If you’re looking for the best Kihei condos, vacation rentals and Airbnbs that Maui has to offer, you’re in good hands. This post breaks down the best of the best, highlighting some of the most spectacular vacation rentals in Hawaii.
Maui is truly paradise, with shimmering turquoise waters lapping at its golden beaches. Rivers meander through lush mountain valleys and over hidden waterfalls, and a dormant volcano rises boldly as its centerpiece. (You can read more on my ultimate guide to Maui here and get a list of Maui attractions here.)
Hop into a kayak, paddle SUP-style, or grab a snorkel and dip into the waves in search of Hawaiian green sea turtles. Or experience Aloha the Maui way…just soaking up the rays on the beach.
If you’re looking for a place to stay in Maui, the small town of Kihei is the ideal spot to base.
It’s close to some of the most beautiful beaches in the U.S. and plenty of tours leave from here, too. All that and it’s easy to find stunning, budget-friendly accommodation.
From quaint cottages amid the palms to beachfront villas with an ocean view, Kihei provides options for every traveler. And many are within walking distance from Maui’s best beaches.
Dining options and shops are in high supply, too.
Best Condos and Vacation Rentals in Kihei, Maui
Now, without further delay, let’s dive into the best places to stay in Kihei, Maui.
1. Beachfront Villa at Coconut Bay
Looking for a peaceful oceanfront retreat for a large group? Head to this five bedroom beachfront villa with everything you need!
It’s just a few steps past your private pool, hot tub, and shaded lanai through a tropical coconut grove to miles and miles of sugary beach sand.
This five bedroom house is two stories and 3500 square feet of living space. Pull open the retractable glass doors and let the light flow in. Decor is all about soft linens and hardwood with a Hawaiian art theme.
This is authentic life in Hawaii at is best…far from the tourist fray. So prepare a meal in the gourmet kitchen with an ocean view. And then head out for kayaking in six miles of reef-protected beaches here.
Guest review: “Dream property! We just finished an extended family vacation for 3 families and this house was exactly what we were looking for. The private pool and hot tub, quick access to the beach, and central location on the island checked all our boxes!”
—Malcolm M., Feb 2021
How to Rent a Car in Kihei
My top two recs are:
1. Discover Cars has no hidden fees, 24/7 customer service, and free cancellation. They search all the major rental car companies so you don’t have to.
Check price and availability on rental cars here.
2. Turo is like Airbnb for cars. It saved us $$$ during the pandemic on our Hawaii rentals when rental car prices were sky high.
2. Cottage with Waterfall Pool
This beautiful two bedroom cottage is the perfect close-to-the-beach retreat for a small family. Bedroom 1 includes a queen bed while the bed in bedroom 2 works as either a queen or two twins.
Nestled on a half acre of lush, tropical landscaping, the property offers an upscale kitchen, heated pool with waterfall (!), and custom tile and gorgeous Koa wood floors.
Watch the kids play in the pool while you sip a glass of wine on the shaded patio. Best of all, your host is a friendly local who lives on the property and is happy to act as your concierge for reserving all your Maui excursions. There’s nothing like local advice!
Guest review: “The place was conveniently located and well furnished for our family of four. The kids especially loved the pool and patio, which they used at every possible time. Elaine was a fantastic host. We would definitely stay at this property again on our next trip to Maui.” —Brian H., Feb. 2021
3. Sugar Beach Resort Penthouse
If you’re looking for location, location, location, look no further than this recently remodeled penthouse at the Sugar Beach Resort.
The top floor lanai feels very private and looks out on to endless ocean and five miles of beach for whale watching in winter and sunsets galore all year round.
This one bedroom (with a comfortable king bed) sleeps four. Even the mattress on the sleeper sofa is new.
While the condos at Sugar Beach are older, this one feels sleek and modern with its new stainless steel appliances and quartz counters in the kitchen.
Other ammenities include air conditioning, and everything you’ll need for the beach…including boogie boards, beach umbrella, beach towels, chairs, and more! It’s just steps to the beach, too.
Guest review: “We’ve stayed at this property before and love the chill location and the fact it’s RIGHT on the beach. The condos are a little bit older but this unit was upgraded and felt light and clean! Would recommend! — Johanna H.
4. Oceanfront Penthouse with Breathtaking Ocean Views
If you’re seeking beachfront bliss as a couple, this oceanfront penthouse at beautiful Maalea Bay is the place to be.
This place has a full ocean view. It’s just 50 feet from file miles of white sandy beach with a refreshing cross breeze as a bonus. It offers sweeping views of the ocean and surrounding islands.
You can admire these vistas from the living area through expansive windows. Or pour a drink and head out to your lanai. This is the best sunset spot in Maui. Watch the pink of the fading color fill the room while you cook dinner.
This one-bedroom condo boasts a luxurious king in the master. Dina’s Sandwich Shoppe is located right on the grounds of the property for maximum convenience.
Guest review: “Great view, well stocked, clean, covered parking, perfect location and beautiful beach that runs for miles.” —Joyce H., March 2021
5. Two Bedroom Oceanfront Condo at Menehune Shores
If you’re looking for a beautiful property for a small family, stay at Sea Breeze at Menehune Shores.
The view from the lanai and the bedrooms are spectacular. This two bedroom/two bath condo sleeps four in a king bed and a pair of twin beds in the second bedroom.
Located on the four floor with jaw-dropping ocean views, this end unit is just steps to the beach and a short drive to everywhere else you’d want to go in Kihei.
There’s also a washer and dryer in the unite and a fully equipped kitchen as well as a restaurant on the premesis. Guests loved the tasteful decor and comfy beds here!
Guest review: “From the moment we arrived this place felt like HOME! The view from the living room and one bedroom was just serene and beautiful! The decor is perfect and the place was VERY CLEAN. The twin beds were very comfortable for our 2-20-year-old boys.” —Christy T.
6. Oceanfront Menehune Shores
You can’t get any closer to the sea than this! This lovely three bedroom condo at Menehune Shores in South Kihei feels upscale all the way.
Situated on Kalepolepo Beach and next to the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, It’s the perfect spot for a family, three couples, or a group of friends.
You’ll love sitting on the lanai with all of your favorite people watching the Hawaiian green sea turtles swim by as you sip your morning coffee or a sunset cocktail. Plus, all of the furnishings are new. Cook meals in the fully equipped kitchen or head up to the rooftop patio to BBQ.
This is the peaceful part of Kihei. The only sound you’ll hear is the waves lapping below. Just bring your bathing suits! The condo has absolutely everything you need for an idyllic Hawaiian getaway.
Guest review: “WOW! is the expression you get when you step into this Kihei vacation rental! The condo is beautifully and tastefully decorated, has all the amenities you need.” —Jenn S., Feb 2021
7. House on the Beach for a Destination Wedding or Family Reunion
Looking for a bucket list stay for up to 10? What could be better than this four bedroom home located directly on the beach in Kihei?
This gorgeous property is the epitome in indoor-outdoor living. It has four bedrooms with seven beds (two kings, two queens, and two twins) to sleep 10 as well as three full bathrooms.
A large deck overlooks the beach. Morning coffee is a must on the huge lanai here. Sunsets are also spectacular from the lounge chairs on the lawn.
You’ll find a full stocked kitchen and enjoy complete privacy due to the hand built lavar rock wall that fronts the property.
Is your group larger than 10? You can also rent the two bedroom dajacent property!
Check price and availability at the Kihei beach house here.
Guest review: “Amazing location! We had a magical family vacation in Maui at this amazing property! The large yard spills out onto the beach where we spent hours snorkeling, building sandcastles and boogie boarding. 40+ turtles slept on the beach each night. I couldn’t recommend this place more!” —Erin W.
8. Oceanside Tropical Getaway
If you’re looking for an ocean view on a budget, you can’t beat this three bedroom oceanside corner unit condo. It’s just steps to the beach from the condo.
The master bedroom (king bed) and bath offer ocean views on both sides. Bedroom 2 includes two twin beds, making this unit perfect for a small family.
While it’s not as fancy as other options, the tropical flair and prime location make it a steal. You’l enjoy panoramic views of Haleakala, Molokini and Maui’s south shore as you fall asleep to the soft sounds of surf.
