Each of the Hawaiian islands is well worth a visit, but Maui is often revered as one of the best. With mountains, volcanoes, and beaches of varying colored sand, it’s hard to argue with that claim.
Should you find yourself vacationing on Maui’s southern coast, here are some excellent places to stay in Kihei:
Luana Kai Resort
The Luana Kai Resort is comprised of 1, 2, and 3 bedroom spread amidst one of Maui’s largest oceanfront parks. Guests can enjoy in-unit laundry and kitchen facilities, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi and cable television. Additionally, there are shared barbecues, tennis courts, putting green, shuffleboard, pool, and saunas located on-site.
And bonus: from November through May, there’s a great chance of spotting whales swimming past the resort.
Maui Banyan Vacation Club
The Maui Banyan Vacation Club is another excellent option for those who prefer self-catering. All resort suites are tropical-themed and equipped with a balcony as well as a kitchen that includes an oven, refrigerator, and ample cookware. The 1 and 2 bedroom suites have a separate living area. On the resort grounds, there are barbecues, tennis courts, and a pool for all guests.
Maui Banyan is very close to Kamaole Beach and boasts views of the West Maui Mountains as well as neighboring islands Lanai and Molokai.
Kohea Kai Maui (formerly Maui Sunseeker)
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NOTE: The Maui Sunseeker was sold in late 2016 and is now known as Kohea Kai Maui. The below hotel description may no longer apply.
The Maui Sunseeker pens itself as the #1 gay hotel in Hawaii, so if you’re seeking an alternative lifestyle getaway, look no further than this LGBT resort. While most guests do identify as LGBT, heterosexuals are welcome as well (they estimate that up to 15% of their guests are not gay or lesbian).
No matter your sexual orientation, all Maui Sunseeker guests enjoy unique amenities like a clothing-optional saltwater pool, a rooftop terrace for sunbathing, and a beach right across the street.
Accommodation options include rooms, suites, and penthouse suites. If you’re traveling with a group or are celebrating a special occasion, you might want to book the luxurious poolside penthouse, well-appointed with 3 bedrooms, a spacious kitchen, and two private lanais with mountain views.
CRH – Hale Kamaole
Hale Kamaole offers 1 and 2 bedroom condos comfortably equipped with free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a kitchen, in-unit laundry, and a private patio or balcony. There are barbecues, tennis courts, pools, and spa tubs for use on the resort’s beautiful grounds, while Kamaole Beach is right across the street.
In addition, there is excellent shopping, snorkeling, and golfing within a quick drive of the resort.
Maui Coast Hotel
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The Maui Coast Hotel enjoys a fabulous location just across the street from the best beach in Kihei, Kamaole Beach Park I. Its deluxe rooms, junior suites, and suites are all spacious and include pillowtop mattresses, plasma TVs with cable, and free Wi-Fi.
Like many other Hawaiian resorts, the Maui Coast Hotel has pools and tennis courts; however, guests staying here also have a business center and a poolside restaurant with a full bar at their disposal.