10 Top-Rated Family Resorts in Maui
Maui has long been a sought-after destination for family fun, and rightfully so. This second largest Hawaiian island has the best of everything, from top-notch resorts to awe-inspiring scenery. From the famous Road to Hana on the Eastern coast to the sandy beaches of the South and West, the "Valley Isle" has plenty of things to do for adults and kids. The renowned beaches of Ka'anapali and Wailea are breathtaking, with golden sand and calm waters perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Haleakala National Park, home of the world's largest dormant volcano, is a must-see during sunrise.
A family-vacation in Maui means venturing through rain forests and swimming with sea turtles and enjoying poolside luaus and fire dancing. Find the best places to stay with our list of the top family resorts in Maui.
1. The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas, Lahaina
Located on 26 acres along the uncrowded stretch of North Ka'anapali Beach overlooking the West Maui mountains, the Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas is a peaceful island retreat with condo-style units. The villa-style condos come equipped with kitchen amenities, making it easier to prepare your own meals, as well as washers and dryers, and large living and dining areas for a comfortable stay. A studio and one-bedroom villa can be combined to make a two-bedroom villa.
For a flat daily rate, kids under 12 of Starwood Preferred Guest® members have all-inclusive access to the on-site restaurants. The resort has basketball and tennis courts, a waterslide, and six outdoor pools, with two dedicated to kids, including a pirate ship pool next to the kids club for children aged 5-12. Craft fairs and cultural activities keep the kids entertained. Snorkeling catamarans pick up guests right from the beach, and whale watching cruises depart two miles from the resort.
Accommodation: The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas
2. Grand Wailea - A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Wailea
The luxurious Grand Wailea lives up to its name, with a picture-perfect grand setting on 40 acres on the Southwest side of Maui. The fun is endless at the resort's elaborate water park, which boasts nine pools, four waterslides, a rapid river, lazy river pool, rope swings, caves, and even a "water elevator" inside a man-made volcano. Parents can enjoy the hot tubs and the adults-only pool.
The 20,000-square-foot kids' club has a video arcade, small movie theater, Playstation, and lots of cultural activities. Enhanced with tropical Hawaiian gardens, the property is like a small village, with Spa Grande, a shopping center, and a variety of dining options. The newly renovated rooms come with balconies to take in the gorgeous Maui landscape.
Accommodation: Grand Wailea - A Waldorf Astoria Resort
3. Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, Lahaina
The family-friendly Sheraton Maui Resort sits on prime real estate on the Ka'anapali Beach in front of the legendary Pu'u Keka'a (Black Rock), one of Maui's popular snorkeling spots. A majority of the resort's 508 spacious rooms, including the "Ohana" (family) suites, offer views of the Pacific and the sister islands of Lanai and Molokai. The resort spans 23 acres and has five restaurants, a spa, fitness center, large lagoon pool, a kid's pool, and a meandering lazy river. It's 1,600-square-foot presidential Ali'i Suite, which recently debuted a new look, is perched over Black Rock and has the most stunning view in Ka'anapali.
The Sheraton Adventure Club offers daily activities such as hula lessons, scavenger hunts, outrigger canoe tours, Hawaiian arts and crafts, and family pool races. At sunset, make time for the resort's Lele Kawa (cliff dive) ceremony, an ongoing tradition since the resort first opened in 1963.
Accommodation: Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
4. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Located on Maui's northwest coast overlooking Molokai, the Ritz-Carlton is an elegant oasis with a laid-back vibe and wonderful educational programs for children. Their Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment program provides excursions for adults and children led by naturalists, including whale-watching onboard a 12-person private boat, where passengers can listen to the song of the humpback whales via an underwater hydrophone. Kids can also take part in Koi-fish feeding and learn to snorkel. Adults can enjoy stand up paddleboarding, surfing, hiking through the rain forest, and spa treatments at the luxurious The Ritz-Carlton Spa.
The Ritz Carlton has 463 fully renovated guest rooms, including 107 suites, all of them featuring wood floors, flat-screen televisions, and island-inspired decor. The six on-site restaurants serve delicious food made from local ingredients and the resort's organic garden.
Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
5. Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, Lahaina
Situated on 40 acres of oceanfront property on Ka'anapali Beach, the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort's pool complex rivals that of the Grand Wailea's water park, with a 150-foot water slide, rope bridges, and a half-acre pool with cascading waterfalls. This is a more budget-friendly option with 806 guest rooms, including 31 renovated suites, providing panoramic views of the lush surroundings.
