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The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Kaanapali

From its beautiful beaches to the exceptional luaus complete with fire dancing, there are so many things to do in Ka’anapali, Maui.

As soon as you step foot in Ka’anapali, Maui, you’ll feel the aloha spirit all around you. The Hawaii Law of The Aloha Spirit defines the term as the “coordination of mind and heart within each person,” and that each person must think and express good feelings to others. If the legendary beaches and colorful fish don’t delight you—the welcoming and kind Hawaiian locals who embrace the aloha spirit surely will.

If you’ve traveled to Maui before, you’re likely already familiar with the Ka’anapali area—you can find it on the west side of the island. Ka’anapali Beach was named as one of America’s Best Beaches, and it’s for good reason—it’s a three-mile stretch of crystal clear water and white sparkling sand. Home to some of the most beautiful resorts on the island and exceptional dining and shopping experiences, it’s no wonder that visitors and locals alike flock to the Ka’anapali, Maui beach.

If the legendary beaches and colorful fish don’t delight you—the welcoming and kind Hawaiian locals who embrace the aloha spirit surely will.

For a look at the best places to stay, dine and things to do in Ka’anapali, Maui, read on!

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THE WESTIN MAUI RESORT & SPA, KA’ANAPALI

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The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali

Just steps away from the glistening ocean is The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali. This resort is in the heart of Ka’anapali, right next to the ICONIC Black Rock and Whalers Village, a shopper’s heaven filled with boutiques, luxury brands and superb dining. But, with five on-site dining options at The Westin, you don’t have to go far to get an excellent meal.

The rooms at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali are modern, inviting and spacious, with decor that invokes the calmness and beauty of the ocean. Choose an ocean tower, ocean view room to get the most out of your stay—breathtaking views await. If relaxation is on your mind, you can lounge at a beachfront cabana, at one of the property’s six pools or indulge in a treatment at the Heavenly Spa Maui.

SHERATON MAUI RESORT

Sheraton Maui Resort

Sheraton Maui Resort

The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is in a prime location in Ka’anapali, Maui with 23 oceanfront acres, right next to the ICONIC Black Rock, or Puu Kekaa, which is well-known among cliff divers and snorkelers alike. In fact, each night the Sheraton holds a lele kawa or cliff diving ceremony, which celebrates the rich history of Maui. 

Spacious renovated rooms help you reconnect with nature, with large ocean-view windows that provide the perfect backdrop for unwinding. The resort offers beachside s’mores, a lagoon-style pool and the Spa at Black Rock for the ultimate vacation.

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WAICOCO

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One of five on-site dining options at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali, Waicoco by Chefs Chris Kajioka and Mourad Lahlou offers fresh Hawaiian cuisine with an emphasis on local ingredients. The indoor-outdoor dining lets you breathe in the fresh ocean air as you enjoy craft cocktails and dishes like brown butter mahi, garlic sun noodles or volcano spiced ahi.

ROY’S KA’ANAPALI

Roy's Kaanapali

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Opened 30 years ago but recently relocated to Ka’anapali, Maui, Roy’s Ka’anapali is one of two concepts from Chef Roy Yamaguchi that you can experience on the island of Maui. The restaurant overlooks the Ka’anapali golf course and offers decadent dishes like wood-smoked Szechuan-style baby back pork ribs, hibachi grilled Atlantic salmon and macadamia nut-encrusted local fish.

OCEANFRONT DINING AT THE SHERATON MAUI

Sheraton

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

If you want to watch the nightly cliff diving ceremony at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, this is the best seat in the house. Enjoy a customized menu in a private, beachfront bungalow with island-inspired ingredients. Oceanfront dining at the Sheraton can host 4 people at a time.

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HEAVENLY SPA BY WESTIN

Heavenly Spa

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Is it truly a vacation if you don’t visit the spa? True to its name, the Heavenly Spa at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali is a relaxation oasis, featuring treatments based on the rich health and beauty practices of Hawaii. After a tiring day at the beach, unwind with a massage or treat yourself to a luxurious facial treatment.

SHOPPING AT WHALERS VILLAGE

Whalers Village

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If you want to shop until you drop, this is the place for you. Whalers Village is the premier shopping center in Ka’anapali, Maui with designer stores like Louis Vuitton and local dining like Ono Gelato, it has a mix of everything you’re looking for. Plus, it has a free whaling museum, where you can learn about the history of the beach.

ATTEND A LUAU

Luau

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Attending a luau is an excellent way to take in the culture and history of the Hawaiian people. Offered at many resorts throughout the Maui island, we recommend choosing a luau with fire dancing, like the one at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali. While you learn about the culture of the Hawaiian people, you’ll enjoy local cuisine and tropical cocktails.

PLAY GOLF AT KA’ANAPALI GOLF COURSES

Kaanapali Golf Course

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What could be better than a round of golf in paradise? With 36 holes and a beautiful view of Maui, Kā’anapali Golf Courses is a great place to spend the day.

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