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Best Kapalua villas for rent in Maui on VRBO
Have you decided on Kapalua as the destination for your next Maui vacation? Then this selection of modern Kapalua villas for rent is for you.
Several condominium resorts can be found in this scenic community. All come with a full range of facilities and amenities.
The Kapalua Villas Maui is the main resort. It features the oceanfront Kapalua Bay Villas, the ocean view Kapalua Ridge Villas, and the Golf View Kapalua Golf Villas. The grounds of the Ritz-Carlton Maui-Kapalua and the Montage Kapalua Bay are home to a handful of exclusive residences too.
I hand-picked what I believe are the top Kapalua rental listings on VRBO. The result is a list of stylish Kapalua vacation rentals and condos for all budgets. Because yes, in spite of its privileged location and exclusive flair, Kapalua can be surprisingly affordable.
So, are you ready to discover the best Kapalua villas and residences? Then let’s dive in!
In a nutshell
This article features a curated selection of modern villa rentals in Kapalua. It has everything from affordable one-bedroom condos to the most upscale oceanfront Kapalua villas for rent. The article concludes with a FAQ section about Kapalua villas and residences.
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Short on time? Here’s a quick list of the top Kapalua condo rentals:
The glamorous resort community of Kapalua is the northernmost destination in West Maui. It’s a low-impact resort and, as a result, the low-rise buildings blend in perfectly with the abundance of natural scenery.
Kapalua stretches from the top of the Puʻu Kukui, the highest mountain peak in Hawaii and one of the wettest places on earth, to the coast. There you’ll find three gorgeous sandy beaches: Kapalua Bay, Fleming Beach, and Oneloa Beach.
Every beach is located within walking distance of one or more resorts, although the walk uphill to the Kaanapali Golf Villas can be quite intensive. The free shared Kapalua shuttle service transports guests between the beaches, the tennis courts, the golf courses, the restaurants, the Honolua Store, and the two Kapalua luxury hotels.
Kapalua is home to just two hotels. The Ritz-Carlton is one of the best family resorts on the island. The three-tiered pool is a perfect playground for young kids but doesn’t have any water slides. The upscale Montage Kapalua Bay makes for a perfect honeymoon retreat.
The main condominium resort is Kaanapali Villas Maui. It consists of three subdivisions: The oceanfront Kaanapali Bay Villas, the ocean-view Kaanapali Ridge Villas, and the golf-view Kaanapali Golf Villas. You can learn more about the differences between these accommodations, and how to decipher their numbering, at the end of the post.
There are more exclusive resorts in Kapalua, including Ironwoods, Coconut Grove, Kapalua Place, and soon the Mahana Estates, but those don’t allow short-term rentals.
My selection of vacation rentals in Kapalua
For every Kapalua villa rental in this list, I have added all the essential details you need. This includes the number of rooms, the number of persons it sleeps, the license number, and parking inclusions.
You could book your Kapalua villa rental via Kapalua Villas Resort by Outrigger. However, most villas featured in their selection – even the ones with gold status – look quite dated. The rental villas on VRBO are much better appointed. As a result, every Kapalua vacation rental in this list links out to the corresponding listing on VRBO.
Simply read through the details, check the reviews, and set your preferred dates to get an exact breakdown of the costs. If you still like what you see, you can go ahead and make your online booking.
Now, without further ado, here’s my personal selection of the best Kapalua villas and residences for rent.
Psst… At the end of this article, you’ll find a map showing the location of all listings.
Registration: TAT #TA-084-672-6656-01 | TMK #420010240044 | License n/a due to zoning.
Additional details: Comes with on-site parking and air conditioning.
This cozy one-bedroom oceanfront condo features a coastal-chic interior with the most amazing views of Oneloa Bay. The open-concept design creates a spacious atmosphere, making you feel right at home.
Equipped with everything you need, the fully furnished kitchen is ready for your culinary adventures. It provides the same panoramic ocean views as the airy living area.
