The Gem of Maui

Rates: $230 / night (avg.)
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Bed types: K (sleeps 2)
Reviews: 4.87 (from 135 reviews)
Don't worry about picking the right Instagram filter—with views like these, you can opt for #nofilter. From its perch on the 10th floor of the Maui Kai at Ka'anapali, "Gem of Maui," a 1BR/1BA penthouse condo, offers panoramic ocean vistas that will take your breath away. It was love at first sight the first time we saw the views for ourselves - and we think you'll agree!

Of all the accommodations on all of the Hawaiian islands, Maui Kai at Ka'anapali is one of the closest to the water. Any closer and you'd be sleeping in the seaweed with the whales and turtles! In fact, every year, Molokai and Lanai host momma whales ready to birth their calves. And you'll get a front-row seat to the magic from this penthouse condo.


While the sights are definitely share-worthy, with a setting like this, you may want to just ignore your phone for a while. Settle into the lounger on the lanai to watch the turtles and whales zip through the emerald waters. Sitting at the 4-person patio table, it's almost like you're dining with them.

Even when you leave the beach, you don't have to leave the sights, sounds, and the smell of sea air: floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors connect the living room to the lanai, letting the ocean breezes blow through and creating a true indoor/outdoor space. There's also comfy couch and chair for relaxing after your day in the sun and sand.

Fall asleep to the soothing sounds of the crashing waves in the king bed, made up with elegant linens and bedding. The master also offers a 40" flat screen TV, plenty of storage space, and updated bathroom with walk-in shower.

Whether you're an at-home chef or a takeout aficionado, the fully-equipped kitchen has everything you need to cook (or re-heat restaurant leftovers). It's outfitted with full-size appliances, plus extras like a blender and mixer. Cooking up the most important meal of the day is a cinch with a coffeemaker, egg poacher, waffle iron, and muffin tin. Enjoy your meals at the 4-person table, where you can still see the ocean as you enjoy a home-cooked meal. Or grill out in the cabana area by the pool.


While other resorts nickel and dime, here there's free parking and NO RESORT FEES. The penthouse condo comes with a flat screen TV, stereo with iPod docking system, and complimentary WiFi.

The checklist of other awesome amenities stretches as far as the views: air conditioning, coin-operated washer/dryer outside your door, free parking, and ice maker.


Like the Zac Brown Band song says, you can have your toes in water and butt in the sand in just a few steps. The hotel sits right on the beach and we provide beach chairs, boogie boards, coolers, and towels for you to use during your stay.

Consistently rated one of the best beaches in the world, Ka'anapali Beach with three miles of soft, white sand and crystal-clear waters. Ka'anapali also is home to the open-air Whalers Village with oceanfront dining, shopping, and entertainment, including a cool whaling museum.

When you need to stock up on the essentials, Times grocery store is a just a 5-minute walk. Experience the food and culture of Hawaii at the farmers market, fish market, and local restaurants like Maui Grill Ka'anapali and Roy's, all just minutes away. Registration Number: TA-009-819-9552-01%2C+GE-009-819-9552-01%2C+2440011000076

The Gem of Maui Reviews

Jake B.
April 2023
We had an amazing trip. Condo is as advertised you’ll have phenomenal views everyday we saw turtles whales and a monk seal all from the lanai. We will definitely be coming back.

Domenique A.
March 2023
We stayed at this condo during whale season and, as the description says, it is the best spot for whale watching! The entire place is beautiful and clean with a spectacular view and access to the beach. The pool area is great too! There are 2 clean grills and a full kitchen. I highly recommend it!

Jane C.
March 2023
We found the unit to be comfortable and well equipped with all the essentials. The lanai put us front and center for great whale watching. We spent hours enjoying the breeze and the sounds of the surf. Amazing location.

