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Trying to find the perfect place to stay on Maui is tricky, and if you’re trying to narrow down all of the different condo options, it can be downright mind boggling. I’ve made recommendations for specific condo units in this post (mostly budget options), but availability, seasonal pricing, or other factors may leave you still needing more options.
In this post, I’m breaking down 50+ condo complexes (also called condo-tels or condo resorts) by area on Maui that are good places to stay. Most of these are beachfront with great locations. I’ve also got extensive descriptions of each area so you can figure out what’s most appealing to you.
I think the best place to find (and book) Maui vacation rentals is Vrbo. They’ve been around forever and are probably the most reputable booking platform online (with owners and vacationers alike), which means that you’ll find more quality properties listed on Vrbo than anywhere else online. I used to book more often with Airbnb, but I’ve begun to find that they often don’t have what I’m looking for (especially when I want to book a condo/unit within a resort property).
So all of the condo complexes I will be linking to are bookable within Vrbo.
Disclaimer: This is by no means an exhaustive list of every condo complex on Maui. There are soooooo many, and there likely are some that aren’t on this list that are perfectly good places to stay at. I’ve compiled this list largely based on location, ratings and reviews, and an overall vibe of what I’m looking for in a place to stay.
Most people stay in West Maui, if for no other reason than it’s where the majority of the resorts and condos are. West Maui is home to Maui’s original resort areas (when tourism development began in the 1960s) and it’s still where most of the tourists flock today. West Maui is usually sunny and dry, making it perfect beach weather. Also, there’s a wide range of accommodation options so whether you’re looking to splurge on a beachfront resort or save on a condo, you can find it in West Maui. There’s also a lot development, so if you’re the type that likes to be in the middle of the action, West Maui is where it’s going on. West Maui is actually one of the prettiest parts of Maui, with the jagged green mountains rising up in the background offering some amazing hiking trails, it also has some of the best beaches on the island. Accommodations on the west side stretch from Lahaina town (although the whole area is often referred to as Lahaina) all the way up to Kapalua with Ka’anapali Beach and the Napili area in between. Drive time from the Kahului airport (OGG) to the Lahaina area is about 45 minutes.
Lahaina: Lahaina (an old whaling village turned tourist hot spot) is where many choose to spend a lot of their time (especially evenings) on Maui. Although not many accommodations right in Lahaina town, it’s the hub of activity for the west side. Front Street is packed with shops and restaurants (many offering ocean views) and has a nice vibe that makes it a “hang out” spot for people in the evenings. The docks in Lahaina are also where a lot of the water excursions leave from (whale watching, glass bottomed boats, submarines, and ferries to Lanai). Lahaina is a short drive away from Ka’anapali Beach, Napili, and Kapalua so you don’t necessarily have to stay right in town to take advantage of the amenities.
Lahaina Shores Beach Resort: Just a short walk from the heart of Front Street and Lahaina Harbor, the Lahaina Shores Beach Resort is the only beach front condo resort within walking distance to town. If you don’t have a car, this is your best option. Find specific condo units here.
Aina Nalu by Outrigger: Not located on the water, but just a block or two from Front Street, this updated property has a swanky feel and a nice pool. If you want close proximity to town, but don’t care about being on the sand (or water for that matter), this is a great pick. Find specific condo units here.
Ka’anapali: Maui’s famous Ka’anapali Beach is a few miles north of Lahaina and although it comes nowhere near it in terms of crowds, I would call it the Waikiki of Maui. Fronting it are the big name resorts you would expect (Sheraton, Westin, Marriot, and Hyatt to name a few) plus a few condo resorts. There’s also a nice outdoor mall with plenty of shopping and dining right on the beach. The three-mile beachfront promenade makes it easy to get around and it seems like there’s always something to do. Catamarans pull right up to the beach to take passengers out on snorkeling excursions and there’s good snorkeling at the far north end at Black Rock. This stretch of beach is my top pick for a location on west Maui.
Ka’anapali Ali’i Resort: Sitting on a prime spot on Ka’anapali Beach next to the Westin, this is probably the best spot if you want a phenomenal location and great pool complex for a deal. Find specific condo units here.
The Whaler: Right next to Whaler’s Village (the shopping and dining complex that anchors the area), the Whaler’s has a nice collection with condos. The grounds are lovely, but the pool is primitive if that’s a necessity. Find specific condo units here.
Ka’anapali Maui at the Eldorado by Outrigger: Located in the Ka’anapali Resort area, this property looks out over the golf course, but it’s still nearby the beach and your daily resort fee covers amenities such as a golf course shuttle, BBQs, and a private cabana area on the beach. Find specific condo units here.
North Ka’anapali: North Ka’anapli beach starts on the north side of Black Rock (just north of the Sheraton) and runs almost continuously up to the Aston Paki Maui just south of Honokowai Beach Park. The beach is narrower in some parts than others, but overall all of these properties are oceanfront with beach access. It’s less crowded than Ka’anapali Beach (south of Black Rock), but doesn’t have quite the unified resort feel. There are some very nice condo-tels/resorts on this stretch of beach, but overall each property feels a bit more isolated as there’s no beach walk or central shopping/dining area.
Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Villas: This property is gorgeous, spacious, and exactly what you’d expect from a top notch beach resort. Here you’ll get the resort experience with bigger accommodations. Find specific condo units here.
Westin Nanea Ocean Villas: This newer property is located in between the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Villas and Honua Kai so this is a great little pocket to stay in if you like to be in the middle of what’s going on. Find specific condo units here.
