Located just north of Maui’s Ka’anapali Beach, visitors will find welcoming shores and immense beauty, similar to what attracted the area’s first inhabitants. Today, guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – Maui, Hawaii beach resort can hike through lush rainforest, snorkel beneath the ocean’s shimmering surface, challenge themselves on two championship golf courses or simply relax on golden-sand beaches. This oceanfront hotel introduces visitors to the culture and natural beauty of Maui while pampering them with luxury amenities to meet every need and desire.Boasting 54 stunning acres, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua proudly maintains the Honokahua Preservation Site, a recognized “wahi pana” (sacred site) that lies adjacent to the resort and serves as a destination where Native Hawaiians can gather to conduct ceremonies and protocol.


Guests can enjoy the beauty of Maui without ever leaving their room or suite. All accommodations include a furnished balcony, many with ocean views, and locally inspired décor.

The newly reimagined one- and two-bedroom Residential Suites feature enhanced kitchens with top-of-the-line appliances and refreshed interiors that infuse Ritz-Carlton sophistication with contemporary furnishings and a Hawaiian sense of place.


Each of the six restaurants at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua offers a unique experience, yet all reflect the culture and culinary traditions of Maui.

At Banyan Tree, ingredients from local farms are complemented by fresh seafood and innovative cocktails. Aina Gourmet offers homemade pastries, to-go fare and 100% Maui coffee. And Alaloa Lounge takes advantage of our waterfront location with outdoor seating and seasonal whale-watching.


In ancient Hawaii, the purest of water, Waihua, was celebrated for its healing powers. Today, guests of our Maui resort spa can experience this centuries-old tradition with treatments based on native practices. Therapies draw on plants, flowers and fruits from throughout Hawaii and herbs cultivated in our very own organic garden. Private cabanas are perfect for couple’s treatments and outdoor gardens provide a serene setting for pre- or post-treatment relaxation


The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is nestled within the pristine 22,000-acre Kapalua Resort, giving guests exclusive access to amenities and activities hosted within this Maui beach hotel and within the legendary resort, including:

One of Hawaii’s largest nature preserves with two marine sanctuaries.

Signature Maui events each year: Celebration of the Arts, Kapalua Wine & Food Festival, Wellness Week, XTERRA World Championship and PGA-TOUR Tournament of Champions.

Two championship golf courses, The Bay Course and The Plantation Course, along with the award-winning instructions of the Kapalua Golf Academy.

Exciting outdoor adventures and activities including miles of hiking trails, and the Kapalua Tennis Garden designed for novice and pro players alike.

Variety of dining options featuring local cuisine including Pineapple Grill, Merriman’s Kapalua, Cane and Canoe, Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar, Wine Palette, Taverna and The Plantation House.


Combining the timeless romance of Hawaii and the elegance of a luxury resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua offers the perfect setting for your destination wedding. Comprehensive wedding services begin with our packages and dedicated planners, who work with couples to ensure every detail is decided. The celebration is underway as soon as your guests arrive in Maui with a day at the spa for the bridal party, a few rounds of golf for the groomsmen or an authentic lu’au to replace the traditional rehearsal dinner. With an array of indoor and outdoor venues, our resort can host your big day as well as all the events surrounding it.


When it comes to outdoor recreation, Maui wins best in show. Just look at that zipliner launching into a canopy of green. Or the mountain biker hurtling past eucalyptus and pine. Hikers have it darn good too, with trails winding through lava flows and bamboo forests. Along the coast, surfers barrel through waves, windboarders skim across whitecaps and snorkelers glide among fish-filled reefs and coral.And we haven’t even mentioned the Valley Isle’s most iconic adventures, like driving the Road to Hana. Watching the sunrise from the summit of Haleakalā. Paddling a kayak within sight of humpback whales in Makena Bay. In sum? Amazing.

