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November Hot Picks: Top Maui Accommodations

When November rolls around, there’s only one thing on our minds- whale season! More and more whales are spotted off Maui’s coast by mid-November, signaling winter is on the way. Whether you’re heading to the islands for a Thanksgiving getaway or simply need a dose of tropical weather before winter sets in, check out this month’s Hot Picks for where to stay on Maui.

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West Maui: Lahaina/Ka’anapali/Napili/Kapalua

West Maui has the best of both worlds. The area is dotted with sprawling hotels and affordable condos, long beaches and secluded coves, and thronging tourist destinations and local hideouts. Between hiking trails, golf courses, snorkeling, and sailing tours, both ocean addicts and land lovers will be entertained. As easy as it is to spend all of your time in West Maui, November brings with it the Made in Maui County Festival at the Maui Arts in Cultural Center in Kahului- a do not miss event. This event showcases local artists and artisans and the shopping rivals that of Whalers Village. With food, art, jewelry, clothes, and much more on offer, the Made in Maui County Festival is well worth the trek over the Pali.

***August 8, 2023, a devastating wildfire tore through the historic town of Lahaina, burning down over 2,200 homes, 86% of which were residential, and damaging 2,700 buildings. The rebuild will take years, and we’re monitoring the situation closely to keep our readers as best informed as possibly can. West Maui is open to responsible, mindful, and respectful visitors starting October 8, 2023 ***



Mauian Oceanfront lanaiMauian

The Mauian offers boutique studio and hotel room accommodations directly on lovely, crescent-shaped Napili Beach. This small (44 units), charming property was built by a Hawaiian family in 1959, and although the units have been renovated and beautifully upgraded, the friendly, laid-back ambiance has not changed. The Mauian remains a simple Napili beach hideaway. Book directly with the resort for the best rate!




Residences at Napili Bay 8 November hot picksResidences at Napili Bay 8

Nestled between Kapalua Resort and Napili Bay, this town home is directly across the street from Napili Beach. Residences at Napili Bay 8 is a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom quality condo that features floor to ceiling windows in the front with a lush tropical garden setting in the backyard. Featuring granite counter tops throughout the kitchen and bathrooms, stainless steel high end appliances, furnishings throughout the living room and each of the three bedrooms, along with a fully functioning bathroom, and lanai furniture. Book directly with the management company to skip the commission fees of the OTAs (Online Travel Agencies)!



South Maui Where to Stay

South Maui: Kihei/Wailea/Makena

Lined with golden beaches, a range of accommodations, and countless places to eat, there are few better places to stay on Maui than on the south side, no matter the season. This area is most convenient for those wanting to participate in the Annual Turkey Trot, put on by Valley Isle Road Runners. Every Thanksgiving, this 5k Run or Walk takes places in Upcountry Maui, and is a perfect way to spend your early morning before stuffing yourself silly!


Haleakala Shores B308 November hot picksHaleakala Shores B308

Haleakala Shores B308 is a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo in sunny Kihei accommodating up to six people. The 1,168 square feet of living area includes a lanai for outdoor dining.  The living room and master bedroom have access to the lanai, providing views of Haleakala, lush gardens, a peek a boo ocean view, privacy, and is peaceful and quiet. There’s one week left in November, snag it for your family! Book directly with the owner for the best rate.



Wailea Beach Villas Blue Ocean Suite H401 November hot picksWailea Beach Villas-Blue Ocean Suite H401

This high-end 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom residence on the 4th floor (out of 5 floors) of the penthouse/tower building is re-decorated and situated in a unique corner location. The extra windows and wrap-around L-shape outdoor covered lounging patio make for a unique and peaceful stay on Maui. This villa is far away from the family pool in a serene setting where birdsong and the rustling of palm tree fronds provides soothing tropical ambiance. Book directly with the property management company to skip the added fees of Airbnb and VRBO.


Mahalo for viewing this month’s hot picks! We hope this helped you narrow down where you want to stay on the Valley Isle. But let’s be honest, every corner of Maui is amazing!


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