1. Maui is quite possibly the most beautiful of the Hawaiian islands: ask a local, and they will probably say the same. A visitor to Maui will find all the same tourist attractions and access to amenities as the Big Island, though Maui boasts a unique and inviting cultural flavor for those seeking to "escape". Though there are a wide variety of accommodations available to those traveling to Maui, luxury hotels on the island are a must for those who wish to experience the best that the island has to offer. The best hotels in Maui are located in two main areas: on the south-central side of the island between Kihei and Wailea, and on the north-western side of the island between Lahaina and Kapalua. Here is some more in-depth information on five of Maui’s boutique hotels, in no specific order:

    Grand Wailea – The Waldorf Astoria Collection

    3850 Wailea Alanui Drive

    Wailea, Maui, HI, 96753

    (808) 875-1234

    The Grand Wailea is one of the most striking hotels on Maui, and in the world for that matter. It’s uniqueness begins with its expansive network of pools, highlighted by the world’s only "water elevator", six waterfalls, and four slides. Complimentary guest amenities include: art and garden tours, a fitness center and fitness classes, scuba clinics, and beach umbrellas on the beautiful Wailea Beach. The Grand Wailea is also home to a collection of artwork by Botero, Picasso, and others, and a quaint wedding chapel in the center of its sprawling lawns. 

    Four Seasons Resort

    3900 Wailea Alanui Drive

    Wailea, Maui, HI, 96753

    (808) 874-8000

    The Four Seasons Resort is Maui’s largest luxury hotel, with 380 guest rooms and suites. The resort features two synthetic grass tennis courts, which are complimentary for guests, and are both lit for playing at night. Though the Four Seasons Resort prides itself on being family friendly (welcome packages are prepared before your arrival for your children), the resort also boasts world-class, 24-hour business services including computers and Japanese translation/interpretation, making it one of Maui’s top hotels.

    The Fairmont Kea Lani 

    4100 Wailea Alanui Drive

    Wailea, Maui, HI, 96753

    (808) 875-4100

    Despite many other distinguishing factors, The Fairmont Kea Lani is the only boutique hotel on Maui that offers only suites and villas. Though the suites enjoy the same attention to detail, the two or three bedroom villas are oceanfront, and feature kitchens and private "plunge pools". Kea Lani also offers four restaurants, a gormet bakery and deli, boutique shopping, and 36,000 square feet of meeting/events space. 

    Royal Lahaina Resort

    2780 Kekaa Drive

    Lahaina, Maui, HI, 96761

    (800) 222-5642

    Royal Lahaina Resort, noted for its traditional Hawaiian ambiance, offers to its guests more than 300 one and two bedroom suites, and water front cottages. Located on Kaanapali Beach, just north of the famous Black Rock, this luxury hotel offers two restaurants, three bars, and even an ice cream parlor. Eleven tennis courts equipped for night play, a jogging path, snorkeling, and two nearby golf courses are all attractions for the visiting athlete. If the resorts’s three swimming pools aren’t enough excitement for you, the Royal Lahaina Resort hosts nightly oceanfront luaus.

    Hotel Wailea

    555 Kaukahi Street

    Wailea, Maui, HI, 96753

    (800) 800-0720

    Hotel Wailea boats all of the same amenities that a visitor expects of the finest hotels in the world, though it’s highlight is the Spa Wailea, a state-of-the-art "hydro therapy" spa. The daily resort fee includes, but is not limited to: WiFi Internet access throughout the hotel, valet parking, shuttle service all over Wailea, and a swimming pool and sun deck. The resort’s signature restaurant Capiche? is open daily from 6 AM to 10 PM, and has been described as "Italian with a twist of tropical".

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