A departure from the mega-resorts of the area, the Aston Kaanapali Resort marries the amenities of a full-service resort with the laid-back atmosphere of condominium properties. The resort regularly refurbishes rooms and common areas, though furnishings vary from unit to unit. The property is ideal for families who don't want to leave behind the comforts of home or those settling in for an extended stay due to full-size, modern kitchens in all units and suites with in-unit washer/dryers. Unlike some condo-properties, the resort is fully air-conditioned and offers daily maid service.
Tucked away from the touristy bustle of Kaanapali's main drag, Aston Kaanapali is considered more a part of nearby Honokowai, which means fewer crowds on the golden beachfront. The elegant pool looks out over the ocean and lush grounds are dotted with koi ponds. Head down to the beachfront for snorkeling or opt to rent a boogie board or kayak to hit the water. Guests can also rent scooters and mopeds on site to head into town and explore Maui's other resorts.
There is an on-site restaurant open all day if guests don't want to cook or want to grab a cocktail at the bar. Guests can take advantage of free activities like beachside yoga classes, evening entertainment and daily activities for kids. An on-site massage center is great for unwinding, though guests looking for a full-service spa experience should look into spa offerings at nearby resorts.
The Aston Kaanapali provides a laid-back experience without all the stimulation or programmed feel of a mega-resort. Groups or couples who want more action at their fingertips may find the slower pace frustrating, but those on extended stays or with younger children find the extra space and in-unit features at the Aston integral to their vacations.