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Why Maui was named one of the top US destinations in 2017

The beaches of Maui feature a variety of wave conditions – from gentle ripples to this towering surf on Honolua Bay on the north shore of the island.

Travelers in the US and around the world look forward to TripAdvisor’s annual Travelers’ Choice awards for two main reasons – to see how their favorites fared and to find their next vacation destination. For 2017, the island of Maui made it to two of the popular travel sites’ viewer awards: #2 Top Destination in the United Sates and #1 Top Island in the World.

Maui is no stranger to these accolades, consistently making it to similar lists year after year. And it’s easy to see why. This beautiful island paradise is a place like no other, offering breathtaking attractions that make it truly one of a kind.

Here’s a look at some of these attractions.

  1. Haleakala National Park

    Famous for its spectacular sunrises and sunsets, this national treasure was considered sacred ground by its earliest residents. It is home to the dormant Haleakala Volcano, and is divided into two parts: the summit and the Kipahulu coastal district.

    Many legends are associated with the Haleakala summit and crater, most of which involve the ancient god, Maui. Accessible through an extremely winding road, the summit is often visited by tourists who come here to camp or simply to be enthralled by the majestic crater and the famed sunrise and sunset. Two hiking trails lead from the summit to the crater.

    The summit is separated from the Kipahulu coastal district by the Kipahulu Valley Biological Reserve, which is closed to the public. The coastal district features more than 24 natural pools where visitors can swim. Hiking trails are also found in the area.

  2. The beaches

    Hawaii is famous for its white sand beaches and Maui offers those in abundance. In addition to these, the island boasts red and black sand beaches, as well. There are around 80 beaches in Maui – more than any other island in Hawaii – encompassing 120 miles of shoreline. In addition to the variety of sand, Maui beaches also feature different wave conditions – from gentle ripples to towering surf – which make them ideal for a wide array of water activities.

  3. The Road to Hana

    Very few road trips are as popular or as picturesque as the Road to Hana trip. Also known as Hana Highway, the 65-mile road winds down the northeast coast of Maui and features breathtaking vistas of mountains, rainforests, waterfalls, and hidden beaches. The day-long drive will take you through a narrow road with plenty of curves and one-lane bridges.

  4. Whale watching

    During the winter, the waters around Maui, particularly the channels between Maui and the islands of Molokai and Lanai, become home to as many as 10,000 humpback whales. They come to the area from December to April to mate or give birth, making this the best time for a whale-watching adventure.

  5. Molokini Crater

    This small, crescent moon-shaped island off Maui’s southwestern coast is known for its fantastic snorkeling and diving spots teeming with colorful corals, a wide variety of fish, sea turtles, and other sea animals. The rich assortment of marine life and the calm, clear waters protected by the surrounding island make this place a haven for scuba divers and marine life lovers.

3 Best Luxury Condos in Maui

Maui Luxury Condos

If you can’t get enough of Maui’s splendor – the untouched beaches, unrivaled views of the mountains, lush greenery, perpetually sunny weather, the diverse marine life, and an exciting night life – why not just settle here?

If you want the perks of resort living in your own home, a condo is your best bet. Buying a condo gives you access to amenities like pools, spas, fitness centers, covered carports, electronic gated entries, in-unit elevators, and on-site property managers, among others.

Maui Condo Rentals – Condos for Rent in Maui

If you want to test drive the condo lifestyle first, you can also check out the many condo vacation rentals available on the island.

The Montage Residences

Opened in 2014, this development in Kapalua Bay is focused delivering what it calls “an elevated guest experience.”

It features 50 luxury residential- style suites and 54 Montage-branded residences with:

  • 2,700 to 4,055 square feet of living space
  • Private, covered parking
  • Private elevator access
  • Separate-entry “Sand Room”
  • Garden and ocean views
  • Full gourmet kitchens
  • Washers & dryers
  • Spacious closets
  • Deep soaking tubs
  • Full baths with additional half baths
  • Lavish bath amenities

There’s also access to 8,500 square feet of lagoon-style pools.

The Montage Residences has set the bar so high, it’s been rated 5 stars by users across the board.

Honua Kai Resort & Spa

With an average rating of 4.5 stars, Honua Kai Resort & Spa on North Kaanapali Beach is one of the newest whole-ownership beachfront resorts in Maui.