Natural Beauty

The golden sands of Keawakapu Beach. The rumpled green flanks of Haleakalā. The graceful beauty of Wailua Falls. These gorgeous sights have drawn admirers for generations. But it’s funny, just when you think you have a handle on Maui’s sublime scenery, an unexpected view catches you by surprise. It’s these unplanned glimpses of beauty that linger in your memory. Maybe it’s the ʻahinahina (silversword) staking out a claim on a stark crater slope. Or the jagged lava along the Keʻanae Peninsula, looking protective for a moment, not menacing. And the Waiakoa Loop Trail at Polipoli? Spookily pretty – until that baby boar snuffles into view.

Food & Drink

A top-notch dining scene enhances Maui’s natural charms. And the best part? No matter the view or adventure, you’re always a short drive from a delicious meal. Unless it’s 8pm in Hana and you’re looking for dinner…but we digress. From scrappy food trucks to white-linen dining rooms, eateries are embracing locally sourced food, from Upcountry vegetables to grass-fed beef from the ranch down the road. And the local food? The names may be unfamiliar – loco moco, shave ice, kalua pork – but trust us, the flavors are rich and delicious, and the portions typically hearty.


As you hike over the uncomfortable lava rocks on the King’s Hwy near La Perouse Bay, gazing out to sea and broiling under the sun, it’s easy to connect with ancient travelers who surely felt the same mix of awe and discomfort. Maui is dotted with such spots, where natural formations and historic structures are direct portals to the past. Downtown Lahaina, with its old wooden storefronts and rowdy pubs, channels the whaling era. You’d hardly blink if Edward Bailey, an 1800s missionary, stepped from the stairwell at the Bailey House. And the 100-year-old Komoda Bakery? The past still makes tasty cream puffs.


Snapshots of these islands scattered in the cobalt blue Pacific Ocean are heavenly, without the need for any embellishment by tourist brochures. Sunrises and sunsets are so spectacular that they’re cause for celebration all by themselves, such as atop Haleakalā volcano on Maui. As tropical getaways go, Hawaii couldn’t be easier or more worth the trip, though be aware that visiting these Polynesian isles isn’t always cheap. But whether you’re dreaming of swimming in crystal waterfall pools or lazing on golden-sand beaches, you can find what you’re looking for here.

Play Outside

Just as in days of old, life in Hawaii is lived outdoors. Whether it’s surfing, swimming, fishing or picnicking with the ʻohana (extended family and friends), encounters with nature are infused with the traditional Hawaiian value of aloha ʻaina – love and respect for the land.Go hiking across ancient lava flows and down fluted pali (sea cliffs). Learn to surf, the ancient Hawaiian sport of ‘wave sliding,’ and then snorkel or dive with giant manta rays and sea turtles. Kayak to a deserted offshore island or hop aboard a whale-watching cruise. Back on land, ride horseback with paniolo, Hawaii’s cowboys.

Island Style

Floating all by itself in the middle of the Pacific, Hawaii proudly maintains its own distinct identity apart from the US mainland. Spam, shave ice, surfing, ukulele and slack key guitar music, hula, pidgin, aloha shirts, ‘rubbah slippah’ (flip-flops) – these are just some of the touchstones of everyday life, island style. Pretty much everything here feels easygoing, low-key and casual, bursting with genuine aloha and fun. You’ll be equally welcome whether you’re a globe-trotting surf bum, a beaming couple of fresh-faced honeymooners or a big, multigenerational family with rambunctious kids.

Modern Multiculturalism

Hawaii is as proud of its multicultural heritage as it is of former US President Barack Obama, who was born in Honolulu on Oʻahu. On these Hawaiian Islands, the descendants of ancient Polynesians, European explorers, American missionaries and Asian plantation immigrants mix and mingle. What’s remarkable about contemporary Hawaii is that harmonious multiculturalism is the rule, not the exception. Boisterous arts and cultural festivals keep diverse community traditions alive, from Hawaiian outrigger canoe races to Japanese taiko drumming. Come here to see what the future of the USA could be.

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