We've stayed at over a dozen places in Hana, and Travaasa is by far the nicest Hana accommodations available. Not only are the rooms large and comfortable, but the location is perfect, service outstanding, and amenities plentiful. Their Spa is also world-class having won many awards including Best Spa in Hawaii by Conde Nast Reader's Choice.
Below we've listed a few of the things we especially appreciate about lodging at Travaasa Hana Hotel.
The property at Travaasa Hotel Hana is spread throughout Hana Town. You can't go anywhere in town without passing next to the hotel grounds. This is incredibly convenient if you want to walk to Hasegawa General Store for supplies, walk to Hana Bay to snorkel or hang out on the beach, visit an art gallery or the Hana Cultural Center, or go for a hike along the coastline. Everything is walking distance.
The Hana Airport, majestic waterfalls, pristine beaches, and bamboo forests are all within a few minutes drive.
47 plantation-style Sea Ranch Cottages line the coast and 23 low-rise bungalow Garden View Suites are spread apart along vast grassy grounds. The rooms are big and very comfortable. We usually stay at the Garden View Suites, and we're always surprised on how large they are. It feels like we've been upgraded each time, but really we're in the least expensive rooms. The cottages are even better. Most of them have ocean views with jacuzzi's on their private lanais. They're breath-taking and very private.
Pools, tennis courts, a gym, spa, restaurants, croquet courts, and a pitch and putt golf course dot the expansive, well-maintained grounds. It's like staying in a park, only there's fun things to do everywhere you turn. We love setting off in any direction until we find something cool to do. Sometimes it's stumbling on oceanview yoga classes or reading a book on a quiet hammock.
Ka'uiki is the dining room with a great view of the ocean and the famous Ka'uiki Hill (famed for many ancient battles as well as legendary stories of the Gods. (More about Hana History and Culture) The food is phenomenal, and the service friendly and attentive. Often, they have live music and traditional hula dancing.
The Paniolo Lounge next door offers lighter fare, usually for lunch. The same level of excellence and great view but in a more casual atmosphere.
Visitors stay at Travaasa because it's Hana. There's no secret that the main draw is the beautiful, untouched land here. Since Travaasa took over ownership and management of the Hotel Hana, they've added a new reason to come to Hana. Their customized activities are incredible. They offer a full day of complimentary activities and events that you can participate in at your leisure. These activities range from yoga classes on the ocean to 'Ukulele lessons. There's so much to do here, it adds a new component to an already unforgettable trip to Hana.
We've never been disappointed with the services provided by the local people of Hana. They take pride in what they do, and many have been with Hotel Hana for generations. This is a special place with very special people. Make sure to talk some story with the people here. You won't regret their unique insight.