The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua

A serene Maui getaway
When you want a respite from the tourists in Maui, head to The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua. Tucked inside the exclusive Kapalua Resort on the north shore, the waterfront hotel gives you unfettered access to its 54 verdant acres, Pacific views that stretch to Molokai island and the brand’s signature service, sans crowds.

As part of the 22,000-acre Kapalua Resort, the hotel provides access to one of the state’s largest nature preserves with two marine sanctuaries, two championship golf courses and Kapalua Golf Academy, miles of hiking trails and court play at the Kapalua Tennis Garden.

In the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel, soak up the rays from the stunning three-tier swimming pool or take cover under one of the palapas in the 20,000-square-foot sundeck. Indulge in Hawaiian therapies like the lomi lomi massage in the spa or dine at one of the six newly refreshed onsite restaurants.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • One of the best amenities at the luxury hotel greets you upon entering the warm, inviting dark-wood-paneled lobby. The missing back wall nicely frames the palm-tree-lined pool, luxe cabanas and the Pacific.
  • You’ll want to spend your days lounging in and around the undulating three-tiered pool surrounded by luxe cabanas.
  • A standout perk is the spa. The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua Spa draws on Hawaiian traditions for inspired treatments like Pohaku Wela, an 80-minute service that uses warm volcanic stones to help aching muscles and aid relaxation.
  • This is a family-friendly hotel. When kids aren’t playing in their own pool and water play area, the Ritz Kids program will keep them busy with everything from a session on sharks to a hike to learn about Hawaii’s volcanoes. (The Ambassadors of the Environment program lets adults in on the fun with activities like whale watching, snorkeling and hiking.)
  • End the day at the Alaloa Lounge, where you can sit outside near a fire pit, watch the sun sink into the horizon, sip an Ali'i Mai Tai (Plantation Stiggins' Fancy Pineapple Rum, Kuleana Huihui Rum, Plantation OFTD, dry curacao, macadamia nut orgeat and lime) and catch the nightly Farewell to the Day Sunset Ritual, which includes the blowing of a conch shell and the banging of a sacred Hawaiian drum.
Things to Know
  • Upgrade to gain access to The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge at the Anuenue Room. Debuted in 2022, the indoor-outdoor space overlooks Molokai and the 15th hole of the Bay Golf Course. It offers a concierge, gourmet culinary offerings (like tuna tataki banh mi and kalua duck confit) and cultural programming (like the Hawaiian sunset ceremony). And if you need some sustenance for an excursion or late at night, the lounge provides to-go snacks and beverages 24 hours a day.
  • As a guest at The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua, you’ll receive free transportation around the larger Kapalua Resort area. It includes the aforementioned golf courses and marine sanctuaries, along with several nearby restaurants and bars, including Merriman's Kapalua, which serves regional cuisine and striking views from its lanai on the edge of Kapalua Bay; Taverna, a rustic, open-air Italian eatery; and Pour House, a wine bar where you can sip and paint the Maui sunset.
  • Kapalua hosts a bevy of annual events, including Celebration of the Arts, Kapalua Wine & Food Festival, Wellness Week, Whale Tales and PGA Tour Tournament of Champions.
The Rooms
  • A subdued, sophisticated island vibe permeates the 466 rooms (107 of them are suites) at the Maui hotel. It pops up in the dark wood furnishings, hardwood floors, locally inspired artwork and Hawaiian patterns in the throw pillows, curtains and rugs.
  • The most Hawaiian feature may be the lanai, or balcony. Reserve a room overlooking the impressive free-form pool and the ocean beyond it so that you can wake up and take coffee on the lanai and take the scene in.
  • Flat-screen smart TVs and Nespresso coffeemakers come standard in all rooms.
  • Accommodations have marble-covered bathrooms with separate tubs and shower stalls.
  • Upgrade to get access to the Club Lounge, which serves breakfast, light snacks, hors d' oeuvres, beverages and desserts throughout the day. It also comes with its own dedicated concierge.
The Restaurants
  • Banyan Tree restaurant incorporates Hawaiian tradition into every plate. Opt for the fresh catch of the day with local vegetables from Hua Momona Farms in a Japanese coconut curry sauce or the black garlic glazed short ribs with local carrots and potato puree.

  • The Alaloa Lounge gives you amazing vistas and cocktails, along with dishes like sushi, sashimi and a delectable wagyu smash burger.
  • Dig into the breakfast buffet — complete with a bloody mary bar — at Ulana Terrace, which overlooks the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star resort’s three-tiered pool and the Pacific Ocean.
  • If you’re looking for a snack or smoothie while basking in the Hawaiian sun, order from Olu Cafe near the pool. (You can even be served poolside while relaxing on a one of the chaise lounges).
  • For a meaty meal, head to the alfresco Burger Shack, which serves creative burgers like the Ali’i (grass-fed beef, hamakua mushrooms, Swiss cheese and smoky chipotle aioli) alongside tropical shakes like the Kula Crunch (strawberry and macadamia nut cookie). Opt to order a to-go kit to bring on a beach picnic.
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1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Maui, Hawaii 96761
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