Hotels in Maui

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.

Kaanapali's first resort claims Maui's best ocean setting. And that means beach activities from morning dives to astronomer-led stargazing.

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The 432-room low-rise hotel comes with authentic Hawaiian atmosphere, thanks to activities such as lei making.

Pure Maui, a luxury travel agency, assists clients in planning customized vacations. The company has a selection of more than 25 private residences, ranging from an eight-bedroom estate on the beach to a bungalow with a private pool.

The hotel, centrally located near shops and restaurants on the south shore, has 72 streamlined suites—all of which are 900 square feet, with soaking tubs and private lanais.

Moorish-inspired hideaway (domes, dramatic archways, and whitewashed walls) on 22 tropical acres. Brave a 140-foot waterslide, string orchids into leis, and golf with a view of mountains and ocean.