KAANAPALI - "Maui No Ka 'Oi" - Maui is the best, and Kaanapali has long been recognized for its unique climate and spectacular natural beauty.
Chosen as the location for the world's first planned vacation resort back in 1960 by AMFAC, Kaanapali has an ideal tropical climate with an average of 278 warm, sunny days a year, a temperature that ranges between 63-87 degrees Fahrenheit and 20 inches of rainfall. There are cool, tropical tradewind breezes and light tropical showers, which create rainbows over the verdant West Maui Mountains behind many afternoons.
The three miles of world-famous, golden sandy Kaanapali Beach were voted 2003 America's Best Beach by Dr. Beach for swimming, surfing, snorkeling and sunbathing. The spectacular ocean views of the islands of Molokai and Lanai are transformed most evenings into magical, lingering daily West Maui sunsets
The Whaler features beautiful, tropical landscaped grounds around a newly redesigned courtyard with a large new koi pond and waterfall steps.
The Whaler is a world-class resort right in the heart of this best of the best tropical location in paradise. It is also surrounded by the manicured greens of the 36 holes of the legendary Kaanapali Royal and Kaanapali Kai Golf Courses, which have celebrated their 50th anniversaries this year.
The Whaler is just steps away from more than 90 world-class shops and restaurants at Whalers Village. It's a short stroll down the beach walk to six luxury hotel resorts.
Personally, I lived at The Whaler for four unforgettable years. One of my favorite things was taking in the breathtaking view from the lanai, which never ceased to amaze day or night. At night, the waters reflect the stunning image of the moon and the silhouettes of the islands of Molokai and Lanai on the horizon.
The two 12-story white towers of The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach almost glow in the late afternoon sun with their recently renovated, sparkling exteriors.
You will now be enjoying front row seats to watch the islands' winter visitors - the magnificent, 40-ton humpback whales - play in the water.
At the north end of Kaanapali Beach is the famous Black Rock, where you can witness the nightly torch lighting and cliff dive at sunset.
The Whaler's onsite amenities include an oceanfront heated swimming pool, hot tub and sauna, an exercise room, beach side gas barbecue grills (a favorite gathering spot in the evenings), five tennis courts, an Aveda salon and spa. The Whaler is nestled on over six beach front acres of beautiful, tropical landscaped grounds around a newly redesigned courtyard with a large new koi pond and waterfall steps from the crashing surf. There is covered parking, a business center, 24-hour security and a front desk concierge to help with booking activities, too.
The Whaler is a perfect vacation spot where visitors return year after year. Blending the convenience of condominium living with hotel amenities at one of the best locations in Maui, it couldn't be a better time to buy a Whaler unit as your home away from home and as a rental investment when you can't get away.
The spacious units range from 532-square-foot studios, one- and two-bedroom units, to the three-bedroom, 1,896-square-foot penthouse. Many are updated with top-of-the-line finishes, including travertine, marble, onyx and granite, and high-end SubZero and Wolf stainless steel appliances. There are still a few that you can redesign to your own personal tastes.
I have units at The Whaler available for immediate viewing.
Please check out Whaler 624, a one-bedroom/two-bath, 905-square-foot corner unit with a large wraparound lanai that catches the cool tropical breezes. It is fully remodeled with granite, stone and designer sinks - a great value listed at $675,000.
If you are looking for a studio, check out Whaler #162; one unit back from the ocean with access from the lanai straight out into the courtyard. The unit is totally remodeled and furnished very tastefully. It is also a wonderful opportunity listed at $650,000.