by Courtney Elko
Royal Lahaina sits among 27 acres of tropical oasis on Kaanapali Beach north of Black Rock. Located just steps from the golden Lahaina sands, this beachfront resort offers families several pool and onsite dining options, traditional hotel guestrooms and multi-bedroom cottages, and an onsite luau. The kids will love getting in the turquoise waters to try out one of the resort’s kayaks or paddleboards and the adults will love the convenience of the onsite parking and complimentary shuttle bus to nearby shopping district, Whaler’s Village. Tennis courts and golf courses are onsite.
Families can choose to stay in the 12-story Lahaina Kai Tower or low-rise beach cottages. The Tower features standard rooms and one- and two-bedroom suites with separate living areas. Cottages also offer standards rooms and one- and two-bedroom suites with kitchenettes. An onsite ice cream parlor will win kids over. Traditional Hawaiian torch-lighting ceremonies and oceanfront luau shows take place nightly.
Whether your family is seeking a hotel with all the additional amenities or more of a beachfront-type condo with the hotel’s onsite cottages, both are available at Royal Lahaina. You can have the best of both worlds here. Located only a short drive from Lahaina town, within walking distance to Whalers Village, and less than an hour from the airport, the location of this hotel is ideal for families visiting Maui.
Our Editor Loves
- Three pools
- Onsite Hawaiian luau
- Beachfront location
- Water Sports
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Rooms & Rates
The main 12-story Lahaina Kai Tower features 441 guestrooms and suites and then there are additional multi-bedroom beach cottages also on the resort property. Cribs and connecting rooms are available upon request.
The guestrooms feature teak wood finishings, a king or two double beds, mini-fridge, private lanai with two chairs, a flat-screen television, coffeemaker and complimentary Wi-Fi. There are outlets situated by the bedside and a standup shower in the bathroom. The guestrooms can sleep four people comfortably.
The spacious one- and two-bedroom suites feature teak wood finishings, a mini-fridge, private lanai with two chairs, a flat-screen television in each room, coffeemaker and complimentary Wi-Fi. The one-bedroom suites, which can sleep four, feature a separate living room area with a sleeper sofa and a king bed in the bedroom. The two-bedroom suites are actually a one-bedroom suite connected to a guestroom with two double beds. There are three lanais, two bathrooms and a separate living room area with a sleeper sofa in these suites, which can sleep six people. Some of the suites offer a standup shower only and others offer both a standup shower and tub in the bathrooms.
The beachside cottages are separated from the tower and closer to the beach and pool. They sit in front of a grassy front lawn and oceanfront view. There are a variety of cottages available, including a studio with two double beds and a kitchenette; one-bedroom units that offer a separate living space and sleeper sofa; and two-bedroom cottages with one king bed, two double beds, and a sleeper sofa in the living space. Not all of the cottages offer full kitchenettes, but they all offer lanais with patio furniture, steps away from the pool and beach. The cottages can sleep between four and eight people.
by Charles M
This was our second stay at Royal Lahaina, the first being in 2012. We stayed in the same Deluxe Oceanfront Cottage (Room 8122 in Cottage C), but immediately noticed something new upon check in. The entire room had been renovated. New exterior siding, new flooring, new bedding, new furniture, new A/C unit, new flat-screen TV, improved WiFi. But the best parts were still the same: walk out of our downstairs cottage straight into the ocean. Or spread out on either a lounge chair or the couch on our covered patio. Sure, other properties on Ka'anapali Beach may have more amenities, but we love the old Hawaiian feel and customer service of the Royal Lahaina. And did I mention there's no resort fee? Only $15 per night for self-parking. Oh, and don't forget to ask about the little-publicized Paradise Package. An additional $3 per day per guest for the length of your stay gets you a daily power-packed Mai Tai. You can thank me later.
We were upgraded to a cottage after have multiple problems at the Ocean Inn, and after we arrived at the cottage all of our issues disappeared. The Royal Lahaina is one of the more affordable options on Kaanapali Beach, and as such some features such as an extensive pool with artificial caves and waterfalls or a unique restaurant that pops out at you are not on the property. Having said this is does have everything that a resort is expected to have, a beach bar, a restaurant, multiple hot tubs, and extensive beachfront. It also has tons of tennis courts, including stadium tennis courts that you can use. If you are looking for an affordable place to stay then the tower and cottages are a good choice, and it is less than a mile walk along the beach walk to get to the Whalers Village and other resort restaurants. Our cottage room was very cozy with a view of beautiful trees and the golf course. The resort has a great store that can meet most of your needs such as drinks, medicine and memorabilia, and a great coffee and ice cream shop. Customer service is top notch, and everyone was super friendly. My only real complaint about the room is that there was no way to close the curtains without blacking out your room. It would have been nice to have a way to let light in but not allow people to see in, only because we were on the ground floor, and we would have liked to be able to wake up to the sun shining into our room, the resort could easily remedy this by updating the window curtains.
