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Finding the Ultimate Luxury Spa Experience in West Maui

Maui Spa: A professional masseuse preforms a lomi lomi massage at a West Maui spa overlooking the beach.

Although Chase ‘N Rainbows offers a gateway to unparalleled spa experiences in West Maui, we don’t specialize in them. Still, many of our guests may wonder where to go to find the ideal treatments for their needs. Here, we’ll provide a top-level view of what to expect, along with an outline of the best available luxury spa services with easy access from our side of the island.

What to Expect at the Best West Maui Spas

When considering a visit to West Maui spas, embracing these establishments’ local charm and cultural richness is essential. From luxurious spa treatments utilizing indigenous ingredients and scents to personalized wellness regimes tailored to individual needs, each visit promises a journey of relaxation and self-care. 

Part of what makes Maui a perfect setting for a spa is the authenticity found within the various treatments, aromas, and oils, many of which utilize native herbs and other medicinal plants derived from the island. Another aspect of the Maui spa experience is the seemingly endless natural beauty found amid beaches and forested areas. Finally, the welcoming nature of our residences is the pinnacle of the service and hospitality visitors come to expect during their stay.

Embracing Nature

Beyond the serene ambiance of West Maui spas, visitors are encouraged to immerse themselves in the natural wonders surrounding them. Imagine lounging by the ocean, listening to the rhythmic lull of waves, or embarking on exhilarating hikes along coastal trails. Snorkeling amidst vibrant marine life further connects visitors with the island’s rich ecosystems, enhancing the holistic spa experience.

Spas in West Maui

Navigating West Maui’s spa scene reveals many choices catering to diverse preferences. Local treatments go beyond the ordinary, blending traditional practices and modern innovations that rejuvenate body and spirit. In light of the recent challenges West Maui’s community faces, Chase ‘N Rainbows remains mindful of its role in supporting local initiatives. 

While respecting the community’s current needs and sensitivities, the focus remains on promoting the essence of aloha through genuine spa experiences. Visitors can also contribute positively by exploring Mālama Hawai’i programs, aligning their stay with meaningful actions that benefit the local community.

Kā‘anapali

  • Spa La Mer – Whether you need a therapeutic massage, couples’ experience, or facial treatments, Spa La Mer has several signature packages to help you towards rejuvenation.
  • Spa Soleil (Formerly Kamahaʻo Marilyn Monroe Spa) Spa Soleil in Kā‘anapali offers a wide range of spa services, packages, and beauty treatments. They have something for everyone, from traditional lomi lomi massage therapy to hydro-peptide collagen skincare.
  • Hoʻola Spa – Spa rituals at Hoʻola Spa utilize the balancing powers of the earth’s and ocean’s ingredients to align your mind, body, and spirit with several distinct massage modalities, spa packages, and skincare regimens. 
  • The Spa at Black Rock The Spa at Black Rock offers a premier relaxation experience with seven indoor treatment rooms, an outdoor lanai, and an oceanfront cabana, where luxurious treatments like body wraps, black lava scrubs, and assorted facials using organic tropical fruits and Eminence Organic Skin Care rejuvenate your body and spirit.

Honokōwai

  • Puamana Day Spa Puamana Day Spa immerses guests in a curative oasis with transformative Hawaiian treatments using locally sourced, naturally derived products to rebalance and harmonize your energy.
  • Zensations Spa – Nestled between Ka’anapali and Kapalua on Maui’s West Side, Zensations Spa offers a cozy retreat featuring luxurious linens, soft music, and a range of services, from amazing massages and fabulous facials to professional waxing. 

Kahana

  • Smile Nail Salon – Located near Kahana Beach, Smile Nail Salon offers everything from French manicures to contemporary trends while ensuring professional services like cooling and revitalizing masques for the ultimate indulgence.

Nāpili

  • Makai Massage & Bodywork – Indulge in specialized treatments like mini facials and hand massages or massage therapies like lomi lomi, shiatsu, Swedish, and reflexology. 

Kapalua

  • Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua Spa – The Ritz-Carlton Spa offers therapies that embrace indigenous plants and customs for a holistic wellness experience amid lush gardens or secluded treatment areas.
  • Spa Montage – At Spa Montage Kapalua Bay, each treatment is customized and created using local derivatives and a distinct setting showcasing their infinity pool, sauna, and bamboo waterfall.

Oceanfront Maui Vacation Rentals

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Whether you’re drawn to luxurious spa treatments, immersive nature experiences, or cultural insights, Chase ‘N Rainbows is your launchpad for an experience unlike many. We have several vacation rentals and condos that offer ideal access to the local spas and the perfect home away from home as you go from one exciting Maui activity to the next. To find out more about our accommodations or book your stay, please browse our collection or reach out online today!

