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Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
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“Unit 1170 - Whaler onKaanapali Beach”
Reviewed January 5, 2008

This is our sixth visit to Maui. On this trip we stayed at the Whaler on Ka'anapali Beach. Following are some details and recommendations for staying at this condo.

The Whaler complex was built in 1976 and it is definitely showing signs of its age. There are two buildings - Tower I and Tower II. Both are two very basic, concrete rectangular buildings with 12 stories each. There is a basic lawn and garden area in between the two buildings, and a small pool and one spa tub.

For your best experience, I highly recommend you get a unit in Tower I facing the interior of the complex (south side of the building). These are units ending in 1-23; e.g., 1123. This side gets the direct sun exposure, with views of the sunrise and sunsets. You'll also be able to look at the pool and shared grounds from your private lanai. The south side of Tower II will also get sun exposure; however, they are overlooking The Whaler Village shopping mall and the back side of several restaurants. These are units ending in 51-73.

We stayed in Tower II on the north side, unit 1170. These are units ending in numbers 52-74. We rented our unit directly from the owners. Our unit was tastefully decorated and clean. It had a washer/dryer, free Internet access, and was well-stocked with kitchen supplies and spices, etc. for cooking. As mentioned above, our unit is on the north side, so it never gets any direct sun whatsoever. But it does have beautiful beach, ocean and mountain views. We could also see Black Rock and Molakai island. Overall our unit was very nice. Nevertheless, we spent most of our time on the beach and outdoors.

Food is VERY expensive here on the islands. Therefore, if you are staying at least a week, we recommend that you make a stop at Costco in Kahului (very close to the airport). If you don't have a Costco membership there is a Safeway grocery store just a few miles from the Whaler condos.

If you want to lounge by the pool, you'll need to get a space reserved before the sun rises. There are only about 45 lounge chairs for the entire complex. Unfortunately, people place their towels and cheap personal property (suntan lotion, magazine, etc.) to keep their chair reserved for the entire day.

Be warned that the underground parking garage and main entrance were under construction. These are in between the two towers. Therefore, note that there is construction noise (jack hammers, saws and machinery) from 8:00 - 5:00 weekly if you are staying in units that face the interior of the complex. Confirm with the owner and/or front desk to inquire on the construction schedule and completion date.

Overall, this is a nice complex that we'd rate as 2.5-3 stars. It's clean and the staff are friendly. The primary draw-back is the very small pool area. It's entirely too small for a larger complex. However, you can lounge by a pool at any hotel. This is Hawaii, so enjoy the gorgeous sandy beach and truly warm water!

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Lack of sunshine
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 23, 2007

It was my husbands and my first trip to Hawaii (both in our twenties). After looking at the hotel prices around Kaanapali we found VRBO. Boy are we glad we did. For the price we got for a 12th floor room on the beach we were skeptical coming in. We walked into the room and were pleasantly surprised. It was perfect for two people. The kitchen was great for breakfast’s and lunches – who wants to be at restaurants their entire vacation? There were plenty of towels to last us the ten days. Most importantly, the bed was comfortable after a long day. And the best part of course were the views off the lanai. To our left were the mountains and daily rainbows, and to our right was the ocean, beach, and the island of Lanai. The only down side were the smells/noises from the Hula grill below…but again, it was 12 floors down. So it was bearable. And of course the room wasn’t updated and didn’t have all the services hotels have, but we could care less about that. It served the purpose and was fairly clean (some green stuff around the bathtub drain).
The elevators came quickly, but even if they didn’t we wouldn’t have minded because there was an open air hall and you could look down at the pool and ocean while you waited. The pool was small, but we never found it too crowded to find a chair or take a dip if it was too windy at the beach (sand would sting). The staff that provided towels were also very friendly. The beach was beautiful white sand and swimming was nice as well. It was a little steep getting in, but leveled off after that. You could snorkel right in front of the Whaler or take a three minute walk down the beach to Black Rock to snorkel. I have snorkeled in Bermuda, Aruba, Key West….and Black Rock was by far the best we’ve seen, even better then taking the boat trips out into ship wrecks, etc. Bring your gear!

Food:
Unfortunately about an hour after we arrived at the island we had a bad experience. We went to the grocery store (Safeway) down the road to stock up on breakfast and snacks. At the register we did not have a store card. At home if you don’t have a card the clerk has one behind the counter and scans it for you. Well, this clerk must have smelt tourist from a mile away because he refused to scan a card and wouldn’t even let the woman behind us share hers. He proceeded to crush every item of ours as it went down the belt. Bread, cookies, chips…all smashed. We were so shocked we just left with our broken food. Just be warned, some locals are bitter about tourists and will be very rude. Fortunately that was our only bad experience, but b/c it was the first hour we were there it didn’t start the trip off right.
Other than grocery’s (expensive, but not as bad as eating out every meal), we went to several restaurants around. The Hula Grill at the Whalers Village was very good. Fish and Poi in Napali was excellent – a little drive up the road but worth it. Cheeseburger in Paradise in Lahaina was also good at night, live music and ocean views of the cruise ships. I would also recommend getting reservations for the Old Lahaina Luau one night.
Giovanni’s at the top of the road was Not good. They had feral cats climbing on the tables -the waiters did nothing about it. They also had awful service and brought us the wrong food as well as the three tables around us.

