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Deanna Miller
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The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Direct: (808) 665-7212
Email: deanna.miller@ritzcarlton.com

From holiday hula lessons to peppermint facials and gourmet tasting menus, this ocean-front
Maui resort is bound to bring the holiday spirit to life this season

KAPALUA, MAUI, HI – November 24, 2015 – Experience the magic of the holiday season as The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is transformed into a holiday wonderland with sparkling lights, sweet treats and special events. With a picturesque “winter” setting alongside dramatic ocean views and warm island breezes, the resort has put a signature Hawaiian twist on classic holiday traditions. From festive celebrations and family-friendly activities, to seasonal spa treatments and unique gourmet experiences, this luxury island resort is sure to inspire holiday splendor all season long.

See a selection of festivities below and be sure to visit www.ritzcarlton.com/kapaluaholidays for even more information.

Holiday Festivities:
12 Days of Cocktails

December 21, 2015 – January 1, 2016 – Select dining outlets
Count down to the New Year Hawaiian style with twelve days of island-inspired cocktails.
Select dining outlets will feature a specialty Hawaiian holiday morning and afternoon cocktail selection.

Letter Writing to Santa
December 19 – 24, 2015 – Lobby
Leave a note in the magical mailbox and we’ll make sure Santa receives it right away! Kids are invited to stop by the Letter to Santa desk and send Santa a note with why they should be on the nice list. Or if they’ve already written their letter, kids can leave Santa a quick note with their room number so he knows where to find them Christmas morning.

Holiday Hula Lessons
December 21, 22, 27 and 29, 2015 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Candy Cane Lane Activity Room
Learn this unique Hawaiian dance and how it preserves and perpetuates the stories, traditions and culture of Hawaii. Hula instructors will teach a traditional hula along with a holiday-themed hula in celebration of the season.

Sand Snowman Building Contest
Dates/Time TBD – D.T. Fleming Beach
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s exclusive Sand Sculpture Contest is a chance for families to use their creativity, have fun, enjoy the sun and create a holiday masterpiece out of sand. Each day, the Ambassadors will have a different theme for the sand sculpture from snowmen to the Hawaiian gree turtle, “honu”. Winners will receive special prizes!

Downhill Sledding
December 22 – 24, 2015 – Candy Cane Lane
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua takes the chill out of sledding with a very own Hawaiian-inspired Downhill Sled Run! Begin by decorating a sled and then take it for a run down the specially designed hillside. Prizes will be awarded for creativity, aerodynamics and more.

Nightly Sunset Ceremony with Cookies and Treats
December 23, 23, 25, 27 and 31, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. – Lobby
Enjoy fresh, house-made cookies and other culinary treats while watching the nightly sunset ceremony, “Aloha eka la... Farewell to the Day”

Christmas Eve Photos with Santa Claus
Thursday, December 24, 2015 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Lobby
Children of all ages are invited to stop by to be photographed with Santa Claus! Guests will also enjoy festive entertainment including Hawaiian music, traditional hula dancing and a melodic trio.

Children’s New Year’s Countdown Celebrations
Thursday, December 31, 2015 - Ambassadors Hale
Children 5 and older start their New Year’s Eve night with a fun Keiki Pa’ina (party) dinner buffet at the Ambassadors Hale. After dinner they venture out for a guided night hike followed by a New Year’s Eve celebration with dancing, games, movies, face painting, snacks and sparkling cider with a fun dessert surprise!

Culinary Delights:
Delight your culinary senses this season with these festive dining experiences:

Thanksgiving Chef’s Tasting Menu at The Banyan Tree
Thursday, November 26, 2015 from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Reservations recommended.
$115 per person (additional $55 with wine pairing) exclusive of tax and gratuity
Indulge in the chef’s select five course tasting menu featuring Hawaiian harvest delicacies and traditional favorites. Children 5 and under are complimentary with each paying adult.

Christmas Day Feast at The Terrace
Friday, December 25, 2015 from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Reservations recommended.
$98 per adult; $49 per child ages 6 to 12 years (exclusive of tax and gratuity)
Raise a glass as the culinary team presents a lavish holiday buffet with an array of delicacies, highlighted with entertainment by a contemporary Hawaiian soloist and hula dancer.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Banyan Tree
Thursday, December 31, 2015. Reservations recommended.
$145 per person (additional $65 with wine pairing) exclusive of tax and gratuity additional $115 with wine pairing & bottle
Charles de Fere “Cuvee Jean Louis” Blanc de Blanc Brut
Ring in a New Year with sophisticated fare at The Banyan Tree, offering gourmands a five-course menu, as well as a limited a la carte menu. Live entertainment and festive party favors will set the stage for a memorable celebration.

Seasonal Spa Specials:
Melt away holiday stress with these festive specials available at The Ritz-Carlton Spa®, Kapalua from December 19, 2015 – January 6, 2016:

Cinnamon Spice Hot Stone Massage
80 minutes; $260 per person
An indulging body exfoliation, this natural blend of brown sugar and honey will soften skin combined with the light aroma of cinnamon to invigorate the senses. Followed by a 50-minute Hot Stone Massage, tired and tense muscles will instantly unwind beneath the heat of gliding warm stones.

Peppermint Pedicure
55 minutes; $95 per person
A refreshing, cooling and aromatic mint pedicure! Help circulate and deflate aching heels, swollen feet and bloated ankles. Finish with a perfect polish application. Highly recommended during pregnancy, post-flight or during the busy holiday shopping season. Enjoy hot chocolate and a holiday treat!

Festive Holiday Facial
80 minutes; $295 per person
Put your best face forward for the New Year! This unique treatment delivers a combination of a deep cleanse, custom exfoliation and extractions followed by a rejuvenating and hydrating Oxygen infusion. Skin will feel instantly smoothed, firmed, and clarified.

For more information or reservations at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, please call (800) 262-8440, the hotel directly at (808) 669-6200 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/Kapalua.