Maui, Hawaii: The Best Luxury Lover’s Getaway

Maui Romantic Escapes Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa

Our Editor-in-Chief calls Maui home so, when it comes to finding new deals and secret retreats, it’s a bit of a challenge. She knows almost every place already. However, in all her years of traveling to and from the island, this winter, she and her husband were surprised to uncover a beauty among the beaches. The Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, nestled right next to the Shops at Wailea, is just a few hundred feet from well-known properties like The Four Seasons and The Grand Wailea, but offers something you won’t find at more popular locations… no screaming kids! That’s why we’ve voted it the ‘Best Luxury Lover’s Getaway on Maui.’ Not to mention the fact that it’s slightly less expensive than her neighbors.

Mala Maui - Kobe BurgerWith an onsite restaurant, Mala Wailea, from world-renowned chef/owner Mark Ellman, it also has one of the best Kobe burgers in town. The resort offers 546 guest rooms and suites with amenities like high-speed Internet, a 27-inch flat screen TV, cable TV, video games, a private lanai (balcony), the Mandara Spa with holistic treatments from the Far East, five swimming pools, including the new Maluhia Serenity Pool with six exclusive over-the-water cabanas reminiscent of over-water bungalows in Bora Bora, and nearby golf, tennis and Shops at Wailea. The rooms, pictured here, were all recently revamped and look more like a sophisticated W Hotel than the usual (and somewhat dated) luxury hotels nearby.  Though it’s not as beach front as the other properties nearby, you will save a few hundred bucks a night and you’re closer to the Shops at Wailea.

The beach is also just a two-minute walk down a paved oceanfront path. Plus, no other property nearby has anything like their over-the-water cabanas and infinity pool. This is property for adults… and celebs who don’t want other guests constantly gawking. To wit, when our EIC stayed here, Lindsay Lohan was taking some much needed down time. So, though we may be young at heart, we really like our quiet sexy time.

From $525-$3,250/night

http://www.waileamarriott.com
Tel: 1-808-879-1922

Maui, Hawaii: Surfing Goat Dairy

Sure, Hawaii is best known for it’s beaches and surf culture, but little do most people know that after a long day windsurfing Maui’s Kanaha Beach, you can take a short trip to Kula to sample some of the best goat cheese on the Hawaiian islands. They say, “Da Feta Mo Betta” which, in Hawaiian slang means, “Better than Feta.” We agree. That’s why we’re recommending a light lunch and a milking tour at Surfing Goat Dairy on the slopes of Haleakala crater. I’m tellin’ you now… there’s no better way to remedy that depression than some honest goat milking. I milked them with my husband and, of course, he was a natural. The kid’s will love it too.
Owned and operated by German expatriates Thomas and Eva Kafsack, Surfing Goat Dairy represents one of only two goat dairies in the state located on 42 acres with almost two-thirds dedicated as pasture, giving the Dairy’s three bucks and over than eighty does plenty of space to roam. Surfing Goat Dairy houses over 25 different varieties of cheese and soaps and they’re also organic so that means… no hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides, preservatives, or colors.
Winner of 16 National Awards including “Best Goat Cheese spread in North America 2004, 2005 & 2006, you can chose from Daily Tours, Evening Chores & Milking Tours ($12/pp), or Grand Tours ($25/pp), a 2-hour experience where you can feed and milk a goat, see the cheese making process, and sample most of the cheeses produced at the Dairy.

http://www.surfinggoatdairy.com

Surfing Goat is served at top restaurants and hotels on the island and beyond including:

THE ARIZONA BILTMORE HOTEL, Phoenix
FAIRMONT KEA LANI HOTEL, Wailea*
FOUR SEASONS RESORT, Wailea*
GRAND WAILEA HOTEL, Wailea*
HALEKULANI HOTEL, Honolulu
HOTEL HANA, Hana*
HYATT REGENCY RESORT, Kaanapali*
PIONEER INN, Lahaina*
RENAISSANCE WAILEA BEACH RESORT, Wailea*
RITZ CARLTON HOTEL, Kapalua*
NAPILI KAI BEACH RESORT, Napili*
SHERATON MAUI, Kaanapali*
THE PENINSULA BEVERLY HILLS, California
THE WESTIN MAUI, Kaanapali*
WAILEA MARRIOTT RESORT, Wailea*

Maui, Hawaii: An Insider’s Restaurant Guide

Every summer as a child, my family would escape the blistering heat of Arizona to vacation in the Hawaiian Islands. A little R&R and the yearly Western Trial Lawyers Convention brought us to the laid-back tropical paradise of pineapple plantations and sugarcane fields. The summers defined my youth and fostered an island spirit within. Years later, it would do the same to my parents. They picked up and moved to Maui. As a tribute to the islands that I know and love, Jaunt Magazine will be running a special series on where to eat, stay, and shop in Maui and beyond.

