· Ka’ana Kitchen: Family-style and farm-to-table, this restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner but we say go at night to take full advantage of the carefully crafted cocktails, which like the rest of the menu, uses as many locally sourced ingredients as possible.
· Lehua Lounge: When the sun goes down, hit up this outdoor lounge below the Ka'ana Kitchen to take in the live music and suck down some more delicious cocktails.
· `āwili spa and salon: They had us at "Apothecary Consultant" who will blend locally grown herbs, plants and fruits for customized lotions to take home.
· Mokapu Market: The 24-hour market sells all the essentials you may have forgotten to pack, along with Maui-made foods, treats and gifts. Oh and you can't pass up the gelato bar.
Of course, booking a room here does get you a few more privileges that the looky-loos don’t get. For starters, your room comes with free WiFi and a small selection of minibar snacks and drinks. Your room also features some cool eco-friendly touches like Malie organic toiletries and glasses made out of recycled wine bottles. (These little touches are actually crucial to the hotel’s LEED Silver certification.)
Perhaps most enticing are the complimentary activities hosted by Andaz which range from outrigger canoe paddle lessons to ukelele lessons and lei making classes. Other activities such as yoga, paddle boarding, surfing and cooking lessons can be booked for additional fees. Of course, you can just chill at a poolside cabana too and order food and drinks from the Bumbye Beach Bar. Perfectly acceptable. After all, this is Maui.
Rates at the Andaz start around $500 a night in mid-August. The rooms are well-designed to make up for the smaller configuration but if you’d like to spread out, book the Andaz Suite at $1,100 a night.
[All photos: Juliana Shallcross/HotelChatter]