The real issue is the room you choose - not necessarily the resort you choose. Any of the resorts along Ka'anapali will have great views ... if you choose the right room.
Please scroll down this Forum a bit -- like through the last week's posts. We talk about accommodations all the time. Lots of good information. Maps, as well as ideas and discussion.
Are you actually looking for a condo?
My fave is the Sheraton Maui. Incredible views.Edited: 02 April 2018, 05:15
Yes, looking for a condo with oceanfront views,
Consider the north end of Ka'anapali Beach too. There are some nice places on the north side of Black Rock. It's a lot quieter there too. The Westin Villas would be an option, but I don't know how difficult it might be to get an oceanview room
Royal Lahaina Cottages maybe. But you want to make sure you get one that has been updated.
And an early Happy Anniversary too!
Beachfront condo choices include the Hyatt Residences, Marriott Ocean Club, Kaanapali Ali'i, and the Whaler for those on the 'main strip'. Beyond Black Rock, Maui Kaanapali Villas is at the 'end' of the Kaanapali Resort. Just past it are Westin KOR, Nanea, ionua Kai, Maui Kai, and the Mahana for other options.Edited: 02 April 2018, 19:20
Breeze, in your originnal post you mentioned the Marriott & Whalers on Ka'anapali Beach. We have enjoyed the Marriott for many years, long before the new towers were built.
Info re: your "ocean views/best views": Marriott's "Ocean Front" villas are closest to the beach & have panoramic 180-degree ocean/beach views of sunsets & other islands from private lanais & walls of windows. "Ocean view" rooms or lanais provide differing views of the ocean depending upon the villa's location. To guarantee a room location, some villas in the new towers are 'fixed weeks', which guarantees the exact floor, specific villa & view catagory for a given 7-night week.
For a romantic stay: the newer towers, Lahaina (north of the Hyatt) & Napili (south of the Ali'i) each have 'quieter' pools, waterfalls, hot tubs, plus large beachfront lawns with lounges, hammocks & cabanas. Villa sizes: 3BR, 3BA (sleeps 10), 2BR, 2BA (sleeps 8) & 1BR, 1BA (sleeps 4) with full modern kitchens, washer, dryer, 2-room bath w/2 vanities, air tub, glass shower. Lanai off master BR & living/dining room. The 2nd BR/ lock-off (sleeps up to 4) is sometimes rented as a "Studio" with a private entrance, full bath, kitchenette with stocked cabinets, stainless sink, microwave, small fridge, king bed, queen sleeper sofa & its own private lanai.
A family favorite, the 3.5 acre superpool is located between the original Marriott Maui Ocean Club buildings (Molokai, Lanai & Maui). Slides, waterfalls, grotto, Pirate Ship cove, hot tubs, main pool bar. Room sizes: 2BR, 3*BA; 1BR, 2*BA and 1BR, 1BA. The larger suites have an extra bathroom, 2 lanais, stocked kitchen with large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, etc. The 1BR, 1BA studio/lock-off has a king bed, queen sofa sleeper, kitchenette & private lanai.
Guests have full access to all pools and amenities on the property. A wide, sandy beach is open to all. Pool bars, Starbucks, a restaurant with live music & all-day carryout are on-site.
Free daily activities include oceanfront yoga, movie nights w/popcorn, ukelele lessons, lei making, water aerobics, games/contests, snorkel lessons, history tours, shave ice, treasure hunts, koi feeding, hula dancers, live poolside music, etc. The Marriott sits along the main Ka'anapali beachwalk, a short walk to the newly renovated Whaler's Village for nearby dining, shopping, Whaling Museum, etc.
For about $18/yr. membership, check out Ka'anapali condo-timeshare owner listings at www.Redweek.com -- under Maui; then "Lahaina". Marriott has 3 listings (Marriott Maui Ocean Club, Lahaina Villas & Napili Villas), plus you'll find some of the suggested locations listed in other postings above.
Hope that helps a bit. Whatever you choose, you'll be on Maui! :)