The Sheraton Maui is right on Kaanapali Beach, and has a prime spot next to Black Rock. The grounds are fairly large and there is a big pool with multiple sections and a small slide to connect 2 different levels. The pool is free-form and surrounded by “lava rock” and tropical plants and palm trees. There are lots of little sections with water falls and bridges overhead. There are plenty of shady spots and lots of areas that are very shallow, including a wading area for little kids. The design was beautiful and very peaceful. It never seemed crowded. Unfortunately they didn’t seem to have one of those pool strainers, so there were flowers/leaves and some other stuff we saw floating in the pool. There didn’t seem to be anyone really responsible for cleaning it – one day we saw a slice of bread floating – it was still there several hours later (it did get cleaned up when we told one of the pool attendants – she had to go look for a strainer!) The hot tub is set in the middle of the pool area, and surrounded by high “lava rock”, plants and trees so it feels private. There is a water fall that runs into it – nice! Unfortunately, several days the water didn’t seem to be very clean – even with the jets off, the bottom was hard to see. It can also get very crowded on a cooler, windy day since it’s not that big. The staff around the pool and at the pool-side restaurant (excellent ahi sandwich) are great. They were very nice and friendly.
The rest of the grounds also have lovely flowering tropical plants and plenty of palm trees. There are also waterfalls that flow into little ponds. There are large lawns, and some hammocks set up. We always seemed to be able to find one that was free.