Kaanapali Condo Rental Photos and Description
Condo, Studio + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)
Available all year except the weeks of Christmas and New Years.
1 week increments, no partial weeks.
The Westin Ka'napali Ocean Resort Villas is located on the #1 ranked beach (on 'America's Best Beaches' list for 2003) on Maui's west end. The resort is right next to 'Ali'i Kahekili Nui Ahumanu Beach Park' (known by many names such as just Kehekili Beach, Airport Beach and North Ka'anapali Beach) and stretches all the way to Black Rock. This is a wonderful beach for snorkeling, swimming, whale watching (in season), and splashing in the waves.
The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villa (North and South)is a luxury resort with lots of amenities and heavenly sleep beds. You can Google 'Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas North' to view all the amenities and services they offer (and there are a lot).
The resort is kid friendly. My 9 year son took surf lessons last year and had a great time with a wonderfully skilled instructor (they use long boards which are pretty stable). The year before, he went SNUBA diving (like SCUBA but the tank floats on an inflatable raft and sends air through a long tube to you) and also had a wonderful time. You can try SNUBA for free in the resort's pool in the morning. For smaller children, there is a Kid's Club on the premises, children's pool, and a pirate ship complete with a water canon. For older children and adults, the water slides are fun!
My wife and I love snorkeling the best - the coral gardens are the most colorful and beautiful that I've seen anywhere on Maui. You can snorkel with lots of colorful fish, beautiful reef life (eels, crabs, spiny urchins, mullusks, etc), and there are often Sea Turtles. Last year we saw two Sting Rays and several octopuses. But don't touch the mullusks (cone shells) - they can inflict a painful sting if you pick them up and they are feeling grouchy that day. And of course, keep your distance from a Sting Ray. A small hike will bring you to Black Rock where the snorkeling is also excellent and there are usually lots of sea turtles. In the evening you can sometime see Spinner Dolphins jumping in the channel between Molaki and Lani (but you can see them up close using the Pacific Whale Foundation tour).
If you have a younger child, then you might want to consider a trip to “baby beach”. It is almost completely enclosed by a reef with an inlet on the north side and an outlet on the south side. Wave action is greatly reduced by the reef wall to just a small trickle of water (when the tide is not high). As a result, the waves are not intimating, the water gets as warm as a bath tub and there are lots of little fishes. This is where I taught my son to snorkel (he was 5 at the time). He was so excited when he saw a squid just floating in front of him that he overcame any fear of the snorkel and being underwater. And the park has shade trees! The Hawaiian name for 'baby beach' is Honokawai Beach Park. Just take Highway 30 North (Honoapiilanai Highway) about two traffic lights after the Westin and turn left onto Lower Honoapiilanai Road; it will take you right too it. The beach park will be on your left. There are also picnic facilities and a small shopping strip right across the road.
We've been to Maui many times and found that a rental car usually sits unused for the majority of the time we are here. So on our last trip, we rented a car for only the last few days of our vacation.
When we first arrived we took a shuttle from the airport directly to the Westin Resort Ocean Villa. Thereafter, we used local shuttles to Whaler's Village and to Lahaina Town to see a live performance at the Hawaiian Theatre (Ulalena), shop for souvenirs, buy groceries and/or dine out. We generally made breakfast, lunch and dinner in the studio and occasionally went to a restaurant at night (the resort itself also has a very fancy restaurant with world class chefs). We rented a car from Avis West (they even picked me up) for the last few days of our vacation to tour the north end of the island (to watch the 15 foot waves), hike, listen to native noseflute music, go out to dinner out on the last night, and drove to the airport the next morning to drop off the car and catch our flight home (note that Avis West charged us $40 extra to drop the car off at OGG but it was worth it).
But if this is the first time you are here, a rental car will allow you to do all the activities more conveniently (sunset cruise, Hula feasts, parasailing, hiking, horseback riding, submarine rides, and visiting the rainforest and its many waterfalls/black pools).
There are two on-site restaurants including a pool bar/grill next to the beach, a BBQ area, and a small kiosk where you can purchase groceries if you forget something at Safeway :-) I especially liked the computer room (in the South Villa) and didn't have to lug my laptop. The computer room can accommodate 2 people and is free to use but it is first come first served. Your use is limited to 1/2 hour if there are people waiting.
And in the evening you can watch the spectacular sunsets and then take in a free outdoor movie on the resort lawn. The lawn movies are once a week so don't miss it.
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair accessible
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- non smoking only
- children welcome
Sorry, this not Maui...its Paris - but it is the latest photo :-) I have designed many generations of x86 processors for Intel (including Pentium). I put in many hours and recently left the work force to be with my family and to be there as my son grows up. I also teach computers at the local elementary school (two days a week for all of second and third grade classes) to give back to the community.
James purchased this condo in 2007
Why James chose Kaanapali
I purchased this property for two reasons. Maui is a beautiful and diverse island. There is a rain forest on the east side of the island and beautiful sunny beaches at Ka'anapali. Ka'anapali has sand beaches without the sharp lava stones that are on some south Maui beaches. The island is not over built and yet not too rustic. When we purchased my son was about 9 months old and we wanted to be close to good health facilities and pediatricians (my son has asthma and severe allergies). The second reason, is Kaanapali is fun for the whole family because of all the activities available. But importantly, my son's health always improves after a week or two in Maui. He is more active, the air is clean and fresh, the ocean is fun (boogey boarding and splashing), and there are lots of friendly children he meets and plays with on the beach.
What makes this condo unique
One of the most unique benefits of this property is that you are right on the ocean at one of the best snorkeling beaches and fantastic sunsets! You don't have to drive to the beach or hunt for parking places. The pool side bar/grill is very convenient. The shuttle services to Whaler's Village and Lahaina are good when you want to shop around. If you're in Lahaina on front street - stop in at the little model ship store. It has great wooden models of 17th & 18th century sailing ships at prices much less than other places. I never bought one but they are very fascinating to look at :-) Bubba Gump restaurant is also there and has great shrimp dishes at reasonable prices.