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.
Before I dive into my recommendations for best Maui family resorts, this needs a bit of a disclaimer: 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), you’ll always find kids boogie boarding in the waves, bobbing around in the pool, and having dinner with their families. That being said, the resorts I’m recommending here may appeal to children especially due to their pools or kids clubs, and parents due to their locations and convenience factors.
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As far as Wailea/South Maui vs Ka’anapali/West Maui (read my full post about that here) I don’t think one area is better than the other as far as kids are concerned. Both areas of the island have FABULOUS resorts for kids so it really comes down to each resort specifically.
Before I fill you in on my personal recommendations I’ll just say…there are a LOT of great places to stay on Maui with kids in every budget and in many different locations. These are just my very tippy top picks.
Read my full list of my top 15 favorite resorts on Maui (including all the places I’ll be recommending in this post) with more detailed resort descriptions.
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Best Maui Family Resorts
The Grand Wailea is probably one of the best family friendly resorts in the WORLD, not just Hawaii. It has a huge “wow factor” just because of literally how big and grand it all is, but the pool complexes (it’s practically a waterpark) are pretty hard to beat for kids. It’s also very nice without feeling stuffy and while it has an air of luxury, it’s all still very self service (check in to get a wristband, grab your towels, and you’re on your own) which is often the best vibe with kids. For me, it’s not comparable to the Four Seasons or Andaz overall (especially for adults), but if you’re traveling with kids, it’s the place to beat.
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If the Grand Wailea is out of the budget, or you’re wanting to stay in West Maui, the Westin is very recommendable. I love the location on Ka’anapali Beach (right next door to Whalers Village), the pool area is great for kids (multiple pools including a large waterslide) and the property has been recently renovated top to bottom.
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Marriott’s around the world are known for being family friendly, but the one in Wailea is something special. I don’t think this place gets enough attention for the kids pool area. In addition to the swanky infinity pools where the adults gravitate, there’s a whole complex with four pretty big water slides 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. This resort feels a little more lowkey and modern than the Grand Wailea while still offering top notch amenities for families. Plus it’s Marriott Bonvoy.
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Here’s another “sleeper” pick for families. The Fairmont Kea Lani is the only resort on Maui that is exclusively suites (all ocean facing too) so you’ll get a separate room (with a pull out bed and mini bar) in addition to the main bedroom and bathroom. To get that at any other major beach resort, you’ll have to upgrade to a suite which can be $$$. The pool area is also great for kids (it has three different pools plus an awesome waterslide). Read all about my stay at the Fairmont Kea Lani here.
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The Hyatt Regency has the best pool complex area for kids in West Maui. The resort has been recently renovated and it’s at the quiet end of Ka’anapali Beach (although the beach itself isn’t great right in front of the resort…it’s pretty narrow), and it’s got a great kids club. But for me, the real selling point of this resort 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! It’s the simple things really.
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Want to read more about where to stay on Maui? I’ve written a ton of posts that will help. I’d start with my 15 favorite resorts and hotels on Maui. Also, you’re going to want to decide between staying on the south side or the west side so this post about Wailea vs Ka’anapali is golden. Read about my favorite luxury resorts, boutique hotels, honeymoon resorts, family friendly resorts, and condos (many under $100/night!). If you’ve narrowed down the area of the island you want to stay, but need help picking a specific hotel, read these posts about where to stay in Wailea, Kihei, Ka’anapali, Lahaina and Kapalua, and Hana. And if you just want more details (more! More! more!), read my reviews of staying at the Four Seasons and the Fairmont Kea Lani.
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