Since all hotels in the Ka‘anapali resort fit in the luxury category, and other types of accommodations such as condos don’t skimp either, choosing the place to stay that best fits your lifestyle and budget can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are some hotels that stand out from the others for value and amenities.
Of the handful of condos in Ka‘anapali, one of the best values is the Maui Eldorado (2661 Keka‘a Dr., 808/661-0021, $199-369), managed by Outrigger Resorts. The condos are only a three-minute walk to the beach but don’t have the prices of an oceanfront resort. Plus, you can cook your own meals. The golf course cuts right through the property, there are a number of small swimming pools, and discounts are fairly common.
As their slogan says, Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel (2525 Ka‘anapali Pkwy., 808/661-0011, $165-325) is truly Maui’s most Hawaiian hotel. A genuine feeling of aloha permeates this laid-back resort, and while nowhere near as lavish as its fellow Ka‘anapali neighbors, KBH occupies prime oceanfront real estate a two-minute stroll from Pu‘u Keka‘a (Black Rock). The open lawn is the perfect place to relax in the shade of an ulu tree, and while there is no hot tub, there is a swimming pool next to the popular tiki bar which is a welcoming place for families. On the lawn, there is an outrigger sailing canoe crafted by the employees of the resort, and free hula shows are held each night on the hotel’s outdoor stage. Guests are made to feel like ohana, and the rates are much more affordable than larger resorts along the strip.
Right in front of Pu‘u Keka‘a is the 510-room Sheraton Maui Resort (2605 Ka‘anapali Pkwy., 808/661-0031, $400-700), the original Ka‘anapali resort which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013. This luxurious beach resort is tucked into the sacred cliff face, and despite being the “oldest” hotel on the strip (though renovated numerous times), the Sheraton doesn’t skimp on any of the modern amenities. There is a large oceanfront pool, tennis courts, spacious rooms, and a spa. A few of the rooms are set on top of the legendary Ka‘anapali promontory.
On the far southern end of the Ka‘anapali strip is the Hyatt Regency (200 Nohea Kai Dr., 808/661-1234, $375), listed here for having the best pool system in all of Ka‘anapali. This is a favorite of families who want to spend the day by the pool and the best place along the strip to grab a drink from a bar tucked behind a waterfall or ride down a twisting waterslide. This southern end of the beach is also sheltered from the afternoon trade winds, although the sand immediately in front of the resort has been steadily eroding for years. Rates begin around $375 and work their way up depending on view and size.
The Royal Lahaina (2780 Keka‘a Dr., 808/661-3611 $189-over 500), on the northern side of Pu‘u Keka‘a offers rooms for tighter budgets. Rates can begin as low as $189 for a standard room. In addition to the oceanfront tower there are a number of individual cottages scattered around the property, where the Ka‘anapali golf course runs right through the resort. A little more laid-back than some of the glitzier resorts, this is one of Ka‘anapali’s best oceanfront values.
Excerpted from the First Edition of Moon Hawaiian Islands.