Maui offers ultimate luxury

Honua Kai Resort & Spa on Maui knows bigger is better when it comes to vacation accommodations and living area. Their Kamehameha Suite’s expansive lanai is a jaw-dropping 3,200 square feet.

Honua Kai Resort & Spa on Maui knows bigger is better when it comes to vacation accommodations and living area. Their Kamehameha Suite’s expansive lanai is a jaw-dropping 3,200 square feet.

The pinnacle in a collection of specialty suites that range from oceanfront end units to ocean view penthouses, the extravagant three-bedroom Kamehameha Suite is located oceanfront on the sixth floor of Hokulani tower. The 270-degree view from the lanai wraps from the West Maui Mountains, islands of Moloka’i and Lana’i and the Pacific Ocean.

The lanai has seating for a large gathering with contemporary teak David Sutherland furnishings and is meant to be used as an extension of the interior with a glass Nana wall system that pockets back opening up the interior suite to the outdoors. Here guests can lounge on one of the three sun beds, whale watch on a chaise lounge, enjoy the sunset in the centre seating area and share dinner under the stars.

Honua Kai offers a uniquely contemporary Maui experience. Nestled on 38 oceanfront acres of Ka’anapali’s pristine North Beach, the resort is designed as two U-shaped buildings with ocean and mountain views, lush landscaping and expansive open spaces. This openness is mirrored in each of the 628 guest suites (studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom) with professionally equipped kitchens, spacious and homelike floor plans and luxury resort services.

An imaginative aqua network of pools, hot tubs, natural pond bridges, waterslide, waterfalls and fountains allows for privacy and play. The Hokulani building houses 318 guest suites, ‘Aina Gourmet Market, pool, fitness centre, concierge desk and Family Fun Club. The Konea building has 310 guest suites and two pools. Duke’s Beach House is located oceanfront, and the pool and beach activities operate poolside.

With three miles of white sand and crystal clear water, it’s no wonder why Kaanapali Beach was once named America’s Best Beach.

Fronting Kaanapali’s hotels and resorts, this former retreat for the royalty of Maui is now a popular getaway for the world. Also fronting Kaanapali is the open air Whalers Village, a world-class shopping complex that has a variety of exceptional shops and restaurants, a renowned whaling museum and free Hawaiian entertainment.

Kaanapali also has two championship golf courses, the Royal Kaanapali and the Kaanapali Kai, where you may even see a breaching whale as you try to line up a shot.

One of Kaanapali Beach’s most famous attractions is the daily cliff diving ceremony off of the beach’s northernmost cliffs known as Puu Kekaa, or Black Rock. Held every evening at sunset, a cliff diver lights the torches along the cliff, diving off of Black Rock in a re-enactment of a feat by Maui’s revered King Kahekili.

This memorable ceremony is just one more reason why Kaanapali Beach ranks as one of Maui’s signature beaches.

The Kamehameha Suite is priced at $2,500 per night, plus taxes and resort fee. For reservations and information visit www.honuakaimaui.com.