Things to do:
We took a day trip to Oahu. Went to Pearl Harbor, hiked Diamond Head crater, and went to Waikiki beach. Fares on Hawaiian Air were reasonable. I would definitely suggest it if you can. A lot of people said go to Kauai as well. We didn’t get a chance.
In Maui, do the road to Hana. Wake up early, because it is a full day if you make all the stops. We went on a Sunday to avoid local traffic and because a lot of people are traveling on Sundays and we had no traffic problems. For a mile marker guide I just used this link: [--] and was happy with what we saw. I would skip the Arboretum ($10pp and can see so many things for free just as beautiful). The red sand beach was tricky, but worth it. Park on the Uakea road, then go through what looks like a schools back yard to find a path. Wainapanapa State Park was also worth a stop. It has a gorgeous black sand beach, blow holes, and lava flow tubes to explore – also a bathroom stop.
One morning when the weather is suppose to be good I’d suggest going to a Sunrise at Haleakala crater. Beautiful views of the island – bring very warm cloths! It went from 80 degrees at the bottom to 40 at the top(10k feet up).
We went to the Maui aquarium for a couple hours. It was ok. Probably better if you have kids?
Shopping in Lahaina was also a good time. There were lots of people from all over the world there.

Over all we had a great time at the Whaler and in Maui. I hope we make it back there some day! Enjoy your trip.

  • Liked — Access to the beach
  • Disliked — It's too expensive in Maui to stay longer
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 22, 2007

Stayed at the Whaler 12/03 thru 12/13 2007. We stayed in unit #1151 renting directly from the owner. It was a one bedroom two bathroom unit. it had two lanais or one big wrap around. Beautiful views of Black rock and of the mountains. You could see Lanai and Molokai and we saw several whales from our lanai. The kitchen was updated with marble countertops and was very well stocked for cooking. The bed was very comfortable and the furnishings were well cared for and attractive. There was everything you could ask for, beach chairs, coolers, beach mats and toys. The front desk staff were friendly and helpful. Check-in was smooth. The lobby entrance and drive are being updated/repaired so it was a little difficult to unload and get in the front but not a big deal. The property IS older but seems to be pretty well cared for. They are working on the parking garage to fix the crumbling concrete and flooding issues. It did rain lots and yes, the garage gets flooded. We parked over on the overflow lots several times, once to avoid the water. The pool is clean, and there are lots of chairs. My one complaint with the pool is they need to not let people save their loungers when they don't use them for hours. We stayed mostly on the beach so it wasn't a big problem. The shopping and restaurants next door make this hotel a great place to be. So convienent. We enjoyed our stay here and would stay here again.

  • Liked — the location
  • Disliked — the parking garage
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Olney, Maryland
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Reviewed November 16, 2007

My husband and I stayed at the Whaler Nov. 17 thru 27th 2006. This was the best vacation we have ever had! The Whaler is so convenient to everything and the beach is breath-taking. The rooms need a little TLC, but it did not change our over-all experience at all. The staff is very friendly and the rooms are very large. I especially loved the lanai, the view of the ocean, etc.. was incredible.

  • Liked — The lanai
  • Disliked — Needs updating
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 13, 2007

We stayed at the Whaler in room 514 of tower two, (a studio with an ocean view). We loved the room, the condo building and the beach in front. The room had a full kitchen (separated with a breakfast bar) big bath and shower area, a large area near the door to hang clothes and stow snorkel gear and a safe, large living area with table and 4 chairs, a king size bed, large couch and TV area too. The balcony (or lanai as it's called in Hawaii) had a nice view of the ocean (not a full on ocean view) but from the table on the balcony you see a large portion of the ocean and part of the island of Molokai. The balcony table and chairs were all high so the view was not obstructed by the railing. We read in the comment book in the room, that during whale season, people can see whales from the balcony while having coffee. The bed was comfortable but more on the softer side (each room is furnished by the owners so a different room may have had a firmer bed). The oven had a few issues but the stove top worked fine as did the rest of the kitchen appliances. Parking in the parking garage was never a problem and we always found space. The room did show it's age in a few areas but not in an icky way. We were very comfortable in the room and felt it was quite spacious. The beach area was plenty big for setting up chairs in the sun, the pool area was small. One warning for families with smaller children, the beach is very steep and the waves crash right at the edge of the water and within a few feet you are in water that's well over 6 ft deep. I never touched bottom and couldn't begin to guess how deep it was. I would have been afraid to let young children play in the ocean here. Further up the beach, (10 min walk) by the Sheraton and black rock, the ocean was a bit more kid friendly. All the beaches are public even in front of hotels and the Sheraton will rent chairs and umbrellas and cabanas even if you aren't a hotel guest. The snorkeling at black rock was awesome - you can see sea turtles and tons of fish.

