Family resorts are where to stay in Maui with kids for a memorable family vacation

Maui is a popular destination for vacations year-round that's known for family resorts, kid-friendly adventures, and Hawaii’s iconic natural beauty. When you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Maui with kids, you’ll have tons of options in resorts and vacation rentals all across the island. Amenities are plentiful here, from heated pools, waterslides, and whirlpool spas to ocean-view picnic spots, hula lessons, and kids clubs. Many resorts offer accommodations that include things like full kitchens or kitchenettes, washer/dryers, and private lanais, all of which are great options for families with kids.

Kid-friendly resorts in Maui

Honua Kai Resort and Spa

Honua Kai Resort and Spa offers a range of accommodations, from studios and multi-bedroom suites to large tropical villas and luxury suites. Each space provides a unique open floor plan, a full kitchen, a washer/dryer, and large private lanais. Kids love Honua Kai’s 3-acre aquatic playground that offers a network of pools, waterfalls, and waterslides, a lazy river, 5 hot tubs, and a children’s splash pad. The resort houses a spa, a variety of dining options, and a market and café. You’ll find plenty of barbeque and picnic areas for your family, plus Kaanapali Beach is just steps away from the resort.

Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort

Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort provides a family-friendly environment along with free Wi-Fi and no additional resort fees. Studios include generous kitchenettes and washer/dryers. One- and 2-bedroom villas have full kitchens, washer/dryers, and private lanais (balconies). There are multiple dining and restaurant options on-site, plus a market. You’ll find 2 heated pools, both with ocean views and whirlpool spas. One pool is for quiet relaxation, with free-flowing waterfalls and lagoons. The second pool offers a lively and energetic atmosphere with a waterslide. An additional children’s pool playspace is great for little ones.

Marriott Maui Ocean Club

Marriott Maui Ocean Club is an upscale beachfront resort with guest rooms, suites, and villas offering balconies with either mountain or ocean views. Guest rooms are spacious and modern with generous kitchenettes. Suites and 1- or 2-bedroom villas provide a full kitchen. Family-friendly amenities include tropical outdoor pools with waterfalls and walking bridges, whirlpool spas, and a tranquil koi pond. A kids' club, activity center, and playgrounds give kids plenty of things to do. The resort offers beachfront access and beach cabanas, plus a beachfront grill, a poolside café, and a tiki bar.

Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort provides sophisticated guest rooms, suites, and villas with great amenities for families of all sizes. Guest rooms include private lanais, rain showers, and complimentary minibars, while upgrading to a suite provides a separate living area. Luxury 2- to 4-bedroom villas include fully equipped kitchens and extra amenities including private plunge pools or hot tubs. You’ll find 3 cascading outdoor infinity pools, a tranquility pool, and a spa. A shallow play lagoon and kids activity program are perfect for keeping little ones entertained. The resort is pet-friendly, and a daily resort fee provides tons of additional family-friendly amenities.

Aston Kaanapali Shores

Aston Kaanapali Shores is a casual beachside resort with family-friendly floorplans and fun kids' activities. Accommodations include spacious guest rooms and suites ranging from studios to 2 bedrooms. Studios and suites include private lanais and fully equipped kitchens. A daily resort fee provides for Wi-Fi, a Blu-ray/DVD player, and a video game console that are great for keeping kids entertained. Amenities include 2 heated freshwater swimming pools with waterfalls and tropical gardens, plus weekly shows and interactive activities like hula and lei-making classes. The resort also has casual dining options and shops, tennis courts, and a spa.

Wailea Beach Villas

Wailea Beach Villas is a luxury resort on a private section of Wailea Beach with spacious villas perfect for larger families. Villas are offered in multiple styles with 2 to 3 bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens, spacious private terraces, and tons of family-friendly details. Some villas offer additional luxury amenities like plunge pools or outdoor grills. On the resort grounds, you’ll find tiki-lit pathways and lush exotic gardens leading to a large family-friendly pool with waterfalls. An additional adults-only beachside pool is available, plus there's an ocean-side spa offering treatments in breezy cabanas. Additional amenities include free Wi-Fi and free parking.

Kapalua Bay Villas

Kapalua Bay Villas overlooks Oneloa Bay, known for lush tropical foliage and beautiful secluded beaches. The villas feature spacious, family-friendly floor plans ranging from 1 to 3 bedrooms, with free Wi-Fi, fully equipped kitchens, washers/dryers, and private lanais. Kapalua Bay Villas encompasses a large area, offering families tons of choices among 3 white-sand beaches, scenic hiking trails, and over 10 different restaurants and dining options. You’ll also find golf courses, a golf academy, and tennis courts, among other sporting options. The location is also close to plenty of local shopping and sightseeing, making it great for families on vacation in Maui.

