A waterslide connects two family pools at Fairmont Kea Lani Maui. // © 2015 Fairmont Kea Lani
Feature image (above): Hyatt Maui guests can swim right up to the cave-like Grotto Bar, tucked away beneath waterfalls. // © 2015 Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
Almost every Hawaii hotel has some sort of swimming hole, but Maui’s top resort pools sink the competition with a wide-range of amenities. There’s rarely a bad time to swim in a Maui pool, thanks to the destination’s year-round sunshine, limited rainfall and temperatures averaging in the 80s.
But, the really great resort pools take every detail into consideration — from views and water features to the whims and safety of their guests. Here’s a look at five Maui resort pools worth taking the plunge.
Grand Wailea - A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Akin to a water park, the Wailea Canyon Activity Pool at Grand Wailea - A Waldorf Astoria Resort lures young and old alike to its seven pool slides, a Tarzan swing, a lazy river and the world’s first water elevator.
At its poolside baby beach, youngsters can build sandcastles or wade and swim safely. When peace and quiet is the name of the game, guests can head to the adults-only Hibiscus Pool, a tranquil oasis with panoramic beach and ocean views.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
Waterfalls and a swim-up bar separate Hyatt Maui’s two pools. The Lahaina Pool draws clients who want to relax and take a leisurely swim. The Napili Pool enthralls energetic guests with its 150-foot enclosed waterslide and a swinging rope bridge.
A 3,000-square-foot sandy play area engages wee ones with leaping water fountains and a short slide. Swimmers enjoy poolside surprises such as giveaways, free ice cream and hula contests.
Montage Kapalua Bay
Overlooking the ocean, the three-tier Sunset Pool also cascades through the center of the resort, ending at a spacious deck and poolside grill.
In between explorations of its different levels, coves and waterfalls, guests relax on loungers or canopy daybeds with added perks. The staff circulates with free snacks, cold towels, sunglass cleaning and cooling mist. Games on adjacent lawns include bocce, cornhole and a putting green.
The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui
The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui plays to all ages with its three swimming pools. Two lagoon-style pools — linked by a 140-foot slide — attract families. Free sunscreen and snacks, a basketball hoop, pool toys and heat- and slip-resistant decks heighten the appeal.
For guests ages 18 and older, Kea Lani’s infinity-edge, adults-only pool pampers with signature cocktails, poolside spa services and private cabanas.
The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua
Open round-the-clock, this 10,000-square-foot tri-level mecca considers every client’s needs. Kids cavort in the children’s pool. Affluent guests book the luxury cabanas for extras such as personal attendants and flat-screen televisions.
There’s no need to leave the lounge chair for food and drinks, since staffers stop by regularly to take orders. This classy Maui resort pool even features a roaming mixologist who makes mai tais to order.