Guest review: “Third time staying here. You will not find another condo this close to the water. Best seat in the area to catch sunrise over Haleakala, watch turtles graze on vegetation on the rocks 30’ from your lanai. Whales jumping and dancing everywhere you look.” — Lucas P., Feb 2021
9. Maui Sunset Resort
Maui Sunset Resort is one of Kihei’s best resorts and this spacious ground floor end unit is everybody’s favorite. Just walk out the patio and you’re steps from the large communal pool and hot tub. Tennis courts are just around the corner and kids love the shuffleboard court here.
Because you’re at the oceanfront end of the resort, it’s just a one minute walk to Sugar Beach. You’ll also enjoy ocean views from this completely updated unit. It’s got a clean, sleek, modern vibe and a fully stocked kitchen.
This condo sleeps 12 with a king bed in the master bedroom, two queens in bedrooms 2 and 3, and two sets of bunk beds to sleep four in the fourth bedroom. There are 3 baths.
Guest review: “Wonderful condo in an amazing location! It’s nice to get to a property and be blown away by how much better it is even than the listing made it seem. The bottom floor location and views can’t be beat. Lots of space for our two families of four, wonderfully laid out. Great access to pool, ocean and beach.” —Kate H., March 2021
10. Kihei Sands Beachfront Condo for Four
Relax your mind and awaken your senses at this updated tropical oasis for up to 6 people.
Couples and families alike love this upscale but relaxed two bedroom condo at Kihei Gardens. But it’s truly perfect for two couples with one king bed, one queen bed, and a sofa bed. It also includes two full baths.
Just a block from the beach, this condo is conveniently in central Kihei, just a short walk to dining and shopping.
It’s large for a condo with contemporary furnishing and all the modern amenities you’ll need for your stay.
Kihei Sands also includes a pool, whirlpool and full outdoor kitchen with gas BBQ on its lush grounds. It’s fully landscaped with plumerias, mango, hibiscus, and coconut trees.
Guest review: “One block from the water, clean with great views!” —Dane R.
11. Oceanfront Sugar Beach
This cozy oceanfront condo at Sugar Beach is the idyllic spot for a couples getaway. Guests rate it as exceptional.
The beach is 20 feet from the building and the southwest exposure of the lanai makes it the perfect spot for sunset viewing. This is a one bedroom condo with a brand new king pillowtop bed in the master.
Furnishings have a warm wood and colorful Hawaiian vibe. Enjoy the gourmet kitchen or take advantage of the grill at the community barbecue and pool. You’ll find a hot tub there as well.
Guest review: “Wonderful stay! Sugar Beach is a fantastic location on a long stretch of beach, perfect for walking every morning and evening. Unit 525 is well appointed with a fantastic lanai to enjoy the view for hours on end.” —Katie P., March 2021
12. Royal Mauian Beachside Penthouse
Traveling with two couples or just need two bedrooms? Immerse yourself in the good life here at the Royal Mauian beachside penthouse.
The master suite (king bed) offers soft surf sounds to fall asleep by. The second suite can be configured for either two twin beds or a king. Plus, your use of the property includes boogie boards, chairs, towels, sand toys, and snorkel fins.
Beach and pool access is easy here. And open plan living means you’ll be in and out on the lanai with the Hawaiian breezes as you settle in with a book, a tropical drink, or a puzzle with the kids.
Guest review: “Look no further! This place was absolutely amazing. It seemed to have been recently fully renovated and everything in it seemed brand new. We are very particular about cleanliness and we felt 100% comfortable here. The layout was perfect for our family of four.” —Justin S., Feb 2021
13. Beach House by the Water
If your group is looking to spread out with easy access to the beach and a private saltwater lap pool, head to this lovely beach house! This place makes an ideal Kihei base for a family or large group of friends. It’s just one house away from the beach.
This is a brand new, just constructed three story beach house with epic beach and mountain views. And it has separate entrances for each floor. The three bedrooms sleep 10 or accommodate 2 to 3 more people when you add the optional fourth bedroom.
You’ll enjoy a full kitchen here but the main dining area is out on the lanai. Rinse off from the beach in the outdoor shower. Guests are also welcome to enjoy the four bicycles, two stand up paddle boards (and life vests) as well as two tandem ocean kayaks.