First up: Your Restaurant Cheat Sheet, Maui Style.
NICK’S FISHMARKET
Fairmont Kea Lani Resort
4100 Wailea Alanui Dr
Kihei, HI 96753
(808) 879-7224
http://www.tristarrestaurants.com

First and foremost, we love the Fairmont Kea Lani. It just might be our favorite hotel on the island. An all-white Moroccan inspired design, enormous suites, and home to a restaurant with some of the freshest and widest selection of fish on the island, what’s not to love? The food at Nick’s continues to live up to it’s excellent reputation. A perfect spot to dine with couples or your significant other/spouse, you may walk away spending $200 or more for a couple dining with wine, but it’s well worth it. They also have a delicious (and relatively new) organic restaurant called Ko. We highly recommend, if you’ve got the time (and money) to spend.

SANSEI
Kihei Town Center
1881 South Kihei Road #KT-116
Kihei, Hawaii 96753
http://www.sanseihawaii.com
(808) 879-0004

Believe it or not, much to our chagrin, there isn’t much sushi on the island. Sansei is the best, hand’s down. Using unique twists like Ginger Lime Butter and Cilantro Pesto, they’re even on par with some of LA’s more standard sushi spots like Crazy Fish. If you don’t mind waiting in a long ass line for about 45 minutes before they open at 5pm on Mondays, you can even get half-off.

Fish and chips, their famous burger, a giant fish caesar salads… another classic Maui staple right on Lahaina’s waterfront is… KIMO’S! PS. They’ve also got adorable soft cotton tee-shirts on sale right now. Worth feeling like a lame tourist when you slip it on and look like a sexy surfer girl.
KIMO’S
845 Front Street
Lahaina, Maui
(808) 661-4811

BUBBA GUMP’S
889 Front Street
Lahaina, HI 96761
(808) 661-3111

Yes, it’s a chain. We know. The things we love most about Bubba Gump’s in Maui are the following: The buckets of Cajun Shrimp and it’s sweet location on Lahaina’s waterfront. End of story.

CAFE MAMBO
30 Baldwin Avenue
Paia, Maui 96779
(808) 579-8021
http://www.cafemambomaui.com
Three words. Hot Chicken Salad. Two more. Duck Salad. Four more. Maui Burger & Beer Combo!

This is my family’s favorite lunch spot after a nice workout, day of shopping, or windsurfing in Kanaha. You can get two of the best salads on the island (if not two of your favorite salads in the US), and you’ll be waited on by smiling girls from the mainland or Waylon, our favorite cook in the kitchen. Plus, after you eat, you can wander around Paia Town and have some drinks at the two long standing nightspots in Maui, Jacques, where we consistently see Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson , note: NOW CLOSED :( or you can drive up to Makawao for some hang time at Casanova’s.

MAMA’S FISH HOUSE
799 Poho Pl
Paia, HI 96779
(808) 579-9764
http://www.mamasfishhouse.com

No, it’s not a steal, but Mama’s Fish House is a classic. My husband and I even shared an appetizer and an entree – it was plenty of food for the likes of our little Euro bellies. So, if you’re not a typical American who eats their entire enormous plate of food, Mama’s might not break the bank. The place for another romantic dining experience.

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THE BANYAN TREE
The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua
One Ritz Carlton Drive, Kapalua

(808)699-6200

This is another favorite, pricey, but delicious fine dining experience on the island. My husband and I think it’s the best restaurant in town.  Everything tastes exceedingly fresh, light, and delicious. Our good friend, who writes for Maui Magazine, also suggests The Lahaina Grill for high-end pricey fare, but we’re loyal to the Ritz. The service and the quality is hard to beat. Regardless, we recommend trying out both and letting us know what you think.

THE LAHAINA GRILL
127 Lahainaluna Rd
Lahaina, HI 96761-1502
(808) 667-5117

SAIGON CAFE
1792 Main St
Wailuku, HI 96793
(808) 243-9560

The best – and most authentic – Vietnamese food on the island is tucked in a small corner of Wailuku. You just might miss it if you’re not a local. This is a great place to stop before you fly home for a quick bite if you’re staying in Wailea or Lahaina. Ask for Wing Wing (or Nguyan Nguyan). Friends (like the Revis’) call him Chicken Wing. He’ll make you laugh, he’ll make you cry. Every dish on the menu is fresh and excellent.
DA KITCHEN
425 Koloa Street
Kahului, Maui
(808) 871-7782

Only five minutes from Kahului Airport, Da Kitchen is in a mini-mall near most of the windsurfing and kiteboarding shops of Kanaha Beach. Serving up traditional Hawaiian food like lomi (salted salmon chopped with tomatoes and onion), lau lau, Kalua pork, chicken long rice, poi and plate lunches with teriyaki chicken, Korean Kobe ribs, hamburger steak cutlets or fish tempura (served with rice and macaroni salad), prices are as low as $6.00-$8.00 and 2-3 people could easily eat one meal. It’s nothing high-brow or haute, but it’s about as local as you can get. Oh, and before we forget (and speaking of local) on Kahului Beach Road next to the harbor is a shrimp truck not to be missed called GESTE’S. If you eat there, you’ve officially achieved cool points from Jaunt Magazine staff.

Also – for quick eats with the kiddies and a dose of some Middle East staple, The Pita Paradise in Wailea/Kihei is your spot.