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Maui Lodging Planner
Updated by Christie Leon
Maui’s accommodations run the gamut from rural bed-and-breakfasts to opulent megaresorts, and in between there’s something for every vacation style and budget. The large resorts, hotels, and condominiums for which Maui is noted are on the sunny, leeward, southern, and western shores. They bustle with activity and are near plenty of restaurants, shopping, golf, and water sports. Those seeking a different experience can try the inns, B&Bs, and rentals in the small towns and quieter areas along the North Shore and Upcountry on the verdant slopes of Haleakala.
If the latest and greatest is your style, be prepared to spend a small fortune. Properties like the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea; the sparkling Andaz Maui at Wailea; and condo complexes such as the luxe Wailea Beach Villas may set you back at least $600 a night.
Although there aren’t many of them, small B&Bs are charming. They tend to be in residential or rural neighborhoods around the island, sometimes beyond the resort areas of West Maui and the South Shore. The B&Bs offer both a personalized experience and a window into authentic local life. The rates tend to be the lowest available on Maui, sometimes less than $200 per night.
Apartment and condo rentals are ideal for families, groups of friends, and those traveling on modest budgets. Not only are the nightly rates lower than hotel rooms, but eating in—all have kitchens of some description—is substantially less expensive than dining out. There are literally hundreds of these units all over the island, ranging in size from studios to luxurious four-bedroom properties with multiple baths. The vast majority are found along the sunny coasts, from Makena to Kihei on the South Shore and Lahaina up to Kapalua in West Maui.
Rates depend on the size of the unit and its proximity to the beach, as well as the amenities and services offered. For about $250 a night, you can get a lovely one-bedroom apartment without many frills or flourishes, close to but probably not on the beach. Many rentals have minimum stays (usually three to five nights).
Most of Maui’s resorts—several are megaresorts—have opulent gardens, fantasy swimming pools, championship golf courses, and full-service fitness centers and spas. Expect to spend at least $350 a night at the less posh resort hotels; they are all in the Wailea and Makena resort area on the South Shore and Kaanapali and Kapalua in West Maui. At all lodgings, ask about discounts and deals (free nights with longer stays, for example), which have proliferated.
MAUI LODGING PLANNER
With resorts, condos, and B&Bs all over the island, there’s a lodging option for anyone. Our team of expert writers and editors has compiled its top recommendations, organized by geographical area.
Hotels and Resorts
Maui’s resorts are clustered along the island’s leeward (west and south) shores, so they offer near-perfect weather year-round. Kaanapali, in West Maui, has the most action. Kapalua, farther north, is more private and serene. Among the South Shore resort communities, posh Wailea has excellent beaches and golf courses. Most resorts charge parking and facility fees—a “resort fee.” In Hawaii room prices can rise dramatically if a room has an ocean view. To save money, ask for a garden or mountain view.
Condos and Rentals
If you compromise on luxury, you can find convenient condos in West Maui in Napili, Honokowai, or Kahana, and on the South Shore in Kihei. Many are oceanfront and offer the amenities of a hotel without the cost, though central air-conditioning is rare. Be sure to ask about minimum stays. Besides the condos listed here, Maui has condos rented through central agents. They may represent an entire resort property, most of the units at one property, or even individually owned units. The companies listed here have a long history of excellent service to Maui visitors.
AA Oceanfront Rentals and Sales. | 1279 S. Kihei Rd., #107 | Kihei | 808/879-7288 , 800/488-6004 | www.aaoceanfront.com .
Bello Maui Vacations. | 95 E. Lipoa, #201 | Kihei | 808/879-3328 , 800/541-3060 | www.bellomaui.com .
Chase ‘n Rainbows. | 118 Kupuohi St., Suite C6 | Lahaina | 808/667-7088 , 877/611-6022 | www.westmauicondos.com .
Destination Residences Hawaii. | 34 Wailea Gateway Pl., Suite A102 | Wailea | 808/891-6249 , 800/367-5246 | www.destinationresidenceshawaii.com .
Maalaea Bay Realty and Rentals. | 280 Hauoli St. | Maalaea | 808/244-5627 , 800/367-6084 | www.maalaeabay.com .
Maui Condo & Home Vacations. | 1819 S. Kihei Rd., Suite D103 | Kihei | 808/879-5445 , 844/856-5841 | www.mauicondo.com .
Tropical Villa Vacations. | 310 Ohukai Rd., Suite 304 | Kihei | 808/875-2818 , 888/875-2818 | www.tropicalvillavacations.com .
B&Bs and Inns
Maui County has updated its policies regarding the licensing of B&Bs and what are technically called TVRs (transient vacation rentals). New rules and permit policies have been enacted and, as of this writing, many new permits have been issued. In the past, glorious inns were lumped together—for the county’s legal purposes—with what may have been nothing more than a bed set up in someone’s garage. To avoid disappointment (some places have closed), the best advice is to ask whether the property is licensed by the county. You might even ask for the permit number, which should be posted on the property’s website.
The further in advance you book, the more likely you are to get the room you want. This is especially true at the big resort hotels December 20-April, and again during July and August, Maui’s busiest times. For these times, booking a year in advance is not uncommon.
There’s no denying that Maui’s lodging prices can be steep, but rates run the full range. Many hotels slash their rates significantly for promotions and web-only deals. Note that prices exclude 13.42% sales tax.
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West Maui | Kapalua and Nearby | South Shore | Wailea and Makena | Central Maui | Upcountry | North Shore | Road to Hana | East Maui
Lahaina doesn’t have a huge range of accommodations, but it does make a great headquarters for active families or those who want to avoid spending a bundle on resorts. One major advantage is the proximity of restaurants, shops, and activities—everything is within walking distance. It’s a business district, however, and won’t provide the same peace and quiet as resorts or secluded vacation rentals. Still, Lahaina has a nostalgic charm, especially early in the morning before the streets have filled with visitors and vendors.
Best Western Pioneer Inn.
$ | HOTEL | With some of the best prices around, this small, heart-of-town hotel, built in 1901 when Lahaina was the bawdy heart of the Pacific’s whaling industry, has been substantially remodeled and updated to offer clean and basic rooms. Its grounds are well tended and there’s a courtyard, pool, and private room designed specifically for weddings. The restaurant is open 7 am-9 pm daily and is a popular hangout (especially at sunset) for folks who work at the harbor as well as hotel guests. Fans of author Tom Robbins will recognize the inn as a setting in his novel Still Life with Woodpecker . Pros: convenient location for the harbor, shops, and restaurants; children under 12 stay free; free parking and Wi-Fi. Cons: can be noisy, with Front Street on one side and the harbor on the other; two floors but no elevator; off-site parking. | Rooms from: $165 | 658 Wharf St. | Lahaina | 808/661-3636 , 800/457-5457 | www.pioneerinnmaui.com | 34 rooms | No meals .
Garden Gate Bed & Breakfast Inn.
$ | B&B/INN | In an older neighborhood just outside of busy Lahaina town lies a quiet place that welcomes you with light and clean rooms featuring pleasant tropical furnishings and private entrances. The deluxe studio has a large sitting area, and ocean-view suites offer panoramic vistas from a large deck. Every day except Sunday, a full continental breakfast is served in the spacious courtyard pavilion, and daily housekeeping sets the inn apart from most B&Bs. There are also laundry facilities and a barbecue for guest use. The home is tucked behind brightly colored walls, past a garden gate and across a bridge. Pros: free use of chairs, coolers, boogie boards, and other beach toys; knowledgeable hosts; convenient location—a two-block walk to Wahikuli Wayside Beach Park across the highways and the Maui Bus stops at the corner. Cons: not secluded; no resort amenities; no stores within safe, easy walking distance. | Rooms from: $149 | 67 Kaniau Rd. | Lahaina | 808/661-8800 , 800/939-3217 | www.gardengatebb.com | 4 rooms | Breakfast .
Fodor’s Choice | Hooilo House.
$$$ | B&B/INN | A luxurious, intimate getaway without resort facilities, this stunning, 2-acre, Bali-inspired B&B in the foothills of the West Maui Mountains, just south of Lahaina town, exemplifies quiet perfection. Almost all the furnishings and building materials were imported from Bali. Each uniquely decorated room features traditional Balinese doors with mother-of-pearl inlay, a custom bed, private lanai, huge bathroom with giant bathtub, flat-screen TV, refrigerator, and—best of all—a private outdoor shower. Common areas provide great spots to snack, chat, or just relax, and immense glass doors open onto a small, sparkling pool and a breathtaking view of the Pacific. Pros: friendly, on-site hosts (Amy and Dan Martin); beautiful furnishings; gazebo for weddings and special events. Cons: not good for families with younger children; three-night minimum. | Rooms from: $339 | 138 Awaiku St. | Lahaina | 808/667-6669 | www.hooilohouse.com | 6 rooms | Breakfast .
$ | B&B/INN | An antique jewel in the heart of town, this two-story timbered building will transport romantics back to the turn of the 20th century. Small guest rooms shine with authentic period furnishings, punctuated by a wooden rocking chair on your balcony where you can watch Old Lahaina town come to life. Guests may also take advantage of sister hotel Royal Lahaina Resort’s amenities such as the pool and tennis courts, as well as the fine location on Kaanapali Beach. The Lahaina Grill restaurant is downstairs. Pros: a half block off Front Street, the location is within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, and attractions; lovely antique style; the price is right. Cons: rooms are small, bathrooms particularly so; some street noise; two stories, no elevator. | Rooms from: $99 | 127 Lahainaluna Rd. | Lahaina | 808/661-0577 , 800/222-5642 | www.lahainainn.com | 9 rooms, 3 suites | No meals .
Lahaina Shores Beach Resort.
$$ | RENTAL | You really can’t get any closer to the beach than this lofty (by Lahaina standards), seven-story rental property that offers panoramic ocean and mountain views and fully equipped kitchens. Most units are studios, but there are deluxe one-bedroom suites on the first floor that open right onto a beachfront lawn, as well as penthouses on the top floors that have a dining area and an extra bathroom. All have large, private ceramic-tiled lanais. The units are individually owned and many of them have been refreshed with new furniture and upgraded kitchens. You can enter the shopping village next door through a private entrance for access to restaurants and shops, or take a short stroll to the action in the center of Lahaina town. Pros: right on the beach; historical sites, attractions, and activities are a short walk away. Cons: older property; no posh, resort-type amenities. | Rooms from: $250 | 475 Front St. | Lahaina | 808/661-4835 , 866/934-9176 | www.lahainashores.com | 199 rooms | No meals .
