Lumeria Maui opens on the North Shore

Lumeria Maui

Travelers have another reason to venture to the famed surf town Paia in Maui with the recent opening of Lumeria Maui, an idyllic yoga and surf retreat situated on six acres of a former sugarcane plantation near the famous surf spot Ho’okipa Beach.

Spread within five lodge-style buildings that award-winning architectural conservator Xorin Balbes transformed from the original 1909 plantation estate, the new 24 luxury accommodations feature modern interiors with river-rock shower floors and views of the lush grounds, ocean and the Haleakala volcano.

Health, wellness and adventure programs are the focus of this experiential retreat. Surfers, including kite and wind surfers can sign up for lessons with world-renowned professionals like Buzzy Kerbox and Suzie Cooney. Or for a more zen experience at the relaxing resort, choose from a variety of yoga classes with top masters from around the world.

Upcoming special events will include Dharma Dialogues with Catherine Ingram (author of Passionate, Presence, In the Footsteps of Ghandi), and a visit with Lama Surya Das, one of the  most renowned Western Buddhist meditation teachers and scholars. Guests wanting to learn more about Hawaii’s native culture can embark on an educational program that includes tours of Hawaiian medicinal gardens led by Puanani Lindsey (of Maui Cultural Lands) and instruction on how to grow and use the herbs.

The focus on health continues with chef Ben Diamond’s delicious farm-to-table organic meals that are sourced from Lumeria’s own gardens and local farms. Yogis and foodies will be delighted with the healthful yet flavorful cuisine that enlivens the body.

Introductory rates, good through August 2012, start from $299/night, and include daily yoga and guided meditation, plus a light organic breakfast every morning. For more information and booking details visit LumeriaMaui.com

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