We stayed at the Ritz last May and absolutely loved it. So when we were planning another trip to Maui with our friends we decided to stay there again. Since we were trying to save money the four of us stayed in one room, which was fine, the two queen beds were comfortable. The cleaning staff were very nice and they did a great job cleaning the room (even with the amount of suitcases and clothes we had sprawled out everywhere) Every day they gave us extra towels which was great since there were 4 of us and some of us were a little messy than others. The rooms were nice, we got a mountain view this time but you could still see the beach and water from our balcony. Some people pay extra to get the “ocean view” room but I think any of the other rooms is good since the hotel is situated far from the beach. It is not what you call water front property but you can still see the ocean if you get the ocean view room. We got that last time and it was amazing. Some people have complained that they paid extra for ocean view and the ocean is so far away, and yes I do agree it is far away but you still see it, it may not be right up front but it’s still a great view with all the beaches and cliffs you see. I think the view is a lot better than just looking straight into the ocean. I suggest trying to go to the Pool here at least once during your stay. I made the mistake of not going to the pool last year but this year I made sure I went at least once, and I loved it. It’s true you shouldn’t go to the pool if you’re Hawaii but this pool is pretty cool, and it’s kept warmish so it’s not freezing once you jump in. The towel people were very attentive and brought us towels as soon as we dropped out stuff off on chairs.
The hotel is situated just past all the Kaanapali hotels and resorts. It’s really far from everything else, about a 25 min drive to Lahaina. If you are planning on staying here, I suggest getting a rental car. Ritz-Carlton has Hertz on the property so if you get there and you realize you need a car, just go down to the Concierge and they will take care of that for you. The beach is quite a walk from the hotel, but I don’t mind it, it’s so nice outside that a nice walk is much needed and it gives you time to take in the atmosphere (but they do offer a golf cart shuttle service if you need it). The beach itself is windy and when the sand hits you, it does hurt. Only bring children maybe 4 and above. The waves here are good for boogey boarding but do be careful with the little ones. The waves are big enough and strong enough to drag them out to sea. So do keep a close eye on the kids if they are playing in the water. For snorkeling I wouldn’t go here to snorkel, there’s another public beach nearby that is GREAT for snorkeling, Kapalua beach, about a 5 min drive? The beach is kinda small but the water is calm and there are a lot of fishes here. You can almost immediately see the fish once you enter the water. The hotel area also has an amazing golf course (too bad I don’t play golf) and it has this little general store that I love going to. The food there for lunch is affordable and delicious (if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on lunch at the hotel or at the surrounding restaurants, I suggest you go here) The restaurants on the hotel property and around the area all have 4 stars or above ratings. My two favorite restaurants nearby are The Pineapple Grill and Merriman’s. Both have great seafood and meat selections, I love eating breakfast at the Pineapple grill, very fresh food and very good. Oh and if you want to travel to Wailea for the shopping and the beaches, it’s about an hour drive. Be careful on the Wailea beach though, the sand there got so hot that my feet got blisters from it. They were blood shot red when I got back to the car. That was painful. Hope this review was helpful!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on 54 acres, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua showcases a stunning, fully-renovated destination resort offering 463 guestrooms, including 107 residential suites, warm wood floors, travertine bathrooms, flat-screen televisions and Hawaiian-inspired artwork. The spa beckons with treatment rooms framed by private garden showers, volcanic stone grottos, heat therapies, and a fitness center with spectacular ocean views. Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment offers all levels activities from land to sea. Also featured are six restaurants, indoor/outdoor meeting space, an inviting children's pool and luxury cabanas. It is enveloped by picturesque Kapalua Resort’s two championship golf courses, dining and a century-old pineapple plantation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Hotel Kapalua
- Ritz Carlton Maui
- Ritz Lahaina
- Ritz-Carlton Lahaina
- Lahaina Ritz-Carlton
- The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Maui