Needle Valley, Maui

The island of Maui is nicknamed “The Valley Isle” for its pristine beaches, fertile mountain valley panoramas, and quaint seaside villages. With a smaller population than Oahu, Maui can offer a sophisticated vacation for those looking to get away from it all while in paradise.

Maui is continually ranked among the world’s best when it comes to beaches. With over 30 miles of beautiful sands, Maui’s beaches range from sparkling white to volcanic black. Kaanapali Beach on the northwest side of the island is Maui’s signature and most popular beach. In addition to the three miles of white sand offering plenty of places to swim and sunbathe, Kaanapali’s daily cliff diving ceremony is truly an event to behold. Every evening at sunset, a professional cliff diver lights the torches along Black Rock before diving into the ocean below. You can easily spend an entire day at Kaanapali Beach, walking to Whaler’s Village for a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants located along the shore. Makena State Park on Maui’s south side is also one of the island’s largest. The golden sand beach is nestled between two black lava extensions making it more secluded than other popular beaches. Swim or snorkel in the clear blue waters and take in the views of Molokini Island, just three miles off shore.

Nature lovers will delight in the sprawling views atop Maui’s highest point at Haleakala National Park. With over 30,000 acres of land, Haleakala National Park has hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. A popular event is journeying to the highest point in the park, at over 10,000 feet above sea level, to watch the sunrise or set over the gentle green and red hills. Be sure to plan accordingly for the drive up the summit, as it takes approximately 90 minutes to reach the summit from Kahului. Drive up for the sunrise, and stay for a hike along one of the many trails savoring the jungle canopies and massive waterfalls.

If you’re spending a day driving through Haleakala, consider including the legendary Road to Hana on your itinerary. The famed Hana Highway in Maui connects Kahului and Hana through 52 miles of winding narrow passages, countless bridges, and hundreds of scenic lookouts in which you could spot Hawaiian wildlife, waterfalls and lush rainforest settings. At the end of the drive, south of Hana, are mystical Pools of Oheo, also known as the Seven Sacred Pools. The heavenly waters are tiered pools fed by waterfalls leading out to the sea. Bring your bathing suit for a refreshing dip, weather permitting.

In the winter months, whale watching is a popular pastime for Maui residents and visitors alike. The calm and shallow waters off south and west Maui create an ideal spot to catch the Humpback whales as they migrate from the cold Alaskan waters to their winter home in Hawaii and particularly, Maui. There are a number of tours departing Maui daily to catch the whales playing, surfacing and diving, showing off their magnificent size and beauty. In winter months, the whales may give birth or have young with them and you may be lucky to spot a whale calf on your voyage.

While there is an abundance of scenic and natural attractions on the island of Maui, don’t miss her charming seaside towns. Lahaina is the historic hotspot of Maui. In Lahaina, on the National Register for Historic Places, stroll down the Lahaina Historic trail to visit sites such as the Pioneer Inn, the old whaling port, sugar plantation settlements, old missions, and temples. Take a break under the sprawling banyan tree in front of the old courthouse. Along Front Street, you will find trendy art galleries, sidewalk cafés, unique shops and upscale restaurants featuring the best in Hawaiian regional cuisine.

Wailea in south Maui is a luxurious resort community home to the Wailea Golf Resort featuring the Blue, Gold and Emerald championship golf courses. Luxe Travel recommends staying at the Four Seasons Resort in Wailea for an opulent oceanfront setting, expansive pools and award winning rooms. Four Seasons guests receive preferred tee times and rates at the nearby Wailea Golf courses.

If Maui’s lush tropical landscapes, sparkling serene waters, diverse flora and fauna, or luxurious golf resorts are your next luxury vacation destination, contact the Luxe Travel team at 1-866-365-8747 or concierge@luxetravel.com. See why the Valley Isle of Maui is also called the “Magic Isle.”