More about Ka'anapali Beach Club
Local Food: Kaanapali Mixed Plate
Another eatery serving typical local food, although buffet style. It is located at the Kaanapali Beach Resort, food is typically Filipino in nature due to the owners.
The hotel staff seems to eat here before or after their shift.
Be sure to pick-up the free "Da Kine Talk - English/Hawaiian Phrase Dictionary". Now you'll know how to say "Where's the lumi ho'opaupilikia (restroom)" in Hawaiian, and learn not to snicker when you hear "pupu (shellfish) platter".
When I was there we took the Zippur which you can catch at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel. They offer sunrise, sunset and whale and snorkelling tours that include food and drink. They cruise around the island while you watch for the humpbacks and then drop anchor for lunch and let you snorkel.
Maui's Pink Pyramid
We had an opportunity to stay at this resort in an oceanfront suite, car rental for the duration of our visit (5 days, 4 nights), daily breakfast, evening cocktail reception and $100.00 in shopping at local retailers for $500.00 flat. The catch? Listen to a timeshare presentation. We have never done this before and I warned my husband to behave because he does not suffer sales pitches gladly. For 90 minutes out of 5 days, we decided it was worth it. Did we buy? No way!
Resort vacationing is not our ideal place as a couple. I go to resorts with my girlfriends but not my husband. When we travel we like the intimacy of smaller hotels or bed and breakfasts. So when our time was up at the Embassy Resort, we checked in to the Plantation Inn for 3 nights.
Do check this lovely resort out. If you can stand the sales pitch it is definitely worth it to sit through the presentation in exchange for a 4 night stay. Who knows you may even decide to buy. My brother did. The resort is both hotel and timeshare units. They are air-conditioned suites with 1 or 2 bedroom units available each with a kitchette. Laundry facilities are on each floor. My favorite part of the suite was the bathroom…it was huge! 2 sinks, sunken tub, separate shower and access to the bedroom closet.
The one thing I didn’t think was so great was the gym facilities; small with outdated equipment in various states of disrepair.
The hotel is situated on a great beach for snorkeling and swimming. It definitely is designed with families in mind: Game room, miniature golf and a terrific pool.
If You Stay in Maui, Here are Some Tips...
Buzz, the man who rented his condo to us while we were in Maui, gave us these suggestions, which I will pass along:
1. Have a sunset dinner at Kimo's.
(845 Front St., Lahaina)
2. Try the outrageous desserts at Longhi's.
(888 Front St., Lahaina)
3. Try the pizza at BJ's Chicago Pizzeria
(730 Front Street, Lahaina)
4. Try the Hyatt Regency's Swan's Court
5. Kaanapali Beach Hotel for brunch.
(Belgian Waffles topped with warm
coconut syrup, whipped cream, and
6. Observe the turtles this side of Black Rock
on Kaanapali Beach.
7. Go to the Farmer's Market on Monday or
Thursday for great produce. (opens at
8. Go to the Food Pantry for great shrimp.
9. Visit The Bakery in Lahaina for fresh
baked goods, fresh bread, and coconut
macaroons "to die for". Opens at 7 a.m.
But best time is between 8-8:30 for fresh-
out-of-the-oven French breads.
10.Marco's is great place for sandwiches
11.Try Hard Rock Cafe in Lahaina for quick
12.Mama's Fish House
"Best seafood in the world!" Of that list, we took Buzz up on most of it.
We did eat at Mamma's Fish House (see tip);
we did go to the Hyatt Regency (see tip); we did see the Turtles; we went to the Farmer's Market; we ate at the Hard Rock Cafe ; we had pizza at B.J. Chicago Pizzario;and we visited The Bakery.
All that we tried, we loved. Buzz knows what he is talking about.
Swim with the turtles at the Embassy
We spent two weeks at the Embassy in August. The room had a beautiful view of the ocean as well as the mountains. The resort location was wonderful. We snorkeled on every part of the island and found that right at the hotel was the best location as we were able to get photographs with giant sea turtles there. The hotel is perfect for families and even has a game room for teens. We never had a problem getting lounge chairs on the beach or at the pool and there were three of us. The resort is close to shopping and other attractions yet not as crowded as the Whaler. The happy hour was a nice addition and bartender Dave was very friendly. All in all, it was a great vacation. The only thing we weren't impressed with was the breakfast buffet. We would definately return to this location but it would be nice if we didn't have to eat breakfast there. My husband wanted to get his money's worth on the beakfast but after a few days I was unable to eat the food and he wasn't too pleased. Don't wast your money on the dive excursion.
They will tell you that is the only way to see the sea turtles. In reality, if you swim right out from the hotel near the bouies (sp?) the turtles are nestled between the rocks. They are hard to spot at first but if you wait they will eventually come up for air. This was a wonderful experience that you wont' want to miss.
