When you think of perfect beaches, Hawaii immediately comes to mind. If you’re preparing for a trip to Maui, Hawaii, you may think all you need to be concerned about is the pearly white sand and the crystal clear waves.
But you also need to think about where you will be staying and in that case, Hipmunk.com has you covered. You want your Maui hotel to be as pretty as the island itself.
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Before You Book
It’s easy to browse hotels and quickly experience paradise overload — and just pick the first hotel you see. However, before you choose the place you call home during your dream vacation, here are some tips to consider:
Does your hotel need to be kid-friendly?
If you’re on a family trip, you may want to think about a hotel that offers activities for children. If you’re on a child-fee romantic getaway, you should probably avoid the family friendly atmosphere to have a little more adult peace and quiet.
Does the hotel need to be pet friendly?
Dogs like the beach, too, and it’s OK if you brought your pets along. But you have to find a hotel that accepts them –and consider how much extra they may cost.
What kind of extras do you like?
Are you the kind of person who doesn’t like to forage for food when you’re out of town? Do you prefer a spa that is close by for your regular massage? Then you should think about the extras hotels offer, such as restaurants, salons, gyms and spas.
How close do you need to be for shopping and the beach?
You will visit the beach in Maui; it’s almost a requirement. Make sure you know how close your hotel is to the beach or how close you are to shopping if you would like to browse the local wares. If you would rather be away from the hustle and noise, choose a more remote location.
With that checklist in mind, now you’re ready to browse some of the best hotels in Maui with awesome views.
Wailea Elua Destination Resort – The Beachfront View
You’re in Maui and you want to be near the beach. That’s when you check out the Wailea Elua Destination Resort. It has 294 rooms sitting on the beach in all their individually decorated glory. It’s also very close to Keawakapu Beach, Mokapu Beach, Ulua Beach and Ulua Beach Park. Families will enjoy this resort with the option for childcare and a picnic area. You will also enjoy an onsite pool, restaurant, fitness center and access to golf.
Lumeria Maui Retreat – The Lush Garden
Choose from 24 luxurious rooms at the Lumeria Maui Retreat in the hotel that is more than just a hotel. Book here if fancy taking part in adventures such as kayaking, snorkeling, canoeing and scuba diving. The onsite personal concierge can help you arrange your excursions. You’ll find the retreat on the North Shore of Maui, located on six acres of tropical gardens. Other amenities of the hotel include a bar, pool, restaurant and spa.
Makena Surf Destination Resort – The Private Beach
You don’t go to Maui without scheduling some time to take a dip in some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. You will satisfy that goal and more at the Makena Surf Destination Resort. As a guest in one of 105 individually decorated rooms, you can enjoy access to the private beach and you’re not far from Po’olenalena Beach and Wailea Beach. The hotel is also close to a couple of golf courses if you want to play a few holes before dinner. Finally, if you’re traveling with children, the condominium resort may be the place for you as childcare is available for a surcharge.
Wailea Beach Villas – A Place the Kids Will Like, Too
When you combine pristine beaches with a place to play video games, you have a family winner. Though you will be doing your best to get your child to enjoy the sand and surf that is Maui, it is good to know you have the option of an arcade at the Wailea Beach Villas. Of course, that isn’t all the resort has to offer. For the adults, enjoy massages and body treatments at the spa, access to your email at the business center, your favorite drink in the lounge and a concierge service.
Maui Kamaole – The Landscape of Paradise
The pictures alone of Maui Kamaole – Maui Condo & Home in Kihei are breathtaking, with the greenest of palm trees and the pop of color of the flowers. If you choose of the 316 air-conditioned rooms, you will be close to several beaches, but you may just want to relax at the resort — on your private balcony. If you’re ready to whip up your own Maui-inspired barbecue, each condo features a picnic area and barbecue grills. You can also enjoy a fitness center or take a swim in the pool when you’re ready for a bit of exercise.
Wailea Grand Champion – A Lovely Getaway
If you want to be near shopping and the beach, but also have some space for quiet time, Wailea Grand Champions Villas – Destination Resorts Hawaii in Wailea. The resort features 98 guest rooms with kitchens, refrigerators and stovetops — which makes it a great option for families. The condos are very close to Ulua Beach Park and Ulua Beach, offering you the scent of sand and surf with access to golf, a fitness center, an onsite restaurant and pool.
Paia Inn Hotel – The Tranquil Escape
Ready the escape of rest and relaxation? The Paia Inn Hotel bills itself as a charming and tranquil getaway for the romantic. The “hip and friendly” hotel is nestled just minutes away from the white sand of the beach and the hustle and bustle of island life. The quaint bed and breakfast may be ideal for lovers to escape, but not for families or pets. Enjoy the food and the views when you book.
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Bridgette Outten is a communications specialist, writer and blogger who lives in Georgia. A background in journalism prepared her to write cool travel articles like this one. When she’s not writing or on Twitter, she’s hanging out with her husband and their two poodles.