Tea House Cottage

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Cottage Overview

The Tea House Cottage: peace and beauty. Awaken to the sounds of the rainforest and see the flowers, tropical foliage and the ocean melting into a sparkling sky before leaving your comfortable bed. The rainforest settling, spacious gardens, trails and the adjoining Tibetan Stupa give many choices for days of tranquil relaxation and meditation.

$175Per Day

or email us at teahouse@maui.net

Cottage Information

A wonderful, rejuvenating respite in a perfect place of peace and beautity. Everything is so tastefully arranged with such simple luxuries. The lush solitude engulfs the senses at the Tea House Cottage. This was an unforgettable two days. - Ron Jones, Kihei and California

The three-room Tea House Cottage is a tropical fantasy come true on Maui. It is a very private, romantic cottage set in the lush vegetation of the rainforest. Created by an artist to inspire her own creative work, the gracious rooms of this peaceful hide-away welcome you. You will enjoy the peace and stillness surrounding the Tibetan Buddhist Stupa, meditate grazing at the ocean and a beautiful open sky on the side of the mountain, practice yoga watching a sunrise, or settle into a chair to read while listening to the birds. In season you can see whales passing in their ancient ritual migration.

"Damien and I were amazed by the mental and physical transformation that the cottage inspired. We reconnected with nature, each other and the wonder of life. We are so sorry to leave this behind to go back to the concrete jungle, but we hope to see you again. Thank you for everything." - Amy and Damien Zinck, Chicago & Strasbourg

The path to the Tea House Cottage

tea-1 The Tea House Cottage was the first cottage in the Rainforest Reserve. Down the driveway and over a stone bridge is a parking area. From there you will take a path along a row of coconut trees leading to the cottage set in a lush tropical garden. For over 30 years family and guests have enjoyed this updated guest cottage that even today a is a step back in time to the old Hawai’i.

The Asian-style tea house

tea-2 Originally built by artists in the 1970s the design is that of an Asian tea house with an octagonal shower house across the deck from the front entrance. The Tea House’s open, airy and tastefully furnished rooms are designed for comfort and reflection. A screened lanai, living room with adjacent small kitchen, separate bedroom, a unique bathhouse the decks on either side of the cottage—the entire property is complemented by the views of both Haleakela and the ocean.

"Meditate at a Tibetan-style stupa with a spectacular ocean view at this hidden jewel. The Asian-style cottage is built with walls recycled from a Zen temple and the place is so secluded that it’s off the grid, using solar power to stoke up the lights. Guests have an open-air bath in a redwood gazebo." - The Lonely Planet Guide to Maui

Tea House Lanai

tea-3 The lanai or front screened porch is a perfect place to enjoy the breeze, the foliage and the ocean while having tea and breakfast the morning, keeping a journal, reading a book, or enjoying a glass of wine at sunset. The lanai has both small table and chair and a day-bed couch.

Tea House Living Room

tea-4 Through the antique French doors is the gracious living room. Oriental rugs lie over floors painted a rich rust red surrounded by walls of aged wood carried here from a yoga temple in San Francisco. Art, collectables and books reflect the eclectic history of the cottage. The furniture is a mixture of antiques and simple rattan. Curl up on the sofa and pick from a shelf of carefully selected books and magazines for leisurely reading. Also there is a CD player/radio and a selection of CDs to choose from or you can select bring your own.

Tea House Kitchen

tea-5 The compact kitchen is nestled on one side of the main living room and is well equipped. A breakfast of juice, fresh fruit and baked breads as well as coffee, tea, jam and condiments are provided for the first morning in the cottage’s refrigerator. A simple or even a gourmet meal can be prepared here. You may decide to eat on the lanai, on the deck or on the large table outside in the garden. Just outside is a charcoal grill were you can conveniently prepare vegetables, fish, lamb chops, chicken, or steak.

Tea House Bedroom

tea-6 The bedroom is separated from the living area with a wood dividing wall and shares the same large windows and views of the ocean that make the living room so inspiring. The queen-sized bed has very soft all cotton bedding and down pillows. When you wake up in the morning you see the ocean and lush tropical greenery. You’ll hear birds singing as the tradewinds quietly make their way through the rainforest. Occasionally you can hear waves crashing on the cliffs or rain on the roof. During humpback whale season you may spot one out to sea. The bedroom has an open closet, racks for suitcases, a dresser and a small desk with bookshelves. The cottage has been updated with wireless internet throughout and a flat screen television is tucked away in the upper corner of the bedroom. Cable television is available including music for the bedroom and cottage. It is amazing how few guests even turn it on.

"In this wonderful cottage everybody becomes a poet. It’s a magical place where everything is so real and seems to have its own soul. If I were a writer I would write a beautiful story about my life. I am leaving today on my birthday. Staying here was a lovely birthday present. I would like to visit again but if that is not possible, you and this little house will always be in my heart." - Dagmar Frazen, Germany

Hexagonal Bathhouse

tea-7 Just a few steps across the front deck from the Lanai is the private bathhouse with its own unique appeal. It is a redwood hexagonal building with swinging doors, tile counter, shower and toilet and its own hot water heater.

The House Garden

tea-8 From the lanai deck or the deck off the bedroom there is easy access to the garden and lawn area where you will find a relaxing hammock and chairs. A stone table under a giant Norfolk pine seats eight. The gas grill is available for relaxing outside meals. You can picnic, barbeque or stroll the grounds. You can easily spend the day sunning or resting in the hammock, so south seas. It supports two adults comfortably.

Sharing Paradise

> tea-9 The Tea House Cottage in the Rainforest is a subtle blending of Western and Asian influences in color, design and architecture nestled in a natural environment of rainforest green, the backdrop of Haleakala, ocean and blue sky. When visited by light tropical rains the ocean is joined with all the colors of the rainbow.

Wind, rain, sun, sky, sea Softly scented air, textures Lovers’ hideway “Thanks for the understated luxury. Thanks for creating such a tropical dream and sharing your paradise. We have been rejuvenated.” - Bill and Becky Sands, Sacramento

Tea House Cottage Amenities and Facts

  • 200 feet above sea level and half mile from the ocean (safe from tsunamis)
  • Ocean view and view of Haleakela
  • 600-square foot, one-bedroom cottage with private redwood bathhouse
  • Lanai (screened porch) with table, chair and day bed
  • Small kitchen in living area with refrigerator and stove top
  • Kitchen furnished with dishes and cooking utensils
  • Bottled drinking water provided
  • Breakfast of fresh fruit, pastry/breads, coffee and tea is provided for the first day
  • Environmentally friendly location powered by solar energy. Power is sufficient to charge batteries for cell phones, laptops and electric shavers and will power most CD players. Hair dryers, irons and other 110-volt appliances do not work on the system.
  • Complementary broadband wireless internet
  • Flat screen Dish Network television in the bedroom
  • CD player/radio
  • Small library, CDs and table games
  • Queen-size platform bed and 100% cotton bedding and towels
  • Dresser
  • Closet
  • Built in desk with bookshelves
  • Charcoal Barbeque grill and table in outside garden
  • Hammock in outside garden
  • Beach chairs, beach towels, a small cooler and boogie board are available
  • The first Tibetan Buddhist Stupa constructed in the U.S. is on the property
  • Detailed information on many interesting attractions (see Things to See & Do on our website)

"Wonderful!!! The perfect retreat! I imagine this is how Isak Dinesen felt in ‘Out of Africa.’ You have created the perfect respite for the soul. Thank you for sharing it with us." - Susan Yochelson and Marty Amberg, Baltimore