Maui Destination Guide

There’s a reason vacationers flock to the second largest Hawaiian island: It manages to be luxurious, rugged, and scenic all at once. Journalist Leah Bhabha’s official Maui tour awaits below. 

To Stay:

Hotel Waila
Hotel Wailea (Credit: John Russo)

Hotel Wailea

Nestled in a tropical hillside high above the sprawling beachfront resorts lies Hotel Wailea. This adults-only, five-star Relais & Châteaux retreat is quiet and peaceful, with 15 acres of manicured grounds featuring on-site waterfalls, an open-air wellness studio, and unobstructed views of three Hawaiian islands. The suite-only accommodations, which include private balconies and kitchenettes, are designed with solitude and comfort in mind.

Paia Inn Maui Hawai'i
Paia Inn

Paia Inn

Right in the surf town of Paia, this cute boutique hotel’s chic beachside suites & rooms each boast open-air entry, private beach access, and Bali-inspired architecture and design.

To Eat:

The Bamboo Hale at Hāna Farms Maui Hawai'i
The Bamboo Hale at Hāna Farms

The Bamboo Hale at Hāna Farms

If you’re doing the Road to Hana, make sure to stop at Bamboo Hale Café — a working farm, marketplace, and bakery in Eastern Maui. Their pizzas are artisanal, with local Maui grown meat, produce, and herbs from on-site Hana Farms. 

Lineage Maui Hawai'i


Originally opened by hometown hero (and Top Chef finalist Sheldon Simeon), Lineage is now helmed by executive chef Emmanuel Eng. The restaurant, located in the upscale Shops at Wailea, celebrates a number of cuisines including Hawaiian, Korean, and Chinese—with fantastic results. Don’t miss the Korean fried chicken, shrimp and scallop toast, or garlic Szechuan noodles. 

To Drink:

Birdcage Bar Maui Hawai'i
Birdcage Bar (Credit: Surf Please Photography)

The Birdcage Bar

The Hotel Wailea’s Birdcage Bar challenges every notion of a hotel bar. The indoor-outdoor space features a wooden atrium with chirping birds, sweeping ocean views, and perfectly balanced (and inventive) cocktails.

To Visit:

Road to Hana Maui Hawai'i
Road to Hana

Road to Hana

A scenic 64.4-mile-long route that serves as the perfect Maui daytrip. Officially called the Hana Highway, you’ll find small towns, secluded beaches, and nature preserves along your drive.

O'o Farm Maui Hawai'i
O’o Farm Maui Hawai’i

O’o Farm

Located in Upcountry Maui, O’O Farm is an eight-acre plot of land where coffee and fruit trees, lettuces, garden vegetables, and flowers are cultivated for local restaurants. Book the lunch tour, where you’ll survey the grounds before sitting down to a meal concocted from the spoils of the land. 

Kaanapali Beach Maui Hawai'i
Kaanapali Beach Maui Hawai’i

Kaanapali Beach

Many visitors come to Maui for the incredible—and entirely public—beaches. With three uninterrupted miles and crystal-clear water, Kaanapali is one you shouldn’t miss. 

Haleakalā National Park Maui Hawai'i
Haleakalā National Park (Credit: Maui Visitors Bureau)

Haleakalā National Park

Meaning “House of the Sun” in Hawaiian, Haleakalā is a must when visiting Maui. The volcanic crater serves as a vantage point for some of the most dramatic sunrises and sunsets possible. The National Park itself features a number of hiking trails for and lookout points to explore. 

Wailuku Coffee Company Maui Hawai'i
Wailuku Coffee Company


One of Maui’s oldest towns, you’ll find a walkable main district with several historic buildings here. Grab a coffee at Wailuku Coffee Company and Vietnamese food at one of Maui’s most lauded restaurants, A Saigon Café. Outside of the main drag is Iao Valley, a historical landmark that’s a sacred burial ground for Hawaiian chiefs.

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