Ask the majority of people why they’re coming to Maui, and you’re likely to hear “relax” come up again and again. While huge, five star beachfront resorts on the shores of South and West Maui are always a popular option, they often don’t end up creating the sense of calm most people crave when making a trip to the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Enter Iao Valley.
The site of some of Maui’s most interesting historical sites and events, Iao Valley State Park is only a short two mile drive from our new favorite central Maui gem, Iao Valley Inn. Bright and impeccably designed with Maui inspired decor, guests at this local Bed & Breakfast will feel like they’re in a remote, tropical rainforest thanks to the surrounding property waterfall, gardens, and lush greenery of the West Maui Mountains. In reality, however, you’re only a short 5 minute drive from all the amenities of Wailuku Town and 15-30 minutes from Maui’s north shore towns of Paia and Haiku, beaches and bars of Kihei and shopping and attractions of Lahaina’s famous Front Street.
Guests of Iao Valley Inn can choose from The Palms Room, The Orchid Room or the more spacious private cottage and gazebo with its own full kitchen. Prices are much more reasonable than you’ll find at any large hotel on the island, and the addition of a fresh island breakfast each morning on your lanai, courtesy of owners Tamara & Bob, is just one more reason this place is a standout for romantic accommodations on Maui.
Wake up to the sounds of Iao Stream, enjoy a picnic by the freshwater streams in Iao Valley Park and explore Maui’s many activities from this convenient take-off point. If you happen to be here on the first Friday of the month, head to the Wailuku First Friday party to get a glimpse of Maui’s nightlife and local finds.
We’re so glad to discover a true escape on Maui that doesn’t include the winding drive and remote location of Hana (although we love it there), and we definitely appreciate Tamara & Bob’s welcoming nature and generous hospitality. For more information, please visit Iao Valley Inn.