"This was our 2nd time in this studio and will not be our last. The Whaler is a wonderful place to stay. The entire property is awesome. The garden on the property is beautiful, the pool is right there and not overly crowded, the staff shows the true Aloha spirit. You are on the best beach on Maui and within walking distance of a fast food court, numerous restaurants and bars, shopping, very good restaurants, and the Whaler's museum. We parked the rental car and took it out to go to Lahaina or Kapalua, all a short drive away.
The condo feels like home to us. On the way to it, stop at Safeway or Costco and load up on groceries. The full sized fridge came in handy when we packed drinks or sandwiches for the beach and/or pool. (There are a few coolers in the unit.) There is an ice maker in the freezer and an icee for the cooler too! Very easy to have breakfast in the condo, pack a lunch and even cook dinner either in the unit or on the many outdoor barbeque grills.
Going to the beach? No need to rent a cabana as there are many beach chairs and a good beach umbrella in the condo for you to use. If you don't do the sand thing, head to the private pool by 8am and grab a chair or pool cabana. Get there early! You can save a chair or cabana for 30 minutes. One of us would go down and grab a spot, then come back up to the condo. If you need a restroom by the pool, there is easy access to one near the gym at the basement level.
The king sized bed in this unit is so comfortable, you will sleep like a baby. While we were there, the entire building's cable got upgraded to HD, so the TV picture got so much better. This unit has all the comforts of home. The lanai view is spectacular. You get to see Black Rock and the evening Cliff Dive ceremony right from the lanai. You get to watch the rainbows form on the West Maui Mountains, see the catamarans sail towards the north shore of Maui, watch the weather change on Molaka'i, and just watch the waves on Kaanapali Beach. Very relaxing, very comfortable, highly recommendable!
One of our favorite and highly recommendable snorkel or sunset cruises is on the Gemini catamaran, which you can book on-line or at their convenient booth in front of the Westin, which is just past Leilani's restaurant. Gemini has the best captain and crew.
Bob is a true pleasure to work with. Reserving through him is a piece of cake!
Overall, this unit is great. The Whaler id perfect. We call it our home on Maui!"
Date of Stay: August 2014
Review Submitted: September 10, 2014