The lineup of resorts along Maui’s Ka’anapali Beach is impressive. Choosing where to stay can be a tough decision; each resort has a unique style and offers an impressive array of amenities and activities. However, if you like to snorkel and plan on spending a large portion of your vacation happily swimming with colorful fish and sea turtles, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is the place to call home during your Hawaiian vacation.
Located at Black Rock, (Pu‘u Keka‘a in Hawaiian) one of the best and most easily accessible snorkeling spots on Maui, life at the 23-acre oceanfront resort centers around the sea. The Sheraton Maui has 508 rooms and suites, and more than 80 percent of them come with views of the ocean and the Hawaiian islands of Lana’i and Moloka’i.
Keep the map you receive at check-in handy for your first few hours on the property, you’ll need it until you get the lay of the land. My room was located in an area called the Top of the Black Rock. Secluded and quiet, the first time I made my way to main section of the resort, it took about 10 minutes to get the combination of walkways and elevators correct. Once I learned the way, the walk was easy.
On the fourth floor, atop Black Rock, my Deluxe Ocean Front Club room came with all of the expected amenities including a television, coffee maker, and refrigerator. (The microwave was an unexpected bonus.) Along with a desk with easily accessibility to electrical outlets, there was a sitting area with a chair and ottoman. Overall, there was plenty of space to move around the two double beds, and spread out, making the room a good option for a family traveling with small children. If you have full-size teenagers in tow, it’s still a good option, just expect a bit more of a squeeze. Along with views of seemingly never ending blue ocean, the balconies offer more living space, with two chairs and a table.
The resort does a nice job of covering the typically sought after Hawaii vacation basics. The beach and the pool are mere steps away from each other, and a beach hut in-between rents a variety of water toys, including stand up paddle boards and snorkeling gear. Large stretches of grass give kids room to run, and are dotted with an assortment of oversize lawn games.
There are a number of restaurant options on property, ranging from quick and casual poolside Hank’s Haute Dogs to a local inspired dinner menu at upscale Black Rock Kitchen. Buffet style breakfast is also offered daily at Black Rock Kitchen.
Casual Cliff Dive Grill is a good spot to watch the daily Cliff Dive Ceremony that takes place just before sunset. After lighting torches throughout the property, the cliff diver makes his way to the Black Rock summit, and dives into the sea.
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is a 45 minute, scenic drive from Kahului Airport. Self parking costs $20 per day. Valet parking is $30 per day, however the first day is included in the daily $25 resort charge. The fee also covers shuttle service to Lahaina Town, (a 10-minute drive) Hawaiian cultural activities and internet access.
Review and photos by Dana Rebmann. Her stay was hosted by the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, but as always her thoughts and opinions are her own.