U.S. News & World Report Unveils “Best Hotels” for Maui & Hawaiʻi

January 28, 2016, 4:44 PM HST · Updated January 29, 1:17 PM
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Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. File photo credit: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. The hotel was ranked #1 on Maui and #3 in the state on “Best” lists published today by U.S. News & World Report. File photo credit: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.

U.S. News & World Report today announced its lists for the 2016 Best Hotels, including destination-specific rankings for Maui and Hawaiʻi.  According to a press release announcement, the publication based the rankings on “thousands of independent reviews from individuals and travel industry experts worldwide.”

The Best in Maui list included 17 properties on Maui with the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea topping the list, followed by The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua and the Andaz Maui at Wailea.  The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea property was also ranked at third in the state behind: (1) the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Kailua Kona on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, and; (2) the Halekulani in Honolulu on Oʻahu.

Below is a list of Maui properties on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best in Maui list along with other rankings identified by the publication:

  • Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. File photo credit: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.

    Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. The hotel was ranked #1 on Maui and #3 in the state on “Best” lists published today by U.S. News & World Report. File photo credit: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.

    Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea: 1 on Maui; 3 in Hawaiʻi; 6 in Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts; 28 in US

  • The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua: 2 on Maui; 5 in Hawaiʻi; 11 in Marriott Group Hotels; 11 in Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Resorts; 73 in US
  • Andaz Maui at Wailea: 3 on Maui; 9 in Hawaiʻi; 4 in Hyatt Hotels & Resorts; 1 in Andaz Hotels; 145 in US
  • Montage Kapalua Bay: 4 on Maui; 11 in Hawaiʻi; 26 in Preferred Hotels & Resorts; 22 in Legend Hotels; 162 in US
  • The Fairmont Kea Lani: 5 on Maui; 13 in Hawaiʻi; 10 in Fairmont Hotels & Resorts; 171 in US
  • Hotel Wailea: 6 on Maui; 18 in Hawaiʻi; 22 in Relais & Chateaux Hotels; 267 in US
  • Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort: 7 on Maui; 19 in Hawaiʻi; 7 in Hilton Worldwide Hotels; 6 in Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts; 276 in US
  • Andaz Maui at Wailea. File photo credit: Andaz.

    Andaz Maui at Wailea. The hotel was ranked #3 on Maui and #9 in the state on “Best” lists published by U.S. News & World Report. File photo credit: Andaz.

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    Travaasa Hāna: 8 on Maui; 21 in Hawaiʻi; 56 in Preferred Hotels & Resorts; 5 in Lifestyle Hotels; 338 in US

  • Mākena Beach & Golf Resort: 9 on Maui; 23 in Hawaiʻi; 60 in Preferred Hotels & Resorts; 8 in Lifestyle Hotels
  • Honua Kai Resort & Spa: 10 on Maui; 26 in Hawaiʻi
  • The Westin Maui Resort & Spa: 11 on Maui; 29 in Hawaiʻi, 39 in Starwood Hotels & Resorts; 6 in Westin Hotels & Resorts
  • Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa: 12 on Maui; 30 in Hawaiʻi; 28 in Hyatt Hotels & Resorts; 21 in Hyatt Hotels
  • The Westin Kāʻanapali Ocean Resort: 13 on Maui; 32 in Hawaiʻi, 55 in Starwood Hotels & Resorts; 12 in Westin Hotels & Resorts
  • The Kapalua Villas: 14 on Maui; 34 in Hawaiʻi
  • Wailea Beach Marriott Resort: 15 on Maui; 35 in Hawaiʻi;106 in Marriott Group Hotels; 12 in Marriott Hotels
  • Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa: 16 on Maui; 42 in Hawaiʻi; 122 in Starwood Hotels & Resorts; 11 in Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
  • Kāʻanapali Aliʻi: 17 on Maui; 47 in Hawaiʻi
Travaasa Hāna was ranked #8 on Maui, #21 in Hawaiʻi, and #5 in Lifestyle Hotels on "Best" lists published today by U.S. News & World Report. File photo credit: Travaasa Hāna, Maui

Travaasa Hāna was ranked #8 on Maui, #21 in Hawaiʻi, and #5 in Lifestyle Hotels on “Best” lists published today by U.S. News & World Report. File photo credit: Travaasa Hāna, Maui

The U.S. News & World Report notes that the rankings of  top hotels on Maui were based on “an unbiased analysis of awards, expert recommendations and user ratings.”

The top 10 properties on the Best in Hawaiʻi list included the following properties as well as their rankings on the publication’s Best Hotels in the USA list:

  • #1 (4 US): Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Kailua Kona, HI
  • #2 (17 US): Halekulani, Honolulu, HI
  • #3 (28 US): Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
  • #4 (68 US): The St. Regis Princeville, Princeville, HI
  • #5 (73 US): The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Kapalua, HI
  • #6 (100 US): Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Resort, Waimea, HI
  • #7 (122 US): Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Kapolei, HI
  • #8 (139 US): The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Resort, Honolulu, HI
  • #9 (145 US): Andaz Maui at Wailea, Wailea, HI
  • #10 (154 US): Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort, Koloa, HI

According to the announcement, the publication evaluated more than 2,500 hotels across the US, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Among the criteria considered was “reputation among professional travel experts, guest reviews and hotel class ratings.”

U.S. News & World Report is described as, “a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives.”

Wendy Osher
Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served nearly 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.

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