The 3 of us, including our 13 yr old daughter, vacationned here for 10 days and were delighted with this hawaiian run hotel.
Room: On arrival, we were upgraded from an ocean view room to a large 2 queen beds ocean front room (487) in the Kauai building. In the center of this building, there are 2 oceanfront rooms on each floor that extend about 4 feet further than the 2 others on either side. This gives them a full ocean view versus a half ocean view the side rooms get. For this reason, I recommend the rooms 286 or 287, 386 or 387, 486 or 487, 586 or 587, and if you are a smoker 686 or 687. These rooms are closest to the beach, more than the Molokai building. While lying in bed, we can hear the ocean and see the sand and beach. How dreamy is that! The bedroom was clean and the room maintenance was good. This was one of the renovated rooms and to be perfectly honest, I thought it would be much more up to date. The renovations were modest but then again, it was just fine in terms of value for the reasonable price we paid in comparison to the other high end hotels next door. Everything was functionnal in the room and we had plenty of hot water and good water pressure in the shower. The matresses were somewhat tired but we still had a good night's sleep. We had plenty of closet space and room for our luggage.
Dinning: Every night, we ordered out and had supper on our balcony. We never saw such an awsome sunset and dining in a restaurant could never even come close to the dining experience on our balcony. We ordered from the Tiki grill or the Tiki terrace at the hotel and the food was good. The portions very large. Fresh fish, shrimps, beef, chicken skewers, pasta, burgers, hot dogs, pizza etc. Prices varied from $6, to $24. The service was fast and friendly. We went to the Whaler's village a couple of time and picked-up a meal at one of the 3 fast food restaurants at the food court (Subway, a pizza place, and Ruby's deli). Also there are 3 very large outdoor restaurants with a live band. They serve breakfast, lunch or dinner which and have a large menu. Though somewhat expensive, about 30% more than at the Ka'anapali beach hotel, the food looked yummy. We didn't try them cause they were a bit too noisy for us and really crowded. We prefered the tranquil comfort of our 1st class seating on our balcony. Also at the Whaler's village can be found Yogourtland where you can pile on top of all the different yogourts you choose, as many toppings you desire and pay by the weight. So delicious!
Pool and beach: The white sand beach is clean and has fabulous waves that are great for bouggie boarding or body surfing. Also, really great snorkling (we saw 2 giant sea turtles and an abundance of tropical fish). We also saw in the distance, a few spouts from whales. The Trilogy catamaran leaves on many excursions every day right off the beach in front of us, but this didn't disturb our beach fun in any way. We rented 2 chairs and an umbrella for $180 a week (special price for hotel clients instead of $210) and it was well worth it cause there is no shade what so ever on the beach and the sun is just so hot. We didn't see any umbrellas or chairs for sale at the Whaler's village, but we did see bougie boards for $23. We rented ours at the hotel for $10 (2 hours) or $18 (all day till 5pm). These appeared to be more sturdy and didn't break or crack in the waves.
Hotel grounds and pool: We had free WiFi in the beautiful garden court yard that functionned perfectly. It's also a peaceful place with many flowers and trees to relax and have a snooze or read a book. The pool was warm in comparison to the ocean and not as clean as we would have liked it to be, but not sufficient to deter us from dipping into it at the end of the day at the beach.
Overall: The staff was warm, polite, alway smiling and so helpful. This really made this place special. A true desire to please and to inform us on their way of life and history in order for it to transend in time. This was a great hawaiian experience that I most probably would not have got from a large chain hotel. So glad we picked this place, a little piece of paradise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surround yourself with aloha on one of Maui's most beautiful beaches...At Hawaii's Most Hawaiian Hotel! Located on golden sand next to the clear blue waters of Ka'anapali, all rooms have balconies overlooking lush tropical gardens, inviting you to relax to the sound of gentle surf and cool tradewinds. Award winning dining, shopping and recreation are on hand or close by. Here you'll discover the best in Hawaiian culture and family-style hospitality - truly aloha at its best! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ka Anapali Beach Hotel
- Hotel Ka Anapali Beach
- Kaanapali Beach Hotel Maui/Lahaina