Why Lahaina, Maui, Is a Romantic Getaway

Why Lahaina, Maui, Is a Romantic Getaway

Couple’s massages and sunset cruises create romance in Lahaina By: Marty Wentzel
<p>A sunset cruise out of Lahaina Harbor creates memories that couples will cherish. // © 2016 Trilogy Excursions</p><p>Feature image (above): Lahaina...

A sunset cruise out of Lahaina Harbor creates memories that couples will cherish. // © 2016 Trilogy Excursions

Feature image (above): Lahaina Grill is consistently ranked as one of the best restaurants on Maui. // © 2016 lahainagrill.com

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As Valentine’s Day approaches, couples might want to consider Lahaina, Maui, for a romantic Hawaii getaway. The historic town has appeared on numerous lists for lovers, including the “25 Most Romantic Cities in America” by OpenTable.

In between smooches, clients will find plenty of passion-inducing pastimes in this sweet seaside destination. Following are some great ways to keep the sparks flying during a visit to Lahaina.  

His-and-Hers Massage
At Lahaina Massage Day Spa and Wellness Center, a 60- or 90-minute session sets the tone for a blissful vacation. Relaxing on side-by-side tables, couples unwind with their choice of indulgences, from traditional Hawaiian lomi lomi and hot stone massages to Swedish and Thai techniques. The cozy setting and Hawaiian vibe provide an appealing alternative to the large resort spas of nearby Kaanapali.


Luau Love
In ancient days, Lahaina was called Lele. Today, the Feast at Lele regales guests with timeless Polynesian traditions. It takes place in a lovely seaside setting where sunset views give way to starry skies. Couples can experience the songs and dances of Hawaii, New Zealand, Tahiti and Samoa while savoring the foods of those exotic destinations. It’s like taking a trip around the South Pacific without leaving Maui.


Sunset Cruise
Trilogy Excursions, a longtime family-run company, treats guests like old friends from start to finish. Couples gravitate toward its adults-only Captain’s Sunset Dinner Sail onboard an intimate catamaran. Cocktails are served as the vessel glides out of Lahaina Harbor and past sea cliffs. Next comes a three-course sit-down dinner as the sun dips into the sea. From the open bar to music under the stars, it’s a heavenly ride.


Table for Two
Ever since Lahaina Grill opened on Valentine’s Day in 1990, it has won a dedicated following. With its pressed tin ceiling, fine china and colorful local artwork, its ambience draws couples seeking a special occasion restaurant. Signature dishes include sauteed mahimahi with herbed mashed potatoes, local spinach, gorgonzola, pancetta and chardonnay beurre blanc. It’s sure to spice up a romantic Lahaina vacation.