Whether you fly into the larger Kahului Airport (in the northwest area) or the smaller Kapalua Airport on the east side, it's time to pack your bags and head to Maui. A beloved destination with much to offer, here are three different sides of the island to explore and adore.
The luxurious south coast area of Wailea offers superb dining from morning to night. Take a three-night family escape to the Wailea Beach Marriott (including car rental! -- book by Friday) for $899 or scoop an oceanfront suite for $299 at the Fairmont Kea Lani. Walk down to The Shops at Wailea to enjoy a delicious breakfast at island mainstay, Longhi's, known for huge, delicious cinnamon rolls. Showcasing Hawaii's diverse culinary history, Kō re-opened at the Fairmont in March after a $5.1-million renovation -- don't miss the special $39, three-course “cultural experience” menu during sunset hours only.
On the north tip of the island is Kapalua, a name which loosely translates to "arms embracing the sea." Instead, use your arms to get physical with nearby activities. The town is home to two championship golf courses including the Plantation Course which kicks off the PGA Tour each year. Or thrill-seekers can zip to the Kapalua Adventure Center which boasts one of the largest zipline systems in the US, along with a ropes course, climbing tower and giant swing. Both activities are less than one mile from this five-night deal at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua.
For a bit of nightlife, head into the lively west Maui town of Lahaina. Choose from several resorts on Kaanapali Beach like the Hyatt Regency Maui for $249 or Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas for $295. They are each about a 10-minute drive from Old Lahaina Town. Explore the walkable Front Street, home to dozens of restaurants and nightspots including Mai-Tai Lounge -- serving up award-winning cocktails of the same name and the island’s only rooftop dining -- and Kimo’s, a Lahaina classic featuring live musical acts several nights a week.