Garden Retreat with Daily Yoga
Guests at Lumeria Maui are encouraged to stroll barefoot through the gardens, watch the sun rise over the Pacific Ocean, or sit and listen to bird songs—anything that promotes relaxation. This quiet contemplation takes place in an idyllic setting. The Lumeria Maui retreat sits on a secluded tropical garden in northern Maui, overlooking North Shore beaches and the Haleakala Volcano.
Fodor’s says Lumeria Maui’s “original courtyard layout, lush grounds, and flowering gardens (many with fruit ripe for the picking) naturally complement the 24 luxury accommodations.” But the grounds serve another purpose beyond beautifying guest rooms. The retreat’s chef harvests the edible landscape for farm-to-table dinners. Menus change daily, depending on what’s in season, but may include mahi-mahi, free-range organic chicken, and other local meats and seasonal produce.
Each day during your stay, you can pull up a mat at any one of the retreat’s yoga classes for free. During an evening acoustic-yoga class, a licensed Anusara-inspired teacher leads groups through rhythmic movement series set to the tune of Hawaiian music. Sessions take place either inside a private studio or on an 8,000-square-foot outdoor terrace.
In addition to yoga classes, Lumeria Maui offers a variety of wellness and relaxation opportunities. Traditional Hawaiian healing practices are available, including massage. The retreat's staff is also willing to help guests schedule other activities, including scuba diving, snorkeling, gardening, and standup paddleboarding.
Maui, Hawaii: Gorgeous Beaches, Haleakala Volcano, and Seasonal Whale Watching
Voted the best island in the United States by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, Maui is considered one of the Pacific’s most beautiful spots and a favorite among Hollywood's elite. The town of Lahaina, along Maui’s western coast, served as Hawaii’s royal capital before 1845. Throughout the mid-19th century, it was known as a whaling town—Herman Melville sailed from Lahaina during this time and gathered inspiration for Moby-Dick. The humpback whales that were once hunted are now protected by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, and their population has flourished. The seas around Lahaina boast some of the world’s best whale watching from December to May, when female humpbacks give birth in the warm Pacific waters.
Arguably, Maui's biggest attraction is Haleakala, the world's largest dormant volcano, which technically encompasses 75% of the island. A paved road leads up to Haleakala's summit, where you can stretch your legs and walk around the rim of the lunar-like volcanic crater. The towering peak is a playground for bicyclists, who coast down the slopes all the way to the beach town of Paia.
Elsewhere on the island, it’s a rite of passage to drive the Road to Hana, a 68-mile route that zigzags along the scenic northeastern coast with more than 600 hairpin curves. There are several points of interest along the way, including botanical gardens, tiny villages, and waterfall pools you can swim in.