A Guide to Exploring Maui and Kauai in Hawaii

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.

Fly, or take a ferry, to Maui, Lanai’s closest neighbor, then make your way to the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. It’s a tough choice between the two three-bedroom presidential suites, but the 6,800 sq ft Lokelani suite has two living rooms and an incredible 5,000 sq ft garden with fire pits and fitness equipment.

For a dinner you’ll never forget, book the Serenity Pool. You’ll meet the chef to design a menu, and the pool is yours for the night. Midnight dips, massages, champagne under the stars, they can organize anything – and are known to throw in surprise elements; think fire dancers and more.

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Maui is a large island with many single-lane roads, which can make getting around time consuming. Helicopters are a great way to see the island, but don’t miss out on the local flavor you get when driving.

Hearing the words “Road to Hāna.”, a windy 65-mile coastal highway, either elicits groans or raves. If you are up for the drive (about a six-hour round trip), rent a 1957 Porsche Speedster from Maui Roadsters and go early. Stop off at the botanical gardens at Garden of Eden, Twin Falls, Waikani Falls, and black sand Pa’iloa Beach.