The Makai Inn.
$ | B&B/INN | Right on the ocean, though a bit of a stroll to the center of Lahaina, this breezy, two-story inn features small units with fully equipped kitchens and casual interiors all topped with a dollop of aloha. The one-bedroom units are at least 400 square feet, with four special Hideaway rooms featuring private lanais a leap from the water. Families will appreciate the two-bedroom Pineapple Sweet, populated with tropical prints atop comfy furniture, island art, and lanais perfect for crafting poetry. Suzie, the owner, lives on the property, and keeps a flock of cheerful Java sparrows well fed throughout the lovely garden courtyard. Note: the Makai Inn maintains “quiet hours” around the clock, for the continual peace and quiet for their guests. Pros: oceanfront location; reasonable rates include taxes, parking, and Wi-Fi. Cons: older building; no televisions, pool, elevator, or daily maid service; most units do not have a/c. | Rooms from: $110 | 1415 Front St. | Lahaina | 808/870-9004 | www.makaiinn.net | 18 units | No meals .
The Old Lahaina House.
$ | B&B/INN | Guests are treated like ohana (family) here, where comfy rooms are a two-minute stroll down a private lane to an uncrowded beach, and just a few blocks from the dining, shopping, and historic attractions of Lahaina. Each room has a private bathroom, TV, air-conditioning, refrigerator, Wi-Fi, and mosquito netting over the beds for tropical ambience. The owner, Sherry, can help you book activities and may even offer a van tour. Pros: good location; good choice for budget travelers; a small pool with outdoor grill. Cons: since cats and dogs live here, it’s not good for those with allergies; no resort amenities. | Rooms from: $119 | 407 Ilikahi St. | Lahaina | 808/870-1502 , 800/847-0761 | www.oldlahaina.com | 4 rooms | No meals .
The Plantation Inn.
$ | B&B/INN | Ten minutes from the beach, this tropical plantation-era inn is a fine value for those who want to be in the heart of the action—which means easy access to shops, sights, and restaurants, but also that there may be noise from the town. Poster beds topped with Hawaiian quilts, free parking in bustling Lahaina, and complimentary gourmet breakfasts from Gerard’s, the inn’s on-site French restaurant, are just some of the perks to staying here. Standard rooms can be small, so splurge for the suites, especially those with secluded lanais hugging a central courtyard housing the pool. Special touches like stained-glass windows and historic photographs of Lahaina add charm. Some suites have kitchenettes and large double showers. Pros: guests have full privileges at the sister Kaanapali Beach Hotel, 3 miles north; free parking; 24-hour access to pool and Jacuzzi. Cons: Wi-Fi connection is hit-or-miss (try the lanai); two-story inn has no elevator or bellman; no children under 13. | Rooms from: $179 | 174 Lahainaluna Rd. | Lahaina | 808/667-9225 , 800/433-6815 | www.theplantationinn.com | 14 rooms, 4 suites | Breakfast .
Puunoa Beach Estates.
$$$$ | RENTAL | High-end travelers tired of sharing their slice of vacation paradise with the noisy hordes will find privacy and luxury—and incredible views—at this 10-unit, beachfront enclave. Located in a residential neighborhood, the pricey two- and three-bedroom units range in size (1,700-2,100 square feet), and each bedroom has a full bath. Other top-drawer features include contemporary dark-wood furnishings and local artwork, double soaking tubs in the master baths, washer and dryer, fully equipped gourmet kitchen, high-speed Internet, and grocery delivery service. Wall-to-wall sliding glass doors and private lanais take full advantage of the view. The complex has the feel of a friendly neighborhood, and guests are welcome to pick bananas from the small garden for a morning snack or lemons for sunset cocktails. Common areas include a small heated pool and whirlpool spa, poolside barbecue grills, sauna, mini-gym, video library, and business center. Pros: gated driveway for security; no resort fee; free parking. Cons: stairs may pose an obstacle for some; a bit far to walk to Lahaina stores and tourist center. | Rooms from: $1100 | 45 Kai Pali Pl. | Lahaina | 877/657-7909 | www.puunoabeachestates.com | 10 units | No meals .
With its long stretch of beach lined with luxury resorts, shops, and restaurants, Kaanapali is a playground. Expect top-class service here, and everything you could want a few steps from your room, including the calm waters of sun-kissed Kaanapali Beach. Wandering along the beach path between resorts is a recreational activity unto itself. Weather is dependably warm, and for that reason as well as all the others, Kaanapali is a popular—at times, downright crowded—destination.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa.
$$$$ | RESORT | Fantasy landscaping with splashing waterfalls, swim-through grottoes, a lagoonlike swimming pool, and a 150-foot waterslide “wow” guests of all ages at this bustling Kaanapali resort in the midst of the Kaanapali Beach action. Stroll through the lobby past museum-quality art, brilliant parrots, and South African penguins (as we said, this is not reality). The Hyatt’s architecture is not necessarily Hawaiian, but it sure is photogenic, with cultural displays and tropical landscaping. The grounds are the big deal as rooms are modest presentations of plantation style, with a little sitting area and lanai. Unwind at the oceanfront Spa Kamaha’o, or with cocktails and sushi at Japengo restaurant. The nightly Drums of the Pacific luau, and the must-see rooftop Astronomy Tour of the Stars using digital telescopes, are popular perks. Pros: nightly on-site luau; contemporary restaurant and bar. Cons: can be difficult to find a space in self-parking; popular resort might not offer the most peaceful escape. | Rooms from: $429 | 200 Nohea Kai Dr. | Kaanapali | 808/661-1234 | www.maui.hyatt.com | 806 rooms | No meals .
$$$$ | RENTAL | Amenities like daily maid service, an activities desk, a small store with complimentary DVDs for guests to borrow, and a 24-hour front-desk service—and no pesky resort fees—make this a winning choice for families and those wanting to play house on Maui’s most stunning shores. The four secluded 11-story buildings offer one- and two-bedroom units with ample space, sunken living rooms, and separate dining rooms. Other amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center; three tennis courts; and an upgraded pool area with flat-screen TVs and cabanas. Not sure how to cook that fresh catch on the oceanfront gas barbecues? A “grill master” is on hand every evening to assist guests with advice and complimentary herbs, spice rubs, and other necessities, and the grills are stocked with plastic utensils and paper plates. Pros: large, comfortable units on the beach; quiet compared to other hotels in the resort; good location in the heart of the action in Kaanapali Resort. Cons: parking can be crowded during high season; no on-site restaurant. | Rooms from: $495 | 50 Nohea Kai Dr. | Kaanapali | 808/667-1400 , 877/713-2844 | www.kaanapalialii.com | 264 units | No meals .
Fodor’s Choice | Kaanapali Beach Hotel.
$ | HOTEL | From the Hawaiian artifacts in the garden to the tropical interiors, this charming beachfront hotel is full of aloha—locals say it’s one of the few resorts on the island where you can get a true Hawaiian experience. The entire staff take part in the hotel’s ongoing Pookela program, which teaches guests about the history, traditions, and values of Hawaiian culture; you can participate by taking complimentary classes in Hawaiian cultural activities and touring the native garden. The basic rooms are decorated with Hawaiian motifs, wicker, and rattan; each has a lanai and faces either the beach beyond the lawn or the lush mountains. The Tiki Terrace restaurant serves delicious meals and one of the most bountiful Sunday brunches on the island. Pros: no resort fee; friendly staff; weekly luau. Cons: the property is older than neighboring modern resorts; fewer amenities than other places along this beach. | Rooms from: $159 | 2525 Kaanapali Pkwy. | Kaanapali | 808/661-0011 , 800/262-8450 | www.kbhmaui.com | 432 rooms | No meals .
Fodor’s Choice | Maui Eldorado Kaanapali.
$ | RENTAL | The Kaanapali Golf Course’s fairways wrap around this fine, well-priced, two-story condo complex that boasts spacious studios, one- and two-bedroom units with fully equipped kitchens, and access to a stocked beach cabana on a semiprivate beach. The complex itself isn’t exactly on the beach—it’s a quick golf-cart trip away—but when you arrive, you will have beach chairs at your disposal, as well as a full kitchen and lounge area at the cabana. Back at the condo complex, the style of the privately owned units may vary, but most are tastefully decorated and offer modern appliances and spacious bathrooms. No elevator. Pros: privileges at the Kaanapali Golf Courses; Wi-Fi in all units; friendly staff. Cons: not right on beach; some distance from attractions of the Kaanapali Resort; no housekeeping but checkout cleaning fee; additional resort fees. | Rooms from: $150 | 2661 Kekaa Dr. | Kaanapali | 808/661-0021 | www.mauieldorado.com | 204 units | No meals .
Royal Lahaina Resort.
$$ | RESORT | Built in 1962, this grand property on the uncrowded, sandy shore in North Kaanapali has hosted millionaires and Hollywood stars, and today it pleases families and budget seekers as well as luxury travelers with a variety of lodging styles. Hawaiian quilts, tropical wood paneling, vintage artwork, and a saltwater aquarium decorate the breezy lobby. Newly upgraded rooms in the Lahaina Kai Tower reflect a move to rebrand the property as a beach boutique. The decor plays off an oceansports theme that complements the understated furnishings, which include plush beds with Egyptian cotton linens. The Passion of Movement center offers aerial yoga and other trendy activities, and there’s a separate new fitness center with individual flat-screen TVs. The one- and two-bedroom cottage units, have modern kitchen appliances and fixtures, and they’re ideal for families and guests seeking a more private, homelike experience. Pros: on-site luau nightly; variety of lodgings and rates; tennis ranch with 11 courts and a pro shop; no resort fees. Cons: phased renovations of cottage underway. | Rooms from: $220 | 2780 Kekaa Dr. | Kaanapali | 808/661-3611 , 800/447-6925 | www.hawaiianhotels.com | 316 rooms, 17 suites, 114 cottage rooms | No meals .
