The final stretch of our Hawaii roadtrip was spent on Maui’s Kaanapali Beach. Following a magical three days drive undertaking the Road To Hana, we made our way back round the island to one of Maui’s most popular beaches. I was dithering about with which property to choose and eventually landed on the Sheraton Maui. This was indeed the sprawling Hawaii property I was dreaming of! Unlike Waikiki, where the hotels are wedged onto a small spot of land, on west Maui, the resorts are sumptuous.
The Sheraton stands on a super stretch of beach hemmed in by the famed black rock. This meant we could watch the nightly torch lighting and cliff dives. We spent three nights at the Sheraton although I could have easily spent a week.
Where is the Sheraton located?
In Kaanapali about an hour’s drive from Kahului Airport. There’s not too much around the immediately vicinity save for beautiful beaches and sprawling resorts. A 10 minute drive away is the historic whaling town of Lahaina. Worth an afternoon stroll is energetic Front Street, which contains numerous art galleries, souvenir shops and restaurants.
I had booked a basic double with Garden view through the hotel’s website. We were lucky enough to be upgraded to a bigger Ocean view room. This was a decent size, clean and tastefully decorated. We had a good size balcony with table and chairs.
Beware the pricing of Hawaiian resorts. Instead of increasing room prices, they have introduced ‘resort fees’. This includes things like wifi and other bits that used to be free anyway.
In terms of parking, the resort charges valet $35 or self parking $25.
The Sheraton’s Fitness Centre is excellent. I didn’t use the spa but saw people getting massages on the beach.
They set up lawn games for kids at certain times of the day.
The pool is a looping, tropical affair with waterfalls, a mini slide and plenty of room for swimming. I love a hotel with a great resort pool and the Maui Sheraton is certainly up there now as one of my favourites!
The hotel is located on Ka’anapali Beach which is beautiful with clear water. Don’t expect the other the top waves of Waikiki. Although this does mean you can snorkel and there are so many fish close to shore. If you’re brave (like Mr Jetlag) you can even jump from the black rock. They say it brings good luck.
There’s several onsite restaurants including ROCKsalt and Cliffs Dive Grill. We were on a room only charge but there is a buffet breakfast at ROCKsalt. We also ate a decent dinner there although it closes at 9pm! There is a small Starbucks concession and cocktail service by the pool.
10 minutes walk away is the Whalers village. This is a lovey spot with multiple dining and shopping outlets. I highly recommend acai bowls from Choice Cafe and coffee from Island Vintage. Leilanis for dinner was excellent (get the sesame encrusted ahi).
The Sheraton offers a s’more kit and you can park yourself at one of the bonfires dotted around the property. I think this was Jetlag & Mayhem’s highlight!
Further afield is Lahaina, a 15 minute drive. Head to the famed Cat Cafe for an amazing burger.
Hawaii offers plenty of luau options. Bear in mind they are pricey and you really only need to experience one during your stay. I chose Maui nui at the Sheraton as we wouldn’t have to drive anywhere. Tickets were expensive but food quality high. The dancing is spectacular. The luau starts very early (from 4.45pm) but we turned up an hour late. It was soo hot on the lawn and unshaded. Take sunglasses and a hat if it’s a sunny day!
I was very happy with my choice of Maui resort hotel. I would certainly return to the property if I was ever in Maui again.