5 Resorts You Should Stay at on Maui
If you're looking for a tropical destination that doesn't require a passport or learning a foreign language, you can't beat Hawaii. It's especially lovely this time of year, as travelers are looking to escape the chilly Winter temps of the mainland for a warm vacation of sunbathing and Mai Tais. I've visited most of the Hawaiian islands, and Maui is my personal favorite for its low-key vibe and gorgeous beaches. Choosing an island is one thing, but where should you stay once you're there? Here are some POPSUGAR editor-approved resorts along with pros and cons for each.
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
The Resort: Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
Location: On Mokapu Beach in Wailea
Pros: This is the newest of the bunch, and it's really a resort for people who don't like resorts.
It's great for families, but doesn't feel overrun by kids. There are five pools, all set at different temperatures, including a graduated pool that is perfect for both adults and kids. Some of the fun amenities include free Ukulele classes, free Go Pros for guests to use during their stay, and free hula lessons. One of the highlights is Morimoto's restaurant that also has an outside, formal bar where you can order apps and drinks while watching the sunset. Overall, it's perfect if you're looking for something airy, modern, and relaxing.
Cons: If you don't like modern, boutique-style hotels and would prefer the amenities of a traditional resort, this might not be your jam. It's also more family- and couple-friendly than some other hotels, so if you're single and ready to mingle you might want to pick somewhere else.
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
The Resort: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Location: On Wailea Beach in Wailea
Pros: Besides the next-level customer service (which is the best I've experienced at a resort), the selling point of the Four Seasons is its awesome adults-only infinity pool with swim-up bar overlooking the ocean. The beach is also calmer and nicer than the beach next door where the Fairmont sits, which is perfect for morning paddle boarding (one of the activities the resort provides). As far as food goes, Ferraro's Bar e Ristorante is incredible — order the cacio e pepe; you won't regret it. Starstruck? You might even spot someone famous there, since it's known to be popular with celebrities.
Cons: It does seem to cater more to couples or singles than families with its amenities, high-end restaurants, and room sizes. So this is great if you're a couple looking to relax, but maybe not so much if you're coming with a group. The spa is pretty bare bones, but it's free for guests and open all day. There also wasn't a deli or super casual restaurant to just grab a quick bite to go.
Fairmont Kea Lani
The Resort: Fairmont Kea Lani
Location: On Polo Beach in Wailea
Pros: The Fairmont is all suites, so this is an ideal resort for families or groups. The big standout here is the Willow Stream Spa — be sure to check out the showers, as they all mimic different tropical rain storms. It's like nothing you've experienced and worth booking a treatment just to enjoy a day at the spa! Another selling point is the bar in the lobby, where you can sit in plush couches and take a midday break to read a book or enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sunset. It also has a great deli for grabbing quick meals or snacks or an easy breakfast to go.
Cons: The beach isn't as nice as the Four Seasons, so I'd recommend heading next door for a beach day or morning paddle boarding. The adult pool is also tucked away, so you can't see the ocean very well from it, and the swim-up bar is in the family pool (so, it's packed with kids).
Grand Wailea Resort
The Resort: Grand Wailea Resort
Location: On Wailea Beach in Wailea
Pros: The sprawling property, immaculately manicured grounds, and panoramic, unobstructed ocean views are only rivaled by its impeccable hospitality and warm, friendly staff. There are amazing restaurants, a pool that rivals a water park (yet is still fun for adults), its own stretch of beach along the Wailea shores, stand-up paddle and snorkel equipment, swim-up bars, and cute cafes and shops (where you can get anything from coconut pancakes and acai bowls to art from world-renowned artists).
Cons: The major downside here is just the price, but that's the case with a majority of the resorts on Maui.
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
The Resort: Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
Location: On Kaanapali Beach in Lahaina
Pros: The resort's beach has access to an impressive cliff that's very popular for diving, and there's even a cliff diving ceremony at sunset every night. Certain rooms have access to a private space (with ocean views) for a free breakfast and happy hour (with beer and wine and food) every night. It is a quiet, relaxing place to grab a quick breakfast and then decompress at the end of each day with a glass of wine and snacks. The resort is also situated walking distance from lots of shopping and restaurants. One of the highlights is the luau, which has impressive hula performances and a very yummy buffet — including a whole-roasted Kalua pig!
Cons: The weather in Lahaina isn't as nice as in Wailea, so be prepared for possible stormy, cloudy days. The rooms also aren't as luxurious as some of the other resorts. Overall, it has more of a family-friendly vibe, so couples might feel a little overwhelmed by all the kids, especially in the pool areas.