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While Maui may be known as the honeymooner’s isle, I think it’s actually the best island for families as well. All of those gorgeous (and safely swimmable) beaches mean plenty of fantastic beach resorts. Maui lacks the hustle and bustle (i.e. one million people crammed onto a tiny island) of Oahu but has PLENTY to keep you and your kiddos busy.
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I feel like this post needs a disclaimer up front: pretty much anywhere you go in Hawaii (especially Maui) is going to be kid friendly. Maui is not a stuffy destination. The most posh and expensive hotel on the island (hello, Four Seasons) caters to children quite amazingly and unless you’re at the adults only pool (many resorts have them) or at an adults only hotel (Hotel Wailea is the only one that comes to mind), you’ll always find kids boogie boarding in the waves, bobbing around in the pool, and having dinner with their families. That being said, this list includes resorts that may appeal to children especially due to their pools or kids clubs, and parents due to their locations and convenience factors.
Westin Maui Resort & Spa: This is my number one hotel recommendation for families visiting Maui (especially if you want to be on the west side). It’s located right on Ka’anapali Beach (which is great for swimming and snorkeling) next door to the Whaler’s Village, which has a lot of shopping and dining options. There are also snorkel catamarans that pick up right on the beach. The resort has a huge “aquatic complex” with five pools (one for adults only) and a great waterslide. There are parrots and flamingos on the grounds and there’s a kid’s club as well. Pricing starts at $250/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
Grand Wailea: This is my other number one hotel recommendation for families visiting Maui ; ) This is your best south side option. While this is a world class resort for anyone (gorgeous open air lobby, plenty of shops, dynamite spa, amazing dining, and one of the island’s best beaches), it’s especially great for families. The Grand Wailea has one of the best pool complexes on Maui (probably anywhere really). The nine different pools include tons of water slides (they actually just opened a new “lava slide”, a rope swing area, a rapid river, water elevator, hot tubs, a swim up bar, and an adults only pool. The Grand Wailea also has a kids club, a teen club, a gaming lounge, and a ton of cultural activities to participate in. Pricing starts at $350/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
Sheraton Maui: Most Sheraton resorts are pretty family friendly and this one is no different. It’s located on Ka’anapali Beach (just a few doors down from the Westin) right in front of Black Rock (one of Maui’s most popular snorkeling spots). It has a nice pool area and several dining options. You can also walk down the bike path to the Whaler’s Village for shopping and dining. Pricing starts at $240/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort: This recently renovated resort also sits on Ka’anapali Beach (the opposite end of the Sheraton) and has a lovely pool area and kids club. The real selling point of this resort though are the penguins! Seven African black-footed penguins have taken up residence in the hotel’s atrium lobby and they’re a sight to see! They have feedings every day. Stop by and check them out if you’re in the Ka’anapali area. Pricing starts at $250/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
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Wailea Beach Marriott: Marriott’s around the world are known for being family friendly, but the one in Wailea (south Maui) is something special. Sitting between Ulua and Wailea Beach, the Marriott has some super swanky pools including four pretty big waterslides as well as a few shorter slides for the keiki. There’s no kids club but there are some specialty designed spaces for parents and kids to hang out together including a family game center, arts and craft area, and game center. Pricing starts at $350/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
Napili Kai Beach Resort: This charming small resort on Napili Beach may seem a little dated but it’s just steps from the beach and has some attributes that may make it great for families. For starters, the condo style accommodations provide more space to spread out. During the summer months, there’s a complimentary kids club. They also have a program where kids eat free as well as different cultural activities throughout the day. Pricing starts at $260/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
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