A few years back I was fortunate to travel to the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua in Maui. My wife and I were looking to play some golf and soak up the sun. The Ritz is a golfers paradise with two championship golf courses right on property.
The hotel also features an Environmental Program that teaches guests about Hawaiian culture and the native environment through fun-filled excursions led by expert naturalists. The spa is world class or if your into a more active vacation take on a high-octane hike or water adventure at the Kapalua Adventure Center and Mountain Outpost.
We had a standard room with a pool view. The 1 bedroom suites are amazing and feature a full kitchen. The accommodations were immaculate and the service was even better. They have three huge tiered swimming pools and had plenty of chairs.
The drinks and food were a little expensive but the food was unbelievable and the drinks were all top shelf. The Lobby Bar, Alaloa Lounge-features a new onyx bar with carved wood details, hand-blown glass pendants and a black lava stone wall to form the back-bar. It was named Best Lobby Lounge on the island by the readers of Maui No Ka Oi Magazine. They offer evening entertainment and breathtaking views. Get there early and stay late! The Banyan Tree is the hotel’s signature restaurant and features a bar and lounge with beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and Moloka’i. The menu showcases Hawaii’s abundant fruits and fresh catches for lunch and dinner.
The beach is incredible! It is just a short walk from the pool. The beach is private with sort of a crescent shape and has soft, fluffy sand. It was never crowded and most often you were sharing maybe a few other couples or families. The waves do come in with some force so do not turn your back on it.
I have stayed in over a dozen Ritz Carlton’s around the world and this was my favorite! If your looking for a high end golf/Hawaiian vacation the Ritz Kapalua is truly special.