Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii
The Kapalua Resort community, on Maui’s northwest coast, appeals to visitors seeking either tranquility or a cure for boredom. The 23,000-acre resort, which contains the island’s only operating pineapple plantation, has two golf courses (one designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore and the other by Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane), 10 tennis courts, and the largest zipline course in Hawaii. Kapalua Resort also has two new and spectacular spas. The spa at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, which opened in June 2008 and represented the final phase of the hotel’s $180 million renovation, has 15 treatment rooms and a rainforest theme. In July, Kapalua Resort opened the standalone 30,000-square-foot Kapalua Spa. The ocean-themed sanctuary includes 19 indoor treatment rooms and 10 outdoor cabanas, as well as a saltwater lap pool, a fitness center with kinesis training equipment, and a studio for Pilates and yoga classes. Accommodations at the Ritz-Carlton hotel include 356 guest rooms and 107 residential suites, while the Kapalua Resort community has a range of villas and homes for rent, including ones with views of the ocean and others that overlook a golf course fairway.