When it comes to a tropical island getaway, it’s hard to beat Maui. The second most visited of the Hawaiian Islands, this laidback vacation destination attracts more than 2.5 million visitors a year, from families and honeymooners to adventure seekers looking to bask in Maui’s natural beauty and make the most of its great attractions and activities. Want to explore a tropical cascade of waterfalls at the seven sacred pools? Jump right in. Aim for that elusive hole in one at one of the nation’s most famous courses in Kapalua? Give it your best shot.
Whether you want to watch the sunrise over Haleakala crater or simply spend hours on end at the pool sipping mai tais, there is a Maui for whatever sort of vacation you’re looking for —and there’s also a hotel. From the family-friendly to the place to stay for a remote getaway, or best hotel to go all out baller-style with, here are our 12 favorite places from which to experience Maui, whatever your style of vacation.
Best Hotels in Maui
This super stylish beachfront hotel in Wailea comes complete with four cascading outdoor infinity pools (one just for adults), some of Maui’s best restaurants (From Ka’ana Kitchen to Morimoto) and the sort of spa that you want to spend your whole day in. It’s also home to some unique activities on the island; the heli-foraging trip where you can take a helicopter to remote parts of the island to forage for ingredients and cook with celebrity chefs. Yes, please!
On a prime site along Maui’s Wailea Beach, this Four Seasons is the place to head for the truly customizable experience. Activities include swimming in lava caves, dining out on an organic farm, horse riding and photography workshops led by famed photographer Daniel Sullivan. You won’t even notice how beautifully light and airy your high-ceiling suite overlooking the ocean is because you’ll be too busy exploring. Ok, you will, every time you walk back into it when you’ll remember just why you booked this stunning hotel.
If you’re the sort of person that defines a Maui vacation by a whole lot of pool time, then the Grand Wailea is the hotel for you. Following a recent $4m pool overhaul, the hotel now boasts everything from a scuba pool to a Tarzan rope swing and extensive lava tube slide with a 360-degree exterior loop and LED-colored light bands. Add in the fact that it’s just installed the world’s first water elevator and you’ve got yourself a water baby’s dream.
Located on the quieter side of the island in Kapalua, Maui’s Ritz-Carlton is all about understated elegance. Home to six restaurants, a private beach, locally inspired spa and two of Maui’s most exclusive and renowned golf courses, The Ritz-Carlton is the sort of hotel that you won’t have to ever leave unless you want to. Pro tip: No stay is complete without a fancy brunch (and a few guava mimosas) at The Plantation House, the golf course’s club-house restaurant.
If you’re looking to check out and completely dedicate yourself to authentic island life, you can’t do much better than Travaasa. This award-winning hotel of spacious rustic-chic cottages in the secluded eastern tip of Hana sits perched amid rolling grass fields and towering cliffs studded with palm trees, giving the sort of remote Maui experience that’s far removed from the rest of its tourist hubs. Want to see the best of Maui’s natural beauty? Travaasa is also conveniently close to some of its most famous wonders, such as the seven sacred pools cascade of waterfalls and the Haleakala crater.
You might be just minutes from Kahului Airport, but you’d never know it while taking in the tranquil views of the Pacific from your spacious balcony at the Wailea Beach Marriot. With famed Hawaiian chef Roy Yamaguchi’s new restaurant Humble Market Kitchin, and one of the best luaus on this side of the island, the Marriot’s luxurious beachfront Maui location has some of the better Maui-centric experiences on the island.
Recently voted Fairmont’s hotel of the year, the Kea Lani also boasts the title of the only all-suite and villa luxury beachfront resort in Maui. So, if lapping up some luxury is what you’re after, this is probably it. Compared to a lot of other hotels on the island, the Kea Lani is pretty design-focused, featuring spacious, family-friendly suites and two- and three-bedroom villas with full kitchens, courtyards, and private plunge pools, all done in an understated Hawaiian aesthetic of muted whites and earth tones for an island vibe that won’t hit you over the head.
Situated on the home of the PGA Tour’s season opening golf course, Kapalua villas offer one- to three-bedroomed villas with views onto Onaloa Bay, Molokai, and Lanai. While these don’t come with a localized hotel hub, their island vibe aesthetic and state-of-the-art kitchen and bathroom amenities make it the perfect place to stay if you want to spend your vacation with all the features of a house at your disposable. Dinner party anyone?
This five-star hotel perched upon Kapalua bay boasts 24 acres and 60 one- to three-bedroom luxury suites, making it one of the more intimate luxury hotels on the island (some have up to 400 rooms). With three restaurants and bars (including a private dining room on the edge of a cliff), and a full-service spa with highly personalizable treatments featuring luxury Swiss skincare products, the Montage’s new Kapalua enclave covers your resort bases without making you feel like you’re staying at just another luxury chain cookie cutter outpost.
Located on Ka’anapali Beach, the Hyatt Regency is the hotel to go with if you like to divide your time between lounging at the hotel and exploring. Just a short walk along the beach boardwalk to Whaler’s Village you’ll find local artisans, designer shops, and beachfront restaurants. Back at the hotel, rooms have a modern minimalist aesthetic, with sleek contemporary fixtures in place of the island decor favored by so many other hotels here. But don’t worry, if you’re looking for the Maui vibe, the throngs of parrots chilling in the lobby have it covered.
Located on a private section of Wailea Beach, these tropical-styled two-to-five bedroom villas come complete with modern kitchens, flatscreen TVs, and your own BBQ so you can grill while you lounge on the terrace. Kids and adults can both enjoy the pools with a family-friendly pool featuring waterfalls and an adults-only infinity pool for downtime alongside drinks. Conveniently just 10 minutes from Kihei, Wailea Beach Villas is perfectly situated so you can easily explore the more locals-laden parts of the island.
This boutique inn in the hip, locals-heavy surfer town of Paia along Maui’s north shore is the perfect spot for a low-key Maui getaway. Housed in a charming heritage building just steps from a turquoise stretch of beach, waking up in one of Paia inn’s cozy sun-drenched rooms is the perfect way to start your day. Especially when one of the city’s best daily brunches is right downstairs at its café.