Maui has the highest room rates of the islands of Hawaii. Not only does this reflect the type of couples that like to splurge here, it also shows the level of luxury you can expect. Because of the generally high rates, there are some mediocre resorts that can get away with charging a fortune, and those are the ones you’ll want to avoid. If you’re looking for the best of the best, these are the only resorts you need to consider for an amazing honeymoon in Maui.
Wailea Beach VillasWailea Beach Villas
Wailea Beach Villas is a gem, right on popular Wailea Beach. Not only does this self-contained resort consist of only 100 rooms—making it particularly intimate—but the lowest-tier room is a two-bedroom penthouse villa. Many of the accommodations are just steps from the beach with sliding floor-to-ceiling glass walls, huge terraces with barbecues, fully equipped kitchens and bathrooms the size of an average 2-bedroom apartment in NYC. At night, the place is lit up with tiki torches to get you in the mood. There’s no restaurant or spa, but there is a nice fitness center and two pools, one of which is adults only. You probably don’t need two bedrooms, but again, there’s no room category smaller than that, and who knows, the extra room might come in handy. These villas start at $1,460, but for the intimacy, the privacy, the ocean views and the romance, it’s worth it.
Montage Kapalua BayMontage Kapalua Bay
Montage is the cream of the crop for luxury hotel chains, and Montage Kapalua Bay is one of their most grand properties. The Montage took over the former Ritz Carlton Residence, so every room is a suite and starts at a minimum 1,000 square feet. The spa here is an outdoor oasis and one of the best on the island, the sliver of beach is quiet and beautiful, and the grounds are landscaped down to the last blade of grass. It’s also incredibly intimate resort with only 50 rooms (they have a ton of residences). Go for the one-bedroom ocean view suite, complete with living room, kitchen, outdoor balcony (or, as they call it in Hawaii, lanai) and thoughtful amenities like huge bathtubs and Turkish cotton robes. It’ll only set you back $1000 a night.
Four Seasons MauiFour Seasons Maui
Get ready to glam up at Four Seasons Maui. This resort takes luxury to a whole other level thanks to its decadent spa, gourmet restaurants, back-bending service, separate adults-only pool area (crucial for an island overrun with families), and some of the sweetest suites this side of the Pacific. It recently unveiled a huge renovation, so it’s even better than before, and the rooms are now the largest luxury accommodations on the island. You can go basic here with an ocean-view room for $900 a night and still feel like royalty. If you feel like splurging, check out the Ocean View Prime Suite, which sprawls 1,400 square feet with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. At $2,549 a night, it might set you back, but it’s worth every penny. The suite is massive and includes a full marble bathroom with a tub you’re going to want to throw some rose petals in, a cozy living area, and one of the largest balconies in Wailea.
Travaasa HanaTravaasa Hana
Hana is an off-the-beaten-path, authentic beach town where celebrities head to get away from Maui’s bustle and where newlyweds seek out the romantic vibes, lush scenery and retro allure. There’s only one hotel here: Travaasa Hana. It’s one of the best hotels for honeymooners because it’s so secluded, has an impressive outdoor spa (with outdoor Jacuzzi), a laid-back pool from which you can watch humpback whales in the distance and one of the best restaurants for home-cooked, gourmet Hawaiian cuisine. The best part is that it’s all-inclusive. There are plenty of activities, like a “how to make smoothies” class and outdoor yoga, so you’ll never get bored. Rates start at $1,000 a night, which is a steal considering everything is included (not to mention you get a $175 resort credit per person per stay, which you can use toward the spa or anything else in the resort.) We recommend the Ocean Front Bungalow, with vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors and an impressive balcony. It’s rustic, it’s romantic, it’s retro, it’s huge, and it’s the closest room to the crashing waves, which make the perfect all-night soundtrack. It’s only $500 more than the standard suite, so go nuts.
Andaz MauiAndaz Maui
Among the best resorts in Maui, Andaz Maui is the “fun” one. It’s colorful, it’s whimsical, it’s lively and contemporary. Right in Wailea, the resort is visually commanding, with its hidden nooks, three-tiered pools and art-clad public spaces. The standard rooms run on the smaller side, so you’ll probably want to book a suite. There are four to choose from, and you can’t go wrong with the Andaz Suite. It’s 850 square feet with views of the Pacific from two balconies, a separate living room that floods with sunlight, and all the amenities you can imagine at only $829 a night. If you want to treat your lady, book one of the oceanfront villas. Zoning laws on Maui prevent most villas from being so close to the beach, so this is a unique and unforgettable way to honeymoon. The smallest option is a two-bedroom villa, a sprawling 1,800 square feet: so much room (including a 500-square-foot outdoor space) you’ll want to invite the rest of the resort to celebrate your honeymoon with you. It will set you back about $3,669 a night, which is a lot, but you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck.