Napili to Kapalua, and the Ritz Spa

Toward the end of our time in Maui, we decided to take a mini road trip up the Northwest Coast of the island to explore the beaches of Napili Bay and Kapalua. After devouring an entire pineapple myself for breakfast (yes, I did this almost every day – they are really good here) we hopped in the car and headed West.

(yes, I know I am lacking in the tan department, but I’m an esthetician)

Napili Bay is a wind and wave protected cove nestled between Honolua Bay to the North and Kaanapali beach to the South. The local area gives off that small beach village vibe, and there were plenty of eclectic hotels and condos to supply a hefty number of tourists. We didn’t mind the gathering crowd, though, as soon as we spotted the perfect clear water and powdery sand of the Bay. Similar to Kaanapali beach, you can snorkel right off the beach along the cove and it feels like you are swimming in a giant saltwater aquarium. Since I was still digesting my pineapple, we opted to explore the tide pools to the south of the Bay instead. They were alive with all sorts of small fish, crabs, anenomies, and funky coral and it was fun to spot the little creatures trying to hide. Napili Bay is the spot for regular Maui vacationers because it feels more private than Kaanapali but has the same feel: a practically photo-shopped beach with great snorkeling.

After leaving Napili, we made our way to the Kapalua area, where the Ritz, Ritz Residences and Kapalua Spa are located. (P.S. There is also an amazing sushi place called Sensei in this area that is a must for lunch or dinner – you’re welcome.)

The Ritz Kapalua is a golfer’s paradise…and thanks to the recent addition of the Ritz Residences, it’s also a spa-lover’s haven! The Ritz Residences are incredible, jaw-dropping condos and homes that one would purchase or rent for vacation if one were a celebrity or mega wealthy. They are truly beautiful, with an indoor / outdoor feel. Imaging breezy walkways lined with coy ponds and palm trees and gathered seating areas with plush sofas and lounges scattered throughout the main common areas. We passed people resting and reading, and it was quiet enough to hear a pin drop. The only sounds were the ocean waves and wind rustling the palm trees. And THIS was just the common areas. The condos themselves are beyond description – you get the idea, right? The Residences all look out over a gorgeous stretch of ocean and a semi-private beach (no beach in Hawaii can be called private by law.) This beach was like a mini Napili Bay, and much less crowded.

Kapalua Beach also has scenic hiking trails along the beach and sea cliffs for those who want a little exercise or more beautiful photo ops. After hiking a bit, we stopped by the Kapalua Spa to drool over the amenities and services we will come back for next trip. (I mentioned in the last post that in a choice between Kapalua Spa and Wailea’s Spa Grande, the later won out…but I still wanted to see what I was missing.)

The spa grounds are, you guessed it, all overlooking the ocean. The spa is situated on higher ground, so when you walk through the front doors, you are greeted with an open reception terrace and those wonderful ocean breezes. Like the Residences, the spa is an indoor / outdoor concept and features several treatments that can be done outdoors. My favorite services were the couples retreats, many of which incorporated luxurious baths with body treatments and dual massage. Keeping with the ocean theme, the spa uses Osea products for the skin, which I happen to really like. They are natural and gentle, yet effective with sea extracts. We will definitely be coming back!!

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