Mommy Needs A Mai Tai

Last Updated on February 3, 2024 by Florabeth Coble

A graphic that reads Maui: The Best Places to Stay for Families, including a photo of lounge chairs at the Four Seasons Resort in Wailea, Hawaii.

Searching for the best places to stay on Maui for families? I’m a mom raising two kids on Maui, and we stay in hotels as often as possible. I’m here to guide you through the top spots on Maui that cater to the young and the young at heart.

From resorts with epic waterslides to tranquil retreats with spacious family suites, I’m spilling the tea. Whether you’re looking to build sandcastles on world-famous beaches, explore the island’s natural wonders, or simply soak up the sun by a stunning pool, these 11 family-friendly places in Maui promise a vacation to remember.

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Busy Mom’s Cheat Sheet

Best Maui Resort for Toddlers: Marriott Maui Ocean Club

Best Maui Resort for Teens: Wailea Beach Resort

Best Maui Resort on a Budget: Outrigger Ka’anapali Beach Resort 

Best Maui Resort for Luxury: Four Seasons Resort at Wailea

A family laughing while drinking champagne and playing with kids on a lanai at the Four Seasons Resort in Maui, Hawaii.
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Is Maui Good for Families? 

Yes, Maui is a dream destination for families. It’s so kid-friendly that we decided to raise our own kids here!

Every Hawaiian Island is unique, but what I love about Maui is its perfect balance of adventure and relaxation, making it an ideal destination for families seeking a memorable vacation. 

Want to stay busy the whole time? Maui has you covered. Or maybe your ideal vacation is never leaving a world-class resort. No worries. Maui’s got plenty of them. 

Two kids holding hands while looking at fish at the Maui Ocean Center in Maui, Hawaii.

What is There to Do on Maui for Families?

With its epic beaches, incredible kid-friendly restaurants, and interactive activities like the Maui Ocean Center, Maui is a playground for all ages. The island’s natural beauty, from the lush Iao Valley to the majestic Haleakalā Crater, offers endless opportunities for family exploration and education.

Read our favorite family-friendly things to do on Maui here. 

Two young kids wearing leis on a bed at Fairmont Kea Lani Resort in Maui, Hawaii.

Where to Stay on Maui with Kids

If you visit Maui with kids, you’ll likely want to stay in Ka’anapali (Westside) or Wailea (Southside). Both areas provide excellent weather and plenty of places to rest your head. 

However, if you prefer to travel off the beaten path, there are many wonderful Maui nooks and crannies to discover. My Ultimate Guide to Maui explains each region in detail and will help you decide the best location for your family. 

A toddler playing an ukulele while sitting on a lanai at the Four Seasons Resort on Maui, Hawaii.

Is a Hotel or Vacation Rental Better for Families on Maui?

The answer to this question will essentially boil down to one question: How much are you willing to spend? Because there’s no way around it: Staying at a hotel on Maui with kids is expensive. If you’re on a strict budget, Oahu is a cheaper option.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority tells us that, compared to a Maui vacation rental, guests throw down almost 20% more to stay in a hotel. Not only is the stay more expensive, but many also charge a daily resort fee (typically around $50/day), which can add up quickly.

Resorts, while expensive, are still the most popular option. They offer benefits that most parents can’t pass up: kid’s clubs, restaurants, waterslides, kids-eat-free, and daily housekeeping (praise be). If you want a hands-off experience, a resort is the way to go. 

A dad closing his eyes while holding a toddler on a large vacation rental lanai in Hawaii.

Maui Vacation Rentals for Families

A vacation rental may not have the same amenities that most hotels offer, but they do provide the freedom to vacation in your own way. 

For example, having your own kitchen can change the game, especially if traveling with a large group. Not only does it help save money, but your kitchen can cater to the pickiest of eaters. Finding something on the menu that keeps everyone happy can be a challenge!

In addition, vacation rentals can provide something that moms don’t get much of in life: SPACE. While some of the hotels on the list below offer suites, it’s hard to compete with the kind of space that a vacation rental can provide.

A sun hat resting on a chair in front of a resort pool at the Hyatt Regency in Maui, Hawaii.

The Best Maui Resorts for Families

Maui is well-known for being the best island for resorts. There are so many to choose from! I have considered location, price, vibe, and kid/adult amenities to compile this list. (After all, this is your vacation, too.)

In no particular order, these are the best places to stay on Maui for families. 

View of the family pool and 325 foot waterslide at the Wailea Beach Resort in Maui, Hawaii.

