Why you would visit Maui for just 24 hours is beyond me. But let’s just say, for the sake of argument, that you don’t have much time to explore this island paradise. Fear not! There are so many ways to fill a day on this gorgeous island and after a mere 24 hours of fun in the sun, you’ll be planning your next visit faster than you can say Aloha! So, how do you make the most of Maui? Here are our suggestions for spending a fun-filled day on this incredible island.

Where to stay

The Wailea Beach Villas don’t come cheap but if you can afford it, this is where you need to stay. Here, you’ll find the perfect marriage of home and hotel. These spectacular private residences offer up an exceptional level of luxury, not to mention the fact that the resort offers all the benefits of staying at a world-class hotel. Two- and three-bedroom residences are available; staying in a "vacation villa" means that you’re treated to all of the creature comforts of home. While the style of each villa varies, you can count on fine linens, signature bath amenities and a state-of-the-art kitchen that has sleek appliances and granite countertops. Amenities include daily housekeeping, concierge assistance and swimming pools (don’t miss the Infinity pool). And did we mention the beachfront location? I don’t think we did. And I don’t think we need to explain further.

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Where to shop
If you decide to take our word for it and reserve your accommodations at The Wailea Beach Villas, then great shopping is just a few short steps away. The Shops at Wailea is one of Maui’s newest shopping complexes and located just across from the beach villas, shopping has never been so easy! Featuring more than 50 stores and services, here’s where you’ll find convenient designer shopping at its best. Explore BCBG MAX AZRIA, Gucci, Coach and Louis Vuitton, just to name a few … For more information, check out shopsatwailea.com


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Helicopter tours: Touring Maui by helicopter is an experience you’ll never forget. There are numerous tour operators on the island, but we recommend Blue Hawaiian Helicopters. They’ve been offering exceptional aerial tours in Hawaii since 1985. Tours vary in cost and duration. The West Maui and Molokai tour is 60 minutes and takes passengers on an unforgettable ride, soaring above the mountains and dipping into the valleys. For more information, check out:

Where to eat
Sarento’s on the Beach is, just as its name suggests, situated right on the beach, providing a stunning setting for dinner. With views overlooking the islands of Molokini, Lana’i and Kaho’olawe, the backdrop here just couldn’t be more delightful. And the food isn’t bad either! This five-star restaurant dishes up tasty Italian fare with a Mediterranean flair. Tempt your taste buds with everything from fresh homemade pasta dishes to mouthwatering Hawaiian seafood. Or if you prefer, the menu offers up prime steaks, veal, lamb, chicken and pork dishes. Exceptional personalized service is just another reason to visit this beach restaurant but the view is the real clincher. For more information, check out: tristarrestaurants.com

Your tour guide
An avid traveler, Natalie Bahadur is a contributor to ElleCanada.com
and the editor of StyleAtHome.com.

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