For me, Maui has it all. Resorts located in sunniest spots on the Island, particularly Wailea, and unlike rainy Hanalei on Kauai and Waikiki on Oahu. There are loads of activities to do during the day, but picture perfect beaches tempt you into doing absolutely nothing. This makes Maui my favourite Hawaiian Island.
Maui has 47 miles of beach and 3 main resort areas:
On the Southern shore with almost perfect weather, a wonderful calm beach and offering the largest selection of luxury hotels including, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Fairmont Kea Lani, the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort and the Grand Wailea.
To the West, which is less expensive and more family orientated.
To the North beyond Kaanapali, the exclusive location of the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, and the Montage Kapalua Bay, with another superb white sand beach but it can be windy here which can make the waves rough but also enables surfing in the winter.
If you can muster the energy, do drive up to the North Shore to enioy the stunning Lao Valley which offers real life Jurassic Park landscapes. The trip is well worth the effort and you can stop off en route at the teeny quaint town of Wailuku with its faded wooden storefronts, old plantation homes and shops straight out of 50s.
Shopping is best in Kahului for discount stores Choose the historic port of Lahaina for a wander and to buy holiday tat plus there are afew good clothing stores dotted in. This is also where many whale watching and snorkling tours depart from. Even the lovely wailea has a pretty outdoor mall housing clothes and surf shops including Guess, a mini mart and lots of high end art shops.
The sunrise bike ride down from Halaekala is one of the most popular trips in Maui, but this luxury traveller has never seen the appeal in a long bike ride up a hill in the dark before breakfast. Not at all my luxury cup of tea, although i dare say the views are probably worth it.
Otherwise do nothing. Just beach, laze, snorkel, dine, drink and generally relax. Surely that is what this beautiful island is designed for?
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