Who hasn’t dreamed of taking a Hawaiian vacation? Warm weather, beautiful and pristine beaches, and surrounded by water – Hawaii is one of the classic destinations for an island getaway. Maui is the second-largest island in the Hawaii islands, and has the third-highest population. This island has a unique and diverse landscape, with beaches, volcanic mountain peaks and white sand beaches.
Maui experiences a warm, tropical climate, which makes it the perfect place to spend time for a winter getaway. Or, pack up the whole family for a summer vacation. Maui is a tourist destination, which means that there are plenty of hotels and resorts that are surrounded by the rainforests or nestled against the beaches.
Whatever your dream vacation looks like, Maui will be able to deliver. Take your pick of a big resort with glamorous views, or a smaller, more intimate affair with luxury amenities.
Let’s have a look at the best resorts in Maui:
1. Four Seasons Maui
This all-inclusive resort in Maui boasts beautiful gardens and beachfront property on the golden coast of Wailea Beach. The Four Seasons Maui offers 383 luxury guests rooms and suites for guests to choose from, with modern Hawaiian aesthetics. This resort is perfect for families, since there are no hidden fees with the all-inclusive package for resort amenities.
Three on-site restaurants at Four Seasons Maui give guests a taste of traditional Hawaiian cuisine as well as Italian and seafood dishes. There is an on-site spa with treatment rooms or ocean-side huts. For the kids, Four Seasons offers a game room with PlayStation 3 and an Xbox 360. And, for all the golf fans, this resort offers a golf putting green.
2. Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
Located on Ka’anapali Beach, the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort sits on 40 acres of pristine, oceanfront property. With all the island ambiance combined with luxury accommodations, the Hyatt Regency offers guests any number of rooms and suites with private balconies, some with glorious and panoramic views of the ocean.
Get gourmet Asian cuisine, or have your dinner by the ocean. Guests will even be able to experience authentic Polynesian cuisine. You can discover Maui with the help of the Hyatt Regency. Guests can take part in activities such as hula dancing demonstrations and wild life tours. Or, hit the water and take the whole family snorkeling and see the marine life up close.
3. Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
Nestled along the shores of a crescent-shaped beach, Andaz Maui boasts an authentic island experience for couples with all the luxuries of a first-class resort. Take your pick between one of the 290 guest rooms and suites, or travel in style with the whole family with one of the ten luxury villas. Each room has a touch of Andaz and local cultural style.
Get farm-to-table dishes at the on-site restaurant, with locally sourced island ingredients to make each dish. There is also a poolside bar and a grab-n-go mart for those of you who want to go out and explore all of Maui right away. With Maui right outside your doorstep, guests will be able to explore nearby hiking trails of the volcanic peaks, or take a tour through the nearby pineapple fields.
4. Hotel Wailea
If you’re looking for a resort that will leave you enjoying the quiet seclusion and privacy, Hotel Wailea is just the place. Perfect for couples seeking a getaway, Hotel Wailea is on 15 private acres that overlook the sea. There are 72 private beach-house like suites with oceanfront views so you can escape from the beachfront crowds and have your dream vacation.
With the open-air dining at the on-site restaurant, guests can take a real taste of authentic, local cuisine. Meals here are made with fresh, organic and local ingredients. Menus are made from what are available on the islands for pure island tastes. Nearby activities available for guests at Hotel Wailea include exciting kiteboarding on the waters, or a Hawaiian outrigger canoe experience.
5. Fairmont Kea Lani
The discerning traveler will enjoy their vacation here at the Fairmont Kea Lani. Located on Maui’s Wailea coast, this resort is a luxury all-suite and all villa resort with gorgeous oceanfront property. There are over 400 suites and 37 villas for every type of guest, no matter if you’re a couple looking for a getaway or a family getting everyone together.
With four different unique restaurants and four bars, Fairmont Kea Lani has fine-dining, casual and family dining experiences. Guests can take their pick of local Hawaiian dishes, or any number of Asian dishes. The Willow Stream spa is award-winning, and guests can relax away from all their everyday troubles with any number of island inspired treatments.
6. Montage Kapalua Bay Resort
Located in Kapalua Bay, the Montage Resort has 24 acres of pristine oceanfront property. Surrounded by sun, sand and lush, green gardens, Montage Kapalua Resort is just the place for a quiet, secluded vacation. This is an intimate resort with 50 residential style accommodations and 6 grand residential style accommodations for those of you who are getting together with a large group.
The authentic island cuisine served at the Cane & Cove restaurant will give guests a taste of the best local Hawaiian dishes that Maui has to offer. Guests can also get room service with meals delivered right to their residence. Along with experiencing the local Maui culture, guests can go on ocean excursions or take a few hours to enjoy the nearby golf course.
7. Honua Kai Resort
Located on the picturesque Kaanapali North Beach in Maui, this resort is a luxury retreat with oceanfront property. This resort is situated perfectly between both the Pacific Ocean and the West Maui Mountains. The Honua Kai Resort offers both studio suites for couples and one, two or three bedroom suites for families.
