Outrigger Napili Shores
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... served fresh cinnamon buns and pineapple juice to hold off hunger and scurvy.
Upon arrival to Lana'i we walked over to the beach and set up camp for the day. The snorkeling was excellent and we spotted several new species of fish and a spiny lobster. The water clarity was amazing. Unfortunately we ran into school of jellyfish which kind of freaked Myra out even if they weren't stinging today. The spinner dolphins ...
... there but not huge so we went for it, Bryan is so skilled...we made our way out to some reefs hoping to see amazing things but honestly we've seen better but we did swim with a few turtles and Bryan was able to touch one of them the turtle dove down when I got there it was still really cool. The journey into shore was wild, I'm not typically a nervous person but there were so many rocks and a strong current and huge surf so ...
... the former homes of early missionaries, prisons built for rowdy sailors and the largest banyan tree in the U.S., covering an acre. We drove along the coast through Maalaea where the non coast side was very arid, rugged and stony and undeveloped. There was a wind farm here as the prevailing winds from the north are funnelled between the mountains. As we drove over the low isthmus separating the mountain masses of west and ...
... a local. There were so many delicious meals that were NOT expensive that I guess my expectations for a $40 entree were elevated. On our next trip, we will find the local spots for the freshest rawest fish out there and that should keep me well satisfied. And hopefully next time it's not just virgin daiquiris!
We ended the evening sitting poolside listening to live Hawaiian music and watching a Hula performance. A perfect ending to a perfect day..
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Outrigger Napili Shores Lahaina
We have stayed a Napili Shores for 8 years. And we hope to go there again. The Sunsets are GREAT The people that we met there are Great.
The Outrigger folks are Great. The grounds are kept Perfect. It is a Perfect Vacation. Joe & Dee
Our family had the pleasure of staying at the Napili Shores Resort in July of 2002. We stayed in a 1BD ocean view condo. The resort is oceanfront on a rocky point right next to a gorgeous sandy beach. There are several two-story buildings from the lobby down to the ocean, about 150 units. This is not the Hyatt or Ritz-Carlton, but to us it was paradise! It has a very relaxing feel and is generally very quiet except in the afternoon at the heated pool and jacuzzi in the back. The grounds are beautiful with a koi pond, two pools and a jacuzzi. They have both gas and charcoal (byo)barbecues to choose from on the grounds. The grounds are very well maintained, in fact one of our complaints is some of the upgrades and maintenance done during our stay were sometimes inconvenient. They provide beach/pool towels and maid service every 3 days. They have a weekly "mai tai party" which is actually a wonderful Hawaiian show with all ages of polynesian dancers. There is a great restaurant at the oceanfront pool, "The Gazebo" for breakfast and lunch. Go early to avoid the line! They have awesome Banana Macademia Nut pancakes! The staff was wonderful and very accomodating. They allowed us to check in very early, switching us from the original unit to give us a ground floor, non-smoking that we wanted. I was given such a warm welcome and a backpack of goodies through Outrigger for my children. The rooms are studios or one bedrooms all with full kitchens and lanais. Our 1BD condo used day beds instead of sofa sleepers which to us was wonderful. (Our kids don't do well in the same bed!) It wasn't huge, but was very clean and had most everything you would need in the kitchen. We had a 1st floor unit which was nice to be able to walk right out onto the grounds, and deposit boogie board and snorkel gear on the lanai upon our return. The location was north of where most everything is, except the Kapalua Golf Course and the Honolua preserve for snorkeling. It was about an hour to south Maui when we visited that area, about 20 minutes to Kaanapali and 25 minutes to Lahaina. There is a great market, The Napili market nearby, as well as Snorkel Bob's and Boss Frogs for beach gear. The beach was pretty and had good snorkeling in places there too. There were a fair amount of people in the middle of the day, but not really crowded. If I could have it all, I would wish for a longer beach to go for walks on. This is a great resort for families, seniors, couples; almost everyone except singles and young couples looking to see and be seen!
