The 9 best hotels in Maui whether you want to lounge on a private beach or explore an active volcano

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  • Hawaii’s island of Maui is one of the most desirable destinations in the world.
  • The island has an array of world-class hotels, though they can be pricey during peak season.
  • Our list of the best Maui hotels includes starting price points ranging from $205 to $899 per night.

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Maui is a dream destination. With stunning beaches, gorgeous mountains, and active volcanoes, it offers all the raw, natural beauty you’d expect from an island paradise.

It also brings a sense of balance. Unlike some of the less built-up Hawaiian islands, like lush but more remote Kauai, Maui still has a lively atmosphere and the sophistication of big-city life too, especially in the bustling Wailea area. But only if you seek it out. Languid days spent by the beach or pool, or quiet mornings hiking a nature reserve or out spotting waterfalls are all on offer as well.

Keep in mind that you will still need to present a negative COVID-19 test to enter right now. You can find more info on Hawaii’s COVID policies at the bottom of this page.

With that in mind, whether you’re looking for a luxury experience or a teeming resort vibe surrounded by entertainment and dining, Maui has a hotel for every traveler.

Here are the best hotels in Maui, sorted by price from low to high

Royal Lahaina Resort

Royal Lahaina Resort

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Also located on a lovely stretch of Ka’anapali Beach’s golden sand, the Royal Lahaina Resort is located within the Ka’anapali Resort complex in Lahaina, situated on a half-mile of impressive beachfront.

The resort has three outdoor pools, a hot tub, and a fitness center, as well as a full-service restaurant, two bars, an ice cream parlor, and a coffee shop. Rooms and suites pay homage to traditional Hawaiian culture with teak furnishings, locally-inspired artwork, and neutral colors. Resort activities are plentiful and varied and include flower lei and puka shell-making classes, as well as Polynesian arts and crafts. A free shuttle takes guests to shops and restaurants at Whaler’s Village, about three miles away, which is helpful if you’d rather not rent a car.

COVID-19 status and policies can be found here.

Ka’anapali Beach Hotel

Ka'anapali Beach Hotel/Credit: Booking.com

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Ka’anapali Beach Hotel has an authentic Hawaiian feel, so much so, that it was recognized by the Waiaha Foundation as “Hawaii’s Most Hawaiian Hotel.” It sits atop 11 lush acres on Ka’anapali Beach and each well-appointed room comes with views of the ocean, garden, and pool.

The hotel offers daily hula shows, dinner theater performances, and cultural activities, and there are plenty of options for outdoor activities like snorkeling, swimming, and whale watching, too. There’s a large pool, multiple restaurants on-site, and prime access to Ka’anapali Beach, which is a true stunner.

Ka’anapali Beach Hotel has reopened to guests with a new look and upgraded feel, as part of a $75 million overhaul. It includes a significant redesign to the Papakū South Wing and Kauhale Southeast Wing, a refresh to the sweeping courtyard, and the launch of a new beachfront restaurant, Huihui, which also serves as a sailing academy for guests and local students.

COVID-19 status and policies can be found here.

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

Hyatt Regency Maui

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Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa just recently underwent a two-year, multimillion-dollar renovation. Sprawling over 40 acres of tropical gardens, the Hyatt Regency offers all the amenities you’d expect from the sophisticated high-end hotel brand and a huge, well-loved beach resort. There are five restaurants, a spa, and even a water park.

Rooms have views from private balconies, commonly called lanais, and are outfitted in modern Hawaiian decor. The water park features pools with a rope bridge and a lava tube waterslide, that kids will love, as well as a more serene infinity pool. Guests may walk to Whalers Village in under 15 minutes, though there’s so much to savor on-site, there might be no need to leave.

COVID-19 status and policies can be found here.

Honua Kai Resort & Spa

Honua Kai Resort & Spa

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Situated on Ka’anapali Beach, Honua Kai Resort & Spa is an all-suite property with large one-, two-, and three-bedroom options to suit a range of traveler profiles, making it a great fit for families and groups.

Accommodations have fully-equipped kitchens and separate seating areas with flat-screen TVs, plus washers and tumble dryers. Suite decor includes wood and polished granite, all done in muted neutral tons.

