The night sky at the Ritz Carlton in Kapalua Maui is always pretty impressive, but I happened to catch it just right on this particular night as the colours disappeared from the sky and the stars came out.
Situated on a hill on the northwest side of Maui, the views of the Pacific Ocean and Molaka’i are phenomenal from many of the hotel’s opulent rooms. When the Ritz broke ground for their hotel on Maui, they discovered the evidence of the sacred burial site and thus reconsidered their site plan. Originally intended to be distinctly “oceanfront,” the Ritz now sits back from the sea just a bit. In order to utilize the beach, guests take a short walk or are happily driven in golf carts past the revered site (never through it! that is strictly verboten except to Hawaiian natives during authorized rituals), past the tennis center to the Beach House Restaurant and Ritz Carlton beach kiosk.
The beach is officially called the D.T. Fleming beach which is considered one of the best beaches on Maui. It, like all other beaches in Hawaii, is public, though a section of the beach is attended carefully by Ritz personnel.
If you’re staying in the area, the Ritz has an open policy with Kapalua which allows guests at the villas and homes to use the hotel facilities including the beach service, pools and spa. To truly feel pampered in the best spirit of “Aloha,” poolside service at the Ritz is a must while visiting Kapalua.
Not that it’s hard to find a nice relaxing part of Maui to holiday at, but the Ritz Carlton sure does make it that much easier.