Hawaii is a vacationer’s paradise. Beautiful rooms and top-notch service are the cherry on top of Hawaii’s breathtaking views, perfect weather, and idyllic beaches.
Planning the perfect Hawaiian vacation should be exciting, not stressful. Here, we’ll show you some of Hawaii’s best properties so you know you’re getting the most of your visit. “Where To Stay” will make researching and planning your next Hawaiian vacation a breeze.
Mana Kai Maui
The word is out: HAWAII Magazine readers have voted Mana Kai Maui “BEST OF MAUI”—2017! And now, the Mana Kai Maui—“where heaven meets earth”—has gotten even better.
Located on picturesque Keawakapu Beach, the hotel rooms, and 1- and 2-bedroom vacation condominiums have been NEWLY renovated with updated kitchens, baths, showers, appliances—many with new designer furnishings and art—to make your stay even more luxurious.
Guests may easily stay on track with their workouts in the new Fitness Center. The new business center has computer stations and a printer for added convenience. These new features, combined with Mana Kai’s many complimentary services—like daily maid service, free WiFi access, onsite restaurant, general store/deli, gas BBQ grill, free parking, with NO resort fees, will make your next vacation truly heavenly.
2960 S. Kihei Road
Kihei, Hawaii 96753
The Chef Behind Maui’s “Culturally Conscious” Food Movement
The newly renovated HUMUHUMU restaurant at HAWAII Magazine Reader's Choice Award's #1 Maui Luxury Hotel or Resort, the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria™ Resort, boasts modern Hawaiian details, a subtle nod to ocean themes, including voyaging, and the debut of award-winning Chef Mike Lofaro’s Hawaii Seasonal Cuisine menu.
Lofaro is the reigning Best Chef on Maui, winner of Most Innovative Menu and Best Pacific Rim cuisine awards. He also won an EMMY™ Award for his television show SEARCH Hawaii in 2016 and completed his first triathlon the same year. What makes this waterman-triathlete-chef, originally from Block Island, Rhode Island, so good at what he does?
“Filming our television show, SEARCH Hawaii, has opened my eyes about food. I put my energy into the path of the ingredients and what is important here in our islands,” said Lofaro. “I don’t feel I’m limited to a certain style or cuisine and can use ingredients that don’t get obvious respect such as my Ulu Risotto. It’s about bringing attention to the breadfruit that is native here. I’m also enjoying using Hawaiian non-native species such as strawberry guava and kiawe bean.”
“There is sensitivity to being culturally aware with my menu decisions. My food is Hawaii Seasonal Cuisine, according to what is available and in season. Sustainability is what is important here in the islands.
Smartly executed to spotlight the main ingredient with simple and balanced flavors, his signature dishes scream of the ocean while introducing locally grown produce such as ulu.
“My work decisions are the same as personal decisions. Making triathlons a goal has driven my culinary side. I think about my cooking while I’m training.”
As a waterman, Lofaro has paddled the Keawe Channel for endurance races and spearfishes to sustain his family. Now he trains daily to compete in triathlons, and compares this to working in kitchens with his mentor Chef Michael Mina at Aqua. “As a younger chef, you work hard, you play hard. You had no balance in a kitchen like Aqua. We were on the line all day and all night, went out for a few drinks and got a few hours of sleep if we were lucky. That was on repeat for about three years,” muses Lofaro. “I survived it, and I learned to cook. Anyone who is creative is extreme in one way or another. Culturally correct cooking is my extreme. It has become what I’m most passionate about.”
The chef pays his passion forward as a volunteer with Boys & Girls Clubs Maui, and raising awareness for Maui youth sports through his triathlon training. Follow Chef Mike and his restaurant on instagram @humuhumumaui and #whereschefmike.
3850 Wailea Alanui
Wailea, HI 96753
A Modern Oasis
Officially unveiled in May 2018, Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach is a cosmopolitan jewel presiding over the most famous shoreline in the world. Alohilani has been transformed through a five-year $125 million redevelopment into a 4 1/2 star resort. Designed by Rockwell Group with touches by Pacific Asia Design Group, the 839 all-new guest rooms and suites offer a serene stay with private balconies looking out to ocean, Diamond Head or city views.
