By Melanie Lieberman
July 11, 2017

Hawaii’s golden child, Maui, has no shortage of beauty. Lush palm forests blanket the island’s mountains, and five-star resorts flank the golden beaches. But there’s more to this destination than just good looks.

Want to discover why Maui was voted the No. 1 island in Hawaii by Travel + Leisure readers in the annual World’s Best Awards survey?

Book a room at the best hotel on the island: Hotel Wailea. Guests here will feel like they’re staying at a private estate, since the resort’s 72 suites are spread generously across 15 acres.

Seek out hidden waterfalls while driving the serpentine Road to Hana, which stretches for 65 miles and navigates 50 narrow bridges, and watch the sun crack over the horizon at dawn from Haleakala’s 10,023-foot-summit. 

Just as amazing are lazy afternoons in the quiet little surf town of Paia, or learning to stand-up paddleboard at Wailea Beach.

A tour of Maui will quickly show travelers how it earned the nickname “the Valley Isle” — and how it became not only the best island in Hawaii, but also the No. 6 island on Earth.