Free cool towels, cucumber eye masks and lavender spritzers poolside
Family-friendly movies (and free popcorn) screened poolside during the summer
Environmental activities led by trained naturalists and a cultural adviser who instructs in Hawaiian traditions
Multilevel pools and hot tubs open 24 hours
What To Know
Kahului Airport is a 45-minute drive away; the Kapalua airport, which handles inter-island flights only, is five minutes away
Self-parking is $10 per day; valet parking is $18 per day
Daily $25 resort fee includes local calls and WiFi access
Parking on site
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Luxe hilltop resort overlooking a dreamy beach, offering true Hawaiian cultural and eco experiences
Located on a hill above D.T. Fleming Beach, which many locals deem the island’s best, is this posh resort, which was completely renovated in 2008 to the tune of $180 million. Gone are the chintzy curtains, the library fireplace and the faux-European ambience. These days the resort offers a true island sense of place, with airy rooms and public spaces that take design cues from the colors of the ocean, beach, mountains and rain forest that surround it. There’s also a new 10,000-square-foot three-tier pool, a humongous spa and a partnership with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program offering such activities as hiking, nature photography, snorkeling and whale watching to all guests.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms feature dark Brazilian wood floors covered with kukui tree–patterned rugs, and elegant beds and chaises positioned near floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Rooms open onto wrought iron lanais that afford views of the ocean or resort grounds. On the sand-colored walls hang Hawaiian-inspired artworks, while flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations sit on elegant armoires and side tables. Bathrooms are clad in marble and outfitted with luxurious bath products, piles of plush towels and terry bathrobes.
With six bars and restaurants, guests never go hungry (or thirsty) at this resort. Serving sandwiches and salads, the Beach House is the most casual, while Alaloa Lounge, with its striking black lava stone wall, serves delicious cocktails and small plates. The Terrace restaurant offers a menu that highlights the island’s local produce and seafood; think quinoa and roasted kula beets or Kona seafood paella. The 17,500-square-foot Waihua Spa features saunas, a whirlpool with lava stone walls, a fitness center and 15 spacious treatment rooms. Children are taken care of with free arts and crafts, beach activities and environmental learning programs.
In the Area
Join the resort’s chef for Ai Pono (Eat Well), a free tour of the garden, to learn to cultivate herbs and spices and incorporate them into healthy cooking. Rent a car or book a guided tour along the legendary Road to Hana, where guests wend their way through some of the island’s most beautiful scenery, including emerald rain forests and gushing waterfalls, past roadside vendors selling tasty banana bread. Take a helicopter tour for a bird’s-eye view of the amazing Haleakala Crater as well as the island’s tallest waterfalls and gorgeous cliffs. Back at the resort, sign up for a snorkeling and underwater photography adventure offered at Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Education Center.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
1 Ritz Carlton Dr
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
How to Get There
The closest major airports to The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua are:Kapalua, HI (JHM-West Maui) - 4.1 km / 2.5 miKahului, HI (OGG) - 25.9 km / 16.1 miThe preferred airport for The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is Kapalua, HI (JHM-West Maui). Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property’s location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.