The Sheraton occupies the nicest spot on Kaanapali Beach, built into the side of Puu Kekaa, the dramatic lava rock point at the beach’s north end. The sand has been disappearing as of late, but the snorkeling is still great around the base of the point, also known as Black Rock. At sunset, cliff divers swan dive into the sea from the torch-lit cliff. The resort’s prime location, ample amenities, and great service make this an ideal place to stay. Rooms feature Hawaiian-inspired decor, private lanais, and trademark Sweet Sleeper beds, which live up to their name. The ohana (family) suites accommodate all ages with two double beds plus a pune‘e (sleeping chaise). The lagoon-like pool is refreshing but doesn’t beat the sea full of actual fish and turtles just steps away. Activities ranging from outrigger canoe to hula and ukulele lessons will immerse you in Hawaiian culture; at night the Maui Nui Luau has an exciting fire-knife dance finale. Treatments at the elegant Spa at Black Rock—especially those catering to couples—are exquisite. Fans of Hank’s Haute Dogs on Oahu will find their favorite gourmet dogs here, and DJs spin tunes from 10pm to midnight on weekends at the Black Rock Lounge. Rooms perched on the point include access to the Na Hoku club lounge with free breakfast and evening appetizers.
Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa
2605 Kaanapali Pkwy., Lahaina
Our Rating Neighborhood Kaanapali Phone 866/627-8114, 808/661-0031 Prices Double from $351; suites from $617. Extra person $89. Children 17 and under stay free in parent’s room using existing bedding. Daily $26 resort fee. Valet parking $31 (free 1st day); self-parking $22 Amenities 5 restaurants; poolside bar; weekly luau; club lounge; babysitting; children’s program (at Westin Maui Resort & Spa); lobby and poolside concierge; 36-hole golf course; fitness center; whirlpool; lagoon-style pool; room service; shuttle service; day spa; 3 tennis courts; watersports equipment/rentals; free Wi-Fi Units 508 Web site Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa