This post was last updated on January 5th, 2016
Before we took off for Maui, we mentioned that we would be using the trip as an opportunity to finally give glamping a try. I’ve honestly never been a huge fan of traditional camping, but I love staying in unique, off-the-beaten track accommodation. If it’s surrounded by nature, than all the better. So we figured that glamping (glamorous camping) would be right up our alley. Luckily, we weren’t disappointed!
Glamping In Maui
For the first three nights of our stay in Maui, we chose to stay at the lovely Hawaiian Dream Temple, just outside of Upcountry, and nearby one of the coolest beach towns on the island: Paia.
The Hawaiian Dream Temple is a secluded, eco-friendly bamboo cottage, (designed in a similar fashion to a yurt.) Surrounded by lush jungle, the Dream Temple had everything we look for in accommodation: a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable living area, two serene bedrooms, numerous screen porches, a pool and a luxurious hot tub. We especially loved the open-air concept that allowed the fresh breeze to travel through the cottage, keeping us cool and relaxed.Additional amenities included a washer and dryer, wi-fi and outdoor grill.
What To Do
Besides relaxing in the Dream Temple or enjoying the hot tub, there’s plenty to see and discover in Upcountry, the region where the bamboo cottage is located. A few of our favorite activities include:
Makawao boasts a rich history of paniolos, or Hawaiian cowboys. In fact, the town even hosts an annual Makawao Rodeo as a testament to its traditional cattle-roping past. Today Makawao is becoming increasingly known for its thriving community of artists. Independent boutiques, artisanal cafes and local art galleries line the two main roads: Baldwin Ave. and Makawao Ave. On a side note, we found all of the shop owners here to be incredibly friendly. Take your time and don’t hesitate making some small talk with locals in Makawao—they’ll give you some great tips for the rest of your journey!
-Wine Tasting At The Maui Winery
By now you likely know we have a serious weakness for wine tastings in gorgeous places. We love learning about local wines, enjoying the scenery and then taking a few bottles home to savor while we reminisce about past travels. And while Maui might not be known for its vinos, the Maui Winery is home to a surprisingly delicious variety. Don’t miss the sparkling Pineapple wine—divine when mixed with a bit of POG (Passion, Orange, Guava juice.)
We’re not sure if Paia is technically Upcountry, but it’s just a few minutes from the Hawaiian Dream Temple, and a super cool town worth exploring. It’s small, with just one stoplight and a handful of shops and restaurants, but that’s all part of its charm. Don’t miss a visit to nearby Hookipa Beach Park to watch the windsurfers.
-Watching The Sunrise At Haleakala
The 4:00am wake-up call and freezing temperatures may sound daunting, but waking up to watch the sunrise at Haleakala Volcano is a must-do on any trip to Maui. Watch in awe from 10,000 feet above sea level as the sun rises above the clouds, transfixing the entire biosphere reserve in a brilliant orange glow.
In short, the Hawaiian Dream Temple was utterly magical. We loved the privacy, not to mention the unique opportunity to experience the raw beauty of Maui, far removed from other tourists or resorts. If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-track accommodation experience in Maui, then definitely give Glamping Hub a look to see what glamping options appeal to you!
A huge thank you to Glamping Hub for making our stay at the Hawaiian Dream Temple possible. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.