Hotels in Maui

Wake up and smell the eucalyptus at this private Upcountry outpost. As the only room on a 5-acre bluff, the privacy and quiet are almost as striking as the view from the wrap around deck.

Imagine eating at Mama’s Fish House and then strolling out into the moonlight, listening to the surf as you hold each other on the short walk back to the room.

With water slides, flamingos, a kids’ camp, and a troop of on-property penguins, this massive resort at the end of Ka‘anapali is somewhere between a water park and a zoo.

This resort on the edge of Ka‘anapali—which just happens to look like huge pink birthday cake—goes the extra mile for families with kids.

Never mind the fact that kids under five eat free at two of the restaurants, or that the standard rooms can easily accommodate a family with two small children.

First off, one of the pools at this resort has a pirate ship in the middle—which all by itself is enough to drive many kids wild. Second, there’s a high-speed “fish pipe”—a rotating ball that feels like a 90-second water slide.

As if the seven water slides, whitewater rapids, and nine swimming pools weren’t enough, this resort has a 20,000 square foot kids’ center with everything to keep children happy.

If swimming pools inspire relaxing sighs, then the sighs at the Andaz are likely to be the deepest. Like an aquatic stairway leading towards the sea, three different tiers of infinity-edge pools here face directly out towards the beach. One pool is open 24 hours—and so is the adjoining hot tub.

Adults love the luxury, kids love the slides, and the grotto setting is cleverly arranged to accommodate both.

The five-pool setup at the Westin Maui has the feel of a private island, where the view from the uppermost pool to the bottom evokes a lookout from a luxurious mountaintop.

The three pools at this resort include one with a kid-friendly, 140-foot-long waterslide, and another with an ocean-view swim-up bar—but it’s the adults-only pool here that epitomizes outdoor hedonism.

Less of a swimming pool than an oceanfront water park, the Grand Wailea is the gold standard that family-friendly Maui pools are measured against. Seven slides and rushing rapids connect nine different kids’ pools; the rope swing, water elevator, and sand-bottomed lagoon only add to the fun.

This is the way to experience Hana: Wake in the morning with freshly picked fruit and a cup of locally grown coffee, then casually stroll to the Pools of Ohe‘o before the hordes of day-trippers arrive. This cabin lets you do that, and plenty more.

Set on Maui’s lush North Shore, this historic plantation home dates to the 1870s, and the architectural style is still studied as a classic of “Old Hawaii.” When the inn opened in 1986 it was the island’s first B&B; today, it’s a serene rural retreat where even locals might spend an annivers

It isn’t set on the edge of the world—but you might swear you could see it from here. The view from this teak-wood Launiupoko home stretches out to Lana‘i and beyond, and the six rooms feature outdoor showers in private, garden surroundings.