If you are traveling to Maui, you’ll definitely want to make sure you coordinate your activities and dining choices well in advance. Popular selections are always in high demand so be sure to plan accordingly. It has been a few years since we have been to Maui so this was a welcome long awaited return to this popular tourist destination.
My first recommendation is to budget plenty time, most travelers come in from 5 to 10 hours +. Getting acclimated to the time zone and quite frankly allowing time to unwind is deserving of a few extra days at a minimum. Primarily because of the distance I have always deferred Hawaii to my sales award trips.
Before I jump into my dining picks, I’d like to offer up some advice on a couple of popular activities. First off the Road to Hana, while we did it the last go around the winding roads are definitely a bear. You’ll definitely want to take your time and see the recommended spots along the way. This is definitely more about the journey than the destination. Last time we did the Road to Hana we ended up booking last minute at the Hotel Hana because there was no way we were doing the return the same day. Many people do it no issue, our son was very young at the time and it was definitely too much for us.
While the thought crossed my mind to re-visit Hana, we opted for something new to explore. Haleakala came highly recommended by a friend but after doing some research online I was a little gun-shy with some of the comments I came across. The children and my spouse were somewhat questionable with high altitude and I had already gained full appreciation for Maui’s winding roads. Since we are not one to back away from a challenge we packed up the snacks and whatever else we could think of and opted to go for it. Note, the sunrise must be absolutely amazing but I still preferred going and returning in daylight just the same.
My advice is take your time going up and stop of the visit centers, they will guide you to a few nice trails to stop along the way. The drive really isn’t bad at all in comparison to Hana and the experience was absolutely amazing. The views from the top were just breathtaking. The altitude which broke 10,000 feet was a non issue, just take it easy when you get to the top.
Ok, so here are the recommendations and my 3 favorite stops for this last visit:
Farm-to-table is not simply a concept at Banyan Tree, it is a foundation. Seasonal ingredients come in from local farms or the resort’s own two-acre organic garden, and fish and meat are sourced from within Hawaii. The restaurant itself honors the land with its open-air space and oceanfront dining, and cocktails offer a garden-to-glass experience with fruits and herbs.
The Ritz-Carlton offers great options for conducting larger business / group meetings.
One Ritz-Carlton Drive
Kapalua, Hawaii 96761 United States
Lahaina Grill: Located in the heart of the historic town of Lahaina in West Maui this gem has earned a long standing reputation as one of Maui’s best for over 21 years.
It was a very tough decision but I opted for the maui onion and sesame seed crusted seared ahi which was amazing! If you are looking for a fun cocktail, the mango margaritas were great!
The restaurant was very versatile in that it definitely fits the bill for a nice romantic evening and can easily be my favorite for an important business dinner.
Mama’s Fish House:
This was a must do return visit for us at the eclectic Polynesian influenced restaurant. Recognized as Maui’s first fish restaurant established in 1973, you’ll quickly see from the photos that this is a popular choice for countless visiting and local celebs. A’ll seafood is caught by local fisherman on a daily basis following strict sustainability practices. The view of the North Shore was amazing and the sunset was just incredible. If you are entertaining important clients, celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a top-notch 5 star dining experience you’ll definitely want to visit Mama’s Fish House!
My pick for the evening was the Uku, Ahi, and Mahimahi in Panang Curry and Coconut Milk, absolutely delicious! I’ll be back for the Ahi and Kalua pig fried rice my spouse ordered which was phenomenal as well!
799 Poho Place,
Paia, HI 96779
TEL (808) 579-8488
Whether you are out entertaining clients or having fun with family and friends, these Maui favorites will make for a great evening! All three venues are definitely Sales GOAT certified!
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