When you're trying to the perfect hotel or BnB, your own personality and travel need should ultimately be the deciding factor. So if you're ready for action and adventure, or are just looking to get away (far away) from civilization, check out our short list below and find the accommodations that fit you best.
A Place for Action
If there’s one thing that’s truly troublesome about Paia, it’s the parking. The remedy? Staying at the Paia Inn, which is smack-dab in the middle of town and, you guessed it, has reserved parking stalls for guests. It also puts visitors in the heart of Maui’s unofficial capital of the North Shore, which is packed with trendy boutiques, delish dining options and awe-inspiring art galleries. And as you lie down to rest after a long day of exploring, let the natural ocean noises of Paia Bay, just steps away from the Paia Inn, lull you to sleep.
93 Hana Highway, Paia, (808) 579-6000, paiainn.com
A Place for Romance
Hotel Wailea, Relais & Châteaux
Privacy and romance go hand-in-hand, and the Hotel Wailea, Relais & Châteaux offers just that, with secluded suites on its 15-acre property in South Maui. When you’re not in your spacious 720-square-foot room or relaxing by the pool in a private cabana, take advantage of the resort’s many “experiences,” such as renting a ’57 Porsche 356 Speedster to cruise down Maui’s scenic roads. If driving’s not your speed, the adults-only hotel also offers couples cooking classes, a beach picnic package and an intimate spa-getaway for two.
555 Kaukahi St., Wailea, Kihei, (866) 850-5139, hotelwailea.com
A Place for Relaxation
Sometimes going on vacation—or a staycation—really means finding a place to just relax. And to do that, you sometimes have to head for higher ground. Enter Kula Lodge, located 3,200 feet above sea level on the slopes of Haleakala, where the air is crisp (and cold) and the clamor of city life is but a distant echo. No tourist traps, no tour buses—just five rustic lodges and grounds with flower-lined paths and great views of Maui.
15200 Haleakala Highway, Kula, (808) 878-1535, kulalodge.com
A Place for Foodies
The Inn at Mama’s Fish House
Situated neatly on the North Shore of Maui, close to Paia and Hookipa, The Inn at Mama’s Fish House places guests just steps away from quite possibly the best seafood restaurant in Hawaii, Mama’s Fish House, which serves fish so fresh that the wait staff can actually tell you where it was caught, along with the name of the fisherman. The accommodations also give guests the opportunity to prepare their own ono (delicious) dishes in the restaurant’s full kitchens, equipped with marble countertops and Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances.
799 Poho Place, Paia, (808) 579-9764, innatmamas.com