Wailea Beach Resort

Location: Wailea, Maui

Perfect For: Families With Teens

The Wailea Beach Resort is a family paradise that combines elegance with many kid-friendly amenities. 

The vibe here is upscale yet welcoming, striking a perfect balance between luxury and a relaxed, family-oriented atmosphere. Parents can indulge in the resort’s spa services and adult-only pool or enjoy a round of golf at nearby championship courses.

Wailea Beach Resort’s show stopper is the 325-foot waterslide, proudly claiming to be the longest waterslide on Maui. Little ones will enjoy the splash pad, game room, and movie theater with free popcorn and lemonade!

Why We Love It

I used to work at this hotel and still love to stay here! It’s very spread out and never feels too crowded. The staff is attentive but also gives you space. I appreciate hotels catering to kids and adults, and the Wailea Beach Resort checks all the boxes for me.

Also, the waterslides! They really do live up to the hype! If you have a kid who loves a thrill, this is the place to be. 


The Kid’s Club is only open seasonally, so check if it’s available during your stay. And while the hotel is oceanfront, you’ll still have to walk a few minutes down a beach path to access the water. 

Pools: 3, including the Nalu Adventure Slide (longest in Hawaii) 

Kid’s Cub: Seasonally

Restaurants: 3 + bars and on-site food truck 

Book Wailea Beach Resort

A cabana in the middle of a pool at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui, Hawaii as the sun sets.

Fairmont Kea Lani

Location: Wailea, Maui

Perfect For: Families Searching for Sophistication and Space 

The Fairmont Kea Lani is a Maui staple, and it doesn’t take long to see why. 

This resort stands out with its unique all-suite and villa luxury offerings, providing spacious accommodations that cater to the needs of parents and children. 

The vibe at Fairmont Kea Lani is one of relaxed sophistication, where families can enjoy a blend of comfort and style. For kids, the resort offers the Keiki Lani Kids Club, with activities that range from Hawaiian cultural experiences to environmental education. 

The resort has three swimming pools, including a 140-foot waterslide and a toddler-friendly pool. Additionally, its location in Wailea means families are just steps away from some of Maui’s most beautiful beaches and snorkeling spots.

Why We Love It

My favorite thing about staying at the Fairmont Kea Lani is the space. I hate being trapped in bed because it’s my kid’s bedtime! This is not an issue at the Fairmont, as every room is either a one-bedroom or two- to three-bedroom villa. 

Our service at the Fairmont is always exceptional, and I appreciate the little details (like tiny step stools) they have placed for kids around the hotel. 


Fairmont Kea Lani is situated on the southernmost point of Wailea, separating it from the other hotels. This can be great, as it allows you some breathing room. However, it also means walking longer to nearby shops and restaurants. 

In addition, while the hotel restaurants provide kids’ menus, they are not the easiest to navigate with small children.

Read our full review of the Fairmont Kea Lani here.

Pools: 3 kid-friendly pools and one adult-only pool

Kids Club: Yes, included in the resort fee

Restaurants: 6, Kids under 5 eat free at Ko Restaurant and AMA Bar & Grill

Book Fairmont Kea Lani

A toddler pool with sand and palm trees in the background at the Grand Wailea in Maui, Hawaii.

The Grand Wailea

Location: Wailea, Maui

Perfect For: Families Who Love a Fun Pool

The Grand Wailea is a Waldorf Astoria Resort renowned for its lavish amenities and exceptional family-friendly offerings. 

Located right on the beach in Wailea, this resort is a paradise for families seeking luxury and adventure. The Grand Wailea is famous for its Wailea Canyon Activity Pool, a 2,000-foot-long network of nine pools connected by a lazy river. It offers everything from thrilling waterslides to a sandy beach pool for the little ones. 

Did I mention the Tarzan pool with a rope swing? Sorry, did I mention the swim-up bar?? 

Why We Love It

Aside from the epic pool setup, I love that this resort is situated right on Wailea Beach, meaning you only have to walk a few steps to dip in the sea. 

The spa is excellent, and I have received many great massages there. The “dipping pools” are also a great experience to share solo or with friends. The spas received a major remodel in early 2024.


The Grand Wailea recently discontinued their kids club, and it’s a real bummer because it was epic. But you don’t have to be here long to see that this resort still caters to children. 

Unfortunately, the word is out, and the grounds can get noisy and crowded. Prepare for a bit of chaos.

