Best Luxury Hotels in Hawaii – The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui

“I need the sea because it teaches me” – Pablo NerudaOn the Blue Shore of Silence

Whenever I travel to the ocean, I think to myself, Aaron, you don’t visit the ocean nearly enough. So when we planned a trip to Maui, I decided to write about the best luxury hotels in Hawaii because visiting those properties would allow me to see the ocean from some of the most beautiful places on Maui – and the ocean views from the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui did not disappoint.

Where is the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui?

The property is located on the Hawaiian Island of Maui, in its northwest corner in the resort community of Kapalua (Google Maps), in close proximity to one of my favorite restaurants – the Plantation House.

My Time at the Property

It’s important to note that I didn’t have the time to stay at the property, or to enjoy any of the property’s dining or spa options. This is common when I visit a place with a lot of resorts. So, since I only had a couple of hours, I walked the property to take in the scents, sights, smells, and feel of the resort – and it was glorious. When I have more time, you can bet that I will certainly return for a long, lazy, sunsoaked stay.

The Banyan Tree

I’ve visited many luxury resorts and hotels, and experienced some of the most beautiful entries in the world. Well, I would add this entry to that list. Just outside of the main drive, there is a sublime Banyan Tree that mesmerizes.

Entry and Main Space

The entry is grand, luxurious, a light Hawaiian breeze sweeps through the space, and the Hawaiian rock wall water features offer an authentic island welcome. Incredibly lovely.

Lower Level Spaces

The main area opens to the sides and to the rear of the property toward the ocean, and fresh sea air flows throughout the vast expanses, filling the spaces with light and salty air. My family lounged in the lobby bar while I explored.

Pools, Cabanas, and Blue Water

The resort is lovely, but its pools and view of the Honokahua Bay are simply resplendent. No commentary needed.

Unfinished Business

I only scratched the surface with my visit. The property offers world class Dining Options such as The Banyan Tree, PGA  quality Golf, a Spa inspired by authentic Hawaiian healing and soothing arts, and a multitude of additional Area Activities. I will most assuredly return to enjoy and experience all the resort has to offer.

Final Thoughts

While I only experienced a fraction of all the property has to offer, my short time here reminded me that as I get older, I need to return to the ocean more often for the simple reason that when I look at it (more like connect to it), I see and feel the answers to all of my questions and longings; that I can simply be at peace.

And I can promise you that a trip to the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui – complete with a nice long, silent view of Honokahua Bay, will teach you something wonderful about yourself.

Mahalo for reading.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui – Contact and Social Media

Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui (Website):  1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Kapalua, Maui 96761 (Google Maps)



Twitter: @RitzCarlton

Instagram: @ritzcarlton


Other Ritz-Carlton Articles

Click Here to read my article about the Ritz-Carlton at Dove Mountain, Marana, Arizona

Click Here to read a lovely review of the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui from Frommer’s


More Pictures!

Thanks very much to Hannah and the Ritz-Carlton for their generosity in welcoming me, and for providing some high resolution images of the property. I had a blast, and can’t wait to come back!

As always, my opinions are my own. Mahalo for reading!