Maui: 3 fun hotels, from luxe to laidback

Perched in the surf town of Paia, the boutique Paia Inn is filled with paintings by local artist Avi Kiriaty, sculptures and other artistic touches. (Photo: Jackie Burrell/Staff)

Wondering where to stay on Maui? Here are three possibilities that run the gamut from luxurious to surfer-chic.

1 Hotel Wailea, Kihei

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With 72 secluded suites, winding paths and waterfalls, this adults-only hotel on Maui’s southwestern shore is the very image of romance. A Relais and Chateaux property, this hotel’s on the hillside, not the beach, but the hotel staff is happy to shuttle you – via Mercedes, not the adorable “Fantasy Island” jeep (yes, really) parked out front – to the shore where cabanas and towels await. Rooms start at $509. Take a peek inside the hotel here.

2 Paia Inn, Paia
The boutique Paia Inn is filled with paintings by local artist Avi Kiriaty and other artistic touches.

The former plantation town of Paia is a surfing haven these days, a charming bohemian spot with a single stoplight and a main drag edged with bikini shops, arty boutiques and tempting little locavore eateries. It’s a great home base for that trek up the Road to Hana, and a laid-back destination all on its own. You’ll find the boutique Paia Inn perched on a corner, its cozy rooms filled with colorful art and comfortable furnishings. And as of last year, there’s a cafe, too. Rooms start at $199. Here’s a peek inside the …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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