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Did I mention how tough the time change is. I woke up at 3:30 a.m. Maui time. My body still thinks I'm in Michigan. It was nice when Jeff woke up at 4:00 am. so at tleast I had comany! We went to the store to pick up supplies, pick up Starbuicks (yea!), toured around the city of Lahaina and it was only 8:00 a.m. when we got back to the hotel.
The weather started out amazing and at 8:00 p.m. tonight its still ...
... ein Schnappschuss gelungen, als der Wal bereits wieder ins Wasser "plumste". Petra hat nur noch den Splash auf dem Foto :-) Aber wie schon gesagt, nicht das Foto sondern das Erlebnis zählt.
Am Abend haben wir das Old Láhaina Lú'au besucht. Ein Abend voller Hawaiianischer Traditionen. Mit einem Buffet voller regionaler Speisen und einer Hula Show. Zum Abschied haben wir noch ein kleines Präsent (Bananenbrot) erhalten.
... Share acitivity during our trip that can reduce some dollars. We did a Time share with the Wyndham Hotel group - all you need to do is spend like 1.5 hours talk session with the hotel group , there is no obligation to buy anything at the end of the talk. I would highly recommend to do this only if you have enough time in u'r trip and a very strong/firm person who will not fall for any sales :-). They say it's no obligation to buy but they are very good in marketting this. ...
... off shore. I told her I thought that she'd flagged me over to see the dolphins that I was sure I'd seen a few hundred feet off shore. The turtle had disappeared, but sure enough, there were dolphins out there jumping and spinning like mad. The guys that were snorkeling off of Black Point sure got a show, as did the people that were on the dolphin watching boats, since ours was pretty good from the shore. During all of this, a dark shape took form ...
... car and baggage in Maui, we needed to hit Costco to load up for the week. We learned our lesson last year - groceries are WAY cheaper at Costco than anywhere else that I've seen on the island. Fortunately they had some yummy local stuff, like Manapua and POG by the gallon for us to stock up on.
As we were driving out of Kahului, Samantha said, "Maui is so beautiful. Not like Honolulu." So true.
Rounding the southern part of West Maui, we looked out at ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Napili Kai Beach Resort Lahaina
A Classic Hawaiian Experience
We just celebrated our 20th Anniversary at this wonderful spot. It is a classic old Hawaiian resort, with ample amenities and services. The prices are great, especially when compared to so called 4 star resorts like the 4 seasons and Ritz Carlton, which , in Hawaii, ream you for everything. Food here is adequate and reasonably priced. The beach and views are su[erb ( I prefer this beach to the adjoining Kapalua beachs, easier to get to). Also, Kapalua is right next door with a great, great Japanese restaurant (Sansei), tennis and golf.
I much prefer this to "corporate " resorts (the Hyatt h a Macy's in the lobbby. I tried to buy a washer/dryer, but could not find the appliance department!!!!!!!).
The only possible negative is the adjacent time shares. They just have a different feel
Wonderful, Relaxing Vacation
We spent one week at the Napili Kai Beach Resort in March and had an incredible time. After spending two weeks on the island in two different locations I can see what makes this property special. The Napili Kai is located on a wonderful swimming beach, and there is awesome snorkeling right around the corner at Kapalua. This property provides so many amenities such as snorkel gear, beach chairs, beach towels, daily fresh pineapple and lemonade, plus much more. Each evening we enjoyed a cool torch-lighting ceremony at sunset. Napili is so relaxing; it is definitely "the unhurried way of life." We will return to Maui someday, and will most definitely stay at the Napili Kai.
It doesn't get any better than this...
I just want to mention that our experience at Napili Kai resort was outstanding, we believe it holds the best beach in the whole island (Napili Bay). the room was super clean and the view was breathtaking. The staff at Napili Kai Resort were first class and gave us an upgrade to ocean view at no extra charge. All the facilities were super well kept and the staff went out of their way to make you feel comfortable. On our last day we ask for a late check out thinking to leave the hotel around 8pm and they did not charge us extra. I just want to say that even if the more expensive places over at Kaanapali beach were at the same rate as Napili Kai I would not blink or hesitate in choosing this resort again. It is the best value in Hawaii by far. We'll be back.....
