The Best Hotels to Book in Maui, Hawaii

If you're looking for a culturally rich, wellness-focused stay, Montage Kapalua Bay is the place to book
If you're looking for a culturally rich, wellness-focused stay, Montage Kapalua Bay is the place to book | Courtesy of Montage Kapalua Bay / Booking.com
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8 December 2021
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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.

Montage Kapalua Bay, for learning about local culture

Exterior shot of Montage Kapalua Bay flanked by palm trees and featuring a small bridge over the pool
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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.

The Ritz-Carlton Maui Kapalua, for bedtime stories

Aerial shot of The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua, and its four pools, lounge chairs, and proximity to the ocean
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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.

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, for stellar suites

Cream couch and armchairs around a coffee table at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea in a room with a private balcony overlooking the ocean
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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.

Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, for locally inspired spa treatments

High-ceilinged room with two sitting areas and a lanai overlooking the ocean at Fairmont Kea Lani Maui
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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.

Royal Lahaina Resort, for lazy beach days

Cream-toned room with double bed, white furnishings, pink floral paintings and a private lanai at Royal Lahaina Resort
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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.

Kapalua Villas Maui, for secluded private villas

Aerial shot of outdoor pool and villas at Kapalua Villas Maui with the ocean in the background
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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.

Maui Coast Hotel, for shopping sprees

Aerial shot of palm-tree fringed pool and driveway at Maui Coast Hotel with the ocean in the background
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Located in Kihei on the south side of Maui, Maui Coast Hotel is just across the street from Kamaole Beach Park I, Kihei’s best and largest beach. Maui Coast Hotel is within walking distance from Kihei’s great shopping and dining and is minutes from the Wailea Resort area with its boutiques and golf courses. Live poolside entertainment and cocktails are featured every night. Each spacious suite comes with a large seating area, a separate bedroom, a wet bar, and a private lanai.

Kā’anapali Beach Hotel, for an authentic experience

Outdoor dining area with fire pits and scattered palm trees overlooking the ocean at Kā’anapali Beach Hotel
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Kā’anapali Beach Hotel is recognized as Hawaii’s most Hawaiian Hotel for embodying the Hawaiian meaning of hospitality and the sense of place in Maui. Located on Kā’anapali Beach, this hotel has 11 acres (4ha) of tropical gardens and free nightly hula shows. It has cultural classes offered daily, including hula lessons, ukulele classes, cultural garden walks, and Hawaiian language lessons. The hotel is located close to Lahaina Town, the exceptional snorkeling at Black Rock, and is adjacent to Kā’anapali Golf Courses.

Maui Kai, for panoramic ocean views

Room with a kitchenette featuring stove and oven, arm chairs, a couch, a flat screen TV and ocean views at Maui Kai
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Maui Kai offers oceanfront condo rentals on Kā’anapali Beach. Each rental unit has panoramic ocean views and direct access to the sandy white beach. The resort property features a heated pool and jacuzzi, a poolside cabana with a kitchen, a lending library, and complimentary in-room and poolside wifi access. All rooms come with a fully equipped kitchen, and the rooms range from the more economical junior suite oceanfront to the luxury two-bedroom oceanfront. Nearby Kā’anapali activities include the Whalers Village shopping center, a3mi (5km) boardwalk, ocean activities, and tours.

Hotel Wailea, for a romantic escape

Aerial shot of outdoor pool at Hotel Wailea with ocean and mountains in the background
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Hotel Wailea is located within the Wailea resort area and is an intimate adults-only, five-star property with 72 suites on 15 acres (6ha). The hotel offers stunning beach and ocean views and a panorama of three neighboring islands. This peaceful retreat – with a Zen-inspired landscape of tropical gardens, waterfalls, and meandering pathways – is designed specifically for couples wanting a romantic getaway In addition to being close to some of Maui’s top attractions, Hotel Wailea also offers a beach valet service at Wailea Beach. It also provides complimentary morning yoga, complimentary Hawaiian outrigger canoeing on Wednesdays, and complimentary tropical mixology classes on Sundays.

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.

These recommendations were updated on December 8, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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