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The Kapalua Bay Villas - Elegance at its best

Your own private getaway in the heart of Kapalua
November 30, 2017


Living on Maui is double the bliss. The island is your home and a home on Maui is like your own private getaway. The utterly gorgeous West Maui condo, 14B3-4 at the Kapalua Bay Villas, provides that escape and then some. At 1700 square feet, this Kapalua Bay condominium affords more than enough space to soak and bathe in pure island luxury. The enclosed lanai adds to the square footage, the panoramic view of the Pacific offering a keen incentive to call this place home.

This two-story oceanfront villa is furnished with all new Fleetwood décor; furnishings to liven the space while preserving the spaciousness of a comfortable and inviting home. The gentle overhead lighting ensures that artificiality won’t get in the way of Maui’s natural beauty. The floors are lined with Italian ceramic tile like a cool white sand beach on the toes, and the entire space is accentuated by eye-catching cherry cabinets and dressers. The extravagance extends to the bathrooms which are fully decked out with dual sinks and walk-in showers perfect for washing off after a long day at the beach.

The winding staircase leads to an intimate living area with a more personalized balcony for quieter moments – a getaway within a getaway. The space overlooking the living room below guarantees room for privacy while keeping you within reach of all the excitement. Kapalua Bay Villas resides in that sweet spot. Kapalua Beach is but a few minutes away, along with a coastal trail for those invigorating morning strolls. The property is also home to the famous Cliff House, a local and tourist hotspot overlooking the stunning Namalu Bay. With heated pools, tennis courts, and a quaint recreation area, Kapalua Bay Villas offers plenty of opportunity for some well-earned fun in the sun.

There are no shortages of fine dining in the area either. Sea House and Merriman’s are prime spots for beachfront dining located at the tail end of the coastal trail. Pineapple Grill and Cane & Canoe are even closer along with Sansei’s down the road to satisfy those sushi cravings.

There’s lots to love about this ocean-view villa. The Kapalua Bay Villas are famed for offering the perfect blend of luxury and island living. Millions of people leave their homes and flock to Maui every year for vacation. You deserve more than a hotel stay, so why not choose a place where the two are one and the same? After all, the perfect Maui home is a vacation in its own right. Contact me to schedule a showing of this luxurious Kapalua property today!

Humpback Whales Return to Maui

The annual migration to Maui has arrived!
November 18, 2017


Not very many things can get people excited for winter. Unless you’re in Hawaii where you don’t have to worry about blizzards or snow, let alone the cold. Winter continues to be pure tropical bliss on the islands, something that attracts all sorts of visitors, including humpback whales. Fresh off their summer feeding frenzy in the North Pacific, humpbacks make the 4-6-week trek to the islands for winter breeding (suddenly a 6-hour flight doesn’t sound so bad). Hawaii’s year-round subtropical climate makes it the perfect environment for their breeding purposes, so year after year, humpback whales seek refuge in Hawaii’s warm weather and honestly, who can blame them?

Humpback whales specifically seek out the shallow waters of the Au’au channel west of Maui to birth and raise their calves, which makes the shores of Maui front-row seating to check out these gargantuan creatures in their natural habitat. Hawaii is a sanctuary for the once endangered humpback whales, meaning they are protected by law – allowing whales the peace of existence and visitors the safety of observation.

Whales can be seen spouting and breaching all along South Maui, from Wailea through the beach parks along South Kihei Road (there’s even a statue of a humpback at Kalama Park for a keen photo opportunity). Those enamored with history can stop by the Visitor Center and check out the exhibits and archives or sit down for a lecture by marine biologists. 

The Pali highway is the perfect vantage point as the coastal elevation makes their breaching pectoral fins easier to spot. Humpbacks surface every 10 to 15 minutes to breathe, while calves do so every 3-5 minutes. Calves are still developing their motor skills and tend to frolic and play along the surface, so keep your eyes peeled. Don’t forget to stop in Lahaina – the whaling capital of the 1800s. A drive down Front Street will give tourists a sense of the significant role whales have had in Maui’s history.