February 2023
Amazing lanai! High top table is the best! Great king size bed. Very clean.

anna-mae e.
January 2023
We LOVED this place! Cathy’s description is 100% accurate! The unit had everything we needed and more - microwave, fridge, blender, air conditioning, bath towels (so soft), beach towels, beach chairs, umbrella, cooler, free parking, pool, hot tub, tv (which we didn’t use) and binoculars (which we used a lot). The only thing we needed was another pair of chopsticks to eat the poke we bought from Foodland. haha. Great location - short drives to Kapalua Bay Beach, Whaler’s Village and Lahaina. Steps away from the beach. Times market and food trucks were just down the street. But the best part was looking for whales right from the lanai during our breakfast and enjoying the sounds of the ocean waves each evening. We just left, but are already trying to figure out when we can go back!

Peter M.
January 2023
we could unfortunately only stay for 4 nights, but we thoroughly enjoyed it. watched MANY many whales play right in front of us on our last morning. we did not want to leave. many little things (binos, cooler...) helped us enjoy our stay to the fullest. great place: well appointed and clean.

January 2023
This condo is ideal for two people. Well appointed and the Lanai from which we saw any number of whales with morning coffee and evening cocktails is priceless.

Robert F.
November 2022
Nice quiet condo. Perfect for 2. Everything we needed was here for us

Rob W.
August 2022
The property is as advertised. The condo is very nice, convenient amenities. Access to local beach within short walk. Million dollar view from the lanai. Cathy the owner was very responsive to small problem and very easy to work with. She give very clear instructions and offers advice on things to do and where to eat. Thank you Cathy, we would love to return next year.

Jenna S.
May 2022
We loved our stay - easy to park and access, we spent every sunset on the balcony. Appreciated the chairs, umbrella, and cooler!

Sam W.
May 2022
This was a fantastic location with a great view. Big bedroom and big living room area. Good amenities in the building. Free and always available parking. I couldn’t get enough of the view and the sounds of the ocean right outside. Amazing host and amazing unit.

Jamie B.
May 2022
My husband and I stayed in this condo for a week and it was spectacular. First things first, the lanai has a gorgeous view of the ocean and neighboring islands. We spent hours outside, just enjoying the view and sound of the waves. The condo itself is well-appointed, with comfy furniture and all the basics you need, including towels, chairs, etc. for the beach. I'd also like to compliment Cathy on her outstanding communication. Everything was seamless and she answered questions almost immediately. We intend to come back and have every intention of staying here again. Highly, highly recommend.

Eduardo R.
April 2022
Good location, great ocean view, good neighborhood. Safe.

Jane P.
April 2022
The views from the balcony are stunning. Great location and well appointed. Would definitely stay there again.

Lisa S.
April 2022
Great place to relax and enjoy the view!

Megan O.
April 2022
We had a great 9 day stay at the end of March. The whale watching and relaxing on the lanai was such a highlight of our visit. The unit was well appointed and close to amenities. We would stay here again!

Keith B.
March 2022
Really enjoyed staying here. You can hear the waves!

Trude P.
March 2022
We had a fabulous stay. I'd like to stay in this unit on every visit to Maui. It was quiet and clean. We enjoyed the pool and the views were breath taking. As soon as we opened the door, we watched whales breeching like crazy. We also watched the turtles swim by. Amazing unit! Thank You!!!

Abhinav T.
February 2022
We had a great stay at Maui kai 1004. We didn't even need to go on a whale watching tour, We spend our mornings and evenings soaking in the sunshine on the lanai, seeing the whales breach and spotting turtles.

Molly W.
January 2022
This is a beautiful place to stay! My husband and I came to Maui for a four-night getaway before the holidays. The pictures are accurate - the view from the lanai is incredible! We sat in the mornings and evenings watching whales in the surf. And the sunsets were amazing! The location is fantastic - walking distance to Kaanapali Beach where you can snorkel right from the beach and there is also a little shopping center within walking distance for groceries and shaved ice and a group of food trucks that we utilized for dinner some of the evenings. It was very conveniently located, so nice to be able to walk to things. We highly recommend this spot and would absolutely stay at Cathy's place again!

Jennifer G.
September 2021
The only issue we had was finding the condo. The condo was very clean and the view from the balcony was breathtaking.

Scott S.
August 2021
Great location. Incredible view. Comfortable space.