This is one of the best Kapalua Bay Villas for rent in terms of proximity to Oneloa Beach. The “G” in the unit’s numbering indicates that it’s a ground-floor unit. As a result, you’ll have the added convenience of a private lanai and a small lawn area right outside your door.
Registration: TAT #TA-027-707-5968-04 | TMK #420010280077 | License n/a due to zoning.
Additional details: Comes with 2 assigned parking stalls.
Discerning travelers, rejoice! This well-appointed 3-bedroom unit is one of the most luxurious Kapalua Golf Villas for rent.
The upscale decor oozes sophisticated flair and every detail has been thought to make your stay as carefree as possible. Relax in one of the lavish bathrooms and enjoy a rejuvenating night in one of the delightful bedrooms. The gourmet kitchen and well-appointed living area make for excellent gathering spaces.
This is one of the Kapalua Golf Villa rentals that are spread out over two stories. That means that you have two lanais to take in the most sweeping ocean and golf course views.
Registration: TAT #TA-147-968-9728-01 | TMK #420010320069 | License n/a due to zoning.
Additional details: Comes with two covered parking spots and air conditioning.
This second-story townhome is one of the most recently remodeled Kapalua Ridge rentals.
It offers a modern and airy living area that seamlessly connects to a well-stocked kitchen. As you enter the bedroom, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the surrounding tropical foliage. Need extra space? The sofa bed in the living room can comfortably accommodate two more guests.
For your convenience, there are two exquisitely finished bathrooms, allowing everyone to have their own personal space. The pleasant covered lanai is the perfect spot to witness whales breaching on the horizon and to soak in the breathtaking sunset. The views stretch all the way to Molokai, and you can even see Lipoa Point and the world-renowned Honolua Bay.
Resort fee: $35 per day. This includes select fitness classes, one complimentary photo session, discounted golf fees & preferred tee times, and cultural history tours.
Additional details: Comes with air conditioning. Parking is available for $30 per day.
The Pacific Suite at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua Villas is a beautiful top-floor oceanfront residence. No less than five lanais offer front-row seats to the coastal scenery.
Thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows, you can also take in all that natural beauty from the indoor areas. Experience the convenience of a well-equipped kitchen with a handy butler pantry. The stylish living space features top-quality materials and elegant finishes in soothing neutral tones. Indulge in ultimate relaxation in the bathrooms with lavish soaking tubs for that extra touch of luxury.
Guests of this Ritz-Carlton residence have access to a full range of amenities and activities. Enjoy a lazy afternoon by the multi-tiered pool or play a game of tennis. The signature Ritz-Carlton service is guaranteed to make your stay a memorable one.
5. Kapalua Bay Villas – Unit 20B2
Specifications: 2 bedrooms and a queen sleeper sofa, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 6 people.
Registration: TAT #TA-031-812-6592-01 | TMK #420010240046 | License n/a due to zoning.
Additional details: Comes with parking and air conditioning.
Some Kapalua Bay Villas vacation rentals, like this oceanfront unit, can compete with a residence at the Ritz-Carlton. The Pearl’s gorgeous decor takes the term beach-chic to a whole new level.
Experience an immediate sense of calm as you step into this fabulous getaway. There are two seating areas for your added comfort as well as a modern gourmet kitchen that will delight every chef. The most deluxe amenities are provided for a carefree stay, such as high-quality linens for a restful night’s sleep.
Ocean vistas greet you from every room, and the floor-to-ceiling windows maximize the coastal experience. And to top it all off, this two-story unit boasts two wonderful lanais.
Registration: TAT #TA‐203‐683‐6864‐01 | TMK #420010280126 | License n/a due to zoning.
Additional details: Comes with air conditioning and an assigned parking spot.
Next on this list of Kapalua vacation rentals is this stunning corner villa. The “V” in the unit’s numbering stands for vista and indicates that it’s a top-floor unit. The cozy covered lanai offers views over the resort pool and the ocean.
