Just how ‘Hawaiian’ is the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel? Very.
According to John White, Director of Sales and Marketing, the famed Maui hotel is considered “the most Hawaiian hotel” due to its ongoing commitment to Hawaiian culture. Since its grand opening in 1964, Ka’anapali Beach Hotel has committed to providing guests with an authentic Hawaiian experience, putting the property on the map for its “true aloha spirit”. Coupled with a “five-star location”, exceptional value and no resort fee, it’s no wonder that the hotel has seen a double digit increase in bookings this year compared to 2016, and Canadians have played a big part in this increase.
“The Canadian market is our number one international market, for both the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel and its sister property, The Plantation Inn,” White told Travelweek back in October. “For Ka’anapali, it is about 6% of total revenues in September year-to-date, which will increase as we enter the fall months. So I would say just under 10% for the year.”
White also noted Ka’anapali’s 432 rooms, over 90% of which are interconnecting, and complimentary Wi-Fi as other guest perks. In addition, ‘Maui for Free’, the company’s travel agent program, gives agents one complimentary night for every 10 nights booked, plus 10% commission on all direct bookings.
Here are White’s top reasons to book a stay at either property this season:
1. Affordable rates
There is no better deal in Maui, said White, with rates at Ka’anapali starting at US$179. Plus, the beachfront property offers complimentary cultural classes such as hula classes, ukulele lessons, pineapple cutting and more. Kids under five years old also eat free with a paying adult.
2. Yummy cuisine
Executive chef Tom Muromoto recently introduced a new dining menu at Ka’anapali’s signature restaurant, Tiki Terrace. Dishes include Hawaii Lau Lau (a pouch of pork, chicken and fish steamed with taro leaves), prosciutto salad and mini poke bowls.
3. Hands-on culture
At Ka’anapali’s newly renovated Hale Ho’okipa (Culinary Center), guests can enjoy a wide range of new cultural activities, including bamboo printing, bamboo trumpet and throw-net, all of which are offered complimentary or at a nominal fee.
4. Ocean fun
At Ka’anapali, the new Hale Huaka’I has several popular ocean activities for guests, including surfing, stand up paddle boarding, conch shell blowing, snorkelling and more.
5. Rest & Relaxation
The Plantation Inn is Maui’s boutique bed and breakfast and the sister property of Ka’anapali Beach Hotel. It provides a quiet, private and ultra-luxe setting less than two blocks from the ocean, and features 18 rooms and suites, each with its own custom interior design.
6. French food
The Plantation Inn is also home to Gerard’s, a Mobil four-star French restaurant headed by Chef Gerard Reversade. Here, guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast each morning in the poolside pavilion, and indulge in Chef’s signature French toast, eggs Florentine, croquet monsieur, homemade yogurt and special-blend coffee and tropical juices.