Romantic beaches and world-class watersports.
Hawaii’s second largest island, locals refer to Maui as 'no ka oi' meaning 'the best,’ and we’re inclined to agree. A true tropical paradise, it’s also the best island for watersports and outdoor adventures.
Simple pleasures like strolling hand in hand or watching the sun set become all the more romantic on Maui’s deserted sands and palm fringed coves. And you can laze all morning by the hotel pool or go hiking in bamboo forests, snorkelling with turtles or surfing on barrelling green waves. The island’s rich Polynesian culture is another highlight, and attending a traditional Hawaiian feast (a luau) is a must. If you visit in January or February, humpback whale sightings are almost always guaranteed.
Maui beach resorts - our pick
Maui’s oceanfront resorts are spread over four different areas. Each offers something unique, and has accommodation options for all budgets. For a truly unforgettable stay, ask us to book you an ocean view room, suite or cottage.
Kapalua - Near the island’s northwest tip, Kapalua has a series of lava peninsulas, marine sanctuaries and quiet sandy coves.
Kaanapali - Maui’s largest resort area, with sweeping beaches as well as golf, shopping and restaurants/bars. Ideal if you want to be at the heart of it all.
Kihei - A relaxed and casual resort with six miles of beaches, plus good shops, galleries and lively nightlife.
Wailea - Charming and serene, with crescent-shaped beaches, Wailea has an excellent shopping and crafts centre, as well as upscale restaurants and the beautiful Four Seasons bar.
Activities in Maui
Surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing - From beginner waves and kitesurf spots, to some of the world’s most challenging breaks, Maui is world famous for watersports. Almost any sport is possible, at any level, so ask our team for advice. If you’re already an expert surfer, ‘Jaws’ on the north shore is the ultimate challenge, or a great place to watch the pros.
Sightseeing - Visit plantation towns, tour the historic district of Lahaina and see the biggest Buddha outside Asia. Stop at old Hawaiian churches, visit Maui's whaling museum, and marvel at the beautiful Lao Needle and West Maui Mountains.
Go to a luau - Attend a traditional Hawaiian feast with food, music, hula dancing and fire walking.
Drive the Hana Highway - Follow 56 miles of winding lava shoreline, passing beaches, plantation towns and waterfalls. Stop to dive into plunge pools and explore lush forests.
Swim and snorkel - Choose between more than 80 beaches along 120 miles of coastline. Each one different, the sands range from white and gold, to black and green, while snorkelling over the coral is simply stunning.
Whale watching - Gaze out from the shore or join a whale watching boat excursion. January and February are best for sightings.
Spas - Most hotels have superb spas, with treatments ranging from pedicures to full body massages in cabanas on the beach.
Eating out - All resort areas have an excellent range of restaurants and bars, whether you want fine dining or informal drinks and snacks. For a real treat, we particularly love Nick’s open air Fishmarket at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea.