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Kaanapali Alii

50 Nohea Kai Dr., Kaanapali, Hawaii, 96761, USA

Amenities like daily maid service, an activities desk, a small store with complimentary DVDs for guests to borrow, and a 24-hour front-desk service—and no pesky resort fees—make this a winning choice for families and those wanting to play house on Maui's most stunning shores. The four secluded 11-story buildings offer one- and two-bedroom units with ample space, sunken living rooms, and separate dining rooms. Other amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center; three tennis courts; and an upgraded pool area with flat-screen TVs and cabanas.

In order to receive housekeeping and maintenance services, guests should book through Classic Resorts, the official on-site management company for the condos.

room

One- and two-bedroom suites and condos range in size from 1,500 to 1,900 square feet, with view options that include ocean, garden, and mountain views. Each accommodation includes private lanai, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, full kitchen, and full-sized washer and dryer. Each unit is furnished and decorated by the individual owner.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Some of the units have been reported as very outdated -- book directly by calling the resort and asking questions about the quality of furnishings, decor, and amenities to ensure you receive one of the better units.

bathroom

Each unit includes two full baths, even the one-bedroom units. Like the units, bathrooms are quite spacious, with large vanities in one chamber, and the toilet and standing shower in another.

lobby

The lobby area is small and simple, with minimal seating and a large reception desk.

pool

The resort has a large, free form pool surrounded by plenty of loungers and palm trees, as well as a stone sun deck. The heated pool includes a lovely bridge and waterfall feature, as well as a wading area for kids. Nearby, guests can find a hot tub in the quiet zone.

gym

The gym is a nice size and offers both cardio and weight machines. Cardio machines have individual TVs attached. In addition, yoga is offered for an additional fee on some days, and guests have access to three tennis courts.

LOCATION

Getting Around

It’s easy (and preferable) to explore Maui’s smaller towns by foot, but to get to them and around the island, you’ll need to rent a car. If you plan on exploring the Road to Hana, get something with a little extra horsepower (but not too big as the road can get very narrow). Free on-site parking is available at this hotel.

Restaurants

Enjoy a great meal in a fun, relaxed atmosphere at Down the Hatch (9-min drive). This self-service restaurant is a favorite among locals and tourists, loved as much for its vibe as for its drinks and food. The southern aloha spirit runs strong with friendly staff and a menu that features heavily on fish and seafood, particularly in sandwich and taco form, but also includes specialties like chicken & waffles. Those looking for a plant-based option won’t be able to get enough of their sweet potato tacos. It’s one of two restaurants in Lahaina that stays open until midnight. Round your meal out with a refreshing treat from sister company (in the same courtyard) Hawaii Shave Ice Co.

Enjoy fine dining while practically sitting in the ocean and relaxing with the sea turtles at Mala Ocean Tavern (5-min drive) -- this restaurant is so close to the water that at some tables you can feel the surf splashing your toes. The fresh, vibrant menu is not only full of locally-sourced items and lots of fish, it also features a gluten-free menu. Wine choices are fantastic, as are the cocktails with a few special martini options.

Bars

Find a daily happy hour from 5 to 6 p.m., live music from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday through Monday, and trivia nights on Wednesday at family-friendly Pour House (12-min drive) that features cocktails, beer, and an extensive wine list.

Monkeypod (3-min drive) has some really great food, with a focus on local products that create a variety of appetizers, pizzas, noodles, salads, and seafood dishes in a fun, family-friendly environment. Their newest location in Whaler’s Village has two daily happy hours from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m., as well as live music most days -- performances start at 1, 4, and 7 p.m.

WHY WE LIKE IT

This beautiful beachfront resort has spacious rooms and tons of amenities, with a quality that isn’t often seen at vacation rental resorts. The location can’t be beat, with a boardwalk that connects to nearby dining, shopping, and attractions. The lack of resort fees is also a nice perk.

QUICK FACTS

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 877-713–2844;808-667–1400

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