Maui Hotels and Accommodation
(Maui, Hawaii - HI, USA)
The Hawaiian island of Maui is something of a tropical paradise, with much of its prized accommodation being based around the coastline and next to its beautiful sandy beaches. Hotels on Maui boasting uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean certainly come at a price, with beachfront lodging being especially expensive and in demand with holiday makers.
Although many people enjoying a vacation on Maui favour modern hotels and resort complexes, others prefer to save money by camping, and there are numerous very well-placed camping sites spread around the island, such as those at the Haleakala National Park and the Waianapanapa State Park. Visitors will generally find that the majority of mainstream accommodation on the island is situated in West Maui (Lahaina to Kapalua) and East Maui (Kilei and Makena).
Where to Stay
Some of the most popular resorts on the island of Maui include Kaanapali, Kahului, Kapalua, Kihei, Lahaina, Maalaea, Makena, Wailea and Wailuku. Located on the northwesterly side of Maui, Lahaina is especially popular with visitors and comes with a wealth of tempting coastal resorts, hotels and villas. Particularly popular is the Best Western Pioneer Inn on Wharf Street, which overlooks Lahaina Bay and is just a stroll from the actual beach. When it comes to Maui condos, look to the easterly Hana Kai, the oceanfront Kaleialoha Resort, Napili Bay (to the north of Lahaina) and around Kaanapali, where both the resorts of Nohonani and Whaler reside.
Enticing beachfront accommodation is available at Lahaina's Aston Kaanapali Shores Condominium Resort, which stands off the Honoapiilani Highway and is around 3 miles / 5 km from the Kapalua Airport. Lying right next to Kaanapali Beach and near to the Whalers Village is the Kaanapali Beach Hotel, while close by is the acclaimed Royal Lahaina Resort, which markets itself as a 'tropical haven'. Just off the Lower Honoapiilani Highway is the Aston at Papakea Resort, which is well-known in Maui for its beautiful landscaped gardens and koi ponds. For luxury accommodation in Lahaina, consider staying at the four-star Hyatt Regency Maui Resort on the Nohea Kai Drive, or at the Westin Resort and Spa along the Kaanapali Parkway.
Lying on the western coast of Maui and right next to Kalepolepo, the popular beach resort of Kihei comes with plenty of inexpensive two-star lodging opportunities. Especially notable is the Aston Maui Lu Resort on the South Kihei Road, which is actually home to the island's most historical coconut grove and is a good spot for seasonal whale watching and sunsets. Also cheap and reliable is the Days Inn Oceanfront Inn Hotel on the on the Keawakapu Beach, which is approximately 12 miles / 19 km from the Kahului Airport.
As the fastest expanding community on Maui, Kihei comes with stunning sandy beaches, perfect for windsurfers and boogie boarders. There are some good hotels and B&B options around Kihei, as well as condo units, such as those at Wailana Kai. In Wailuku, the Northshore Hostel on West Vineyard Street features the perfect budget accommodation for backpackers and stands beneath a beautiful Banyan tree. At Hana, keen surfers generally look for a place to stay near Waikoloa Beach and tend to favor the Aloha Cottages on Keawa Place, although this lodging certainly has mixed reviews.