I took wonder wandering literally when I elected to meander around the incredibly scenic Road to Hana. Fortunately, I had the foresight to plan an overnight in Hana at the Sea Ranch Cottages allowing for a more leisurely exploration of the numerous scenic vistas, turnouts, and views.
The Road to Hana is truly a wonder of nature featuring beautiful beaches, mountainous shorelines, luscious rainforests, brilliant flora, and spectacular waterfalls. You can take the Road to Hana and visit the Seven Sacred Pools (briefly) and return back to the other side of the island all in one day, but the question is why? There is so much to explore and engage; it is a necessity to schedule a night in Hana creating more time to and from in order to experience all this wonder has to offer.
Welcome to the Sea Ranch Cottages
At the time of my visit the sea ranch cottages were under Sheraton management. However, the property has changed hands more than once and is now managed by Travaasa. Travaasa’s Sea Ranch Cottage has a sister property in Austin, Texas.
The Travaasa Sea Ranch Cottages are sprawled out across the luscious green hillside just off the main Hana road overlooking the beach and ocean shoreline. This is not a hotel; it is a lifestyle – a relaxing, rejuvenating, and escaping the world lifestyle. Each cottage has a view of the ocean with some having broader views and others having combination views of green hillsides and ocean shoreline.
Sure you can make your way to the beach or go swimming in the Seven Sacred Pools, however your own Sea Ranch Cottage comes with a garden tub, a patio Jacuzzi and a large walk-in shower making an aquatic rejuvenation possible without even leaving your cottage escape. You can enjoy more water relaxation by leveraging the pool that also overlooks the ocean waters.
We did not take advantage of any spa services, pool side escapes, or other activities offered by the Sea Ranch Cottage, however I can still testify that it remains one of our favorite places we have stayed. At the time of our visit, the cottages had an island type of feel, with todays renovations taking on a more contemporary upscale atmosphere.
My only regret was scheduling one night instead of two or more. Little did I know that my wonder wandering was going to be topped off with an captivating place to stay. It is hard to beat the Road to Hana, but if you are wandering this wonder, make certain you plan for a night or more in Hana – the Sea Ranch Cottages are worth the effort.