ELLE Escapes: Maui

Close your eyes. Now imagine yourself sipping a piña colada on the beach because the waves crash and fall back. Crash, and fall right back. It’s the right day with the sun shining, and as you rush into the water, you possibly can’t help but know it’s warm like a bath—nothing the Atlantic Ocean could ever do. You, my friend, are in Hawaii. While each of its islands has something to supply, in the event you’re searching for a balance of pure serenity mixed with activities, in addition to a spot that also counts Oprah as a resident, we’ve got to speak Maui. In any case, the second largest of the islands is most famous for its immaculate beaches, caves, and coves that supply exploring and adventure at every turn. Whether you’re searching for a romantic getaway (I went for my thirtieth and my babymoon!) or are hoping to have a kid-friendly vacation, Maui is the reply. Below, here’s every thing to see and do on the most-treasured island.

Bike Haleakala

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Calling all daredevils! Let me paint an image: It’s 6 A.M., and also you’ve been dropped off at the ten,000-plus-foot-high Haleakala summit to bike all the way down to the crater’s edge and watch the sunset. From there, you’ll bike down one other 20ish miles to the ocean, where you might be again greeted by a sea breeze. Not for the faint of heart, that is the last word expedition to see Maui’s natural beauty and wonders, with a little bit of a challenge. You may rent bikes from Bike Maui and go for a self-guided or group tour. Bring layers of garments, closed-toe shoes, water, and a way of adventure.

Road to Hana

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If biking isn’t your jam, but you continue to need to see the actual Maui, may we propose the road to Hana? It’s best to depart before the sun is up (sorry about that, again!) and drive down some very curvy and windy roads with views you possibly can’t fathom are real. You’ll get breathtaking coastline vistas, rainforests, lagoons, and trees so tall the weather will change. The largest draw is the black sand beach called Pa’iloa, which offers probably the most stunning natural wonders that you simply are welcome to swim in. Also, those that are aware of the Road to Hana know that it results in the seven sacred pools, complete with lush greenery, waterfalls, and wonders the metaverse can only dream of. And although the name mentions seven, there are literally many more pools for climbing and swimming around in during your visit.

Ali’i Kula Lavender

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In case you’re uninterested in the countless hours on the pool or beach and wish to alter the scenery to something fresh, head to Maui’s countryside. It’s a cottagecore dream: over 50,000 lavender plants you could stroll aimlessly through (or take selfies in!), in addition to small shops, chicken coops, and ocean views at every turn. Lavender isn’t native to Maui, but due to island’s climate, the lavender on the farm blooms year-round within the cool, dry temperatures.

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Mieko Horikoshi

A Hawaii-based restaurant serving essentially the most delicious and mouth-watering fresh food. Each bowl is crafted with local flavors and ingredients that just taste so impossibly fresh. You’ll also experience local recipes from traditional Hawaiian culture with a little bit of fusion from food worldwide.


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Genius chef Wolfgang Puck brings his culinary cuisine to the islands with a Hawaiian and California-coastal fusion. The restaurant has earned a Forbes 4 Star and an AAA 4 Diamond Restaurant Award. Plus, it has panoramic ocean views that can not be missed.

Star Noodle

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Chef Sheldon Simeon won Top Chef and decided to open up a restaurant in Hawaii. (Dream life?) The Asian fusion restaurant boasts perfect ramen, udon, and long lines. It’s best to make a reservation prematurely, but completely definitely worth the wait in the event you don’t.

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    South Shore Tiki Lounge

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    Remember the bar in Forgetting Sarah Marshall? Well, it was fictional, but this one is as close as you’re going to get. The tiki vibe includes bamboo partitions and surfboard ceilings; you’ll get a very good mixture of tourists and locals. Bonus: the drinks are low-cost and the music is loud, so you’re in for a very good time.

    Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice

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    Though technically not a bar, this shaved ice spot is just as refreshing and mouth-watering. The OG stop of shaved ice in Hawaii, the shop now has seven locations across the island. Ulalani’s is known for its over 55 flavors of syrups that allow you combine and match to your tastebuds’ desires.

    Maui Brewing Company

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    Grab a beer at Hawaii’s largest local craft brewery to get a taste of real Hawaiian nightlife. The placement boasts an array of beers you possibly can only find on the grounds of the brewery and in addition includes a full gastropub in the event you’ve worked up an appetite. (Our advice is to order a beer and fries with house-made ketchup and mustard, infused with beer.)

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      4 Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

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      There’s just nowhere else to remain. Experience pure luxury with beachside cabanas, poolside massages, and essentially the most breathtaking views on the island. The opportunities are countless on the resort, with each day lei-making and hula classes, surf lessons, and personal helicopter excursions. The adults-only infinity pool with views overlooking the Pacific is an all-time favorite of the resort. Suffice it to say, the 4 Seasons is actually 100 out of 5 stars, and was memorably featured on HBO’s The White Lotus as well.

      Sensei Lanai

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      In case you’re searching for an entire spa-like experience, head away from the water to the countryside on a secluded a part of Lanai. This resort includes a personalized wellness journey, including fitness, lectures, and spa treatments. (Plus, the grounds boasts a Nobu, which is wellness at its finest.) The adults-only spa is the right place to recharge and reset with the very best accommodations and services at your fingertips.

      Hana-Maui Resort

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      In case you’re searching for the actual Maui experience, look no further than this classic Maui hotel. Visitors are greeted by the black beaches near Hana plus views of the character and mountains of the island’s eastern tip. The largest draw is a fishing class where you possibly can catch your individual dinner to enjoy. It also boasts sunrise yoga and a natural spa with organic and clean beauty products.

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