Maui is a beautiful place to visit. The second-largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago, it’s home to abundant nature and boasts 30 miles of shoreline. Staying here means being able to explore the sprawling Haleakala National Park, drive the Hana Highway for a fantastic road trip, or try out a spot of surfing.
With all this to look forward to, there is no doubt that you’d want to stay in a beautiful Maui hotel to match. Don’t worry; there are plenty of those to choose from, the best of which you’ll find in the comprehensive list below.
1. Kaanapali Alii
Surrounded by lush gardens and complete with sea views, this hotel provides upscale rooms accented with natural furnishings that reflect the surrounding nature. Each room features dining areas, living rooms, and a fully-equipped kitchen.
In addition, guests can enjoy the use of tennis courts, the Kaanapali Golf Course, and yoga classes. The resort also boasts a pool and direct access to the beach.
Location: Situated directly on Kaanapali Beach, from this hotel, you’ll be just mere metres from Downtown Lahaina, where you’ll be able to enjoy all the shopping and dining the area affords.
2. Wailea Beach Villas
Boasting beautiful beach villas, you won’t want for much if you choose to stay at this incredible Maui hotel. With its meticulously thought-out modern interiors, each villa or penthouse provides a beautiful, luxurious place to rest your head at night, each with its own outdoor space.
Here, you can choose to keep up with those work-outs at the modern fitness centre or go for a swim at one of the two outdoor pools.
Location: Just steps from Wailea Beach, you’ll be moments away from golf courses, the Wailea Tennis Club, chic shopping opportunities, and great restaurants.
3. Montage Kapalua Bay
Scenically set across 24 acres, this picturesque, oceanfront resort is one of the best high-end hotels in Maui. Rooms are decidedly fashionable and come accented with Hawaiian design throughout, boasting huge windows with private terraces.
There are various upscale services on offer here, ranging from grocery deliveries and entertainment staff to bicycle hire and the use of tennis clubs. One of the best things about this hotel is its vast lagoon-like private pool, complete with waterfalls.
Location: Situated on Kapalua Bay, right on the beachfront, guests will be able to enjoy the surrounding beaches, hike the Kapalua Coastal Trail, or dine out at local restaurants within easy walking distance, such as Pineapple Grill.
4. Hotel Wailea Relais Chateaux
An option for those who really want to get away from it all, Hotel Wailea is an adults-only resort situated atop a cliff overlooking Maui’s beautiful coastline. Rooms in this 15-acre resort are suitably sumptuous, with natural wood flooring, private terraces, and lounge areas.
Guests can enjoy island-to-table cuisine at one of the hotel’s two restaurants, and there is also the option to dine with an extra touch of romance in your very own treehouse for the evening — pretty spectacular.
Location: Set on the southern coast of Maui, nearby you’ll find the Wailea Golf Club and Wailea Tennis Club. There are shops and boutiques to explore within a mile of the hotel, too.
5. Fairmont Kea Lani
Fairmont Kea Lani is a sprawling resort that boasts a selection of rooms; some have kitchens and ocean-view balconies, while others come complete with private pools, making for a high-end stay, whichever way you look at it.
The staff are friendly and relaxed, adding to the upscale experience of the hotel. There’s a buffet breakfast served each morning, and a seafood restaurant for evening meals, where nightly entertainment and cocktails can be enjoyed.
Location: Situated overlooking the Pacific Ocean, from this top Maui hotel, you’ll be just steps away from the sea. Polo Beach and Wailea Beach are nearby (650 yards), too.
6. Andaz Maui at Wailea
If you’re looking for luxury, you’ll find it at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. Streamlined, sophisticated interiors meet mid-century modern chic for a decidedly cool place to stay on this high-end Hawaiian island.
There are no less than four outdoor infinity pools to relax in here, along with a full-service spa to indulge in whenever you feel like it. There are also two restaurants onsite, one of which is run by Iron Chef’s Masaharu Morimoto.
Location: Spread across 15 acres along Mokapu Beach, the hotel couldn’t be better situated. There are shopping opportunities on the doorstep, golf courses a stone’s throw away, and other local beaches to discover an easy canoe-paddle away.
7. Four Seasons Resort Maui Wailea
Rustic and romantic, the Four Seasons Resort Maui Wailea oozes upscale opulence. Boasting grounds dotted with palm trees and studded with gleaming outdoor pools, the rooms are no less well-appointed and beautifully designed.
Dining options abound from any of the hotel’s three onsite restaurants. There’s also a cocktail bar in the lobby lounge for luxurious evening drinks. Guests can indulge in massages in the spa or opt for a game at the tennis courts.
Location: Overlooking Wailea Beach, shops are just under a mile from the hotel, and there are plenty of golf courses and beaches in the vicinity.
8. Travassa Hana
With 70 acres of beautifully manicured lawns and tropical gardens, Travassa Hana is a gorgeous hotel in Maui. Choose from the selection of villas, or even a spacious cottage, and be wowed at the sophisticated Hawaiian ambience that awaits.
