Pros

  • Huge, 54-acre luxury hotel along beautiful, secluded beach
  • Spacious, elegant rooms have flat-screen TVs and furnished balconies
  • Marble bathrooms have showers and separate tubs, plus robes
  • Stellar three-level, 10,000-square-foot pool with daybeds, hot tubs, and kids' pool
  • Excellent dining at six separate restaurants, including a Hawaiian eatery
  • 17,500-square-foot spa with indoor and outdoor areas
  • Water sports and activities such as tennis, kayaking, and snorkeling
  • Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment eco-initiative program
  • Club Lounge serves breakfast and all-day snacks and drinks
  • Greater Kapalua complex has two championship golf courses
  • Wedding and event spaces and planning available
  • Free in-room Wi-Fi
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Cons

  • Pricey fee for beach chairs and umbrellas
  • Rainier and windier than other resort areas
  • Slightly remote; little within walking distance
  • Daily resort fee (typical for Hawaii)
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Bottom Line

Situated on 54 beautiful acres, the 466-room Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua offers a luxury getaway on a secluded beach in the famous Kapalua resort area. It boasts top-notch restaurants such as the Hawaiian Banyan Tree and oceanfront Burger Shack, a stellar spa, three-level outdoor pool with adjacent kids' pool, a well-stocked fitness center, and beautifully landscaped grounds. Elegant, contemporary rooms have flat-screen TVs, furnished balconies, and marble bathrooms with separate tubs and showers. Club-level units get access to a lounge with free breakfast, snacks, and beverages, plus lovely golf course views. On the downside, there are a pricey daily resort fee and charge for beach loungers, and the weather here is often windy and inconsistent. Travelers wanting a luxury, family-friendly property with less windy weather should consider the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.

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Things You Should Know About The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Also Known As

  • Lahaina Ritz-Carlton
  • Lahaina Ritz
  • Ritz Carlton Lahaina
  • Ritz Carlton Maui
  • Ritz-Carlton Lahaina
  • Ritz Carlton Kapalua
  • Ritz Lahaina
  • The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua

Room Types

  • Club Level Room
  • Club Level Suite
  • Club Ocean View
  • Deluxe Ocean View Room
  • Deluxe Room
  • Garden View Suite
  • Oceanfront Suite
  • Ocean View Suite
  • Residential Garden View Suite
  • Residential Ocean Front Suite
  • Residential Ocean View Suite
  • Royal Pacific Suite
  • Terrace Room
  • The Ritz-Carlton Suite
  • Two Bedroom Garden View Suite
  • Two Bedroom Residential Garden View Suite
  • Two Bedroom Residential Ocean Front Suite

Address

1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Kapalua, Hawaii 96761-9067, United States

Phone

(808) 669-6200

Website

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The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

What are the Design and Scene Like at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua?

This contemporary and sophisticated resort is set on 54 beautifully maintained acres that encompass a secluded beach, three-level pool, and numerous facilities for adults and kids.

Upon seeing The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua for the first time, you might wonder, "Are those the hotel grounds or a golf course?" Although there are two large golf courses next door, the grounds of the resort itself also seem cared for down to the last blade of grass, making a stunning 54-acre platform. The rooms, buildings, and amenities are fairly concentrated on top of a slightly sloping hill, set somewhat far back from the beach compared to other Maui resorts. Outside of the totally remote Hotel Hana, this is the most secluded resort in Maui -- even luxury resorts in Wailea, on the island's dry, sunny south coast (like the Four Seasons Maui or Fairmont Kea Lani) don't approach this same feeling of exclusivity.

Though the property is vast, the facilities themselves take a more modest approach than resorts like the Grand Wailea or Fairmont Kea Lani, which can overwhelm guests with waterpark-like facilities and endless amenities. Instead, the Ritz seems to favor quality over quantity, and encourages families to learn about the surrounding culture and ecology with programs led by Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment. Its expansive, gorgeous vistas attract daily handfuls of nonguests, who walk the resort trails, have drinks at the lobby's Alaloa Lounge, or splurge on a fabulous meal at the signature Banyan Tree restaurant.

For the price and level of exclusivity, the Four Seasons is really the Ritz's only competitor on Maui, but there are trade-offs. The Four Seasons is in Wailea, which enjoys consistently dry, sunny weather; the Ritz's Kapalua setting, though beautiful, gets the most wind and rain of Maui's resort areas. But the Ritz is more remote than just about any Maui resort, and the surroundings are far more exclusive and peaceful than the setting (a cluster of resorts) around the Four Seasons.

