A July 2003 trip
to Maui by thestickman23
Quote: Maui is pure paradise. There really isn't any other way to describe it. Romantic, beautiful, serene...a must see destination.
Hotel | "Ritz-Carlton Kapalua"
You will be greeted with lei's as soon as you arrive at the Ritz-Carlton resort. If you rent a vehicle you have a choice of parking your own car or you can take advantage of the valet parking which has a separate fee. If you plan on constantly using your rental like us, I recommend parking your own vehicle.
As soon as you step into the lobby at the Ritz you know you will be treated like royalty. The service is impeccable and it seemed as if every hotel employee knew who you were.
The resort has six dining options available to you. All six restaurants/cafes have something different for everyone. Here is a brief description of each option.
- The Banyon Tree has received a AAA four diamond award. Here they serve "contemorary Australian cuisine" and dinner reservations are recommended. The dress code is casual resort wear.
- The Terrace is well-known for their first class breakfast buffet. A casual lunch and dinner are also served here.
- The Beach House Bar & Grill is located on the ocean. Lunch is served daily and dinner is available seasonally.
- Kai is a first class sushi bar located just off of the lobby. Open for dinner only.
- The Lobby Lounge is located on a balcony over looking the Pacific. The menu features bar room favorites with a twist, and a extensive cocktail and cigar list is available.
- The Pool Bar & Cafe features sandwiches, salads and cocktails.
Let's talk about the Ritz-Carlton's beautiful rooms. We stayed in an ocean view room on the "Club Level". Our main room featured a king size bed, cocktail bar, a desk with chair, television, and a sliding glass door which lead to our lanai. The lanai featured two chairs with a table so you could relax with a drink and take in the beautiful views. Our bathroom was decorated in marble with a separate shower and tub, double vanities, hairdryer, makeup mirror, and luxury bathroom toiletries. Do yourself a favor and walk around in the soft terry cloth robes for a while.
The "Club Level" was great. In the "Club Room" they serve five complimentary "meals" each day. Every afternoon my wife and I went for complimentary drinks and small appetizers. I highly recommend staying on the "Club Level".
The Ritz-Carlton is truly a first class resort. If you can come up with the extra cash you will be highly rewarded with a "dream come true" experience.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 12, 2004
Ritz Carlton Kapalua
One Ritz-Carlton Drive
Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii 96761
Restaurant | "Plantation House Restaurant"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2004
2000 Plantation Club Drive
Maui, Hawaii 96761
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 12, 2004
Hard Rock Cafe
900 Front Street
Maui, Hawaii 96761
Four Seasons Resort 3900 Wailea Alanui Drive
Maui, Hawaii 96753
Restaurant | "Sansei "
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 12, 2004
Sansei Seafood and Sushi
115 Bay Drive
Kapalua, Hawaii 96761
+1 808 669 6286
The Banyon Tree
1 Ritz Carlton Drive
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