After waking up to the sound of waves lapping the shore, enjoy a yoga class followed by a swim. In the evening, you can feast on Polynesian dishes and local wines at the lovely hotel restaurant.
Location: Right on the Hana Highway (great for road trips), you’ll be very close to the Hana Cultural Center, Hana Beach Park, and Wai Anapanata State Park for hiking opportunities.
9. Napili Kai Beach Resort
The rooms at Napili Kai Beach Resort have sumptuous interiors, tropically decorated with natural colours and a stylish sense of design; Japanese-style shutters open up onto verandas or balconies overlooking the sea.
The hotel features two 18-hole putting greens for keen golfers, and no less than four swimming pools for guests to enjoy a swim at any time of day. There’s a beautiful restaurant where you can dine in the open-air, with a weekly Mai Tai party and BBQ options, too.
Location: Set in Kapalua, this top Maui hotel is just steps from Napili Beach (actually, it’s right on the beach). It’s also situated close to the Kapalua Coastal Trail, with lots of snorkelling, swimming, golfing, and canoeing options nearby.
10. The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua
The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua is a 5-star hotel with the grounds to match: it boasts 52 acres packed full of trimmed gardens, glistening water features, palm-lined pathways, and even two golf courses.
The hotel rooms are pure luxury, coming in a huge variety and boasting marble bathrooms, outdoor terraces, and sweeping sea views. Elsewhere, there’s a spa providing traditional Hawaiian treatments, a fitness centre with daily classes on offer, two tennis courts, and a three-level outdoor pool.
Location: With direct access to D.T. Fleming Beach, this lovely resort is close to Kapalua Golf Resort, Kapalua Beach, and a selection of restaurants and wine bars in the neighbourhood.
11. Grand Wailea Resort and Spa
If pools are your thing, the Grand Wailea Resort and Spa boasts a huge outdoor pool dotted with water features and fountains. But there’s much more than just pools on offer throughout this 40-acre resort.
For one thing, there’s a thatched-roof Polynesian restaurant, where you can enjoy meals overlooking the lagoon. There’s a selection of other dining options, including a champagne brunch. The spacious guest rooms boast terraces, Italian marble bathrooms, and plush linens for a deluxe stay.
Location: This large resort is just yards from Wailea Beach and the golden sands of Mokapu Beach. There is also a selection of golf courses in the neighbourhood, as well as the attractions of Kihei Regional Park.
12. The Kulani Maui
For an exotic feeling hideaway, you may want to opt for the gorgeous Maui resort that is The Kulani Maui. Supplying a natural atmosphere with earthy tones, brown tiles, and plenty of wood utilised throughout, rooms are fresh, bright, and airy, with private terraces and kitchens to boot.
The whole property is surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens laced with winding pathways, creating an atmosphere perfect for a getaway from the busy and bustling modern world.
Location: Just one block from Emily’s Beach and 100 yards from Kamehameha Iki Park Beach, nearby points of interest also include Lahaina Boat Harbor and Lahaina Historic District.
13. Ho-olei at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
A glimmering, splendid hotel option in Maui, guests can choose from a range of different villas at this branch of Waldorf Astoria. Each one comes with a fully equipped, state-of-the-art kitchen, private elevators, a deep soaking bathtub, and relaxing seating areas.
The hotel also features an outdoor pool complete with beautiful waterfalls, along with a separate children’s pool. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include a restaurant, where you can dine with the backdrop of a gorgeous Hawaiian sunset.
Location: Situated on the oceanfront in Wailea, this hotel is situated near to Wailea Gold Golf Course and Makena Golf Course. There’s also a free shuttle service that takes guests from the villas to the beach.
14. Lumeria Maui
Lumeria Maui combines stylish, boutique interiors and luxury fittings for a chic yet bohemian wellness retreat in Maui. Guests can relax in the saltwater pool, unwind on the sun terrace, or take part in one of the hotel’s daily yoga and meditation classes (free for guests).
With beautifully maintained grounds (all seven acres of them) this hotel comes with rustic, comfortable lounges and mountain views. A delicious daily breakfast is served free of charge.
Location: Nestled above Maui’s north shore in a quiet area, this hotel is located near Baldwin Park and Ho’okipa Beach Park for some top-notch surfing opportunities.
15. Aston Kaanapali Shores
With rooms overhanging the beach, the sea views here at Aston Kaanapali Shores are hard to beat. The guest rooms are tastefully decked out with things like Hawaiian engraved headboards and beds for a laid-back, relaxing stay.
Guests have the chance to use the onsite fitness centre and sauna, as well as the outdoor pool. There’s also a children’s activity programme and free scuba lessons on offer — even free weekly ukulele lessons.
Location: Right on the shores of Kaanapali Beach, Honokawai Beach Park is just half a mile from here, as is the chance to try out snuba-ing at Lahaina Snuba. Watersports fans and sunset-lovers will enjoy Alii Kahekili Beach, 800 yards away.