Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

January 17, 2022
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Hawaii for less than $200 a night

KAUAI Are you an FM, GP, OB-GYN or ER doc who’ll be conferencing on the island this winter? Consider staying at the Kauai Banyan Inn, located hillside on half a hectare of landscaped property in Lawai, five-minutes north of the beaches of Poipu. In business since 2003, the country inn has five suites with “custom Hawaiian style,” as described by Lorna, the owner: antiques, quilts and lots of wood, including on the ceilings and floors. If being self-sufficient is important to you when you travel, you’ll find these suites, well, sweet. Each one has its own balcony, bathroom and either a kitchenette (fridge, microwave, hot plates, small oven and sink), or a full kitchen complete with dishes and linens. All are equipped with a telephone, TV and Wi-Fi, as well as beach towels and a cooler. Double-occupancy rates start at $130, plus a one-time cleaning fee of $45. A minimum of three nights required. Kids under 10 aren’t permitted. (888) 786-3855.

MAUI If it’s all about the sand and surf for you, check in at the Mauian on Napili Bay, about 20 kilometres north of Lahaina. Built in 1958, this beachfront, boutique hotel has 44 units spread out over a hectare of land dotted with fragrant plumeria trees. The hotel recently revamped all of its units; garden rooms and garden studios aren’t available until November. There’s a kitchenette (microwave and mini refrigerator) in the rooms and full kitchens complete with dishes and utensils in the studios. None of the rooms have telephones or TVs, but the family, or “ohana” room, has a TV with a DVD/VCR player and Wi-Fi as well as books, games and movies. Double-occupancy rates start at $140, including breakfast (fresh fruit, pastries, juice and Kona coffee). Children five and under stay free; after that $10 extra per person. (800) 367-5034 .

BIG ISLAND Another haven in hills, the Luana Inn is in Captain Cook (this is where the English explorer was killed), 25 kilometres south of Kailua-Kona and a kilometre north of Kealakekua Bay, one of the island’s most popular spots with divers and snorkellers. Open since 2006, the inn’s interior is clean and contemporary; the colours are muted. The main property contains the “Mahina” (moon), “Makani” (wind) and “Moana” (ocean) rooms. The “Alaula” (sunglow) cottage is nearby. All four include a bathroom and kitchenette (coffee maker, microwave, mini refrigerator and sink), as well as AC, TV with DVD player and Wi-Fi. The cottage has its own little porch. Double-occupancy rates start at $180 (additional guests $20 per person), including breakfast with everything from fruits (many grown on the property) to baked goods made from scratch (bread, croissants, muffins and scones) to baked eggs, breakfast enchiladas, Spanish tortillas and more. A minimum of three nights required. Kids under 10 aren’t permitted. (808) 328-2612 .

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.


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