Hotel At a Glance: Maui Sunset
Maui Sunset is set upon 5 acres of oceanfront property, and it's equipped so you can take full advantage of the setting. Sunbathe on the sandy, picturesque beach, go windsurfing the waves, or take a dip in the 60-foot pool, which is flanked by a large, 12-person Jacuzzi hot tub. Back in your condo, you can prepare meals in the kitchen, or walk over to nearby Stella Blues for some fresh mahi mahi and live music.
- Explore Waipuilani Park: Beach reserve located steps from the hotel, featuring a fringing reef and salt-water lagoon
- Stay active on the regulation-size tennis courts, putting greens, and croquet fields.
- Onsite fishpond: The hotel's gardens include a 34-acre fishpond which, according to local lore, was built centuries ago by a Hawaiian king.
- Fully equipped kitchens include dishwashers and garbage disposals.
- Go snorkeling, scuba diving, or deep-sea fishing, just a short walk away off the beaches of Kihei.
Maui, Hawaii: Gorgeous Beaches, Haleakala Volcano, and Seasonal Whale Watching
Voted the best island in the United States by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, Maui is considered one of the Pacific’s most beautiful spots and a favorite among Hollywood's elite. The town of Lahaina, along Maui’s western coast, served as Hawaii’s royal capital before 1845. Throughout the mid-19th century, it was known as a whaling town—Herman Melville sailed from Lahaina during this time and gathered inspiration for Moby-Dick. The humpback whales that were once hunted are now protected by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, and their population has flourished. The seas around Lahaina boast some of the world’s best whale watching from December to May, when female humpbacks give birth in the warm Pacific waters.
Arguably, Maui's biggest attraction is Haleakala, the world's largest dormant volcano, which technically encompasses 75% of the island. A paved road leads up to Haleakala's summit, where you can stretch your legs and walk around the rim of the lunar-like volcanic crater. The towering peak is a playground for bicyclists, who coast down the slopes all the way to the beach town of Paia.
Elsewhere on the island, it’s a rite of passage to drive the Road to Hana, a 68-mile route that zigzags along the scenic northeastern coast with more than 600 hairpin curves. There are several points of interest along the way, including botanical gardens, tiny villages, and waterfall pools you can swim in.