Napili Kai Beach Resort
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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.
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... the road. We headed north to the town of Lahaina which turned out to be quite easy to locate as we just needed to turn left at the right places.. This was a town were new development was banned in the 1950's so it retains a vintage appearance. Front street is full of shops, galleries and restaurants and we spent a couple of hours wandering around. Next we travelled a little further north to Kaanapali which is where the posh hotels hang out in the north of the island. It was ...
... my sisters and their husbands. Great food and entertainment although the choice of floor seating apparently meant sitting on the floor. For some of us the trip up and down involved cracks, groans and assistance. The Luau is a traditional event with pit roasted Kalu pork, rice, and Poi (tarrow plant paste...tastes as good as it sounds). Th Hula show was beautiful and graceful. A great little taste of what old Hawaii might have been ...
... by 6:30am. Of course, we had to stop for breakfast and get my favorite breakfast burrito at Jack in the Box.
The south side of the island gets a lot of rain and it was raining when we started on the road. Our first encounter was with a rainbow. We snapped a couple of pictures and was on our way. The first part of the road was through the rainforest. Since it is wintertime in Hawaii (the ...
... ft. It was freezing up there, (literally because someone had spilled some water and it had frozen to ice on the path! ) but the views were spectacular. On our way back we called at a Tropical Plantation for a late lunch - very enjoyable, free wifi ...