Cottages at Mama's Fish House: An Upcountry Gem

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Cottages at Mama's Fish House: An Upcountry Gem

While the grand resorts that skirt the Maui coastlines of Kaanapali and Wailea have their respective offerings and lavish amenities, they’re not always what a visitor is looking for. Be you an Aloha State resident looking to escape to a neighbor island for the long weekend, or a visitor from the mainland, Asia or Europe that has “been there, done that” and now looking for a new experience—there are a few alternatives when visiting Maui. 

Upcountry—as the area just north of the airport is known (which covers the base and slopes of Mount Haleakala)—contains a smattering of inns, B&Bs and guesthouses idyllic for the off-the-beaten path travelers. One of the most perfectly situated—for more than a few reasons—are the Cottages at Mama’s Fish House. 

Just north of the hippie-artist-surfer town of Paia is Kuau Cove, home to the legendary eatery, Mama’s Fish House. What most people aren’t aware of is that the Christenson family, who founded, owns and operates the restaurant, have been quietly purchasing the land surrounding the restaurant, and refurbishing existing homes with the aid of their in-house architect, Bill Kohl. Currently, the “Mama’s compound” (as VP Karen Christenson warmly refers to the palm-tree lined neighborhood) contains nine cottages for rent. Four of the cottages are beach fronting, with walk-out access to Kuau Cove; others are surrounded by lush tropical gardens—and fresh salt-kissed breezes. All of them offer “back door” access to one of Maui’s most unique and exquisite dining experiences, at Mama’s. 

Make no mistake about it: The staff that maintains the Cottages at Mama’s Fish House see to the appointment of every last detail. Martini glasses and beer mugs are frosted and kept in the freezer; fresh, local coffee beans sit in vacuum-sealed bags next to the coffee maker (in a fully functional kitchen); bedrooms have 400-thread count linens, air-conditioning, wireless access, parking and daily maid service are standard protocol. 

Bottom line: This is a wonderful place to stay from which to launch many an Upcountry adventure. Whether you’re biking the trails of Haiku, visiting lavender and goat farms in Kula, surfing Ho’okipa or readying for the drive to Hana, a Mama’s Cottage is a great option. 

The Cottages at Mama’s Fish House

Rates begin at $175 per night and extend to $575/night. or call (808) 579-9764