Islands Travel & Hotels

Ka’anapali Ali’i Resort – Ka’anapali Beach, Maui

Ka’anapali Beach in front of Ka’anapali Ali’i

The Ka’anapali Ali’i is an extraordinarily luxurious resort experience, and one which will help you to experience Aloha. The word Aloha is a general greeting used everywhere, but is also thought to mean love, breath of life or presence. The resort is a peaceful, private retreat where you and your family can choose to engage in the Ka’anapali Beach surroundings and activities. Or, you might choose to stay within the confines of the resort, become quiet and breathe with the sound of the ocean waves. So, while the Ali’i is a lavish resort, which welcomes you to many beach activities, it can also be felt as a healing space, a retreat, a place where you can experience the breath of life.

Ka’anapali Ali’i view of pool

Each condominium on the resort is fully furnished, with large kitchens, separate dining areas, and large private lanais, which offer wide ocean views, and enough bedrooms, bathrooms and televisions to accommodate a family. Having a home away from home, so close to other activities on the Ka’anapali Beach Resort area works well for anyone, but especially for those who are traveling with children, family members and friends. What also adds to the Ali’i luxury are the guest services, which includes daily maid service (you don’t have to do the dishes or make the beds), baby-sitting services, poolside food service, grocery deliveries and even dry cleaning! The condominium that I stayed in was spacious, beautiful and had a relaxing effect on me right away. The front door opened onto a marble tiled entryway. This gave way to a great room that was separated into a living area which opened out to the lanai, a small office area with a desk, where I used my computer, (on line service was very easy to set-up), then to the formal dining area, and, finally, to a wonderful, fully-equipped kitchen with a breakfast bar. This area, like the two master bedrooms and bathrooms were all decorated Plantation style ­— all in cool earth tones with strategically placed mirrors so that I was surrounded by the out of doors.

Ocean Front Living Room

There is so much to do right on the resort site! I visited the on-site gymnasium in the morning which had everything that one would need in order to keep up their normal exercise program: weights, a variety of workout equipment, (treadmills, exercise bikes, home gym equipment), along with a spa. As well, the resort provides three tennis courts and, an on-call tennis pro to help you with your serve. Across the road are two championship golf courses. If you’re a golfer, you won’t want to miss this chance to play. Bring your own clubs or rent them there — and save yourself the trouble of lugging them to the airport!

Of course, you might be there for the swimming, scuba diving, surfing, snorkeling or other beach activities. The Ali’i has a beach activities center to help all its visitors organize their days in the sun. They will provide you with all the equipment needed for each activity ­— surf boards, stand up paddle boards (lots of youngsters were using these), snorkeling equipment, etc. Of course, there is also (my personal favorite) a beautiful pool, a children’s pool and whirlpool, so that you can unwind in the sun without having to exercise at all. In the evening you and your family can barbeque right next to the beach and the pool, and experience a special evening sunset as the warm trade winds lightly cool the air. It really is magical.

Tennis lesson with on site tennis pro

Staying at the Ka’anapali Ali’i is a singular experience: one which will relax you and your family, which will give you the space to slow down, and participate in the special Aloha experience offered to you by Maui, Ka’anapali Beach and the wonderful staff of the Ka’anapali Ali’i Resort.

Yoga with on site yoga instructor

By Cheleen Mahar

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