The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
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We just returned from a luau at the Sheraton Maui. The setting was on the lawn adjacent to the Kaanapali Beach during the hours surrounding a beautiful sunset. While waiting to be seated Mai Tai's and piņa coladas were served and continued throughout the evening. The women were greeted with leis and the men with a carved turtle. The food was superb …
We had another day of total relaxation. We were poolside for the entire day. Linda got a lot of reading done, almost an entire novel. I spent a great deal of time talking to Jim, from Arizona, and his wife Diane. I learned quite a bit about his life from childhood to the present, including the places he lived and the jobs he has had during his …
Yesterday, we used the day to visit sights along the Road to Hana. Today we stayed close to home and enjoyed lounging at the beach and pool. We enjoyed breakfast on our lanai before 7 o'clock. It's great to sit back and linger over breakfast knowing that we have no plans for the day other than to enjoy our beautiful surroundings. Taking our coffee …
Our plans today were to explore the east side of Maui. We did this by partaking in the popular activity of driving a 52 mile stretch of highway between Paia and Hana, commonly referred to as The Road to Hana. It allowed us to discover a Hawaii of an earlier time where nature is still wild, where ocean waves crash onto steep lava cliffs, and there …
This is a day for catching sun rays and feeling the pacific trade winds. We did not prepare a list of things to do. No need to check them off or feel pressure to get to them. Nothing important on the list to get to. After a leisurely breakfast at Whaler's Village, we decided to walk along Ka'anapali beach and hang out at pool side. Linda has plenty …
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Awesome place , great view , I would stay here again .
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Whaler simply the best for the price!
We spent 11 days at the Whaler and found it to be the best value and location on the beautiful Kaanapali Beach. The units are nicely furnished with amazing views. The lanais are huge and tiled. Ours had hightop table seating for four, 3 lounge chairs and 2 small tables. We even slept out here one night listening to the sounds of the ocean. You are located right next door to Whalers Village for shopping,dining and entertainment. A short walk down the paved beach path brings you to the Sheraton and the excellent snorkeling at Black Rock. Nightime you can watch the torch lighting ceremony from your lanai. Walk down to the Hyatt for a romantic dinner at Swan Court or their Italian Restarant downstairs with dancing on the weekends. We really love this place and will be back.
The Whaler was nice, not fabulous. We stayed for 6 nights in November 2003 as part of our honeymoon. Our first mistake was booking directly with the owner through vrbo. As a result, we did not have room service (we would have if we booked directly). That kind of sucks when you are on your honeymoon. It was nice having a kitchen (small)--saved a lot of money by making our own frozen drinks, etc. The location is pretty good, next to Whaler's Village and the big hotels. The Westin has the best pool in Kaanapali. However, the best resort on Maui is The Grand Wailea--awesome pool and grounds!Kaanapali Beach is great--if you can actual lay on it. It was so windy, the only way to be able to enjoy it was to pay $30 per day for lounge chairs. We stayed our last night in Wailea--definitely the place to stay if you are going for relaxation. The resorts are better, the beaches are nice and you can hang out and swim (and snorkel) in them comfortably, and Kihue is a short drive for more down to earth dining, etc. We had our best meals near the airport (Thai) and the town of Paia. The food and prices were excellent. That was also an issue driving from Kaanapali--traffic is bad and it is almost 30 miles to the airport town. As far as those that complain about the prices in Hawaii, if you eat and drink in the resorts or Lahaina, of course it is expensive. However, you can get excellent food for a great price if you look.Our best bargain--if you are on a budget, get an entertainment card and stay at the Wailea Palms. Awesome one bedroom condos--flat style, incredible--with ocean view (over trees, road in front of you) and you get to use all of the Marriott's facilities for $143 a night ($128 plus tax). Awesome. We did not want to leave. Compare that to $150+$7(parking fee) + cleaning fee at the Whaler and there is absolutely no comparison!Recommendation--Before you spend the $79 per person on the Old Lahaina Luau, go to a less expensive one to see if you will like it. We went to the Old Lahaina, and it had the best environment, but was not worth our $$--we were definitely ready to leave and the food wasn't as good as we had in Paia.
This was my first time in Maui, and we stayed at the Whaler for a week in April 03. We absolutely loved it. We were on the 11th floor, i think, and had a wonderful view of both the ocean, the Sheraton and black rock, and the mountains. A condo is definitely the way to go. We stopped at Walmart (only 2 miles from airport) and picked up many groceries for our stay. FYI--the Walmart also had many souvenirs that were the same as at the ABC Stores but cheaper!
