Hotels in Maui

Set on 27 acres, many of the recently renovated cottages have ocean views.

Formerly Hotel Hana-Maui & Honua Spa

Inside, calm and collected. Outside, aquatic uproar: five pools, slides, waterfalls, and a broad swath of Kaanapali Beach, with sucba, parasailing, and snorkeling at coral-crusted Black Rock.

For a sprawling resort, the Westin Ka’anapali manages to exude calm. This is in part due to the lone (though large) pool—a marked contrast to the aqua-playground of sister property the Westin Maui Resort & Spa.

On Maui’s southwest shore, a sprawling 40-acre resort with a 2,000-foot lazy-river pool and the largest spa in Hawaii. Art Highlight: Seventeen bronze sculptures by Fernand Léger, one of the largest collections outside the Musée National Fernand Léger, in Biot, France.

Maui’s Lahaina Beach area is home to these guest vacation rentals that a mix of hotel-style accommodations and timeshares. There are 277 suites on 12 floors, ranging from one-bedroom guestrooms to three-bedroom oceanfront villas.

Formerly the Maui Prince Hotel.

Low-key hotel on 1,800 acres abutting a crescent of white sand. New in 2011: the Makena Kai Day Spa and a seafood-focused restaurant.

Until recently, the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua's buttoned-up European look was strangely out of touch with its tropical surroundings. After a $180 million renovation completed in 2008, the hotel has lost the chintzy curtains, faux Renaissance artwork, and yes, the fireplace in the library.

Maui’s Lahaina Town area provides the setting for these house-style rental condos. Offering an alternative to the “big box” hotels, these private locations range from studios to a two-bedroom, two-bath suite.

A traditional lei greeting accompanied by Hawaiian punches and treats sets the tone upon arrival at Wailea Beach Villas, an exclusive island retreat on Maui.

A favored hideout for Hollywood types in search of a Polynesian interlude, the 380-room resort caters to every pleasurable whim. The rooms are decorated in tropical Hawaiian patterns and face the Pacific or the dramatic Haleakala volcano.

At the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, director of astronomy Eddie Mahoney ushers couples to the rooftop, where a 16-inch reflector telescope is set up next to strawberries and Château Michelle champagne.

Owner Donna Stafford began renting eco-friendly accommodations in 2001, and her cottages, houses, apartments, and B&Bs range from smaller lodgings for one or two people to groups of 20.

The five rooms are simple but elegant, with white-and-yellow walls, bamboo floors, and travertine tile bathrooms; a 150-foot path leads to a secluded stretch of beach.