The best places to stay on Maui are remarkably beautiful and breathtaking! If you’re visiting the island of Maui for the first time, or if you’re yet to explore the entire island (which often takes more than one visit), chances are you’ll ask what are the best places to stay on Maui?
Geographically, there are two key areas of Maui to choose from – the South and the West. Remarkably, the two sides of the island have a lot to offer making them two of the best places to stay on Maui.
Why the South side has the best places to stay on Maui
The south shores of Maui are remarkably beautiful with exotic condos and luxury vacation rentals. One of such is The Penthouse Maui, rated as one of the best places to stay on Maui. The beaches in South Maui aren’t just beautiful, they are less crowded and easier to access compared to the ones on the West.
In fact, you can see many of the beaches in Kihei right from the road. More so, driving from the Kahului Airport (OGG) takes about 20/30 minutes to Kihei/Wailea area. This means you don’t have to spend half of the day or more on the road to start exploring the beautiful island of Maui.
Even more, you can find more family restaurants in Kihei (the condo area of the south side), compared to the condo area of West Maui. Also, Wailea, (one of the luxury areas of South Maui) is a more discreet area compared to Kaanapali (one of the key luxury areas of West Maui).
More so, the South side is closer to many attractions in several other areas of Maui compared to the West. If you choose to stay on South Maui, you can easily connect to key attractions on the island. This makes it easier to participate in various activities to make your vacation an exciting and memorable one.
Explore Kihei and Wailea, two major areas of South Maui
If you love whale watching, swimming, surfing, snorkeling, and paddle boarding etc. Kihei is the island of Maui most popular area for all that. Located on the south west shore of Maui, and just about 25 minutes from the Kahului Airport (OGG), Kihei is famous for its six miles of impeccable beaches with breathtaking views of Kahoolawe, Molokini, Lanai and West Maui.
Kihei is rated as one of the best places to stay on Maui not only for its warm and sunny weather. But also for its numerous luxury vacation rentals that make vacations on the island a paradise on earth. Kihei also has numerous family restaurants making it one of the best places for families to stay on Maui.
Luxury hotels and exotic condos are two key types of accommodations Wailea is known for. These exotic hotels and condos aren’t so clustered in the same place which makes the atmosphere calm and peaceful.
However, several luxury resorts are built next to each other and close to the Shops at Wailea. You’ll find up to three different luaus located within few minutes of walking distance. Grand Wailea Luau is the most popular of them all.
Looking for the best luxury vacation rentals on the South side of Maui? Check out The Penthouse Maui.