If you've ever stayed in the more touristy areas of Maui, you'll appreciate the quiet and unharried appeal of the Ma'alaea Bay area.
During the winter, when average daytime temperatures are in the 70's, you may be lucky enough to watch the humpback whales cavort in the bay as you sit on the lanai sipping your morning cup of Kona coffee. Actually, lanai-sitting is a recommended ritual for any time or season simply for its peacefulness and beauty.
(42" and 32") with cable and DVD players, free WiFi internet access, a mini-stereo with iPod and iPhone docks, and A/C.
Beach gear for your use: snorkeling equipment, umbrellas, chairs, coolers, boogie boards, and more.
What you'll remember about Ma'alaea Bay, Maui, when you leave will be the incredible postcard views from the lanai, strolls along the shoreline, frolicking whales in the wintertime, lush greenery, the uncrowded beach and beautiful blue water, and,
of course, majestic Haleakala.
As you walk along the shore, feeling the light trade winds, watching the swaying palms and listening to the rhythmic lapping of the ocean waves, you know you'll forever remember the beauty and serenity of this beautiful Hawaiian island.
But, hey, why rely on your memory when it's so easy to come back to this paradise year after year?!
ACTIVITIES might include shopping in small nearby Ma'alaea Harbor Village shopping center or in the old harbor town of Lahaina (20 minutes). In the other direction is the modern, upscale Wailea area (25 minutes). Other options are swimming in the sandy beach or solar-heated pool, surfing, golfing, taking a boat trip to snorkel or scuba-dive at Molokini, blue water rafting, or visiting a nautical museum.
Those willing to put in the time and miles may wish to experience the winding, adventure-filled Road to Hana, the scenic Seven Pools, or the exhilarating ascent to the crater of a 10,000 foot volcano, Haleakala.