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Kaanapali Beach on Maui – The Best Place to Stay


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Kaanapali Beach Hotels (continued)

Voila! That leaves me with my favorite beach in the world, Kaanapali. Best Resorts on Kaanapali Beach According to the article “The Best Luxury Hotels” at frommers.com, three of their favorite spots on Maui are along Kaanapali Beach:

  • Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
  • Sheraton Maui Resort (at Black Rock)
  • Kaanapali Alii (condos)

If I won the lottery, I would stay at the Hyatt on Kaanapali for three months each year. This hotel is situated at the southernmost end of the Kaanapali Beachwalk. Their landscaping is a maze of beautiful gardens, Asian statuary, and swimming pools with waterfalls. The Hyatt is a tropical sanctuary away from the cares of the world. Well, all of Maui is a sanctuary.

Luxury Resorts on Mauikaanapali hotels

The frommers.com article, mentioned above, recommends several other hotels. One of them is the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. The beach at Kapalua is beautiful, but I tend to think of the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua as more of a golf resort. And, it feels a bit secluded. That’s just my opinion.  (Okay, the real reason I've never stayed there is because it's a bit out of my price range.)

I love Wailea. But, all of Wailea is like a well-manicured Pebble Beach where I feel totally out of my league. While I get along with everyone of every class, I know where I feel at home. If you are seeking the Beverly Hills of Maui, you might like:

  • The Fairmont Kea Lani (Wailea)
  • The Four Seasons Wailea
  • The Grand Wailea

I’m just a down-to-earth (former) local girl looking for a nice beach with a good mix of friendly people. I don’t like to pay extra to have the personnel bow and scrape to me.

Hotels on Mainmaui hotels Kaanapali Beach

I will admit that I am biased. I like the main part of Kaanapali Beach more than North Kaanapali Beach because the southern beach has more people, more stores, and more things going on. Kaanapali will never be crowded like Waikiki (thank God), but I like to see kids and old people and newly-married honeymooners, and some locals out having a good time, soaking up the rays. Hotel employees are friendlier on Maui than on Oahu (especially at Kaanapali Beach Hotel) because they aren’t so burnt out by the overwhelming barrage of demanding Haole tourists. Waikiki is a zoo.

Best Hotels on Kaanapali Beach

All hotels on Kaanapali Beach are the best. And, that’s because Kaanapali hotels have the best employees (biased opinion) and they have the Kaanapali Beachwalk which links all of the hotels into one friendly neighborhood. I have based my list according to what I like and what I want to spend.  If someone else were paying for my accommodations, I would stay at the first hotels on the list.  When it's my own money, I stay at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel.  Anyway, my list of best hotels and accommodations on Kaanapali Beach would probably go like this:

  • * Hyatt Regency Maui (gorgeous grounds)hotels on maui
  • * Sheraton at Black Rock (updated, beautiful site)
  • * Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club (nice water play area for kids)
  • * Ka’anapali Alii (fancy condos, good surfing in front)
  • * Westin Maui
  • * Whaler on Kaanapali Beach (older condos, great location, good for families who like to have a kitchen)
  • * Kaanapali Beach Hotel (older, budget hotel, price is right, on the right beach, the grounds are beautiful, an updated room would rank this hotel higher on the list…this is where I stay because the cheaper price allows me to stay longer in paradise.)
  • * Honua Kai (newer, nicer place, but further from the action because is at the far end of Kaanapali North Beach)
  • * Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort (Kaanapali North Beach)
  • * Royal Lahaina (older hotel, Kaanapali North Beach)

I know that everyone likes something different. You may be looking for a cheaper hotel or cheaper condo rental, in which case you should be checking out Kihei or some other part of the island. If you like newer resorts, look at North Kaanapali Beach or upscale spots like the Ritz-Carlton or Wailea resorts. I happen to love Kaanapali. It’s Maui’s laid-back local version of Waikiki. You might not agree with my choices, but I always give honest opinions.

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  1. Sherry

    Hi, I am thinking about getting married at the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel and was wondering your opinion. If you could email me, I would greatly appreciate it.

    • Tina


      I sent you an email. Sorry that I didn't answer sooner. The spam and the comments have been all jumbled together for the last 3 or 4 days. Let me know if you have any questions that
      I didn't answer in my letter.

      Tina Boomerina

  2. Laurie

    Hi Tina,

    Last February, I spent 2 weeks at Kaanapali - I loved it! My favourite was whale watching while walking on the beach. It's amazing to see those beautiful sea creatures slap their tales and blow from their blow holes...and you could even hear then if you ducked your head under the water.

    Thanks for reminding me of how beautiful the world can be :-)


    PS I tried to leave this comment 3 times, but I can barely read the captcha code. I entered it wrong 3 times, and lost my comment. :-( Luckily I'm in the habit of copying my comments before posting them -- but not all readers do this! Others would just leave your blog, frustrated that they wasted their time trying to comment.

  3. Tina


    Kaanapali is the most amazing place in the world (if you love beaches). It's easy to get to. It's got friendly people who speak English (well, Pidgeon English...da kine...). It doesn't have as many sharks as Bondi (though Kaanapali is not a surfing spot). They have NO snakes or anything creepy - except gheckos (cute) and bugs that don't bug you. And, everything else you said. Have you ever been out on a whale watching boat? You should do it next time! And... go snorkeling at Molokini. I've never done it but I watched my daughters snorkel from the boat when they were about 10 and they went nuts over the fish and the giant turtles!

    ps I hate those captcha codes. I wonder if there's another way to avoid being spammed to h*ll and back....