Great Place to Stay . . . Bad Place to Eat
It was really hard to rate this resort. It gets Five Stars for accommodations and One Star for food. Ended up choosing Five Stars because we could work around the food by eating off-site. When entering the lobby, it felt like we belonged. It's grandeur built on friendliness. Our room was modern, clean, spacious and private. We were pleased to get a corner suite complete with a big screen TV (little things like this make the difference when traveling). They even have a recycling program. Just leave your stuff for housekeeping; they have a sorting facility in the basement. After awaking the next morning, our first stop was the breakfast buffet. The variety of offerings was impressive. We looked forward to enjoying our meal in open air. Much to our dismay, everything on our plates was cold, as if it had been sitting somewhere for hours: eggs, bacon, french toast, pancakes. The bacon was sliced paper thin with 95% fat content. We wasted a bunch of food, opting for toast and bagels instead. The identical situation existed the next day, so we didn't return again for the rest of our stay. It's too bad because the fundamentals are there but, somehow, the resort can't get it right. Two other bad cuisine experiences forced us to find other options. The only redeeming quality about Embassy's food is room service. It was consistently hot and good. The pool area is spectacular with plenty of elbow room. Outside of the food, the only unpleasant situation was being hocked to buy sunglasses while checking out pool towels. Highly recommend this resort. Beware of the food.
I did a lot of research before coming here. I wanted to make the most of a short visit. We were not dissappointed with the emassy suites. The rooms are very large and with 2 small kids the 2 T.V.'s are a bonus.
Many things have been said about the breakfast. . It is buffet style so it isn't always piping hot but just take it to your room and warm it.
They have scrambled eggs everymorning, meat item and alternate pancakes and french toast. You also have fresh fruits, small pastries, yogurt, cereal, oatmeal and juices. What a deal! It was one less meal we had to plan for. It was already done for us. Take advantage of the first morning welcome. It is a good breakfast and they will tell you about the activities on the island and what to do. Keep in mind these folks make commission off what they sell. They were very nice and since we are local we left when they were coming around to help plan your time.
We were there in November it was quite windy but very warm. The water was a bit rough for the kids but the pool area is awesome and they loved it. Kids are allowed into the jacuzzi which was the highlight of my childrens trip. This property isn't in Kaanapali it is a short drive up the road not in walking distance. It is still a great area of the beach. I agree with the other review, our view was of the pool and garden area so request that if possible. The gift shop is a little pricey on some things, to be expected but the ABC shop is on the other side of the Aston hotel, to your North easy to walk to. One thing we had a hard time getting answers was this road to Hana trip. We have 2 small kids and felt like it would be to hard on them. I talked to another parent that has done the trip many times on his own but would never take his kids on that trip until they are older. I had to agree, make your own decision on this. Well, hope you are able to make it to Maui. It is a great place to see and very relaxing not as crowded as Oahu!
Needs a facelift
The resort was a disappointment. First, we got a room facing North -- directly overlooking the air conditioning units on top of the adjoining roof and the green concrete miniature golf course. Not good. I let the front desk know we'd like a different room and they offered to upgrade us for $60/night -- which would've added over $400 to the price of our vacation. Not worth the extra money for a resort like this. Then there was the pool. It was SO COLD the first 3 days of our vacation that literally no one was going in it and the guests were all complaining.
Everyone was piled into the hot tub. I heard later that they'd drained 1/3 of the pool and had just refilled it. This was a bummer with two young kids. The ocean was much warmer than the pool, but it's not calm right in front of the Embassy, so not a great area for snorkeling with very young kids or not great swimmers. (Black Rock Beach by the Sheraton is excellent for that - it's a calm, cove area.) When you checked out towels by the pool, the guys would HAWK their Maui Jim sunglasses shamelessly. As several others have mentioned, breakfast is just there - nothing great, but nice to have it included. Their creamer was spoiled two days in a row. Overall, the resort is looking tired.
The wall hanging above the main elevator is filthy dirty, discarded cups were all around the lounge chairs... it just felt like a 2nd class resort. OK, there were some GOOD things: the rooms are large-so great w/ kids; there was a monk seal (very rare!) that came up on the beach; dinner at the fancy restaurant was surprisingly tasty; and in-room housekeeping seemed quite good. We did the sales pitch for the timeshare and felt it was well worth the rewards we got. Also - do hit the welcome breakfast the first day to learn about the various activities. Even though we've been to Maui 10+ times, we learned some things (like don't go on the afternoon Molokini cruises) and the breakfast is the best you'll have your entire stay. We also recommend the Hyatt Luau - it was great. Have a great trip!
We were in Maui in November 2003. Overall we thought the resort was wonderful. When we got there they even upgraded our room to an ocean-view. What a view it was! Every night we would leave our patio door open and listen to the ocean waves. Upon coming back home I missed this most of all. The staff at the hotel are all very friendly and willing to help you with any of your needs. The only down side of this resort is that the beach isn't the greatest. You are able to swim in it but make sure you have reef shoes on as you will cut your feet up on the rocks below. Kaanapali Beach a few miles down the road is much better. It is a great resort for families as the pool area is great and they have a free breakfast every morning which can save you some money (Maui can be very expensive) Overall great resort , would highly reccomend it.
