Maui: Island of romantic delights

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MAUI, Hawaii, May 20, 2014   Whether you are planning a perfect destination wedding, celebrating a milestone anniversary or just searching for a romantic tropical island escape, Maui has more than enough ways to say I love you. Aloha wau ia `oe is but one.

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Your own love story may start here and can only grow on this second largest Hawaiian island. Maui has broad appeal with a year round temperate climate, ocean view resorts just steps from the beach, tantalizing local cuisine, and a host of activities.

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Most of the hotels and resorts have wedding coordinators to create your own idyllic wedding and each has its own charms and personality. Located in Lāhaina, Napili Kai Beach Resort is situated on Napili Bay, and upon arrival, their friendly staff greets you with a cool drink in their open-air lobby. A gorgeous crescent sand beach set on 10 lush acres and bordered by low-rise plantation rooms and suites in the tradition of old Hawaii await you.

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If you are looking for a quiet and serene laid back Maui experience, then Napili Kai Beach Resort is for you. Enjoy a couple’s massage and then have a romantic dinner at the resort’s award winning Sea House restaurant, celebrating its own 50th anniversary. Free parking and WiFi and no resort fees are just added benefits to make your stay even more relaxing and worry-free.

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Romantics looking for an upscale and vibrant vibe will find it at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa, situated overlooking the Pacific on Kaanapali Beach. Woven among 12 acres of exotic trees, flowers, waterfalls, and exotic wildlife, including a friendly black swan, are a bevy of secret nooks and crannies—perfect spots to say I do.

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At the center of the Westin is a 87,000 square-foot aquatic playground, including 5 swimming pools, 2 water slides—one of which is a jaw-dropping 128 feet—rock waterfalls, hidden grottos, private cabanas, and beachfront activities that include stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling, para sailing, and intimate sunset cruises.

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Most of the suites have views of the ocean or the West Maui Mountains and all feature the Westin’s signature Heavenly Beds®, ensuring a restful and relaxing night’s sleep. A daily resort charge of $30 covers high speed Internet, shuttle service to nearby hotels and attractions and self-parking.

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There are several on-site restaurants like the poolside Relish Burger Bistro, which serves classic American fare like local huli-huli grilled chicken with pineapple salsa and their signature Kobe beef burger with a choice of toppings. Of course, you can wash all that down with any number of beer selections or tropical drinks.

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The Westin also has a dedicated wedding office and all of the amenities to make your dreams come true. They can arrange private side-by-side couple’s massages and photo ops in their Roman-style gazebo, create a perfect beachside ceremony and even provide your guests with favors and personalized bottles of sparkling wine.

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Maui has many ways to say hoomaum maua kealoha (may our love last forever). From adventure sports to intimate excursions to culinary pleasures, Maui has it all, and while it’s easy to get here, it’s even harder to leave—the reason why so many return year after year.

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Most Romantic Things to Do and See on Maui

Alii Nui Snorkel & Sailing Adventure

Free hotel pick up and return. Two snorkel locations, including Molokini, aboard a 65-foot catamaran. Price of $165 per person includes full onboard breakfast, lunch and alcohol.

Slack Key Concert

Held twice weekly at the Napili Kai Resort in Lahaina. $39.99 per person.

Old Lahaina Luau

Providing an authentic taste of old Hawaii, this is a not-to-be-missed experience in Lahaina featuring traditional dancing, music and mouth-watering cuisine. ($95 adults and $65 children, plus tax).

Lahaina Town

Once the historic capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom and a whaling ship harbor, Lahaina Town is now lined with historic sites, restaurants, retail shops, and art galleries along Front Street. Not to be missed: The 114 year-old banyan tree and Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice, voted #1 on TripAdvisor.

O’o Farm & Luncheon Tour

A little-known but very popular farm to table culinary experience. ($58 per person. Call 808-667-4341 for reservations and ask about the new coffee add-on.)

Ali`i Kula Lavender Farm

Located on the slopes of Haleakala Crater with more than 45 varieties of lavender. (Tours run from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. $12 per person or $10 per person with an advance reservation.)

Organic Ocean Vodka Distillery Farm

Tours of the grounds and facilities where organic vodka is made using sugar cane and deep sea minerals. Tours run from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. ($10 per person)


A dormant volcano and the place to go for a romantic sunrise or sunset experience.

Mama’s Fish House

Continues to receive awards from readers and writers alike as the place for an authentic Polynesian dining experience, from fresh fish to traditional Hawaiian cuisine.

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Ron Stern
Ron Stern, aka: The Global Gumshoe is passionate about excellence in hospitality and tourism. He writes full features with a focus on luxury, cuisine, hotels, resorts, tourism and travel destinations. His articles have appeared in national and regional magazines such as Shape, Cruise, Frequent Flyer, AAA Motorist, Visit Los Cabos Guide, Destinations West, Key Biscayne and La Jolla Today. Other articles have been published in newspapers (print and online) such as The Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sun Sentinel, Bismarck Tribune, The Jamaican Observer, the Coloradoan and travel trade magazines. Ron’s other contributions have been noted by PBS, Mobil Travel Guides and his photography has been used extensively by entities such as tourism boards and public relations firms. He has traveled extensively and is the author of five books. Ron's motto: "uncovering the sole of travel" humorously captures his spirit of walking the world travel beat as a gumshoe detective, always looking for a story.