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Photo: Travis Rowan courtesy Paia Inn
You’re the smartest person in the world, because you’ve discovered that most rare of Hawaiian treasures: an inn. This boutiquey get-away in the center of Paia Town on Maui has a homey feel and, with just eight rooms, the intimacy of a B&B. The artsy design of the main building echoes the colorful, low-key vibe of its neighborhood, a one-stoplight plantation town that thrives on surf and onshore breezes. The jewel of Paia Inn, however, is its three-bedroom Beach House, with a broad covered patio, green lawns with brightly colored chaises, and quick stroll onto three miles of choice North Shore beach. Grab a (free to guests) boogie board and work the waves, nap in your own Hawaiian backyard, and pull on your flip-flops for fish tacos just up the street. It’s your island life, Paia-style.
Get here From Maui’s Kahului Airport, it’s about a 15-minute drive or taxi ride to Paia Town. Stay here Paia Inn has four small
but charming guest rooms with town views, plus six suites with town, garden, or partial ocean views. The three-bedroom Beach House has water views, a covered patio, hot tub, lawn, and short path to the beach. Rates start at $199; 808-579-6000 or paiainn.com. Inside tip Two brand-new amenities—a breakfast café and small spa—may keep you happily hidden for your entire Hawaiian getaway.