Big Resorts, Sandy Beaches, Tropical Paradise

Main Kaanapali

First timers to Maui should start their hotel search right here in Ka'anapali.  With its long stretch of sandy beach and views of nearby islands you can't do much better for location.  Walk along the boardwalk and you'll find many of the most popular hotels and restaurants on the island and plenty of options for a mai tai with a view. 

Shopping, Hawaiian music, luau's, and giant pools with waterfalls, it can feel a bit touristy, especially during summer, but no one can deny that it's got one of the best beaches on Maui with the added bonus of being able to walk to dinner.  Head north to the Sheraton at sunset to watch the torch lighting ceremony that re-enacts the legend of the last chief of Maui who dived from Black Rock at sunset. "Oooooooooo" goes the conch shell.


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Consider this: nearly every resort in Lahaina and on Ka’anapaali Beach offer timeshare villas and suites, and they are the resorts’ most high-end accommodations. That’s a lot of timeshares. Now consider the fact that the majority of these gorgeous vacation properties have already been purchased by visitors like you who fell in love with Maui and wanted to return again and again. This is where comes in, they offer these unique resort properties from owners who wish to rent out their units. The ability to stay in a deluxe timeshare suite with a full-sized living room, equipped kitchen, and private balcony with a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean can be attained at low prices because of the competitive nature of these owners.
Wouldn’t you want to stay at the Westin Ka’anapali and enjoy the on-site strip of gorgeous beach, lush, tropical gardens, and crystal clear swimming pools for less than everyone else is paying? I know I would. Or, how about staying at Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club and rejuvenating body and mind in the resort’s Spa? When you get hungry, it’s a short elevator ride down to the open-air Ka’anapali Grill and Tap Room which overlooks the tropical island of Molokai and offers fresh Hawaiian seafood. Even though the resorts offer a multitude of activities, many timeshare guests are content just to relax on one of their unit’s balconies offering stunning views. These are just two of the resorts found in’s inventory of rentals, so be sure to check out all of the other resort offerings on the site to snag a deal on your next vacation.


Westin Maui Resort and Spa

2365 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, 96761 | (808) 667-2525

family focused resort with full amenities $$$$$

The Westin Ka'anipali Ocean Resort, also known as the Westin Maui Resort and Spa, is a top pick whether you're on a honeymoon or traveling with your family.  Don't confuse this with the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, a timeshare resort just north of the Sheraton.  This resort features five spectacular pools in a lush tropical setting located on the popular Kaanapali strip of big name hotels.  If you've never been to Maui, the Westin Ka'anipali Ocean Resort is exactly what you have dreamed about from the incredible pools to mai tai serving cocktail waitresses to tiki torch lit dining. 

As if the incredible views of Lana'i and Molokai weren't enough, the Westin Maui adds in flamingos, macaws, koi ponds and waterfalls to create an unforgettable tropical experience.  Try to grab one of the handful of tables sitting right next to the sandy beach for dinner and feel all of your stress melt away as you watch the sun go down with a tropical cocktail in your hand.

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Sheraton Maui Resort

2605 Kaanapali Parkway, Kaanapali, HI 96761 | (808) 661-0031

Super Sized resort on a prime location  $$$$$

The Sheraton Maui Resort is located right next to the Black Rock, the famous lava rock formation that's a popular place to dive into the ocean from - as in JUMP!  The rock also forms a nice, calm bay that's a popular snorkeling spot on an equally popular beach (very crowded during peak season).  The resort itself is huge with 508 rooms in multiple buildings, a gigantic "lagoon" pool flanked with cocktail bars and plenty of dining options for the family.

The resort sits on 23 acres and is spread out - perhaps a bit too spread out for some.  Pick the wrong room and you'll have quite a trek to get to the beach but those with bigger budgets will be hard pressed to complain about the views.  Standard rooms are what you would expect for a Sheraton,  nice but nothing too special but the suites kick it up a notch.  If a luxury deluxe room is what you are after then go elsewhere.  But if you want a resort on a location where you never have to leave then the Sheraton is a top consideration.

