On Maui, the major beach resorts are on West and South Maui where you’ll beautiful beaches almost anywhere you look. In those resort areas, you’ll find a range of accommodations from budget hotels and condos to 5-star hotels. To get an idea of how the two major resort areas compare, use this Maui virtual tour article to help you select the region you want to visit and where to stay.
Maui isn’t quite as rainy as Kauai, but during the winter months (November through March), the island is blessed with a bit more rain and rainbows. Be sure and read my article, Where to Stay on Maui for the Best Weather to maximize your sunshine experience.
Maui’s road to Hana, that hugs the East Maui coastline, is one of Hawaii’s most scenic drives. You can drive this road beyond Hana and back from the West and South Maui resorts in a day. Ideally, this drive is best enjoyed if you can take it at a slow pace so that you can stop off at more points, take short hikes to waterfalls, etc. So, if your vacation time and budget allows, plan to stay a night or two in Hana. There is only one hotel in Hana, Traavasa Hana, but you can find vacation rentals and B&Bs in the Hana area as well.
You really can’t make a bad choice of where to stay on Maui if you choose a West or South Maui accommodation. The main difference between the two is that West Maui tends to be slightly more green and tropical, while South Maui is slightly drier/sunnier. For that reason, we tend to stay in South Maui in the wetter winter months of December – March. Sometimes that’s made a difference and other times the weather was not an issue and it wouldn’t have mattered where we stayed.
These links lead to a brief overview of West Maui’s main resort areas:
- Maui’s Kapalua Area (Mostly high-end hotels and condos)
- Maui’s Lahaina & Kaanapali Area (Hotels and condos in all budget ranges)
These links lead to brief overviews of South Maui‘s main resort areas:
- Maui’s Kihei Area (Mostly budget-friendly condos)
- Maui’s Wailea Area (Mostly high-end hotels and condos)
If you are planning family vacation, read our accommodation suggestions for a Maui family vacation.
We often hear of people considering splitting time between two different areas of Maui. In our opinion, it doesn’t make sense to split time between West Maui and South Maui because the two regions aren’t vastly different and you can easily get to all Maui’s top attractions from either area. If you do want to split time, consider a split between either West or South Maui and Hana as we describe in this article.
As frequent Hawaii visitors, you might be interested in knowing where we have stayed. Here’s our growing list with reviews attached:
- Montage Kapalua Bay
- Ritz-Carlton Kapalua
- Sheraton Maui in Kaanapali
- Grand Wailea
- Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
- Honua Kai Resort
- Kapalua Villas
- Marriott Maui Ocean Club in Kaanapali
- Hyatt Regency Maui in Kaanapali
- Travaasa Hana on East Maui
- Andaz Maui at Wailea
- Fairmont Kea Lani
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