Maui resorts win five diamonds

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, and the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea have received AAA’s coveted five diamond rating, rating them among the top 0.3 percent of hotels rated by inspectors from North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, according to an announcement.

Overall in Hawaii, AAA awarded three hotels and two restaurants its five diamond rating in 2013. Twenty hotels and eight restaurants earned four diamond awards.

“Hotels rated four or five diamond are stylish and refined with upscale physical attributes,” the announcement said. “Guests receive personalized attention from an experienced staff and extensive amenities in a luxurious setting.”

The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on the Big Island was the only other hotel in the state to receive five diamonds last year.

Nine Maui County hotels won AAA’s four diamond rating, putting them in the top 4 percent of rated accommodations. Those were: the Travaasa Hotel Hana; Honua Kai Resort & Spa; Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa; the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas; the Four Seasons Lana’i at Manele Bay; the Four Seasons Lana’i, the Lodge at Koele; the Grand Wailea; the Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui; and the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

No Maui restaurants received five diamond ratings last year, and the only Maui County restaurants to receive a four diamond rating were the Dining Room in Lanai City and Spago in Wailea.