"I'd like to start by talking about Gail, because she is fantastic to deal with from beginning to end. She is very organized and makes the whole process easy, and I say this as a first-time user of VRBO. Having told her that it was our anniversary trip, she also went out of her way to make it special, including a lovely basket of fruit, chocolates, and other snacks that awaited us with a nice card upon our arrival. In short, you are getting better and more personal attention than you would at more expensive hotels located literally next door.
The unit itself was perfect, and it has a fantastic view of the famous Black Rock at Kaanapali Beach. I can't tell you how happy it will make you to wake up in the morning, open the blackout curtains, and gaze out at this view as you look forward to another great day on Maui. During the season, whale activity is easily visible from the balcony and the beach below.
If you know Maui, you know Kaanapali and how beautiful the location it is, and how convenient to great shopping, history, and boating activities at Lahaina. During our visit, we used the condo as our home base for longer excursions to the road to Hana (sadly closed halfway through due to a rockslide on the day we chose) and Haleakala. These are easily done as day trips from Kaanapali, and you'll be back in time for a great dinner in West Maui - cook at home in the well-appointed kitchen or visit some of the tasty area restaurants.
The beach is easily accessible from the unit, and there are amenities including towel service and beach chairs. Snorkeling equipment and paddleboards are available for rental right in front of the Whaler. Snorkeling is some of the best on the island around Black Rock. It's fun to watch the cliff divers, too.
I would recommend this unit to any single person or group of 2 for a wonderful Kaanapali experience and a perfect launching pad for excursions to other parts of the island. My wife and I hope to return again one day.
P.S. For those who may be leery of a Murphy bed - don't be. It was more comfortable than our bed at home and I believe bigger than queen size. At least it felt like it."
Guest: Christopher N.
Date of Stay: December 2016
Review Submitted: January 10, 2017