We were really taken back by how beautiful and lush Maui was. The trees, flowers, everything looks and smells beautiful.
"Kaanapali Beach Hotel"
We loved our hotel. It was very Hawaiian, and right on the beach. There was a pool and beautifully kept grounds. This place smelled great! You could walk down the beach to some restaurants and shopping areas as well.
"Check This Out!"
Not sure what this bush was, but it was across the street from Kaanapali beach hotel. It was crazy tall with flowers everywhere.
We've also been advised that, with teens, it would be best to stay south of Black Rock. Do you know if the ElDorado is south of Black Rock?
Re: Black Rock?
Aloha, no the El Dorado condos sit above the Sheraton Mauibut on the north side next to the Royal Lahaina Resort. The north side is calmer waters and great for laying in the sun or for kayak riding. The south side of Black Rock fronts the Sheraton Maui, but remember that all beaches are open to the public. It is a bit of a walk from the El Dorado property to the ocean, but they do have a Cabana Club down on the beach. The Kanapali North golf course is between the two. Great views of the ocean and Lanai Island.
Re: Black Rock?
Thanks so much for your reply. I've got teenagers who will be wanting to have some "freedom" and a friend told me that we need to be south of Black Rock in order for them to be able to stroll Ka'anapali. What do you think?
Re: Black Rock?
Strolling from the Sheraton Maui down to Whalers Village is only about a 10 minute walk on the beach path. It is a nice easy walk to see the hotels, sand, and ocean. An early evening stroll will allow you to see the tiki torches lit as well as Hawaiian music from many of the hotels.
See the website with all the hotels listed for location: http://www.galttech.com/research/travel/kaanapali-beach-resort-map.php
Re: Black Rock?
I would agree staying south of Black Rock will be a better location for older children if you want to let them off the leash to wander Kaanapali beach. The closer to Whaler Village would be what I would look at.
If being beach front for you is not an issue (it is for my spouse) you can find some very reasonable places inland around the Kaanapali golf course. They are still just a short walk to the beach and Whaler Village, just not a view of the ocean. You will want to stay between the ocean and the highway as crossing the highway can be a real treat you won't want to experience.
Condos In Maalaea
We just returned from an 8 day vacation to Maui in November and are already planning our return, hopefull before the end of 2006! We stayed right on the beach in Kihei (Luana Kai) and would be more than pleased to stay there again. The ONLY drawback was the terrible traffic in Kihei. In searching vrbo.com for alternate locations, I came across several recently renovated condos in Maalaea and was wondering if anyone out there was familiar with any of them. We tend to spend our days "out and about" and then like to come back in the late afternoon or evening to a quiet place and relax whuile watching the sunset. We prefer to stay in a more central location verses Kapalua or Wailea, that way it's an easy drive either direction for a days outing.
Any insights would be appreciated.
RE: Condos In Maalaea
Have a look at this place.
2 year ago we stayed at the Kaanapali Beach Resort. It was fantastic! Moderate price, great service, on the beach. When snorkeling you can here the whales. You are close to The Cannery Mall, good shopping for that tourist junk we all take home.
RE: RE: Condos In Maalaea
Thanx Marty. We too like Kaanapali, however we prefer to stay more toward the middle of the island to facilitate our daily travels.
RE: Condos In Maalaea
We are leaving for Maui in March. We will be staying at this location.
Try the following website which I found better thatn VRBO.
RE: RE: Condos In Maalaea
Thanks Ajay. I must have walked past this place a dozen times while staying in Kihei in November. Sure looks nice from the beach!
getting married in wailea in March
Couple of questions...
1. anybody heard of justmauied.com for a wedding planner? Seems like a well organized site and reasonable priced. Just wondered if they follow through.
2. Any suggestions fro clothing store 9 maybe in Lahina) that sell matching his/hers Hawaii outfits for a casual beach wedding.
Re: getting married in wailea in March
For matching Hawaiian outfits, try Hilo Hatties. They do have a Lahaina store at Lahaina Center
900 Front Street, Bldg. D
Lahaina, HI 96761
Re: getting married in wailea in March
Thanks , i will check hilo Hatties
Re: getting married in wailea in March
There are several clothing stores in the Cannery Mall in Lahaina where you might get matching clothes. I found discount coupons for those stores at http://www.mauileisureguide.com. Have you decided on a place yet? There are so many beautiful beaches there but I think the Kaanapali Beach at Black Rock is the most gorgeous. The Kaanapali Beach Hotel has a nice little white wedding arch on a grassy patch just next to the sand on that beach. I'm not sure how expensive it is to use but the wedding photos would come out great. Good luck and have safe trip.