If looking to plan a romantic trip to Maui, you may want to consider these five hotel options set in picturesque or historic locations.
Hotel Hana Maui is far away from all the hustle and bustle and it is impossible not to leave this hotel feeling relaxed and refreshed. If you want a very romantic experience, book a sea ranch cottage–a bungalow scattered along the grounds near the ocean. You will not want to leave your lanai once you see the sweeping ocean views right in front of you. These bungalows have no clock radios or televisions, and noisy air conditioners are replaced with ceiling fans. Their spa is world class and you will come away feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Stay at the hotel and take in all the unique amenities or take an adventure around Hana town. Memories will last forever when staying at the Hotel Hana. This is why it was voted highly in Conde Nast Reader’s Choice for Hawaii Resorts in 2011.
Kula Lodge is nestled 3,200 feet up the Haleakala Crater with breathtaking views of the West Maui Mountains and the huge Pacific Ocean. The lodge is hidden away and you won’t find tourist or dive shops in the area. Only five rustic, romantic chalets are available, decorated with tasteful antique furniture, a lanai with gorgeous views, and a small wood-burning stove (which can make any evening romantic when lit and flickering). Around the lodge you will see beautiful tropical flowers and protea when in bloom. The cool clear climate is refreshing and you can’t help but hear the chirping of birds against the quiet of upcountry Maui. The restaurant is also rustic, with floor to ceiling windows offering panoramic views of Maui. Enjoy a drink or just snuggle and read a book in the front of the stone fireplace in the lodge area. You will remember a romantic weekend at the Kula Lodge for a lifetime—especially the sunsets.
Ka’anapali Beach Hotel is like walking back in time, when old Hawaii was romantic, enchanting, and mystical. It is the most Hawaiian hotel on Maui. The hotel sits on 11 acres of lush tropical gardens situated on Kaanapali Beach. What other hotel will serenade you upon your arrival and departure with beautiful Hawaiian lyrics and melodies? Around the hotel you will see many canoes, hales, drums, taro patches and other elements dealing with Hawaiian culture. You can participate in daily cultural activities or listen to Hawaiian music in various parts of the hotel during the day. In fact, most of the singers and entertainers are employees of the hotel. The restaurants feature authentic Hawaiian cuisine. The Ka’anapali Beach Hotel does a fantastic job presenting the Hawaiian culture throughout.
Grand Wailea Resort is a destination paradise where you can take the kids and still have a very romantic time yourself. The 40-acre resort has an abundance of gardens and flowers and is situated on Wailea Beach – a beautiful soft white sand beach with crystal clear blue ocean waves. The hotel has many amenities such as; a renowned art collection, full service spa with fitness center, golf nearby, 11 tennis courts, large pool with slides, waterfall, and swim-in grotto, five restaurants, an intimate seaside chapel, and a great camp for kids from 5-12 where they will keep busy with adventures all day long during your romantic getaway. Humuhumunukunukuapua’a (named for the state fish) is a floating restaurant with a thatch roof overlooking the ocean with spectacular sunsets. After dinner, stroll over to the Shops of Wailea via the beach front path, listening to the rumble of the waves with the moon reflecting off the ocean. You can’t get more romantic than that!
Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono is a romantic, quaint, and unique bed and breakfast away from the crowds of the major resorts in Ka’anapali and Wailea. It is like a home away from home, but better. The Inn is family-owned and run and you can see they take pride in their Inn. It was originally built in 1924 but has been meticulously restored to its original Hawaiian beauty. You can choose from seven different, beautifully decorated rooms where you feel transformed to the early Hawaiian days. Each room has its own private bath along with internet, plush daily towels, and other amenities just like a fancy expensive hotel. Enjoy a full gourmet breakfast while you learn more about the inn, the surrounding area, and Hawaiian traditions from the friendly owners. What better way to spend a romantic time than being surrounded by local community, customs and people?