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About Maui

Island of many beauties and many adventures, everything you do in Maui comes with a spectacular backdrop which varies from lava flows, to sky scraping waterfalls, to lush jungles, tropical gardens, bamboo forests, peaks, cliffs and of course as near-to-perfect beaches as you’ll find. And in our Gurus’ opinions the best places to stay in Maui have at least one of these spectacular outlooks.

When it comes to choosing the best places to stay in Maui they’re as varied as the kinds of holidays this island is suited for.

Do you want to have an adventure? see the sights? just relax? Knowing the highlights of Maui to recommend really depends on why you’ve read this far, but some of the unmissable things to see include:

  • the Molokini Crater - one of the world’s great snorkelling and diving sights,
  • Big Beach and the Makena State Park,
  • the vast, bare crater of Haleakal? National Park - home to more endangered species than any other park in the U.S.,
  • the road between Kahului and Hana - off which you’ll find some of the island’s most spectacular jungle landscape,
  • and you should try and attend a Luau - it’s classic, but still a must-do on Maui.

You might also want to surf or windsurf? sea kayak or canoe? parasail? try out a zip line? dive or snorkel? cycle or mountain bike? hike? Maui is a wonderful spot for all of these outdoor pursuits and more.

It’s not an obvious consideration when confronted by all this tropical beauty, but Maui is also a great place to eat. Of course the seafood is good, but there’s plenty of variety in the local dishes, and enough international imports to keep even the fussiest eaters happy.

But Maui’s not just a Summer destination, in Winter you’ll be joined in the waters off Makena Bay by humpback whales.

As a year round destination, it's a busy island, so the best places to stay in Maui get booked up well in advance. If you're planning a visit, get organised and reserve ahead.

To escape

  • Travaasa Hana is a collection of 70 cottages surrounded by lush jungle, with the odd break in the tropical foliage for a pool, tennis court, croquet lawn and numerous private and communal hot tubs. It gets better though - all of the cottages have ocean views and there’s a great local menu.

For romance and adventure

  • The Hotel Wailea is on Maui’s southern coast, surrounded by 15 acres of tropical gardens. As well as all the local walking it also offers yoga and other fitness classes and there are lovely nearby beaches and a great Mediterranean restaurant.

For a classic resort break

  • The Four Seasons Maui at Wailea is ideal if you’re looking for a tropical island resort break. There are three beautiful salt water pools, palm trees, sea views, three restaurants, complimentary outrigger canoe hire and plenty of exploring to be done nearby.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay on Maui for you?

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Best Hotels in Maui

  • The Old Wailuku Inn Wailuku, Maui 10 rooms from $185

    Beach Life  -  The B&B provides guests with towels, chairs and coolers for the beach
    Active Holiday  -  Maui offers some of the best places to surf and snorkel in the world
    Great walks  -  Explore Haleakala National Park with miles of breathtaking trails
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the beautiful botanical gardens
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    An intimate and charming B&B just a few streets from historic Wailuku Town. Spacious traditional rooms and suites feature Hawaiian quilts, jetted tubs and balconies overlooking the lush gardens. Enjoy delicious local homemade breakfasts on the terrace. An ideal base for exploring the best of Maui. See More

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  • Paia Inn Paia, Maui 10 rooms from $229

    Romantic Break  -  The romance package includes: a bouquet of tropical flowers and decadent gourmet chocolate truffles
    Beach Life  -  Sunbathe on the stunning beach and borrow beach chairs and boogie boards from the hotel
    Active Holiday  -  Book a surf, stand-up paddle, windsurf or kitesurf lesson
    Sights nearby  -  For incredible aerial views of Maui take a helicopter tour
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    A luxury hotel set in the heart of Paia, a bohemian town on the North Shore. Smart rooms feature wooden floors, a mix of traditional and modern furniture, and the best have french doors opening onto terraces. With excellent Japanese or local fare and direct beach access, this is an indulgent stay. See More

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  • Ho'Oilo House Lahaina, Maui 6 rooms from $369

    Beach Life  -  Maui is a water-lovers paradise with snorkelling, swimming, sailing and cruising
    Active Holiday  -  Explore Maui on a cycling or biking excursion plus there's golf nearby
    Surfing  -  Try to ride the waves with Goofy Foot Surf School or Rivers to the Sea
    Diving  -  Lahaina Divers or Maui Scooter Divers offer diving excursions
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    An intimate and luxurious B&B set just south of Lahaina. Six spacious rooms have private lanai's (porches), incredible pacific ocean vistas, and bathrooms with natural rock floors and clawfoot tubs. Take a dip in the pool or try to spot whales from the terrace. A perfect base for an adventure! See More

