The 9 Best Hotels in Maui

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Far-flung Hawaii is a bucket-list destination for many travelers and, with eight islands to choose from, you’ll probably need multiple trips to experience them all. Maui is the second-largest island in the chain and a favorite for visitors—and with good reason. On Maui, you can find some of Hawaii's lushest scenery, trendiest beaches, and most luxurious hotels. When it comes to picking a place to stay, the accommodations range from boutique inns and B&Bs to massive brand-name resorts. Whether you’re looking for a honeymoon spot, a budget-friendly stay, or the best place to splurge, tropical Maui has something for everyone.

Best Overall: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Wailea's highest-rated hotel is Four Seasons Maui

Four Seasons Hotels Limited

Located in the posh Wailea community, the Four Seasons Resort Maui sits on a lush 15-acre property along one of the town’s five beaches. The luxury hotel has 383 rooms and suites with elegant cream-colored decor and wood accents. While the rooms are comfortable and thoughtfully designed, the amenities are certainly what stand out most here. There are three restaurants (including Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, serving a mix of California and Hawaiian cuisine), a café, and a lobby lounge for dining and drinking, as well as a full-service spa and a number of boutiques. Plus, there are three saltwater pools, including an adults-only infinity pool, and the beach, of course.

Where the hotel goes above and beyond, though, is in its experiential offerings. We're talking customizable helicopter tours that can take you everywhere from the Haleakala volcano to ONO Organic Farms, and private underwater photography lessons with humpback whales.

Best Boutique: Paia Inn

Paia Inn

Paia Inn

If you’re looking to avoid a brand-name experience in favor of a hip boutique, consider booking a stay at the Paia Inn. It sits on the Hana Highway in the relatively untouristed North Shore town of Paia, which has a California bohemian vibe with great restaurants and shops, namely the famous Mana Foods, a natural food store and social hub. The Paia Inn has just ten rooms that range from standard kings to a three-bedroom beach house, each decorated with traditional yet updated furniture and artwork by locals. Some of the larger accommodations can be rented for longer stays rather than short-term vacations.

The tiny property might not have the amenities of a sprawling resort, but it does have a lobby lounge, a garden café, and in-room massages that can be organized by the front desk. And while the hotel is located conveniently in town, it also sits right on the beach. The hotel provides free towels, mats, and boogie boards for guests to enjoy.

Best Luxury: The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

The Ritz-Carlton 

For luxurious solitude, head to the remote Kapalua Resort, a 22,000-acre private community home to two golf courses, a nature preserve with two marine sanctuaries, and the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, which sits on its own 54 beachfront acres. The hotel offers 463 rooms decorated with traditional Hawaiian woods, and each is kitted out with a marble bathroom and lanai. As for amenities, the hotel is centered around a 10,000-foot, three-tiered pool with a sundeck that overlooks the beach below, and it also offers a serene spa with Hawaiian-inspired treatments, a state-of-the-art fitness center, four tennis courts, and six restaurants, including the farm-to-table Banyan Tree restaurant, which sources ingredients from an on-site garden. There’s also a shuttle that brings guests anywhere within the entire Kapalua Resort, which has 100 miles of nature trails. One of the highlights of the hotel is its Jean-Michel Cousteau Ambassadors of the Environment program, which educates adults and children on the ecosystem and cultural heritage of Hawaii.

Best Budget: Maui Guest House

Maui Guest House

Maui Guest House

While major Maui resorts can come at quite a price, there are more budget-friendly stays to be found on the island, namely in the form of quaint inns. The best is the Maui Guest House, a bed-and-breakfast in the residential neighborhood of Lahaina, a popular town on the west side of Maui. With just five colorful rooms —each with its own bathroom with a jacuzzi tub—guests are guaranteed an intimate and comfortable experience at a great price point. Shared amenities include a massive kitchen and living room, a saltwater pool, a sun deck with ocean views, and free laundry facilities.

If there are any downsides to the Maui Guest House, it's that the inn is a 10-minute walk from the beach rather than on it, and it’s one mile from downtown Lahaina’s restaurants, shops, and entertainment. But with free parking at the inn, it’s quite easy to drive into town or to the nearby resorts at Kaanapali Beach.

