With resorts, condos, and B&Bs all over the island, there's a lodging option for anyone. Our team of expert writers and editors has compiled its top recommendations, organized by geographical area.
Hotels and Resorts
Maui's resorts are clustered along the island's leeward (West and South) shores, so they offer near-perfect weather year-round. Kaanapali, in West Maui, has the most action. Kapalua, farther north, is more private and serene. Among the South Shore resort communities, posh Wailea has excellent beaches and golf courses. Most resorts charge parking and facility fees—a "resort fee." In Hawaii room prices can rise dramatically if a room has an ocean view. To save money, ask for a garden or mountain view.
Condos and Rentals
If you compromise on luxury, you can find convenient condos in West Maui in Napili, Honokowai, or Kahana, and on the South Shore in Kihei. Many are oceanfront and offer the amenities of a hotel without the cost, though central air-conditioning is rare. Be sure to ask about minimum stays. Besides the condos listed here, Maui has condos rented through central agents.
B&Bs and Inns
Maui County has updated its policies regarding the licensing of B&Bs and what are technically called TVRs (transient vacation rentals). New rules and permit policies have been enacted and, as of this writing, many new permits have been issued. In the past, glorious inns were lumped together—for the county's legal purposes—with what may have been nothing more than a bed set up in someone's garage. To avoid disappointment (some places have closed), the best advice is to ask whether the property is licensed by the county. You might even ask for the permit number, which should be posted on the property's website. Contact Bed & Breakfast Hawaii or Hawaii's Best Bed & Breakfasts for additional B&Bs on Maui.
Bed & Breakfast Hawaii. Owner Nancy Manibog has been handling reservations for hosted properties throughout Hawaii since 1979. HI. 808/822–7771 or 800/733–1632. www.bandb-hawaii.com.
Hawaii's Best Bed & Breakfasts. This company offers rentals across the state, including Molokai. 571 Pauku St., Kailua, HI, 96734. 808/885–4550 or 800/262–9912. www.bestbnb.com.
The farther in advance you book, the more likely you are to get the room you want. This is especially true at the big resort hotels December 20 through April, and again during July and August, Maui's busiest times. For these times, booking a year in advance is not uncommon.
There's no denying that Maui's lodging prices can be steep, but rates run the full range. Many hotels slash their rates significantly for promotions and web-only deals. Note that prices exclude 13.42% sales tax.
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