Spotlight on Maui
Hawaii’s second-largest island, Maui lives up to its slogan “Maui no ka ‘oi,” meaning “Maui is the best.” Its diverse natural landscape includes the most miles of swimmable beach of any Hawaiian island, the world’s largest dormant volcano, and plenty of activities for outdoor enthusiasts: There’s windsurfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, road and mountain biking, and — along the state’s scenic Hana Highway — hiking trails, waterfalls, natural pools, and remote beaches. Maui is not only for the active and rugged, though; there’s plenty of opportunity for beach-, golf-, pool-, and spa-centric vacations along miles of beachfront development.
Maui offers an equally wide range of accommodations with everything from massive beachfront resorts, to condo and time-share properties, to rustic, secluded hotels in undeveloped areas. Wailea is the island’s central resort area and offers the most consistent weather. Visitors to Wailea often stay in luxurious resorts, such as the celebrity-favorite Four Seasons, which offers rooms with gorgeous views, 3 high-design pools, and top-notch (if uber-expensive) restaurants. The nearby Grand Wailea boasts one of the best spas in the US, and attracts numerous families with its superb kids’ camp.
For a more rustic (and authentic) Maui vacation, the lush, undeveloped east coast is full of natural landmarks like waterfalls, secluded beaches, and natural pools. Accommodations are nearly nonexistent; the island’s most unique lodging, Travaasa Hana, is also one of the only options in the area. It offers unplugged luxury in rooms and cottages without TVs or radios and sits on a beautifully secluded, oceanside perch.