Updated: June 14, 2015
Best Maui Resorts and HotelsMaui has a good selection of top hotels and popular resorts, but finding discount lodging and hotels can be a challenge. First, you should know where the different areas and cities are on Maui - this page has a map of Maui. Wailea is at the southern end of the island (Wailea Resort Map) and offers some of the driest weather and finest resorts. The Four Seasons Resort at Wailea sits on 15 beachfront acres, but rooms average almost $500 a night. Popular with honeymooners, this resort is known for its excellent service, beautiful grounds, and perfect beaches. Beachfront accomodations are very expensive, but consider at least splurging on a garden room as the mountain view rooms facing away from the ocean are a bit removed. The snorkeling right off the Wailea beach is excellent - go in the morning when it is less windy and cooler. The Hotel Hana Maui in Hana (far east side of the island) is another top-rated property, part of a 4700 acre working island ranch. This is a smaller resort with only 66 rooms, and it does require a long, windy drive to get there (although beautiful). If you are looking for lots of nightlife, this is not for you. But for a more quiet, natural Maui experience, it may be worth your $400+ per night.
The Grand Wailea Maui (Wailea, $500+) is next door to the Four Seasons, and the full Spa is often the highlight of a stay here. The Shops at Wailea are also right next door. The landscaping and beach here are extraordinary, and of course for the price, rooms and service are also exceptional. The pool area at the Grand Wailea must be seen - water slides, rapids, water elevator, swim up cave bar. Property is large, so expect to do some walking.
Maui Lodging: Kihei, Lahaina, Waimea, Wailua, KaanapaliThe Napili Bay Resort, north of Lahaina and right next to Kapalua, is quite a bit cheaper, usually less then $200 per night (33 Hui Drive | Napili, Lahaina). Why the lower price? These are actually rental condo units, including kitchens, which saves you quite a bit of money on your food budget. Property and units are clean and modern, and there are a number of restaurants within walking distance. Note: no pool. More on Napili Bay condos here (including map).
Another low-cost Maui lodging option is the Wai Ola Vacation Paradise bed and breakfast in Lahaina, located in a quiet residential area. With $75 rooms, this is a great inexpensive choice. They have only five rooms, but they are clean and comfortable. And there is a pool and hot tub as well, which you usually have to yourself! They allow you to use their beach chairs and equipment, so you don't have to spend the entire week on a flat towel. Most tourists do not stay in Lahaina, but if you are looking for budget lodging, this is an option.
Other Lahaina/Kaanapali HotelsDepending on your budget and hotel style preferences, you may also want to consider some of these other Maui Hotels in the Lahaina/Kaanapali area. Kaanapali is the preferred tourist spot on all of Maui -- there is a combination of hotels and condos here, and the beach is considered one of the best in the US (map of Kaanapali resorts). The Sheraton Maui at Black Rock is located at the north end of the beach (best location), while the Hyatt is the southermost (worst beach area, but you can walk north 3 minutes to better areas).
- Hyatt Regency Maui Resort
- Ritz-Carlton Kapalua
- Westin Maui Resort
- ResortQuest Kaanapali Shores - this is a condo resort, beach is not the best, but great property overall -- look to book rooms direct with owners on VRBO to save some money.
- Sheraton Maui
Other Kihei/Wailea Area HotelsCheck into these other popular Kihei/Wailea area hotels as well if you need other lodging ideas.
- Fairmont Kea Lani - this is expensive, but beautiful, at the south end of Wailea
- Maui Kamaole (condos)
- Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort - at the north end of Wailea
- Four Seasons Wailea - if you can afford the Four Seasons, go with the best.
Our Maui Guide Continues:
- Maui Sightseeing and Vacation Tips
- Maui Hotels and Lodging Accomodations
- Maui Restaurants, Entertainment, and Shopping