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa.
$$$$ | RESORT | Set among dense gardens on Kaanapali’s best stretch of beach, the Sheraton offers a quieter, more low-key atmosphere than its neighboring resorts and sits next to and on top of the 80-foot-high Puu Kekaa, from which divers leap in a sunset torch-lighting and cliff-diving ritual. The open-air lobby has a crisp, cool look with understated furnishings and sweeping views of the pool area and beach. The majority of the spacious rooms have ocean views; others have mountain or garden views. All rooms have plenty of amenities, including 32-inch flat-screen TVs with on-demand movies. The massive swimming pool resembles a natural lagoon, with rock waterways and wooden bridges; and the Spa at Black Rock offers oceanfront services. The Black Rock Kitchen emphasizes tapas and plates for sharing, using locally grown ingredients, as well as craft brews, wine, and Maui-inspired cocktails. Those looking for nightlife can find it at the Black Rock Lounge along with DJs, theme nights, and extended hours. Pros: luxury resort with terrific beach location; great snorkeling right off the beach. Cons: extensive property can mean a long walk from your room to the lobby, restaurants, and beach. | Rooms from: $659 | 2605 Kaanapali Pkwy. | Kaanapali | 808/661-0031 , 866/500-8313 | www.sheraton-maui.com | 464 rooms, 44 suites | No meals .
The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas.
$$$$ | RESORT | Abundant resort amenities and pools are notable at these luxury villas just north of Black Rock (Puu Kekaa) along the beach in Kaanapali. The large studio and one-bedroom units are available for vacation ownership and provide the comforts of home (kitchens, washers and dryers, flat-screen TVs, DVD players, and Internet access) and then some (Westin Heavenly beds, Westin Heavenly baths with separate showers and whirlpool tubs). Spa Helani, a Heavenly Spa by Westin, incorporates Hawaiian elements in massages and treatments. There are also two fitness centers (open 24 hours), tennis courts, two general stores, and three restaurants. Even though the villas are oceanfront, you may never see the beach because of the acres of water features—a meandering lagoon, cascading waterfalls, a huge heated pool with a 90-foot waterslide, a revitalizing pool, whirlpool spas, and a separate children’s pool complete with a pirate ship. The Puuhonua cultural center hosts “talk story” sessions and other programs with Native Hawaiian experts. Just about anything you could ever want inside and out is here. Pros: Westin Kids Club with day and evening programs; complimentary shuttle to Westin Maui Resort and Spa, Sheraton Maui, and Lahaina town; no resort fee. Cons: large complex could be overwhelming; not within the boundaries of the Kaanapali Resort; $10 self-parking fee. | Rooms from: $619 | 6 Kai Ala Dr. | Kaanapali | 808/667-3200 , 866/716-8112 | www.westinkaanapali.com | 1,021 units | No meals .
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa.
$$$$ | RESORT | The cascading waterfall in the lobby of this hotel gives way to an aquatic playground with five heated swimming pools, abundant waterfalls (15 at last count), lagoons complete with pink flamingos and swans, and a premier location right on famed Kaanapali Beach—you could end up with fantasy overload. There’s also a spa and fitness center and privileges at two 18-hole golf courses. This is a great choice for an active vacation, but relaxation is by no means forgotten here. Elegant dark-wood furnishings in the rooms accentuate the crisp linens of the chain’s “Heavenly Beds” and rooms in the Ocean Tower feature “Heavenly Showers” and other interior upgrades. The resort’s Wailele Polynesian Luau features a family-style dinner and includes Maui’s only “extreme” fire-knife dance finale. Dining options include dinner at Relish Oceanside and meals throughout the day at the more casual Relish Burger Bistro. A café opens at 5 am for early risers. The new Westin Family Program offers Kids Club for ages 5-12 and excursions and other activities for the whole family to enjoy together. Pros: complimentary shuttle to Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, Sheraton Maui, and to Lahaina (where parking can be difficult); activity programs for all ages; one adults-only pool. Cons: $30 daily resort fee (includes parking and Wi-Fi). | Rooms from: $639 | 2365 Kaanapali Pkwy. | Kaanapali | 808/667-2525 , 866/716-8112 | www.westinmaui.com | 731 rooms, 28 suites | No meals .
KAPALUA AND NEARBY
The neighborhoods north of Kaanapali—Honokowai, Mahinahina, Kahana, Napili, and finally, Kapalua—blend almost seamlessly into one another along Lower Honoapiilani Highway. Each has a few shops and restaurants and a secluded bay or two to call its own. Many visitors have found a second home here, at one of the condominiums nestled between beach-access roads and groves of mango trees. You won’t get the stellar service of a resort (except at Kapalua), but you’ll be among the locals here, in a relatively quiet part of the island. Be prepared for a long commute, though, if you’re planning to do much exploring elsewhere on the island. Kapalua is the area farthest north, but well worth all the driving to stay at the elegant Ritz-Carlton, which is surrounded by misty greenery and overlooks beautiful D.T. Fleming Beach.
Aston Mahana at Kaanapali.
$$$ | RENTAL | Though the name claims Kaanapali, this older, 12-story oceanfront condominium complex, where all units have unobstructed panoramic views of the ocean and nearby islands, is actually in quiet, neighboring Honokowai. There’s a range of studios, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom units, all with spacious bedrooms, kitchens, and living areas. Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows that make them seem even bigger. Built in 1974, the property has been regularly updated since, but the interior style of individually owned units varies; many have been upgraded. An elegant pool faces a sandy beach that’s good for snorkeling because of the shallow reef. Pros: the private lanai and floor-to-ceiling windows are great for watching Maui’s spectacular sunsets and whales in the winter season; tennis courts; daily maid service. Cons: furnishings in some units may need updating; no shops or restaurants on property. | Rooms from: $329 | 110 Kaanapali Shores Pl. | Honokowai | 808/661-8751 , 866/774-2924 | www.themahana.com | 215 units | No meals .
Aston at Papakea Resort.
$$ | RENTAL | All studios and one- and two-bedroom units at this casual, oceanfront condominium complex face the ocean and, because the units are spread out among 11 low-rise buildings on about 13 acres of land, there is built-in privacy and easy parking. Bamboo-lined walkways between buildings and fish-stocked ponds add to the serenity. Enjoy outdoor cooking on the 12 grills installed at the property’s two pools, surrounded by rolling lawns. Fully equipped kitchens and laundry facilities, as well as a store and shops nearby, make longer stays easy here. Pros: units have large rooms; lovely garden landscaping; such complimentary activities as yoga, putting greens, and tennis lessons. Cons: no beach in front of property; pool can get crowded. | Rooms from: $225 | 3543 Lower Honoapiilani Hwy. | Honokowai | 808/669-4848 , 866/774-2924 | www.astonatpapakea.com | 364 units | No meals .
Honua Kai Resort & Spa.
$$$$ | RENTAL | Two high-rise towers contain these individually owned, eco-friendly (and family-friendly) units combining the conveniences of a condo with the full service of a hotel. Guests enjoy valet, concierge, an on-site restaurant, and an organic gourmet food market run by O’o Farms. Active families will enjoy the spacious suites with large lanai, as well as the water features—slide, waterfall, lazy river, and serenity, lap, and kids pools—and the fitness center. Those vacationing at a slower pace can stroll along the dune restoration area that fronts the beach, and perhaps spot endangered bird species and turtles. The Ho’ola Spa houses Maui’s first Himalayan Salt Room, and provides massage and other treatments. Pros: large units; upscale appliances and furnishings. Cons: can be windy here. | Rooms from: $514 | 130 Kai Malina Pkwy. | Honokowai | 808/662-2800 , 855/718-5789 | www.honuakai.com | 628 units | No meals .
Mahina Surf Oceanfront Resort.
$ | RENTAL | Of the many condo complexes lining the oceanside stretch of Honoapiilani Highway, this one offers friendly service, a saline oceanfront pool, and affordable units—some with million-dollar views. You won’t be charged for parking or local phone calls, and discount car rentals are available. Most of the individually owned one- and two-bedroom units have been renovated to include flat-screen TVs and granite countertops in the kitchens. The interiors tend to be charming “old Hawaii” (lots of rattan furniture, silk flowers, and decorative items). This quiet, older complex is a short stroll away from Honokowai’s grocery store, beaches, and restaurants. Pros: oceanfront barbecues; resident turtles hang out on the rocks below; no hidden fees. Cons: oceanfront but with rocky shoreline rather than a beach. | Rooms from: $180 | 4057 Lower Honoapiilani Hwy. | Mahinahina | 808/669-6068 , 800/367-6086 | www.mahinasurf.com | 56 units | No meals .
Sands of Kahana.
$$$ | RENTAL | Meandering gardens, spacious rooms, and an on-site restaurant distinguish this large condominium complex—units on the upper floors benefit from the height, with unrivalled ocean views stretching away from private lanai. The oceanfront penthouse, which accommodates up to eight, is a reasonable $495 per night during peak season. One-, two-, and three-bedroom units are also available in the rental pool. Kids can enjoy their own swimming pool area near a putting green and ponds filled with giant koi. It’s primarily a time-share property, though there are a few units available as vacation rentals. Pros: restaurant on the premises; amenities include a fitness center, tennis courts, and sand volleyball court. Cons: you may be approached about buying a unit; street-facing units can get a bit noisy. | Rooms from: $295 | 4299 Lower Honoapiilani Hwy. | Kahana | 808/669-0400 property phone , 800/332-1137 for vacation rentals (Sullivan Properties) | www.mauiresorts.com | 196 units | No meals .
The Mauian Boutique Beach Studios.
$$ | RENTAL | If you’re looking for a low-key place with a friendly staff, this small, delightful beachfront property on Napili Bay may be for you. Its renovated and tastefully redecorated rooms have free Wi-Fi, but no TVs, phones, or air-conditioning. As a concession to sports fans, there’s a TV in the Ohana (Family) Room, where a continental breakfast is served daily. The well-maintained two-story buildings, dating to 1959, offer studios with well-equipped kitchens that have full-size stainless-steel refrigerators and two-burner glass cook tops. Hotel rooms have a minirefrigerator and microwaves, and some have connecting doors so they can be configured for families. All have Tempurpedic mattresses and newly renovated walk-in showers. The lush 2-acre grounds feature a pool, gas grills and a thatched hale (covered space) for gatherings. Pros: reasonable rates; located on one of Maui’s top swimming and snorkeling beaches; free parking and no resort fees. Cons: units are small; some may find the motel-like design reduces privacy; few amenities. | Rooms from: $208 | 5441 Lower Honoapiilani Hwy. | Napili | 808/669-6205 , 800/367-5034 | www.mauian.com | 44 rooms | Breakfast .