Of course, the only way to get an up-close encounter is to go on a whale-watching tour and Maui has no shortage of them. These boat tours cruise right along the Au’au channel, so you are guaranteed a sighting. Legally, these charters can only get within 100 yards of any spotted whales and must shut off their engines to allow for safe, uninterrupted passage. It’s up to the whales if they want to get closer, which they often do in a phenomenon known as “whale mugging.” Visitors tend to get their money’s worth on such occasions.

Hawaii Ocean Project and Makai Adventures come equipped for these encounters to maximize the experience: 360-degree observation decks, onboard hydrophones to listen in on the songs whales sing to each other, and extension poles for anyone sporting GO Pros for the ultimate selfie. Ultimate Whale Watch provides a more intimate viewing experience (no more than 12 people per raft) which you can enjoy without the encumbrance of crowds. Elsewhere, Pacific Whale Foundation offers both group and personalized tours led by marine biologists. Booking through them also contributes to their cause (half of the fee goes to the on-going whale research).

Maui Sailing Canoe and Hawaiian Paddle Sports offers thrill-seekers the chance to paddle out and meet the whales themselves, accompanied by seasoned voyagers. These kayaking and canoe tours come highly recommended as there is less disturbance on the waters, meaning visitors can expect a much closer look than boats can permit. Even if whale-watching isn’t your thing, almost any boat charter during peak season doubles as a whale-watching tour. Insider tip: early morning snorkel charters tend to squeeze in time for a mini-whale watching session. Arriving a little early never hurts.

Sunrise or sunset, there really is no ideal time of day to get the most out of whale watching. Only the right time of year, and the best place to view them (such as from the lanai of your Kapalua home or Kaanapali condo.) With up to 10,000 humpback whales migrating to Hawaii over the course of the season, it’s not a question of whether you will see them, but how many you can. Tis the season, so what are you waiting for?

Jo Dorner's Top 3 Oceanfront Kapalua Listings

Luxury condos located at Kapalua Resort's Bay Villas
October 31, 2017

Jo Dorner's Top 3 Oceanfront Kapalua Listings

Kapalua has it all. Spectacular views, convenient access to resort amenities, relaxed luxury living and so much more. Within the heart of Kapalua Resort’s immaculate 23,000 acres there’s Kapalua Bay Villas, a 16 acre gated community featuring some of the finest condominiums in West Maui. Each unit located on this property offers amazing oceanfront views, and are within close proximity to two world class golf courses, award winning restaurants, a coastal hiking trail, resort shuttle, three white sand beaches, pools, BBQ’s and a tennis facility. This week’s blog showcases some of the best oceanfront listings that can be found at the Kapalua Bay Villas.

Unit 20B4 at Kapalua Bay Villas I features one bedroom and one bath with over 1,000 square feet of living space and fantastic ocean views. Kitchen upgrades include all new cabinetry, granite countertops and brand new appliances. This condo is conveniently located steps away from Oneloa Beach, the pool and the tennis courts.

Also at Kapalua Bay Villas I, there’s 23B1, less than a month on the market and ready for a scheduled viewing! This remodeled gem offers breathtaking outer island views in a one bedroom, one bath condo. It has been exceptionally maintained and has recently been enhanced with upgrades including new LED lighting for the kitchen, living room and bathroom, new furniture, fresh paint, and an upgraded entertainment center.

Last, but not least, there’s 30B2 at Kapalua Bay Villas II, a one bedroom, one and a half bath with 1,190 square feet of living space built in a townhouse style unit that features two lanais with impeccable views. Unit is being Sold “as is” and has had only one owner.

Kapalua Resort living is ideal for individuals looking to relax, unwind and play in paradise. Interested in this community? Contact Jo Dorner at 1-808-276-9015 to learn more.

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