Savor globally-inspired cuisine and local flavors at five on-site dining outlets, including Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s only restaurants in Hawaii, Morimoto Asia and Momosan.
• 20,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting and event space available for groups, gatherings and celebrations of all sizes and types.
• A see-and-be-seen pool deck features a heated saltwater infinity pool, Swell Bar, private cabanas, and lounge areas with fire pits.
• Lobby O Bar serves ocean-inspired craft cocktails and small plates surrounded by the iconic 280,000 gallon Oceanarium filled with native marine life.
• Guests are invited to plant their own tree as part of Alohilani ’s pledge to returning 100,000 indigenous trees back to Hawaii in partnership with Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative.
Escape to Paradise
The rejuvenating ambience of Kauai, nicknamed “the Garden Island” is the coveted destination for those seeking the tranquility of a rural paradise. Miles of white sand beaches span its coasts that surrender to lush forests. You won’t find a skyscraper or freeway here but rather a lush and picturesque landscape to escape from the ordinary.
Rejuvinate & Unwind
Let the sounds of the ocean rock you to sleep every night at this intimate, low-rise beachfront resort. Set amid six acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and swaying palm trees, Aston Islander on the Beach is both contemporary and nostalgic, featuring thatched huts, hand-carved furnishings and plantation-style décor. For a truly special experience, explore our oceanfront often to catch a glimpse of the Hawaiian monk seals that frequent this shoreline. The resort’s convenient location that hugs the eastern Coconut Coast is also within a great area for exploring the area’s shops and restaurants, or simply for morning strolls or jogging if you feel so inclined.
Off the Beaten Path
The oceanfront Aqua Kauai Beach Resort is nestled on 25 spectacular acres sprawling along Kauai’s eastern shore. This idyllic destination is brimming with amenities from enchanting koi ponds, four swimming pools with waterfalls and a waterslide, and activities from dawn to dusk. Set aside some time to indulge in a beachfront lomi lomi massage or facial; enjoy the poolside hula show and wake up to a traditional Hawaiian sunrise ceremony. To fully enjoy your vacation, feast throughout the day on delectable local fare at the resort’s Naupaka Terrace restaurant for breakfast and dinner, poolside at Driftwood Bar and Grille or evenings with live entertainment at Shutters Lounge.
Leisure & Play
Situated on the sunny south side of Kauai, beautiful Aston at Poipu Kai resort provides an unforgettable backdrop for your Hawaii vacation. Comprised of five distinct communities, spend days lounging at one of our outdoor pools, relax under a coconut tree, walk along our peaceful paths to the beautiful beachfronts of Poipu Beach, Brennackes, and Shipwreck Beach. Here we encourage our guests to live like a local as our resort is also within easy access to Poipu shopping, dining, golf and a variety of activities. Take your next experience of ‘South Shore Living’ up a notch and spring for one of the resort’s two, three or four-bedroom private homes.
Visit Aqua-Aston.com or call our Honolulu-based destination specialists at 855-945-4092 to plan your next getaway to Kauai.
Kaanapali Beach Hotel
Make yourself at home and experience authentic Hawaiian hospitality at “Hawaii’s Most Hawaiian Hotel”. Kaanapali Beach Hotel is located oceanfront on world-famous Kaanapali Beach. Offering 432 rooms in four wings that surround the whale-shaped pool and tropical gardens, it provides the ideal location make your Maui vacation dreams come true.
Hale Hookipa, their Hawaiian cultural center, offers complimentary daily cultural activities such as hula, ukulele and Hawaiian language lessons, lei making, and lauhala weaving, to engage the entire family. The staff of experienced alakai relish the opportunity to share their knowledge of Hawaiian history, traditions, and culture.
Hale Huakai, the ocean activities center, continues to enrich each guest’s experience through ocean adventures; adding a Hawaiian perspective to popular activities such as stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, and their new waa (canoe) tour.
