As you glide down the portico to the chic and airy lobby – complete with lounge chairs placed artfully in the sand – it feels as if you're beginning a grand adventure. The impression continues in the uncluttered rooms: low beds, simple wooden furniture, plantation shutters. It’s basecamp for your cushy tropical expedition. The terraced swimming pools are lovely.
The resort is also home to the Kaʻana Kitchen and the Japanese restaurant Morimoto Maui, from Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. The daily resort fee of $40 includes a GoPro Hero rental, ukulele and hula lessons, and an outrigger canoe excursion. Parking is valet only and $30 per night.