Best Family: Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

Grand Wailea

Grand Wailea

For an all-out resort experience that’s perfect for families, check into the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort and sprawling property set on 40 oceanfront acres. Of its 780 guest rooms, the suites are best suited for families, with more than 1,000 square feet of space and one-and-a-half bathrooms. There’s also the three-bedroom Ho’olei Villas, the most luxurious accommodations with full kitchens, private elevators, and even a garage. The hotel checks all the boxes when it comes to amenities, like having the largest spa in Hawaii at 50,000 square feet, an on-site car rental facility, botanical gardens, and a museum-worthy art collection.

Where the hotel really excels for families is at its offerings for kids. There’s the Wailea Canyon Activity Pool with water slides and rapids (there’s also a swim-up bar for adults, plus an adults-only pool nearby) and a 20,000-square-foot facility home to video game rooms, a teen lounge, and other play spaces dedicated for children of all ages.

Best Romance: Hotel Wailea, Relais & Châteaux 

Hotel Wailea, Relais & Châteaux

Hotel Wailea, Relais & Châteaux

As an adults-only, 72-room property, the Hotel Wailea appeals to honeymooners looking to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the mega-resorts. While the boutique hotel might be small in scale, its accommodations are not—each room is a one-bedroom suite with a kitchenette and a lanai, decorated in creams and whites with dark wood and coral accents. Each suite faces the ocean, though the ground-level accommodations have more of a garden view (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing since the 15-acre property has exquisitely manicured grounds).

There are two dining options on-site: the Restaurant at Hotel Wailea, regarded as one of the most romantic restaurants in Hawaii, and the casual poolside Cabanas, serving light fare. For a special dinner, guests can book a seven-course meal in the Treehouse, a private space among mango and avocado trees. Other amenities include a fitness center, free aerial yoga classes, and a pool. While the beach is a short car ride away, the hotel offers a free Mercedes-Benz shuttle to whisk guests to a beach club with free chairs.

Best Business: Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

If you’re headed to a conference on the island of Maui, there’s a good chance it’ll be at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa on Kaanapali Beach near Lahaina, which has excellent meeting facilities and event spaces. There are definitely worse places to work: the beachfront property has two pools (one with a grotto-style bar), a 24-hour fitness center, a relaxing spa, luaus and hula dancing demonstrations, a stargazing program, and feedings for the seven resident penguins who live among flamingos and cranes in a massive atrium. Plus, there are ten restaurants, bars, and “dining experiences,” that serve everything from steak to shaved ice.

Just note that with 806 rooms, business travelers will almost certainly share the resort with vacationers (including families), meaning it might be a bit difficult to focus on work with the crowds. But having numerous activities provides a welcome rest from business—and this is Hawaii, after all, so relaxation is just part of the culture. 

Best Dining: Inn at Mama’s Fish House

Inn at Mama’s Fish House

Inn at Mama’s Fish House

As it is one of the best restaurants on the island—it's particularly popular with those driving the Road to Hana, which goes through the restaurant’s hippie-chic town of Paia—Mama’s Fish House might not be much of a secret to savvy travelers. But what is a well-kept secret are the 12 recently renovated accommodations offered by the restaurant just next door, which range in size from a studio with a kitchenette to a two-bedroom cottage with a full kitchen, that embody island living with furniture crafted by local artisans and plenty of outdoor space.

The inn doesn’t quite have any true amenities—save for the restaurant, of course—and it’s 1.5 miles to downtown Paia’s restaurants and shops, meaning that it’s not for those looking for complete convenience. But with direct beach access and one of the best eateries in all of Hawaii, it’s a perfect stay for low-key foodies looking to relax.

Best for Seclusion: Hana-Maui Resort by Hyatt

Hana- Maui Resort

Hana-Maui Resort, Hyatt

Whether you're driving along the scenic Road to Hana Highway or you just want to get away from the crowds, the Hana-Maui Resort is located on the remote east coast of the island right at the edge of Haleakala National Park. The 75 accommodations are small beachside cottages and each one has its own private lanai to enjoy the island breeze. You may notice that the rooms are conspicuously lacking televisions, radios, and even clocks, an intentional design choice to help guests completely disconnect (or almost completely, since Wi-Fi is available).

The casual vibe at the on-site Hana Ranch Restaurant matches the general ambiance of the hotel, so there's no need to dress up in your finest attire. The menu specializes in tropical produce that's grown right on the property and meat and fish sourced from nearby farms and local fishermen. There's a small cove in town for swimming, but the resort also offers a free shuttle to nearby Hamoa Beach, which is just eight minutes away and a jewel of Maui's east coast.

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Our writers spent 5 hours researching the most popular Maui hotels. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 20 different hotels overall and read over 75 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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