Welcome to your island home-away-from-home at Kaanapali Beach Hotel!
Kaanapali Beach Hotel
2525 Kaanapali Parkway
Lahaina, HI 96761
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
Surrounded by 40 spectacular acres of oceanfront property on Kaanapali Beach, this AAA 4-Diamond award-winning resort offers endless activities and amenities in a setting of tropical paradise. Each of the 806 guestrooms, including 31 renovated suites, affords Hawaiian elegance with private lanais and panoramic views.
Enjoy resort amenities, including Maui’s only oceanfront spa, 24-hour athletic club, two championship golf courses, tennis courts, and a half-acre pool complete with rope bridge and thrilling 150-foot lava tube water slide.
Experience an abundance of activities, such as cultural lessons, wildlife tours, penguin feedings, water sports, daily fitness classes, shopping and Tour of the Stars, rooftop stargazing and astronomy program.
Nightly entertainment can be found in one or more lounges and at Drums of the Pacific Luau, a journey through the islands of Polynesia, ending with a three-man Samoan fire-knife finale!
Indulge in fresh, local ingredients at 10 onsite restaurants and lounges, including our award-winning Japengo restaurant. Delight in the breathtaking ocean view as the sun sets and delicious rolls are created at the chic sushi lounge.
Visit maui.regency.hyatt.com or call +1 808 661 1234.
On the relatively untouched southeast coast of Kauai, the new private residence club Timbers Kauai offers 47 boutique luxury residences that come with a world of benefits to enjoy, all closer-than-close to the spectacular cliffs that greet the Pacific.
The sunny Garden Isle’s extensive tropical rainforests, tranquil beaches, magnificent mountains, and oceanside cliffs provide the perfect surroundings for the last-of-its-kind, oceanfront residences located on secluded high ground overlooking Kalapaki Beach — a setting like no other on the island.
Both whole and fractional ownership opportunities are available at Timbers Kauai. Spacious two-, three-, and four-bedroom residences are designed with inviting indoor outdoor living spaces. All offer spectacular, unobstructed views that include the Pacific, the Haupu mountain range, the Ninini Point Lighthouse, and the Jack Nicklaus Signature Ocean Course at Hokuala.
As an owner, you will receive priority status at the Ocean Course, home to Hawaii’s longest continuous stretch of oceanfront holes. Owners also benefit from a thoughtfully curated collection of amenities and services, including access to an elegant casual restaurant with farm-fresh food, an oceanfront infinity-edge swimming pool, and an island inspired spa and fitness center, complete with outdoor yoga lanai.
With personal concierge services the Adventure Guides, owners have the scoop on the island’s best-kept secrets. Beaches. Fishing holes. Reef breaks and dive spots. Dining. Local art. Direct access to the real Kauai through one-on-one instruction with top surfers, sailing and stand-up paddleboard lessons, and guided outrigger canoe rides.
Both secluded and convenient, the new oceanfront homes at Timbers Kauai are just five minutes from the airport, ensuring that your first and last days on the island will be just as fun and fulfilling as all the days in between. And if you can break away from this stunning location, experience other destinations in a 16-location portfolio stretching from Aspen to Tuscany.
5 Things to Know About Timbers Kauai
• Homes feature a fresh, contemporary interpretation of traditional Hawaiian architecture, created by the renowned firms of Poss Architects, Girvin Associates and Wilson Associates.
• With the Ocean Club, owners headed down to Kalapaki Beach have everything they need — chairs, umbrellas, paddleboards, and more — waiting for them.
• The Ocean Course at Hokuala was awarded North America’s Best Golf Course in 2017 by the World Golf Awards, beating out other esteemed courses such as Bandon Dunes, Augusta National, and Pebble Beach.
• An ideal basecamp for the whole island, Timbers Kauai is located less than an hour from Hanalei and a half hour from Poipu.
• For owners who wish to rent their homes, the Rental Program carefully screens prospects and handles the entire rental transaction.
Timbers Kauai Hawaii
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