It occupies 38 beachfront acres with:

  • 600 spacious studio apartments
  • 1, 2, and 3-bedroom suites
  • A full-service concierge desk
  • 2 restaurants
  • A spa and fitness center
  • Courtyard fire pit
  • A gourmet market

Guests love the privacy the resort affords them and the utter serenity of the place.

The Bay Villas

One of the Kapalua Resort’s favorite neighborhoods offers:

  • 141 condominium residences in 27 buildings
  • Spacious single-level living
  • 1 to 2-bedroom townhouse-style homes
  • Direct beach access to Oneloa Bay and the Kapalua Trail System
  • 2 tennis courts
  • 3 swimming pools

The Bay Villas is located in the same neighborhood as other luxury developments like the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, The Montage Kapalua Bay, among others.

Want to know more about the best luxury condos in Maui? Talk to one of our agents at Sullivan Properties today for the best tips and hotspots.

Maui Vacation Guide: Top 10 Places to Visit

Planning to go to the sunny island of Maui? Here are some of the most popular and interesting spots that you should not miss during your stay.

  1. The Haleakala Crater at the Haleakala National Park
    This attraction alone is enough to make your entire trip worth it! There’s nothing like the drive up to Haleakala National Park to witness the beauty of the Haleakala Crater and its natural trails and lagoons from 10,000 feet above sea level. This place is so eerie yet so beautiful,you’ll want to keep snapping away so make sure you pack extra memory cards for your camera.
  2. Ka’anapali Beach
    Once named America’s Best Beach, Ka’anapali Beach boasts 3miles of white sand and clear waters. One of its biggest daily attractions is a cliff diver leaping off Black Rock, a promontory in the northernmost end of the beach. Sometimes the path to the top of Black Rock is lined with torches, making for a dramatic pathway.
  3. The Pipiwai Trail
    The Pipiwai Trail can also be found within the Haleakala National Park and it is a must-try trail for scenic hikes, waterfalls tours and horseback riding.
  4. Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery
    People visit not just for the drinks. They also learn about the company’s social and environmentally sustainable practices, from harvesting organic sugar cane to using full-size solar panels around the premises.
  5. Napili Beach
    Napili is another crowd-pleaser and it can be found along Maui’s western coastline. This is a well-loved snorkeling destination so make sure to bring your gear!
  6. Kapalua Coastal Trail
    The 2-mile hike along the colorful western coast of Maui rewards trekkers with unparalleled oceanside views, lush greenery, tide pools, and lava rock formations.
  7. Maui Resorts Surf & SUP by Kevin Sullivan
    Looking for a fun introductory course to the addicting world of riding waves? Maui Surfer Girls provides complete instructional courses with assistance from certified surf instructors. And no, this school is not just for surfer girls!
  8. Aloha Kayaks Maui
    Looking to paddle alongside the majestic North Pacific humpback whales during their calving season? Get in touch with Aloha Kayaks Maui to make this once-in-a-lifetime experience happen.
  9. Banyan Tree Park
    What is the true beauty of a single tree? Spend a relaxing afternoon contemplating this peaceful thought in the Banyan Tree Park.
  10. Front Street
    To truly experience Lahaina, you must spend an afternoon strolling along Front Street to take in all the wonderful displays of organic food, artisanal items, fashionable clothes, and many other unexpected treats.

Golfing at Kapalua Resort

All avid golfers have a dream golf course to challenge them.

Two championship golf courses in Kapalua Resort are the favorite picks of professionals and casual golfers alike – the Plantation Course and the Bay Course.

Here’s why:

The Plantation Course

Built by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore on the slopes of the of the West Maui mountains, the Plantation Course was a homegrown favorite even before the Hyundai Tournament of Champions staked its claim on the place.

Through the years, the 7,411-yard, par-73 course has been widely acknowledged as one of the very best golf courses in the world.

It’s not hard to see why, given the lush green terrain, dramatic ocean view, and a challenging course with sudden changes in elevation.

No wonder The Plantation Course has been ranked consistently as the #1 Golf Course in Hawauu.

The Bay Course

Tall palm trees, bright hibiscus flowers, and the infinite expanse of the Pacific Ocean through Kapalua Bay.