Maui family resorts

Pohailani Maui Resort

Pohailani Maui Resort is a cozy studio complex in West Maui with many units directly on the waterfront. Pohailani is a budget-friendly option compared with larger resorts, trading luxury amenities for a relaxed tropical atmosphere steps away from the ocean. Family-friendly amenities include large lanais, 2 on-site pools, a hot tub, and tennis and basketball courts. Barbecue areas are located poolside and on the oceanfront, along with lounge chairs and picnic tables. The resort has free Wi-Fi and free parking, and is within walking distance of restaurants and shopping. Though there are no elevators in the resort, buildings are only 2-3 floors high.

Royal Mauian

Royal Mauian is located in South Kihei, situated between 2 beautiful beaches. The resort offers 1- to 3-bedroom condominiums with private lanais and scenic views, full kitchens, and washers/dryers. You’ll find an oceanfront swimming pool, plus a unique rooftop garden where you can barbeque or picnic with your family while enjoying panoramic views of Maui. Kamaole Beach just steps away offers calm waters that are great for snorkeling, swimming, and boogie boarding, plus seasonal whale-watching. The resort offers free Wi-Fi and free parking, and is within convenient walking distance to local dining and shopping areas.

Maui Beach Resort

Maui Beach Vacation Club at Maui Beach Resort is an all-suite complex located on the southwest coast of Maui. One- and 2-bedroom suites are equipped with full kitchens, including cookware and dishwashers, as well as washer/dryers and private lanais, some with ocean views. The resort grounds are tropical and lush, with an outdoor pool and hot tub, barbeque and picnic areas, and an on-site bar and lounge. This is a good no-frills affordable option for families, with super friendly staff and a great location close to restaurants and shops, and just across the street from the ocean.

Napili Shores Maui

Napili Shores Maui is an informal resort specializing in cozy studios and 1-bedroom condos, making it a good option for smaller families. Each unit offers a full kitchen, pullout sofa bed, and private balcony. One-bedroom condos house a separate living room and often offer 2 pullout sofa beds. Amenities include beachfront gardens with plumeria trees, 2 swimming pools, a hot tub, and barbecue and picnic areas. The resort houses a casual oceanfront restaurant and also provides free Wi-Fi and free parking throughout. Though Napili Shores doesn’t offer elevators, most buildings are only 2 floors.

Sugar Beach Resort

Sugar Beach Resort is located in North Kihei on Maalaea Bay and is named after the fine white sand that Sugar Beach is famous for. This tropical resort offers 1-bedroom condominiums for up to 4 guests, so it’s a good option for smaller families traveling to Maui. Each unit has a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and an ocean-view private lanai, great for watching sunsets with your family. You can enjoy an oceanfront swimming pool and wading pool, a whirlpool spa, a sauna, and a sundeck. Additional perks include an activities center, a market shop, and a putting green.

Sands of Kahana

Sands of Kahana is a modern beachfront resort on the west coast of Maui that's surrounded by palm gardens with easy beach access. Family-friendly condominiums range from 1 to 3 bedrooms and provide private lanais, fully equipped kitchens, and washer/dryers. You’ll find 2 separate pools for children and adults, plus a hot tub, a beach volleyball court, tennis courts, and a putting green. The resort also houses a restaurant and cocktail bar with live entertainment and plenty of weekly events. You can take advantage of free Wi-Fi and free parking, plus there’s local shopping, dining, and entertainment all within walking distance.

Lahaina Shores Beach Resort

Lahaina Shores Beach Resort is located beachside in Old Town Lahaina and is a luxury resort option for smaller families vacationing in Maui. Accommodations range from modern studios to 1-bedroom condos and 1-bed penthouses. Each unit offers free Wi-Fi and a fully equipped kitchen as well as a large private lanai with either mountain or ocean views. Amenities include a freshwater outdoor pool with ocean views, a whirlpool spa, and barbeque and picnic areas. Lahaina Shores Beach Resort also has direct beach access, which is great for wading and snorkeling with the kids and enjoying sunsets on the shore.

Mana Kai Maui Resort

Mana Kai Maui Resort is just off of Keawakapu Beach and is a casual, family-friendly resort that offers a mix of guest rooms and condominium suites. Guest rooms at this location offer minimal in-room amenities, while the 1- and 2-bedroom condos offer full kitchens, separate living rooms, and private lanais. On the palm-lined resort grounds, you’ll find a heated outdoor pool with oceanfront views as well as barbeque and picnic areas. Multiple on-site dining options are available, as well as a general store. Additional family-friendly amenities range from free Wi-Fi, free parking, and free yoga classes, to convenient laundry facilities on each floor of the resort.

Fun things to do with kids in Maui

Experience an authentic lūʻau with Old Lāhainā Lūʻau

Old Lāhainā Lūʻau is an authentic Hawaiian lūʻau experience for all ages that's held at sunset. When you arrive, you’ll receive a fresh flower lei greeting along with Hawaiian cultural demonstrations. Through the evening, you’ll enjoy a 5-course dinner with a variety of lūʻau food, along with tropical drinks. You’ll experience an incredible journey through the history of Hawaiʻi and her people, expressed through music and hula in an award-winning production. Though it’s pricey, this lūʻau is a one-of-a-kind experience that you will never forget. Reservations are required in advance, as this popular event sells out virtually every night.

