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Trip Report Maui - Ka'anapali Beach and Lahaina

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Just back from five days in Ka'anapali over Memorial Day weekend.

BIG, BIG highlights:
Fest at Lele - definitely work the $$$ - intimate, full bar drinks included and great food
Dinner at Mala Ocean Tavern - stunning setting (go at sunset) and stunning food
Massage from April at the Alii

Ka'anapali Beach (we returned this year after a great time last year). It's so easy -- swimming, stand-up paddle, easy surfing, snorkle, shopping center, and several good restaurants all right on beach. Sunset and snorkel cruises depart directly from the beach. And the beach from the Alii north to Sheraton is the best (south of Alii gets rocky). Snorkeling happens at Sheraton. We decided to skip the car this year and didn't miss it at all; just took cabs the couple of times we went to town.

The Allii Resort. Condos are VERY large. Definitely the most expansive grounds of all hotels and condos on Kaanapali; lots of grass for kids to play or adults to nap on. Beautiful fleet of BBQ grills at the pool for all to use; manned by the "grill master" who helps with advice and providing seasoning. Great beach. Beach chairs free to guests.

Hula Grill (dressy casual) and Leila (casual) restaurants on the beach, just past the Whalers shopping center. (Check out Blue Ginger ladies shop in the Whalers).

Mama's Fish House - opposite side of the island, and service is s l o w but if you're patient you'll have a delicious meal.

Loved the Alii resort but hated the beds in unit 143. REALLY old mattresses. I was a cripple after our first night and ended sleeping on the den's sectional couch the rest of the trip (which was actually quite comfortable). HOWEVER our view from unit 143 was pretty darn good -- beach to the left, Westin's pool and entertainment area directly in front, service exit and parking lot to the right. We were on the fourth floor. Lanai was pretty large. We spent all of our time out there. Never sat in the living room, even once. Decor is pretty dated but who cares? Kitchen had the most basic dishes, pots and tools, but did include a blender. Would have expected just a few kitchen tools and some decent knives. Two of the screen doors to the sliders had fallen off the rails and when we called the property management company they did send someone right away. However, they couldn't be repaired; just too old. He did apologize. So, it's got great bones but just needs some "freshening". I understand that some units at Alii are managed by the resort itself and some owners manage their condos themselves. This was a self-managed unit.