Fodor’s Choice | Napili Kai Beach Resort.
$$$ | RESORT | Spread across 10 beautiful acres along one of the best beaches on Maui, the Napili Kai with its “old Hawaii” feel draws a loyal following to its Hawaiian-style rooms that open onto private lanai. Rooms closest to the beach have no air-conditioning, but ceiling fans usually suffice. “Hotel” rooms have minirefrigerators, microwave ovens, and wet bars; studios and suites have fully equipped kitchenettes. For the most bang for your buck, splurge on the condo units at the western edge of the property, which have fully equipped stainless-steel kitchens, wide lanai with views of turtles, and pools reserved for that building. Be sure to dine at the Sea House restaurant with indoor-outdoor seating and spectacular ocean view. There’s also an indoor-outdoor massage center offering a range of treatments, and a boutique selling resort wear and estate jewelry. This is a family-friendly place, with children’s programs, free classes in lei making, daily cultural demonstrations, and a newly enlarged main pool. Pros: kids’ hula performances and weekly Hawaiian slack-key guitar concert; fantastic swimming and sunning beach; no resort fees. Cons: not as modern as other resorts in West Maui. | Rooms from: $310 | 5900 Lower Honoapiilani Hwy. | Napili | 808/669-6271 , 800/367-5030 | www.napilikai.com | 163 units | No meals .
The Kapalua Villas Maui.
$$$$ | RENTAL | Set among the 22,000 sprawling acres of the Kapalua Resort, these posh condominiums are named for their locations: the Golf Villas line the fairways of Kapalua’s Bay Golf Course; the Ridge Villas are perched along a cliff overlooking the ocean; and the Bay Villas are at the water’s edge. The one-, two-, and three-bedroom units are all fully furnished with kitchens and washers and dryers. “Gold Villas” designate units that have newly refurbished kitchens, baths, and decor, and typically cost $70-$120 more per night. The $25 resort fee for all units includes Wi-Fi, parking, preferred tee times, and free shuttle to shopping, dining, and activities within the resort. Pros: large, well-appointed condos; amazing views; a network of walking and running trails. Cons: stores, beaches, restaurants are not within walking distance; Kapalua can be windy; complexes have small pools. | Rooms from: $451 | 2000 Village Rd. | Kapalua | 808/665-9170 , 800/545-0018 | www.kapaluavillas.com | 162 villas | No meals .
Montage Kapalua Bay.
$$$$ | RESORT | Maui’s newest luxury resort in tony Kapalua caters to well-heeled travelers who want the comfort and privacy of a condo unit combined with resort-style service and amenities. Pros: Kapalua Bay offers prime snorkeling; truly top-drawer accommodations; large rooms are well appointed. Cons: $40 daily resort fee. | Rooms from: $695 | 1 Bay Dr. | Kapalua | 808/662-6600 | www.montagehotels.com/kapaluabay | 50 units, 6 grand residences | No meals .
Fodor’s Choice | The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.
$$$$ | RESORT | One of Maui’s most notable resorts, this elegant hillside property features luxurious service, upscale accommodations, a spa, restaurants, and a pool, along with an enhanced Hawaiian sense of place. Newly redecorated guest rooms and one- and two-bedroom condominium suites (some of which are available for rent) incorporate the rich colors of the ocean, mountains, and rain forests that surround the resort. Residential suites are in a separate wing, but all the hotel amenities are easily accessible. The elegant spa, with Hawaiian design elements, includes a yoga studio, treatment rooms, and private outdoor shower gardens. A new fitness center features state-of-the-art equipment. Amid the lush resort grounds, the multilevel pool and hot tubs are open 24 hours, and children have their own pool area. The Environmental Education Center features Jean-Michel Cousteau’s “Ambassadors of the Environment” program, and a full-time cultural advisor instructs employees and guests in Hawaiian traditions. Although not directly on the sand, the Ritz does front D.T. Fleming Beach, one of Hawaii’s best. Pros: luxury and service you’d expect from a Ritz; Banyan Tree restaurant will please dedicated locavores; many cultural and recreational programs. Cons: expensive; can be windy on the grounds and at the pool; not on the beach and far from major attractions such as Haleakala; daily parking and resort fees. | Rooms from: $549 | 1 Ritz-Carlton Dr. | Kapalua | 808/669-6200 , 800/262-8440 | www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/KapaluaMaui/Default.htm | 321 rooms, 142 suites | No meals .
The South Shore comprises two main communities: resort-filled Wailea and down-to-earth Kihei. In general, the farther south you go, the fancier the accommodations get. TIP North Kihei tends to have great prices, but it also has some windy beaches scattered with seaweed. (This isn’t a problem if you don’t mind driving to another beach.) As you travel down South Kihei Road, you can find condos both fronting and across the street from inviting beach parks and close to shops and restaurants. Once you hit Wailea, the opulence quotient takes a giant leap; this is the land of perfectly groomed resorts. Wailea and West Maui’s Kaanapali continuously compete over which is more exclusive and which has better weather. In our opinion, it’s a draw.
If you’re a beach lover, you won’t find many disadvantages to staying in Kihei. A string of welcoming beaches stretches from tip to tip. Snorkeling, body boarding, and barbecuing find their ultimate expression here. Affordable condos line South Kihei Road; however, some find the busy traffic and the strip-mall shopping distinctly un-Maui and prefer quieter hideaways.
Hale Hui Kai.
$$ | RENTAL | This modest three-story condo complex of mostly two-bedroom units is just steps away from the beach. The beachfront units are older, but most have been renovated, some with granite countertops and new appliances in the kitchens and modern furniture in the living rooms. All have Internet; only a few have air conditioning. But never mind the interior: you’ll want to spend all your time outdoors—in the shady lava-rock lobby that overlooks a small pool perfect for kids, or on gorgeous Keawakapu Beach just steps away. Pros: far enough from the noise and tumult of “central” Kihei; a hidden gem for bargain hunters; close enough to all the conveniences; free parking. Cons: nondescript 1970s architecture; some of the units are dated; no daily housekeeping. | Rooms from: $250 | 2994 S. Kihei Rd. | Kihei | 808/879-1219 , 800/809-6284 | www.halehuikaimaui.com | 40 units | No meals .
$$ | RENTAL | This south Kihei property is a good choice for active families, with its swimming pool, tennis courts, and an ideal family beach (Kamaole III) just across the street. Ten four-story buildings wrap around 15 acres of grassy slopes with a swimming pool, a small waterfall, and barbecues. Condos with one to three bedrooms are equipped with modern conveniences, but there’s a relaxed, almost retro feel to the place. All units have two bathrooms, kitchens, laundry facilities, and private lanai. The property, managed by Castle Resorts, has a 24-hour front desk and an activities desk. All buildings look the same, so remember a landmark to find your unit. Pros: in the seemingly endless strip of Kihei condos, this stands out for its pleasant grounds and well-cared-for units; unlike many low-rise condos, this one has elevators. Cons: the complex of buildings may seem a bit too “citylike”; lack of diversity among the building facade. | Rooms from: $249 | 2695 S. Kihei Rd. | Kihei | 808/874-8700 , 800/367-5004 | www.castleresorts.com | 440 units | No meals .
Fodor’s Choice | Luana Kai Resort.
$ | RENTAL | If you don’t need everything to be totally modern, consider setting up house at this great value condominium-by-the-sea with individually owned units offered in two categories: standard and deluxe. Furnishings and appliances in the standard units are more dated, and it’s worth paying the few extra bucks for the updated deluxe units. Each comes with everything you need to make yourself at home: a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher; washer/dryer; TV and DVD player; Wi-Fi; and stereo equipment. There are three different room plans suited to couples, families, or friends traveling together. The third-floor two-bedroom units have high ceilings and a master-bedroom loft. Make sure to request a unit with air-conditioning—a must for hot, dry Kihei. The heated pool and deck is a social place, with five gas grills, a full outdoor kitchen, hot tub, men’s and women’s sauna rooms, and a shuffleboard court. Luana Kai adjoins a grassy county park with tennis courts, and the beach is just across this grass. Pros: meticulously landscaped grounds; excellent management team; free parking. Cons: no elevators; no maid service; not all units have air conditioning. | Rooms from: $149 | 940 S. Kihei Rd. | Kihei | 808/879-1268 , 800/669-1127 | www.luanakai.com | 113 units | No meals .
Maui Food Shopping for Renters
Condo renters in search of food and take-out meals should try these great places around Maui.
This large supermarket combines the best of gourmet selections and local products, with all the familiar staples you need to stock your vacation kitchen. They also make a mean poke (seafood salad). | Lahaina Gateway Shopping Center, 345 Keawe St. , | Lahaina | 808/662-7088 .
Find everything you could possibly need at this supermarket, the largest on Maui, located in the Piilani Village Shopping Center. | 277 Piikea Ave. , | Kihei | 808/891-9120 .
Watch for the parking lot barbecue on Wednesday and Friday, when chicken, teriyaki beef, steak, and shrimp are served plate lunch-style outside this supermarket. Hawaiian plates are served up on Thursday. | 1310 S. Kihei Rd. , | Kihei .
This 24-hour supermarket has a deli, a prepared-foods and seafood section, and a bakery that are all fantastic. There’s a good wine selection, tons of produce, and a flower shop where you can treat yourself to a fresh lei. | 170 E. Kaahumanu Ave. , | Kahului | 808/877-3377 .
Whole Foods Market.
This busy supermarket carries local organic produce, and the wine, seafood, bakery, beer and wine, and meat offerings are exceptional. The pricey prepared foods, including pizza, sushi, a salad bar, Asian bowls, and Mexican fare, are the best. | 70 E. Kaahumanu Ave. , | Kahului .
This member of a local supermarket chain is at Pukalani Terrace Center; it is a full-service store with prepared foods, a deli, fresh sushi, local produce, and a good seafood section in addition to the usual fare. On Friday and Saturday, the store sets up a grill in the parking to barbecue tender steak and teriyaki beef. Open 24 hours. | 55 Pukalani St. , | Pukalani | 808/572-0674 .
Stop at this family-owned store on your way up or down Haleakala for fresh Maui-grown produce and meat, flowers, chocolate haupia (coconut) cream pies, and a surprisingly refined selection of wine and beer. The hot prepared foods are another big draw. | 15 Makawao Ave. , | Pukalani | 808/572-7616 | www.pukalanisuperette.com .
