Stay in a luxury villa rental in Maui and you will find yourself watching the sun melt into the sky from a luxury catamaran, cruising around luscious verdant islands that look like gems floating on the surface of the sea. You will explore white sand beaches, with perfect surfing and snorkelling conditions, or stumble off the beaten path and travel to Hana, where high waterfalls cascade into serene pools.
An aerial view of the beaches in Maui.
Maui is the place to go for something new, as there is always something happening in “The Valley Isle”. The adventurous will be delighted by zip lining over the jungle canopy and mountain biking in the eucalyptus forests. Or hiking trails that weave through lava flows and bamboo fields. Discover green turtles swimming in the sea off the coast, or how the sunrise shimmers on the summit of Haleakala. Go in winter to kayak with playful humpback whales or just watch the action from Makena Bay. For whale watching, snorkelling and catamaran tours go to Trilogy Excursions, and eco-friendly business that has been a staple of Maui for more than forty years. To see what goes on beneath the waves without getting wet, go to the Maui Ocean Center, an aquarium that features many native species not found anywhere else.
One of the many stunning waterfall that are dotted all over Maui.
The natural beauty of Maui will astound you. Visit the Iao Valley State Park and the Haleakala National Park for immense jungles and forests that surround you with natural wonders. In Maui the beaches come in almost every color, including the red sand Kaihalulu beach and the black sand Waianapanapa Beach, surrounded by lava rock cliffs. And, the beaches are breathtakingly beautiful, check out Ho’okipa Beach for its stunning sands. Big Beach is the cherry on top of Makena State Park, its golden sands stretch for nearly a mile besides perfect turquoise waters. Or visit Baldwin Beach Park for white sands and fantastic body boarding. Maui is also home to some incredible waterfalls, such as the Wailua Falls, the dramatic Twin Falls and Honokohau Falls, which is Maui’s tallest at 1,100-foot. For utter seclusion visit the hidden waterfall Alalele Falls, on the back road from Hana.
Maui's hidden Secret Beach is an verdant oasis of calm.
To discover Maui’s fascinating history visit Pi’ilanihale Heiau, a huge lava rock sculpture, used as an ancient place of worship. Golfers will be spoilt for choice in Maui. Experience the eco-sensitive Kapalua Golf Resort, which has fifty-four holes that winds between pineapple fields and the azure ocean. Wailea Golf Club Gold Course was designed by world-renowned golf course designers, Arthur Jack Snyder and Robert Trent Jones, and is esteemed worldwide. Shopping is another popular pastime in Maui, visit local designer Tamara Catz, the wife of surfing champion Francisco Goya, for an eclectic selection.
Maui's beautiful and huge Big Beach.
After all that activity some relaxation is in order. Visit the Awili Spa for a chic and unique blend of Japanese tradition and old world apothecary. Each handmade spa product is made especially for the individual guest. One of the best spas in Maui is Spa Montage, set in five acres of tropical beauty. Try the ‘cocoon’ (body wrap) for ultimate relaxation. Spa Grande has been voted one of the top spas in America, and with good reason. The Terme Hyrdrotherapy circuit is legendary, with unique twists like specialty bath, waterfalls, a Japanese furo and a Roman tub
The alluring black sand beaches of Maui.
For the most authentic traditional meal on the island go to the Old Lahaina Luau, where you will discover welcome aloha greetings, hula dancers and a decadent feast featuring succulent kalua pork and ahi poke. This luau is so popular that it books out a month in advance, so be sure to make reservations. To really get a taste of Maui go to Ono Farm, which offers an eleven-course sampling of its harvest. For a sophisticated dining experience go to The Banyan Tree, which has awe-inspiring views of Molokai Island in a minimal setting with food that is almost as delicious as the view. For classic French fare head to Gerard’s, where the classically trained chef uses French techniques to transform the island’s ingredients into something unique. Nestled in the cliffs above Kapalua Bay is Merriman’s Kapalua, which offers amazing views with its local farm fresh food. The creations served in this restaurant are modern, while remaining true to Hawaiian cuisine.
With so much to see and do in Maui you will find your vacation packed to the brim with excitement and entertainment. Discover the natural wonders of this tiny island in the Pacific, and the wonders of the Pacific Ocean itself by chartering a boat, surfing or snorkelling. Stay in a luxury villa rental and make this bustling, hedonistic island your home away from home.
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