Aloha from Kendall on Maui!
My long-awaited trip to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands has finally happened, and pretty seamlessly after some prior preparation. Maui is allowing visitors on the island who have tested negative for Covid within 72 hours before their trans-pacific flight. Like several countries with new travel restrictions, Hawaii requires everyone to create an online travel portal – this is where you upload all your documents. 24 hours before your flight, you fill out a health questionnaire and make sure your test results are uploaded, and then you are emailed the coveted QR code that you need for scanning at the airport, checking into your hotel, and a lot of different activities on the island. I have to say, I have been extremely impressed with how Maui is handling all the restrictions. I have felt very safe and blown away at some of the health and safety precautions the resorts have carefully taken the time to implement. It adds an extra layer of comfort to an already relaxing trip.
Top 5 - Maui Resorts
1. Fairmont Kea Lani
I spent my first two nights here and was reminded why this is one of my favorite resorts in Hawaii. It has such a welcoming feeling from the second you step foot in the open-air lobby, currently adorned with Christmas tree. This is a family-friendly resort as it has two large pools and a lot of water and beach activities. Every room is a suite, making it perfect for travelers who like to have a bit more space or are vacationing with children. The resort also have ocean front villas for larger groups – these include a rental car and offer a few more amenities throughout the stay. Overall, The Fairmont does a great job of embodying the Aloha spirit Hawaii is so often known for.
2. Four Seasons Maui at Wailea (below)
3. Andaz Maui (below)
Andaz are clearly doing something right as a brand as John featured their hotel in Dubai just last week. Their Maui property is one of the newer resorts in the Wailea Beach area and has a very sleek and modern feel to it. While it is not adults only, it has a much more adult-centered environment. I enjoyed the Feast at Mokapu Luau that the resort hosts, and it truly was a feast. Each party was seated at their own tables and everyone was very socially distanced. It felt a little bit more like a dinner show than the traditional Hawaiian Luau and the food was plated and served rather than buffet style. There was a beautiful backdrop and the event was very family friendly!
4. Wailea Beach Villas (below)
5. Ritz Carlton Kapalua (below)
While I did not make my way over to Kapalua on this particular trip, the Ritz Carlton is a great option for those wanting to stay on the west side of the island of Maui. It's ocean front and has a stunning beach and great golf course. I've found their club level rooms are well worth the extra investment adding extra amenities such as complimentary beverages and concierge services.
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