Mana Kai Maui.
$$$ | RENTAL | You simply cannot get any closer to gorgeous Keawakapu Beach than this unsung hero of South Shore hotels, offering both renovated hotel rooms and condos that may be older than its competitors but are well-priced and have marvelous ocean views, especially during the winter humpback whale season. One- and two-bedroom condos have private lanai and kitchens. The property features a heated oceanfront pool, activity desk, and the award-winning Five Palms restaurant. Pros: arguably the best beach on the South Shore; Maui Yoga Path is on the property and offers classes at an additional cost; free assigned parking. Cons: older property; interior design might not appeal to discerning travelers; four-night minimum. | Rooms from: $312 | 2960 S. Kihei Rd. | Kihei | 808/879-2778 , 800/367-5242 | www.crhmaui.com | 98 units | No meals .
$$ | RENTAL | These one- and two-bedroom condos—some with ocean views—lie across the street from one of Maui’s best beach parks, Kamaole III. Condos have two bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, cable TV, and washers and dryers. Most units are decorated with the traditional island rattan furniture, although because they’re individually owned, the interior design can vary. For extra space, reserve the popular two-bedroom units, which have a loft-style master bedroom. Among the 13 clusters of two-story buildings there are tropical gardens, two tennis courts, a grotto pool with a waterfall, a Jacuzzi spa, another pool, and barbecue grills. Pros: great location in sunny Kihei; nice grounds and pool; free parking. Cons: two-story buildings have no elevators; four-night minimum. | Rooms from: $254 | 2777 S. Kihei Rd | Kihei | 808/879-2778 , 800/367-5242 | www.crhmaui.com | 310 rooms | No meals .
Maui Sunseeker Resort.
$ | RENTAL | Popular with a gay and lesbian clientele, this small, private, and relaxed North Kihei property is a great value for the area. You can opt for the simple but attractively furnished studio and one-bedroom units, or choose the more expensive penthouses decked out in a sleek, modern style; all have kitchenettes and full baths. A garden area hosts weddings, barbecues, and special events. The enclosed pool and rooftop deck are clothing optional. The 4-mile stretch of beach across the street isn’t the best for swimming, but it’s great for strolling and watching windsurfers, whales (in winter), and sunsets. This property is for guests 18 years and older only. The webcam offers panoramic views of the ocean and whales in winter months. Pros: impeccably maintained; friendly staff; no kids. Cons: no frills; most units are small; most rooms lack views. | Rooms from: $159 | 551 S. Kihei Rd. | Kihei | 808/879-1261 , 800/532-6284 | www.mauisunseeker.com | 26 units | No meals .
$ | B&B/INN | Enjoy the amenities of a fine hotel with the peace and quiet of a small inn at a reasonable price. Entry to the property, which is in a residential area, is through a courtyard overflowing with colorful flowers and a koi pond. Guests are welcomed with a basket of island treats. Each of the four rooms has a queen-size bed, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV with DVD player, plantation-style furniture, and well-equipped kitchenettes. Those on the upper floor have ocean views; the two below enjoy partial ocean and garden views. Families with children and pets are welcome in the separate two-bedroom cottage. Lush landscaping surrounds the chlorine-free saltwater pool and hot-tub area, where piped Hawaiian music is usually playing softly in the background. Before opening the inn, hosts Mark Warner and Steve Muth both had successful careers in the hospitality industry. Pros: no resort fees; resort-quality furnishings; generous welcome gift baskets and well-stocked minirefrigerator. Cons: although you don’t see it from the inn, the rest of the neighborhood is not as well maintained; short drive to the beach. | Rooms from: $159 | 3170 Akala Dr. | Kihei| 808/298-4403 , 877/212-6284 | www.pineappleinnmaui.com | No credit cards | 4 rooms, 1 cottage | No meals .
What a Wonderful World B&B.
$ | B&B/INN | Convenient, comfortable, and affordable, this Polynesian-style pole house provides a good base for exploring the island. Located in a residential neighborhood, it’s only a half-mile from beaches, five minutes from golf courses, and close to restaurants and shopping. There’s a feeling of old Hawaii here: the covered lanai is decorated with original tiki-style wood carvings by local artists, and there are Hawaiian quilts on the beds. The three suites each have a bedroom, living area, and kitchen or kitchenette. Stately palms shade the patio area, where guests can barbecue or just relax next to a burbling fountain. Everything needed to have fun on Maui is here, from books and beach toys to blankets for sunrise at Haleakala. Pros: knowledgeable host (Eva); affordable rates. Cons: owner’s dogs on the premises; a little hard to find in the neighborhood; no resort amenities. | Rooms from: $145 | 2828 Umalu Pl. | Kihei | 800/943-5804 | www.amauibedandbreakfast.com | 3 suites, 1 room | Breakfast .
WAILEA AND MAKENA
Warm, serene, and luxurious, Wailea properties offer less “action” than West Maui resorts. The properties here tend to focus on ambience, thoughtful details, and natural scenery. Nightlife is pretty much nil, save for a few swanky bars. However, you have your choice of sandy beaches with good snorkeling. Farther south, Makena is a little less developed. Expect everything—even bottled water—to double in price when you cross the line from Kihei to Wailea.
Fodor’s Choice | Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort.
$$$$ | RESORT | Sophisticated travelers and romance seeking couples will swoon at the sleek luxury of this eco-friendly, beachfront resort. The amenities include four cascading infinity pools, and hyperlocal approach to everything, from its cocktail program to the designer clothes worn by iPad-toting staff. Walk down the water-lined entry hall, with the ocean framed in the distance, into a universe where everything seems set up to accommodate you . Despite the refined setting, the sandbox in the lobby is one indication this place has sense of whimsy about itself. Whitewashed rooms are on the small side, but just about every plantation-shuttered wall leads to some treat—a deep soaking tub, a rain shower, a refrigerator stocked with complimentary goodies. Expect all the most high-tech amenities, including LEED Silver certification for energy conservation and complimentary use of GoPro cameras. Four eating establishments include an outpost of the Morimoto empire, the rave-winning Ka’ana Kitchen and a 24-hour market with grab-and-go options, bars with live music nightly, a kids’ club and lagoon pool, beach concierge, an apothecary spa, and complimentary cultural activities. Pros: outstanding service and dining; a one-of-a-kind resort on Maui; free Wi-Fi and shuttle service around Wailea. Cons: expensive; not marketed to families; slick design style might be feel cold to some. | Rooms from: $509 | 3550 Wailea Alanui Dr. | Wailea | 808/879-1234 | www.andazmaui.com | 255 rooms, 10 villas, 35 suites | No meals .
Fodor’s Choice | Fairmont Kea Lani Maui.
$$$$ | RESORT | Gleaming white spires and tiled archways are the hallmark of this stunning resort that’s particularly good for families. The spacious suites have comfortable furnishings and come with microwaves, DVD players, and marble bathrooms. The villas, also just redone, are the real lure, though. Each is a two-story structure with a private plunge pool, two (or three) large bedrooms, a laundry room, and a fully equipped kitchen—margarita blender included. You can order in a chef to cook a feast of fresh island fish or steaks on the grill, and—best of all—housekeepers do the dishes. A fantastic haven for families, the villas are side by side, creating a sort of miniature neighborhood; request one on the end, with an upstairs sundeck. The resort has a small, almost private beach, and the award-winning Ko restaurant. The Willow Stream Spa offers such exotic treatments as three types of Hawaiian rain showers complete with appropriate lighting and music, a hot lava-stone footbed, and a heated mud bar. Free cultural activities include outrigger canoe paddling, Hawaiian language lessons, and tours. Pros: for families, this is one of the best of the South Shore luxury resorts; on-site bakery and deli are good for picnic fare. Cons: some feel the architecture and design scream anything but Hawaii; $35 resort fee daily. | Rooms from: $549 | 4100 Wailea Alanui Dr. | Wailea | 808/875-4100 , 800/798-4552 | www.fairmont.com/kealani | 413 suites, 37 villas | No meals .
Fodor’s Choice | Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.
$$$$ | RESORT | “Impeccably stylish,” “extravagant,” and “relaxing” describe most Four Seasons properties, and this elegant one fronting award-winning Wailea Beach is no exception, with its poolside cabanas, beautiful courtyards, and luxuries such as 24-hour room service and twice-daily housekeeping. Most of the newly refurbished rooms have ocean views, and plush robes and minirefrigerators (stocked with your favorites on request) are among the amenities there. The dining is just as refined, with three excellent choices on the premises: Ferraro’s Italian cuisine, Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, and the even swankier and more expensive DUO Steak & Seafood. The spa has indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, acupuncture and chiropractic services, and a menu of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures such as Botox, fillers, and body sculpting. You can also opt for poolside minitreatments while enjoying Evian spritzers. The adults-only serenity pool features cabanas outfitted with TVs, cappuccino makers, and Missoni designed fabrics.Pros: no resort fee; several activities (including children’s program and tennis) are complimentary; exceptional service; great shopping and local crafts and artwork market. Cons: expensive; a bit ostentatious for some. | Rooms from: $595 | 3900 Wailea Alanui Dr. | Wailea | 808/874-8000 , 800/332-3442 | www.fourseasons.com/maui | 305 rooms, 75 suites | No meals .
$$$$ | RESORT | “Grand” is no exaggeration for this opulent, sunny 40-acre resort—either astounding or over the top, depending on your point of view, and entertaining for kids either way—due to its elaborate water features such as a “canyon riverpool” with slides, caves, a Tarzan swing, and a water elevator. Tropical garden paths meander past artwork by Léger, Botero, and noted Hawaiian artists—sculptures even hide in waterfalls. The recently refurbished rooms have new furnishings, carpets, bathroom tile, linens, artwork, 55-inch flat-screen TVs, and mobile device power stations. Pick out a live Kona or Maine lobster for dinner at the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a restaurant—named for Hawaii’s state fish—which “floats” in a saltwater lagoon stocked with tropical fish. Spa Grande, recently underwent a fabulous makeover and offers everything from mineral baths to massages. For kids, Camp Grande has a game room and movie theater. The Grand Wailea can meet your every vacation need without ever leaving the property.Pros: set on beautiful Wailea Beach; brides will love the stained glass wedding chapel; many shops. Cons: $30 daily valet parking fee in addition to resort fee; sometimes too much is just too much. | Rooms from: $369 | 3850 Wailea Alanui Dr. | Wailea | 808/875-1234 , 800/888-6100 | www.grandwailea.com | 728 rooms, 52 suites | No meals .
