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A Guide To the Best 5-Star Resorts in Maui Hawai’i

May 1, 2024

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We’ve all been there. Late night, hour four of sifting through resorts and reviews, desperately trying to find the perfect place for our family vacation, honeymoon, or some much desired R&R. You’ve landed on Maui and we’re grateful for that. With so much to offer, spending a week or even just one day in Maui is enough for you to experience the magic of what we have to offer.


Your goal is to relax so we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to set you up at the perfect 5-star Maui resort. Whether you came to explore Hawaiian cuisine, embrace whale watching season, or enjoy the best beaches around, we have you covered with the best resorts on the island.


What to Consider With Maui Resorts?

Let’s get the essentials out of the way so you can lounge on the beach, worry free.



Maui’s resorts cater to a host of budgeting options. Luxury beach fronts resorts offer different amenities and features than one with basic accommodations. If you’re looking for a 5-star experience, it’ll be more costly but definitely worth it.


Travel Style

Are you coming to us with your family? Did you just tie the knot and want some post-wedding relaxation? Or are you and your friends looking to get away from the kids for a week and relive your spring break days? The reason you’re coming to Maui will help determine which type of resort you want to stay at. It will also help tailor which activities you want to do. If you’re with kids, you may want to hang by the pool, go horseback riding, or ziplining. If you’re seeking R&R, perhaps you’re one to hang on the beach or experience meditation sessions. Who you’re with and what your goal is can help narrow down your decision.



Where do you want to be? West Maui is a great spot to relax and watch the sunset. South Maui is a great whale watching and golf spot. Or maybe you want to hit the Road to Hāna and stay in a secluded resort for a unique experience. There’s so much to do on Maui and depending on where exactly you want to be can also make your decision easier.


The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua


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Location: Kapalua (Northwest Maui)


The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua offers a luxurious and unforgettable Hawaiian experience. Their island-inspired rooms and suites are spacious and an award-winning restaurant offers fresh, local dishes. It is on the higher end for budget, but a great choice for ultimate relaxation.


This resort caters to a variety of interests. Tee off on the renowned Bay and Plantation Championship Courses while your family enjoys the pool, the spa, and of course, the beach. They also offer cultural experiences like luaus and Hawaiian traditions, alongside a fitness center, on-site shopping, and access to nature, making it ideal for people looking to stay healthy while on vaca.

Learn more about The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua here.


Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

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Location: Wailea-Makena (South Maui)


This beachfront resort has breathtaking oceanfront suites and top-of-the-line accommodations, bringing you another more expensive option. But with luxury comes an amazing experience, whether you stay on the resort premises or not.


With multiple infinity pools, you can take a dip and enjoy the wonderful views. A world-class spa and championship golf courses make nearby relaxing activities accessible. When you want to leave the resort, there’s tons of access to what Maui has to offer including Haleakalā National Park, the Seven Sacred Pools—a series of cascading waterfalls and pools in Haleakalā National Park—and Wailea Beach.

Learn more about the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea here.


Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

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Location: Wailea-Makena (South Maui)


Grand Wailea is another great 5-star resort located in Wailea. Still offering a modern resort, they didn’t abandon that sense of Hawaiian luxury. Situated right on the beach, Grand Wailea offers amazing ocean views and a nice place to relax for a well-rounded Maui experience.


There’s something for everyone at Grand Wailea. Art lovers can explore Hawai’i’s largest private collection and spa lovers can get treatments inspired by local traditions. Challenge yourself with a game of tennis, sit on the beach and do absolutely nothing, or indulge your shopping fix with some retail therapy. For families, there’s pools to sit alongside while the kids splash around inside.

Learn more about the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort here.


Montage Kapalua Bay

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Location: Kapalua (Northwest Maui)


Right on the shores of Maui’s Namalu Bay lies this amazing 5-star resort. Montage Kapalua Bay prioritizes authentic Hawaiian culture and features expansive suites, perfect for families or groups. It’s a great blend of comfort, cultural immersion, and stunning beachfront relaxation.


At the resort, you can indulge in the pools or on the beach. If you’re in the mood for a spa or golf day, a fantastic wellness spa and championship golf courses await. More adventurous visitors have the chance to explore the island through hiking, snorkeling, or cultural programs great for all ages.

Learn more about the Montage Kapalua Bay here.



If you’re ready for some daytime adventure, visit us at Maui Ocean Center for amazing exhibits and tours (and don’t forget to reserve a table at our Seascapes Restaurant and pop into our Ocean Treasures gift shop, no aquarium ticket required for either!).


When traveling to Maui there will never be a shortage of things and places to see. Make sure you’re always abiding by local and cultural laws when exploring the natural beauty of Maui and most importantly, relax! That’s what you came to do after all. 


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