On property are three swimming pools and a water slide, and water sports equipment like snorkel gear and pool floats are available to rent. Casual eateries include Duke’s Beach House for Hawaiian food with locally-sourced ingredients and a market and cafe for grab-and-go coffee and snacks.

COVID-19 status and policies can be found here.

Grand Wailea Maui

Grand Wailea

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Grand Wailea is a Waldorf Astoria resort, a luxury brand owned by Hilton, esteemed for providing a pampering, elegant experience.

This enormous resort covers 40 acres of tropical landscape on the white sand of Wailea Beach, and houses five restaurants, a spa, three golf courses, and a water park. Guest rooms are spacious with furnished terraces, flat-screen TVs, and premium feather duvets. Bathrooms boast Italian marble vanities, deep soaking tubs, and plush bathrobes and slippers.

Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, a Polynesian thatched-roof restaurant set over an oceanfront lagoon, serves Hawaiian-influenced fish and meat entrees in an incredibly romantic setting, and should not be missed. In fact, it’s where I toasted with my now-husband the night he proposed.

Spa Grande offers a range of treatments, and there’s also a fitness center. The Wailea Canyon water park offers nine outdoor swimming pools connected by a lazy river, as well as a water elevator, water slides, waterfalls, caves, children’s pool, sand beach, and a swim-up bar.

COVID-19 status and policies can be found here.

Andaz Maui at Wailea

Andaz Maui at Wailea

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Andaz Maui, a luxury brand from World of Hyatt, sprawls over 15 acres of inviting Mokapu Beach. It has four stunning infinity pools — which serve as the visual centerpiece of the resort — plus two restaurants, and a full-service spa.

Rooms have private balconies, 40-inch flat-screen TVs, elegant bathrooms with rainfall showers, and non-alcoholic drinks, snacks, and coffee machines are included in the rate. Morimoto Maui restaurant from Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto offers Japanese and American cuisine and specialty cocktails using local ingredients, and there are two poolside bars.

Outrigger canoes, paddleboards, kayaks, and surfing lessons and tours are all available, and the fitness center offers classes like yoga. The feeling is refined but family-friendly — I visited with my young kids and in-laws in tow on a multigenerational vacation and we all found it to be welcoming and still sophisticated.

COVID-19 status and policies can be found here.

Ritz-Carlton Kapalua

Ritz-Carlton Kapalua

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For those accustomed to ultra-luxury, the five-star Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua sprawls over 54 acres and features direct access to D.T. Fleming Beach.

Elegant guest rooms feature dark wood floors, marble bathrooms, and bold island-inspired decor and designs. Some rooms come with kitchens for more of a residential vibe. At the spa, treatments are inspired by ancient Hawaiian traditions, and a fitness center offers cardio equipment and daily fitness classes.

The hotel also has two tennis courts and a pool on three levels and additional activities include a basketball court, sailing, kayaking, outrigger canoeing, stand-up paddling, whale watching, snorkeling, hiking, and more. I spent a portion of my engagement trip here and found it utterly romantic — but families and kids are also graciously welcomed.

COVID-19 status and policies can be found here.

Hotel Wailea

Hotel Wailea

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Hotel Wailea is Hawaii’s only Relais & Chateaux property, a brand renowned for elegant luxury. The hotel encompasses over 15 exclusive-feeling and private acres overlooking the beach, with stunning views from every vantage point.

There are 72 impressive one-bedroom suites, each with a chic residential feel and lanais facing the ocean. Tesla Model X vehicles serve as house shuttles to punctuate the air of luxury that permeates the place. The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea is a destination in itself, offering Chef Zach Sato’s cuisine with panoramic ocean views.

The adults-only vibe is a boon for couples, and the hotel’s sweeping views exude intimacy and romance. Though, you should know that Hotel Wailea is not located directly on the beach, however, it is a very short shuttle ride away.

COVID-19 status and policies can be found here.

Four Seasons Maui at Wailea

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The luxurious Four Seasons Maui at Wailea, a stroll down the sand from the Andaz, overlooks beautiful Wailea Beach. It has three swimming pools and three restaurants, which underscore the property’s see-and-be-scene vibe. They include Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant Spago, with Hawaiian and California cuisine and ocean views; Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante for rustic Italian cuisine, and DUO Steak and Seafood restaurant with poolside dining.