$$$$ | HOTEL | This small, adults-only, boutique hotel, perched on a quiet hillside above the Wailea Resort, delivers romance with spectacular views of the ocean, sunsets, and stars from just about every suite, garden nook, and spacious public area. The 18 two-story buildings offer suites with private lanais, kitchenettes with top-flight appliances, sofa beds, separate bedrooms, and bathrooms with large soaking tubs and walk-in showers. Secluded gazebos and lush lawns are perfect for an intimate dinner or a wedding reception. The resort fee includes complimentary yoga and fitness training, free valet and self parking, access to Wailea Tennis Club, preferred rates at Wailea golf courses, attendant services (water, chairs, towels, umbrellas) at Wailea Beach, and limousine service to beaches, shops, golf courses, and facilities throughout the Wailea resort. Pros: beautiful grounds with running water throughout; secluded location away from resort row; small, intimate setting. Cons: not on the beach; no elevator. | Rooms from: $479 | 555 Kaukahi St. | Wailea | 808/874-0500 , 866/970-4167 | www.hotelwailea.com | 72 suites | No meals .
$$$$ | RENTAL | For travelers who’ve done all there is to do on Maui and just want simple but luxurious relaxation at a condo that spills onto a private beach, this is the spot. The security-gate entrance gives way to lush tropical landscaping embracing an herb garden and two pools. The secluded complex, which hugs the South Shore coastline, is designed to belie its size; from the road it’s hard to tell that the two- to three-bedroom units are taller than a palm tree, all with ocean views. Water aerobics and tennis clinics are offered seasonally. Privacy envelops the grounds, which include remnants of an ancient Hawaiian fishing heiau (a temple comprising a rock formation). Pros: away from it all, yet still close enough to “civilization”; great snorkeling right off the beach; laundry facilities in every unit. Cons: too secluded and “locked-up” for some; split-level units may be difficult for guests with mobility issues; check-in is at a different location (34 Wailea Gateway Plaza). | Rooms from: $449 | 4820 Makena Alanui Rd. | Makena | 808/891-6249 , 800/367-5246 | www.destinationresidenceshawaii.com | 103 units | No meals .
Polo Beach Club.
$$$$ | RENTAL | Lording over a hidden section of Polo Beach, this wonderful, older eight-story rental property’s charm somehow manages to stay under the radar. From your giant corner window you can look down at the Fairmont Kea Lani villas and know you’ve scored the same great locale at a fraction of the price (plus, daily housekeeping service is included). Individually owned two-bedroom apartments are well cared-for and feature top-of-the-line amenities, such as stainless-steel kitchens and marble floors. An underground parking garage keeps vehicles out of the blazing Maui sun. Pros: herb garden you can pick from; beautiful beach fronting the building; superb management. Cons: some may feel isolated; split-level units potentially challenging for those with impaired mobility; check-in is at a different location (34 Wailea Gateway Plaza). | Rooms from: $709 | 4400 Makena Rd. | Makena | 808/891-6249 , 800/367-5246 | www.drhmaui.com | 71 units | No meals .
Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.
$$$$ | RESORT | The Marriott’s rooms sit closer to the crashing surf than the rooms at most resorts, and a stay here promises not only close proximity to the water but also luxurious amenities, spacious accommodations, and golf and tennis privileges nearby. Guest rooms, all with private lanai, have a sleek, contemporary, residential feel. Wailea Beach is a few steps away, as are the Shops at Wailea. On-site, the 10,000-square-foot Mandara Spa is elegant and peaceful, and the gorgeous, adults-only “Serenity” pool has an unobstructed panoramic ocean view from almost every lounge chair. The dining choices are superb, with Food & Wine magazine award winner and Top Chef finalist Sheldon Simeon’s Migrant restaurant drawing rave reviews, and Maui celebrity chef Mark Ellman’s tony restaurant, Mala Wailea, taking full advantage of the ocean view. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and sunset mai tais at the new Kapa restaurant and bar at the renovated Makani pools, which have cabanas and fire pits. A kids’ pool is scheduled for renovation in 2016 with the addition of two thrilling waterslides. Pros: spa is one of the most fanciful in Hawaii; near good shopping; luau four nights a week. Cons: not quite beachfront (has a rocky shore); there can be a lot of foot traffic on the beachwalk along the coast; $30 daily resort fee and $25 daily parking fee. | Rooms from: $595 | 3700 Wailea Alanui Dr. | Wailea | 808/879-1922 , 800/292-4532 | www.waileamarriott.com | 497 rooms, 47 suites | No meals .
Wailea Beach Villas.
$$$$ | RENTAL | Wailea’s hideaway for the rich and famous, these two- to five-bedroom villas are an immersion in luxury, with up to 3,100 square feet of living space, furnishings that inspire poetry, and gourmet kitchens fit for an Iron Chef. Add to the mix some units with plunge pools, some with outdoor showers, and all with private balconies with Viking BBQs. Throw in stunning grounds and all the services of the finest resort hotel—the concierge will arrange anything from in-room spa treatments to a personal trainer or a chef—and you’ve got the vacation accommodations of a lifetime. Pool cabanas, valet parking, and twice-daily housekeeping are included in the rates. Pros: steps away from dining and luxury stores at the Shops at Wailea; solid security with gated driveway and guard station; no resort fee. Cons: certainly not in most visitors’ budgets; some units have limited views. | Rooms from: $1259 | 3800 Wailea Alanui Dr. | Wailea | 808/891-6249 , 800/367-5246 | www.waileabeachvillas.com | 98 units | No meals .
Wailea Ekahi Village.
$$$$ | RESORT | Overlooking Keawakapu Beach, this family-friendly vacation resort features studios and one- and two-bedroom suites in low-rise buildings that span 34 acres of tropical gardens and won’t cost your child’s entire college fund. Amenities include four swimming pools, paddle tennis, shuffleboard, and barbecue areas. A covered beachfront pavilion near the private beach entrance to Keawakapu Beach offers convenient access to bathroom facilities, plus a full kitchen with an icemaker, a cold water dispenser, refrigerator, microwave, stove, and oven, which allows you to plan a day of picnicking without having to go back to your condo suite. Pros: convenient access to a great beach; en-suite kitchen and laundry facilities; daily housekeeping; $155 in Wailea restaurant/spa credit. Cons: the large complex can be tricky to find your way around; check-in is at a different location (34 Wailea Gateway Plaza). | Rooms from: $379 | 3300 Wailea Alanui Dr. | Wailea | 808/891-6249 , 800/357-5246 | www.drhmaui.com | 289 units | No meals .
Wailea Ekolu Village.
$$$ | RESORT | These affordable Wailea condos are perched on a hillside and offer panoramic vistas of the resort, the ocean, and nearby islands. One- or two-bedroom condos are set on 18 tropical acres with two pools and a recreational pavilion. Ekolu is the Hawaiian word for the number three, and here you can take it to mean you get (1) parking, (2) Internet access, and (3) free phone calls. Another three: housekeeping is every third day. Pros: an affordable value in Wailea; good views; $155 Wailea restaurant/spa credit. Cons: not on the beach; confusing layout may make it difficult to find your way to your unit; check-in is at a different location (34 Wailea Gateway Plaza). | Rooms from: $289 | 10 Wailea Ekolu Pl. | Wailea | 808/891-6249 , 800/367-5246 | www.drhmaui.com | 148 units | No meals .
Wailea Elua Village.
$$$$ | RESORT | Located on Ulua Beach, one of the Island’s most beloved snorkeling spots, these upscale one-, two-, and three-bedroom condo suites have spectacular views and 24 acres of manicured lawns and gardens. They are along the scenic 1.5-mile Wailea Beach Walk, which wanders the south coastline through stunning sandy beaches, points of interest, multimillion-dollar seaside homes, and the luxury condo resorts of Wailea. Units have custom appliances and furnishings and, befitting the million-dollar locale, there is 24-hour security. For a nominal fee, the concierge will stock your refrigerator with groceries, including hard-to-find items for those with dietary restrictions. Pros: easy access to the designer boutiques and upscale restaurants at The Shops at Wailea; daily housekeeping; $155 Wailea restaurant/spa credit. Cons: large complex; hard to find your way around; check-in is at a different location (34 Wailea Gateway Plaza). | Rooms from: $429 | 3600 Wailea Alanui Dr. | Wailea | 808/891-6249 , 800/367-5246 | www.drhmaui.com | 152 suites | No meals .
Kahului and Wailuku, the commercial, residential, and government centers that make up Central Maui, are not known for their lavish accommodations, but there are options that meet some travelers’ needs perfectly.
Courtyard by Marriott Maui Kahului Airport.
$$ | HOTEL | At the entrance to Kahului Airport, this hotel offers many amenities for business travelers as well as tourists. Up-to-date technology is found throughout: in the lobby, the Bistro restaurant has meeting pods featuring flat screens and plug-ins; guests have computer access in the business center; a touch-screen “concierge” prints out maps; and guest rooms feature large work stations. If you’re not all business, there is a 24-hour fitness center, a pool, a fire pit, and a complimentary shuttle to nearby shopping and restaurants (and to the airport), or you can walk to Costco and Kmart just across the street. Family suites have a fully equipped kitchen, a pull-out sofa in the living room, and connecting bedrooms. Kanaha Beach Park, a world-famous wind- and kite-surfing spot, is nearby. Pros: great for business and pleasure; central location; conference and banquet rooms available. Cons: not on the beach; airport and city noise; daily parking fee. | Rooms from: $289 | 532 Keolani Pl. | Kahului | 808/871-1800 , 877/852-1880 | www.marriott.com | 138 rooms | No meals .
Maui Beach Hotel.
