Places to Stay – Maui

There is no need to feel that you have to pick one area to stay in when traveling to Maui, as each region is easily accessible to the many activities that the island provides to its visitors. Deciding on where to stay will only be determined by how much solitude or privacy you want, your ease of staying somewhere with many other visitors in a sociable environment, or being steps away from the beautiful beaches of Maui.

To fit your budget and your travel plans, Maui offers its visitors a choice of staying at a hotel, luxury resort, bed and breakfast, or rent a condo or vacation home. Where you decide to stay also depends on the reason for your travel – a honeymoon, a family vacation, or just simply for relaxation.

No matter your choice, it is comforting to know that you will receive the “aloha” (love) spirit from any accommodation in Maui that you may choose. The wide range of possibilities also gives you the option to stay in different regions for a certain period of time if you want to experience that area a little longer. The serenity of the island will be the most comforting regardless of your accommodations, because essentially it will mainly be a place to rest your head as your days will be filled with the many adventures available on the island.


There are a variety of hotels from small to larger units. The smaller hotels are more economical, especially if you are on a budget or want to save your money for experiencing the many different activities that Maui is known for. Hotels are available mainly in the towns of Lahaina, Kihei, Kapalua, Makena, Wailea, and Kaanapali. Each hotel can fit any experience that you may want to have on your vacation. It doesn’t matter if you prefer to stay on the beach, in the casual surfing town of Kihei, or the very serene area of Kapalua. There is always a hotel available to suit your needs. One of the top ranked hotels in Kihei is the Aston Maui Lu that takes the feeling of “old” Hawaii and brings that to its guests with warm hospitality. There is also a pool if you want a break from the beaches. Or you can choose a similar hotel in Lahaina that sits on the waters’ edge where you are literally steps away from the ocean, called the Best Western Pioneer Inn. If you need a little more room, there are hotels like the Hotel Wailea Maui that has one bedroom suites available for your added comfort.


If you want a more luxurious stay, you can choose one of the fine resorts in the same areas that you can find hotels. The resorts are mainly located on beachfront property to allow its guests the magical convenience of being right at the ocean’s edge. The resorts also have more amenities, such as fitness centers, one or more pools, jacuzzis, day spas, shops, and both casual and fine dining on property. The more popular resorts in Maui can be found in the regions of West and South Maui, due to its mostly sunny and dry weather. In West Maui, the most popular resort is the Ritz-Carlton. This is where the Hyundai Tournament of Champions is held on the PGA Tour every January. This is a great resort to stay at if you also enjoy relaxing with a game of golf, and you get to play on a championship course. You can find luxurious resorts in the towns of Wailea, Kapalua, Kihei, Kaanapali, and Lahaina. If you prefer the East Side of Maui, there is the Hotel Hana, which is the oldest resort and one of the first to be built on Maui.

Bed and Breakfasts

Bed and breakfast establishments offer visitors a more quiet surrounding that is similar to living in Maui. This type of accommodation is mainly located outside the busy streets and shopping areas to provide you with more seclusion and an experience of rejuvenating your body and mind. It is great if you are traveling alone or as a couple. The only areas that you can find bed and breakfast establishments are in the South and West Maui regions. The scenery is beautiful with exotic flowers, plants, and trees as well as secluded beaches away from crowds. This type of accommodation can also be a learning experience for you as you speak with the local owners of the bed and breakfast. Some popular bed and breakfasts are the Bamboo Valley Inn, which is located in the North Shore region in the town of Haiku and the Garden Gate Bed and Breakfast in the popular town of Lahaina, which is a nice central place to stay. It is near the popular Kaanapali Beach and the older part of Lahaina town. Many bed and breakfasts offer two-bedroom units with a private bath and a full or continental breakfast for your peaceful stay.

Condo and Vacation Rentals

Condo and vacation rentals are another great means of experiencing Maui more from a local perspective then that of a visitor. These options are also great if you are traveling with children, a large family, or large group. The most common regions for condo rentals are West Maui and South Maui. The condo units come with a kitchen area so you can prepare your own food, laundry facilities, and one or two bedroom units creating a “home-like” feeling. Maid services are sometimes available upon request. Other popular condo rentals are the Alii Resorts, Aloha Condos, and Aston at the Maui Banyan where there are up to three-bedroom units. Vacation rentals are another option for experiencing Hawaii from a local islander’s perspective. They are great if you are planning a longer visit to Maui as it gives you a different perspective of staying on the island. You will be grocery shopping in the local stores, preparing your own meals, and washing your own clothes just like you would if you were living in Maui. This is a great way to absorb everything that Maui has to give you. Most of the vacation rentals are located in Kapalua, Lahaina, Wailea, Kaanapali, and Kihei. The rentals include cottage style spaces, as well as private dwellings that can also fit your budget.