There’s a spa and wellness center for treatments and salon services, and entry is included in room rates for the Kids for All Seasons club, which makes this a particularly attractive option for families.

Indeed many amenities and programming are included at no extra cost. So while the Four Seasons Maui might come with some initial sticker shock, consider that activities such as scuba lessons, canoe outrigger rides, snacks, hula dancing, wellness classes, shuttles to town, and more, are all included. And, it’s the only hotel in the area that doesn’t charge a resort fee (others charge around $35 per day). All of this together can save hundreds of dollars.

In June 2021, the hotel also launched a new collaboration with NEXT|HEALTH, focusing on health, longevity, and anti-aging concerns of guests, with an array of wellness services and amenities available exclusively on property. Think IV treatments, vitamin shots, Bio-Marker testing, and more. 

COVID-19 status and policies can be found here.

Read Business Insider’s full hotel review of Four Seasons Maui at Wailea

FAQ: Maui vacations

Do I need a COVID test to visit Maui?

You will still need to present a negative COVID-19 test to enter Hawaii and bypass quarantine right now, even if you are fully vaccinated. The test must be from an approved testing partner no more than 72 hours before departure to Hawaii.

Additionally, not every island in Hawaii has the same rules once you arrive. Currently, Maui also requires a post-arrival rapid COVID test unless you are fully vaccinated. If you are planning a trip to Maui soon, be sure to read up on the latest regulations here.

When is the best month to vacation in Maui?

Here’s some good news: The off-season in Maui, mid-April to mid-June, also corresponds to some of the best weather on the island. So you’ll get the best deal on hotels and airfare — and the most available options — with nice weather and fewer crowds.

The other shoulder season of September through November also provides good weather, better prices, and fewer crowds. On the flip side, if you’re planning to travel to Maui during the last two weeks of December — well, good luck! Prepare to pay top prices and navigate crowds.

How much does it cost to book a hotel in Maui?

Hawaii is expensive… and Maui is its most expensive island to visit. So be prepared to shell out significant costs for a hotel stay, especially if you’re looking for luxury.

Prices for luxury hotels in Maui can soar to inaccessible price points, way (way!) over $1,000 for a room night in some cases, especially in peak seasons. That said, deals can still be had for budget hotels in lower seasons around $200.

What are the best beaches in Maui?

Maui’s beautiful, soft sandy beaches are among its top draws for travelers around the world. Clusters of resorts dots areas around some of the best beaches — such as Kapalua and Wailea. Those around the island’s south and west coasts tend to be calmer. Beware of dangerous conditions such as high winter surf at beaches to the west beyond Kapalua.

Do I need a car in Maui?

It’s extremely useful to have a car in Maui. At 48 miles long, it’s a large island. But note that rental cars can be extremely expensive (and hard to come by right now) as the area emerges from the pandemic. If you do plan to rent a car, start with our list of the best rental car companies.

It is possible to go without if need be. Other options for getting around include hotel shuttle buses or house cars, tour buses, taxis, and public transportation. Or, simply stay on foot if you plan to relax in and around your resort’s complex throughout the visit.

What is the best part of Maui to stay?

That question will depend on what you’re looking for in an experience. West Maui, including Lahaina, Kaanapali, and Kapalua, includes some of the most popular resort regions — which also means it’s more bustling and more developed. South Maui, including Wailea and Kihei, is also popular — and the weather here is even drier, making it particularly attractive for visitors.

The Eastside of Maui, home to the famous Hana Highway (the “Road to Hana”), is stunningly beautiful but has few hotel accommodations.

Is it safe to stay in a hotel?

The CDC’s current guidance advises that fully vaccinated people can safely travel domestically. Hotels by their very nature provide opportunities for face-to-face encounters with staff and other guests in common spaces like check-in desks, lobbies, and dining venues. Still, experts say guests who exercise proper precautions can stay safely in hotels. Of course, no travel is completely without risk and we recommend following CDC guidelines as well as all applicable local protocols.

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