The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
| +1 808-669-6200
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The Ritz-Carlton, KapaluaSet on 54 acres adjacent to two championship golf courses, the five-star Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua enjoys a remote, peaceful location overlooking the ocean. During construction, developers discovered a significant Hawaiian burial area—which now functions as the Honokahua Preservation Site—and were forced to build on an inland hill, but the resort is all the more lovely for respecting indigenous culture. This local ethos extends to the hotel programming, which includes hula lessons in the medicinal plant garden and cards featuring Hawaiian mo‘olelo (stories) with turndown service each night.
Recently redesigned, the guest rooms and suites boast local art; modern, island-inspired design; luxurious marble bathrooms; and spacious outdoor lanais (balconies). The tranquil spa offers treatments inspired by ancient Hawaiian traditions, while six on-site dining outlets serve everything from Hawaiian pupu (appetizers) to French-Filipino fusion. For something casual but delicious, head to the alfresco Burger Shack, which won a James Beard Foundation Blended Burger Award for its grass-fed Maui beef creation topped with kiawe-smoked king alii mushrooms.