Venues We Love – the Ritz-Carlton, Maui

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This month, I had the pleasure of spending six days at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua on Maui. It was a return trip, my husband and I having spent a second honeymoon there 5 years ago, and boy were we glad to be back!

Though to date, most of our weddings have been local to the Bay Area, we here at Caitlin Arnold Events are game to coordinate a wedding or event in whatever exotic locale you can imagine, which is why I wanted to share a bit about the Ritz.

Though the name implies something expensive, you can get surprisingly good deals at the Ritz – when I was researching this trip, we actually got a better deal there than we could have at the Marriott or Westin on Maui. Thanks to package rates and seasonal deals, and an amazing upgrade upon our arrival, we got a great deal. The hotel itself lives up to its ritzy name, a beautiful but understatedly elegant resort set in tiers down a gentle hillside. Its three-tiered pools, connected by waterfalls, and stunning views of the ocean make for a spectacular venue. Not to mention the amazing design of the resort, which even at its most crowded, makes you feel like you’re the only people there.

The Ritz is located in Kapalua, a former working plantation turned resort village with restaurants, a few shops, two championship golf courses, and much more, making it an ideal place to get away. The Ritz itself has six different dining locations, a spa, and the beautiful DT Fleming beach. There are five different wedding venues on the Ritz property:

  • The Lava Point for intimate sunset ceremonies
  • The Beach House Lawn with onsite ceremony and reception locations for up to 500 guests (pictured above)
  • The Napili Lawn offering panoramic ocean views for up to 200 guests
  • The Honolua Chapel, a lovely 60-seat plantation-style church that once served as the place of worship for the surrounding plantation community
  • The Gazebo, located just outside the Honolua chapel with dramatic ocean views for up to 100 guests

For your reception, there are two indoor ballrooms and the Beach House, all of which offer spectacular views of the ocean and West Maui mountains.

Having visited these venues during our stay and interacting with the wonderful staff at the Ritz had me planning ways to host an event there – I’m thinking a 10 year anniversary destination celebration!

The great thing about Hawaii as a destination for your wedding or event is that though it’s just a short plane ride from the Bay Area but feels like an entirely different world. Really, I’m amazed you don’t need a passport to go there! Great deals can usually be found for plane tickets – especially for the major islands like Maui and Oahu – making it easy to get a number of family and friends together for your big day.

A place like Maui has an unbelievable amount of things to do, leaving you to enjoy your special day (or week!) and not having to keep your guests entertained 24/7. With a wide range of activities for guests of all ages, you really can’t go wrong. Not to mention reliably good weather throughout the year – we were there December 2-7, during the Bay Area’s crazy cold snap, and enjoyed 78-80 degree, sunny weather all week.

And, really, who’s going to say no to an excuse to vacation in Hawaii with a wedding thrown in? I wouldn’t!