This beautiful unit has a warm and welcoming ambiance thanks to the custom features and luxury finishes. The well-equipped kitchen is a vacation chef’s dream. The bedroom offers plenty of storage and the living room is equipped with a Murphy bed for the ultimate sleeping comfort. Two bathrooms complete the indoor layout.
Plenty of beach gear is provided to minimize the packing hassle.
Registration: TAT #TA-160-427-3664-01 | TMK #420010320091 | License n/a due to zoning.
Additional details: Comes with air conditioning and parking.
This one-bedroom ground-floor unit is one of the most affordable condo rentals in Kapalua Maui. The modern and elegant decor feels warm and inviting.
There’s one bedroom as well as a queen sleeper sofa in the cozy living area. Two modern bathrooms provide plenty of space and privacy.
The open kitchen and living area connect to the main lanai. It’s equipped with comfortable seating and dining arrangements and directly overlooks the first hole of Kapalua Bay Golf Course. A second, smaller lanai, shielded by tropical foliage, is situated right next to the bedroom.
8. Montage Kapalua Bay Hotel Maui – Anuenue Residence
Registration: TAT #TA-103-503-4624-01 | TMK #420040280008 | License n/a due to zoning.
The gorgeous Montage Anuenue home is one of the most luxurious Kapalua homes for rent. The ocean views alone are worth staying here.
It features three bedrooms, one of which is equipped with two queen beds, and there’s a pull-out sofa bed available as well. In total, this Valley Isle resort residence can accommodate up to ten guests, making it an excellent Maui vacation rental for large groups. The house is beautifully designed with high-quality finishes throughout.
The beautiful lanai and private lawn area of this ground-floor villa are fabulous places to relax. Guests of this resort residence can also enjoy full access to all amenities of the Montage resort including the pools, beach, and spa.
9. Kapalua Bay Villas – Unit 24B1
Specifications: 2 bedrooms and a queen sleeper sofa, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 6 people.
Registration: TAT #TA-148-134-1440-01 | TMK #420010240068 | License n/a due to zoning.
Next on this list of Kapalua Bay Villa rentals is a fabulous multi-level townhome that exudes luxury. This townhome enjoys a privileged location nestled between Kapalua Bay Beach and Onolea Beach.
With top-notch materials and luxurious Italian design elements, this home offers an unmatched level of sophistication. The kitchen is truly exceptional, boasting premium appliances and all the essentials you need. Gather around the built-in bar area or on the well-appointed lanai.
Ocean vistas greet you from every room, creating a serene atmosphere. Retreat to one of the two bedrooms, each furnished with plush bedding. There’s an additional lounge area with a comfortable sleeper sofa, ensuring everyone has their own cozy spot. Three marble bathrooms, all equipped with motion-censored LED lighting, feature lavish walk-in showers.
10. Kapalua Golf Villas – Unit 19P2
Specifications: 2 bedrooms and a queen sleeper sofa, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6 people.
Registration: TAT #TA-111-216-3840-01 | TMK #420010280082 | License n/a due to zoning.
Additional details: Comes with air conditioning (just not in the lounge area where the sofa is) and parking.
This recently upgraded villa has everything you need for a delightful getaway. It features two spacious bedrooms and two clean bathrooms and there’s an additional sofa bed that can accommodate two more guests.
The inviting living room connects to the fully-stocked kitchen. It’s the perfect place to whip up an island-style meal before exploring the area.
The “P” in the unit’s name stands for patio, so you can enjoy a beautiful garden view from the well-equipped lanai. Kapalua Bay beach is just a 10-minute walk away.
Registration: TAT #TA-089-925-0688-01 | TMK #420010320068 | License n/a due to zoning.
Additional details: Comes with air conditioning and
Here’s another beautifully appointed Kapalua Ridge Villa. This one comes with a generously sized wrap-around lanai for never-ending views.
