When deciding which island to go to, one of the final deciding factors for us was finding accommodations that would fit the four of us at a really good price. So, instead of deciding where specifically I wanted to go and then finding accommodations, I did the reverse: where was the accommodation that I wanted to stay in?
Pretty much any of the typical places on Maui will be suitable for families, but like anywhere, the higher your budget, the more options you have. What I did to choose accommodations was first consider the type of accommodation. Basically, there are three main options when going to Maui:
When I first started talking to my husband years ago about going to Hawaii, he made a comment about the hotels being expensive. And they are. But frankly, I don’t particularly care for hotels for stays longer than a couple of days and even if I am somewhere a couple of days, I prefer a hotel room with a kitchen!
If you like hotels and resorts, however, there are some big name chains on Maui that are known to be family- or kid-friendly, like the Hyatt Regency, Waldorf Astoria (Grand Wailea), Westin, Fairmont, Four Seasons… Check out the various review sites online to see which one will be the right fit for you.
We opted for the condo rental. For me, there are three reasons to go for a condo rather than a hotel:
1) You have a kitchen. Not only do I not want to be dependent on restaurants and such for food, but I have food allergies and would like to make most of my own food (even though groceries in Hawaii can be very expensive!)
2) You have a homey feel compared to a hotel.
3) It can be a LOT cheaper than staying in a hotel.
I used VRBO.com, (Vacation Rentals by Owner) a site where you can list your vacation rental property and find rental properties. You can put in all kinds of criteria to find what you need in the price range you want. I did this searching some different areas on Oahu and on Maui and finally found a great place on Maui that provided us with just what we needed.
If you are adventurous enough to try the camping, be sure to research well your options and the limits, like how many consecutive days you can stay. There are campgrounds on the island that do have vehicle-based camping (which makes the most sense since you’re not likely to head there with full out camping gear) but you can also camp on any beach as long as there isn’t a sign saying otherwise. You can rent VW campers, which sleep 4, through places like Maui Campers Rental or Aloha Campers. You can also go for a more typical motorhome that sleeps 4-6 through places like RV Maui.com.
Whichever you choose, there are many options available–I’m sure you will find just the right fit for your family!