Pools: 9, including 5 waterslides and 3 jacuzzi’s 

Kid’s Club: No 

Restaurants: 5

Book The Grand Wailea

A mom smiling in a sun hat and looking off camera at the Hyatt Regency in Ka'anapali, Maui, Hawaii.

Hyatt Regency Ka’anapali

Location: Ka’anapali, Maui

Perfect For: Wildlife Enthusiasts and Pool Fanatics 

Located along the stunning Ka’anapali Beach, this resort is a paradise for families who value poolside/oceanfront activities and unique wildlife encounters. 

The Hyatt Regency stands out for its elaborate pool area with a lazy river, waterfalls, and a 150-foot lava tube waterslide!

The resort is unique with its wildlife sanctuary, where you can wake up to the sound of exotic birds and penguin feedings before you’ve even had breakfast. 

Unfortunately, the kid’s club was discontinued with Covid, but they offer many family-friendly activities like stargazing, a mermaid swim academy, and a terrific on-site luau.

Why We Love It

The resort’s spacious rooms and family suites are designed for comfort, with breathtaking ocean views. We always enjoy our stay here! 

Hyatt Regency is very convenient, with four restaurants and a fun program where you “pay by the age:” meaning your six-year-old will eat for six dollars at one of their on-site restaurants. 


The Hyatt Regency Maui is large and busy. It took me a long time to walk around and find my family. This can feel overwhelming if you’re seeking a more intimate resort experience. Also, while the wildlife features are unique, they might not appeal to everyone.

In addition, the beach directly in front of the hotel is tiny. But a short walk up Ka’anapali Beach will lead you to more sand. 

Pools: 6

Kid’s Club: No 

Restaurants: 5, casual to upscale, and on-site Ululani’s Shave Ice!

Book The Hyatt Regency Maui

A view of the main pool with towels stacked at the Four Seasons Resort in Wailea, Maui, Hawaii.

Four Seasons Resort

Location: Wailea, Maui

Perfect For: Families Who Value Luxury and Attention to Detail

The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is the epitome of elegance, offering a luxurious escape for families who appreciate the finer things in life. This resort is a haven of calm sophistication, perfect for us mamas who need a well-deserved break. 

This is the nicest hotel in Wailea (or the entire island, depending on who you ask). The Four Seasons is renowned for its impeccable service and attention to detail, ensuring a stay that’s as relaxing as it is memorable. The resort’s three saltwater pools, including a serene adults-only option and a beautiful family pool, cater to every mood and preference.

Why We Love It

When on vacation, I want to feel like I’m on a break from my regular life. The Four Seasons accomplishes this by treating you like someone famous who deserves the very best in life. Your needs (and your kids) are anticipated before you even realize you have them. 

The grounds are gorgeous, and our room included many thoughtful amenities like kids’ shampoo, a Nespresso machine, a crib, and a turn-down service at night. They also offer bottle warmers, rocking chairs, and strollers upon request.

One major perk to the Four Seasons Maui is no resort fee. Included in your stay are complimentary pool cabanas (very rare!), so no need to leave the pool with a sleeping toddler! This may be reason enough to stay.

In addition, they have an incredible kid’s club, also complimentary, for ages 5-12. 


The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea comes with a price tag to match its luxury offerings, which can stretch the budget, to say the least. Also, while the resort is peaceful, those seeking a more lively, activity-filled stay might find it too quiet.

Lastly, while the spa was beautiful, I felt rushed and found my massage there to be a bit robotic. I have heard this from other guests as well. (You may want to consider booking spa treatments next door at the Grand Wailea). 

Pools: 3, including a serene adults-only pool and a family pool with a small waterslide and shallow end for toddlers

Kid’s Club: Yes, complimentary for ages 5-12

Restaurants: 3, kids five and under eat free

Book The Four Seasons Maui

A dad wearing his toddler on his shoulders at a resort pool with people playing basketball in the background.

Westin Maui Resort and Spa Ka’anapali

Location: Ka’anapali, Maui

Perfect For: Active Families and Water Slide Enthusiasts

The Westin Maui Resort and Spa in Ka’anapali is excellent for families who love being part of the action and right on the beach.

This resort is located on a prime location of Ka’anapali Beach, which made our list of the best beaches for families on Maui.

The Westin Maui is particularly famous for its impressive aquatic playground, featuring five pools, two waterslides, and a dedicated kids’ area that promises endless fun for the younger ones. For the bigger kids, there’s a thrilling 128-foot waterslide!

