Can you name a beach resort that is three miles long, offers world class golf course, hotels, restaurants and shopping for you to enjoy? There is only one and it is called Kaanapali Beach Resort. With 5 Luxury Hotels and 6 Vacation Club properties to choose from you are bound to find your perfect “home away from home” for your Maui adventure. If you are looking for great value, friendly staff and lots of Hawaiian Aloha, then you must choose the Kaanapali Beach Hotel. A perfect escape for families, friends and anyone looking to enjoy some great beach time without breaking the bank. They’ve been voted Best Aloha Spirit and proudly declare they offer the most Hawaiian experience of all the properties in the resort area. Sounds like a perfect place to hang up flip flops every night.
The Kaanapali Beach Resort is the second oldest property on the Kaanapali beach with four wings containing 432 rooms. Each room has a view of the ocean or the rich garden and manicured lawns that surround the property. We arrive pulling up into the driveway, valet our car and head straight to the front desk to check in.
Quick and easy check in we head straight up to our room. I want to see our view so without even looking at the room I head straight for the balcony, open the doors, and this is what I saw. Yes, I can wake up to this view every morning, thank you.
Ok, now that I’ve seen my view, what does my room look like? It is clean with some lovely Hawaiian touches like the pattern on the bedspread and the artwork on the walls. The hotel has gone through a “refresh” renovation so while not stripped and redone from top to bottom all the modern in room amenities are there. Plenty of outlets for my technology, A flat screen TV hidden in the wardrobe, and best of all it is air conditioned to help combat the heat of the day.
Let’s be honest though, you don’t come to Kaanapali Beach to stay in your hotel room. After my friend and I had dropped off our luggage, we headed straight for the beach and jumped in.
After drying off from our swim, we headed to the Tiki Terrace for what else, a Mai Tai.
Once we had our fill here, we headed over to the outdoor dining restaurant where we were greeted by Sous Chef Christopher, who has planned a Hawaiian Diet demonstration for us. I’ll be honest I did not know what to expect from this demonstration, but Chef Chris explained while he cooked in front of us the concept of traditional Hawaii cooking. Fresh ingredients, simply prepared, and absolutely delicious. Pictured below you can see he made us a Papaya Salad with cherry tomatoes and what we in Canada call Fiddlehead Ferns. He also made a fish dish wrapped in Tea leaves and steamed until ready served with Molokai Sweet Potatoes, Poi and Fried Bananas. Healthy, delicious and ingredients all grown on the Island.
From our seat eating dinner, we could enjoy our food, but we also got to enjoy a show. Traditional Hawaiian Hula dancers and musicians performed to a thunderous applause from all the diners.
My only regret about our stay at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel is that it wasn’t over a Sunday. Their Sunday Champagne Brunch is famous, and apparently it rivals a Los Vegas buffet. Amazing time and room rates range from $238 to $322 US$ a night with many different amenity packages available. Before we leave, we have one more thing to experience, a Ukulele lesson from cultural ambassador Uncle Sam. Lots of fun, but I won’t be holding a concert anytime soon.
It is the second oldest hotel in Kaanapali Beach Resort and while it could use an updating the rooms are clean and have all the amenities you need. This hotel offers the best value for your money on the beach and has lots of Hawaiian activities to keep you entertained. Great bar, restaurant, Sunday Brunch that rivals Vegas and access to 3 miles of pristine beach.
Value for $9
Would I come back?8.5