$ | HOTEL | Budget-friendly rates and a central location in the island’s commercial, civic, transportation, and health-care hubs make this two-story bayfront hotel on a busy intersection a popular choice for local and business travelers as well as for frugal visitors who understand that they get what they pay for. The hotel is operated as Aqua Hotels’ Lite budget brand, which recently completed a propertywide upgrade including new furnishings and carpet. The rooms, which surround an expansive lawn, with some offering ocean and mountain views, are basic but offer in-room entertainment options: flat-screen TVs and PS3 game consoles, with DVD/game rentals included in the $10 resort fee. The second floor ocean suite offers many of the same upscale finishings as some of Maui’s better resorts. Adjacent to the swimming pool is a popular restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At the edge of the property there is an uncrowded beach; the protected waters host surfers, stand-up paddlers, fishermen, two outrigger canoe clubs, and cruise ships. The hotel is an easy walk to malls, the University of Hawaii Maui College, performing arts center, and restaurants. Want to tee off? Guests get special rates at Maui Nui Golf Club, a sister property in Kihei. Pros: shuttle to Kahului Airport and central area; great location for exploring all corners of the island; aloha-minded staff. Cons: in-room air-conditioners can be noisy; even with upgrades, some parts of the property may seem dated. | Rooms from: $109 | 170 Kaahumanu Ave. | Kahului| 808/877-0051 | www.mauibeachhotel.net | 145 rooms, 2 suites | No meals .
Fodor’s Choice | The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono.
$ | B&B/INN | Built in 1924 and listed on the State of Hawaii Register of Historic Places, this home with knowledgeable innkeepers offers the charm of old Hawaii, including authentic decor and architecture. Each room is decorated with the theme of a Hawaiian flower. Other features include 10-foot ceilings and floors of native hardwoods. Some rooms have delightful whirlpool tubs, and first-floor rooms have private gardens. A newer cottage, Vagabond’s House, has three well-appointed rooms, each with a standing spa shower and bed coverings by Hawaii’s premier fabric designer, Sig Zane. A hearty breakfast (included in the price) is served at 8 am in the casual dining room. Guests often include attorneys and others with business in Wailuku town. Pros: walking distance to civic center, restaurants, historic Wailuku town; free Wi-Fi and parking; no resort fees. Cons: closest beach is a 15-minute drive away; you may hear traffic noise at certain times. | Rooms from: $165 | 2199 Kahookele St. | Wailuku | 808/244-5897 , 800/305-4899 | www.mauiinn.com | 10 rooms | Breakfast .
Upcountry accommodations (those in Kula, Makawao, and Haliimaile) are generally on country properties and are privately owned vacation rentals. Situated at a high elevation, these lodgings offer splendid views of the island, temperate weather, and a “getting away from it all” feeling—which is actually the case, as most shops and restaurants are a fair drive away, and beaches even farther. You’ll definitely need a car here.
Fodor’s Choice | The Banyan Tree Bed and Breakfast Retreat.
$ | B&B/INN | If a taste of rural Hawaii life in plantation days coupled with quiet time and privacy is what you crave, you can find it at this pastoral 2-acre property awash in tropical foliage, huge monkeypod, and banyan trees. The cottages (bedrooms, really, with updated baths, granite-topped kitchenettes, and private entrances) are simple and functional. The gem, though, is the 1927 plantation house, with its sprawling living and dining rooms, a commercial-grade kitchen, and a lanai that will take you back in time. The configuration of the guest units allows for several room-rental combinations, or you can rent the entire property for a family reunion or a retreat, with access to a large yoga and meditation studio, complete with audio and video capabilities. Guests can relax around the 50-foot, saltwater pool and in-ground spa that afford views of Maui’s northern coast and Molokai. Pros: two cottages and the pool are outfitted for travelers with disabilities; ample on-site parking; you can walk to quaint Makawao town for dining and shopping. Cons: cottages have pretty basic furniture and few amenities; some daytime traffic noise; not all units have air-conditioning. | Rooms from: $175 | 3265 Baldwin Ave. | Makawao | 808/572-9021 | www.bed-breakfast-maui.com | 7 cottage suites | Breakfast .
G and Z Upcountry.
$ | B&B/INN | Just 20 minutes away from Kahului Airport but a world away from the heat and hustle of Maui’s resort districts lies G and Z Upcountry, a new bed-and-breakfast run by retired tourism exec Marsha Wienert and husband John. Pros: close to Haleakala National Park and other rural attractions; free Wi-Fi and no cleaning fee; immaculate with new furnishing and appliances. Cons: permit allows only two adults and two children (extra $25 per night per child); two-night minimum. | Rooms from: $149 | 60 Kekaulike Ave. | Kula | 808/224-6824 | www.gandzmaui.com | 1 suite | Breakfast .
Hale Hookipa Inn.
$ | B&B/INN | A handsome 1924 Craftsman-style house in the heart of Makawao town is on both the Hawaii and the National Historic Registers, and provides a great base for excursions to Haleakala, Hana, or North Shore beaches. Owner Cherie Attix has furnished it with antiques and fine art, and she allows you to peruse her voluminous library of Hawaii-related books. She’s also a fount of local knowledge. Three pretty guest rooms have distinctive furnishings (two have claw-foot tubs) and the two-bedroom suite sleeps four. All guests have access to the main kitchen for cooking their own meals. The lush, serene grounds have a gazebo, koi pond, and one of the biggest Norfolk pine trees in Hawaii. Discounts are offered to guests who participate in volunteer projects through Cherie’s site ( www.volunteer-on-vacation-hawaii.com ). Pros: genteel rural setting; price includes buffet breakfast with organic fruit from the garden. Cons: a 20-minute drive to the nearest beach; this is not the sun, sand, and surf surroundings of travel posters; no food allowed in rooms. | Rooms from: $140 | 32 Pakani Pl. | Makawao | 808/572-6698 , 877/572-6698 , 808/281-2074 | www.maui-bed-and-breakfast.com | 3 rooms, 1 suite | Breakfast .
$ | HOTEL | Located at a 3,200-foot elevation, this older lodge within proximity to Haleakala National Park resembles a chalet in the Swiss Alps. Units, which have electric fireplaces and private lanais, are in two wooden cabins; four have lofts in addition to the ample bed space downstairs. On 3 acres and surrounded by tropical gardens, the lodge has expansive views of Haleakala and two coasts. The property has a restaurant with mesquite-fired pizza oven, an art gallery, and a protea store that will pack flowers for you to take home; next door is a gift shop. There have been some complaints about musty odors. Pros: a quiet place in the country; decent base of operations for Haleakala and Upcountry exploring. Cons: it’s a long, long way to the beach; in winter, it can get downright cold; no refrigerator, TV, or air-conditioning in units. | Rooms from: $175 | 15200 Haleakala Hwy., Rte. 377 | Kula | 808/878-1535 , 800/233-1535 | www.kulalodge.com | 5 units | No meals .
$$$$ | B&B/INN | Peace, tranquillity, and a healthful experience are what you will find at this beautifully restored historic property. Among the sprawling 6 acres landscaped with native, tropical ornamental and organic edible plants there is a forest with hammocks, a meditation lawn, a yoga pavilion, saltwater pool, fire pits, and an outdoor yoga area, all boasting views of the sea. The daily retreat fee of $25 per person includes a light continental breakfast buffet, Wi-Fi, and on-site classes like yoga and well-being. Simply yet elegantly furnished with pieces collected from around the world, the lobby, yoga studio, dining facilities, and guest rooms in the five buildings are connected by a continuous, broad lanai. High ceilings make the guest rooms feel spacious, and each has a modern, private bath featuring river-rock shower floors and Japanese tansu cabinetry. The Crystal Spa offers traditional lomilomi Hawaiian massage and alternative treatments such as quartz-crystal facials. The new Wooden Crate restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner that features locally sourced and organic cuisine. Pros: new 1,700-square-foot Yoga Shala accommodates larger yoga classes, workshops, concerts, and meetings; a unique Maui retreat. Cons: most bathrooms have showers only; no beaches, restaurants, or shops in walking distance; no air-conditioning. | Rooms from: $329 | 1813 Baldwin Ave. | Makawao | 808/579-8877 , 855/579-8877 | www.lumeriamaui.com | 24 rooms, 2 suites | Breakfast .
God’s Peace of Maui.
$ | B&B/INN | Enjoy sweeping views of the North Shore and West Maui Mountains in this B&B set on the edge of a quiet pineapple plantation town on the lower slopes of Haleakala. Although there’s nothing to do or see within walking distance, it’s only 15 minutes from Kahului and less than 10 from Paia, Haiku, and Makawao. Owners Mika and Tammi renovated “the lodge” with new flooring, Memory Foam mattresses, bathroom upgrades, and other improvements. Seven modest rooms have pantries and minirefrigerators. Guests share three shower rooms and three separate “powder rooms,” a kitchen, and living room. A light continental breakfast is included. An amply equipped two-bedroom cottage (including fresh-cut flowers) sleeps four to six. If you’re lucky, the family dog will sit near the Jacuzzi while you relax after a hard day’s adventuring. Pros: incredible Upcountry views; free Wi-Fi, cable TV, and phone calls. Cons: it’s not the beach; sparsely furnished; no stores, dining, or activities close by; minimum three- to seven-night stay depending on season. | Rooms from: $85 | 1290 Haliimaile Rd. | Haliimaile | 808/572-5045 , 808/280-5045 | www.peaceofmaui.com | 7 rooms, 1 cottage | Breakfast .
You won’t find any large resorts or condominium complexes along the North Shore, yet there’s a variety of accommodations along the coastline from the surf town of Paia, through tiny Kuau, and along the rain-forested Hana Highway through Haiku. Some are oceanfront but not necessarily beachfront (with sand); instead, look for tropical gardens overflowing with ginger, bananas, papayas, and nightly bug symphonies. Some have breathtaking views or the type of solitude that seeps in, easing your tension before you know it. You may encounter brief, powerful downpours, but that’s what makes this part of Maui green and lush. You’ll need a car to enjoy staying on the North Shore.
Haiku Cannery Inn.
$ | B&B/INN | Hidden down a long driveway that winds through tall trees and hanging vines, this stately house-turned-B&B, on the Hawaii Register of Historic Places, offers a sense of Hawaii’s plantation era. Once the residence of pineapple cannery managers, the house has high ceilings, large rooms, big windows, and a covered lanai, and is steeped in gracious hospitality. Hostess Benni D’Enbeau offers three rooms: Sunrise, Malia, and the Bamboo Suite, each with a private bath. The house is comfortably furnished with pieces handcrafted from local, sustainably harvested woods and decorated throughout with works by well-known island artists. There is a kitchenette for guests’ use, with a refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and coffeemaker; a breakfast of Maui fruits, pastries, and cereal is served daily. In a separate building surrounded by a large lawn, the two-bedroom Meadow Cottage has a kitchen, garage, and washer and dryer. Free Wi-Fi is available for guests. Pros: Hawaii-born and -raised hostess; off the beaten path but close to restaurants and stores. Cons: no pool or other resort amenities; a 10- to 15-minute drive to beaches. | Rooms from: $140 | 1061 Kokomo Rd. | Haiku-Pauwela | 808/283-1274 | www.haikucanneryinn.com | 3 rooms, 1 cottage | Breakfast .
