WEST MAUI -- Situated on one of Maui's most exquisite bays, the
Kapalua Bay Hotel & Ocean Villas is a place for travelers who
appreciate an intimate setting featuring finely tuned service and
plenty of amenities.
The sprawling property qualifies as a boutique hotel with 191
rooms, five luxury suites and 14 private villas on 18 oceanfront
The Kapalua Bay Hotel is part of the Kapalua Resort, a complex
that also boasts a Ritz-Carlton and the Kapalua Villas.
"The beauty of this property is that we have the services of a
hotel four times our size," said Revell Newton, director of sales
and marketing at Kapalua Bay.
Not many boutique hotels have three restaurants, an art school
for children, a golf academy, an airport six minutes away, its own
resort shuttle, scuba diving among its many activities and a salon
for facials and massages.
As the first luxury hotel on Maui -- it opened in 1978 -Kapalua
Bay set the bar for the rest of the island, Newton said.
In addition, its location in Kapalua is "away from the hustle
and bustle [of Kaanapali and Lahaina], yet at the same time the
hustle and bustle is only five minutes away," he said.
In 2002, the Starwood Luxury Collection property completed the
final phase of a five-year, $32 million renovation. Three low-rise
wings blend with the coastline, offering views of Molokai, Lanai or
the dormant Haleakala volcano.
Although the 400-square-foot room we stayed in during our
weekend visit was not huge, it did have a large bathroom and a
spacious sitting area. Muted white and beige tones with green
accents complemented the surrounding ocean, foliage and palm
I especially liked the bathroom, which featured two sinks and
two vanities; fluffy white towels (replaced twice a day); and soaps
in the resort's signature white bottles.
The room's best attribute was its ground-floor location, which
opened up to an expansive front lawn that spilled down to a beach
replete with kayaks and other water-sports equipment for guests to
Walking along the beach at sunset, we encountered a number of
wedding ceremonies taking place; we lost count at six.
A perfect choice for a wedding party, Kapalua Bay's oceanfront
villa suites range in size from 1,400 to 2,300 square feet; Each
has a dishwasher, a loft, full concierge service, a room-service
menu, an on-call resort shuttle and grocery service prior to
The property is part of the Kapalua Resort Community, which was
developed on 1,650 acres surrounded by a 23,000-acre working
It is framed by two nature preserves -- the Puu Kukui Rainforest
Preserve, the highest peak in the West Maui Mountains, and the
Honolua Bay Marine Life Conservation District, a favorite
destination for snorkeling tours on the island.
Fishing is prohibited in these areas; therefore, marine life is
abundant. Several turtles swam our way, and we found several
species of fish in our snorkeling excursions right off the
Guests who stay at Kapalua Bay can participate in Starwood's
Stay at One, Play at All program.
Guests who want a change of scenery, a different pool or a new
meal have signing privileges and complimentary short-term parking
at Kapalua's sister properties, the Sheraton Maui and the Westin
Maui in Kaanapali Beach, just minutes away.
The Kapalua Hotel's Salon and Massage Center (open Mondays
through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) offers a variety of
treatments, from LaStone therapy to Hawaiian Lomi Lomi (a 30-minute
massage in the salon costs $55).
For those guests who don't get enough exercise swimming in the
ocean or walking the extensive grounds, there is the
air-conditioned fitness center located over the lobby, which is
well-stocked with machines and free weights.
Each day the hotel invites local artists into the lobby and
terrace area between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to display landscape
paintings, Hawaiian feather creations, Maui Beachglass jewelry and
hot lava-glass jewelry.
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Hotel plans run gamut
WEST MAUI -- The following packages are valid at the Kapalua Bay
Hotel & Ocean Villas through Dec. 21:
• Guests who stay a minimum of four nights get the fifth night
free under a plan that includes daily breakfast for two and
unlimited beach-activity rentals. Rates range from $360 per night
for plantation rooms to $620 per night for deluxe oceanview rooms.
Taxes are not included.
• The Maui Experience package enables clients to participate in
any one activity per day, per person, with choices ranging from
scuba diving to a massage. Two-night stays are required. Rates
start at $450 per night for a gardenview room.
• The Family package provides a 50% discount on an adjoining
room when booking one at the rack rate (starting at $360 per night)
and a discount on Kamp Kapalua, the hotel's children's program.
• Unlimited Golf packages provide accommodations and daily golf
for two at the Kapalua Resort's three championship courses. The
price also includes shuttle service, use of a cart and 30-day
advance reservations on tee times. A minimum two-night stay is
Rates start at $450 per room, per night. A deluxe oceanview room
is priced at $670. At the Kapalua Golf Academy, duffers can hit 40
to 50 balls at the driving range for $6 or get a 30-minute lesson
For more information, call (800) 325-3589 or visit www.kapaluabayhotel.com.