Luxury Hawaii : Luxury Hawaii 2017
TOP THINGS TO DO ON MAUI LUXURY HAWAI‘I 17 SPA TREATMENTS Maui is home to some of the best spas in Hawai‘i. Soak in a salt bath at Spa Grande at Grand Wailea, which is the largest in the state; enjoy a treatment with local ingredients in the plantation-style spa suite amid tropical gardens at Montage Kapalua Bay or indulge in an oceanfront massage at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. SNORKELLING AT MOLOKINI CRATER Book a day tour from Mā‘alaea or Lāhainā to the extinct Molokini Crater, off Maui’s south coast. The small, crescent-shaped island is now a protected marine reserve offering fabulous opportunities for snorkelling and scuba diving. WHALE WATCHING Shielded by the West Maui Mountains and Maui’s highest peak, Haleakalā, the clear, calm shallow waters off West Maui and South Maui are perfect for whale watching. Several operators offer boat tours from Lāhainā Harbor during the season, from December to May. HALEAKALĀ CRATER Hike to the summit of Haleakalā Crater at sunrise or sunset to see the view of the out- of-this-world landscapes that surround the dormant volcano and across the southern and eastern coastlines. EXPLORE UPCOUNTRY On the slopes of Haleakalā, Kula is known for its fertile farms and botanic gardens. Taste handcrafted drops from MauiWine at Ulupalakua Ranch, learn how cheese is made at the award-winning Surfing Goat Dairy and stroll among the perfumed purple flowers at Ali‘i Kula Lavender Farm. SCENIC DRIVE Take your time driving along the coast from the peaceful town of Hāna to Kahului on the Hāna Highway. With more than 600 bends and nearly 60 bridges, the route takes you past beautiful rainforests, majestic waterfalls and pools. HIT THE BEACH Maui has 190km of coastline and more than 45km of beaches, some of which have been voted the best in the world. Hire a surfboard and hit the waves, go swimming or just lie on the sand and relax. STROLL THROUGH PĀ‘IA Wander among the colourful, rustic store- fronts in the former plantation town of Pā‘ia, on Maui’s North Coast. Make sure you stop at Paia Fish Market Restaurant to try one of their famous fish burgers. SHOPPING In the prestigious Wailea Resort, The Shops at Wailea has more than 70 stores and restaurants, including luxury brands, local favourites and fine art galleries. Front St in Lāhainā is lined with boutiques and galleries selling everything from trinkets to fine art. GOLF Maui is a golfer’s paradise, with 14 courses to choose from. Some are designed by luminaries such as Arnold Palmer and Ben Crenshaw and are ranked at or near the top of ‘world’s best’ lists. The PGA Tour’s Tournament of Champions is held here each year, so you may even bump into a pro in the clubhouse. Indulge in a salt bath at Grand Wailea.