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May 08, 2012

Lumeria Maui Opens

By Ingrid Skjong | Travel

Lumeria Maui Opens
Courtesy Lumeria Maui

Maui is considered one of the most stunning islands on earth, and the arrival of Lumeria Maui—a restorative retreat with an educational lean—will no doubt further its desirability. “The experience that we have designed for guests is one that is peaceful and nutritious on every level,” says Lumeria owner Xorin Balbes. “Lumeria Maui is really a place to unplug and re-connect.”

Currently listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the neocolonial-style hotel—originally built in 1909 by the Baldwin sugarcane family—sits on six acres and houses 24 guest rooms and suites. Balbes, an architectural conservator whose projects include a historic 1929 Frank Lloyd Wright home in L.A., is responsible for completely restoring Lumeria and preserving its authentic feel. (Work by Maui-based artists can be found throughout the property; Ben Diamond, former executive chef at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, maximizes local organic ingredients at Harvest restaurant.)

Though structural restoration brought the hotel to life, personal renewal is its focus. Lumeria encourages guests to foster wellness and learn about the surrounding culture through a wide range of educational sessions, workshops and immersive Hawaiian experiences. Take advantage of daily yoga and meditation. Surf Maui’s North Shore with world-champion surfers Suzie Cooney and Buzzy Kerbox, or choose other water activities like snorkeling, scuba diving and stand-up paddle boarding. Horticultural programs introduce island plant life, and wellness sessions delve into holistic modalities like aromatherapy and traditional lomi lomi massage. Rooms, from $299; suites, from $399; 1813 Baldwin Ave., Makawao; 808-579-8877; lumeriamaui.com.