Maui has a plethora of hotels, resorts, resort-and-spas, condominiums, and resort condominiums to choose from.
So, how do you decide which accommodation option would work best for your Hawaii vacation?
Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing where to stay on Maui.
Maui Hotel Resorts
The benefits of staying at a resort are obvious: easy access to beaches, on-property activities, air conditioning, and large pools.
Many of the resorts have their own mid-to-high end restaurants as well; even if you choose to stay somewhere else, these usually have some of the best food on island.
The biggest thing is here is price: if you can afford to stay in a resort, they are usually pretty family friendly and have things for kids specifically, as well as adult-oriented activities or full-family activities (such as lei-making or ukulele lessons).
Across the board, condominiums are almost always less expensive than staying at a resort.
While many of these are not air-conditioned, the ones on the North-west side of Maui get enough consistent rainfall and breeze to remain comfortable year-round.
Most condos are oceanside, but only a few of these are located near sandy beaches; most are located near rockier shorelines or bays.
Some of these have excellent snorkeling; if you are visiting with children who are already comfortable or strong swimmers, the quick snorkel access is absolutely worth it.
Keep in mind as well that all beaches in Hawaii are public property and have public parking nearby, even if they appear to be completely shielded by a resort.
Other Accommodation Options in Maui
Airbnb is a great choice on Maui, particularly if you want to stay in an area on island without very many visitors (such as Upcountry).
Resort condominiums have some features of the resorts on island and some features of the condominiums (for example, Napili Shores has a restaurant, but is located next door to Napili Bay, rather than right in front of it).
Have you vacationed on Maui? Where did you stay? Let us know in the comments section below.
The header photo is of the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa.