Hawai’i’s best hotel is on Kāʻanapali Beach

Maui’s Outrigger Kāʻanapali Beach Resort is known as Hawaiʻi’s Most Hawaiian Hotel, and for good reason.

Did you know that Ka’anapali Beach on Maui was voted the best beach in the U.S.A.? If you dream of unwinding on a pristine stretch of white, sandy beach under the shade of a palm tree, booking a coveted room at Outrigger Kāʻanapali Beach Resort should be high on your bucket list. 

With five kilometres of pristine white sand and crystal-clear waters, Ka’anapali Beach has rightfully claimed the title of the best beach in the United States, as voted by Tripadvisor. Nestled along the shores of Ka’anapali’s hotels and resorts, this former retreat for Maui’s royalty has become a beloved sanctuary for travellers worldwide.

Kāʻanapali was Hawai’i’s first planned beach resort

And since it has become a model for resorts around the globe. Five hotels and six condominium villages face this renowned beach. Also fronting Kāʻanapali is the open-air Whalers Village. This world-class shopping complex features a variety of unique shops and restaurants, a famous whaling museum and free Hawaiian entertainment. Kāʻanapali also has two championship golf courses, the Royal Kāʻanapali and the Kāʻanapali Kai, where you may even see a breaching whale as you try to line up a shot.

Outrigger Kāʻanapali Beach Resort’s recent $80 million refurbishment across its 432 suites has modernised the hotel’s design while retaining a strong sense of Hawaiian culture. Interiors are inspired by local traditions – the creation of the signature headboard is tied to the lei kukui given to guests; the carpet echoes traditional weaving patterns used in sails and hats; bed runners mimic bamboo stamping techniques (you can learn these at a class offered by the hotel’s cultural centre). Oceanfront rooms have views to the beach and crystal clear waters along the sunny western shores of Maui for the ultimate tropical escape.

Kaanapali Beach Hotel bedrooms
Modern rooms retain a strong sense of Hawaiian culture © Outrgger Kaanapali Beach Resort

Hawai’i’s best hotel rooms

Enjoy award-winning dining at beachfront restaurant Huihui. Meaning ‘star constellation’ or ‘to gather’, its open-air design is ideal for stargazing while grazing on traditional Hawaiian cuisine with a modern twist. The menu features fresh island produce with abundant seafood and flavours reflecting Hawaiian home cooking – with ocean views. Nightly entertainment, including hula dancers, adds to this idyllic island experience. 

Welowelo, meaning ‘shooting star’, serves more casual dishes – burgers, pizzas and salad bowls – besides the hotel’s unique whale-shaped pool. Hele On, meanwhile, offers the perfect ‘grab and go’ snacks before setting off on a Maui adventure beyond the hotel gates. 

Kaanapali Beach Hotel restaurant
Enjoy award-winning beachfront dining © Outrigger Kāʻanapali Beach Resort

Explore the beauty of the Pacific Ocean

Take a ride across the clear waters of Maui on a standup paddleboard as you learn about the history of the local lands. Or explore the local marine life on a snorkel tour around Pu’u Keka’a (Black Rock) as part of a guided excursion. There are plenty of options for water sports, whether parasailing, windsurfing or jet skiing.

When in season, Premium Ocean Front rooms give you a front-row seat to whale watching. It’s an incredible natural spectacle as thousands of humpback whales travel from Alaska to the Hawaiian Islands every winter. Imagine waking up to sip a cup of coffee on your private balcony while watching whales frolic in the azure waters. Right off the shores of your Hawai’i beachside hotel. All with the idyllic backdrop of neighbouring tropical islands in full view. 

Ka'anapali Beach Hotel
The unique whale shapes pool © Outrigger Kāʻanapali Beach Resort

True immersion into Hawaiian culture

Outrigger Kāʻanapali Beach Resort highlights the islands’ rich natural heritage with one-of-a-kind curated itineraries. The hotel also offers free culture classes taught by islanders. You can learn hula dance, play the ukulele, make a ti leaf lei, or even learn ōlelo, the Hawaiian language.

Outrigger Ka’anapali Beach Resort is located on the idyllic West Shore of Maui, just 50 minutes from Kahului Airport. Discover why its the best hotel in Hawai’i to stay at any time of the year. 

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