May Day is Lei Day: Exploring the Different Types of Lei

Types of Lei: A young couple embrace while wearing newly adorned lei.

Few symbols are as iconic and beloved as the lei in the vibrant tapestry of Hawaiian culture. These intricately crafted garlands hold deep significance, symbolizing love and respect. Throughout the islands, various types of lei are created using traditional methods passed down through generations, each with its unique style and symbolism. In celebration of Lei Day, Chase ‘N Rainbows wants to showcase the different kinds of lei.

How May Day Became Lei Day

In the early 20th century, Lei Day in Hawaii began when poet Don Blanding proposed honoring the lei’s cultural significance. The first Lei Day was celebrated in 1927 in Honolulu, featuring lei-making contests, music, hula performances, and cultural demonstrations. Over the years, Lei Day grew in popularity and became an annual tradition, officially recognized by the state legislature in 1929. Held on May 1st to coincide with May Day, Lei Day serves as a celebration of Hawaiian traditions, the spirit of aloha, and the beauty of the lei. Today, we celebrate throughout Hawaii with various cultural events and festivities. Now, on to the different types of lei!

Kui

Among the most common types of lei, kui involves stringing flowers or materials onto a thread using a needle, resulting in a necklace-like adornment. This method showcases the beauty of flowers like plumerias, with each material individually pierced and strung onto the thread to create stunning floral arrangements.

Hili

The hili style features braiding a single type of material throughout the entire lei, resulting in a consistent and uniform appearance. Often made with ferns or vines, this method creates a sturdy and durable design, perfect for adorning special occasions or honoring loved ones.

Hipu’u

Knotting stems or materials together in a chain-like fashion characterizes the hipu’u style. Each stem is knotted to the next, creating a continuous string of materials that vary depending on the desired look. This method offers versatility in design and materials, making it a popular choice for lei-making enthusiasts.

Haku

The haku style mounts chosen materials onto the strands, creating a decorative and visually appealing design. Long leaves or tree bark are often braided together to form the base, with materials added into each braid wrap to create an eye-catching lei that celebrates nature’s beauty.

Wili

Twisting short lengths of material and securing them with a coil or wrap characterizes wili leis. Common materials include leaves, flowers, or fabric strips, which are twisted together for a twisted and layered appearance. This method offers a dynamic and contemporary twist on traditional lei-making techniques.

Hilo

The hilo style utilizes long, flexible materials like ti leaves. It involves twisting them together to form a rope, which is then used to create the lei. Two strands of ti leaves are twisted together to create various patterns and designs, making this style a timeless symbol of Hawaiian culture.

West Maui Condos and Vacation Rentals on the Beach

Exploring different types of lei is just one example of the various customs and traditions you’ll discover when you visit West Maui. As many of our guests will tell you, most locals are delighted to teach visitors the ways of the islands. Not only does this foster an appreciation for the culture, but it also helps create a sense of community among travelers and Hawaii’s inhabitants. To start planning your Maui getaway, visit our vacation rentals or condo resort pages and find your favorite spot on the beach with Chase ‘N Rainbows!

Where to Go for a Lū’au in West Maui

West Maui Luau: Three fire dancers show off their skills at a West Maui luau celebration.

Given the cultural significance, it’s no surprise that many West Maui visitors have put “attend a lū’au” firmly atop their must-do activities list. And although we may be a tad biased, the lū’aus on our side of the island are some of Hawaii’s best. While all closed as a result of the August 2023 wildfire, most have reopened, and Chase ‘N Rainbows has created an easy West Maui lū’au guide to help you find what’s available, including some new ones.

Find the Best West Maui Lū’au

Drums of the Pacific | 808-667-4727

Maui Nui | 877-846-5554

Myths of Maui | 833-539-5150

Old Lāhainā | 808-667-1998

Sunset Lū’au | (808) 662-6627

Tales of the Kapa Moe | 808-665-7089

Wailele Polynesian Lū’au | 808-661-2992

What to Know Before Attending Your First West Maui Lū’au

Before you attend a lū’au for the first time, you should know a few things.

