Lumeria Maui in Makawao, Maui, Hawaii
Originally housing for sugar cane workers, the restored Lumeria Maui property now serves as an international mecca for restoration of a spiritual, physical and emotional kind. The edible, indigenous gardens are consistent with owner Xorin Balbes’ SoulSpace Process through which he focused on honoring the area’s flora and ancestors. This is a place for thriving, for adventuring and for discovering yourself in virgin nature.
After rising with the sun for guided meditation, take an Anusara Yoga class. Learn windsurfing in the Pacific with the resort’s acclaimed instructors, and break for an organic, soul-healing lunch of fruits indigenous to Maui. Take a deep-sea fishing excursion, catch some mahi-mahi and delight in a version of that same fish encrusted with Macadamia nuts for dinner at Lumeria’s farm-to-table restaurant as the sun sets over the West Maui Mountains. End your invigorating day at a SlowFlow Dance class.
Location of Lumeria Maui
Nearest Airport: OGG
Amenities for Lumeria Maui
- 25 Rooms & Suites
- Ecologically Sustainable Practices
- Yoga Retreats
- Aromatherapy Classes
- Embodiment Therapy
- Horseback Riding
- Whale Watching
Reviews for Lumeria Maui
Small areas of improvement: The linens are showing some age. The hot tub was broken and had apparently been broken for some time. They donâ€™t provide towels at the pool, but instead include a couple of towels in the roomâ€™s closet. Unfortunately they did not get replaced. One of the glasses in the bathroom had not been cleaned. The only wildlife youâ€™ll experience at the retreat are the house cats, chickens, frogs and the occasional honeybee that might accidentally wander in your room. Overwhelming positives: The people are super nice without being pretentious. All the meals we had at the restaurant were delicious. They were healthy for the most part, but that didnâ€™t make them any less delicious. The landscaping and gardens are remarkably beautiful. We ate most of our meals on the lanai outside the restaurant and never ran out of things to marvel at and enjoy. The quiet and tranquility are reflected in the rooms, in the grounds and in the people. On sunny afternoons, sit out on the back porch and listen to the wind. On rainy mornings, sit on the covered front lanai and watch the rain drip off the black bamboo. If youâ€™re very lucky, Lou the house cat may even join you! WiFi is free and we found it more than adequate to stream Netflix and HBO. There is no air conditioning because the climate at this elevation is generally quite chilly (by Hawaiâ€˜i standards). You will have to leave your windows open and deal with the humidity which was surprising high given the temperature, but we were quite comfortable temperature wise. Big takeaways: This is a very casual resort. Do not expect to be waited on hand and foot. The doors use real keys and many of the windows stay propped open with a bamboo stick. Disconnecting is what this place is all about. Itâ€™s location alone makes it a prime location for those who want solitude. There are no sidewalks and no places to walk to even if there were some. Makawao is a quaint little town that has a few restaurants and tiny shops, but its a good 3 mile hike uphill to get there. Paia is a similarly quaint seaside town, but its 3.5 miles in the opposite direction. If you need more than yoga classes, a good book and some serious power napping to make your holiday, you may want to consider some options for at least part of your Maui vacation. But if a truly unique retreat is what your heart is set on, there is likely no better place on Maui and maybe in all of Hawaiâ€˜i, than Lumeria. Tips: You must make a reservation if you want to eat dinner at the restaurant, not because there wonâ€™t be space for you, but because they only make enough food for those who make reservations. We were lucky one evening and they made an exception, but the couple behind us were not so fortunate. I donâ€™t know where they went for food.
Lwilhelm - Honolulu, Hawaii
The location is between Pa'ia and Makawao on the island of Maui which is great because it's quick and easy to get to either town and the stores and restaurants available there. The resort itself is very serene and quiet. They offer free meditation and yoga classes as well as full spa services (these are charged extra). I had a great Lomi-Lomi massage with hot stones while I was there. A breakfast buffet comes with the room and it generally includes fresh fruit, organic eggs, potatoes, and sauage, organic oatmeal, toast, english muffins, non-gluten bread for toasting, teas and coffees as well. The food was actually nice and fresh and good. The pool area is lovely and serene as are the general grounds. Fair warning - there is no air conditioning and I was a little concerned about this as I cannot sleep if it is too hot but it was perfectly fine. I had my ceiling fan on and a room facing northish so no direct sun and given the time of year, the nights cooled down so I slept with my windows open. The only negatives for me were that my bed was not very comfortable so I didn't sleep well and I'm someone that can generally sleep anywhere and my room was really dark - even with every light in the room on. One caveat - there are no televisions which is nice if you want to unplug but if you're someone that is used to having it on in the background, it takes a little getting used to. I brought my Surface and my kindle and could watch movies on them using my little Jetpack wifi device. The hotel wifi was too slow to stream. All in all I really enjoyed my stay and I would probably return - the only thing that might hold me back would be the fact that I didn't sleep well.
PatriciaG-CA - Livermore, California
Everything was just like it looks in the photos! A beautiful tranquil property...the breakfast was awesome, although we could have used coffee/tea a little earlier than 7am (the local Upcountry coffee was excellent)! We didn't have a chance to have lunch or dinner, but we did get to participate in the amazing Singing Bowl Gong Experience. The mosquitoes are also more prevalent in this part of Maui.
pampi940 - Portland, Maine
During my research I was looking for a retreat center which offered yoga, meditation, and classes focused on wellbeing. I wanted an environment where I could expand my own knowledge and learn as well as feel comfortable. Lumeria offered this in spades. The wellness, yoga, and mindful sessions were wonderful. The grounds are lovely and inviting and room are beautiful and well equipped. I wished the property was bigger with more to keep us occupied. We thought we might be staying on site for much of our visit and upon arrival were told to find a way to town ourselves. No bus service, no bikes available to use to get to Paia or the beach. It seemed there was a distinct difference in service between the retreat guests and guests staying on their own. The staff didn't seem compelled to go out of their way to provide information or offer suggestions. During our stay there was an island wide power outage. The staff didn't offer any activities or food and simply closed the restaurant except for retreat guests, everyone else was on their own. It was a missed opportunity since they could have easily had candles out in the main lobby area and created a place for guests to gather, interact, and find information. Instead we were left to our own in our rooms with one small pocket flashlight. Also, small details were overlooked. For example, lounge cushions were left out in the rain which meant guests couldn't use them the next day to sit outside. Simple details would make this retreat fantastic (small picnic lunches, bikes to borrow, a focus on community and sharing information).
My average review reflects the fact that I am not this hotel's target customer. As the name "retreat" suggests, this is not a regular hotel but a small resort for guests taking yoga classes, wellness seminars, etc. The food is geared toward vegans and those who follow gluten free diets. The breakfast was cold coffee from an urn, very limited buffet. Although my room was lovely, I did not enjoy my stay. I chose it based on location, as I wanted to be in the "upcountry" Maui area.
PikakeM62 - Honolulu