Great location, tired room
We stayed at Napili Kai last Xmas. It was highly recommended by many travel books, etc. It is a true "Old Hawaii" type resort. There are good and bad points to this complex. First, the views of Napili Bay are fantastic. An added bonus is that Kapalua Bay is right next door so you have two beautiful beach options. Second, the beach itself is great for kids. There is a quiet and calm section that the resort fronts. Farther down the beach there are decent waves for boogie boarders. Third, the snorkeling is great and we saw many varieties of fish and many turtles.
In addition, this is a pretty good whale watching spot. The putting green, snack hut, and kids activities are great but word of warning, if you are spending Xmas there, sign up for kids activities in advance because they fill up quick. The SeaHorse restuarant is great for all meals and we found the wait staff very friendly. Now for the rooms, very average and ours was worn and tired looking. It needed updating badly in terms of carpet and painting. For $450.00 per night it should have been better. A good option is Napili Point across the bay. I checked these units out and they are much more updated about $100.00 a night cheaper.
I'd love to go back!
We stayed at the Napili Kai the second week of July for our 25th anniversary (brought our kids, too). Our room in the Puna II bldg. was fabulous, the kids had their own bedroom and bathroom, the view was wonderful, and it was great having a kitchen. The grounds are gorgeous and very well maintained. The beach was beautiful with great snorkeling (gear was free), my husband was only disappointed that they did not have kayaks (and the ones next door at the Kapalua Bay Resort were terrible and very expensive). The restaurant was OK, but rather overpriced for the quality-the view was fantastic, though. My kids loved the free children's program they have, and the complimentary mai-tai party was great. We'd come back if we could!
The greatest place to stay
Napili Kai was the greatest, the staff was very helpful. The view from the room was very nice! The snorkeling right on their beach is fantastic. Snorkeling gear is provided free, Mai Tai parties - free, 18 hole putting course - free, warmed beach towels - free. They do not nickel and dime you when you stay there. The food in the restaurant was absolutely fantastic! They provide kitchenettes so you can fix meals in your room or out on the barbeque. We had the time of our lives!
Great and friendly resort
The Napili Kai offered us a very relaxing vacation on a great beach for relaxing and snorkeling. We will be staying again on our next trip to Maui.
I'd love to go back there again
I stayed there with my husband for a week in June, 2003. It is a relatively small, low key resort. It has a traditional Hawaiian looking unlike other hotels in West Maui area. Their private beach was one of the best places for snorkeling. It was actually better than Molokini Island. Our ocean view unit w/kitchen was very spacious, clean, and comfortable (I heard that some units don't have A/C, so you need to request it if you definitely need it). Hotel staffs were very nice. They appeared to enjoy their work at the resort. The restaurant was okay. Rental car is recommended if you'd like to join activities outside of the resort such as shopping, hiking, half day trips to nearby islands, etc. If you are seeking for relaxing vacation, I'm sure that Napili Kai is one of the best choices.
Great Place to stay
Great resort. Friendly people. Beautiful beach and bay. Goooood food!!! Spacious rooms. A view that's hard to beat. True Hawaiian experience. Manicured grounds.
Honeymoon Heaven on Napili Bay
Several people warned us before taking of for the Napili Kai Beach Club. Napili is a gawd-awful condo infested eyesore, they said. For what we were paying, we should be down in Wailea enjoying the fantastic resorts. Travel guides and friends agreed: do not pay resort bucks to stay in Napili!
Thank goodness we stuck with the good advice of Best Places to Stay Hawaii, and stayed in our ocean view studio on the gorgeous Napili Bay. Our room was spacious, clean, and had a stunning view. A fully equipped kitchenette made dining convenient and affordable. The staff was friendly and full of aloha spirit. Best of all,
the rumors of Napili's tackiness were false. None of the buildings on the bay were taller than the coconut trees surrounding them, and the view was gorgeous. Snorkelling in the bay was a dream,and the water was very calm. The lack of air conditioning in our unit was never a problem -- the cross breeze from our slatted door to our spacious lanai kept the room fresh and cool -- more than I can say for our slightly musty smelling room at the outrageously expensive Princeville Hotel in Kauai! The Napili Kai Beach Club Resort offers beautiful landscaped grounds, golf, tennis, croquet, shuffleboard, pleasure-craft-free swimmable water, sand beaches, free activities (hula lessons, lei making, mai tai parties) -- it is an incredible place. In the end, we never even bothered checking out Wailea and the other South Maui beaches. Napili Kai Beach Club resort will be our resort of choice for anniversaries to come.