Maui Musts: The Best of Everything Island-Wide

I found this list a very good one by one of my favourite Luxury travel specialists Stacy Small from LAX. I have been to Maui a couple of times and can vouch for some of the tips! Stacy’s list is a worth keeping on file and give her a bell or mail ([email protected]elitetravelinternational.com) should you decide to go to Maui or anywhere for that matter– she has scoured the island in search of the best eats, drinks, workouts, views, spa treatments, music, sunsets and sushi. Rest assured she is a tough critic and there are so many great options – here are her personal favorites in each category from Kapalua to Paia:

Best Overall Restaurant Island-Wide: Mama’s Fish House
Best Overall Restaurant in Wailea: Alan Wong’s Amasia
Best Overall Restaurant in Lahaina: tie between Mala Ocean Tavern and Honu Seafood
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Best New Restaurant: Morimoto’s
Best Sushi (shown below): Kai Sushi at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

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Best Shave Ice: Ululani’s in Lahaina (the original location)
Best spot for Fresh Fish (take out): The Fish Market Maui
Best French Fries: Mala Ocean Tavern
Best Italian Restaurant: Puleho
Best 24/7 Gourmet Snack Shop: Mokapu Market at Andaz Wailea
Best Prime Rib: Kimo’s
Best Coffee Shop: Maui Coffee Roasters
Best Grocery Store: Napili Market
Best Ice Cream Shop: Royal Scoop at the Royal Lahaina
Best Gluten-Free (and other) Pancakes: Slappy Cakes
Best Dessert: Tie between Hula Pie at Kimo’s and Chocolate Kuau Pie at Mama’s Fish House
Best Private Chef: Chef Kristen with Private Maui Chef
Best Date Night Spot: Japengo
Best Cocktails: Pineapple Grill

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Best Happy Hour/Oceanview Bar: The Sea House
Best Live Music: Fleetwood’s
Best Waiter: J.J. at Merriman’s
Best Health Food Store/Juice Bar: Farmer’s Market Maui
Best Lunch Spot: Paia Fish Market

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Best Yoga Studio: Island Spirit Yoga

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Best Serenity Pool: Four Seasons Wailea
Best Hotel Gym: Montage Kapalua Spa & Fitness Center
Best Masseuse: Renate at the Montage Kapalua Spa
Best Surf Lessons: Maui WaveRiders
Best Sailing Excursions: Trilogy
Best Family Beach Hotel: Napili Kai Beach Resort
Best Golf Course: The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort
Best Animal Shelter (where visitors can volunteer): Maui Humane Society
Best Hike: Village Walking Trails on the original Village Golf Course
Best Coastal Running/Walking Route: Kapalua Coastal Trail

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Best Beaches: Kanaapali Beach, Napili Bay, Big Beach, Sugar Beach
Best Bathing Suit Store: Cruise Maui
Best Beachfront Villas: Andaz Wailea
Best Kids Club: Keiki Lani at the Fairmont Kea Lani and Ritz Kids at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua
Best Family Beach Resort: Napili Kai Beach Resort

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Best Oceanview Club Level Suites: Four Seasons Wailea
Best Boutique Hotel: Hotel Wailea
Best Hotel Transformation in the Works: Montage Kapalua