Guest review: “Perfect for families! We loved our time at Mark’s property. The home was spacious and included everything you could need. It was awesome to have such amazing patio space and a pool on the property. We’ll definitely stay again if we return to Kihei!” —Kenzie S., Feb 2021
14. Maui Moon Oceanfront Condo
Maui Moon is another great option for couples looking for an upscale oceanside stay that doesn’t break the bank. This bright and breezy one bedroom, one bath condo is newly remodeled.
The kitchen and baths are fully stocked and everything you need for the beach—from beach chairs to a cooler—are available for your use.
Enjoy the oceanfront swimming pool and dining area, BBQ up on the rooftop, or walk over to the quiet surf and swimming beach at the Kalepolepo Fishpond. It’s just steps away from the property.
Plus, the unit is on the quieter end of Kihei so it’s the best of both worlds. Relax in peace and walk over to restaurants and entertainment in “downtown” Kihei. (Check out Ohana or Nalu’s for live jazz.)
Guest review: “What an amazing stay! The views are absolutely gorgeous and the unit is great! My boyfriend and I stayed for a week to work remote, the views from the outdoor lanai are unreal.” —Marissa L., Jan 2021
Check the price and availability at the Maui Moon condo here.
15. Rare Gated Private Beachfront Home
This is a bucket list property! The perfect spot for a destination wedding, a milestone birthday, or family graduation party. Guests truly rave about their stay in this special place.
This is a truly gorgeous custom six bed/six bath home that can sleep up to 14 guests comfortable with 7 beds and a sofa sleeper. Need more room? Ask about the adjacent beachfront home.
Located in the heart of Kihei, you can watch the sun set over the ocean poolside as the tiki torches glow. Or…walk through the manicured lawn directly onto the sand.
Whip up a culinary delight in the high-end kitchen and then dine at one of the many outdoor areas fringed by hot pink bouganvilla blossoms. (Or at the handcrafted wooden table in the dining room.)
The fresh furnishings, crisp white bed linens, and warm wood all invite you to make memories here.
Guest review: “Maui wowie! Such a fantastic experience from start to finish. The property is a true gem….wow! We had an amazing week and will be back again soon!” —Judson V.
Two More of the Best Condos in Kihei
16. Luxury Beachfront Condo at Luana Kai
If you’re looking for a prime oceanfront location and a sophisticated feel, you’ll love the 1,150 square feet of luxury living space at this stunning beachfront condo at Luana Kai.
Both families and honeymooners love this sleek space!
Relax in the romantic master bedroom and enjoy the spa-inspired rain shower. The second room can be made up as twins for friends and family or combined for a California king.
Beautiful hardwood floors, granite countertops and high-end appliances make this the perfect space for unwinding after beach time. Sip a glass of wine and watch the scarlet sunset from your large lanai.
Guest review: “This was such an amazing property!! We came for our honeymoon and the condo was just gorgeous and luxurious. Had a great view of the ocean and easy access as well. Perfect for a romantic week!”
17. Beachfront Townhouse with Amazing Views
If you’re looking for somewhere unique—that feels more like staying in a local friend’s hideaway than, say, a condo—you’re going to be wowed by this unique retreat ON the beach.
It’s a large, solar powered custom redwood townhouse with two bedrooms and three baths. It sleeps six wtih two bedrooms. A king bed in the master and a queen + two singles in the second bedroom. The home also includes three baths.
This spectacular home also comes with a fully equipped kitchen and laundry and was remodeled recently. There are three separate levels!
The best part? It’s just steps from the deck to the lawn and sandy beach. You can snorkel, surf, wind surf, and paddle board beyod the reef *right* in front of the house. It’s just one block to Maui Dive Shop
Check price and availability on the Beachfront Townhouse here.
Guest review: “Having breakfast with the ocean view every morning was amazing and falling asleep with the waves of the ocean was a dream.“
Final Thoughts on Kihei Condos, Vacation Rentals and Airbnbs
Kihei, Maui, really is one of Hawaii’s idyllic locales. With its breathtaking beaches and stunning Airbnbs, it’s a near-perfect holiday destination for every type of traveler.
It’s a place where affordable luxury thrives and natural beauty flourishes.
So pack your bags and don’t hold back; the shores of Maui are calling. A sublime vacation is at your fingertips.
Hopefully, this guide to vacation rentals in Kihei, Maui has helped you find the best Airbnb to suit your needs. May your wildest tropical dreams come true in Maui. Enjoy!
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