A Place in the Sun

Montage Kapalua Bay brings a quiet luxury perfect for its revered location.

The sun shone brightly at the opening reception and blessing for the Montage Kapalua Bay, as if the heavens were heralding in a new star in the Maui landscape.

Smiles beamed from the faces of the Montage Kapalua team members as they welcomed guests to the new property with a song and hula.

Montage founder, Alan Fuerstman, reflected on how this property was special, not just to the company and its guests, but also to the area—Kapalua—and Maui. In fact, Fuerstman pointed out that the Valley Isle as a whole occupied a special place in his heart. “My wife and I honeymooned on Maui—and have returned here every year since.”

Indeed, pairing Maui, Kapalua specifically, with the Montage brand has made for a perfect combination. “An emphasis on tradition is a major focal point, as Montage Kapalua Bay incorporates the area’s coastal heritage through its design, architecture, food and cultural programming,” says Richard Holtzman, Vice President and Managing Director at Montage Kapalua Bay.

Photo courtesy Montage Kapalua Bay

Photo courtesy Montage Kapalua Bay

“Montage Kapalua Bay offers enriching cultural programs developed by the resort’s onsite Cultural Ambassador, Silla Kaina. The programming is aimed at educating guests about native Hawaiian customs with hula dance lessons and interpretation, lei making, ‘Talk Story’ sessions, ‘ukulele lessons, spa rituals and more,” he adds.

The spacious residential suites make for the perfect couple’s retreat, family reunion or girlfriends getaway, complete with stunning views, and the comforts of home (spacious living rooms, a full kitchen, in-suite laundry) in a well-appointed setting (think sumptuous Egyptian cotton sheets and down bedding in master suites with full baths; plush Turkish cotton robes). “Our team will help guests in advance to stock the refrigerator for plenty of easily accessible snacks or meal options that they can prepare in the gourmet kitchens (or have our chefs come prepare for you!),” Holtzman says.

A perfect day at Montage Kapalua Bay? Holtzman suggests starting your day with breakfast on your suite’s lanai overlooking the ocean, followed by an exploration of the coastal trail that fronts the resort. Afterwards, head to the award-winning Spa Montage Kapalua Bay for an outdoor spa treatment in one of their hale. Try these signature treatments: the intoxicating Awa & Cacao Hawaiian Cocoon or the transportive Journey through the Ocean.

He suggests ending the day with some food, drink and a Kapalua sunset. “Capture the sunset with modern cuisine that celebrates Hawai‘i’s diverse culture at Cane & Canoe, the new signature restaurant [with] architecture that mimics a traditional Hawaiian Cane House,” he adds. End your evening at the restaurant’s bar, sipping on signature cocktails, listening to music and maybe even shoot a game of pool.

The next day (and the day after that…), design your own itinerary. Other amenities at the resort include the new Mahana Market, the Sunset Pool, the landmark Cliff House—perfect for private parties—and of course, direct access to the gorgeous Kapalua Bay Beach.


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