Maui

Unless you're allergic to ocean breezes, this is a safe bet. Sample the resort-adjacent golden sands of Wailea, the wind-raked whitecaps at Paia (where wind surfers congregate) and the sunrise on the rim of Haleakala (pictured), more than 10,000 feet up. Hotel-wise, the Andaz Maui at Wailea opened in September on Mokapu Beach (<a href="http://www.maui.andaz.hyatt.com">www.maui.andaz.hyatt.com</a>, 297 rooms). Lumeria (<a href="http://www.lumeriamaui.com">www.lumeriamaui.com</a>), a 6-acre 1909 estate that's been recast as a 24-room hotel (with yoga and meditation offerings), opened in 2012.

( Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times )

Unless you're allergic to ocean breezes, this is a safe bet. Sample the resort-adjacent golden sands of Wailea, the wind-raked whitecaps at Paia (where wind surfers congregate) and the sunrise on the rim of Haleakala (pictured), more than 10,000 feet up. Hotel-wise, the Andaz Maui at Wailea opened in September on Mokapu Beach (www.maui.andaz.hyatt.com, 297 rooms). Lumeria (www.lumeriamaui.com), a 6-acre 1909 estate that's been recast as a 24-room hotel (with yoga and meditation offerings), opened in 2012.

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