At the northern end of Kaanapali Beach, you’ll find the decadent Honua Kai Resort and Spa made up of two hotel and condominium buildings and steeped in spa luxuries. Total relaxation awaits at Ho’ola Spa, where you can dabble in contemporary island treatments from Malie Organics, Hawaii’s premier luxury beauty brand. Newlyweds and couples who’d like to re-ignite the spark should try the Honeymoon Spa Package, where you’ll be lathered up in tropical body butter in a side-by-side massage until you’re feeling fully relaxed and rejuvenated.
Get comfy in a studio, one-, two- or three-bedroom suite, where in-room laundry and Bosch kitchen appliances give you the conveniences of home—but with some tropical flair! Think fresh-cut bird-of-paradise flower arrangements in your bright seating area, and clear views over swaying palms and ocean waves. You can whip up your own take on Hawaiian cuisine in your gourmet cook space with fresh ingredients from the nearby supermarket while you look out over your island worktop to the glistening sea.
If you’d rather dine out, head to Duke’s Beach House. Named after iconic Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku, this beachfront eatery plates up responsibly-sourced seafood and local treats like banana and macadamia nut pancakes while you sit surrounded by surfing memorabilia and photos of the Olympian, movie star and local hero. For lighter bites, pop into charming coffee bar and deli Aina Gourmet Market, which takes on the 100-mile concept of preparing only seasonal, local delights. You’ll be helping the island economy by purchasing snacks that support small-scale farmers and other Maui entrepreneurs. Sip on a delicious coffee that’s 100-percent island grown (at O’o Farm) and lovingly roasted in micro lots.
For your daily dose of fun, head to the resort’s water slide. There’s space to splash for the whole day, what with gushing man-made waterfalls and a three-acre network of pools. If saltwater and surf are your more your thing, the white-sand beach is right at your feet. Set your sights ocean-ward from your spot on the sun-soaked sand, and you just might spot humpback whales in the distance.