  • Liked — the spacious room , ability to cook and beautiful views from the balcony
  • Disliked — I would have liked a better ocean view after having paid extra ,for an ocean view room,
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Des Moines
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Reviewed November 13, 2007

The Whaler is a condominium facility that also rents rooms, and the rates are very reasonable for this area, you are right between two beautiful hotels that charge 20-30% more for the same view, and same beach access. Of course the Sheraton is 4-star with super fancy decor, but the Whaler is at least 3-stars, the service is excellent, housekeeping was good, the room was clean and had EXCEPTIONAL views of both the oceans and mountains. The beach area is pristine, it was a very nice stay, good kitchen facilities and amenities.

Pluses:
Great views, very reasonable, next to good restaurants and shopping, on a beautiful beach, access to good snorkeling, clean, outstanding spa treatments. Front desk staff was very friendly and helpful.

Negatives:
Towel service is lame, especially is at is at a sunglasses stand with a guy constantly trying to sell you stuff. Waves were rough and high this week, but that was supposedly unusual. Pool is marginal, definitely for old ladies and the sunning crowd, not so great for kids. The nearby hotels had far nicer pool areas if you have little kids. We forgot to tip the cleaning staff one day and came back to a messier room than usual. Parking garage is nasty, if it rains you can look forward to walking through puddles even though it is underground.

Summary: If you can deal with bad parking, an average pool, and annoying towel services (also facilities are totally smoke free), the views are totally worth the price, the in room kitchen facilities are modern, and the spa is really good.

  • Liked — Great Spa Service and Kitchen setup
  • Disliked — Parking Garages & Pool Setup
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
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BostonKim
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Reviewed November 8, 2007

My husband and I recently stayed at the Whaler unit 661 on Ka'anapali beach for our wedding. We enjoyed it very much! Booking through the owners definitely saves a lot of money and allows you to look at pictures of the specific unit.

Thoughts on our unit:

Pros:
- LOCATION! (amazing price considering its smack in the middle of Ka'anapali beach, right next to Whaler's village with shops and restaurants)
- View (has a wonderful view on the lanai)
- Very clean (didn't see any bugs, etc)
- Bed (very comfortable)
- Fabluous BBQ areas (we never had trouble getting them, no reservations, alcohol allowed)
- Full kitchen and huge walk in closet
- Unit is stocked with plenty of towels, fan, ironing board, extra tp, etc. (there is also a safe)

Possible Cons (depending on your needs / preferences):
- Not luxury (if you're looking for granite countertops and stainless steel, look elsewhere)
- No washer / dryer in unit, though there is one for the floor
- Kitchen supplies are all there, but not high quality (dull knives, etc)

Many of my family members stayed at the Ka'anapali Ali, which was much more luxurious than the Whaler, but we felt very at home in our unit. The staff were all very helpful and kind.

The parking garage really wasn't bad (it was all open when we were there in 10/07) and they provide shopping carts at the elevators in case you're bringing in a large load to your unit - very convenient!

Snorkeling at Black Rock was incredible, but go early b/c it gets busy by 9am.

Fees were not as high as I expected from renting through owner: $50 resort fee first day and $5 each remaining day and $12/day for parking (can come and go).

Stayed October 2007
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Property: Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
Address: 2481 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Lahaina
#5 Romantic Hotel in Lahaina
#7 Family Hotel in Lahaina
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach 3.5*
Number of rooms: 360
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This exclusive luxury condominium boasts an idyllic location on Maui's famous Kaanapali Beach across from two championship golf courses and minutes from Lahaina. Each spacious unit features a full kitchen and a spectacular view. A beachfront pathway and private access allows guests easy entry to adjacent Whalers Village's 65 shops and restaurants. Please be advised of these changes to the daily resort fee at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach. These changes will go into effect April 1, 2017. - Any new reservations booked for travel April 1, 2017 – May 31, 2017, will be subject to a resort fee of $17.00 plus tax per day. - On June 1, 2017, Daily Amenity Fee increases to $20. This applies to ALL reservations staying through these dates, regardless of when they booked the reservation. ... more   less 
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