Ritz Carlton Kapalua Lahaina
Adjacent to championship golf
, this Kapalua luxury hotel curves around an ocean-facing pool that cascades down three levels. Set on 54 acres over the ocean, the five-star resort has a remote, peaceful location. During construction, developers discovered a significant Hawaiian burial area, now the Honokahua Preservation Site
. The Ritz Carlton sits on an inland hill as a result—but is all the more lovely for respecting indigenous culture. This ethos extends with hula lessons in the medicinal plant garden and cards featuring Hawaiian mo’olelo
(stories) with nightly turn-down service. But the hotel knows how to cut loose as well: in fact, its Burger Shack won a 2019 James Beard Foundation award for blended burgers with its creation of grass-fed Maui beef and kiawe
-smoked king ali’i’
mushrooms on a brioche bun.