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Maui Vacation: A Few of My Favorite Retreats

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Following my trip to the Maui Film Festival, I decided to make my way up the western coast to Ka’anapali Beach. True, the fanfare of the festival had come to an end, but there were still other treasures to be discovered. Here are some of my favorite Maui spots.

Among these was a gem tucked away on the shores of Ka’anapali Beach – the Ka’anapali Ali’i Resort (KA). Run by Classic Resorts, these condominiums felt palatial to this Los Angeles dweller. And yes, a special thrill occurred upon discovering an in-unit washer and dryer.

My ninth-floor balcony afforded vistas of the bay, where catamarans were waiting to whisk snorkelers off on adventures. With waves a bit choppy that day, my own snorkeling outing to the infamous Black Rock was cancelled. Other KA activities — from hitting the tennis courts to working out at the fitness center – kept me busy.

Luring me down to the swimming pool area was the aroma of barbeque.  KA has a Grill Master on staff that ensures guests’ dinner is seared to perfection. Equally as entertaining was hearing the smack talk exchanged amongst “grill masters” visiting from the mainland.

A beach pathway that winds past various resorts called for a stroll. Grilled fare on the brain, a stop at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa’s Relish Burger Bistro was in order. Added ambience came by way of an award-winning, No Kaoi Mai Tai served in a pineapple.

Before making my way back to KA, I slipped into a treatment room at Westin’s Heavenly Spa. Here, I was slathered with a sea salt scrub, followed by a warm, aromatherapy wrap. Touted on the menu as the Island Escape Glow, the treatment is definitely one of the reason’s the spa has gained its moniker.

As the trip drew to an end, I joined a friend for a final, sunset dinner at Mama’s Fish House. It’s an iconic restaurant so reservations are a must, but the experience is out of this world.

Following my meal, I grew wistful as the sun met the sea. But then those stars that had followed me throughout my visit appeared in the sky. I silently wished them mahalo and a hui hou, with the promise that I’d soon return.