T+L Readers Give High Ratings to Six Maui Resorts

July 11, 2016, 10:00 AM HST · Updated July 12, 7:51 AM

Travel + Leisure announced it’s “World’s Best” Awards on Wednesday, July 6, naming the Montage Kapalua Bay as Hawai’i’s “Top Hotel.”

Not only did it reach top honors for Hawai’i’s hotels, it ranked No. 4 in the “World’s Best Hotels” category, the only Hawai’i hotel on that list.

The resort opened June 12, 2014 after going through a $15 million renovation. This is the first time Montage Kapalua Bay has been on Travel + Leisure’s ‘World’s Best’ Award list.

Montage at Kapalua Bay ranked No. 1 in 'Hawai'i Best Hotel' category and ranked No. 4 in 'Best Hotel in the World' category. Maui also ranked No. 7 in the 'Best Island in the World' category. Photo Courtesy.

Montage Kapalua Bay ranked No. 1 in “Hawai’i Best Hotel” category and ranked No. 4 in “Best Hotel in the World” category. Maui also ranked No. 7 in the “Best Island in the World” category. Courtesy photo.

Maui and Kaua’i were also represented in the “World’s Best Islands” category. Maui maintained it’s No. 7 ranking from 2015 and Kaua’i ranked No. 9.


Maui held the No. 2 spot for “World’s Best Island” back in 2014 and No. 3 in 2013. Additionally, back in 2014 four Hawaiian islands made the Top 10 list.

Every year for the World’s Best Survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on their travel experiences around the globe—to share their opinions on top hotels, resorts, islands, airlines, cities, etc.

Readers rated hotels on their rooms and facilities, location, service, food and beverage and overall value.

There were a number of repeat winners among Hawai’i’s top resort hotels. Five Maui hotels topped the list of 15 Hawai’i hotels and resorts.

No. 5: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

No. 6: Fairmont Kea Lani

No. 9: Hotel Wailea

No. 10: Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

No. 15: Andaz Maui at Wailea

Last year, only four Maui hotels made the list—including Fairmont Kea Lani, ranked No. 4; Four Seasons Wailea, which was No. 1 last year; Grand Wailea, came in at No. 11; and the Ritz-Carlton came in at No. 13.

Four Seasons Hotels ranked No. 8 for “Best Hotel Brand.”

Hawaiian Airlines came in No. 3 for “Best Domestic Airlines” with Virgin taking Top Honors at No. 1.



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