My husband and I have stayed at many places in Maui. Was this the nicest hotel out of all of them? No. It is rather old fashioned; and the decor could use updating. But I'll tell you why I gave it four stars.
First of all, we were celebrating our 20th anniversary; we noted that in our reservation, and also reserved an ocean-front room. We requested as high a floor possible, away from the elevators. When we arrived to check in, the front desk was really nice and helpful, and they told us Happy Anniversary. They immediately gave us exactly the type of room we requested - there was no getting there, finding out we were in a disappointing room, and having to do the room shuffle (this happens all the time at Grand Wailea, which is a super nice hotel - they always stick you in the worst room possible until you complain and ask to be moved). I really appreciated that you could reserve an ocean front room, and actually get an ocean front room... ours literally was probably within 50 feet of the ocean. Our patio chairs looked out directly over the beach, it was right below us. And when we arrived in our room, there was a bottle of champagne with glasses waiting for us - just for our anniversary. We didn't specifically ask for this; they just did it. It was really lovely.
Secondly, this place is VERY quiet and old school. There are literally lawn chairs laying all over the grounds, on the grass lawn. At first I wondered why they were there, but then one day my husband and I plopped down in them to rest a bit - and ended up whiling away an afternoon there, relaxing. There's no rush, no hurry. The ocean is right there. The grounds, while not highly decorated or amazing, are well maintained, green, and relaxing.
You are also within easy walking distance of Black Rock, so we walked over there and snorkeled every day. In the area right in front of the hotel, the ocean is a bit wild, so you have to be really careful of the riptide of you get in at certain locations - it's not like Wailea where you can walk in anywhere and not worry about currents. Here, you do need to be careful. But at Black Rock, the snorkeling, although crowded at times, is pretty good.
The outside bar area had live music every night we were there. The bar drinks and food were not the greatest, for sure, but we really enjoyed sitting down for a bit every night and just hanging out and checking out the bands and music - all playing old-style Hawaiian music, of course.
And although the hotel decor in the public areas can be somewhat dated, I thought the rooms themselves were nicely furnished and clean (at least in the upgraded ocean-front room we had). The beds were really comfortable, and I have a hard time sleeping in many hotel beds - but not this one. And it was very quiet, another thing I appreciated because i am a light sleeper.
So yes, although it's old-school, I did give it 4 out of 5 stars. I would definitely go back there if I wanted a vacation where I could just have down-time and relax. I thought it was a great place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surround yourself with aloha on one of Maui's most beautiful beaches...at Maui's most Hawaiian hotel! Located on golden sand next to the clear blue waters of Kaanapali, all rooms have balconies overlooking lush tropical gardens, inviting you to relax to the sound of gentle surf and cool tradewinds. Award winning dining, shopping and recreation are on hand or close by. Here you’ll discover the best in Hawaiian culture and family-style hospitality – truly aloha at its best! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ka'Anapali Beach Hotel Maui/Lahaina
- Hotel Ka Anapali Beach