On the western edge of the island Hawaiians call the “Island of the Sun”, you will find an unrivaled resort paradise in Maui. The AAA Five-Diamond Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is a fully-renovated destination that combines opulence with rustic adventure, nature with modern style and most of all, a truly special getaway that only The Ritz-Carlton can fashion. A stay at Kapalua will surpass your expectations of a Hawaiian vacation; once again the property, the people and the memories you’ll make here create a lasting impression. Now, come along as we discover more about the magic of Maui…
Mo‘olelo: The story of this resort is only fitting considering the rich and unique Hawaiian culture. Years ago upon building this legendary getaway, it was uncovered that a significant cultural site lay on the property with the discovery of the Honokahua Burial Site. In respect of the Hawaiian people, The Ritz-Carlton reorganized building to preserve the site and decide to implement the value of sacristy and dignity first with construction.
Just as the resort is one of a kind, the people here create a special spirit for your stay that cannot be duplicated. Cultural Advisor, Clifford Nae’ole, conducts twice weekly historical “Sense of Place” discussions and tours to the border of the Honokahua Preservation Site. He also hosts the monthly “talk story” series Mai Ka Pu’uwai (Storytelling from the Heart) and is pleased to be a part of the property’s newest venture with the initiation of “The King’s Table”. Coming this fall, a small intimate setting with traditional Hawaiian foods and entertainment will be created for a true luau experience for guests. This cultural journey will be reminiscent of an evening with King Kamehmeha and will surely be spectacular. Mr. Nae’ole shares “We are an AAA Five Diamond hotel immersed in a 5 diamond culture”, and it is this rich cultural spirit that will give your vacation story an unbridled richness.
Wai: Water is an abundant life force in Kapalua and no stay at the resort would be complete without some rejuvenation evoked from the Waihua Spa at The Ritz-Carlton. Ancient Hawaiians called the purest form of water Waihua, as it never touches the ground .Now, you can indulge yourself in a spiritual spa experience like no other as you enter a space reminiscent of a rainforest, with decorative touches that let you drift away into the island’s heart.
This autumn, the spa is featuring several delicious specials including the “Fall Back in Love” offering, perfect for couples. Another amenity that this property features is the only coed indoor/outdoor relaxation area in Hawaii, perfect for unwinding with your ku’uipo (sweetheart). But after your spa visit, be sure to finish your experience by selecting a Hawaiian value before leaving the spa. Then make your way to the Mo‘olelo statue and meditate on your chosen virtue to complete your Waihua transformation.
Mahalo: Just as water is a key element to your spa stay and island experience, it is most important to appreciate our surroundings. Led by trained naturalists, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua features Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program; this unique offering includes an environmental and cultural education center with outdoor excursions that are truly magical. Can you imagine hiking through the Hawaiian rainforest? Or perhaps experiencing “Cities Under the Sea”, a snorkeling excursion where as you explore Maui’s coral reefs (and might even get to swim alongside sea turtles), you create your very own under the sea memories with a digital camera. But as you are having the time of your life, the expert naturalists educate guests about our fragile environment, to respect the mission of the program. According to Jean-Michel Cousteau, “We expect everyone, by learning more about our natural world and their places within it, to return to their communities as Ambassadors of the Environment”. By doing this when we return to the mainland, we can continue to acknowledge our time in Hawaii by being thankful for the beautiful gifts nature has given us.
A vacation at this stunning property is so much more than a place to sleep at night. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua understands as Mr. Nae’ole shares, “Who we were, who we are and who we want to be”, as the destination is ever evolving and embracing the charm of Maui that lures guests back time and time again. It’s a pleasure to visit nearby bustling yet quaint Lahaina one evening, or ride the Hana Highway to enjoy one of the most beautiful scenic drives you’ll ever experience…but it is just as possible to stay on site and revel in a wonderfully full and culturally decadent vacation. Overall, this destination resort makes quite an impression –culturally, spiritually, and physically, a stay at Kapalua is perfection. So as you stroll the sands of D. T. Fleming beach, leave your footprints and carry with you the magic of Maui forever…
* For information or reservations at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, please call (800) 262-8440 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com
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