October 2018


The Bamboo Inn In Hana, Maui


Maui is a very beautiful island and there’s one adventure anyone who goes there has either done or heard of, the road to Hana.  The entire road to Hana is only 52 miles, but the drive can take anywhere from 2-4 hours to do.  This is because the road has 620 curves, 59 bridges (most are one lane) and is all over the place in elevation.

Driving just about anywhere on the road to Hana over 20 mph is rare.  When taking into account stops made to take hikes to beautiful waterfalls, or just stopping on the side of the road to check out the view or get some banana bread, a trip to Hana and back will most likely take all day.  The only true way to fully enjoy this majestic side of the island is to stay somewhere in Hana so you save yourself the drive out there and can take your time exploring.  Hana is a small town with a population not more than 1,000 and is fairly isolated, so your options for finding somewhere to stay are far and few between.  The main and only resort on this side of Maui is Travaasa Hana and their prices reflect the lack of competition.  Other options include AirBnb/VRBO and the place we called home for a few days, the Bamboo Inn, a bed and breakfast that much more than we ever expected.

The Bamboo Inn is run by it’s owner, John, who stays out of site, but lives on sight with his dog.  This bed and breakfast only has 3 suites from the 2 story Nai’a Suite to the smaller ‘Iwa Suite and Honu Suite, which we stayed in.  Each suite has it’s own benefits, but we absolutely loved the quaint feel of the Honu.  Bamboo is everywhere here and covered the entire inn.  The doors to each of the suites are custom made and carved with different designs.  Our room had a queen size bed, kitchenette and an awesome 2-person Jacuzzi on the balcony facing out to the east with a view found only in story books.  Adding to the romance, our shower was actually located outside, under the stars, a feature we love but have only enjoyed once before, on our honeymoon.  The kitchenette had everything we could ask for including a toaster oven, small fridge, blender and basic kitchen utensils.

Check-in couldn’t have been easier as our key was info was left in an easy to find location and we just checked ourselves in when we arrived.  Checking out was similar with us just leaving our key in the room when we left.  Of our entire trip to Maui, we had the most amazing breakfast while at the Bamboo Inn.  Each morning breakfast is set out for each of the guests to grab and take and includes fresh bread, croissants, fruits and fruit juice.  This, plus a cup of coffee we made in the room, was a great way to start off each day.  

One of the best things about the Bamboo Inn though is that you have a direct view of a beautiful black beach and unimpeded view of the sun rising in the morning.  The black beach is more of a black rock beach like nothing we’ve seen before.  The “sand” is all black rocks, ranging in size from nearly the size of sand to the size of a basketball.  The sound the ocean makes when waves move the rocks back and forth was really different and something I’ll never forget.  This isn’t your normal type of beach you want to lay out on or go swimming in, but those are within walking distance.  The water here is a little rough and you won’t want to even be barefoot as the rock can be a little tough on your feet.

Within walking distance is the Hana Bay Beach Park and a little beyond that is the hidden Kaihalulu beach, also known as the red sand beach.  The red sand is created from Ka’uiki Head a cinder cone hill on the north side of it.  Getting to Kaihalulu is a little bit of a hike, crossing private land, but is done regularly and is fairly well marked.

Staying at the Bamboo Inn puts you at just 30 minutes from Kipahulul, where the Pools of ‘Ohe’o (marketed as the Seven Sacred Pools) and Bamboo Forrest are.  Just north of the Bamboo Inn is the state park, Waianapanapa, which has a beautiful black sand beach, long hiking trails and caves to explore.  You’re also not too far from the lava tubes you can walk through as well.  All of things, which you shouldn’t miss, would take hours to drive to each day if staying on the west coast.  This is why we highly recommend staying here at least a night or two.

If you have any questions about the Bamboo Inn , or Hana, feel free to contact us.  You can find more information and pictures over at Instagram as well.


The Ultimate Guide for Adult-Only Resorts in the Caribbean


Finding that perfect place to stay isn’t always the easiest.  Here at Otus, we focus on resorts and hotels that cater specifically to adult’s only.  When on vacation, without children, the last thing most people want to be around is other people’s children running around making noise and splashing you in the pool.  There are thousands of resorts that cater to families which is wonderful, but here we’re doing our best to make it easier for those who want that extra bit of peace and serenity on their next vacation.

The internet is full of the “top xx” lists of resorts, but not everyone is looking for the same type of experience and those lists only report a handful of resorts.  In order to give you more options, we’ve decided to list every resort we’re aware of so you can do better research to find the perfect fit.  These resorts do not allow anyone under the age of 18, though some are 21+.  In addition to that, a few of them only allow couples, so check ahead of time if you’re trying to do a girls-trip or are going with a bunch of friends.

Please check back often as this list will be kept up to date as more information added as it’s changed.  There are new adult-only resorts being built right now, others that are changing from adult oriented to family oriented and reverse.  If you add a comment below, we’ll update you when the list is updated.  If we have missed anything in this list please let us know in the comments below and we’ll get it updated asap.

Resort and Hotels….Contact us if we’ve left you out or if you’d like to get an in-depth review of your resort highlighted at Otus Adventures.

Casa ChameleonMal PaisCosta RicaNo
Club Med TurkoiseGrace BayTurks & CaicosYes
El Castillo Boutique Luxury HotelPuntarenasCosta RicaBreakfast Only
Excellence Playa MujeresIsla MujeresMexicoYes
Excellence Riviera CancunCancunMexicoYes
Golden Parnassus ResortCancunMexicoYes
Grand Oasis Sens -> Our Full ReviewCancunMexicoYes
Hard Rock Hotel CancunCancunMexicoYes
Haven Resorts & SpaCancunMexicoYes
Hideaway at Royalton Punta CanaPunta CanaDominican RepublicYes
Riu Palace Antillas Stay – ArubaNoordArubaYes
Hyatt Zilara CancunCancunMexicoYes
Isla Mujeres PalaceIsla MujeresMexicoYes
Kore Tulum Retreat and SpaTulumMexicoYes
Le Blanc Spa ResortCancunMexicoYes
Live Aqua CancunCancunMexicoYes
Luxury Bahia Principe BouganvilleLa RomanaDominican RepublicYes
Luxury Bahia Principe Runaway BayRunaway BayJamaicaYes
Luxury Bahia Principe Sian Ka’anCancunMexicoYes
Paradisus CancunCancunMexicoYes
Paradisus Playa del Carmen La PerlaPlaya del CarmenMexicoYes
Riu ReggaeMontego BayJamaicaYes
Royal Decameron Los CabosLos CabosMexicoYes
Royal Hideaway PlayacarPlaya del CarmenMexicoYes
Secrets AuraCozumelMexicoYes
Secrets Capri Riviera CancunCancunMexicoYes
Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera CancunPlaya del CarmenMexicoYes
Secrets the Vine CancunCancunMexicoYes
Senses Riviera Maya by ArtisanPlaya del CarmenMexicoYes
Sun PalaceCancunMexicoYes
Temptation CancunCancunMexicoYes
The Reef 28Playa del CarmenMexicoYes
The Royal Playa del CarmenPlaya del CarmenMexicoYes
The SoCo HotelBridgetownBarbadosYes
Villa Buena Onda HotelPlaya del CocoCosta RicaYes
Villa Lala – Premium CollectionPuerto VallartaMexicoNo
Riu Republica -> Our Full ReviewPunta CanaDominican RepublicYes