All beaches in Hawaii are public, but the golden sand of Ka’anapali Beach in front of Royal Lahaina is welcoming to its guests. Beach chairs and umbrellas can be rented for an additional fee from the resort’s Beach Activity Center.
There are three swimming pools, two of which are beachfront at this resort, and two outdoor hot tubs. Lounge chairs surround all of the pools and complimentary pool towels are provided at the Beach Activity Center. Cabanas overlooking the ocean can be rented as well. A beach bar is located immediately next to one of the pools and just steps away from the beach.
At the Beach Activity Center, families can rent paddleboards, kayaks, snorkel gear and more. These are all for an additional fee, but the convenience of being steps from the beach and not having to deal with the hassle of lugging the equipment yourself makes it worth the additional cost.
Attending a luau while visiting Hawaii is truly a must. The Myths of Maui Luau at Royal Lahaina is definitely one of the best and it's super convenient for families staying at the resort. Families can enjoy the Polynesian celebration of song, dance and music, which is accompanied by an all-you-can-eat, island-style buffet and open bar. The luau also offers Maui’s only keiki (kids) buffet, as well. Reservations are required and seats are assigned at the time of booking. The luau takes place at 6 p.m. nightly. Children under 5 years old are free with general seating.
If your family likes tennis or golf, this is the resort for you. There are 11 courts, five of which are lighted, plus there is a pro shop and private and group lessons are available. One of the courts is actually a 3,500-seat stadium court, so you can really get that pro status. The resort is situated next to the Ka’anapali Golf Courses, where guests are offered discounts. Bocce ball and shuffleboard courts can be found by the pools.
The resort is happy to arrange any adventure activities your family may seek. Helicopter tours, boat or snorkeling tours, parasailing, ziplining or any other tour on Maui can be booked at the hotel.
Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant and Lounge
This casual oceanfront, open-air restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Families are nearly guaranteed to see whales while dining and overlooking the ocean and the islands of Lanai and Molokai. For breakfast, families can dine a la carte or do the breakfast buffet, which offers eggs, bacon, pastries, fruit, pancakes, oatmeal and much more.
The lunch menu offers things like salads, pizza, burgers and sandwiches and the dinner menu includes seafood, lobster mac and cheese, filet mignon, chicken, pasta and more. The restaurant is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and in-room dining is also available from here.
Ice Cream Parlor and Coffee Shop
This combo shop is a great spot any time of day. Coffee, pastries and other small breakfast items are available in the mornings, and snacks, sandwiches, smoothies and ice cream are available throughout the day. There are a few tables outside the café, or you can take your treats to the pool or beach, which is only a few steps away.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort.
Self and valet parking are both available for an additional fee.
- Fitness Center
A fitness center, with weights and cardio machines, is available for guest use. The fitness center is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
The resort is happy to arrange babysitting services from an outside agency.
- Gift Shop
The onsite store features clothing, souvenirs, snacks, beverages and other incidentals you may have forgotten at home.
- Professional Photographer
Hawaii is a perfect place to get those family beach photos. The resort offers families the opportunity to hire a professional photographer to take those photos for you.
The Best Time to Visit
You’ll find December to February to be rainier and cooler, with highs in the 70’s and 80’s, but this is also the busy season. June through September are the hot months, with highs in the high-80’s during the day.The quiet months on Maui are mid-March through May and all of September.
The Kahului Airport, the main airport on Maui, is situated about 45 minutes from the hotel. Lahaina town is about a 10-minute drive from the resort.
The resort is easily walkable. Nothing is too far away. The beach, restaurants and pool are all only a short walk from the guestrooms and cottages. The hotel also offers a free shuttle to the nearby shopping district, Whalers Village, which is also less than a mile-long walk (but on a hot day, the shuttle can be nice), as well as a shuttle to Lahaina town for a small fee. A rental car is needed if you plan to leave the resort or Whalers Village area. If you would like to explore Maui, a rental car is needed. Taxis, while expensive, are readily available at the airport and resorts.
Find true Hawaiian relaxation at the onsite spa. Adults can enjoy a massage, facial or any of the variety of treatments available.
- Beach Bar
Located both pool and beach side, the adults can pull up a stool at the Beach Bar and order from a variety of fun Hawaiian cocktails and craft beers.