Why We Love It

The Westin’s location could not be more convenient. The resort is located on the widest part of Ka’anapali Beach and directly next to Whaler’s Village Shopping Mall. 

A huge perk to staying at the Westin Ka’anapali is their nightly kids’ program, making it possible to sneak out for a romantic sunset dinner without anyone spilling chocolate milk on your sundress. 


The Westin Maui Resort has 770 rooms, so many people stay here, especially during peak seasons. This is not your place if you want a quieter, more intimate experience. 

They’ve done a great job with the pool layout, creating five different pool levels overlooking the ocean. Still, the pools can get quite crowded, so head down early in the morning to reserve your lounge chairs. 

Pools: 5, including a 128-foot waterslide and 87,000 square feet of fun

Kid’s Club: Yes, day and night camp available for kids 5-12 (dinner included)

Restaurants: 3, including an “Eat Well” menu with healthy options for kids 

Book The Westin Ka’anapali

A dad holding a baby in a lounge chair at a resort in Maui, Hawaii.

Napili Kai Beach Resort

Location: Napili, Maui

Perfect For: Families Seeking a Low-Key Beach Retreat

We love Napili Kai Resort so much! This place is our go-to for a casual weekend away and a hidden gem for families looking for a more laid-back, intimate Hawaiian experience.

Tucked away on the shores of the picturesque Napili Bay, this resort is a haven of tranquility and natural beauty. Napili Kai’s charm lies in its traditional Hawaiian feel and smaller scale, starkly contrasting the larger, more bustling resorts. Its beachfront location provides direct access to the calm, clear waters of Napili Bay.

Why We Love It

Napili Kai’s appeal is in its simplicity and focus on relaxation. The spacious, condo-style accommodations with kitchen facilities make it perfect for families wanting a home-away-from-home experience. The resort’s low-rise buildings and absence of resort fees add to its laid-back charm. Their motto is: “We don’t nickel and dime our guests.”

This place is quirky and cute, with a weekly mai tai party, shuffleboard, putt-putt, and kid’s-eat-free popcorn. In a sea of large resorts, I find this place to be intimate and refreshing.


While Napili Kai offers a peaceful retreat, it lacks some of the extensive amenities and activities found in larger resorts, which might be a downside for families seeking more on-site entertainment options.

Pools: 4 

Kid’s Club: Seasonal 

Restaurants: 1, The Sea House Restaurant, known for its beachfront dining and local cuisine, kids under 12 eat for free

Book Napili Kai

A boy with long hair dipping french fries in a cabana at a resort on Maui, Hawaii.

Montage Kapalua Bay

Location: Kapalua, Maui

Perfect For: Families Desiring Luxury and Spacious Living

Montage Kapalua Bay, nestled in the picturesque Kapalua area, is a sanctuary of luxury and comfort for families who appreciate the finer things in life.

This resort is renowned for its sprawling, residential-style accommodations and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. This is not the kind of resort where your family is on top of you the entire time. They offer spacious 1-4 bedroom suites and residences, each with top-notch amenities and a gourmet kitchen.

Why We Love It

The resort’s focus on luxury and personalized service made us feel special during our entire stay. 

The Spa Montage is reason enough to stay here, although you don’t have to be a guest to do so. It’s truly an oasis of relaxation, offering a range of treatments that embody the spirit of aloha. 

Their kid’s program is the best on the island, with tailored activities for different days of the week. They also offer a “children’s night out” twice weekly, with dinner and a private movie screening.


Montage Kapalua Bay’s exclusivity and high-end offerings come with a premium price tag.

Additionally, its tranquil and luxurious atmosphere might not align with families looking for a more casual or activity-packed resort experience. Let’s just say that when my kids were loud, people noticed. 

Pools: A stunning 3-tiered lagoon pool that blends seamlessly with the natural surroundings

Kid’s Club: Paintbox, an exclusive children’s program with a variety of cultural activities

Restaurants: 3 (The Hideaway is the most kid-friendly)

Book The Montage Kapalua Bay

A kid going down a small waterslide at the Sheraton Resort on Maui, Hawaii.

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa at Black Rock

Location: Ka’anapali

Perfect For: Families Who Love Adventure and History

The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, located at the iconic Black Rock on Kaanapali Beach, is a haven for families seeking a blend of Hawaiian culture, adventure, and relaxation.

This resort is steeped in history and legend, situated at a spot known for its significance in Hawaiian culture and excellent snorkeling opportunities right off the beach. The Sheraton Maui is renowned for its sprawling lagoon-style pool and the nightly cliff diving ceremony, a tradition that pays homage to the island’s heritage and is a must-see for families.

