If you've got the money and the time, Maui is a wonderful option for a luxurious and relaxing bachelorette party or girlfriend getaway. With pristine beaches, fabulous fine dining and tons to do, it's the perfect place to relax and enjoy everything Hawaii has to offer with your friends.
Here is what you need to know to plan your perfect getaway to Maui.
There are several different resort areas on Maui, each with its own personality and offerings. Where you stay will depend on what kind of vacation you're looking for.
Want relaxation and the best kind of luxury accommodations? Shell out for one of the many gorgeous resorts in Kapalua, on the Northwest side of the island. The area has the absolute best in spas, fine dining and sparkling beaches. For those with the budget, the Ritz Carlton Kapalua Bay has three enormous pools to relax by in addition to every comforting touch imaginable.
Want nightlife and cultural attractions? The tourist hotspot of Lahaina Town is a great base. There are lots of fun bars, hip restaurants and jumping off points for activities like whale watching and luau nights. The Hyatt Regency Maui is a great pick, set right on a lovely stretch of beach.
Want long beaches, outdoor activities and lots of restaurants? Head for Kihei in the South of Maui. Kihei is the warmest part of the island, perfect for lying out on the beach. It's also an ideal spot for snorkeling, sailing, surfing and more. Maui Sunseekers Resort is one good base with easy access to the sand.
There is a huge variety of ways to spend your time in Maui, ranging from very active to simply relaxing by the pool. Group activities include whale-watching tours (from December-March), kayaking and hiking.
Another popular activity is the driving the to Hana, a daylong road trip with stops at beautiful beaches, interesting National Parks and more. Rent a car, pile in with some snacks and sunscreen and set off on what is widely considered to be one of the best drives in the world.
Maui is an amazing island for foodies, with fresh local seafood, produce and more, prepared in novel and interesting ways. Go out of your way to sample some local Hawaiian food at Aloha Mixed Plate, Da Kitchen or Eskimo Candy.
Take the girls out for a fancy dinner at least one night. In Maui there are a wealth of fine dining options including Nick's Fishmarket in Wailea, the Banyan Tree in Kapalua and Sansei in Kihei.
While you're soaking up the sun don't miss a chance to try one of Hawaii's greatest delicacies: Shave Ice. Ululani's is a local chain found all around the island that serves up giant bowls of this delicious treat.
The nightlife options on Maui are mostly along the lines of chill cocktail bars, as opposed to all night clubbing. For the best selection head to the Kihei area where you can enjoy local favorites like South Shore Tiki Lounge and Life's a Beach.
Beer lovers should consider checking out the newest location of the Maui Brewing Company in Kihei. The local craft brew superstar has great food in addition to fun games like connect four, cornhole and a giant jenga set.
Please drink responsibly and use a designated driver, as your RoamRight policy does not cover loss resulting from or caused by being under the influence of alcohol.
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Stephanie Yoder is a girl who can't sit still! Since graduating college in 2007 she has either been traveling or planning to travel. She's lived on four continents and visited everywhere from the Great Wall of China to the Great Barrier Reef. She now writes and travels full time, blogging about her adventures on Why Wait To See The World? (formerly Twenty-Something Travel). Follow Stephanie on Twitter or visit her on Facebook.
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