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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).

Overview

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.

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Montage Kapalua Bay

'Montage Maui memories'

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

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

Check–out

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

Rates

Double rooms from $595.00, 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.

Also

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.

Poolside

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.

Also

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.

Children

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, www.honumaui.com) 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, www.hulacookies.com/store) 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, www.sanseihawaii.com) 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, http://mauibrewingco.com) – 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.

Planes

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.

Automobiles

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.

Other

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 (www.go-lanai.com) or to Molokai twice a day (www.molokaiferry.com).

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from the Residences at Kapalua resort in Maui and unpacked their tasteful string of Tahitian pearls and vacuum-packed Mokka coffee beans, a full account of their blissful beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet you…
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Montage Kapalua Bay

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from the Residences at Kapalua resort in Maui and unpacked their tasteful string of Tahitian pearls and vacuum-packed Mokka coffee beans, a full account of their blissful beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Residences at Kapalua, Maui.

The hour-long drive from Kahului airport gives you a dramatic introduction to Maui, meandering past the West Maui mountains then along the Honoapiilani Highway,a coastal route with panoramic views. You can gaze on the postcard-perfect scenery at your leisure on arrival – the ingeniously designed, open-book shaped building and blossoming landscaped gardens highlight the hotel’s best asset: an unimpeded view of turquoise waters, white beaches, day-glo sunsets and majestic mountains – the Hawaii that dreams are made of. If you can tear your eyes off the spectacle for long enough, check out the wall candy too – dreamy Gauguin-esque artworks from Honolulu painter Pegge Hooper.

Then most exclusive element of the Kapalua Resort complex, the residences themselves deftly mix self-catering practicality with boutique-hotel style, showcasing cool cream colours and smart oak fittings. Once you’ve settled in and oohed and aahed at the view you can start slow with an outdoor couples’ massage at the spa, set among frangipani trees and hibiscus blooms. Then swim along the sloping, serpentine Lagoon pool or hit the beach for sun-bathing, snorkelling, scuba or just splashing around. If you’re feeling especially energetic, drive down the coastal highway to see the geysers, or hurtle through the air on a zipline over the West Maui mountain gulches. Afterwards, wind down at the Sunset Bar, with a front-row seat for one of nature’s best light shows and a fluorescent cocktail (or the ultra-fresh smoothie of the day).

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