The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
How to Get There
Excellent location, absolutely wonderful staff, great access to beaches and activities. All the food was excellent (pricey, but in line with other tourist areas on the island). Only critical feedback was most of the food options on the resort close early, and the showers were small.
Beautiful location elevated above the shoreline. Terraced from the lobby to pools to the beach. Expansive pool area with great views of the water. Breakfast in the main restaurant also has water views. The rooms are large and comfortable. I liked the bar near the pool which had a nice happy hour promotion. Walking along the cliff in the morning was fantastic as it wraps over to Kapalua Bay. The only caution is that food is quite pricey with only one restaurant option on site for dinner. There are several nearby in the area which you can walk or take a shuttle to. The beach is nice, but you have to pay a steep price for chairs and umbrellas. Should be all included for the price. Overall a nice place to stay for a few days.
From the time we pulled up to the valet desk to leaving we were pampered by a very attentive staff. The facilities were excellent and our suite was wonderful, including the views. We really hated having to leave.