KAPALUA, Hawaii --
In a major innovation even for health-focused Hawaii, the owners of
Kapalua Resort on Maui and Miraval -- Life in Balance of Tucson,
Ariz., will create an integrated health and wellness community,
Hawaiis first, at Kapalua.
The Miraval Kapalua
Destination Resort Spa, expected to break ground in early 2006,
will include two spas, some 100 rentable villa units, a fitness
facility, yoga and meditation parks plus a village with shops and
The cost of the
project -- called Miraval at Kapalua -- has not been released,
according to a spokesman for Miraval.
The villas, which
will be rented on a daily or weekly basis, will be at the heart of
the development, surrounding the primary spa and wellness
A second spa,
Miraval Kapalua Oceanside, will offer a full range of amenities and
services. They include outdoor hales, or huts, for massage; salon
services; and thalasso-therapy treatments as well as a
An outdoor facility
called the Miraval Kapalua Mountain
Adventure will feature an equestrian program in addition to hiking
and biking on Kapaluas 23,000 acres. This facility will be located
a couple of miles into the hills above the resort, according to the
The Miraval Kapalua
Village will be the first thing guests will see after entering the
gates to the Kapalua Resort. Shops will reflect the holistic mind,
body, spirit experience of Miraval. The villas, meanwhile, will be
wholly owned plantation-style residences.
This is where we
hope to get back to the roots of Kapalua, said Beverly Matthews,
vice president of development for the Kapalua Land Co., a
subsidiary of the Maui Land & Pineapple Co., which took back
ownership of the Kapalua Bay Hotel from Starwood earlier this
So much of the
islands history comes from the pineapple plantations here at
Kapalua, which are still in operation today.
Miraval -- Life in
Balance is a sanctuary whose only other location is in the Santa
Catalina Mountains of southern Arizona. The destination spa is
renowned for its philosophy that incorporates luxury into a healthy
focus on the body, mind and spirit.
The Miraval people
have a completely unique product that they were certainly careful
about attempting to duplicate, said Matthews.
Miraval and the
Kapalua Land Co. had been in negotiations for several months,
according to a Kapalua representative.
The design and
planning will be done by the new venture, which includes both
Kapalua and Miraval board members.
210-room Kapalua Bay Hotel, the Kapalua Resort also is home to the
548-room Ritz-Carlton and the 292-unit Kapalua Villas.
Visit www.kapaluamaui.com for more information on the
reporter Brian Berusch, send e-mail to [email protected].