When you’re the first guest at the party, you get the best spot,” boasts Revell K. Newton, director of sales and marketing for the Kapalua Bay Hotel (800-367-8000) in Lahaina, Hawaii. This hotel, managed by Starwood’s Luxury Collection, staked its claim to prime real estate when it opened in 1978. The 1,650-acre resort is housed on a 23,000-acre operating pineapple plantation. And as you might imagine, hints of pineapples peek out from the strangest places.
Take the property’s logo, for example. It’s in the shape of a butterfly, but it has a pineapple lodged in its middle. The emblem symbolizes the metamorphosis of the pineapple plantation into a resort. So look for the flying pineapple throughout Kapalua, particularly in the butterfly-shaped pool and embroidered on various apparel and body products in the Kapalua Logo Shop–its one of the many boutiques and galleries on the resort.
Taste those luscious pineapples during breakfast as you pick from the many offerings of the early-morning buffet. Or sign up for the resort’s two-and-a-half-hour pineapple-plantation tour, where you’ll learn about growing and canning Ananas comosus (pineapples) firsthand. Then, pick pineapples after the tour to take home. You will also enjoy the breathtaking view of the West Maui Mountains.
Of course, pineapples aren’t the only treats you’ll find at the Kapalua Hotel. There are a slew of restaurants in the vicinity that are accessible by walking or by hopping a ride on the resort’s free bus shuttle service (which also runs between the resort and the airport). Take a swing on one of Kapalua’s three championship golf courses: the Bay, the Village, and the Plantation. Or check out the facility’s top-ranked tennis facility. You can also try water sports such as scuba diving, kayaking, or parasailing. Or pick a spot to relax on one of Kapalua’s three white-sand beaches, where you may catch a glimpse of the whales that love to hang out in the ocean waters from November to May or the rare Hawaiian monk seals that occasionally come ashore to sun themselves.
Prices range from $380 to $485 per night, double occupancy, and vary by package and season. You can also add a long list of amenities–such as limousine service, unlimited golf or tennis privileges, breakfast in bed, or champagne–for additional fees.