Honua Kai Resort: This high end beach resort has a tower of condo units. This is one of the top places to stay on this part of the island if you’re looking for all of the resort amenities plus extra space. Find specific condo units here.
Aston Mahana at Ka’anapali: If you’re looking for a good deal on the beach, this is the spot to look. It’s beachfront, but the beach can be a little bit narrow. It’s a little dated looking. Find specific condo units here.
Honokowai & Kahana: Stretching from Honokowai Beach Park up past Kahana Beach, there are some small stretches of sand along this area, but most properties are on the rocks. This is where the bulk of condos on west Maui are located, and a lot of them are a bit older. This is a great area to find some nice complexes with great views at an affordable price, just check your expectations so you know exactly what you’re getting. This isn’t the most luxe part of Maui, but many people really enjoy staying here.
Lokelani: Like many properties in this area, the beach is narrow and can disappear entirely with the tide, but there’s a nice lawn to set out on with views over the ocean. Find specific condo units here.
Napili: Napili Bay is one of the best beaches in Maui, but it is pretty crowded due to the number of condos surrounding it. It’s a difficult beach to visit if you’re not staying within walking distance because parking is so limited. The snorkeling is decent here and there are often sea turtles. When sitting at this beach (and neighboring Kapalua Beach), it’s usually possible to see whales breaching in the channel with Molokai in the distance. A lot of the properties in this area are older, but they have a certain charm.
The Mauian Hotel: More of a hotel than a condo, they do have one bedroom units and all studios have a kitchenette. Rooms here are a bit more modern than most in this area and a lot of rooms have great ocean views. Check rates here.
Napili Kai Beach Resort: Another property that’s more of a hotel but has multiple bedroom units, the Napili Kai by far has the best (and spacious) grounds in the area and it’s a great place to stay if you have kids. Check rates here.
Kapalua: Kapalua is home to Hawaii’s most exclusive golf resort. While two of the island’s most luxurious resorts are located in Kapalua, there are also many condos. Some are beach or oceanfront, but if you’re looking for a real bargain, nothing is very far from the water or a beach even if you can’t see it from your condo.
Kapalua Bay Villas: The condos at Kapalua are pretty sprawling so your view will vary depending on your booking category, but some have great waterviews and there are multiple beaches in the Kapalua area so it never feels very crowded. Great pool area. Find specific condo units here.
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While not as built up, the South shores of Maui are pretty darn great. This side of the island stays even drier and sunnier than the West side (hence why they’ve starting building it up more). Overall, the beaches in South Maui are way less crowded and quite a bit more accessible than those on the West side (more parking and better marked). Most of the beaches in Kihei you can see from the road! South Maui has it all, but a major advantage of staying on the south side is the proximity to the rest of the island. Hana, Haleakala, upcountry, the north shore, and central Maui are all much closer to the south side than to the west side. Drive time from the Kahului airport (OGG) to the Kihei/Wailea area is about 20-30 minutes.
Kihei: Kihei is a sizable beach town with plenty of places to eat and things to do (this is the hub of south Maui activities) and it’s not very expensive. Most of your accommodation options in Kihei are condos (some not super new). There are quite a few complexes that are beachfront, but the majority are not. However, the steep price break might be worth the quick walk across the street to get to the beach. The beaches in Kihei are beautiful, but they can get crowded given how many condos are in the area. If you’re on a budget, and you’re looking for a good home base to explore the island from, Kihei is hard to beat. Since there are so many condo complexes in Kihei and it’s kind of a spread out area, I’ve listed these north to south and in clusters that are close together.
North Kihei: North Kihei can be windier and it’s a bit further from the majority of restaurants and shopping in Kihei, but the beaches are less crowded.
Central Kihei: The most populated part of Kihei, this is where the bulk of the condos, restaurants, and shops are. Kalama Beach, and Kamaole (Kam) I, II, and III are in this stretch.
The three complexes below are situated on the water in between Kam I and Kam II (two of the most popular beaches in Kihei) and all have nice grounds and pools.
The three condos below are located in the same area, but across the street from the beach. All three have nice grounds and nice pools, but Kamaole Sands has the biggest grounds.
South Kihei: The south side of Kihei where it starts to run into Wailea is one of the best places to stay if you’re looking for uncrowded, beautiful beaches.
Wailea: If you can swing it, Wailea is THE place to stay. Wailea is a resort community just south of Kihei that includes several mega beachfront resorts, some nice condo complexes, good restaurants, and an upscale outdoor mall. The whole area is super lush and manicured and looks like the Hawaii of your dreams. When I’ve driven people down to Wailea after seeing other parts of the island, they’ve said “now THIS is what I thought Maui would look like.” There are some beachfront condos in Wailea, which could be out of budget, but even the off beach properties are super nice.
Palms at Wailea: Not on the beach, it’s only a short ways away and this property is new and NICE. Not only are the units quality, but the pool and common areas have a very luxe, resort-like feel. Find specific condo units here.
Wailea Beach Villas: These are not your average condos. These are VILLAS. The accommodations are fabulous, the location is fabulous, but they’re not a bargain. The price matches what you get. Find specific condo units here.
Ho’olei at the Grand Wailea: Again, these aren’t exactly condos, but villas situated in a resort community attached to the Grand Wailea. If you have the budget, and you’re looking for primo accommodations, you’ll love it here. Find specific condo units here.
All photos in this post are from Vrbo.com listings.
This post has focused on recommending condo complexes (or condo resorts), for recommendations on specific condo units (especially budget ones), see this post.
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