Prior to opening the new state of the art Yoga and Meditation Studio (The Banyan Retreat) was already ideally suited for groups and retreats. Maui’s upcountry Banyan Retreat is on 2.1 beautifully landscaped acres. There are 8 bedrooms with private bathrooms on the premises. The 50 ft. saltwater swimming pool and jacuzzi are perfect for relaxing between group functions. The expansive and beautiful grounds provide an abundance of open group spaces as well as many more secluded areas. All rooms have internet WIFI. In addition to 4 unique and comfortable cottages, the 3,000 sq. ft., 3 bedroom Plantation House has a full restaurant quality kitchen, spacious living and dining rooms and an enclosed lanai/game room.
In May of 2008 a beautiful 700 sq. ft. yoga and meditation studio, complete with yoga props and a full audio and video systems was completed. This even made the Banyan Retreat Center a premier location to host all moderately sized group events on the island of Maui.
The Banyan Retreat Center has an excellent island location from which to explore Maui. It is just outside of the “upcountry” town of Makawao, less than 10 minutes from Paia and the North shore beaches. The primary airport at Kahului (OGG) is about 20 minutes away. The summit of Haleakala National Park is about an hour up the mountain. The towns of Haiku, Pukalani, Kula and Paia are all close by.
The completion of the yoga and meditation studio was heartily welcomed by those groups who had already reserved the Banyan Retreat for their events, during this fall and early next year.
Close, yet wonderfully removed from Maui’s hotel / resort beachfront crowds, the Banyan Retreat simply overflows with peace and Hawaii-ana. Giant banyan, monkeypod and jacaranda trees create a peaceful, shady oasis amidst the fruit trees, flowers and sunny, wide open lawns. Several swings and hammocks hang from the trees offering comfortably secluded private places around the property.
Of the 7 rental units available at the Banyan Retreat 3 of these are in the 3 bedroom Plantation House. These bedroom/suites can be rented separately as suites or together as a single unit house. The house can also be arranged as a two bedroom unit or a 4 bedroom house!
The four cottages each have their own personalities. Hibiscus Cottage is a sunny, large open room with two queen size beds, comfortable couch and chairs, dining table and kitchenette, bathroom with bathtub. Gardenia has a full kitchen, with a private back lanai, one queen and one single bed, dining table, couch and a bathtub in the private bathroom. Ginger cottage is the largest and best equipped cottage, designed and built for a handicapped individual and their caregiver Ginger cottage has two separate bedrooms, two bathrooms, two entrances a large open living room, heating and air conditioning, kitchen and all wheelchair accessible with extra wide door and passageways. Plumeria cottage has one queen and one full sized bed, kitchen and private bathroom.
Upcountry Maui is often a surprise to first time Maui visitors. Usually sunny, upcountry also will receive a few minutes of cooling showers most days. The resulting pleasant freshness of upcountry Maui is a secret you’ll be pleased to have discovered.
Stretching from Haiku through Makawao and Pukalani to Kula, Maui’s Upcountry is a quieter and more temperate side of island life. The unique blend of old time Hawaii weaves through the Pineapple plantations, sprawling ranches and forests that make up the landscape of Upcountry Maui.
The island of Maui is subject to the usual Pacific island weather which creates a wet (windward) side of the island and a drier (leeward) side. Haiku to Hana is considered the wet side while Kahului, Kihei to Lahaina are all on the dry side. The town of Makawao sits squarely on the transitional line between the two zones. Not only does this create an ideal climate of mostly sunshine with occasional scattered showers but it is also the stage for daily rainbow displays, double rainbows are a common occurrence.
Spring through the fall are special times for upcountry Maui as this is when the flowering trees such as the outrageously showy shower trees, the blue blossomed Jacaranda trees, the red Royal Poinciana, Plumeria in its various colors are the stars of the show while African Tulip, Monkeypod, Banyan, purple flowered Chinese Orchid trees and many others adorn the panoramic ocean views. On a backdrop of rolling green, open pastures the summer and fall months are a photogenic dream you’ll want to take advantage of.