A private hot tub overlooking the ocean; an entire restaurant that only seats two; a cabin in the woods without any neighbors; a bottle of champagne and a pair of white robes that you may—or may not—choose to wear. It’s the small details and intimate settings that capture the essence of romance, and while Maui has its share of luxurious resorts, it also has hideaways and exclusive escapes that are only meant for two. Hoteliers are aware that since so many people choose Maui for special occasions—whether it’s weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries, or getaways—accommodations are a crucial component to a trip they’ll never forget. The end result is an abundance of detail that’s specifically catered for romance, where every moment, musing, moonrise, and memory is reflective of your time spent together. If traveling to Maui with that special someone, book a room at one of the following spots, and then slowly shut the door…
The Inn at Mama’s Fish House
Imagine eating at Mama’s Fish House and then strolling out into the moonlight, listening to the surf as you hold each other on the short walk back to the room. The 12 suites in this North Shore cove are hidden slivers of heaven, and the private courtyards and enormous showers create a sanctuaries you’ll never want to leave.
Wake up and smell the eucalyptus at this private Upcountry outpost. As the only room on a 5-acre bluff, the privacy and quiet are almost as striking as the view from the wrap around deck. Relax in the outdoor, two-person tub while birds rain songs from the treetops, and completely Zen out in this Balinese octagon set high in the Olinda forest.
Sea Ranch Cottages, Travaasa Hana
Standing on the deck of your own private cottage, sipping a cup of locally grown coffee, and watching the first rays of morning light illuminate the white capped Pacific—it’s as calming, private, and exclusive an experience as you’ll find anywhere in Maui. By night, soak in the private, two-person hot tub and let your cares fade away—though I doubt you’ll have very many remaining after a day of massages at the Spa.
Ever get the feeling that large resorts have so many other…people? This boutique hotel in luxurious Wailea only has 72 suites, which are spread out over 15 acres to feel like private homes. Get three-island views of the blue Pacific from the elevated perch on the hillside, and when the suns starts fading into the sea, sip champagne in matching robes on your balcony tucked amongst gardens.