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Where is The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Located?

In a remote northwestern corner of Maui where weather can be inconsistent

On the Hawaiian island of Maui, The Ritz-Carlton lies on 54 acres in the northwestern corner of Maui within the Kapalua Resort's greater 23,000 acres, where there are two championship golf courses. More remote than just about any resort on Maui outside of Hotel Hana, the surroundings are far more exclusive and peaceful than the lineup of resorts in Kaanapali (or even in Wailea). On the other hand, the weather here is considerably less reliable (it has more wind, rain, and storm exposure than other resort areas) and there's little within walking distance. You'll have to drive to nearby Kaanapali and Lahaina for things to do, especially when the weather gets bad. The hotel is approximately a one-hour drive from Kahului Airport.

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What are Rooms Like at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua?

Attractive rooms have subdued decor, furnished, balconies, and swish marble bathrooms with separate tubs and showers

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua rooms are among Maui's most luxurious, even if they're a tad smaller than those at other luxury resorts. All rooms are 440 square feet and have balconies with a table and two chairs; views vary and some offer pretty ocean views. Suites range from 900 to 2,560 square feet, and have larger balconies and separate living rooms, but no kitchens (even the 2,560-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Suite only has a butler's pantry -- not a full kitchen). Suites have king beds, while standard rooms have either kings or two double beds. Sealy for Ritz mattresses are luxurious and comfortable.

All rooms feature contemporary, subdued decor consisting of wood flooring, tan accent wallpaper, and pops of green in throw pillows and wall art. Standard amenities include flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and bottled water, as well dining tables and chairs and sitting areas. Lovely bathrooms have marble floors and counters, separate showers and bathtubs, and hotel-brand toiletries, plus bathrobes and hairdryers. Free, fast Wi-Fi is provided.

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What's the Spa Like at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua?

The 17,500-square-foot spa is one of Maui's best, with both indoor and outdoor areas

Spanning 17,500 square feet, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Kapalua is one of Maui's best and largest spas. It includes 15 treatment rooms, separate men's and women's facilities (both with cedar saunas, eucalyptus steam rooms, lounge areas, and whirlpool), and a coed relaxation area and outdoor whirlpool. While it doesn't have quite as impressive facilities as Grand Wailea's Spa Grande offers, the treatment and day access prices are lower. The spa offers a wide range of treatments, from organic facials and traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massages to clinical treatments like microdermabrasion and oxygen-infusion facials.

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What Restaurants and Bars are at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua?

An impressive variety of restaurants, including signature fine dining at Banyan Tree and the oceanside Burger Shack, plus a few bars.

The hotel's six restaurants and bars offer a nice variety -- from the signature, upscale Banyan Tree to the more casual ‘Olu Cafe -- and they all enjoy beautiful settings, often with views of the beach and sunset.

The fine-dining, dinner-only Banyan Tree Restaurant serves Hawaiian-influenced eclectic fare focused on locally grown and organic ingredients, plus an impressive biodynamic and organic wine list. Ulana is a breakfast-only restaurant that offers a generous buffet alongside pretty vistas. The lobby's Alaloa Lounge offers stunning views of the property and occasional live music in the evenings. The 'Olu Café serve tasty fare and drinks at lunchtime and in the afternoon -- think tuna, salads, and cocktails. Down by the beach is Burger Shack, which is notable for its burgers and milkshakes. Off the lobby is the market-like Kai Cafe, which has coffee, to-go items, and wraps. Room service is also available 24/7.

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What are the Other Features at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua?

Numerous, top-notch luxury facilities include an impressive outdoor pool, fitness center, and water sports.

Everything seems to look inward to the Ritz-Carlton's stunning three-level, 10,000-square-foot pool (plus a kids' pool and whirlpools), with an even larger poolside deck that has a gorgeous view of the Kapalua coast and D.T. Fleming Beach. Unfortunately, beach loungers and umbrellas require a hefty fee, on top of the daily resort fee. Water sports such as sailing, kayaking, outrigger canoeing, and snorkeling are all available.

The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua provides a unique environmental and cultural education program through its Jean-Michel Cousteau Ambassadors Center. Half- and full-day programs for kids include naturalist-guided hikes, snorkeling tours, and other excursions -- refreshing alternatives to Xbox games centers and plastic-toy-focused kids' camps.