My 15 year old son and I stayed a week at The Whaler. We had a suite, 1018, which was perfect for the two of us. Great views, wonderful amenities, clean, everything smelled like fragrant flowers. From the marble bathroom to the wonderfully appointed kitchen, the comfy king size bed and the underground security parking, the friendly staff (thank you to our ever helpful smiling guard at the gate) and being right on the sand, not to mention within walking distance to the Whalers Village for great shopping and restaurants. A great sunset from the blue tiled lanai overlooking black rock, listening to the hula show from the Kaanapali Hotel next door. What a treat for our first trip to the Islands. Other nice touches included beautiful furniture, cable TV and a CD player. The staff left us a great gift basket in the kitchen which included cookies, 3 different types of local bread, fruit and a lovely welcome note. Daily maid service, hardwood floors, blender, microwave, dishes, glassware and a coffemaker. What a great place to stay! We upgraded our car to a jeep wrangler which was a blast and saved a lot on food by shopping at the grocery store in Lahaina. They even accepted my Ralphs card! Best place to get souveners was Longs and the Cannary Mall has a great indoor hula show most evenings (it's free). We drove the road to Hana, which you can take all the way around, even though it's a bit bumpy in some parts but it takes you through the upcountry and the Tedeschi Winery. Very relaxing, everyone was so friendly, not the clip joint island some folks talk about. I'm hooked, I'll be back. Mahalo Whaler Staff.
We stayed at the Whaler in Ka'anapali for our honeymoon July 20-28, 2003. We wanted to save some money on accomodations by staying in a condo. What a great move! The condo was very well kept and comfortable, complete with a gold pineapple door knocker! We stayed in a 1 bdrm/2 bath and were upgraded to the 10th floor with a view of Whaler's Village, the West Maui Mountains, the Ocean and the Island of Lana'i.
My husband and I and our 15 year old daughter and 8 year old daughter stayed at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach June 12-18 of '03. The condo we stayed in was updated and had everything we needed, like a home away from home. We were on the 8th floor, with a view from the balcony of Whaler's Village in front of us, the Ocean to the right and the mountains to the left. It was spectacular. The beach was great. Very clean. Hotel staff were curteous and helpful. Maid service was also good. Would stay there again and again. We were going to go for something a little more secluded but now am glad that we didn't. The kids had alot to do with tons of beach activities. We visited different hotel swimming pools along the beach just to check them out. The Westin Maui definitely has the best pool of all the hotels along this beach, with waterfalls and poolside service. The best place to eat was a tie; the girls liked the Hula Grill and my husband and I liked Lelani's; both in Whaler's Village. There is so much to do here that you really don't need to ever leave. We did go sightseeing on Haleakala Mountain and Iao Valley. Both were breathtakingly beautiful with the Mountain being a long drive but worth it.
Wonderful Place to Stay!!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Whaler, and would not hesitate to stay there again. The staff was wonderful, and could not have been more friendly. We were close to shopping and dining, and of course Kaanapali beach is wonderful. It's a very quiet, peachful place to stay, and I would highly recommend it!!!!!!!
The Whaler is awesome!
I've been going to maui every summer for the last 6 years (and i'm going again this year) and we always stay at the whaler. Actually, we bought a time share there because they have great rates and the rewards are priceless! The Whaler has a great location, right on the beach, and its conviently next to a shopping center. There are also many activities offered along the Kaanapali strip that include parasailing, banana boating, jet skiing, snorkling, trampeline jumping, etc. I've had a wonderful time every year and i expect the Whaler to offer nothing less!
We have stayed here on two of our Maui trips. Our last trip was for our honeymoon- we were booked at the Grand Wailea for the first half and ended up leaving to spend our money a little more wisely (at the Whaler). We got a great price, because of our last minute arrival to the hotel- we had great service and great morning beach time (what else is important?). One of our favorite aspects of this hotel is the quick walk to our favorite restaraunt- Hula Grill. Ask for modern decor- this last time we stayed, the condo owner had just renovated floor to ceiling.
Excellent Maui option
I think the Whaler has much to offer. Great access to beach,activities,shopping and dining. No fancy lobby and blocks of hiking before you get to the beach or pool.If budget allows, the oceanfront units with wraparound lanai are fabulous (rent direct from owners to save $$). After dozens of visit to Maui my family agrees we would only stay at another property if it were an "all-golf" vacation.