In the Loop


Christina Felty of Sacred Sound Healing will take you on an adventurous spa journey. It’s just part of what is happening at the Kapalua resort. -- Photo courtesy Montage Kapalua Bay

Montage Kapalua Bay is jumping with a number of spa activities in February along with food and beverage events in the Cliff House and Cane & Canoe restaurant and the launch of Hideaway. Resort guests and the general public are invited to book reservations for whatever their hearts’ desire through February.


A year in the making, the Hideaway opened Friday in the former Cane & Canoe Bar garden level of Montage Kapalua Bay resort.

“In the past, when guests would arrive on property after a long flight and say they were looking for someplace casual, we would send them off property,” says Resort Manager Anthony Freda. “We looked at this and decided to open a second evening venue, and it’s more casual than what was previously offered at Montage.”

Gone is the old-style feel along with the vintage Pegge Hopper painting, the grand piano and the billiards table. Now there are North Shore surfing scenes, large longboards and new furnishings.

The Maui Romance treatment offers a coconut milk bath in an outdoor stone tub for two in a private hale, or hut, along with massages and tropical fruit platter. -- Montage Kapalua Bay photo

“We will pay respect to the Hopper painting and make sure it hangs someplace important,” says Freda. “Now the Hideaway has got a cool, modern vibe with high-tops, larger tables and lounge seating that tiers down from the back to the front so everybody has a view.”

Friday was just the soft opening with the grand festivities set for the end of February. Live music is 6 to 9 p.m. daily. Joseph Chee performs Sundays; Kincaid Kipahu, Mondays; Brian Haia, Tuesdays; Kalani Smythe, Wednesdays; Pi’ilani Arias and My Daze Entertainment, Thursdays and Kapali Keahi, Fridays.

As for the food, Executive Chef Chris Damskey has come up with crowd-pleasing fare, yet intimate for a couple to share. Starters include blistered shishito peppers, bigeye tuna tartare, West Coast oysters, classic chicken wings, shrimp satay, shrimp cocktail “martinis,” sourdough flat breads and Wagyu hamburgers.

“The Hideaway is the ideal destination to stay awhile and return to often,” says Freda. “The perfectly curated menu pays homage to traditional comfort food while the intimate space invites diners to unwind and reconnect. Relax indoors where cool vibes and music fills the room, or on the patio under starry skies, where the night air sets the mood.”


The Cliff House that fronts Montage Kapalua Bay will open for a few Valentine’s promotions this month. -- Montage Kapalua Bay photo

For Valentine’s Day, couples may want to book A Gift With Love at Spa Montage Kapalua Bay.

“Surrounded by the breathtaking mountains of West Maui and the sparkling turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean, Spa Montage invites you to retreat, unwind and enjoy a rejuvenating journey personalized just for you,” says Spa Director Jennifer Holzworth.

Reserve a couples treatment on Valentine’s Day and you receive a complimentary Kerstin Florian gift set, which includes products such as the Eucalyptus Mineral Soak, Chamomile Body Scrub, Foot Balm and Rehydrating Neroli Water spray.

“When we talk about our couples treatments, one of our most popular and shining lights on the menu is Maui Romance Package,” says Holzworth. “It starts with a private soak with coconut milk in a stone-carved outdoor tub in a couples suite. Then you have the side-by-side couples massages you enjoy in your very own outdoor private treatment room.”

Before or after a treatment, guests may jump into the spa’s private infinity pool, engage in a refreshing eucalyptus steam, cedar sauna or the therapeutic waterfall whirlpools.

An ocean view of the Cliff House from across the bay. -- Montage Kapalua Bay photo

“A spa treatment is a gift that keeps on giving,” Holzworth says. “You see the benefits for more than just that day. It lasts up to a month. And you may take away the memory of it as well. It’s unique and special and not something that you do every day.”

She is promoting the Maui Romance Package all month long and also giving a gift box to a single person who gets two or more treatments.

If you want to spa and dine, there is a menu for those who want to hang out by the infinity pool and relax.

Catch some rays and enjoy a Kula Farms berries and goat cheese salad with mac nuts in white balsamic; chopped salad with chick peas, olives, onions and more; island fish tacos with pico de gallo and roasted tomatillo aioli; and turkey club with applewood-smoked bacon, tomato and avocado on fresh sourdough.

The spa’s infinity pool also offers the Be Well with Kelly menu curated by the corporate Montage office of meal planner Kelly LeVeque. For instance, it includes salmon poke bowls and Greek chicken salad with feta cheese, red onions on a bed of fresh kale.

A Cacao & Sound event will take place Feb. 14 at the resort’s spa. -- Montage Kapalua Bay photo

At Spa Montage on Feb. 14 for Valentine’s Day, island presenters Christina Felty and Paul Balmer of Shanti Sound Healing will return for Cacao & Sound Ceremony.

“It’s really cool,” Freda enthuses. “We’ve done it a few times. It’s a holistic, organic experience. It’s very calming. Very soothing and performed by local practitioners.”

“The journey begins with the ceremonial drink, cacao,” says Holzworth. “The healing properties of cacao will then be shared for a soothing transition to a guided chakra meditation of the brief kind.”

The experience includes the sounds of a 36-inch water gong, Tibetan singing bowls, drum, rattle and chimes as you travel deeper into deep meditation. You must be 16 years of age and older and reservations are required. Cacao & Sound will repeat on March 21.

The same Upcountry couple will return to Spa Montage on Feb. 21, Feb. 28, March 7 and March 28 for Sacred Sound Bath & Meditation.

Inspired by Nepalese artists and infused with the blessings of Himalayan monks, sacred Tibetan singing bowls will get you into a relaxed state along with crystal quartz pyramids and more.

“These and singing bowls, ocean Theta Drum and wind gongs are used to spiritually sweep you away on a transcendent sound journey,” explains Holzworth.

Hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For Spa Montage details or reservations, call 665-8282.

Food and beverage

Unlike the Veuve Cliquot pop up that turns the resort’s Cliff House into a Champagne Hale several times a year, the Rose by the Bay is decidedly different.

From 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday Feb. 15 to 17, Rose by the Bay will open the Cliff House once again to specifically celebrate Valentine’s cravings.

“Celebrate romance through Valentine’s weekend,” Freda says. “Perched above Namalu Bay, the Cliff House will be serving delectable food paired with a variety of Rose wines from renowned vineyards.

“We’ve got a great lady, Zoe Benrexi, who is Montage’s beverage manager as well as our sommelier. She’s created a phenomenal relationship with top winemakers. Plus Cliff House’s setting can’t be beat. Come and enjoy the sunset and a perfectly curated a la carte menu.”

Small bites include Kula strawberry salad with Surfing Goat Dairy cheese, Manchego and mango on Maui artisan sourdough bread; mignardise sampler of petit fours; and tuna tartare with shaved rainbow radish and local avocado with ginger dressing. You must be 21 and older. No reservations necessary. Walk-ins only.

* For more details: Call 662-6600.