Sunsets and Rainbows at the Sheraton Maui

If you are traveling to Maui, you are probably staying in either the Ka’anapali or Wailea beach resort areas.  Both are about equidistant to the airport and have plenty to offer in terms of hotels, restaurants, and gorgeous beaches.  For our trip to Maui, we chose to stay at the Sheraton Maui in Lahaina. The Sheraton is right at start of a strip of hotels along the Ka’anapali beach area and boasts one of the most gorgeous sunsets you will ever see. Here is our Sheraton Maui review.

Ka'anapali beach at sunset from Sheraton Maui Review

Playing on Ka’anapali Beach at sunset

Sheraton Maui Review

We selected the Sheraton because we were able to get a very affordable friends-and-family rate from our brother-in-law who works for Starwood.  After staying at the quaint and authentic Kona Village Resort on the Big Island, the Sheraton Maui was a switch back to the more traditional, big resort hotel.  While not as fancy as some of its neighbors like the Westin, the Sheraton gave us everything we needed at an affordable rate. After checking in and the traditional greeting of leis, we were shown to our one-bedroom suite with a beach view.

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On the balcony of our room overlooking the lawn and beach

The room was much more than I anticipated, with a giant bathroom, a completely separate bedroom with king-size bed, small kitchenette with sink, fridge and microwave, a generous living area with a pull-down queen murphy bed, and two separate balconies. The murphy bed was nice compared to a pull-out sleeper sofa because it has a real mattress and is therefore more comfortable, plus it hides out of way easily or can even be left folded down and you still have room to relax in the living area. Our view overlooked the lawn leading out to the beach, affording us a peek into their twice weekly luaus.  (We’d already done the Island Breeze luau on Hawaii so a peek was all we took at the Sheraton, although I’ve also heard the Old Lahaina Luau is terrific.)

Cliff Dive Bar | Sheraton Maui Review via

Watching the nightly torch lighting at the Cliff Dive Bar

The restaurants at the Sheraton were pricey for what they were so we mostly used the poolside beach bar for casual dinners or to watch the sunset over the legendary Black Rock on Ka’anapali Beach.  The sunsets are the most amazing thing about the Sheraton Maui as it is in prime position to have the best view of the sun setting over Black Rock. Each evening, they blow a conch shell to start a nightly cliff diving ritual where Hawaiians light torches around the property and then run with their torch down the beach and up the rock.  After performing a ritual at the top of the rock, they throw the torch into the water and then dive from the rock into the ocean.  Throughout the day, locals and tourists alike attempt to climb the rock and dive in but at no other time is it as spell binding as sunset.

Cliff dive ceremony at sunset at the Sheraton Maui

Lighting the torch before diving off the cliff at Black Rock

The beach is another plus for the Sheraton versus its fancier neighbors.  As Ka’anapali Beach moves away from Black Rock, the beach gets narrower and narrower.  The Sheraton offers a nice wide, sandy beach, great for body surfing and snorkeling.  Keep in mind that all the beaches are public so there will be a mix of resort guests and locals and not all the beach service amenities you might anticipate at such as resort.  If the beach isn’t your thing, the Sheraton offers a lagoon-like pool setting that isn’t too crowded or too rowdy.

From the Sheraton, it was an easy walk down the strip to enjoy shopping at Whaler’s Village, stargazing at the Hyatt, or restaurants and watersports at neighboring hotels.  It was also only a short ride into downtown Lahaina for amazing restaurants, shopping, gallery hopping, and the luau. Since the Sheraton is a full service resort and since I was there for my 40th birthday, I was also treated myself to some time in the exercise room and a massage at the spa.

Even with all the amenities offered by the hotel, our favorite parts about our stay here were the views offered by Mother Nature…especially the sunsets and the beautiful rainbows we saw on the island side of the hotel nearly every day.

Rainbow over Maui Sheraton via

Rainbow over Maui Sheraton

Also check out my suggestions on what to do and where to eat on Maui.


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