Whether you want to be close to the jungles of the east coast or just steps away from the beach on the west coast, Maui has no shortage of incredible hotels offering an unforgettable experience. To help you narrow down your search, these are the top hotels and best places to stay in Maui – all bookable on Culture Trip.
A selection of suites and apartments, all with classy living rooms and gourmet kitchens, make up the accommodation at Montage Kapalua Bay. Choose between a view of the lush gardens or the endless ocean from private balconies and terraces. This is the place to indulge and fully embrace the island’s culture with complimentary ukulele lessons, lei making, coconut husking, and hula lessons. Food at the Cane & Canoe restaurant is locally sourced and served by tiki torchlight. A wellness program of daily yoga, fitness, and meditation sessions is also available to soothe the soul.
This glitzy, beachside hotel embraces the folklore and history of the island. The nightly turndown service leaves a mo’olelo (story) card on your bed, and hula lessons take place in the Hawaiian medicinal garden. Guided, family-friendly excursions into the surrounding natural world are run by Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program, exploring the local reefs and jungle. The spa is home to hidden herbal grottos, where spa rituals are rooted in Maui’s tradition. Sustainable dining is on offer in the botanica-dappled Banyan Tree Restaurant, whose ancient namesake is adorned with lanterns at nightfall. Golfers will be delighted with the 18-hole Championship course just next door.
On the golden sands of Wailea Beach, the Four Seasons Resort offers luxury rooms with ocean views and a selection of out-of-this-world suites. The most basic room has a mountain view, a suite-like seating area, and a deep soaking tub in its marble bathroom. In the center of the hotel, the huge, Roman-style swimming pool is fed by a fountain and crowned with bubbling Jacuzzis. Or, head up to the adults-only infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Poolside snacks and suncream are complementary and fresh fruit baskets are left in rooms every day. Unique to the Four Seasons, embark on a helicopter tour of Maui or experience the farm-to-table ranch dining.
The Fairmont Kea Lani enjoys an enviable position as the only hotel perched on its horseshoe-shaped beach. Loungers and parasols line the soft sand, exclusively for hotel guests, and days can be spent snorkeling, paddleboarding, or trying outrigger canoeing. Get in touch with the island’s unique spirit with hula or ukulele lessons and tuck into Maui’s landscape-inspired cuisine at Ko Restaurant. The spa embraces Hawaiian tradition and ritual with tropical storm showers, a wave table, and a Maui mud bar. Choose between lavish suites or opulent villas by way of accommodation.
Just off the soft, golden sand of Ka’anapali Beach, you’ll spend days drifting around barefoot at this luxe hotel. Rooms are spread across the lush gardens in secluded cottages or housed within Lahaina Kai tower with spectacular sea views. Custom teak furnishings pay homage to the island and tropical bedspreads add a bit of holiday vibrance. For a real taste of the local culture, book a spot at the nightly Luau, which draws crowds from far and wide.
Set amid 22,000 acres (8,903ha) of sprawling resort, Kapalua Villas offer one-, two- and three-bedroom villas for couples, families, or friends traveling together. Each unit has a vibrant, island-style living room, full kitchen, and private space to lounge outside. Choose between villas by the golf course, Ridge Villas perched along the cliffside overlooking the water, or Bay Villas on the water’s edge. The resort also features walking trails and two marine sanctuaries. If you don’t fancy cooking in your villa, head to Merriman’s restaurant, which serves up sustainable, local fare, or Pour House Italian Kitchen for a slap-up Italian meal and a bottle from the extensive wine cellar.
Still looking for the perfect Maui getaway? Read our guide to the best boutique hotels, then book your stay on Culture Trip.
Suzy Pope contributed additional reporting to this article.
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