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Hyatt Regency Maui

200 Nohea Kai Drive, Lahaina, HI 96761 | (808) 661-1234


You might think you died and went to heaven when you check into the Hyatt Regency Maui, a beautiful 806 room tower resort with beautifully decorated rooms and suites, four restaurants onsite, and full spa facilities.  The pool features an incredible swim up cave bar - that's right, a bar in an actual cave - and the lushly tropical landscaping features chirping macaws and, oddly, penguins.  I'm pretty sure penguins are not native to Hawaii but what the hey, it's still pretty cool. 

To sum it up, the Hyatt is probably the best resort on the strip so bite the bullet and go for it if you can afford it.  Even the mountain facing rooms are beautiful so no one loses.  The Hyatt also hosts the Drums of the Pacific Luau but save your money and go to the Old Lahaina Luau or the Royal Lahaina Luau instead, both more authentic luau's with an all around better experience.

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Marriott's Maui Ocean Club Ka'anapali

100 Nohea Kai Drive, Lahaina, HI 96761 | (808) 667-1200

beautiful pool, large rooms and kid friendly  $$$$

I love the vacation vibe that runs through this Marriott.  It seems like there' s always live music at the pool and everyone seems to be in a good mood.  Maybe that's because the Marriott Ocean Club Kaanapali offers vacationers a bit more - larger rooms, expansive pool, and plenty of kid friendly activities like a waterslide and a pirate ship playground.  Standard rooms have microwaves and refrigerators, suites have kitchenettes, and there are BBQs for use around the beautifully landscaped grounds.  Families pay attention - this is your stop. 

Because it's really a timeshare complex that also rents out rooms, be aware that non-owners don't always get the best rooms.  The Napili Tower has the newest rooms and are beautiful, the older rooms are Marriott average.  Be picky and selective when checking in as room quality varies. 

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Ka'anapali Alii

50 Nohea Kai Drive, Lahaina, HI 96761 | (808) 667-1400

upscale condo rentals with huge rooms and no resort fee  $$$$

Let's start with the room size.  1,500 to 1,900 square feet, one to two bedrooms, this is a no brainer if you're looking to stay on the popular Kaanapali strip but need more space than a standard room or suite provides.  The Kaanapali Alii are condo rentals featuring full kitchens, washers and dryers, and a top notch beach just steps away from the pool. 

As with all condo rentals you do give up a few things - no lei making classes for the kids, no signature restaurant onsite, no cocktail waitresses bringing you drinks - but you still get poolside food service, daily maid service and gas grills outside .  The units themselves are upscale and up to date but because these are individually owned the furnishings can vary so, as always, be selective when checking in.  No resort fee and free parking - nice!

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The Aston at The Whaler Ka'anapali

2481 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, HI 96761 | (808) 661-6000

average condo rentals on fabulous beach  $$$

With so many deluxe and outright beautiful resorts on this strip of Kaanapali Beach you wonder how a place like The Aston at The Whaler Kaanapali stays in business.  Afterall, the rooms are average, the pool just OK, there's no onsite restaurant and there are few of the amenities that are standard in the nearby resorts. 

Maybe it's because the Aston at the Whaler has big rooms with full kitchens and is located in one of the best spots next to Whaler's Village, all at a price that's lower than its competition.  If location and space is what you are after and keeping the price in check a consideration, then consider The Aston at The Whaler. Be selective when checking in as rooms are inconsistent since they are individually owned.

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Ka'anapali Beach Hotel

2525 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, HI 96761| (808) 661-0011

budget option on a prime location  $$

The Kaanapali Beach Hotel markets itself as "Hawaii's Most Hawaiian Hotel" and I totally get it.  Look around this strip in Kaanapali and you'll see giant, massive towers of glass and cement, monster pools, and over-the-top vacation indulgence everywhere.  Yet here amongst the madness is a throwback hotel with low profile buildings and expansive manicured grounds.  Maybe this IS the Hawaii you've been looking for.

Though somewhat dated, there is something charming about this place.  OK, sure, the rooms are stuck in a time warp and the pool is nice but modest, but the Hawaiian vibe runs strong here.  Free nightly entertainment, a lively Tiki Bar and a price tag that's typically $100 a night less than the big resorts.  Don't come here and compare it to the Hyatt or the Westin.  It's not the same thing, it's not the same class, but it is a great option if you are looking for a Hawaiian getaway versus a resort vacation.  Great beach and location, walk to dinner or stay onsite and dine in their restaurant.

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