14. Travaasa Hana, Maui
Travaasa Hana, Maui’s history reads like a recap of the baby-boomer generation. Born in 1946 when a Californian developer bought 14,000 acres of land for a ranch and six-room inn, it slowly expanded and developed a hippie ethos of sorts — local, organic food, no clocks or TVs in rooms — in the remote wilderness of East Maui. Under new owners, it emerged from a 2002 renovation as a hybrid of idealism and modern comforts: Guests can honor the earth’s natural beauty and local community from the comfort of a Crate & Barrel-furnished room. You’ll encounter a remote natural setting, a faithfulness to the local Hawaiian culture, freedom from modern conveniences — and spiffy clean suites that are as big and well-furnished as those at any luxury Maui hotel. The service is arguably better than what other Maui luxury resorts deliver, and with only 70 units on the property, you won’t bump into throngs of other guests thrashing around the pool or gym. In the end, however, the location is everything, and it makes it or breaks it for visitors. Its secluded East Maui setting offers something not found anywhere else on the island.