These are among the many charming features of the world-renowned Bay Course in Kapalua.

This course has witnessed history-making moments, such as the first live television broadcast of the Kapalua International Tournament in 1983 and the Kapalaua LPGA Classic today.

Greg Norman’s first win on American soil was played right on this course, alongside Ian Woosnam and David Llwellyn’s grand-slam victories for Wales in the World Cup of Golf.

Needless to say, the Bay Course is a challenging course loved by many professional golfers – and earned a reputation for being the proving ground for amateurs. Known for its extraordinary 5thhole—the only hole that is played over the ocean—the Bay Course is truly one of the world’s “must play” golf courses.

Where to stay
If you’d like to time your visit with the golfing events at Kapalua Resort, you have a choice of several rentals including:

  • The Bay Villas just off of the Lower Honoapiilani Road, at 500 Bay Drive, Kapalua Resort, Lahaina, Hawaii
  • The Ridge Villas at 100 Ridge Road, Kapalua Resort, Lahaina, Hawaii, just off of the Lower Honoapiilani Road
  • The Golf Villas at 2000 Village Road in Lahaina

Maui Luxury Real Estate – Maui Homes for Sale

Want to know more about the luxury real estate in Maui? Talk to one of our agents at Sullivan Properties today for the best tips and hotspots.

Napili Sunset 216

A very rare once in a lifetime opportunity to own at Maui’s most amazing beach…Napili Bay. Patrick T. Sullivan, Principal Broker at Sullivan Properties has just listed this 2 bed/2 bath corner, second floor condo. It has an oceanfront master bedroom and a second bedroom in the back which is all on one level. Tastefully appointed upgrades with granite kitchen counters and tiled bathrooms done in 2013. The condo has panoramic views from both lanais’, with one located off the master bedroom and another located off the living room. The living room has a very spacious feeling with a vaulted ceiling.

Napili Bay is known for its amazing views out to Molokai & Lanai, sunsets, snorkeling, paddle boarding, humpback whales and plenty of Hawaiian Sea Turtles. This unit is also a short beach walk from the famous Sea House Restaurant and The Gazebo on opposite ends of the Bay for you to enjoy.

Napili Sunset 216 is listed at $1,250,000 Fee Simple and is being sold furnished. Maintenance fees are $2,166.67 a month. This unit participates in the onsite Vacation Rental program managed by the Napili Sunset Front Desk. The Napili Sunset property has an in-ground heated pool, BBQ set up, recreation area and direct access to Napili Bay. There are 42 condominium apartments in three-2-story buildings, situated on over 1.4 acres of land beachfront at Napili Bay. Napili Sunset was built in 1974 and consists of studio, one, and two bedroom floor plans.

Contact Patrick T. Sullivan (PB) for showings and availability call: 808-870-6428, email: pat@mauiresorts.com.

      

Montage Kapalua Bay

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Formerly known as the Kapalua Bay Hotel, now recognized as the Montage Residences Kapalua Bay, offers some of the most luxurious condominiums for sale.

The original development was presented in 2009 as the Residences at Kapalua Bay, and consisted of 84 luxury three and four-bedroom condominium residences and 62 smaller fractional two and three-bedroom residences. At the time of the initial offering, 13 were purchased by private individuals and 15 by Exclusive Resorts.

The property was foreclosed on in early 2013, and has since been rebranded the Montage Kapalua Bay and sales of the remaining developer inventory began in July of this year. Not only does this property have an astounding location but there are many amenities such as the Mahana Market general store, Cane & Canoe restaurant, a Sunset Patio for daily dining and the Kapalua Spa all in close distance.

Since the rebranding, the first sale was a privately owned residence which was originally purchased for $3,600,000 unfurnished in 2010 and closed at $4,300,000 furnished in July, 2014. In addition to this sale, seven Residences have sold ranging from $4,650,000 to today’s high of $8,250,000. These condominium residences are amongst the largest condominium offerings in Kapalua and West Maui. Pricing of the remaining Montage Residences Kapalua Bay whole ownership inventory begins at $3,400,000 and upwards to $4,900,000 at the time of this post.

These units are nothing short of amazing from offering vibrant ocean views to the enhanced services and amenities of the Montage Resort. For more information on the Montage Residences at Kapalua Bay, contact us at 800-332-1137.