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  • Fairmont Kea Lani Wailea-Makena, Maui 450 rooms from $439

    Total relaxation  -  Lounge by one of the three main pools and sip on cocktails or unwind at the luxurious spa
    Families  -  Spacious suites, 140' waterslide, kids pool and beach activites offer hours of family fun
    Active Holiday  -  Choose a range of activites from hiking and cycling to kayaking and diving
    Beach Life  -  Sunbathe on the beach under the resort's umbrellas
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    A luxury resort set in the Wailea resort area. Stylish rooms and suites feature olive tones, lanais overlooking the Pacific and rain showers. Relish in traditional Hawaiian culture and cuisine. Complete with a watersports centre, 3 pools, beach, spa and family-friendly amenities. A has-it-all stay. See More

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  • Travaasa Hana Hana, Maui 70 rooms from $460

    Bar  -  Popular with locals.
    Fishing  -  See how the fishermen do it with throw net fishing.
    Views  -  All cottages have views of the ocean.
    Great walks  -  Go see the spectacular waterfalls.
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    70 ocean view cottages in 70 acres of lush tropical gardens that house a pool, tennis court, croquet lawn and various private and communal hot tubs. High ceiling and contemporary in decor, rooms are luxurious with private seating and scenic views. The menu is locally inspired and created for all. See More

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  • The Ritz Carlton Kapalua Kapalua, Maui 463 rooms from $499

    Active Holiday  -  On-site activities range from surfing, boogie boarding, sailing, kayaking, outrigger canoeing and stand-up paddling
    Families  -  Spacious suites, full children playground, family pool, kids club and burger shack- perfect for families
    Back to Nature  -  Miles of hiking trails, natural sanctuaries and six golden sand beaches offer endless adventure
    Spa  -  Indulge in indigenous spa treatments with body treatments, massage and facials
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    An opulent resort with luxurious rooms featuring local artworks, sweeping ocean vistas, marble bathrooms with rain showers and soaking tubs. Expect a championship golf course, outdoor pools with elegant cabanas, full-service spa, 6 restaurants and numerous watersports. Ideal for a family break See More

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  • Four Seasons Maui at Wailea Wailea, Maui 380 rooms from $500

    Kayaking  -  Complimentary outrigger canoes for all.
    Great walks  -  Walk along Makena Beach State Park.
    Seaside  -  Hawaii at its finest.
    Views  -  Sea views to die for.
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    This seaside spot is picture perfect. Between three salt pools, 24 hour fitness studios, the three restaurants and countless activities there truly is something for everyone. Rooms are modern and luxurious with sea views. Perfect for relaxing, local beach exploring or romantic island life getaways. See More

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  • Hotel Wailea Kihei, Maui 72 rooms from $500

    Great walks  -  Through the tropical gardens and pick the exotic reigional fruit.
    Remote  -  Sitting in 15 acres of lush tropical gardens.
    Views  -  Stunning views on the sea.
    Romantic  -  Designed for couples.
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    Sitting in 15 acres of tropical gardens on the Maui's southern coastline are luxurious and spacious rooms for romantic getaways and adventurous couples. The award winning Capische offers Mediterranean dishes. Fitness and yoga are on tap,the beaches are a must and the setting oozes intimacy and calm. See More

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  • Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort Wailea, Maui 347 rooms from $629

    Active Holiday  -  From golf and tennis to watersports and yoga- guests won't get bored at this paradise resort
    Special Offer  -  Experience an authentic beachfront Polynesian luau right at the resort
    Total relaxation  -  Unwind at the spa or soak in the sun with the choice between 5 pools
    Spa  -  15,000 square foot full-service spa with a private adult pool
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    An idyllic family-friendly resort situated on the south shore of Maui. Fresh rooms, suites & villas feature soothing neutral palettes, modern wood furnishings and sweeping Pacific views. Complete with four restaurants, bars, five pools, a full-service spa and watersports centre. A tropical paradise! See More

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  • Montage Kapalua Bay Kapalua, Maui 56 rooms from $999

    Golf  -  Kapalua Bay is considered one of the best resorts for golf worldwide; play at The Plantation Course and The Bay Course
    Families  -  An ideal resort for families due to the multi-room residences, Kid's Club, playgrounds, board games and babysitting
    Beach Life  -  Spend the day at the white sand beach and then return to a sea-view residence. Blue hues are everywhere here
    Total relaxation  -  Combine lazy beach days, spa time, fine dining, sea views and child-care for the ultimate restful holiday
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    Set across 24 lush acres, this Maui beach resort has it all. 54 residences, many multi-bedroom, are spacious, elegant and contemporary with a fresh palette, amazing views and top of the range amenities. The wellness centre is extensive and there are 6 dining options; you won't ever want to leave. See More

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