described (seriously, one entire wall in the loft is made of windows - yet it offers complete privacy). The landscape is breathtaking and provides an abundance of fruit that you may enjoy during your stay. Sydney, the host, is one of the nicest, most passionate people you could ever hope to meet! She was very quick to reply to our booking request, and communication was fantastic both before and after our arrival. She was happy to answer any questions we had about the land or Maui in general, and even provided us with information on activities that were taking place around the area during our stay! The house was well equipped (even has a guitar!!), and comfortable enough that we spent a whole day just hanging out in the house. The coffee grown on the land is incredible (it's the only coffee that I have ever enjoyed black). It is so good that we have set aside our Keurig, bought a coffee grinder and traditional coffee maker, just so we can brew it here at home. On the coldest of days (-40 last week) it's a nice little reminded of our amazing trip to Maui, and our wonderful stay at Maliko Retreat!

    November 2013
    Response from Sydney:

    Thanks for the lovely review Dawn. I think about you often and wonder how you're doing in the cold. That's high praise that you bought a grinder and coffee maker. It really pleases me that you enjoyed your stay here at Maliko. I'll keep you updated as my next cottage gets completed.

    Stay warm!


    November 2013
  • This gem is set up that you can literally move in and enjoy a beautiful view accompanied with peace and tranquility.The pictures are exactly as shown. It is nestled in the midst of a perfectly undisturbed natural environment covered in fruit trees, palm trees, natural pools, and (email hidden) is very private and Sydney has the cottage filled with everything one would want to make their stay comfortable. We walked in the door and we were greeted with soft music playing and a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter from the property. Moments later Sydney arrived and gave us tips and a map of the area that made it easier for us to find our way. Sydney (email hidden) who takes pride in the ownership and the desire to maintain the culture and natural environment that this cottage rests upon. We hope to return and have the opportunity to stay again at Sydney's Cottage in the hill.

    September 2013
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Graphic Designer, Coffee Farmer, Scrimshaw Artist, Screen Printer, President of The Maui Coffee Association, Board member, Maui County Agriculture Committee
My favorite thing is sharing this beautiful valley with others. It started out 30 years ago as a refuse dump. For 150 years everyone dumped their garbage into the fresh-water stream from the lovely old stone bridge. My husband and I bought the property below the bridge along with the stream and all the garbage in it. For five years we hauled trash consisting of everything from old Model T Ford car frames to bags of dirty disposable diapers. The water was red, foamy and smelled terrible. But we finally got it clean and it's a beautiful stream with waterfalls, springs, caves and wildlife. I love to build things out of found objects and re-purpose and re-use things meant for the dump. We live on a small island and need to be more sustainable. It's a lot easier to just buy what you need at Home Depot or Lowe's but it's a lot more satisfying to give (email hidden) with ingenuity and hard work. I love coffee. I love growing it and I love drinking it. Also, coffee growers are a wonderful group of people. Our coffee growing community here on Maui and in Hawaii are like family. I also work as an advocate for small farmers here in Maui County.
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