Maui Travel Guide: Where to Stay in Kapalua

Maui is beloved for its world-famous beaches, the sacred Iao Valley, views of migrating humpback whales (during winter months), farm-to-table cuisine and taking in spectacular sunrises and sunsets from Haleakala.  Maui, known as the 'Valley Isle', is the second largest of the Hawaiian islands and has been voted "Best Island in the U.S." by Conde Nast Traveler readers for more than 20 years - it's not surprising to see why!

Maui Overview:
Maui has something for everyone, from amazing resorts, adventure, waterfalls, and much more!  On Maui, you'll find a variety of places to stay from luxury resorts, spacious condo rentals and everything in between.


Maui can be split up into 5 different regions: Central, East, South, West and Upcountry.  Each area has a different feel to it and offers something a little different for visitors.

Central Maui
Kahului is home to the island’s main airport and interesting attractions. Head to Wailuku for mom-and-pop shops and eateries along the way to the Iao Valley State Park.



East Maui
Visitors who brave the Hana Highway’s signature hairpin turns and narrow bridges are rewarded with out-of-this-world views of lush rainforests, gorgeous waterfalls and exotic beaches.



West Maui
Once a retreat for Hawaiian royalty and the former capitol of the Hawaiian Kingdom, West Maui is home to spectacular resorts, shopping, restaurants, a variety of activities and some of the best sunsets in the world.


Upcountry Maui
Watch the sunrise from the peak of Haleakala, see ancient Hawaii’s desert landscapes and discover unique, locally grown food.



South Maui
Escape to the tropical beaches of Kihei, Makena and Wailea; relax and unwind at a world-class resort or tee off at one of the 13 world-renowned golf courses.


Where to Stay in Kapalua, Maui:
Nestled in one of Hawaii’s largest nature preserves, the Kapalua Resort area features stunning white sand beaches, two marine sanctuaries, award-winning accommodations, and two legendary world-class golf courses.

You can't go wrong selecting one of the two below mentioned resorts for your next trip to Kapalua, Maui - either the Montage Kapalua Bay or Ritz Carlton Kapalua!

Be sure to read about the Virtuoso amenities available at each of these resorts when booking your next stay with a Virtuoso affiliated travel advisor.

Montage Kapalua Bay
Montage Kapalua Bay is steps away from Kapalua Bay, voted one of America's favorite beaches, and features comfortable residential-style accommodations, with spacious living rooms, large private lanais, fully equipped kitchens, elegant master suites and luxurious bathrooms.


This oceanfront accommodation is a premier Maui resort, the perfect place for family getaways.


Experience a blend of relaxation and rejuvenation, marked by the unique beauty, culture and spirit of Hawaii.


When booking your next stay through a Virtuoso Travel Advisor, Virtuoso amenities for your stay here will include the following: 
  • One view category upgrade upon check-in, subject to availability
  • Welcome amenity
  • $60 Daily breakfast credit per bedroom
  • $150 Spa Montage Kapalua Bay Spa Service Credit
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is situated on 54 lush acres featuring white-sand beaches and lava peninsulas. The AAA Five Diamond resort offers 463 beautiful guestrooms, including 107 Residential Suites enhanced with all new d├ęcor and kitchens, a full-service spa with volcanic stone grotto, many dining experiences, land and sea recreational activities with Jean-Michel Cousteau Ambassadors of the Environment, 36 holes of championship golf, direct access to D.T. Fleming Beach and a tri-level swimming pool.

The Ritz Carlton Kapalua is located on fifty-four acres on Maui's Northwest coast and is the only luxury resort featuring a AAA Five Diamond rating that isn't a Four Seasons.


It is the perfect luxury getaway offering year-round activities on the beautiful island of Maui.


Check out my detailed reviews here: 


When booking your next stay through a Virtuoso Travel Advisor, Virtuoso amenities for your stay here will include the following: 
  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests (served in the Ulana Restaurant)
  • $100 USD Resort/Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
If you're planning a trip to Maui, be sure to send me a message for quotes, travel tips and more!  

Virtuoso travel advisors have global connections to make your trip better. When you check in, you’re a VIP and can expect exclusive amenities such as room upgrade on arrival, daily breakfast, resort credits, early check-in/late checkout, spa treatment credits, special Virtuoso experiences and more!


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