5 Top Maui Resorts for Families

Jocelyn Murray August 30, 2011 No Comments

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If you think summer is ending, think again. Hawaii offers year-round family getaways with gorgeous beaches, balmy weather and a leisurely pace. The island of Maui is known for its beaches, stunning Haleakala Crater, lush Hana rainforest, and fantastic recreation from scuba diving and snorkeling, water sports, boat tours and cruises, eco adventures, to a variety of cultural activities. Listed alphabetically, these top Maui resorts feature the best in recreation and relaxation. Come discover paradise. Come to Maui.

Four Seasons Resort Maui

Four Seasons Resort Maui

Four Seasons Resort Maui

The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is a spectacular beachfront retreat with picturesque manicured gardens, inviting accommodations, fine dining that includes children’s menus, spa, extensive art collection and boundless recreation with numerous complimentary activities.

Four Seasons Resort Maui pools

Pool and beach view at the resort

There is a lagoon pool with cascading waterfall, small children’s slide and a shallow wading section for toddlers; a large fountain pool with two hot tubs; and an adult infinity pool with stunning ocean vistas.

Children share in the resort’s exceptional treatment with complementary milk and cookies upon their first day’s arrival, children’s bathrobes, and free baby and kid’s bath product amenities. The year-round kids program is complementary and boasts a fantastic array of games, sports, arts and crafts, storytelling and more. During peak seasons the resort offers themed night kid’s programs as well that include a dinner buffet for a nominal fee. Everyone in the family is in for a treat here.

For more information on this top resort visit their website at www.fourseasons.com/maui

Grand Wailea

Grand Wailea

Grand Wailea

The Grand Wailea Maui is aptly named because everything about this resort is grand: from the luxurious accommodations, the water park, an exquisite collection of art, to the pristine location. Situated on 40 acres overlooking beautiful Wailea Beach, the Grand Wailea boasts an award-winning spa, delicious array of dining, shopping, and an endless variety of recreation.

Grand Wailea

One of the pools with cascading fountain

The water park features nine pools, seven waterslides, caves and grottos, waterfalls and rapids. There is even a pool designated for scuba diving lessons, and an adult pool with an ornate hibiscus flower mosaic gracing its floor. Children ages 5-12 have a special place of their own at the Camp Grande with a theater, craft room, children’s restaurant, outside play area and game room. Activities include nature walks, hikes, arts and crafts, and creative projects like making leis, t-shirt dyeing and ukulele lessons. There are plenty of activities for children under five and teens also, as well as daily poolside workshops.

For more information on this lovely resort visit www.grandwailea.com

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa

Maui Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa

Maui Hayatt Regency Resort & Spa

40 lush acres on the shores of gorgeous Kaanapali Beach beckon families to the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa. Guests are first welcomed by the breathtaking atrium lobby, alive with tropical birds, flowers, plants, trees, and various tranquil ponds with koi and swans. Another special and exotic treat for visitors in the lobby area are the family of African Black-footed Penguins. This enchanting reception sets the tone to an idyllic stay at this resort where recreation, a spa, shops, stunning art collection, luxurious accommodations, and dining and entertainment abound.

Maui Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa

View of the Hyatt Maui pool

Children will love the water playground with its shimmering pools, spouting geysers, waterfalls, slide and rope suspension bridge. Activities like hula dance lessons, lei making and other programs offer memory-making opportunities. The resort’s own Cirque Polynesia showcases exciting acrobatics, while the nightly luaus give guests a delightful taste of traditional culture with music, dances, arts and crafts demonstrations, all-you-can-eat buffet and open bar.

For more information on this fantastic resort read a first hand account from one of our family writers: The Hyatt Regency Resort in Maui – Kid Heaven!

You can also visit their official website at: www.maui.hyatt.com

Napili Kai Beach Resort

Napili Kai Beach Resort

Napili Kai Beach Resort

Nestled among the palms of the serene Napili Bay in Lahaina, the Napili Kai Beach Resort offers families an unhurried, uncomplicated, unpretentious and totally authentic Hawaiian experience. This gem of a resort exudes all the warmth and gracious hospitality of old Hawaii with comfortably appointed spacious accommodations, dining and recreation. Complimentary tea, coffee, juice, and fresh pineapple welcome guests each morning at the beach cabana, along with cultural presentations. There are free weekly activities including Mai Tai and putting parties, hula dancing, lei-making lessons and garden tours.

Napili Kai Beach Resort

The tranquil waters are perfect for snorkeling

Some of the island’s best snorkeling and swimming is found here. Guests will also enjoy the four swimming pools, hot tub, water sports and a host of other activities and resort amenities. The seasonal Keiki Club for kids features complimentary activities for children ages 6-10 that include painting, drawing, music, and a variety of wonderful crafts.

For more information on this exclusive resort visit their website at www.napilikai.com

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

Maui Sheraton Resort & Spa

Maui Sheraton Resort & Spa

Sitting on 22 acres along the golden sugary sands of Kaanapali Beach by the renowned Black Rock, the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa boasts lovely accommodations, dining and entertainment, and a plethora of recreation and activities for the whole family including the Sheraton Adventure Club for children. Experience the nightly distinctive torch lighting and cliff diving ceremony off Black Rock at sunset where legend holds that ancient spirits jumped from this world.

Maui Sheraton Resort Pool

Pool and ocean view of this lovely resort

There are luau celebrations with vibrant festival dances and a sumptuous feast, cultural activities, great snorkeling by Black Rock, a 142-foot swimming lagoon tucked within lush tropical gardens, soothing hot tub, flowing waterfalls, and shallow (one foot depth) children’s pool. This oasis is one of Maui’s best resorts and a favorite among many.

The Maui Sheraton Resort & Spa is a great location for an outdoor wedding.  See the following article about one of our family writers visiting the Sheraton Maui Resort for a beautiful wedding: Ocean Lawn Wedding at the Maui Sheraton Resort

For more information on this great venue visit their official website at: www.sheraton-maui.com

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Jocelyn Murray is a travel writer and historical fiction novelist. She holds two university master's degrees in both English and Education, along with a bachelor's degree in Economics and European Studies. She also has a teaching credential and taught at the elementary school level.

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