Travel insights from Andrea Sedlacek, editor of The Compass

5 Marvelous Maui Resorts

Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands and is one of the most popular islands to visit. World-famous beaches, migrating humpback whales, sustainable cuisine and beautiful family-friendly resorts are what the island is most known for. These five resorts are popular with travel agents and it’s not hard to see why.

1. Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa

Set right on Ka’anapali Beach, once named one of America’s best beaches, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa offers a luxury Hawaiian experience. Eight onsite restaurants cover any type of cuisine you would want, including Hawaiian shave ice at Ululani’s. A sushi lounge, waterfalls, pools with swans and an award-winning luau create a well-rounded island getaway.

2. Royal Lahaina Resort

Also on Ka’anapali Beach, Royal Lahaina Resort makes it easy for guests to make the most out of a trip to Maui. The resort has so much to offer, like two oceanfront pools, the Tennis Ranch (with 11 courts), an onsite luau every night and cottage rooms, set in tropical gardens along with a lanai space. Venturing off the resort is easy, as Royal Lahaina Resort offers guests a complimentary shuttle to Lahaina Town and Whaler's Village.

3. Kaanapali Beach Hotel

Kaanapali Beach Hotel was named Hawaii’s most Hawaiian hotel by The Waiaha Foundation named and Travel + Leisure calls it the best value in Hawaii. If you choose Kaanapali Beach Hotel, you know you made a good decision. Enjoy a complimentary hula show every night and dine at the open-air Tiki Terrace restaurant where kids 5 and under eat all meals for free with an accompanying, paid adult. Other great activities offered at the resort include hula lessons, lei making, lauhala weaving and cultural garden tours.

4. Honua Kai Resort & Spa

What sets Honua Kai Resort & Spa apart is the studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, giving guests more space and the convenience of full kitchens as well as a washer and dryer. It’s like a vacation rental, but with the amenities of a luxury resort. A 3-acre aquatic playground with a network of pools, five hot tubs, a meandering lazy river, and more will keep the whole family happy and out in the beautiful Maui weather all day.

5. The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua

The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua is truly inspired by the island. The onsite organic garden supplies fresh produce to the resort’s six restaurants and the Ambassadors of the Environment program teaches guests about Hawaiian culture and the native environment through fun-filled excursions led by expert naturalists. The resort also maintains the Honokahua Preservation Site, a wahi pana or sacred site, located right next to the resort where native Hawaiians gather for ceremonies.

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