Kids will enjoy the flamingos and parrots found in the gardens, and the seven African black-footed penguins that have taken up residence in the hotel's atrium. The resort has a 24-hour athletic club, golf course, tennis courts, water sports, and activities such as Tour of the Stars rooftop stargazing and Drums of the Pacific Lu'au.
Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
6. Ka'anapali Beach Hotel, Lahaina
Often referred to as the "Most Hawaiian Hotel," the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel on the golden shores of the namesake beach is a relaxing escape. Rooms, totaling 432, have balconies overlooking the clear blue waters and the tropical gardens surrounding the property. Activities include snorkeling at the nearby tourist attraction of Black Rock and fun in the whale-shaped pool on the premises. The new water activity center offers paddleboarding, six-person canoe tours, and surfing.
Ka'anapali Beach Hotel's cultural programming involves lei-making, hula and ukulele lessons, and Hawaiian entertainment in the evenings. Children get a complimentary "Aloha Passport," which gets stamped with every activity they try. Vacation packages are offered during peak whale watching season (December through May). Those in the oceanfront rooms can witness the humpback whales breaching and tail slapping in the ocean from the comfort of their rooms. The best part is there are no mandatory resort fees, and Wi-Fi is complimentary.
Accommodation: Ka'anapali Beach Hotel
7. Marriott's Maui Ocean Club - Molokai, Maui & Lanai Towers, Lahaina
Marriott's Maui Ocean Club offers several accommodation options, with one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas featuring modern conveniences right on the beach. Generously large suites come equipped with a private lanai, kitchenette, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen television. The Vacation Club offers several on-site dining options, including poolside dining. There are tennis courts and a fitness center to stay fit on vacation, and a tranquil day spa with outdoor spa cabanas to relax.
The nearby Maui Ocean Center's new exhibit on humpback whales is a great way for kids to learn about the whales' migratory patterns, behaviors, song, and cultural significance to the Hawaiian people.
Accommodation: Marriott's Maui Ocean Club - Molokai, Maui & Lanai Towers
8. Fairmont Kea Lani, Wailea
With spaces ranging from 840 to 1,000 square feet, the all-suite Fairmont Kea Lani offers plenty of room for families to enjoy a comfortable stay. Situated on 22 acres on the gorgeous Wailea Beach, this luxury property has one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites and a kids' club with a plethora of programs. Young children will enjoy building sandcastles, constructing erupting volcanoes, and exploring the nearby tide pools. The property has three pools, including a twisting 140-foot water slide that goes between two pools and a separate shallow pool for little ones. Championship golf and tennis courts are located minutes from the resort.
The new Luxe Villa Adventure package gets you a five-night stay at the two- or three-bedroom oceanfront or ocean-view villa, which comes with a signature villa barbecue prepared by a chef, two 60-minute Willow Stream Spa experiences, and a two-hour yacht charter.
Accommodation: Fairmont Kea Lani
9. Honua Kai Resort & Spa, Lahaina
The gorgeous Honua Kai Resort & Spa, sitting on North Ka'anapali Beach, has some of the most beautifully furnished rooms, large lanais, in-room washers and dryers, and a kitchen with Bosch appliances to make meals for your family. Or you can make reservations at one of their restaurants. The three-acre aquatic playground features a network of pools, five hot tubs, and a lazy river. During whale migration in the winter months, humpbacks can be seen playing within a short distance from the beach.
Accommodation: Honua Kai Resort & Spa
10. Royal Lahaina Resort, Lahaina
Sitting on a peaceful stretch of Ka'anapali Beach, Royal Lahaina Resort has the oldest luau on the island, which takes place at the Myths of Maui Luau, where performers engage with the audience. The property has three outdoor pools, a hot tub, and fitness center. The walls of the resort are adorned with framed retro Pan Am posters and photographs of the island as it was, giving it a nice historical feel.
Guest rooms and cottages have free Wi-Fi and TV with cable channels. Guests can enjoy dining at their full-service restaurant serving island inspired gourmet dishes. Kids will love the ice-cream parlor, and flower lei and puka shell making classes. Tennis lovers can rejoice as the Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch is ranked among the top 100 tennis destinations in the world. You can play at either a 3,500-seat stadium court or any of the 10 surrounding courts, with five courts lit for night play. Beginners can take lessons from the professional staff.
Accommodation: Royal Lahaina Resort