Lucky vacationers everywhere visit Hawaii to escape the stress of everyday life or the harsh winters of the mainland. Some, though, want more out of their Hawaii getaways.
Hawaii's focus on community, kindness and ohana (family)—not to mention its paradise–like setting—attracts visitors looking to improve their health, focus on their spiritual awareness, and revitalize their bodies and minds. In turn, many of Hawaii's hotels and resorts have amped up their wellness offerings. Here are a few of the most tranquil, luxurious and remote options available on Maui.Photo: Courtesy of Travaasa Hana
The long, winding road to this eco–resort, located in the Maui town of Hana, is an adventure, but once you’re there, you’ll settle right into Travaasa’s take on luxury wellness. The 70–room complex features garden villas and ocean bungalows with breathtaking views of the rocky beach coast and turquoise waters, as well as two pools, a gourmet restaurant, a spa and a wellness center. Daily activities promote health, wellness and cultural growth, with offerings ranging from yoga and aqua aerobics to horseback riding, lei making and Hawaiian throw netting. Those seeking a tranquil retreat, modern amenities and plush accommodations in one of Hawaii’s most picturesque spots should look at this gem.
This four–year–old retreat and education center finds a home in Maui’s up–country, sitting on seven and a half acres of lush, green land, and offering just 25 guest rooms. The complex houses meeting spaces for classes and events, a small family style restaurant with menus that change daily and an on–site garden that grows produce for guests. Lumeria focuses on sustainable, organic and local food, and is committed to native Hawaiian culture, marine conservation, youth outreach and more. Walking around the quiet mountain location, you’ll be overcome with feelings of peace and spiritual awareness; the destination is perfect if you’re looking for a more remote retreat and the opportunity to completely unplug.Photo: Courtesy of Ala Kukui
Created as a healing space after the retreat’s owner lost loved ones in 9/11, Ala Kukui is one of the most peaceful and enlightening lodgings on Maui. Its 12 acres of land are largely open, with only a few houses, cottages and meeting centers among the trees. Ala Kukui’s business is retreats, and its facilities may be rented by small or large groups looking to practice yoga, meditation, education, spiritual exploration and more. During the day, groups can use the buildings for programming, and although there isn’t a restaurant on property, Ala Kukui’s main house is outfitted with a spacious, state–of–the–art kitchen where guests are encouraged to cook for themselves and enjoy meals in the large communal dining room.
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The "greenest spot on Maui," according to its owners, this elegant retreat appeals to those looking to cultivate spirituality and sustainability through yoga and meditation, hiking, art and education. With just a few eco–houses on–site, the lodgings are intimate and completely off the grid, with electricity coming from solar panels and water coming from a well on the property. Surrounding hiking trails mean guests can completely immerse themselves in the natural, rural environment.
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