The two bedrooms are located on either side of the condo. The master suite has a comfy king bed while the guest suite is equipped with two queen beds. Each bedroom comes with its own small lanai. It’s one of the only Kapalua Villas in Maui with this convenient set-up.
An additional sofa bed can be found in the airy living area. The kitchen comes fully equipped and is supplemented by a separate bar area. The panoramic views top it off nicely.
12. Kapalua Bay Villas – Unit 38G1
Specifications: 1 bedroom, 1 twin day bed, 1 sectional sofa, and 1 queen air mattress, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6 people (up to 5 adults).
Registration: TAT #TA-132-887-1936-01 | TMK #420010240139 | License n/a due to zoning.
Additional details: Comes with air conditioning and free parking.
One of the most recent Kapalua Maui villas for rent is this stylish ground-floor villa.
It features a spacious living room with plenty of storage and a fully-stocked kitchen with stainless-steel appliances. There’s one luxurious bedroom but there are plenty of extra sleeping arrangements, including a queen sleeper sofa, a twin daybed, and a queen air mattress, to accommodate more guests. Two beautiful bathrooms complete the tastefully decorated indoor space.
Kapalua Bay Villas condo comes with floor-to-ceiling windows that lead to a cozy patio overlooking the manicured lawn area. This gorgeous unit enjoys the most privileged location. It’s steps away from the Kapalua Coastal Trail, right in between Kapalua Bay Beach and Oneloa Beach, and next to the upscale Montage Kapalua Bay.
Take a hike. The Kapalua Coastal Trail is one of Maui’s most acclaimed hikes. Inland hiking trails are the Kapalua Village Trails and the intensive Mahana Ridge Trail. More information can be found on this page.
Play a game of tennis. Guests of the Ritz-Carlton Maui and the Kapalua Bay Villas can enjoy their own tennis courts, other guests can hit a ball at the lushly landscaped Kapalua Tennis Garden complex.
Indulge in the best island cuisine from fine-dining Kapalua restaurants such as Merrimans, Sansei Seafood, or Plantation House, to casual Kapalua dining at Taverna overlooking the Kapalua Bay Golf Course.
If you’re looking to explore more of Maui, then I’d strongly recommend renting a car. My go-to partner is Discount Hawaii Car Rental. Their booking process is effortless, with no booking fees, prepayment, or cancellation penalties!
General booking policies of Kapalua rentals
There are loads of cancellation and booking policy settings that VBRO renters can implement. So, to help protect you when booking your stay, it’s ideal to look for properties that have the following policies:
Kapalua VRBO booking policies to look for
Multiple installment plans: This is best for luxury stays that can cost a fair amount. The maximum number of installments offered is three. Try and find an accommodation that offers installment plans, as this can help you budget.
Moderate cancellation policy: This entitles you to a full refund if you cancel up to 30 days in advance and a 50% refund for cancelations up to 14 days in advance.
Relaxed cancellation policy: If you cancel up to 14 days in advance, you will receive a full refund and a 50% refund for cancellation up to 7 days in advance.
Cancellations with multiple installment plans: Some accommodations won’t offer refunds for installment bookings. For example, if you have paid 50% of your booking and cancel your stay, some renters won’t charge you for the remaining 50%. However, you won’t receive a refund for the paid fee. Keep an eye out for these policies when booking.
Which of these Kapalua villa rentals caught your eye?
Chances are that you’ve found your dream rental for that long-awaited Maui vacation. If not, then have a look at my other wish lists to discover even more amazing Maui vacation rentals.
Also, rest assured that all featured Kapalua condos and villas are operating legally with the required county permits and that all suggestions are hand-picked and thoroughly researched.
Kapalua accommodation FAQ
Kapalua is an exclusive coastal resort community in West Maui. It’s characterized by its scenic setting at the foot of the lush West Maui mountains overlooking three beautiful bays. It’s a low-impact resort where the natural beauty takes center stage.
This luxurious resort community is home to two opulent hotels with fabulous pools, an upscale villa resort, fine-dining restaurants, lavish spas, excellent golf courses, and tennis courts.