We spent three weeks at Napili Shores a few years ago, and everything was fantastic. There were two of us in a 1 bedroom oceanview on the second floor. Although we had a bedroom, we slept in the living room with the sliding door open--trade winds and the sound of the ocean, sigh...We booked a 1br because of the lengh of our stay (we didn't want to be looking at our luggage for so long), but the studios are nice too (I'd book an oceanfront, ground floor if I were going for just a week)The staff was so kind, they helped us when we needed it, left us alone when we didn't. Groceries are nearby (we hit Costco as well on our way from the airport--we'd been to Maui a few times before and knew this was our best gameplan), BBQ grills are handy and so is the parking. Napili Bay is a wonderful place to spend a lazy day and the sand is only a few steps away (the property is on the rocks, at ocean's edge, at the edge of the bay). Honokeana Cove (sp?) is just on the other side of the hotel, and although there is no beach, it has FANTASTIC snorkeling, and if you are meant to see sea turtles, this is the place. A plus for this property, no matter what room, there is little, if any noise from the street. I've stayed at other condos in Kahana and in Honokowai, and although they were oceanfront, we could hear every car and motorcycle that passedby at night because they were on the main drag. it really takes away from the romance of the quiet Maui night. Sleeping with the air on and the windows closed is something I can stay home and do! Napili Shores isnt fancy or upscale, but it's a perfect place to stay in my opinion.
My husband and I bought our vacation packages (airfare + hotel + car rental) from expedia, which is much cheaper than normal daily rate of $170 for studio with garden view. We did a lot of research before we decided where to stay. Basically if there is any negative review about any hotel/resort, we rejected it. Napili Shores Resort is the one with lower cost and all good reviews. It turns out to be exactly what we expected: well-located, nice and quiet beach, clean and neat rooms, beatiful swimming pools and landscape... We stayed there for five nights (May 22-27). We cooked several meals with groceries we bought from Costco. The kitchen is well equipped with salt, pepper, dish liquid, paper towels, and kitchen towels. We were told room sevice was provided every three days. But front desk is very friendly and you can get extra towels and garbage bags if needed. Napili is located in West Maui, five miles north of famous Ka'anapali, which is more well-known but too commercialized. I think I am very picky about where to stay for vacation, but I am very very happy with Napili Shores this time. We will definitely go for Napili Shores next time.
My husband, 2 year old daughter, and I stayed here for 10 nights May 7 - 17, 2003. We stayed in a 1-bedroom garden view condo. We knew we wanted to stay in Napili, because of its small-town feel and great kid-friendly beaches. The Outrigger Napili Shores was affordable, and with a toddler we definitely need a condo.The condo worked out very well for us. Generally, I like to stay in nice, upscale hotels, but when kids come along the priorities change a bit. Our condo was basic, but absolutely immaculate. It had updated furniture, appliances, linens, carpet, etc., and was perfectly clean. The bedroom was in the rear of the unit, with a full bath (a mini-tub and shower), full kitchen, and living room, then the lanai. The baby slept in the bedroom, because she's used to sleeping in a separate room with the door closed. The living room had 2 twin beds that served as sofas, too; we put those together and slept out there.The full kitchen was completely equipped with anything you might need to cook or bbq a nice meal. It was great.One caution: There is no air conditioning on this property. The bedroom and living room each had a ceiling fan. The first night seemed warm to me, but after that it was fine and we did not miss the a/c. I would not make this choice in the warmer summer months, though....but I am very heat-sensitive. We just slept with the sliding door wide open and enjoyed the cool breezes.The property is immaculate, just like the units. There were always people gardening and sweeping up. The 2 pools are simple but very nice. They also have very nice, modern bbq's available with picnic areas adjacent, all of which overlook the ocean. Maid service was every 2 days, but you can get towels more frequently if needed. We also called for trash pick-ups and they were very responsive.The garden views were really that; no units look at the parking lot. They all face the nice lawn and gardens, or the pool. We were steps away from the heated pool, which was great when the baby was napping. If you want to sdisappointed - we almost upgraded because the views were great.Napili Bay is about a 50 yard walk away. It was a good beach for kids, but not great; the beach is a little steep to lay out a blanket, and there were some small waves. Nearby Kapalua bay is better for the toddlers, and that's only a 2-minute drive away. However, for the 5+ kid set it would be great.The bay south of Napili Bay is a short walk the other way. There is no beach, but there is great snorkeling with lots of giant sea turtles.All in all, I recommend this property if you are looking to be away from the giant resorts and the crowds, but close enough to enjoy the restaurants, shopping, and activities in nearby Kaanapali and Lahaina.Aloha!!
