If you’ve spent any amount of time on Maui you’ve no doubt seen this tagline on the side of the road or a bumper sticker. It really is a way of life on Maui, but vacation checklists and crowds have a way of speeding up life on one of the most beautiful and relaxing places on the planet. Here’s a short list of places that are sure to help you catch your breath and drink in all that Maui has to offer.
Garden of Eden
The name alone makes this stop pretty self explanatory, but words, and even pictures, can’t perfectly capture the beauty of Maui’s Garden of Eden. This early stop on the road to Hana boasts abundant and diverse Flora featured in Jurassic Park and are is a great introduction to the tropical side of the island.
Kula Lavender Farm
This spot has been featured on the blog before, and it probably will be again, but not without reason. Lavender scones, coffee and tea, guided tours, space to relax or explore all make this the perfect place to decompress and find some quiet. Perhaps the best part of the Lavender Farms is the panaramic view of the rest of Maui and the surrounding ocean from above.
I’ll admit, the name only sounds 50 percent relaxing (and for anyone not a fan of goats, Maui does have plenty of goat-less yoga) but some adorable wildlife brings a little extra playfulness to a pretty peaceful event. Sometimes a sunset Yoga Session with live music and miniature goats is just what the doctor ordered, just be sure you book your reservation soon!!
This is another spot that falls into the half-relaxing category because it is a bit difficult to access, but the hike in is a fair price to pay to access one of the quietest spots on earth. There are quite a few different trail options, but driving to the summit to hangout above the clouds and watch the sunsets can be equally relaxing and rewards if you’re not looking to hike.
Hotels are all around Maui and many of Wailea and Kaanapali’s Resorts offer fantastic spa packages for locals and tourists staying elsewhere. The Four Season, Grand Wailea, Black Rock all have world class facilities and spa packages for everyone (if you keep an eye out you might even be able to find a package on sale).
No matter what you choose to do, Maui is the perfect place to relax so it’s hard to go wrong, but hopefully this guide will get you started!