The Mauian Hotel on Napili Beach
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... channels between towering coral heads. We were a little apprehensive as the search and rescue forces were on hand when we arrived. They were searching for a missing snorkeler and had employed a helicopter and a jet ski in the search. We went out anyway and had a great snorkel, although we were briefly concerned when we found a stray mask on the bottom in a coral canyon. ...
... it was done we walked back down the beach to the hotel and hung out for a few minutes before heading to the reception, which was at the other end of the beach. We had our own private patio and ate amazing food overlooking the ocean. After that we went back to the hotels and stayed up til 2am talking and revelling in the great day we all had. It was truly an honour to be asked to be in the wedding. Breeyn and I are trying to drink it all in while we ...
... each town with its little churches, . We drove the narrow single lane Hana highway along the coast, through an endless botanical garden, and carefully crossed many many single lane bridges. . Lots of waterfalls and pools to see. The little town of Hana was a great spot to spend the night and let my mind settle down after the endless curving roadways. The next day we drove the remainder of the loop around the 9,000 + foot ...
... parties. It was the only hotel until the 1950's.Today the drunken whalers who once wandered through these streets have been replaced by tourists crowding in this small 1 mile stretch of town.
As the temperatures rose to the mid 80's we headed back to the condo for some pool time. The wind, again today, was very strong and whipping up the sand on the beach. We ended our pool time at the Hula Grill for some fruity beverages. ...
... down the road. It was absolutely beautiful!! There was a man-made tide pool which, at high tide, was full with water about a foot deep. It was great for the 5-year old I'm here to babysit for, especially because there is a real beach right next to it, so when he got bored we could go play in the waves. Also, I was pleased to realize that there really weren't any tourists at this beach! It was almost all locals (which is how you know it's a good beach). I love getting the insider ...
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We Just got back from the Mauian and we loved it. We have stayed at all the big resorts on Maui including the Hyatt and Grand Wailea. What those resorts lack is a personal feel. At the Mauian we quickly became acquainted with most everyone there, The grounds are spotless and the beach is beautiful. We loved the vintage feel and our cottage had a fully equipped kitchen. The best part was the Thursday night get togethers in the Ohana Room complete with entertainment and free Mai Tais. Everyone brought snacks and the two gentlemen that entertained were excellent, even got some of the guests dancing. Biggest complaint however were the paper thin walls. Two little kids next door woke up every night crying and screaming and the parents never once apologized, all our neighbors complained about the lack of sleep. We didn't expect quite so many families with small children there, definitely not a honeymoon place. We will go back in a heartbeat, but will check who the next door neighbors are first!
We Adored The Mauian
Just returned from Maui and just adored The Mauian. Thought the island to be overpriced and overdeveloped but could escape back in time at this wonderful slice of 1950's Hawaii. Grounds and motel were very well kept. The staff works hard to make sure everything is spotless. Great large lanai. Small sparkling clean pool (which was usually empty) with a terrific beach just steps away. Very quiet and no kids when we were there; very mature adults (i.e., mostly retired) were the norm. Not a hot party spot; lights were out by 10 p.m. Heard a rumor while we were there - new owners and changes may be afoot (hope they don't demolish the ole' gal). So happy we found The Mauian. It truly is a unique treasure!
We stayed at the Mauian in March, 2004 for 6 nights and loved it. It's right on the beach and the way the rooms are situated (very late 50's-early 60's kind of feel, almost a horshoe shape) encourages guests to chat with one another. Positives: near beach, family friendly, casual, walking distance from a couple of restaurants (one reasonable place for breakfast/lunch, one fancy place for dinner), short drive from a small shopping center with a grocery store, mellow, relaxed, very non-resort like, clean, relatively inexpensive, kitchenette was convenient to have, friendly staff, free morning snacks, shuffleboard in great condition. Drawbacks: rooms are small, no bathtubs, overall on the ticky tacky side if that bothers you, no ocean view from within most if not all rooms, pool was tiny and kind of lame, and no gate around the pool so you really have to watch your kids. Also, a storm had eaten up a lot of the beach but I think sand comes and goes depending upon the seasons. Definitely not a fancy place but we are not fancy people so we really liked it. Much more intimate and "real" than the big resorts. I recommend it but don't go with inflated expectations; it's an extremely low key place.
Not only was this our first trip to Maui, but it was our daughter's wedding destination. First, and foremost, the pristine, crescent shaped beach made for an excellent walk each morning. Surpassed only by the gentle passing of humpback whales every morning and most early evenings. Snorkling right off the beach at a small, but lively reef was extremely popular with our crowd of 30! And, not to miss around the corner -- the reef that is filled with sea turtles of every size.The staff at the Mauian Hotel was professional, courteous, accomodating and friendly. They went above our expectations in helping make my daughter's wedding a very special time. Not only were they accomodating to us, but at the same time were able to insure that their other guests were equally taken care of.The rooms were exceptionally clean, and with the cool breezes, not even my husband missed his air conditioning. We also loved that there was not a telephone or televison in our room...so rare is it anymore, that we are able to really get away from it all and enjoy such simple beauty.We definitley planning on coming back for another visit...but perhaps next time...it will be just the two of us :) Aloha & Mahalo to all of the staff at The Mauian ---Marsha & Bob
Pleasant Hotel..but if you have no kids....
