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Hotel Highlights

  • Spectacular views and proximity to the Pacific Ocean.
  • Spacious, residential style accommodation with kitchens, a washer/dryer, private lanai (patio) and other handy amenities. Perfect for families or friends travelling together.
  • Gorgeous weather year round – average highs during the day are around 80F (26.7C).
  • Only a 10-minute drive from Kapalua/West Maui airport (Kahului Airport is an hour away by car).
  • The 45,000sq ft Kapalua Spa, with hydrotherapy, a large range of natural treatments and plenty of indigenous foliage, is a destination in its own right (and if golf is your thing, Kapalua Golf Courses are often voted best in Hawaii).


Montage Kapalua Bay hotel (formerly the Residences at Kapalua Bay) may have a flashy veneer, with a vast landscaped pool and palm-strewn golfing greens, but on the inside, this resort-hotel has ingenious nature-watching lounges, Mid-century Modern design features and upmarket, understated rooms.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Montage Kapalua Bay with us:

Smith members get the resort fee – US$50 a night – waived. A US$100 spa voucher to use in the spa for SilverSmiths who book a seven-night stay and GoldSmiths who book a five-night stay.


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Need To Know


40 apartment-style villas, including four one-bedroom, 18 two-bedroom and 18 three-bedroom villas.


10am, but a later check-out can be arranged, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.


Double rooms from $1195.00, excluding tax at 13.42 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $30.00 per room per night prior to arrival.

More details

Rates include breakfast.


The spa is vast (over 4,000sq m), with hydrotherapy pools, hot tubs, indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness and wellness centre, a spa café, spa boutique and a beauty salon – experience traditional Hawaiian ceremonies such as kava drinking before slipping into a cacao lomi cocoon, made with West Maui mountain-grown plants.

At the hotel

Spa and fitness centre, tennis centre, golf academy, beach activities (for watersports such as snorkelling and scuba diving) and free WiFi throughout. In-room: LCD TV, oven and microwave, washer and dryer, coffee- and tea-making facilities and an in-residence chef and grocery delivery service are available on request, and self parking at your villa.

Our favourite rooms

Views from the garden-facing villas may acquaint you with Maui’s more exotic blooms, but this doesn’t quite beat the romance of watching the sea lap the shore. A Pacific-facing lanai means you can watch the sunset over the sea in loved-up seclusion.


Three pools: The sprawling Lagoon pool snakes under bridges, past rock pools and over waterfalls. The aptly named serenity pool is adults-only, with plenty of secluded corners, and at the foot of the Lagoon pool the keiki (kids’) pool has a safe shallow entrance.

Packing tips

Pack your snorkelling mask and flippers to explore the submerged scenery, which rivals that above sea level – Maui’s protected reefs and ecosystem mean you’ll see more than your common or garden goldfish.


All public areas are wheelchair accessible and five disabled rooms are available. A limited range of the spa’s traditional mauka-to-makai (mountain-to-ocean) spa treatments is offered in-villa.


Welcome and well catered for. There's a kid’s club, guided activities, children’s snorkelling, kayaking and ziplining nearby and spa treatments for ages 6–16. Cribs are US$50 a night, high hairs and booster seats are available and staff can heat milk.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Looking out on the ocean, the Sunset Grill and Bar serves island-influenced, locally sourced meals throughout the day, from fresh-fruit smoothies to Hawaiian braised short-rib. A daily happy hour, kids' menu, dive-in movies and thrice-weekly luau keep the whole family happy and sated. Also, five minutes away in Kapalua Resort, Merriman’s is a pricy but popular with locals, serving farm-to-table fare and line-fresh seafood.

Hotel Bar

The Sunset Bar is by the Lagoon pool, overlooking the Pacific, serving colour-infused cocktails and an extensive smoothie menu. A happy hour (or two) at Merriman’s runs from 3pm to 5pm.

Last orders

Breakfast is served 7–11am; lunch 11am–3pm; dinner 5–8pm; drinks until 10pm.

Room service

None, but from 6am to 9pm you can pick up local goodies and fresh fruit from Honolua store close by, and sushi restaurant Sansei offers late-night dining just a five-minute stroll from your door.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Stroll up in your sarong and turn a blind eye to Mr Smith’s radioactive Aloha shirt – the Hawaiian tux-substitute.