Sheraton guests enjoy stunning oceanfront views from nearly every room. 

Why We Love It

Aside from its rich cultural backdrop, the real highlight of the Sheraton is the lazy river pool, stretching 142 yards (an entire football field) throughout the hotel. There are several large swimming areas, a small waterslide, and a shallow area that’s great for toddlers.


The Sheraton Maui can be bustling, especially during peak seasons, which might not suit those looking for a quieter, more secluded experience. Also, the resort’s size means a bit of extra walking to navigate the grounds, which could be a consideration for families with small children.

Pools: A sizeable lagoon-style pool with a lazy river and separate areas for kids

Kid’s Club: No

Restaurants: 5

Book The Sheraton Maui

A baby sucking his thumb and sleeping on a blanket on Ka'anapali Beach in Maui, Hawaii.

Outrigger Ka’anapali Beach Resort

(formally Ka’anapali Beach Hotel)

Location: Ka’anapali, Maui

Perfect For: Simplistic Beachfront Fun on a Budget

Outrigger Ka’anapali Beach Resort is a great option for families on a budget who don’t want to sacrifice a beachfront location. 

This resort is celebrated for its prime setup on Ka’anapali Beach, offering families direct access to soft sand and clear water. Staying here also means easy access to various dining and shopping options. 

The Outrigger’s vibe is warm and welcoming, focusing on genuine Hawaiian hospitality. It’s also known for its large, whale-shaped pool. 

Why We Love It

Outrigger Ka’anapali claims to be “Hawaii’s most Hawaiian hotel,” they offer an impressive list of daily cultural activities. This place is old school. Staying here feels like stepping back in time, which can be fun in itself. 

This is a terrific option for families who want to stay on Ka’anapali Beach without taking out a loan to do so.


When I first walked into Outrigger’s lobby, I could tell we were in an older hotel. The decor is a bit outdated, but the rooms are clean and welcoming. Those seeking a more upscale or secluded resort environment might find this hotel too casual. 

My biggest complaint is that there is no poolside drink/food service available.

Pools: A unique no-frills whale-shaped pool

Kid’s Club: No

Restaurants: 3, including the newest Maui Brewing Company location 

Book Outrigger Ka’anapali Beach Resort

A young toddler going down a waterslide at a resort in Hawaii with his brother behind him.

Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club

Location: Ka’anapali, Maui

Perfect For: Families Who Want the Comfort of Home

Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club, situated in the heart of Ka’anapali Beach, is a vacation ownership property anyone can book and stay at.

This resort is known for its spacious accommodations, including one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites with kitchenettes. This is ideal for families who appreciate extra space and the ability to prepare their own meals. Their villas even include a washer and dryer! 

Maui Ocean Club offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and provides easy access to Ka’anapali Beach. The resort has a sprawling super pool complex with a pirate ship, waterslides, and a lazy river!

Why We Love It

My two-year-old LOVED the pirate ship play area and the little water slides. The resort’s spacious living and on-site amenities make this a very convenient place, especially with a toddler in tow.

In addition, Maui Ocean Club does not charge a daily resort fee, which is rare in Hawaii (although they still charge for parking). 


Because this is a vacation ownership property, there are a couple of quirks. Check-in is at 4:00pm, and check-out is at 10:00am. And while the staff is friendly, they may not go out of their way to make you feel doted on.

In addition, this is not a chill resort by any means. While it provides hours of fun, the pool area can get crowded. 

Pools: An impressive super pool complex with a pirate ship, waterslides, and a lazy river

Kid’s Club: No

Restaurants: One beachfront restaurant (Longhi’s) and two pool bars 

Book Maui Ocean Club

A dad pointing up at a rainbow while holding his toddler in Maui, Hawaii.

Next Steps to Planning Your Maui Vacation

Dive deeper into planning your Maui getaway with our other guides and articles. Whether you’re looking for the best family adventures on Maui, wondering if you need to rent a car, or how to be a responsible tourist, I’ve got you covered. And for those days when you dream of island flavors, don’t miss our guide to the top family-friendly restaurants on Maui.

So, pack your bags, grab your sunscreen, and get ready to explore the magic of Maui with your family. Aloha and happy travels!

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Aloha, I'm Florabeth Coble

Most people call me Flo. I'm a busy mama raising two young boys in Hawaii. We share our adventures, travel tips, itineraries, and honest reviews so that you can plan your own family-friendly trip to Hawaii.