Brown sugar beaches, the Haleakala Crater and incredible golf make Maui a true paradise. However, our pick for the ultimate “lovecation” is far away from the rest of the island. In fact, it might be said that you travel back in time to discover this destination on Maui.
Splurge on Maui: Get Away From It All At Travaasa Hana
To reach the verdant “Heavenly Hana” you have to drive 52 miles, which consists of 600 curves in the road and 54 narrow bridges to cross. But oh baby is it worth the trip! Going to Hana is like traveling back in time no less than a hundred years. At Travaasa Hana, they understand what you are looking for in a getaway; and they have re-imagined the worker's cottages of the Maui sugar plantation, but of course in a grand way. Relax on your lanai under the coconut palms while delighting in the unobstructed views of the ocean, and catching a glimpse of Hawai’i as it once was. Maybe you will want to hike a little through the tropical rain forest; or swim in the Seven Sacred Pools; or even learn to throw a fishing net Hawaiian style. Regardless of what you decide, the cultural offerings and laid-back luxury will delight the true romantic. Do not worry about having to leave for meals since the restaurant is perfection. Travaasa.com
Thrifty on Maui: Island’s Best Value, Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas
Ka’anapali is a 3-mile stretch of beach lined by hotels and condos, and then wrapped in 36 holes of golf. There are so many terrific restaurants, casual oceanfront tables, and hidden spots for a romantic sunset drink and pupu (nibbles) that you will have to try one for every meal. Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas occupies a huge property in the Ka’anapali Beach Resort. It is officially a vacation club property, but you can stay there without joining, or getting into any long commitments. They offer a lot. Every room or villa has a fully equipped kitchen, but with so many options, you will not be restricted to your accommodations. You can barbecue near the beach with everything provided by the store on property, or hire a private chef to cook for you while you sit back with a cocktail in your hand. You only have to light the candles. WestinKaanapali.com
Photography Courtesy Travaasa Hana