Wondering where to stay on Maui? Whether you’re looking for a luxe experience or an out-of-the-way oasis, you’re in luck: Accommodations on the Valley Isle span from five-star Maui resorts to quaint bungalows tucked into the rainforest. Here are the top 12 Maui resorts and hotels—and what makes them spectacular.
Fairmont Kea Lani
Drive through the plush landscapes of Wailea and you’re bound to want to stay on one of the region’s pristine beaches. Discover that pleasure and more at the Fairmont Kea Lani, a turreted sanctuary situated on one of the finest stretches of sand on the island. Here, mynah birds provide cheery morning greetings while splendid views of Haleakala beg you to tear your eyes away from the ocean. Amenities abound at this lavish resort, from hot tubs perfect for stargazing to restaurants worthy of their awards (hit up Kō for sushi, fresh fish, and libations). The best part of all? Snorkeling is just steps away from where you hang your bathrobe.
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Sheraton Kaʻanapali Beach
The Sheraton at Kaʻanapali Beach is a destination in itself: pristine terrains frame lucid pools while one of the longest and most beautiful beaches on Maui operates as the resort’s front yard. But despite its designation as a destination resort, the Sheraton maintains the islands’ aloha sensibility in the form of friendly service, rooms appointed with Hawaiian touches, and open-air eateries. Have keiki in your crew? They’ll love the pools, while adults can partake in a round of tennis—or a round of mai tais at their lively waterfront bar.
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The Paia Inn
Millennials flock to this hip and historic inn on Maui’s North Shore for good reason: The charming spot, located in the heart of Paia, is surrounded by some of the best restaurants and shops on the Valley Isle, while windswept beaches—capped with huge waves and the surfers who brave them—are just a few hops away. The rooms are stylish and sweet, and the atmosphere is apt for the bohemian-cool town in which the hotel sits. Catch brunch at their in-house café, where you can sip organic juices and dine on treats like cardamom French toast with vanilla bean crème anglaise (and espy Owen Wilson while you’re at it).
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Grand Wailea Resort & Spa
The Grand Wailea—a 40-acre Waldorf Astoria resort that’s perched on one of the most photographed beaches in the world—has rightfully earned its reputation as the pinnacle of glamour. A copse of gorgeous monkeypod trees greet guests before they’re taken into a marble lobby that exhibits extraordinary sculptures and a circular bar crowned with Maui’s rendition of the Sistine Chapel. And this is just the beginning of it all: 832 rooms have sweeping views of the south side’s lovely coves and the distant islands, while the tiered pools, waterslides, and hidden hot tubs end at a lagoon that faces the waterfront. Featuring the largest spa in all of Hawaii, a stained-glassed church, racquetball courts, an award-winning luau, and a thatched-roof restaurant that floats on a koi pond, the Grand Wailea is indeed grand—and then some.
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Travaasa Hana, Maui
Those keen on disappearing for a spell will find discretion in spades at the Travaasa Hana, Maui. Originally founded in 1946, this ultra-remote resort has transformed from a rustic, six-room inn into a sophisticated hotel with 69 romantic bungalows that overlook Hana’s coastline. Dubbed an experiential resort for the packages it offers—wellness and culinary being just two—this elegant, cozy spot highlights classic amenities on top of a superb farm-to-fork restaurant and what was voted as the “No. 1 Resort Spa in Hawaii” by Condé Nast Traveler. But its greatest boon of all? The area’s astonishing natural beauty: This is rainforest and waterfall country.
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Destination Maui resorts are a total blast, but those searching for something more soothing will find their bliss at Hotel Wailea. This boutique hotel features 72 suites spread over 15 acres, meaning you can soak up the rays—or soak up the views—with nothing around but mongooses. Private balconies afford striking vistas of Haleakala and Wailea’s sparkling coastline, and the resort’s restaurant features fabulous food and a divine happy hour. As one of the only adults-only getaways in the Aloha State, this is the prime place to celebrate your nuptials—or rekindle your passion.
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Lahaina Shores Beach Resort
Accommodations on Maui don’t come cheap, but a smattering of Maui resorts offer stellar rooms at economical prices. One such place is Lahaina Shores Beach Resort, an oceanfront bank of private condos on the town’s world-renowned Front Street. Full kitchens and spacious lanais allow visitors the chance to create a home away from home, while access to shopping, restaurants, bars, and beaches render the resort one of the top places to stay on the island. Unwind in their whirlpool after a day of fun in the sun: This place is kick-back in more ways than one.
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Mana Kai Maui
Situated on a mile-long stretch of unspoiled sand, the Mana Kai Maui is condo comfort at its finest. Fully equipped kitchens permit off-islanders to dine from the coziness of their lanais, while a large, pretty lawn offers grills to barbeque straight through sunset. And what a sunset it is from this welcoming spot: Resting on Keawakapu Beach—one of the leading sites to relish Hawaii’s famed green flash—this sandy sanctuary boasts terrific snorkeling, swimming, and body surfing. Happen to be a yogini? Maui Yoga Path is situated within the resort, while sunrise sessions are offered at nearby Ulua.
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Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
Positioned on 40 acres of verdant landscape on the island’s west coast, the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa earns top marks for its sheer number of bonuses, from an infinity pool overlooking the Pacific to tennis courts perfect for sporty families, as well as snorkeling at Black Rock just steps away and a beachfront Tiki Bar that’s as delightful as its name. What’s more, the Hyatt Regency is home to Drums of the Pacific—a Polynesian performance that features fire dancers, exotic food, and soaring music. It’s no wonder this posh paradise has been awarded an AAA Four Diamond Rating for 21 consecutive years: it practically shimmers as a paragon of enchantment.