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As Hawaii’s peak summer season comes to a close and fall bargains step into the spotlight, several island resorts are pitching packages with experiential overtones. Some deals urge clients to focus on their favorite pastimes, while others help guests explore the destination beyond their hotel. Check out these fun fall packages, crafted to save travelers money and enrich their Aloha State vacation.
Honua Kai Resort and Spa, MauiThe Deal: A $400 credit for an island activity of the guest’s choice, breakfast for two, a logo bag, a hat or visor, sunscreen and lip balm. (From $392 per night.)
Clients can apply their credit to a range of adventures, such as parasailing, surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, helicopter excursions, ziplining, horseback riding, luaus, dinner cruises and live shows.
“We created a package that shares Maui without restrictions,” said Dolly Moreno, sales and marketing director for Honua Kai. “The activity credit gives guests the flexibility to explore however they want. We’re inviting travelers to our island home to visit the places we love.”
Kaanapali Beach Hotel, MauiThe Deal: Two people receive a private snorkel and turtle search, a waterfall and rainforest hike, a sunset sail, use of a rental car, buffet breakfast on two mornings and a keepsake logo cooler bag. (Four nights for $1,588.)
The package is designed to put visitors in touch with Maui’s many wonders, according to John White, sales and marketing director for Kaanapali Beach Hotel. It also takes advantage of the hotel’s setting, which gives guests immediate access to ocean experiences.
“A trip to Maui is so much more than your hotel room,” he said. “Exploring Maui’s playground creates lasting memories for our guests.”
Turtle Bay Resort, OahuThe Deal: A spa afternoon with champagne and a massage for two; a pedicure and manicure for two; a daily $100 spa and activity credit; two signature cocktails and appetizers; dinner for two; and daily use of a poolside cabana. (From $802 per night.)
Brad Doell, sales and marketing director for Turtle Bay Resort, says the package provides an easy way for women to escape together for pampering on Oahu’s mellow North Shore.
“Not only does the package offer spa treatments, but it also incorporates health and wellness classes along with fitness-centric activities,” Doell said. “We hope clients who book it feel much more rested, relaxed and connected to one another once their trip comes to an end.”
The Westin Maui Resort and Spa, MauiThe Deal: A welcome drink or shave ice served in a Hawaiian pineapple, pineapple body lotion and scrub, a pineapple pool float, 20 percent off a Maui Pineapple tour and 20 percent off the purchase of two pineapples. (From $314 per night.)
“Our package helps guests engage with Maui pineapples from ground to table,” said Brent Lausterer, sales and marketing director for The Westin Maui, adding that pineapples play a big role around the resort. “The Westin Maui features pineapples at many touchpoints, from our luau to our spa.”
Pineapple Mike, an agriculture guru, shares his knowledge and aloha with visitors on the lobby level six mornings per week.
Hanalei Colony Resort, KauaiThe Deal: Discounted room rates during re-roofing at the north shore resort, local shuttle service, a picnic lunch, an adventure guidebook, sunscreen, an energy bar and a reusable water bottle. (Rates from $169 per night from Oct. 17 to Dec. 10.)
With no phones, televisions or stereos, the property is embraced by mountain and ocean scenery — perfect for clients who want to disconnect and immerse themselves in the environment, says Laura Richards, general manager for Hanalei Colony Resort.
“We offer beautiful condo suites with refreshed furniture and decor, but the real experiences take place away from the resort in the surrounding raw nature of Kauai’s landscape,” Richards said.
The package, called Who Stays Inside Anyway?, can only be booked by phone at 800-628-3004.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hawaii IslandThe Deal: A private manta ray swim for two with a manta ray expert, daily breakfast buffet for two, a $750 resort credit, a framed keepsake photo, beach towels and a tote. (Five nights for $6,261.)
According to Kansas Henderson, hotel manager for Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, the package capitalizes on the resort’s location on Kaunaoa Bay, where manta rays feed in the water at night.
“Nowhere else in Hawaii can guests swim a very short distance to witness majestic manta rays,” Henderson said. “By allowing guests the opportunity to first learn about mantas and then see them up close, the experience becomes more meaningful. It’s something that clients remember for a lifetime.”
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, OahuThe Deal: Admission for two to a show at Blue Note Hawaii and two standard cocktails. (From $259 per night.)
Outrigger recently partnered with the world-famous Blue Note Entertainment Group to open Hawaii’s first and only Blue Note club at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. While Blue Notes in other destinations usually showcase jazz performers, the Oahu venue adds Hawaiian music to the mix.
“As a Hawaii-based company, Outrigger is deeply committed to perpetuating Hawaiian music and culture with our guests,” said Bitsy Kelley, vice president of corporate relations for Outrigger Enterprises Group. “This package provides guests with local traditions alongside exceptional hospitality.”