This sybaritic service included a body scrub with Epicuren pineapple papaya lotion, followed by a lomi lomi massage with coconut lotion. After, you can enjoy a terrific lunch (try the chicken-mango salad, or a turkey wrap, accompanied by organic wine). There’s also a relaxation room (with volcanic stone grotto areas) where you can munch on fresh fruit and nuts; or take advantage of the sauna and steam room. One fabulous thing about this spa is that the locker rooms feature a full array of Ritz-Carlton signature products – including just about everything under the Maui sun, from mouthwash to deodorant, which makes a visit to the Waihua Spa even more of a pleasure. Retail products for sale include Epicuren, Eminence Organics, Intraceuticals and Fruits & Passion.
The resort also features a golden sand beach, and if you prefer, a beautiful pool area featuring seven new luxury cabanas that include personal attendants; flat-screen televisions; iPod docking stations; refrigerators; and ceiling fans. The cost is $250 for full-day usage from 8AM to 5PM; included are a tropical fruit platter; water or non-alcoholic beverage service for four; choice of magazines and newspapers; and more.
One thing we couldn’t enjoy, which made us crestfallen: The Club Floor, which offers five amazing food presentations per day. It was closed during our visit, and scheduled to open about a week later. We have cherished memories of the fine dining we did on the Club Floor during our previous trips to the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, and we’re still thinking about those huge, Frisbee-sized chocolate-chip-macadamia-nut cookies (which, we understand, many guests beg to have sent to them after their trip). The cost for the Club Floor is about $150 extra per day, per guest room, and this is a huge value-packed deal, in our book. You’ll have amazing breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, all in this exclusive “home within a hotel,” and we highly recommend it. The five food and beverage presentations daily include continental breakfast; midday snacks at lunch; tea and pastries in the afternoon; appetizers and cocktails every evening; and chocolates and cordials after dinner. Club rooms in 2010 start at $595 per night.
Other amenities include complimentary shuttle service to and from Kapalua Airport and throughout Kapalua Resort; safe deposit boxes; executive business services; free Wireless internet in all rooms; scenic jogging and walking trails; plus award-winning Kapalua Golf with 36 holes surrounding the hotel, including the Plantation Course and Bay Course. All things considered, the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua is a whole in one.
In 2010, oceanview suites start at $745; and oceanfront suites start at $995. All rooms and suites also carry a $20 resort fee that covers, among other things, daily internet use, local telephone calls, discounted golf fees, 24-hour fitness center access, and more.
Give The Gift Of Ritz-Carlton
With the holiday season fast approaching, the question “what do you give to the person who has everything?” has just been answered by the award-winning hotels and resorts of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. A gift card. Also perfect for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, weddings and anniversaries, the new gift card allows the recipient to choose their own special experience from a romantic weekend getaway to luxurious spa treatments and connecting with friends and families for a relaxed reunion and vacation.
Available at all Ritz-Carlton properties and online, the colorfully designed gift cards feature a contemporary artists’ portrayal of the iconic Ritz-Carlton lion and crown logo. The card offers the ultimate convenience and benefits including: registration online to protect against loss or theft, no expiration date, and the ability to reload the amount of the gift card to purchase other memorable moments. They are available in denominations to cover afternoon tea for two or accommodations in a tropical island villa.
To make the gift card presentation even more appealing, it is available in either standard or an upgraded deluxe packaging. “We believe people are as interested in special memories as they are in traditional presents. The new Ritz-Carlton gift card gives purchasers the chance to present that special person a gift they will never forget—and never return!” said Simon F. Cooper, president and chief operating officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.