The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Receives AAA's Highest Honor,
the 1997 Five Diamond Award


The American Automobile Association (AAA) has bestowed its coveted Five Diamond Award on The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua after only four years of operation.

The Five Diamond Award is AAA's highest rating, reserved for properties renowned for unparalleled customer service, luxurious surroundings and superb amenities and cuisine. A total of 52 hotels in the United States, Canada, Caribbean and Mexico, or less than one-half percent of the 33,500 approved lodgings and restaurants listed in AAA's 1997 TourBooks, received the Five Diamond rating.

AAA-approved hotels undergo a rigorous annual inspection by 60 full-time professionals and receive an overall rating between one and five diamonds.

"The employees of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua are to be commended for their outstanding efforts in providing a superior guest experience," said John Toner, general manager, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. "We are honored to be associated with some of the finest hotels in the world."

Eleven other Ritz-Carlton Hotels received Five Diamond distinction: The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Marina del Rey, San Francisco, Amelia Island, Naples, Palm Beach, Atlanta, Buckhead, New York, Philadelphia and Cancun.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is a 50-acre ocean front luxury resort located on Maui's lush northwest shore. The plantation-style, 548-room hotel is part of the exquisite Kapalua Resort community and was recently rated the "Best Hotel in Hawai`i" and #4 in the world's "100 Best Hotels" in Travel & Leisure magazine's reader poll.

For additional information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua at (808) 669-6200 or toll free (800) 262-8440.