Top table

The Sunset Grill and Bar isn’t called that for nothing; take a poolside perch and try to glimpse the rare ‘green flash’ phenomenon at sundown.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

On the cusp of the coast, the hotel’s location allows you to explore the natural surroundings by swinging through the air on a zipline, mingling with shoals of colourful fish or trekking through dense protected rainforest. Onsite there are two championship golf courses with jaw-dropping views and classes are offered for all ages, including lei making, hula dancing and playing the ukulele. Close by Kapalua Dive Company (+1 877 669 3448) organizes kayak trips, snorkelling lessons and tours, PADI dives and even a night dive for some alternative after-hours activity – with child-friendly snorkelling for Spongebob Squarepants enthusiasts. The West Maui coastline rivals Hana Highway (in the east of the island) for a serpentine tour of pristine seashores. Hike down to the blowholes for an impressive display of nature’s force and some atrocious punnery, if you’re so inclined. If you prefer a less natural high, try whizzing along a 1,000ft zipline with Kanapaali Zipline tours (+1 877 678 7333) – admittedly, the West Maui mountain gulches below will be a bit of a blur, but you’ll be too thrilled to care.

Local restaurants

There’s more to Hawaiian cuisine than spam fritters and spit roasts (although there’s a time and place for those too). Honu Seafood and Pizza (+1 808 667 9390, is a worthwhile 18-minute drive from the resort, serving highbrow pizza toppings (rock shrimp with pecorino and mushroom with lavender and truffle oil) and joyfully wedding haute seafood and comfort cooking to create wonders such as crab-topped macaroni cheese. Hula Cookies and Ice Cream (+1 808 661 5854, is a 20-minute drive, but if the tropical take on cookies doesn’t convince you to visit (Honey Papaya Oatmeal and Coconut Chocolate are just two such concoctions), the custom ice cream and cookie sandwiches will. Sansei Seafood and Sushi Bar (+1 808 669 6286, is also a five-minute walk from your villa serves artistic dishes such as panko crusted ahi sashimi sushi rolls and blue crab and lobster ravioli alongside more standard California and tuna rolls. There's enough on the menu to merit several visits and the freshest ingredients make even the most humble maki outstanding.

Local bars

Sample the local brews at Maui Brewing Co. (+1 808 665 9105, – a large modern gastropub, just seven-minutes drive from the resort, with artisanal artefacts such as vintage fermentation tanks dotted about, in a warehouse-style space – the island-brewed beers (especially Bikini Blonde and Coconut Porter) are lauded by locals and tourists alike.

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Perched on the Pacific

Montage Kapalua Bay

One Bay Drive, Lahaina, Hawaii 96761, United States

The hotel is in northwest Maui, just north of the Maui Komohana volcano, on the curved, beach-bountiful Namalu Bay.


Kahului International Airport is an hour’s drive away, operating flights throughout the West Coast, US to Los Angeles and San Francisco. The smaller Kapalua West Maui airport is a 10-minute drive or taxi ride away. It has regular flights to Honolulu airport, where you can connect to international hubs, such as San Francisco and Chicago O’Hare airports.


If you want to leave the resort it’s a good idea to acquire some wheels. There are plenty of rental kiosks at Kahului airport and the hotel offers free valet parking.


There are several ferry services that run to neighbouring islands Molokai and Lanai. You can leave from Lahaina Harbour to Lanai several times a day via Go Lanai ( or to Molokai twice a day (


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Anonymous review

by Claire Mazur , Designer hunter at Of a Kind

My (brand-spankin’-new!) husband and I arrived at a genius plan for our honeymoon: 10 whirlwind, non-stop days in Japan, followed by five mellow, sit-and-do-nothing ones in Hawaii. We arranged this in part to break up the long flight to our home in New York, but mostly to check palm trees off our of our fantasy-vacation-must-haves list, and to recuperate after our Amazing Race-style travelin…
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Montage Kapalua Bay

Anonymous review by Claire Mazur, Designer hunter

My (brand-spankin’-new!) husband and I arrived at a genius plan for our honeymoon: 10 whirlwind, non-stop days in Japan, followed by five mellow, sit-and-do-nothing ones in Hawaii. We arranged this in part to break up the long flight to our home in New York, but mostly to check palm trees off our of our fantasy-vacation-must-haves list, and to recuperate after our Amazing Race-style traveling. As it so turns out, the very good people at the Montage Kapalua Bay in Maui are bona fide experts at providing just that sort of relaxing and tropical holiday.

