Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
Lahaina, HI 96761
In ancient times, Maui’s Black Rock was known as a place where the souls of the dead (and the occasional testosterone-fueled chieftain) would leap to reach the gods. Today, one of Maui’s premier hotels is anchored to that same igneous springboard, with more than 500 rooms, most of which are outfitted with bamboo designs, authentic koa bowls, and rattan chairs meant to resemble ancient thrones. More than 80 percent of the rooms offer views of the Pacific, as well as of the lava rock waterways and lagoons on the property. Each night cliff divers emulate the ancient traditions by marching up the Kaanapali beach and (safely) plummeting to the ocean from the Black Rock. Also included on premises is Black Rock Steak and Seafood, which offers an eclectic menu of classic meat, pasta, and lobster dishes. Recently appointed Chef Greg Gaspar, who comes from the Maui Prince Hotel, replaces Bryan Ashlock and brings both a classical French and Filipino approach to the menu. An added benefit to hotel patrons: the Sheraton is celebrating its 50-year anniversary the entire year with luaus, special discounts, and other fanfare.