The Maui Max-Out


Loving adventure doesn’t mean hating luxury, and there’s a tropical paradise dedicated to gorging on both: the Kapalua Resort, on Maui, a longtime PGA stop with world-class golf, five-star hospitality, and, believe it or not, 23,000 acres running from pristine beaches to the rugged West Maui Mountains. Trail running, scuba, mountain biking: Kapalua’s adventure concierge stands ready to hook you up with any or all of the above. Throw in spa treatments, high-thread-count linens, and a restaurant serving produce from Kapalua’s own organic farm, and it’s the perfect place to thrash your body all day, pamper it all night, lather, rinse, and repeat.

In terms of an itinerary, on the first day, stop for Kona coffee at the Kapalua Adventure Center, which will rev you up for hours of warm-water snorkeling in Kapalua Bay, followed by a seared ahi lunch next door at the Ritz, and then a guided 10 miles of mountain biking through the West Maui Mountains. Back at the Ritz, alfresco hot tubs work out your kinks while Kona lobster at the Banyan Tree sates your hunger. Get coffee at the same place on day two, and follow it with a three-hour “Zip Challenge” tour on one of Maui’s longest ziplines. And ditto on the lunch, because poolside loitering is a vacation must. In the afternoon, go for a guided sea kayak trip to Hawea Point, then dine off-property at the ridiculously good Lahaina Grill. Day three? Yep, same coffee, but then a 14-mile round-trip hike or trail run up to the Arboretum, high in the mountains. Cap things off with a scuba dive in Honolua Bay, where you’ll find a reef teeming with manta rays, turtles – the works. Your farewell dinner has to be on the oceanfront veranda at Merriman’s Restaurant. [$409 per night;]