Honua Kai Resort offers two on-site restaurants with a gourmet dining experience or more casual, authentic Hawaiian cuisine. There is also an on-site general store for guests who want a quick grab-n-go meal. Perfect for families, Honua Kai Resort has activities for kids of all ages with the aquatic playground. You can also take the whole family whale watching or snorkeling through the blue waters of the ocean.
8. Travaasa Hana
Boasting a real Hawaiian experience with all the authenticities that the culture and island have to offer, Travaasa Hana is located on the eastern tip of the island in a town called Hana. Guests can hide away from the rest of the world in a luxury cottage or a cozy cottage, either facing the ocean or nestled among the tropical gardens.
The Preserve Kitchen is the open air on-site restaurant at Travaasa Hana, where guests will get the best of the local island cuisines for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Along with the spa where guests can get their mind and body aligned, Travaasa Hana also offers traditional Hawaiian activities such as throw-net fishing and lei making.
9. Westin Maui Resort and Spa
Settled on the pristine and legendary Ka’anapali Beach, Westin Maui Resort is an oceanfront property with gorgeous views of the endless blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Guests can take their pick of guestrooms and suites, with an ocean view, or a stunning view of the mountains right outside your window.
Westin Maui Resort has several dining venues with delicious, cultural Hawaiian dishes, as well as cafes and bars for guests to grab a quick snack. The onsite spa has a menu of treatments for guests to indulge in, and for those who are looking for adventure, there are nearby helicopter and zip-line tours to see the island of Maui from up above.
10. Marriott Wailea Beach Resort
Located on the picturesque and pristine Wailea Beach, the Marriott Wailea Beach Resort is on beachfront property with an endless sight of the Pacific Ocean laid out before you. With plenty of guest rooms and suites to choose from, guests will be able to choose a garden view, ocean view, or oceanfront suite looking right out into the water.
Whether you’re in the mood for Hawaiian inspired meals or international classics, the on-site dining venues are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Marriott Wailea Beach Resort has an onsite spa and a golf club for guests who want to stay at the resort. Or, explore the local attractions surrounding the resort like the sightseeing tours.
11. Royal Lahaina Resort
Oceanfront on Kaanapali Beach, the Royal Lahaina Resort is surrounded by long white beaches, manicured gardens and the open skies and blue seas of the Pacific Ocean. Royal Lahaina Resort offers suites inside the Lahaina Kai Towers, or a charming beachside cottage with one, two or three bedrooms.
The Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant and Lounge is the main on-site dining venue, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can get a taste of local cuisine, or fresh international dishes. Along with watersports at the beach, and golf and spa treatments, the Royal Lahaina Resort also offers local cultural activities to guests, such as a Myths of Maui Luau show.
12. Ka’anapali Beach Hotel
Located in the scenic part of West Maui, the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel is accented by beautiful, pristine gardens and white sand beaches. This resort is perfect for families, with plenty of room for everyone. There are 432 guest rooms and suites, with captivating views of the ocean, or of the surrounding gardens.
This resort boasts award-winning Hawaiian island cuisine at their on-site restaurants. Guests can also get some light, casual meals at the TIki Bar. Ka’Anapali Beach Hotel is perfect for families, with plenty of exciting fun for kids and teens with on-site activities that are both fun and educational. Guests can also enjoy a day at the beach with snorkeling gear or paddle-boarding.
13. Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa
The Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa is located perfectly between Ka’anapali Beach and where the iconic Black Rocks of Ka’anapali meet the crystal clear blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. The Sheraton Maui Resort is equipped with 508 guest rooms and suites, so guests can take their pick of many stunning ocean views.
Sheraton Maui Resort offers three different restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner and three bars and lounges for drinks and casual meals. The cuisine offered is a mix of international and local Hawaiian flavors. Guests who are ready to relax during their vacation, the Spa at Black Rock is where guests can experience the healing island inspired treatments.
14. The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas
On the Ka’anapali beach, 26 acres of spectacular oceanfront property cradle the unique Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas. Guests can stay in fantastic ocean view studio rooms and one, two or three bedroom suites. Or, guests can get a beautiful view of the surrounding island.
The Pulehu Italian Grill is one of the onsite restaurants where guests can get a taste of Italian cuisine that is mixed with local island flavors. Guests can also take a taste of casual pool side meals or private dining on the beach. Westin offers a kids’ club to keep the little ones entertained while parents take advantage of the onsite spa.
15. Grand Wailea
The beautiful Wailea Beach is home to the Grand Wailea resort, where guests will be surrounded by manicured tropical gardens and lengths of beautiful beach and the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Depending on how you want to stay, guests can take their pick of studio guestrooms, suites or grand, two-story villas that overlook the ocean with and the rest of the island.
There are three on-site restaurants for guests to get a taste of fine dining and island cuisine, or more casual affairs with international dishes that have a taste of local ingredients. Guests can also eat poolside or have a private dining experience. Grand Wailea offers both kid and teen hang outs that can entertain kids during the time that you’re not all enjoying a cultural tour or out on a boat whale watching.