The last thing any traveler needs right now is an extra headache, especially when the desired result of a dream Hawaiian getaway is to leave every last drop of stress back at home. Perhaps that’s why, when it came time to launch a $120 million renovation and transformation, the Westin Maui Resort and Spa, Ka’anapali, put a significant focus on wellness. And it’s not just about the guest experience—this ambitious effort is intended to enhance the wellbeing of the staff and community as well.
“If there’s anything we’ve learned over the past year—it’s the importance of physical, emotional, and spiritual health and wellness,” explained Gregg Lundberg, general manager of The Westin Maui Resort and Spa, and that philosophy was incorporated in every aspect of the Hōkūpaʻa tower’s incredible redesign. It’s fitting that this structure is named for the North Star, as it now serves as a guiding light for anyone looking to reboot the mind and body.
Invoking Hawaii’s natural elements and rich culture, Hōkūpaʻa was reimagined as a magnificent haven for every type of traveler, from honeymooners to entire families. Here, the common thread is rest and relaxation, as the 217 rooms have been made over to spoil guests in subtle ways, from panoramic balconies to spa-inspired bathrooms.
Of course, the crown jewel of Hōkūpaʻa is the spectacular and exclusive Suite 288, which is ideal for small groups enjoying truly special occasions. Spacious entertainment and private dining areas will instantly grab guests’ attention, but the rooftop terrace—with a hot tub, naturally—will elicit gasps and probably leave quite a few jaws scraped as they drop to the floor.
One of the best perks for guests staying in the tower is access to The Lānai at Hōkūpaʻa, and while “exclusive” resort clubs are nothing new, the same old, same old cannot hold a candle to this concept. Yes, there is a pool, special dining options, and views for days, but here it’s not that simple.
Each aspect of this private lounge was designed to enhance moods and reflect specific traveler preferences. For example, someone waking up at his own space will grab a coffee and oceanfront lounger, while socialites can grab a bite at a table or swim up to the pool bar for special craft cocktails following special activities like ukulele lessons and cooking demonstrations.
Even professionals enjoying a workation will enjoy quiet comfort as they check their emails and update spreadsheets while sprawled out on a suspended daybed.
And what’s a new experience without a world-class dining debut? From the celebrated mind of Chef Chris Kaijoka comes waicoco, which offers a wide variety of daily meals created with fresh regional ingredients and inspired by the region’s diversity. Guests setting out on an off-site adventure can swing by for snacks before celebrating the day’s conquest with an incredible evening feast (we recommend the grilled wagyu short ribs). Good things also come to those who wait—waicoco will soon unveil a cocktail program that we can only assume is as creative as Chef Kaijoka’s cuisine.
Before booking anything, travelers should be aware of Hawaii’s Safe Travels program and Covid protocols. Additionally, guests of Westin Maui should consider taking part in the Mālama Hawai’i experience, which offers a free extra night for taking part in local volunteer opportunities. The resort partners with the Pacific Whale Foundation for beach clean-ups, which is its own reward.