Because of its northern location, Kapalua is prone to rain, especially during winter. The occasional shower may spoil the fun, but you might just as well be treated to a beautiful rainbow.
Both Kapalua Bay Beach and Oneloa Beach are located within easy walking distance.
Exact walking times depend on the subdivision and the exact location of your villa but on average it takes a good 5 minutes from the Kapalua Bay Villas, a good 10 minutes from the Kapalua Ridge Villas, and about 20 minutes from the Kapalua Golf Villas. Add about 5 minutes to reach Fleming Beach.
For your convenience, there’s the Kapalua shuttle service to the beaches as well.
The daily resort fee is $39 and includes parking, complimentary court time at the Kapalua Tennis Garden, preferred tee times, and preferred rates at Kapalua Resort golf courses.
The Kapalua Bay Villas comprises 141 units in 27 buildings. It also features 3 heated pools, 2 tennis courts, and several outdoor barbecue grills.
The Kapalua Ridge Villas comprises 161 units in 28 buildings. It also features 2 heated swimming pools and several outdoor barbecue grills.
The Kapalua Golf Villas comprises 186 units in 16 buildings. It also features 3 heated swimming pools and several outdoor barbecue grills.
The Kapalua Bay Villas were built in 1977, and the Kapalua Ridge Villas and the Kapalua Golf Villas were built in 1979.
Every subdivision of the Kapalua Villas has a different numbering system. The first number also indicates the building number, and the last number is the unit number. But some villas have a letter in between and deciphering that letter can be quite challenging.
Here’s what the letters in the Kapalua Villa rental numbering stand for:
Kapalua Bay Villas: The letter G stands for Garden-level. These units give out to a lawn area but accessing them does involve going down about 15 steps. The letter B stands for Bridge-level units. There are no steps to access these units.
Kapalua Ridge Villas: All unit numbers are digits only, there’s no differentiation in floors.
Kapalua Golf Villas: The letter P stands for Patio-level. These units give out to a lawn area but accessing them does involve going down about 15 steps. The letter T stands for Terrace-level. These units are located on the second floor of the building. There are no steps involved and there’s easy access to the carport. The letter V stands for Vista-level. These top-floor units can be reached by means of two small sets of stairs and offer the most panoramic views.
It takes some research on this West Maui town to find the best Kapalua resorts in terms of location. Once you have an idea of where to stay in Kapalua, you can narrow the list of options down even further.
Here are some tips on how to choose the best Kapalua lodging:
I always look for properties that have been recently updated or remodeled.
The unit should preferably be located within walking distance of one of the Kapalua beaches.
It should come with parking.
The kitchen should be well-equipped and there should be outdoor BBQ facilities.
An in-unit washer and dryer are preferred.
Air conditioning is a huge bonus and almost a necessity in my book.
Make sure it matches your personal taste.
Yes, Airbnb in Maui is legal but it’s strictly regulated. Maui County defines transient vacation rental as accommodation rented for less than 180 days and requirements and permits vary according to the type of rental.
So always check if your rental has all its permits.
Here’s a list of the different certifications they should have depending on the permit type:
Transient Accommodation Tax (TAT or W) number.
Tax Map Keys (TMK).
Permit numbers starting with either “ST”, “CP”, or “BB”. Exceptions exist for special zoning districts, which include much of the Kapalua Villas Maui, the Ritz-Carlton Maui, and the Montage Kapalua Bay.
PS: I’ve done the work for you. All the listings I include have the correct permits.
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Hand-picked by author and Maui accommodation expert Sarah
Sarah is a seasoned traveler with a professional background in luxury hotel management, experience as a hotel inspector for Forbes Travel Guide, and comprehensive knowledge of the Maui accommodation landscape. To present you with the fine fleur of places to stay in Maui, she carefully scans hotel booking sites and vacation rental platforms such as Airbnb and VRBO, meticulously checks reviews, and verifies rental permits.