Where to stay on Maui? That's a good question if you're planning a visit to the Valley Isle. Maui is divided into a number of areas where the major resorts are located.
The island offers a large range of accommodations, from budget hotels and condominiums to 5-star hotels and bed & breakfasts. Many of the Maui Luxury Hotels and resorts are along the west coast near Ka`anapali. A few major resorts also exist in South Maui, especially in Wailea. In either of these locations you're bound to find beautiful beaches and good weather no matter where you look. In South Maui, Kihei is also a popular place to stay, boasting a wide assortment of condominiums and resorts in the area. Inn's and B&B's also offer privacy and seclusion and can be found in many of the main accommodation areas.
Weather is a factor to consider when deciding where to stay, though for the most part, the major accommodation areas of Maui are fairly dry since they exist on the leeward side of the island. West Maui, around Lahaina and Ka`anapali, is slightly more lush than South Maui, near Kihei. During the onset of the winter months (late November - early March) is when will Maui experience more clouds and rain island wide. For more information about Maui's weather, be sure to check our our Maui weather article.
If you're planning to drive the majestic Hana Highway, or visit the summit of Haleakala, both of these attractions can be visited by travelers staying in West and South Maui in a single (but long) day. When it comes to the Hana Highway (or Road to Hana) we personally recommend spending at least one night in Hana town if possible.
Let's take a look at the highlights () and detractions () for each of the areas we've briefly discussed above. These are in order of popularity, by our account.
West Maui (including Lahaina, Kaanapali, and Kapalua)
Great weather throughout the year!
Great selection of beaches available.
Great variety of stores and shops.
Can be quite touristy in most locations.
Can be very crowded, especially during the holidays.
Can be rather far from the Hana Highway and Haleakala.