Overlooking a golden sand beach and surrounded by a historic pineapple plantation, the award-winning Ritz-Carlton Kapalua sits in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. The carefully maintained presence of the Hawaiian culture evident throughout the hotel can be credited to the advice and education shared by the hotel’s cultural advisor. Adding local culture to a keen interest in the local environment and sustainability makes a stay at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua a unique and rare experience.
With a $180 million transformation just five years ago involving complete renovation and exceeding all Ritz hotel expectations, the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua features 463 guestrooms including 107 residential suites. All guestrooms have spacious lanais with different views of the island, and contain Hawaiian inspired artwork. Each room has a flat-screen LCD television, the latest technology including free wireless Internet access and many of the essentials required for grooming, bathing, and relaxing in style. The travertine bathrooms come with a separate shower and tub, and luxury bathroom amenities.
Guest services include a twice-daily housekeeping service, concierge service, and access to valet parking. A shuttle service is available to take guests to and from Kapalua Airport as well as throughout the resort, and car rental services are available.
The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua takes great pride in being described as dynamic and vibrant, and the resort offers a huge variety of activities and features. Guests can enjoy the golden sandy beach or use the tri-level swimming pool and sun deck. This includes the children’s pool and luxury Cabanas. Ocean activities involve snorkeling, kayaking, boogie boarding, and scuba diving in the sapphire waters of the Pacific Ocean.
For those who like to keep active there are several superb tennis courts, a basketball court, and two award-winning golf courses, all available to guests with quality golf and tennis tuition available. Within the resort, there are scenic walking and jogging trails, and there is a daily schedule of fitness and wellness classes. Add the weekly cultural programs and activities to the blend of Ritz-Carlton Kapalua attributes and guests will find something to suit everyone.
Health and Relaxation
The Ritz-Carlton Waihua Spa features Hawaiian massage treatments and a range of facial and body services. Treatment rooms feature private shower gardens, and guests may reap the benefits from the eucalyptus infused steam rooms, cedar saunas, and whirlpools, or take time out and rest in the relaxation lounges. The Fitness Center and movement studio with stunning ocean views contains cardiovascular and weight-training equipment with personal training options available.
What clearly sets this property apart from others is the volcanic stone grotto that both the men’s and women’s spas have within their locker rooms. Guests can enjoy the indoor heated whirlpools within the grotto areas.
Dining with Culture
Six dining experiences are on offer, with the hotel’s signature restaurants providing the ultimate in fine cuisine. Each unique restaurant is influenced by the Hawaiian love of the land with both décor and menus celebrating local and historical culture. The Poolside Bar and Café and Aina Gourmet provide beverages, snacks, and appetizers, while the Terrace Restaurant offers plantation style breakfast buffets. The Beach House Bar & Grill, sheltered by a natural canopy of coconut palms, serves light meals and local favorites for lunch and dinner.
Celebrating Hawaiian culture is evident within the Kai Sushi. A menu that blends the island’s freshest sushi and Japanese cuisine pays homage to the Asian influence within the island’s history. The Alaloa Lounge and Bar, with its ocean views, cocktails, and appetizers, has taken its design inspiration from the volcanic activity responsible for the formation of the Hawaiian Islands.
The newest dining experience can be found in the Terrace Chef-Crafted, which offers sophistication with rustic charm. Seasonal, organic and sustainable fresh ingredients from the Pacific coast, local farms, and the hotel fruit and vegetable gardens inspire the distinctive menu, which is complimented by a wide choice of fine wines and classic cocktails.
Ambassadors of the Environment
A collaboration with Jean-Michel Cousteau, renowned diplomat for the environment, and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has resulted in the innovative Ambassadors of the Environment program being launched in Kapalua. Offering environmental and cultural education to all ages, with an emphasis on Hawaii’s unique ecosystems as well as sustainability and environmental issues, the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua is enormously proud to be involved in the creation of future environmental ambassadors. The programs are typically excursions led by expert naturalists. The leaders of these programs are full of knowledge and get participants engaged within their activity.
The property has its own garden that grows fresh produce. This produce is used at the property’s restaurants daily. It has been such a success that they plan to greatly expand the garden in the coming years.
The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua is arguably the most dynamic properties in all of Maui. For instance, what other luxury property would you find two pet pigs (named Loco and Moco), a luxury spa like no other, as well as world-renowned golfing, and much, much more.
LUX Tip: Enjoy all the spa has to offer. It’s truly an underestimated and special place at the resort. The grotto will blow you away.
Nightly rates start at $459.
The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua
One Ritz-Carlton Drive,
Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii 96761