Considering that most people head to Maui with visions of basking in the sun or sipping mai tais by the pool at their resort, Maui’s chillier, albeit stunning mountainous region of Upcountry is often overlooked when it comes to booking accommodation. However, some of the most alluring, tranquil, and opulent accommodations can be found in this region.
Perched along the slopes of Haleakala, North Shore Lookout delivers all of the aforementioned qualities. Positioned on nine-acres of gorgeous land, North Shore Lookout’s tropically appointed grounds have been manicured to encapsulate the heart and soul of Upcountry. Staying true to the strong Paniolo cowboy culture of the region, North Shore Lookout operates as a working farm growing fresh fruits and veggies, complete with horses and a sweet Kunekune pig. The property’s sprawling acreage gives guests the feeling of peaceful seclusion, however, the nearby town of Makawao is only a short drive away and some of the island’s best beaches, dining, and activities are in close proximity as well.
On-site, North Shore Lookout’s five private suites have been carefully designed to capture the aesthetic, culture, and elegance of Upcountry. Each room has been recently remodeled and carefully appointed to represent a different Polynesian theme accented with modern twists, giving each suite a contemporary, artistic feel. Every suite comes with their own private lanai, private baths, kitchenette and eating areas, and access to the pool and jacuzzi.
With impressive ocean views, this spacious suite pays homage to Hawaii’s ocean king: Duke Kahanamoku. The Duke’s Cottage was tailored to embody the vintage Hawaiian theme while maintaining a chic, modern aesthetic. Livened with tropical plantings, this bright and airy room comes complete with a California king bed, kitchenette, and an adorable swing chair. Step out onto your private lanai and enjoy views of the ocean or watch the sunset from the hammock.
Combined with the higher elevation and lack of light pollution, Upcountry proves to be one of the best places in the world to stargaze. Meaning ‘star’ in Hawaiian, the Hoku Suite features a private yard and two-person hammock, ideal for nights spent stargazing. When the Upcountry temperatures begin to drop, warm up by the personal fire-pit area. Delight in the suite’s modern Plantation style features and spoil yourself in the spa-like bathroom. As one of the biggest rooms at North Shore Lookout, the Hoku Suite is perfect for those looking for a little more privacy. If you’re traveling with family, the Hoku Suite can be connected to the Pele Suite as well.
Touching on Upcountry’s iconic paniolo culture, this contemporary rustic suite creates a homey atmosphere. As North Shore Lookout’s largest room, the suite comes with two private sleeping areas and separate dining, entertainment, and kitchenette areas, making it the perfect choice for families. Get a feel for true Hawaiian country style from the garden lanai, overlooking plumeria trees and a banana grove, or get cozy next to the lava rock indoor fireplace.
Accented with tropical designs and natural tones, this suite is named after the Hawaiian goddess Pele, keeper of volcanos and creator of all the islands. Swing in the hammock and bask in the sunshine from the comfort of your private lanai. The Pele Suit comes complete with a unique lava rock shower, kitchenette, and pull-out sofa.
The Makani Suite is North Shore Lookout’s economy suite for travelers looking to experience the luxury of Upcountry on a budget. Named after the tradewinds that Maui is famous for, guests can enjoy these cool breezes from the rocking chairs on the lanai. Curl up with a good book in the reading nook and enjoy the suite’s traditional Hawaiian style decor after a long day of exploring.