Maui Destinations Make World's Favorite List

Maui Destinations Make World's Favorite List


Maui Consistently Ranked A Top Destination 

Maui has consistently ranked as a the top US destination for years. It’s been the favorite on polls by Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast and others, countless times. 

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Maui Destination Awards

Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards

  • Consistently named the "Top Island in Hawaii" and ranked among the top islands in the world.

Tripadvisor's Travelers' Choice Awards

  • Ka'anapali Beach was listed among the best beaches in the United States in 2024.

Condé Nast Traveler Awards

  • Best Island in the World

    • Maui has been named the Best Island in the World by Condé Nast Traveler's readers an unprecedented 16 times, including for the 23rd annual Readers' Choice Awards in 2010​.
  • Top Resorts

    • Wailea Beach Villas was awarded the No. 1 Resort in Hawaiʻi and featured in the Top 25 Resorts in the US on previous lists.

Best Beach - Dr. Beach

  • Kapalua Bay Beach is a regular on best beach lists, even garnering the number one spot on "Dr. Beach's" list. This highly respected ranking is based on a range of criteria, including the quality of the sand, water quality, safety, and environmental management​. The beach's protected cove and clear waters make it a favorite among visitors and locals alike​.

The reason for the island’s popularity is easy to understand if you've visited. 

Maui's Climate and Culture

Daytime average temperatures range between 79 degrees Fahrenheit in January and 86 degrees in the summer. While you are not guaranteed sun, as it does rain on Maui, you are guaranteed warmth. This makes planning a warm-weather escape a sure thing.

Varied Terrain

Maui, like other Hawaiian islands, is large and offers varied terrain from mountains to tropical sea. There are also unique geographical features, such as Haleakala Crater, a natural wonder. Moreover, the ocean around Maui boasts abundant sea life and places to dive, snorkel and surf. During the winter, you have incredible whale-watching opportunities as the humpback whales come there to raise their young.

Culture and Entertainment

Maui is a quiet island with beautiful communities, wild landscapes, world-class golf course communities, and excellent entertainment and dining options. Kaanapali and Wailea have amazing restaurants and musical venues. Also, Wailea has incredible galleries, so art lovers can purchase unique pieces from known artists. It is safe to say that you will find a relaxed sophistication here on Maui that you don't find on the other islands.

Maui Accommodations

Maui's Best Vacation Home

Maui has varied accommodations, from classic beachfront resorts to luxury vacation rentals like the ones represented by Exotic Estates.

Maui is a popular place for vacation rentals, perhaps because it is such a popular escape for families and repeat Hawaii visitors. Often, people will visit Maui, fall in love, and come back looking for a more familial and intimate experience that is less about running around to see things and more about  relaxing and just being there together – feeling and living like locals.

In August 2023, Lahaina was devastated by a wildfire. The impact is real, but March 2024, there were already signs of rebirth, with some restaurants re-opening. When you visit Maui, be mindful that you are helping to support the recovery efforts, local businesses, and jobs. Be on the lookout for the many charities providing vital support to those displaced by the fire, and consider donating as a way to say thank you and give back to Maui. 

Whatever the motivation, Maui is and will continue to be considered one of the world's greatest island destinations. Check out the many wonderful Exotic Estates Maui vacation rentals.

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