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Here’s the recipe for a great family hotel in Maui.
Find the perfect setting, where seaside resorts bask beneath year-round sun and shady palms.
Stir in swimming pools with slides and swings.
Add a creative kid’s club, where dynamic counselors lead Hawaii-themed outings.
Assemble Mom, Dad and the kids for joint activities such as spa treatments and stargazing.
Those ingredients — and many more — make the following Maui hotels ideal vacation spots for guests of all ages.
Fairmont Kea Lani MauiComprised solely of suites and villas, Kea Lani’s spacious digs are well-suited for family needs. At its kid’s club, young guests build erupting volcanoes, paint coconuts and explore tidepools. Young and old alike can ride a winding water slide between the hotel’s two swimming pools, and Polo Beach is steps away with snorkeling and sandy family fun. The property’s Kids Eat Free program adds value to this luxury experience.www.fairmont.com/kea-lani-maui
Four Seasons Resort Maui at WaileaFamilies will get their money’s worth at this high-end resort, where standard rooms sleep four people comfortably and feature perks like child-size bathrobes. Youngsters dine for free at two eateries, and the gratis kid’s club entertains guests ages 5-12 with island pastimes while teens surf with their peers and parents relax poolside. To maximize memories, the hotel’s WeTime/MeTime program customizes activities for the whole clan.www.fourseasons.com/maui
Grand WaileaGrand Wailea’s palatial pool is a water wonderland with slides, rapids, caves, rope swings and water elevator. The property also boasts a 20,000-square-foot recreation area called the Rock, which provides a mind-bending mix of family-friendly options, from video games to hula classes. At Spa Grande, kids and teens can try treatments on their own or with their parents. When the family is ready to eat, kid’s menus at every hotel restaurant make mealtime easy. If guests are hungry back in their room, chocolate-covered gummy worms are among the unique in-room amenities.www.grandwailea.com
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and SpaThis family oasis gives youngsters the special treatment, starting with its check-in desk and welcome travel kit just for children. Once they’re settled, little ones will likely make a beeline for the 3,000-square-foot children’s pool with a 25-foot-long water slide, or Camp Hyatt, which leads nonstop island-style activities such as lei making and sand castling building. After all that fun, younger guests might visit Spa Moana, which offers kid-friendly versions of treatments such as manicures and pedicures. For fun for the whole family, sign up for the resort’s wildlife tours, rooftop astronomy program or its award-winning luau.www.maui.hyatt.com
Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas/Westin Maui ResortIt’s hard to choose between these two sister properties. Westin Kaanapali's units have kitchens — handy when traveling with a brood — and its pools sport lagoons, a slide and a pirate ship. Meanwhile, Westin Maui boasts an 87,000-square-foot aquatic playground and a mouthwatering evening luau. Both offer kid’s club activities for a range of ages.www.westinkaanapali.comwww.westinmaui.com