The Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, Kapalua Bay

Photo Credit: Michael Reiss
Some things stay the same, some get better. Maui does both! It remains the number one favorite island destination in the world, and for good reason. The sun, sand, surf, ocean breezes, breathtaking vistas, endless activities, sumptuous food and lodging options and the aloha spirit are all irresistible.

Where to Stay: Luxury Digs
Whether a first visitor or a loyal Maui returnee, your first decision is where to stay. If unsurpassed beauty, impeccable service and luxury accommodations are on your list, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, Kapalua Bay can become your island home. Located just alongside The Ritz-Carlton Hotel on the pristine shores of Kapalua Bay, (which means "arms embracing the sea") where white sand beaches, renowned golf and dramatic neighbor island views are made all the more perfect by the legendary luxury services of The Ritz-Carlton.

The Allure of Hawaiian Culture
Setting The Ritz-Carlton properties apart from the many other possible choices is their emphasis on people, place and island culture which is experienced at every encounter. Cultural Ambassador, Silla Kaina, a native of Kapalua, further enhances your sense of place with her programs including hula dance lessons, lei making and "Talk Story" sessions offered daily to heighten guests' appreciation for the richness of the Hawaiian heritage. Charles Cook, the Ambassador of Fun, provides a full range of activities for children of all ages who are lucky enough to call the residences home.

Amenities Abound
Members enjoy Kapalua Bay's two world-class golf courses with panoramic views of the ocean and gently rolling fairways. They rejuvenate in the near 30,000-square-foot Kapalua Spa, a seaside sanctuary with holistic treatments for body and soul. They swim the calm waters off a beach protected by a horseshoe of land, making it ideal for families with young children. They lounge by the stunning 8,500-square-foot lagoon pool, while enjoying delicious drinks and pupus from the bar. And they experience the resort's zip lines, climbing wall, suspension bridge and hiking trails.

The Kapalua Spa
One of the newest amenities of The Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, Kapalua Bay is its proximity and access to the Kapalua Spa. The spa offers signature treatments indoors or al fresco that highlight the long history of Hawaiian healing.

If pure bliss is on your list of things to do before you die, then Kapalua Spa fits the bill. The understated elegance of the space of over 30,000-square-feet is awaiting your arrival. Check in at the open air pavilion well ahead of your treatment time so you can enjoy the architecture that takes full advantage of the the magnificent setting. Work up a sweat at the state-of-the-art fitness center, and prepare for a spa treatment that will exceed your expectations.

Book the "Rock the Stone" treatment for a sensational combination of deep tissue massage and hot stone therapy that will release stress and tension and put you in a state of Nirvana. Enjoy laps in the infinity pool, soothing sounds of waterfalls, relaxing hot tub and sublime vistas to punctuate the experience and put you in a state of bliss.

Major Activities and Events
The Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, Kapalua Bay is just 20 minutes from Lahaina, one hour from Kahului and its airport, and one hour and ten minutes from Wailea. Although anytime of the year is the right time to enjoy these distinctive residences, there is no better time than during one of the many special activities such as the Kapalua Wine and Food Festival.

It is scheduled each June and has been attracting culinary followers for over 30 years. The weekend series of events highlights world renowned wineries and chefs through seminars, tastings and galas that spotlight the culinary excellence of the island. What better reason to visit the island than to experience its uniqueness through the tradition, culture and creativity of its cuisine enhanced by world class wines and seminars to heighten your understanding and appreciation of this culinary celebration. Visit to learn more.

Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Diane Sukiennik is an internationally recognized writer, coach, keynote speaker, consultant, educator and licensed therapist. She is the author of The Career Fitness Program: Exercising Your Options, 11th edition, Prentice Hall, the most widely used text in colleges and universities in the subject area. A self-proclaimed 'leisurologist,' she speaks French and Spanish, is an avid world traveler and...(Read More)

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