Worth getting out of bed for
Lumeria is a destination itself, and many choose to fill their days with free yoga classes, traditional Lomi Lomi (hot stone massages) and classes on topics such as horticulture.
When you decide to head out, arrange for a paddle-boarding trip, which the hotel can set up with its instructors. Baldwin Beach Park is the closest beach to Lumeria, and is big with soft sand. It can be windy, which is ideal for surfers, but less enticing to swimmers.
Wake up early to catch sunrise at Haleakala Crater. It is a 90-minute journey from Lumeria to the top of the mountain, but setting an alarm clock will mean rewarding yourself with extraordinary views from 10,000 feet. If you go, bring a light jacket to ward off pre-dawn chill.
Maui is also rich with farmland, including sugarcane, pineapple and lavender fields. All’i Kula Lavender Farm makes just about anything you can imagine in lavender form (www.aliikulalavender.com). For some excellent cheese, head for Surfing Goat Dairy, which maintains a stable of goats for cheese and truffles.
It is not unusual to crave mai tais and macadamia-crusted mahi mahi even years after a visit to Mama’s Fish House. The 1960s-style restaurant is set on the beach, and serves some of the best food on the islands. Some visitors drive the length of the island to visit the legendary Hawaiian seafood restaurant,; luckily, it’s just a 10-minute drive from Lumeria on Poho Place (+1 808 579 8488; www.mamasfishouse.com). It can be difficult to nab tables at sunset, so book in advance or prepare to dine later. A short drive inland, in the middle of sugarcane fields of Upcountry, Hali'imaile General Store serves American classics with Hawaiian twists (+1 808 572 2666; bevgannonrestaurants.com/haliimaile). Renowned local chef Bev Gannon fires up crab pizzas, seafood curry and Korean-style steaks. The pineapple upside-down cake is an instant taste of island pride. If you drive across the island to Wailea, splurge on a dinner at Spago, which serves spicy tuna tacos on a terrace with sunset views that not even Monet could replicate (+1 808 879 2999; www.wolfgangpuck.com).
Italy has its gelato, but Hawaii has its shave ice, and nowhere does it better than Ululani’s. Right near the airport (with a flagship in Lahaina), the icy stand makes its own additive-free syrups using local ingredients like guava, lilikoi and coconut (+1 460 609 5678 or ululanisshaveice.com). Though T Komodo Store & Bakery may look abandoned, the century-old bakery produces some of the best doughnuts in the Pacific Rim (+1 808 572 7261) on Baldwin Avenue, a five-minute drive from the hotel. Go early to secure the best one: the stick doughnut. For the freshest fish on the island, head for Pai’a Fish Market on Baldwin Avenue (+1 808 579 8030; www.paiafishmarket.com), and request the ono burger, fish tacos or an order of fish and chips. The portions are generous, so don’t over-order.