Landing in Maui, we made a pit stop for coconuts with straws stuck in them (tip: there’s a not-to-be-missed roadside stand just five minutes from the airport), before continuing on the gorgeous hour-long drive along the coast to the hotel, where, upon arrival, we were greeted with pineapple-infused water, fancy leis and such enthusiasm that you’d be forgiven for thinking the staff were actually our parents. Well, Aloha to you, too…

All this fuss was immediately followed by an impressive mind reading session at reception: ‘Can I take care of your car and bags for you so you can go straight to the pool?’ (Yes). ‘Can I make you dinner reservations somewhere with a view?’ (Please do). ‘How about I book you outdoor massages at sundown?’ (You better.)

Having a look around, it was apparent why Instagram snaps featuring the blossoming grounds and their unimpeded view of turquoise waters and white beaches elicit a lot of ‘that looks fake’ commentary and even some unabashedly resentful ‘this is just rude’ remarks. None of which are wrong. It’s a postcard-perfect scene.

A cheery bellman led the way to our two-bedroom coastal view suite as he rattled off the endless list of features at our disposal (grocery delivery, in-suite chef) in a room that would be more accurately described as an apartment. The kitchen alone was three times the size of the one in my first New York apartment, and the walk-in closet could have easily doubled as an additional bedroom.

Neither modern nor trendy, the overall decor here is vacation style in the classic resort way –very floral, yet very comfortable. Mr Smith and I typically avoid resorts, and we were a bit skeptical when we discovered swan-shaped towel sculptures we found posing on our massive bed. However, just 15 minutes into our stay, we were both fully sold on this resort life thing. Perhaps it was the chocolate covered strawberries and champagne waiting for us, or it might have been the fresh coconut in our piña coladas, or possibly just the overall relaxed scene which people refer to as ‘the Aloha lifestyle.’ Whatever it was, we were into it.

And Montage Kapalua Bay, it seems, have perfected the resort-style stay. The Sunset Grill and Bar, although straightforward, was delicious. The Lagoon pool, although massive, was truly gorgeous with its waterfalls and winding rivers that created private little nooks and crannies.

The staff, although perma-smiling in their nothing-is-too-much-trouble way, were sincerely good at their jobs, and their grins even appeared to be a genuine result of excitement and pride. One afternoon, as we lounged poolside, a staff member noticed that my sunglasses were smudged and swiftly produced lens cleaner and a cloth seemingly out of nowhere.

Starting to feel relaxed after a dip in the pool and a glass of champagne on the balcony, we headed to the spa for our thoughtfully scheduled couples’ massage. Charged with the task of choosing a scent from the six signature options they had available, we were then guided down through the luxe changing rooms, past the steam rooms, saunas, infinity pool and hot tub, and finally to an open-air hut that looked out over an idyllic scene of flora, fauna and, naturally, the Pacific Ocean.

As dusk settled, we sank into the massage tables with the soothing sounds of a rain shower pitter-pattering mixed with traditional Hawaiian music drifting in the background. We peeked at each other from our respective beds and exchanged this-can’t-be-real glances moments before falling into trance-like states induced by what only be described as world-class massages.

It dawned on me that all those times I had been kneaded and pummeled resulting in ‘good pain’ was probably just ‘actual pain.’ This was pure, expertly-delivered bliss, and when it was over we promptly booked an appointment to do it all over again the following evening.

Waking early the next morning, we met a catamaran that cast off with 20 of us for a snorkeling adventure, and were introduced to SNUBA – a cross between snorkeling and scuba diving where your air tank remains on a raft floating above you on the water. Underwater, we spied fish in every color, downright frightening eels, elusive octopi and massive, mesmerizing sea turtles.

Stimulating and inspiring as all that activity was, it left us feeling as though we’d exerted enough energy to warrant doing nothing but lounging poolside for the rest of our stay. Perhaps, if we were feeling truly ambitious, we’d have strolled the five minutes down to the beach or entertained a round of golf. However, we didn’t apply any undue pressure on ourselves and we didn't need to either – this is ‘the Aloha lifestyle,’ after all.   

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