Maui strikes a perfect balance between relaxation and adventure – making it an ideal destination for couples. Home to picturesque beaches, incredible hikes, world-class restaurants, and epic sunsets, there’s no better place for a tropical getaway with your partner.

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But finding a place to stay on Maui can be challenging. There are enough accommodations to make your head spin – and you want to make the perfect choice for you and your partner.

Need help figuring out where to stay on Maui? Let’s break it down.

The two most popular places to stay are South Maui and West Maui. Visitors favor these areas for their beaches, snorkeling, accommodations, and warm weather.

South Maui is becoming increasingly popular with visitors. This area is home to the towns of Kihei, Wailea, and Makena – and it’s one of the most consistently sunny places on the island.

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Where To Stay in South Maui


Sugar Beach Resort – Sugar Beach Resort sits on one of Maui’s longest and prettiest beaches.

Sugar Beach Resort

This resort is located on the quiet side of Kihei – ideal for couples who want to enjoy Maui’s natural offerings. Sugar Beach Resort gives you a taste of Maui’s laid-back lifestyle, from long beach walks and canoe paddling to shopping at the nearby farmers market.

The resort’s central location makes it the perfect launchpad for all Maui adventures. Maalaea Harbor – a hub for Molokini snorkel tours – is just a ten-minute drive away. Meanwhile, restaurants, shopping, snorkeling, and more incredible beaches are located just down the road in South Kihei and Wailea.

The best part? When you’ve had enough exploring, you can stay on the property and enjoy the resort’s pool, jacuzzi, and beachfront lawn. Or, head to your condo and savor a Maui sunset from your private lanai.


Kamaole Nalu – If you and your partner prefer more action, book a stay at Kamaole Nalu. This gem is located in the heart of South Kihei.

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This complex is tucked between two of Kihei’s best beaches – Kamaole I and Kamaole II. And you’ll be a stone’s throw away from some of Kihei’s most popular cafes, restaurants, and bars.

As for nearby adventures, you can snorkel off the point in front of Kamaole Nalu – or drive a few minutes further south, where the reefs are even more vibrant. Molokini snorkel tours are also an option. Kamaole Nalu is just a three-minute drive (15-minute walk) from Kihei Boat Ramp, where several exciting rafting tours are based.

And you can always stay in and enjoy the pool, jacuzzi, and oceanfront views at Kamaole Nalu, too.


Wailea Elua Village – Interested in a beachfront luxury stay? Look no further than Wailea Elua Village. This property is located in the heart of Wailea, giving you access to luxurious resort amenities without the cramped resort rooms. Instead, the rooms here range from one to three bedrooms and feature full kitchens.

Wailea Elua Resort

Like the condos, the Wailea Elua Village property is sprawling. And there’s plenty to do on the property’s 24 acres – from swimming in the two pools, playing pickleball or tennis, or lounging in the beachfront pavilion.

But the best part? Wailea Elua Village overlooks Ulua Beach – one of the best beaches in Wailea for snorkeling. You can start each morning exploring the reef, paddleboarding around the point, or just walking the beach.

You’ll also be within walking distance of the Shops at Wailea, where you can find some of Maui’s best happy hours, restaurants, and shopping.

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Curious about West Maui?

West Maui offers a range of accommodations, from luxe resorts in Kaanapali to laid-back condos in Honokowai, Kahana, and Napili. For adventurous couples, we recommend ditching the hustle and bustle of Kaanapali and exploring one of the smaller hamlets up north. Here’s where we recommend staying.

Valley Isle Resort – Valley Isle Resort is a great home base for adventurous couples. This condo complex has all the comforts of home, like kitchens and washer/dryers. And it’s in a great location.

Valley Isle is located in the quiet beachside town of Kahana. Kahana is laid-back, but adventure awaits in every direction. Kaanapali is located less than ten minutes to the south. Here, you’ll find all kinds of water activities, from boat tours to surfing lessons to paddle board rentals and snorkeling. Head north, and you’ll find picturesque beaches, hiking trails, and even better snorkeling at Honolua Bay.

You’ll still have plenty to do on days you feel like staying local. You can lounge on the beach out front or by the pool, hit the waves at Pohaku Park, or hang out on your lanai and enjoy ocean views and island breezes. When you get hungry (or thirsty), head to Dollie’s for pizza, Miso Phat for sushi, or Maui Brewing Company for locally brewed beers.

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We hope this helps you narrow down where to stay next time you and your partner are on Maui. And remember, Ali’i Resorts is your number-one resource for Maui accommodations and excursions!