Haiku Plantation Inn.
$ | B&B/INN | Water lilies and a shade tree bedecked in orchids greet you at this forested bend in the road, where a gracious estate, built in 1870 for the plantation-company doctor, continues the healing tradition with its wellness programs. The house has been restored and retains vintage pine floors, 12-foot ceilings, and the original windows. Rooms are uncluttered and charming, with private baths (one with a claw-foot tub). Revered Hawaiian healer Kahu Lyons Naone teaches traditional medicine and hooponopono (literally, “making right”) on-site. A barbecue area stands in a lush garden of ulu (breadfruit), lilikoi (passion fruit), sugarcane, bananas, and pineapple. Pros: quiet setting; close to restaurants, gas station, and bus stop; opportunities to experience authentic Hawaiian culture. Cons: no resort amenities; 10-minute drive to closest beach. | Rooms from: $150 | 555 Haiku Rd. | Haiku-Pauwela | 808/575-7500 | www.haikuleana.net | 4 rooms | Breakfast .
Fodor’s Choice | The Inn at Mama’s Fish House.
$ | RENTAL | Nestled in gardens adjacent to one of Maui’s most popular dining spots (Mama’s Fish House) and fronting a small beach known as Ku’au Cove, these well-maintained studios, suites, and one- and two-bedroom cottages have a retro-Hawaiian style with rattan furnishings and local artwork. Each has a private garden patio and fully equipped kitchen or kitchenette, making it ideal for both couples and families. It’s best to make reservations for the restaurant when you book your accommodations or you may not get a table (inn guests get a discount). Pros: daily maid service; free parking and Wi-Fi; next to Hookipa Beach and Paia town shops and restaurants. Cons: Mama’s Fish House restaurant can get crowded during the evening (it’s more mellow during the day). | Rooms from: $175 | 799 Poho Pl. | Paia | 808/579-9764 , 800/860-4852 | www.innatmamas.com | 12 units | No meals .
Maui Ocean Breezes.
$ | RENTAL | The cool ocean breeze rolls through these pretty, eco-friendly rentals, making this a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the gorgeous scenery along the ocean side of the famed Road to Hana. The interior design is whimsical, with murals of underwater scenes in most rooms; a man-made waterfall feeds the saltwater pool, and there’s a meditation hut. Fully equipped kitchens and Wi-Fi make these studio, one- and two-bedroom units an ideal home away from home. Allergy-prone travelers can rest easy: no chemicals or pesticides are used on the property. Totally surrounded by nature, you are only 10 minutes from Haiku Town and 15 minutes from Hookipa Beach and Paia town. Pros: one of few licensed rentals in area; located in an upscale, rural subdivision with large lots; expansive lawn with ocean views. Cons: isolated from stores, beaches, activities, and public transportation, making a rental car a must; five-night minimum. | Rooms from: $165 | 240 N. Holokai Rd. | Haiku-Pauwela | 808/283-8526 | www.mauivacationhideaway.com | 3 units | No meals .
Paia Bay Suites.
$$ | RENTAL | This charming, one-bedroom upstairs unit features a small, well-equipped kitchen, Wi-Fi, whitewashed furnishings and other beachy decor, covered deck, yard, and outdoor shower for rinsing the sand off after a day at the beach. It’s just a short stroll to local boutiques, health food store, coffeehouses, bars, and restaurants. The rocky point at the end of the property doesn’t allow for swimming, but gorgeous white-sand beaches are close by. Pros: welcoming for young children; a short drive to Hookipa and Kanaha windsurfing spots. Cons: lacks sandy beach; no television; three-day minimum depending on the season. | Rooms from: $220 | 45 Loio Pl. | Paia | 808/281-3508 | www.paiabaysuites.com | 1 suite | No meals .
Puu Koa Maui Vacation Rentals.
$ | RENTAL | Off a peaceful cul-de-sac in a residential area, these two well-maintained and immaculately clean homes offer studio and one-bedroom accommodations with a yard. Studios have an efficiency-style kitchen with a small refrigerator, hot plate, microwave, toaster oven, and coffeemaker. One-bedroom apartments have large, fully equipped kitchens, separate bedrooms, and large living areas. All units have been upgraded with new furniture, appliances, and countertops, and have flat-screen TVs, large private bathrooms with soaking tubs, and a lanai or patio, some with ocean views. The large yard with tropical flowers and fruit trees, and a covered outdoor space with stainless-steel gas grill is great for a sunset barbecue. It’s a 10-minute drive to Hookipa, a premier windsurfing beach, and 15 minutes to swimming beaches in Paia. There are also plenty of hiking trails in the area. Pros: very clean; reasonable rates; good spot for a group. Cons: inconvenient location (nowhere near beaches, stores, activities, or public bus routes), so a rental car is a necessity. | Rooms from: $100 | 66 Puu Koa Pl. | Haiku-Pauwela | 808/573-2884 | www.vrbo.com/100414 | 7 units | No meals .
Windward Garden B&B.
$$ | B&B/INN | Eco-conscious travelers will appreciate this tranquil, nearly off-the-grid bed-and-breakfast located on five secluded acres in rural Pauwela on Maui’s dramatic northeastern coastline. Pros: friendly, local hosts (Chris and Susan Gebb); unique Maui experience. Cons: far from town, stores, beaches, and bus stop—a car is a must; two of the suites share a bathroom. | Rooms from: $165 | 435 Hoolawa Rd. | Haiku-Pauwela | 808/268-3874 | www.windwardgardenbandb.com | 3 suites, 1 studio cottage, 1 1-bedroom cottage | Breakfast .
ROAD TO HANA
Why stay in Hana when it’s so far from everything? In a world where everything moves at high speed, Hana still travels on horseback, ambling along slowly enough to smell the flowers. But old-fashioned and remote do not mean tame—this is a wild coast, known for heart-stopping scenery and frequent downpours. Leave city expectations behind: the single grocery may run out of milk, and the only videos to rent may be several years old. Be advised that dining options are slim. TIP If you’re staying for several days or at a vacation rental, stock up on groceries before you head out to Hana. Even with these inconveniences, Hana is a place you’ll remember for a lifetime.
Fodor’s Choice | Hana Kai Maui.
$$ | RENTAL | Perfectly situated on Hana Bay, this two-story “condotel” has a long history and an excellent reputation for cleanliness and visitor hospitality—and the ocean views are stunning. All you have to do is take your morning coffee out onto the lanai of any of these lovely units to know why Hana is often referred to as “heavenly.” Units are comfortably furnished with stylish furniture and tropical touches, and have well-equipped kitchens with all the appliances, table settings, spices, and other cooking essentials you need to prepare meals. Egyptian cotton sheets on the beds and all-natural soaps and shampoos are special touches. For an extra charge, you can request delivery of a sunrise breakfast of ono (delicious) banana bread, fresh fruit salad, yogurt, homemade granola, jam and hard-boiled eggs. The property opened in 1970. Pros: a 10-minute walk to Hana Bay, where you can take a swim or enjoy a local-style plate lunch or snack at the café operated by a Hawaiian family; one-night rentals are accepted; daily housekeeping. Cons: early to bed and early to rise—no nightlife or excitement in Hana town; no elevator. | Rooms from: $210 | 4865 Uakea Rd. | Hana | 808/248-8426 , 800/346-2772 | www.hanakaimaui.com | 18 units | No meals .
$$$$ | RESORT | A destination in itself, the former Hotel Hana-Maui might have a new name, but this secluded and quietly luxurious property still delivers the tropical Hawaii of your dreams. A propertywide restoration in 2015 installed a dew decor featuring sustainable materials, artwork, and traditional kapa bark cloth that reflect Hana’s natural and cultural significance. Also new, the Preserve Kitchen + Bar, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner centered on locally harvested fish, meat, and produce. For more peace and privacy, splurge with a stay in the updated Ocean Bungalows set on sprawling lawns overlooking the rugged coastline. The Garden Junior Suites are fantastic for families. Guests can simplify their stay by opting for the Total Travassa package that provides three meals a day, nonalcoholic drinks, and a $125-per-person resort credit—all the better to partake of the resort’s natural spa treatments. There are no noisy air-conditioners, televisions, radios, or clocks in the rooms—just beautiful scenery and tranquillity. Activities include tennis, a three-hole putting course, fitness center, horseback riding, free use of bicycles, and cultural programs. For getting away from it all, there’s no more beautiful place. Pros: no resort or parking fees; no-tipping policy for everything except spa and food and drinks; a truly unique property in a special place. Cons: mobile service is spotty; it’s oceanfront but doesn’t have a sandy beach (however, free shuttle to Hamoa Beach). | Rooms from: $400 | 5031 Hana Hwy. | Hana | 808/248-8211 , 888/820-1043 | www.travaasa.com/hana | 47 cottages, 25 suites | All-inclusive; All meals .
Alaaina Ocean Vista/Hana Bed and Breakfast.
$$ | B&B/INN | This B&B on the grounds of an old banana plantation past Oheo Gulch (about a 40-minute drive past Hana town) is a simple, back-to-nature kind of spot that is “off the grid.” Banana trees still populate the property, alongside mango, papaya, coconut, and avocado trees. There’s also a Balinese garden, complete with a lotus-shape pond. The single room has a private lanai with an outdoor kitchenette, shower, and tub (there’s a regular shower in the room as well), and astonishing views of the coastline. Sam and Mercury, a mother-daughter team, live on-site in the main house and are available to give tips and advice about exploring the area. Note that the owners prefer not to host children. Pros: quiet and secluded; no pesticides or chemicals used on property. Cons: travel time from Kahului Airport is quite long; remote location with no restaurants nearby; two-night minimum stay. | Rooms from: $221 | Off Hwy. 31, 10 miles past Hana | Kipahulu | 808/248-7824 | www.hanabedandbreakfast.com | 1 room | Breakfast .