The Best of Maui Indoor-Outdoor Living

Posted by Staff Writer on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 at 2:20pm.

On an island that’s consistently named one of the best in the world, there are few reasons why you would want to stay indoors. From Maui’s vibrant oceanfront sunsets to cool trade winds rustling through palm trees, the Valley Isle has many intoxicating charms that deter its visitors from staying inside on sunny Hawaii days.

But some modern homes combine the best of indoor comforts with Maui’s breathtaking natural wonders. With living areas that provide seamless transitions between the two environments, here are some of our favorite homes that epitomize indoor-outdoor island living.

Kihei Oceanfront Estate - 3002 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, Hawaii 96753

South Maui's Keawakapu Beach is only steps away from this elegant beachfront estate, which offers flawless transitions from tranquil dining and living rooms to the elegant pool area. Nestled between a 100-year-old Monkey Pod tree and the white sands of South Maui, this home is the epitome of island living with expansive vistas of Molokini, Kaho'olawe and Lana'i. 

From the living and bedroom areas, guests can stroll to the poolside area through a private gate that leads to Keawakapu Beach. After the evening sun sets, Hawaii’s peaceful starry nights can be enjoyed from the comforts of the home’s expansive lanais.

Private Getaway in Makena - 18 Ualei Place, Wailea/Makena, Hawaii 96753

With more than 7,000 sq. ft. of interior living space that flows seamlessly into an expanse of tropical outdoor patios, it’s hard to say what makes up “inside” and “outside” of this luxurious modern home.

This architectural masterpiece is crafted out of natural materials such as Ipe wood floors that ease the transition from indoor living areas to the lush outdoors. While relaxing on poolside lanais, you feel as if you’re outside in the fresh air, yet still comfortably protected.

Contemporary Makena Escape - 7155 Makena Road Wailea/Makena, Hawaii 96753

This resort-like estate offers contemporary Oriental-style architecture with an emphasis on privacy. The 7,600 sq. ft. home stretches over two acres in a one-of-a-kind design that places protected living spaces throughout tropical flora and fauna.

The kitchen and living area are tucked away in peaceful tropical gardens, which overlook incredible ocean views of Kaho'olawe. There is nothing like living in luxury surrounded by nature, with a solar-heated infinity pool and outdoor showers that are steps away from the main living areas. Soothing sounds of waves can be heard in the background.

Tropical Coastal Estate - Montage Residences, Kapalua Bay Unit 1205, Kapalua, Hawaii 96761


With picturesque views overlooking Maui’s famous Kapalua Bay, it would be a shame to live in a home that didn’t capture the island’s spectacular sunsets from indoors. Sliding glass doors in the living room, dining room and master suite provide the perfect opportunity to bring the outdoors inside. The home opens up to a private, tropically landscaped garden that is only steps away from one of Maui's most iconic beaches. The Montage Residences Kapalua Bay provides all of the amenities of a five star hotel with the privacy of residence. 

Private Kapalua Getaway - 199 Plantation Club Drive, Kapalua, Hawaii 96761 

The sound of waves can be heard from the front door of this stunning Plantation Estates home, which is surrounded by two acres of lush gardens and open space. Sliding glass doors in the living area and dining nook provide a fluid transition from secluded rooms to spacious lanais and an infinity edge pool that look over expansive ocean vistas. The famed Plantation golf course, home to the PGATour's annual Tournament of Champions, provides a stunning backdrop. 

Secluded Haiku Estate - 70 Pono Road, Haiku, Hawaii 96708

This exotic home is in perfect harmony with its serene, tropical surroundings. Perched atop a massive east-Maui gulch, this home truly allows its residents to experience the island’s peaceful natural environment from the privacy of their own abode. With custom Ohia posts and vaulted cedar ceilings, this tranquil escape fluidly transitions from protected indoor comforts to a lily pond, fountain and luscious landscaping. 

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