By Kyle Ellison
January 20, 2015
Top Luxury Hotels on Maui
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This is Maui—so go ahead and splurge. Pop a bottle, slink into a robe, and exhale deeply from an enormous balcony that looks right out at the sea. Soak in a lavishly oversized tub in a lavishly oversized room, and maybe flit your way down to the pool—if the spa doesn’t draw you in first. Vacations are meant for pampering yourself and throwing caution to the wind, when the sole goal of every day is to be as happy and comfortable as possible. For some, that means getting up early and having dozens of adventures on the far-flung corners of the island—but other travelers may be perfectly content to luxuriously lounge at the hotel. So, to feel like a celebrity during your stay in Maui—and potentially have one as your neighbor—opt to stay at one of the following spots. We both know that you deserve it.

Wailea Beach Villas

At this hyper-exclusive South Maui enclave, the sands of Wailea’s Ulua Beach are just steps from your villa’s front door. The 98 villas terraced down towards the water have the feel of your own private home—if your home has a butler. That, like just about everything else you could wish for, can be arranged here by asking the staff.

Four Seasons Maui at Wailea

You’ll feel a sort of fairy tale magic just by standing on the property of this award-winning resort, where elegance, opulence, and impeccable service create a sumptuous aura of luxury. After basking poolside in a luxury cabana or a 5,500 square-foot suite, you can spring for an i-Lipo slimming treatment in the ultra-luxurious spa.

Ritz-Carlton Kapalua

There isn’t a moment on this Ritz-Carlton property where you aren’t made to feel like royalty. Everything, from the resort’s spacious rooms to its opulent spa to its enormous pool, has an exquisite air of grandeur. Kapalua Resort also has some of the best golf and snorkeling you’ll find on the entire island.

The Fairmont Kea Lani

Every room in this whitewashed resort is a large, comfortable suite, and the fusion of Hawaiian and Mediterranean ambience creates a classy feel throughout. (The Fairmont is also an island leader in eco-sustainability.) To really feel like a rock star for a night, though, book a two-story oceanfront villa with private outdoor pool.

Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

At this newest resort on the Wailea coastline, which opened in 2013, the modern, posh, and comfy villas have the feel of your own private beach house. Hire a private chef for the night to cook in the kitchen of your villa; afterward, you can watch the sunset from a private plunge pool just steps from Mokapu Beach.