Where can you have a Tesla chauffeur you from the airport to the Four Seasons and ride horseback through pineapple fields, all in the same day? Where can you dine on an exotic breakfast of sushi (#sushiwithmygirls!) in the morning and quote every line from Forgetting Sarah Marshall (“Oh the weather outside is weather”) at a luau dinner? You guessed it – Maui! Everyone loves Maui. Blondes love it (Kate Bosworth, Britney Spears), and brunettes do too (Megan Fox, Jessica Biel). Travel junkies love Maui - it has been voted number one reader’s choice on Conde Nast Traveler’s ‘Top Islands of the World’ – for the last twenty years. So chances are, you’ll love Maui too. Places like this just do not get old, and that’s why devotees return year after year. If you’ve even dreamed about the exoticism of Oceania, the 50th State will not disappoint - and you don’t even need a passport to get there. Its right in your American backyard, but it feels like a different planet - kind of like Avatar, with less aliens and more tanning. Crystal clear waterfalls, rainbow colored eucalyptus trees, bamboo forests, black sand beaches and plenty of rainbows – Maui is a playground of mystical nature, from the tranquil pools of Oheo to the idyllic lavender fields of Kula to the powerful Nakalele blowhole.
Maui particularly excels at offering access to these unique and rare natural elements while maintaining close proximity to personal luxury. The spirit of the locals is friendly and fearless - ancient Hawaii is where the surfboard was invented, after all. The Andaz provides urban delights, such as Morimoto restaurant, while the Four Season’s 22 Knots shop stocks runway favorites like Oscar de la Renta, Stella McCartney and Jimmy Choo, to quell your shopaholic urges. The spas are outrageously decadent, including the ‘omakase’ style, apothecary driven, awili spa. You can even rent a reproduction of a 1950s Porsche Speedster (leave the minivans to the retirees) to drive the road to Hana, stopping off at galleries and gourmet specialty shops along the way, or, take the high road on a private helicopter tour. You don’t have to stay on land for memorable merriment; this is island life at its best. Charter a boat for whale watching or snorkeling amongst sea turtles and be back in time for an evening massage and a Mai Tai. After all that, you may just want to relax. If you’re a married lady, send your hubby for 18 holes and make some ‘me’ time with a few gossip mags to catch up on which stars are dating, feuding or ‘just like us’. For single gals, you might want to pick a beach where the surf conditions are good, because the men - and we mean men - will come flocking.
VacationStyle on Maui consists of head-to-toe florals or sporty separates. Suit up in a neoprene Lisa Marie Fernandez one piece with a Vix cover-up for a sailing trip, or try a bikini from surferette favorite Mikoh while laying out on the beach. If you’re going to get into the action, dress the part in a Duskii and classic Oakley sunglasses. For a day of exploring the island, wear a chambray shirt or James Perse tee with printed Orlebar Brown boardshorts. For an evening luau, slip into a colorful Joie maxi - the only accessory you’ll need is a traditional lei or a bloom of frangipani tucked behind your ear.
On Maui, the possibilities are endless. You could be hanging ten, or hanging out at happy hour, collecting tiny umbrellas from drained tropical drinks (please just don’t end up with a mysterious tribal tattoo after one too many). Either way, you’ll be greeting people with aloha in no time at all, and voting Maui ‘Top Island in the World’ yourself next year.