One of my favorite Hawaiian islands is Maui. Maui is the perfect destination for group and incentive travel. Cruising the Hawaiian islands is the best way to see all of what Hawaii has to offer.
There are many luxury resorts on Maui. The Fairmont Kea Lani is a favorite for groups due to location, ambiance, the private Polo Beach, Polo lawn and the property also boasts some of the top restraurants in Maui. All rooms are suites and their ocean front and ocean view villas with plunge pools are amazing!
The property looks like an Arabian Nights Palace. This intimate hotel offers world class service and in room amenities. The grounds at the Fairmont Kea Lani Hotel are truly spectacular. At night the property offers an intimate experience. They offer a family pool as well as an adult only pool! The family pool offers a fun water slide. The Polo Beach on property offers a spectacular view of the island of Lania, a short 45 minute ferry ride from Maui. It is also the perfect place for whale watching.
Nearby the resort is one of the largest and most renowned golf clubs in Hawaii, Wailea Golf Club. This club features three championship courses, including two designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., as well as an expansive outdoor training facility. The resort is also a tennis destination with the well-known Makena Tennis Club perched on a neighboring slope overlooking the Pacific, which offers six courts including two that are lighted for evening play.
The island of Maui provides many exciting activities including scuba diving, fishing, and even mountain biking down a volcano.
Of course the most famous activity is taking the Road to Hana. The Hana Highway (HI-360) has 620 curves and 59 bridges. The road leads you through flourishing rainforests, flowing waterfalls, plunging pools and dramatic seascapes. There are plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the lovely views, so get an early start and take your time on your drive. It used to take rolls and rolls of film to be able to capture all the beauty along this highway. Now that we have digital cameras you can take hundreds of pictures to share your experiences along the Road to Hana without the second mortgage on your house to develop the film.
Hula is a uniquely Hawaiian dance accompanied by chant or song that preserves and perpetuates the stories, traditions and culture of Hawaii. Hula is traditionally taught by a kumu hula (hula teacher) in a hula halau (hula school) but visitors can get free lessons at select Maui hotels and resorts. If you’re brave enough, some luau performances even let you take the stage to show off your new hula skills.
You can see authentic hula throughout Maui at seasonal events and live performances at hotels and resorts. A luau is another fun and festive place to watch the hula and learn about Hawaiian and Polynesian culture.
In Old Lahaina you have to experience a traditional Luau, a TRUE Hawaiian experience. On the other side in Wailea, The Grand Wailea Luau incorporates Samoan, Hawaiian and a few other styles into their luau and includes the fire and knife dancers. Both Luaus get rave reviews.
If it’s whale-watching season (December-May) go out on an unforgettable whale-watching excursion. Be sure to bring your camera for the amazing site of the humpback whales. Often times you will see the babies learning how to breach. The best time to see the whales is during the months of February thru April. The whales then head north for the Summer.
If you are a wine lover you take the drive to the Maui Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch. Beautiful place to just get away from everything and enjoy the beautiful drive. There is a Ranch Store and Grill to enjoy a deli sandwich, salad and cheeses to enjoy with your Maui Wine.
Plenty to see and do on this wonderful “Island of Paradise” called Maui! Need ideas to plan your next group & incentive travel for your company?
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