The hotel is home to a great fitness center, accessible 24 hours a day with room key. The facility overlooks hotel grounds with modern equipment and there are separate fitness studios for priced classes like tai chi, spinning, and yoga. There are also four tennis courts with free daily lessons and private instruction.

The hotel's features are concentrated on what's actually a stunningly massive property -- the larger Kapalua Resort has 100 miles of walking trails, including a coastal trail directly in front of the resort and several village trails, and two golf courses. A free on-call shuttle will take guests to any Kapalua resort location from early in the morning until late at night.

 

What Golf Courses are Available at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua?

There are two world-renowned oceanfront golf courses

The larger Kapalua Resort is home to two 18-hole courses: the Arnold Palmer- and Francis Duane-designed Bay Course and the Plantation Course, designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore. The par 73, 7,411-yard Plantation Course hosts the PGA Tour SBS Championship each January. Both are oceanfront and located on opposite sides of the Ritz-Carlton resort, facing different sides of the Kapalua Coast (the par 72, 6,600-yard Bay Course faces Molokai).

The state-of-the-art Kapalua Golf Academy is a teaching facility with a 23-acre practice area, individual lessons, clinics, and extensive golf school programs.

What Destination Wedding Packages are Available at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua?

Top-tier weddings at top-tier prices -- both large and intimate spaces, excellent food and alcohol, and unique add-ons are available.

  • Wedding Size: Up to 500 people; up to two weddings daily (though two is rare)
  • Extra Fees: Extra fees for a standard ceremony include a mandatory setup fee, fees for each printed place card, individual printed menus, table centerpiece, and another fee for each chef, bartender, and "cashier" used during the reception.
  • Wedding Packages: The most basic, Kamoae (trade wind) package includes a decorated ceremony and reception space, flowers for the wedding party, a license and minister, a guitarist for the ceremony, a two-tier wedding cake (20 people), two hours of photography (24 prints), a limo transfer to and from the wedding site, and the help of a wedding coordinator. Alternative packages range in amenities and cost.
  • Ceremony Locations: Lava Point (for a small ceremony of two to four people), the Honolua Chapel (up to 60), the gazebo (up to 100), the Napili Lawn (up to 200), or the Beach House Lawn (up to 500)
  • Reception Locations: The Plantation Ballroom, the Anuenue Room, or the Beach House Lawn
  • Food: The dinner menus range per person, and you can also opt for an imu (cooking pit) pig preparation. A desert buffet is available and is charged per person.
  • Drinks: An open bar ranges in price depending on liquor choice. Other options include an iced punch fountain bar, a nonalcoholic or alcoholic punch charged per gallon, a "tropical bar", an iced martini bar.
  • Cocktail Hour: You can get pretty elaborate -- hors d'oeuvres alone range are costly, but once you add on the ice carving seafood displays, a smoked fish presentation, and add on the carver fee and the open bar, you've about doubled the cost of your entire wedding.
  • Photographers and Videographers: Basic photo and video packages; no outside vendors permitted
  • Music: For the ceremony, options range from a solo Hawaiian guitarist or vocalist, a harpist, a cassical musician, or a hula dancer, and a sound system. For the reception, you can choose between a DJ, a live band, or full-scale luau entertainment; no outside vendors permitted.
  • Cakes: Two-tier cakes (20 people) and three-tier cakes are available, plus there's another fee for flowers on the cake. More elaborate designs are available. The white cake comes with either Grand Marnier and strawberries, white chocolate mousse and raspberries, or chocolate mango mousse. The chocolate cake comes with dark chocolate mousse and rum. Tiramisu, carrot, or lemon cakes also available.
  • Flowers and Decorations: If you don't opt for the packages, the bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages can rack up the price, as can the flower-girl basket (with petals), leis for all your guests, decorations for the ceremony site.
  • Extras: Dove release, a two-hour horse-and-carriage ride, a traditional Hawaiian blessing with a conch shell blower
  • Spa Treatments: A variety of manis/pedis, facials, and massages available; makeup and hair styling also on-site.
  • Honeymoon Suite: There's no special "honeymoon suite" but the enormous, 1,200-square-foot oceanfront suite comes highly recommended.
  • Airport Transportation: There's no free hotel transportation from the main airport (Kahului), but there is a free shuttle to and from the local Kapalua airport (just a few minutes away).
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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Beach

  • Beauty / Hair Salon

  • Business Center

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Children's Pool

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Full Kitchen

  • Golf Course

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Kids Club

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

  • Supervised Kids Activities

  • Swim-Up Bar

  • Tennis Court

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