Have you ever seen a brochure about a vacation resort and when you get there the resort does not meet your expectations? Well the Napili shores was the opposite. It was more beautiful than the brochure! The view, the coconut palms, the ocean, the shore, and especially the plumeria trees that ring around the rooms, were just breath taking. It was a real paradise. For a family on a budget but want a nice experience, this is the place. Full kitchen, nice beds, decor not overly done and the lanai is perfect for watching sunsets. Two pools are there for your swimming choices, the front, unheated next to the Gazebo restaurant is ideal for cooling off, and the garden pool is heated, ideal for the kids. Napili bay is a two minute walk, but for a better beach experience, get in the car, drive over to the Napili Kai, park and walk through an access tunnel, and head over to Kapalua beach. It is perfect for kids 7 and under with very little wave break and soft corral sand. I loved the Napili Shores and I will be back, hopefully next year. Till then, I will be dreaming of the mac nut pancakes with coconut syrup at the Gazebo restaurant.Mahalo Nui! Robert
Since 1979, we have stayed at just about every hotel on Kaanapali Beach, and condos all over the island. Napili Shores Resort (...) is our absolute, hands-down favorite! These are gorgeous privately-owned condos right on the ocean. There are only about 100 units that are rented out and professionally managed by Outrigger Resorts as if it were a hotel. It is the friendliest, best-run place we have ever stayed. It is only 2 stories, with lots of open space, lawns and barbeques. (A lot of other places are run-down high-rises.) The rates are very reasonable (ask what discounts are available when you call. The number is 888-859-7867 (Toll Free) or 808-669-8061 ). Right next to the resort is the absolute best snorkeling we have ever seen! You can swim with giant (friendly) sea turtles all day. And there is an incredible variety of fish and coral. (Just walk out to the shore, turn left and walk about 50 yards. Enter the water down an easy lava-rock walkway.) Most tourists have to pay a bunch for organized snorkel trips but this is right outside your door! And there is also a fantastic sand beach right there as well. In recent years we have stayed at Napili Shores almost exclusively, although we have tried some others and always come back. Incidentally, unlike most other places we have stayed, there is a modem port on the phones and no charge for local and 800 calls. So we can get even our email there! They have studios and 1 bedroom units. Some are right on the beach (but cost a little more). Some of the best restaurants on the island are in walking distance! In fact, the Gazebo Restaurant is on-site and is famous for their macadamia nut pancakes. It is a great spot to watch the whales breaching from January through March and is open for breakfast and lunch. Just up the block is world-famous Sensei restaurant. If you like Japanese food, holy cow! Get there for their "happy hour" starting at 5:30 pm -- but get there early -- there will be a line. The Sea House Restauon the bay. Roy's is only a minute drive away and is one of the best seafood restaurants in the world. The Ritz Carleton is just up the road and has some of the best (and most expensive!) restaurants on the island. The new sushi bar at the Ritz is very nice and reasonably priced. I'll be posting a review of lots of restaurants on Maui -- watch for it. (Hey, its a great excuse for eating out every night when we are there!) Just heard today: one of our absolute favorite restaurants in Lahaina is opening a new restaurant RIGHT ON NAPILI SHORES' PROPERTY! Stay tuned.If you are looking for a quiet, smaller, well-maintained and friendly spot to spend a week or two, try Napili Shores. It is no ka oi ("the best").And, if you go, write me and let me know about your experience. My address is: email@example.com. Aloha!
Love Napili Shores
We have been staying at different units at Napili Shores for about 15 years. The pools are great for swimming at night. I would fly to Maui just for the breakfasts at the Gazebo (outdoor restaurant at Napili). The fried potatos with Maui onions are to die for. The units are well equipped and one even had boogie boards for us to use. How thoughtful. The whale watching in season is not to be missed. I love this place and will return year after year.
this is a good alternative, when you can't afford the outrageous prices of the napili kai beach resort. Napili Shores is located on the southern end of beautiful Napili Bay - it faces the open ocean, with the cove full of turtles to it's left and napili bay to it's right. The Gazebo with it's outrageous breakfasts is located on the premises too! Condos are clean, comfortable and nicely furnished. Although, one must note, there is no air conditioning. There are ceiling fans are in each unit. Almost always, there is a cooling ocean breeze - so it was never uncomfortable. (we were there in June 2002). if you can - splurge for the ocean view or ocean front - however, you can't go too wrong with any of the rooms here. Helpful front desk, weekly mai-tai get-to-gether with hula show and contests....2 pools, 1 jacuzzi...but with Napili bay right there....who needs the pools?
Clean, Friendly Surroundings
This was our fourth stay on Maui and out of the other three condos we stayed at, we felt the most comfortable here. It was bug free, just enough space...not too small...very user friendly. There was maid service every third day of our stay, which meant fresh towels and bed linens. The Gazebo Restaurant was great for breakfast...order the Mac Nut Pancakes - short stack, it's their signature item. There are two swimming pools. Napili Bay is just steps away...great snorkeling and boogie boarding. The beach is also great for sunning and sunsets. Also, the Entertainment card is accepted here. (About 50% off of normal rates.)