  • Experience: A lū’au is a combination of feast and festivities, and more importantly, it shares the culture of Hawaii. Some Maui lū’au shows may be dedicated specifically to Hawaiian culture, while others embrace Polynesia with exciting fire knife dances. There may be lei greetings, cultural demonstrations or activities, but all offer an abundance of delicious food, tropical cocktails, and storytelling through music and dance.
  • Food:  Nearly all lū’aus will have traditional foods like shredded smoky kalua pork, fish poke, poi, and haupia coconut pudding. You’ll find a variety of familiar entrees, salads, starches, and sides from abundant buffets to sample everything and eat as much as you want! Many include an open bar serving your favorite tropical cocktails, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Attire: Attire for lū’aus can be dressy or casual, depending on the lū’au you choose. We recommend shopping on Maui for an Aloha shirt paired with slacks/shorts or a dress available in both bright or muted colors and patterns to suit your style and taste. Wear a flower on your left ear, which means you’re taken, and on your right to signify your availability! Casual beach footwear, including flip-flops, is allowed, and you may find yourself barefoot before night’s end!
  • Cost: An authentic lū’au experience can last two to four hours and starts at around $100 per guest. Prices vary greatly depending on the amenities, menu, inclusions, upgrades, deals, and production costs. Cash tips are always appreciated unless otherwise noted at the lū’au.
  • Reservations: Advance reservations are strongly recommended since they often sell out weeks or months in advance. Lū’aus are extremely popular and one of the top things to do in West Maui.

Discover Your West Maui Vacation Rental

Cultural immersion is a cornerstone of any vacation experience, so when you come to West Maui, we encourage you to attend at least one lū’au. The dedication it takes to execute such a performance is extraordinary, and you’ll enjoy an authentic cultural experience. We promise it’s something you’ll never forget. In the meantime, we invite you to peruse our vacation condo rentals, which offer the perfect combination of luxury and affordability, all on or near the beach. Book your stay online and start planning your Maui getaway today!

Available West Maui Grocery Stores and Farmer’s Markets

West Maui Grocery Stores and Farmer's Markets: A fruit display at the fruit market.

One of the advantages of staying in Maui vacation rentals and condos is the ability to make meals in your kitchen. That means many of our guests are probably wondering which West Maui grocery stores and farmer’s markets are operating and when they’re available. So, to help you decide what options are best for you and your group, we put together a quick guide showing where you can go, their hours of operation, and phone numbers.

West Maui Grocery Stores in Ka’anapali and Honokōwai-Nāpili

Ka’anapali Grocery Stores

Honokōwai-Nāpili Grocery Stores

West Maui Farmer’s Markets

Ka’anapali Farmer’s Markets

West Maui Condo Rentals in Ka’anapali

West Maui grocery stores and farmer’s markets play an important role in the vacation experience for those willing to create meals from the comfort of their Maui condo rental. Thankfully, many of our Maui vacation rentals are ideally located, ensuring convenient shopping and ease of travel. One of the best ways to “live like a local” is to support local businesses; food sellers are no exception.

Start planning your Maui vacation today by connecting with us online or calling (877) 611-6022.

Due to the Lāhainā wildfires on August 8, 2023, West Maui businesses are striving to reopen, but menu items or operating hours may have changed. We are providing links and/or phone numbers to contact the business directly for any updated information. When visiting West Maui, please support our local businesses!

This blog is posted on: February 27, 2024

What to Know for Planning Your Next Maui Vacation

Maui Vacation: A scenic view of a beautiful beach in Maui.

The wildfires in August 2023 devastated the town of Lahaina and forced the closure of many small businesses in West Maui. As businesses begin to reopen, please support our West Maui restaurants and activity vendors.

Days after the wildfires ravaged Maui, the initial response was to ask people to cancel their vacations. Although this decision was difficult, allowing the community to heal as much as possible after such a loss was crucial. There’s no denying that our beloved isle has a tourism-based economy, so we’re looking forward to visitors returning responsibly. If you’re ready to reestablish your Maui vacation plans, there are a few things you may be wondering and want to consider.

Lending a Helping Hand

As the community moves forward with what’s left and rebuilds from a strong foundation, we’ll continue to do our part. By providing our vacation rentals as safe havens for disaster workers, we’ve proudly helped make these valued visitors feel at home while giving them a launch pad for their efforts. With that in mind, if you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity, reach out to let us know, and we’ll help you find the best place to stay. And even if you aren’t volunteering, simply visiting is one of the best ways to support Maui. 

Where to Go During Your Maui Vacation

As you begin creating your vacation itinerary, you’ll quickly realize there are some areas you can’t and shouldn’t go on the northwestern side of Maui. For example, Lāhainā and its surrounding areas remain inaccessible, while Kā’anapali, Nāpili, Honokōwai, and Kapalua are open. The silver lining is that the northwestern portion is a relatively small area compared to other parts, boasting dense rainforests, iconic black-sand beaches, and immersive hiking trails. And with fewer crowds, now is an excellent time to explore.

Maui Vacation Rentals and Resort Condos

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Supporting local businesses is essential to many people working in Maui, and a vacation is an excellent way to do that while creating cherished memories. Chase ‘N Rainbows is a locally owned company offering a vast collection of vacation rentals, including affordable and luxurious accommodations. Reach out online and book your Maui getaway today!

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