Kids can snorkel, surf and splash in the waves at Wailea Beach, a 2,100-foot (640-metre) long stretch of pristine Hawaiian shoreline.

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With near-perfect weather throughout the year, pristine beaches, districts packed with art galleries and excellent boutiques to shop, there’s something for all ages in Maui. Whether you’re looking for a good dose of history, haute cuisine or outdoor adventure, it’s easy to create bespoke travel experiences for your stay on the island at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.

Why go

Many tour companies offer helicopter rides over Maui. Choose from tours spanning just a half hour, or longer tours to cover more ground.

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  • Scenic drives. Driving through Maui allows you to take in historic towns, waterfalls and pristine beaches. Even the most remote corner is only 53 miles away.
  • Activities for everyone. The Resort’s amenities make it possible to personalize your trip, allowing you to enjoy time together and separately. Enjoy a couple’s massage in a thatch-roof hale, while your kids go on gecko hunts, make leis and learn Hawaiian bowling.
  • Family-friendly accommodations. You can pack light, thanks to the Resort’s arsenal of supplies: Pack ‘n Plays in poolside cabanas, so families with infants can enjoy the pool; car seats for transfers; baby monitors; singing baby swings; bathroom step stools; and pop-up tents. Staff will even baby proof the balcony for you. Room service includes kids’ meals, and kids aged five and under eat free at DUO Steak and Seafood and Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante.
  • The quintessential luau. One of the best luaus is nearby in Lahaina. Though most are buffets with the requisite Kalua pig, poi, lomi salmon and haupia (coconut custard), Feast at Lele elevates the experience with gourmet courses accompanied by storytelling and dancing from Hawaii, New Zealand, Tahiti and Samoa.
  • The Resort pools. Two family-friendly swimming pools, surrounded by shaded cabanas, are just steps away from the beach. In addition, attendants pass out goodies such as fruit pops throughout the day, and towel huts are stocked with plenty of sunscreen.
  • Traditional outrigger canoes. Four times daily, the Resort’s champion paddling team takes guests around the reefs of Wailea Bay, which makes for a simultaneous history lesson and workout.

What the kids will love

  • Shell leis. The kids will love this souvenir to remember their trip to Maui.
  • Howie Goes to Maui. The Resort has commissioned its own online comic book, Howie Goes to Maui, written by Danny Zuker, executive producer of the TV comedy Modern Family. A fun story written from young Howie’s perspective, the comic explains features of the Resort and gives tips for stress-free family travel.
  • Endless games. A lower lobby games room has ping-pong, pool, video games, iPods and Kindles, a big-screen television, and board games. You can also ask the Resort to set up a beach volleyball net, or choose to play on the tennis courts, the putting green or participate in one of the daily fitness classes.
  • The Waterfall Pool. The mini-slide is just long enough for children to get a thrill, and there is also a separate shallow pool for toddlers.
  • Opportunities for adventure. Horseback riding, helicopter excursions, eco tours, zip-line adventures through the jungle and tours of the incredible Haleakalā volcano, to name a few.

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What you will love

  • A custom itinerary. Let the Concierge know what you want from your vacation, whether it be date nights or lots of quality family time, and the Resort will create an entire vacation around your preferences.
  • An oceanside couples’ massage. Visit the Spa, where you can enjoy a rhythmic and fragrant lomi lomi Hawaiian massage with the sound of waves in the background.
  • Romantic strolls. There are few vistas that can surpass the beach walks on Maui, with the island of Kaho’olawe and the Molokini Atoll in the distance. If you visit during wintertime, you’re likely to see humpback whales playing offshore.
  • Underwater adventures. Enjoy the coral-free waters surrounding the Resort with the complimentary snorkelling gear. You can also go scuba diving – for beginners, complimentary introductory lessons are available in the pool in the morning and afternoon. Maui Undersea Adventures also offers lessons.
  • Serenity pool. You’d hardly know this tranquil pool is on property, separated as it is from the action. Book yourself into one of the Missoni Home-decorated cabanas with perks including a bottle of Champagne, oversized lounge chairs and a flat-screen HD television.
  • Stylish shopping. Visit the Resort’s shopping boutiques for some retail therapy. At 22 Knots, carefully curated pieces from Stella McCartney, Lanvin, Jimmy Choo and Missoni line the shelves. Also, every day from 8 am to 1:30 pm, local artisans display and sell their paintings, sculptures and jewellery in the open-air lobby.

Where to eat on Maui

With its versatile gourmet menu, DUO Steak and Seafood caters to both kids and parents.

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Dining options abound at the Resort, with an extensive breakfast buffet at DUO Steak and Seafood, which completely transforms at night for dinner. Try the simple-yet-elegant Haiku tomatoes three ways, prepared with saffron, parsley and tomato aioli, and pickled Maui onions.

Designate at least one night to dine alone at Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante, and ask for a table overlooking the ocean. Simple Italian preparations tapping local ingredients are superlative here. Wolfgang Puck’s Spago restaurant is a fun combination of Hawaiian and Asian-inspired dishes.

Roadside dining is a fun choice throughout the island. Kids will love the shrimp trucks, like Geste Shrimp in Kahului, where you can order a dozen shrimp (try Hawaiian scampi or spice pineapple) right from the truck. Maui Tacos, with several locations in the area, serves the best grilled fish tacos around.

About a 14-mile (22.5-kilometre) drive north from Wailea Beach, you’ll find some of Maui’s most authentic eats between Wailuku and Kahului. Stop in at Sam Sato’s, a noodle palace serving saimin, chow fun and other specialties since 1933.

5 family to-dos

Take a family hike around Wai’ānapananapa State Park to observe an abundance of wildlife, including black noddy seabirds.

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1. Go for a drive

Motor along the spectacular, curving, 53-mile (85-kilometre) Road to Hana in search of its waterfalls, hiking spots and vistas. Stop at the Wai’ānapanapa Black Sand Beach at mile marker 32. Kids will love Coconut Glen’s, a little outdoor shack that serves incredible ice cream made with coconut milk and served in coconut bowls with coconut spoons.

Young historians will be entranced by the hard-to-find entrance to the resting place of aviator Charles Lindbergh on a windswept cliff overlooking the ocean.

2. Milk goats

Surfing Goat Dairy, on the slopes of Haleakalā Crater in lower Kula, offers tours of its goat farm, and you even have the opportunity to milk a goat. Be sure to try one of the amazing goat cheese truffles before you leave.

3. Explore Lahaina

Art galleries, restaurants and eclectic shops beckon on lively Front Street in the historic 19th-century whaling town. History buffs will love the U.S. Seamen’s Hospital, Lahaina Prison, the Pioneer Inn and the Lahaina Historic Trail. Lahaina Banyan Court Park is filled with amazing and huge trees dating back to the 1870s when they were imported from India.

4. Celebrate the culture

Music festivals, Japanese culture shows and pop fashion are on display at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, which always has events and exhibits within its two indoor theaters, outdoor amphitheater and art gallery.

5. Have a beach day

Every night at sunset on Kaanapali Beach, in western Maui, a cliff diver lights torches along the beach’s northernmost cliffs and dives off Black Rock. The dramatic ceremony reenacts a feat by revered 18th-century King Kahekili.

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