The Mauian Hotel is on a very nice beach and we stayed there a few weeks ago mostly based on the reviews that we read. The rooms were clean and the breakfast was great with fresh fruit every morning. We thought it would be very quiet; however, most nights we were awakened by a baby crying in the room below us and every night we were disturbed by kids playing and shouting at the pool which was just below our window. If you go with no kids and you are looking for quiet, ask for a room in the building closest to the beach. Also don't expect a shower with any pressure! Have fun, we did!
We stayed at the Mauian for two nights in late Jan 04. The rooms are clean, breezy, very efficent. Great to have a full kitchen. THe beach is RIGHT there. And great snorkeling. Go to breakfast at the place down the beach to the left (your back is to the Mauian). Next time we'll go for longer - get groceries etc in town & just plant ourselves there.
Great friendly staff. Good breakfast. Because of job stuff, we needed to be able to cancel our reservation w/o penalty a few days in advance.
If you book thru expedia you pay a higher rate but have a few day cancellation policy. Worth it for us. This is low key mellow hawaii at its best -- we loved it. Lots of families and children but their is lots of space for everyone. A really great place at an incredible price.
A retro treasure
We spent 4 nights at the Westin in Ka'anapali in Jan 04, a beautiful but impersonal large hotel. Our last night in Maui we moved north to this retro treasure. My husband and I fell in love with it on sight. I wish we'd had much more time to enjoy it. The atmosphere is right out of the small-town, 1960's era. The clerk who checked us in was warm and welcoming, every other guest greeted us, and the beach is perfect.
There is no air conditioning, no TV, and no telephone. The sliding door to the lanai didn't appear to lock. These are not negative comments -- it felt like a return to a simpler, more innocent time. Highly recommended.
What a deal! This little gem is wonderful. It's not fancy, but it offers everything you need. The rooms are small, but I didn't feel confined as the outdoor lanai feels just like an extension to the room.
I have been all over Maui and the Napali Bay is the most beautiful and serene beach on Maui! It is absolute paradise!! The trade winds are just right and the view is magnificent! The hotel is simple. This is by no means a negative. It has everything you need, from pots and pans, dishes, flatware, down to a pitcher for Mai Tais or Koolaid. The rooms are adequate in size for two adults and are very clean. Each has a lanai (I would recommend the second floor for the breathtaking view) where you can sit and enjoy the view and the breeze. None of the rooms has a TV or telephone which I did not miss at all. Who comes to Hawaii to watch TV or talk on the telephone?! I have a cell phone so if I had to make a call and I did( I made it from the beach with waves sounding in the background)I just used my cell phone at my discretion. The hotel provides pool and beach towels, beach chairs and there is a grill right next to the beach. There is a snorkel shop about 200 yards down the beach where you could rent snorkel and boogie board gear. The hotel provides a continental breakfast every morning with the freshest fruits and juices and tasty breads. Coffee is also provided. You can eat it there or take it back to eat on the lanai with the tray and coffee cups the hotels provides for every room. There is a restuarant right on the beach. All you have to do is walk right off the beach into the restuarant a cool drink and lunch or dinner. The attire is beach casual, so there no going home to get all dressed up. But if want to do that all you have to do is travel about a mile or two up the road to several fancy restuarants at Kapulua. The Bay Club, Ritz-Carlton, etc.
The Mauian is by FAR the most relaxing, get away from it all, simplest place on earth. To my wife and me, it is the happiest place on earth. It is located on Napili Beach, the most perfect crescent shaped, non-popular beach on Maui. Shhh, don't tell! We all have stressful lives, busy days, and on the go; at the Mauian, you can be yourself, you can be quiet, read your book, and EVERYBODY that walks by says hello. The complementary breakfast in the morning has to be the best way to wake up. The best fresh coffee, fresh baked breads and muffins, and the freshest fruit available...this was so fun. And, a night or 2 a week, they trow a party for the vacationers around the pool, and this is a great way to meet others as well. It might not be the Ritz of the Four Seasons, but that is not what I want when I go on vacation, and I take alot of them! Don't expect marble counter tops or room service; my god, you are in Maui, get out and get it yourself, but you will want to get back and relax 2 steps from the beach and watch sunsets with your newly found friends!. Oh, and the barbecues are on the beach, so buy a steak or get some fish and share hot coals with someone and eat it on the beach. This place brings a smile to my face. Thanks.