Shelby M.
July 2021
Cathy was very communicative leading up to our visit, and the location was great for our trip. Can't beat the view from the balcony, it is the perfect getaway!

Breese P.
July 2021
If you are wanting to enjoying views of the ocean and hear the waves, this is the place! The condo was clean and had all the amenities you need- like a well stocked kitchen and excellent parking. There were some minor items that needed attention, but upon asking the owner, one was required building code and couldn’t be changed. The owner was very responsive. You really can’t beat the views- the sunsets were incredible!

Karen E.
December 2014
Our Lanai could not have been any closer to the ocean! We were blessed with beautiful weather, landscapes, activities, and accommodations. The condo was exactly as advertised. We were very pleased, finding the condo clean, well appointed, and in a convenient location! We stayed 4 days in Honolulu and 4 days in Maui, but wish we had spent a day less in Honolulu to have another day in our Maui paradise. We hope to be back again.

Linda B.
December 2014
My husband and I enjoyed our stay at the condo. The view was great and enjoyed watching the surfers. My only suggestion would be to have a taller table and chairs on the lanai so you do not look through the bars. Would recommend this condo for a great stay.

December 2014
My wife and I stayed at this beautiful condo for all of November. Can't beat the location or the view. We were actually 10' from the beach on the top floor. The owner was awesome to deal with. Try this place out. You owe it to yourself. We saw titles and spinner Dolphins and the whales were just coming in.

natalie h.
October 2014
My husband and I stayed at the Maui Kai for two weeks ( Sept 20-Oct 4, 2014) and it was perfect! The condo is on the 10th floor right on the water!! We spent hours on the lanai watching sea turtles, stingrays and other sea life! The location can not be beat. Beaches, shopping, restaurants, grocery stores, walking paths all nearby. The owners welcomed us with a Hawaiian gift basket when we arrived!! They emailed us before we came and provided us with detailed information, as well as providing us with a local contact number if necessary. The condo itself is very comfortable and has a fully equipped kitchen. Do not hesitate to rent this condo you will not be disappointed. It absolutely has the best views of any condo on the beach!

Kate M.
October 2014
We loved our stay at the Maui Kai. The unit was clean, spacious and had gorgeous views. It was everything we were looking for in our stay. We would definitely come back again!

James P.
September 2014
We really enjoyed our stay at Maui Kai. Our family included two adults and two kids. We watched fish and turtles from the lanai with the binoculars everyday. The room was cleaned and very well stocked. We had plenty of towels and even extras like boogie board and beach chairs. The staff was very friendly and helpful. My only suggestion would be a book with suggested activities and recommended dining. This was our first trip and some local information would be helpful. There was a gift basket waiting for us upon arrival which was a welcome surprise after a long flight. We will definitely recommend this property. Thanks again!

Brian B.
August 2014
We stayed in Cathy's unit at the Maui Kai in July 2014 and it was very nice. Beautiful oceanfront penthouse condo unit, with all of the amenities that you would need. We saw turtles right out the window, and sometimes just stayed and lounged right on the patio as it was so nice. The times supermarket and ABC store are both a block away and everything you need is right there. I would also recommend the little ONO tacos place store right next to the ABC store right close by. I would highly recommend this unit, and would like to go back sometime :)

julie h.
July 2014
Had a great stay at this condo. The views were amazing. There was snorkeling right out the door but the current right there may be a little strong for young kids. After a day on the beach in the sun, we also enjoyed barbequeing by the pool in the evenings. Everything was clean and in good condition. The whole complex was spotless and the staff was very friendly and helpful.

Mark C.
May 2014
Had a fantastic time staying at Cathy's beautiful beachfront Condo at the Maui Kai. Convenient Kaanapali location, very clean and well-maintained, and had everything for us to make our stay perfect. Will come back!

Carrie K.
April 2014
We had a great time at Maui Kai! So close to the Ocean but very quiet. We saw turtles, whales and dolphins right from the Lanai. The condo has binoculars and a conch shell horn to blow at sunset along with all of the neighbors in the complex. We will definately visit again and stay here.

Note: Vacancy calendar is approximate. Visit the owner/manager's reservation site to verify your dates.