Hotel at a Glance: Maui Beach Hotel
On the rooftop terrace of the Maui Beach Hotel, you can soak up the Hawaiian sunshine on lounge chairs surrounding a sparkling pool. On ground level, guests can explore nearby attractions by hopping on a shuttle with service to any spot within 3 miles of the property.
- Rooftop pool with mountain views.
- Rainbow Terrace Restaurant: This breezy, open-air eatery serves waffles and scrambled eggs for breakfast, and prime rib and crab at a weekly buffet.
- Room with a view: Brightly decorated guest rooms overlook the Pacific Ocean or the hotel’s tropical gardens. Oceanfront rooms are as close to the water as you can get without going outside.
- Bring Fido: Small dogs (25 pounds and under) can tag along for a nominal fee.
Maui, Hawaii: Gorgeous Beaches, Haleakala Volcano, and Seasonal Whale Watching
Voted the best island in the United States by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, Maui is considered one of the Pacific’s most beautiful spots and a favorite among Hollywood’s elite. The town of Lahaina, along Maui’s western coast, served as Hawaii’s royal capital before 1845. Throughout the mid-19th century, it was known as a whaling town—Herman Melville sailed from Lahaina during this time and gathered inspiration for Moby-Dick. The humpback whales that were once hunted are now protected by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, and their population has flourished. The seas around Lahaina boast some of the world’s best whale watching from December to May, when female humpbacks give birth in the warm Pacific waters.
Arguably, Maui’s biggest attraction is Haleakala, the world’s largest dormant volcano, which technically encompasses 75% of the island. A paved road leads up to Haleakala’s summit, where you can stretch your legs and walk around the rim of the lunar-like volcanic crater. The towering peak is a playground for bicyclists, who coast down the slopes all the way to the beach town of Paia.
Elsewhere on the island, it’s a rite of passage to drive the Road to Hana, a 68-mile route that zigzags along the scenic northeastern coast with more than 600 hairpin curves. There are several points of interest along the way, including botanical gardens, tiny villages, and waterfall pools you can swim in.