The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua in Maui
Surfing. Maui. Children!
First of all, I will have to start by declaring my undying LOVE for Maui!! Magnificent weather (not too hot not too humid), beautiful beaches, incredible sights… absolutely perfect. And Maui with kids is even better. The discovery, the outdoors, swimming with turtles… magic.
Travelling with two children takes a bit more planning than going solo and when the trip is a five day layover after more than 20 days travelling around the US you do have to be creative so they do not start screaming for home. And Peter Fard, from the Lobby Concierge Service of the Ritz Carlton Kapalua proved to be the perfect ally; thank you Peter!!
1.-The location of this Ritz-Carlton. OMG! This property is located on the North West part of Maui called Kapalua; perfectly manicured avenues, incredibly low «people to trees» ratio and daily encounters with wild marine life. Just how we «dreamed up» Maui!
So, the first day, on our first walk around the property, we took a walk at the hotel beach. I am not sure if it was private but it was outfitted completely by Ritz Carlton.
Yes, on the first walk, we went into the sea to dip our toes when we saw a bale of see turtles! The kids went crazy! Only for these encounters with nature these types of trips are always worthy.
2.- Three swimming pools including a kiddie pool for our three year old and various jacuzzis; just in case the sand is not «your thing».
Although I would have warmed up the water the three swimming pools located on a row made it complicated to get out of the property to sightsee. Wonderful!
3.-Their Residential Suites are perfect for families with children. Enough privacy for children and adults, wonderful dinning area that we ended up using a lot and incredible views. Very confortable!!
Even though we enjoy all kinds of excursions and short trips we are also a family that lays heavily on room service. There are few things more enjoyable than waking up in the morning to breakfast laid out for you in your room.
There is something magical about this for the kids. Still sleepy in their pyjamas waking up slowly to the smell of tea or hot chocolate. Honestly, as it was expected, the Ritz-Carlton did not disappoint in this regard. Even churros!
4.-Peter Fard, THE Concierge; I will admit to now knowing if the rest of the concierge team was as good but, for us, Peter definitely made sure our stay was simply perfect.
Since it was our first time in Hawaii we did not want to give up on the whole Luau experience but we did not want anything "massive"; Peter found us the perfect «luau» (yes, you do have to experience a Luau no matter how «cheesy» you may think they are… newflash: our three year old loved it!!), the helicopter ride even…
5.-The surf lessons.Incredible! No words! so much fun! Peter went out of his way to organize private lessons which we ended up doing through Zach Howard Surf.
What an experience; Ukumehame Beach State Park was simply dreamy and Brett Sheerin, our instructor was incredible. He had us up on the board within the first 10 minutes of lesson. Yes, we are hooked!! Loved Maui Surfing!
We started with one lesson and went on to book for the entire stay every morning. Also, my daughter burned herself with the board; Brett took a coconut and a very savage looking machete and very theatrically sliced it to apply some of it to her leg; it worked like magic!!
All in all, I would say, Maui is something to enjoy with kids!!!
NOTE: Since this post was first published Brett has gone on to establish himself on his own which we were very happy to hear. His company is Maui True North and they also do a lot of work with disable people to help them enjoy the freedom of surfing. Truly special human being!!