Maui Beyond the Beach

Activity, relaxation, and culture: Maui has it all. Families make lasting memories here, soaking up the scenery while immersing themselves in the fascinating heritage. A waterfall hike reveals insights into botany and local culture; an epic sunset atop a volcano begins with farm lessons; and animal encounters include whale watching and horseback riding. Book through American Express Travel for valuable perks like hotel credits, upgrades, or other exclusive benefits.

3550 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, HI 96753, USA
Opened in 2013, Andaz’s first and only Hawaiian property has four cascading infinity pools (plus many more private plunge pools) and an enviable location on Mokapu Beach, meaning guests are never more than a few steps from water. The 290 rooms and suites are decked out in stylish, contemporary furnishings—some even come with Viking grills on private lanais—and 10 luxurious villas feature up to four bedrooms, with the largest maxing out at a sprawling 4,000 square feet. The resort’s full calendar of activities offers everything from coconut leaf weaving to kayaking, outrigger canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding—plus GoPro shooting and editing lessons to best capture it all. At Morimoto Maui, one of four restaurants on the property, renowned chef Masaharu Morimoto combines Japanese and Western influences in inspired dishes like yellowtail “pastrami,” served with a gin-spiked crème fraîche.
3643 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, HI 96768, USA
Experience Maui’s rich paniolo (cowboy) history and thriving arts community in Makawao, a small town situated midway up Haleakala Volcano in Upcountry Maui. The Makawao History Museum traces Maui’s plantation and paniolo heritage back to the 19th century while the Makawao Rodeo, held each July 4th, celebrates paniolo traditions. You can take to the saddle yourself at nearby Piiholo Ranch, which offers horseback rides on a working cattle ranch. When you’ve worked up an appetite, join the locals for lunch at Makawao Garden Café. Browse locally made art at Sherri Reeve Gallery & Gifts and Maui Hands, and swing by Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center for exhibits and classes. Pick up a treat for the road from T. Komoda Store & Bakery, a Makawao institution for 100+ years.
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