Ride in a real submarine with Atlantis Adventures

Atlantis Adventures offers a completely unique way to explore Maui, in a submarine on an undersea adventure. Yes, it’s a real high-tech submarine, and yes, your kids are going to lose their minds with excitement. These subs are highly technologically advanced to ensure that your family is safe and comfortable, including air-conditioned interiors. You’ll travel to depths of 100 feet and beyond, exploring coral reefs and encountering all sorts of colorful marine life. Best of all, the submarines are environmentally safe and eco-friendly, and promote a strong message of ocean conservation to adventurers.

Explore Hawaii’s marine life at Maui Ocean Center

Maui Ocean Center focuses on Hawaii’s diverse marine life and rich cultural heritage. Exhibits like Hawaiians and the Sea explore the history, culture, and traditions of the first Hawaiians. You’ll find lots of charismatic Hawaiian green sea turtles, or honu, as they swim through Turtle Lagoon, and learn about humpback whales in a unique virtual sphere experience. In the depths of the massive open-ocean exhibit, you’ll see schools of fish, sharks, and rays as they explore a 750,000-gallon tank. Families usually spend 2 to 2.5 hours here, and locals say the aquarium is generally less crowded in the afternoon.

Become a mermaid with Hawaii Mermaid Adventures

The idea of being a mermaid or merman appeals to virtually everyone. No pants, perfect hair, and a free clam bra? Yes, please. While Hawaii Mermaid Adventures can’t offer perfect hair or a free clam bra, they can make your mermaid dreams come true. You’ll first have mermaid swimming lessons with your new tail before diving in alongside your mermaid instructor. Mermaid instructors are certified lifeguards and marine naturalists, so you’re in good hands … or fins. The whole family can live out their underwater dreams, as mermaids and mermen of all ages are welcome. Tail sizes can accommodate from 50 to 210 pounds.

Meet goats at Surfing Goat Dairy farm

Surfing Goat Dairy is a working dairy farm in Maui that produces award-winning goat cheeses, truffles, soaps, and other delights. The goats don’t actually surf, but their charisma and cuteness make up for that. You can meet the farm’s adorable goats and take a casual tour of the family-owned facility to learn how they produce unique farm-to-table products. You can order samples, cheese plates, and wine and cheese pairings, and shop some of the farm’s handmade goods if you want to take some home. You can’t take the goats home, but you will go home with fun memories and pictures.

Wander through lavender fields at Ali’i Kula Lavender

Ali’i Kula Lavender is a lavender and botanical farm on the slopes of the Haleakala volcano offering sweeping panoramic views of Maui below. You can explore this unique oasis on self-guided or guided tours that take you through acres of different lavender varieties and other botanical gardens. A free treasure hunt is offered for kids that lets them explore a secret garden and follow clues with a treasure map from the gift shop. Gourmet picnic lunches are available, along with crafting classes and events. You can purchase some of the farm’s many different lavender offerings on-site and online.

Follow a treasure map through the jungle with Maui Treasure Hunt

Maui Treasure Hunt gives kids the unique opportunity to go on an action-packed adventure through the jungle and hunt for hidden treasure. You’ll join your guide and follow a treasure map through lush jungles, hike through small streams, and fulfill tasks on the map to find the lost treasure. This is a real jungle adventure for kids, as they’ll get wet and muddy, find treasure, and have the time of their lives. Hikes are family-friendly for all ages and are customized for children’s ages and abilities to ensure that they’ll be safe and have a great time.

Go on a turtle tour with Hawaiian Paddle Sports

Hawaiian Paddle Sports tours are a great way for families to get out on the water and experience Maui. You’ll ride with a guide in a modern Hawaiian outrigger canoe, or wa'a, that’s stable and easy to paddle, perfect for families with kids. You’ll paddle and explore Turtle Town, a stretch of coastline famous for its diverse marine life, including lots of green sea turtles. Snorkel gear is included, so you can even swim with the turtles. Guides are certified marine naturalists who will share their culture and knowledge during the environmentally friendly tour.

Explore Maui’s wild side in parks and reserves

ʻĪao Valley State Park is home to the famous ʻIao Needle Lookout Trail, a family-friendly hike through lush wilderness. This hike is manageable for kids of all ages, as it's an easy 0.6-mile paved trail through a dense rainforest canopy to the scenic viewpoint of Kuka‘emoku, or the ʻIao Needle. It’s a stunning lava remnant covered in greenery and vegetation, rising from the valley floor to over 1,200 feet (making it taller than the Eiffel Tower). If you want a more challenging hike or want to enjoy mountain biking, check out Makawao Forest Reserve, a beautiful eucalyptus and fern forest.