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“Perfect place for total R&R--away from the crush, but an easy 10-minute drive to Lahaina” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Napili Kai Beach Resort
Ranked #5 of 31 Hotels in Lahaina
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“Perfect place for total R&R--away from the crush, but an easy 10-minute drive to Lahaina”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2012

Napili Kai is such a restful, peaceful property that stress just melts away. There are wonderful services available (free snorkel gear, beach chairs, beach towels) and a great beachside restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, happy hour/pupuu platters, and dinner RIGHT ON THE BEACH. You really never have to leave the property. We did go to the next beach up (Kapalua Bay) because we felt snorkeling was better, but it is literally right across the parking lot of Napili Kai.

There was plenty of whale watching just sitting on the beach along with dolphins racing through the water so much so they looked like they were flying! And there were so many beautiful, colorful schools of fish along a couple of green sea turtles and stunning coral reefs when snorkeling.

We plan to this our annual winter getaway.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

It's the perfect blend of condo and hotel. There's a kitchen, so you're not forced to eat out for every meal. Barbecues for seared ahi if you want. The best beach on Maui is right here. Free snorkels. Snack bar. Pupu parties. Right across the street from the Kapalua Tennis center. Beautiful Kapalua hikes begin at the next beach over, about 30 seconds away from the NK parking lot. There's an ancient Hawaiian salt-making site at the water's edge on the property. I can't say enough about the relaxed, quiet atmosphere here.

Room Tip: The Puna II suites are fabulous if you can swing it.
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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2012

We have stayed at Napili Kai 4 times over the last 27 years. Everytime we visit we are reminded why it so so special. The view of Napili Bay is fantastic. We stayed in both the Aloha and Lani buildings. Both with great views of the beach and ocean. The atmosphere is so relaxed and quiet. Great place to relax and rejuvenate enjoying great swimming, snorkeling in the bay and the whoosh of the waves. If you are looking for the beach scene or being on top of shopping and ultra-tourist hot spots this is not the place. But if you are looking to kick back and enjoy some quiet time or time with the family this is perfect.

Room Tip: Rooms in Lani, Puna or Aloha are the best.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2012

Maui is a busy island but I discovered Heaven at Napili Kai. It is what Hawaii used to be before the big multistory hotels were built: ceiling fans, doors that open to the beach and no noisy and unnecessary air conditioners!

The two story buildings surround a gorgeous bay and beautiful beach. The rooms are comfortable, updated , including a kitchenette, with privacy from the next door neighbors. Our room was maybe 25 yds, from the water. The spacious and open grounds have two pools, lovely, well manicured gardens, a terrific and reasonable restaurant and super bar for after beach cocktails.. AND manicures and massages are available in a quiet corner of the grounds.The staff is beyond amazing and helpful in the old Hawaiian style of O Hana.
We played golf every other day for two weeks at fabulous golf courses that are a short distance from the resort. Wish I played better golf!

Most of the guests have returned for many years and so are friendly but not intrusive. There are morning programs and demonstrations about life in Hawaii. It is perfect for families and couples. Amazingly, all the children were well behaved and sociable.

Room Tip: They all are wonderful but the units at beach front are the best.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2011

We stayed there on a beach front one bedroom during Thanksgiving 2011 and enjoyed the place from the second we walked in. It's tranquility, authentic hawaiian beautity, close calm beach, snorkeling and beach restuarant is so satisfying that we never left. I have stayed in many different resorts in my life time but Napili Kai is by far my favorit! The only suggestion for improvement I have is to improve the quality of the food served during holiday dinners. The Turkey dinner was terrible.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Kennewick, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2011

This resort only changes for the better every year . . . we stayed in the newly remodeled PUNA II building and it is spectacular . . . I cannot imagine anything else that could have been done to make these units any more comfortable & "up ot date".

The PUNA POINT building is closed right now for upgrade to all units and rumor has it that the owners of it & PUNA II are somewhat competitive as far as to which will have the better upgrade . . . if that is true then PUNA POINT should be nothing less than fabulous.

The activities, both free & charge, are designed to keep you active . . . the Monday "Putting Party" on their 18 hole putting course is a really fun way to get to know other guests, not to mention the port-a-bar with 50 cent drinks. The complimentary Thursday Mai Tai is another guest function that lets you mingle.

Anyway . . . our 29th adventure to Maui was great as usual and we hope to return next year although at our age air travel is getting to be a struggle . . . we can only hope.

Room Tip: If you require A/C check before you book to make sure you have it . . . some buildings have A/C and...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2011

We stayed here for a week in Dec 2011 and had a great stay. The resort is very, very luxurious, with a great beach, great clean pools, a generous beach hut for towels, snorkel gear etc (although staff at the beach hut weren't as available as I'd of liked at times). Each day there were various activities and shows to see + I enjoyed the 'morning coffee' served in the lobby each day. The onsite restaurant, Sea House, features great food but sadly rather obnoxious staff (compared to the very friendly and helpful staff throughout the rest of the resort). Well worth the 0.5 mile walk to the gazeebo on the other resort at the end of the beach - great food, good value and friendly staff.

The main downside was our room. Although the room (we had studio above the main lobby) was a good size and had a really, really good view of the beach it was looking quite dated. i.e. lots of beige plastic, couple of sockets not working, scuff marks and scratches here and there and a generous sized bed, but it had seen better days (mattress felt worn and the bedding could be crispier). Also, not a problem for me, but there are no curtains/blinds to the room; the front of which is a large balcony/windows overlooking the beach. However, it was clean and worked well and our 1 year old enjoyed tottering around in it and was happy enough with her crib and waking with sunrise.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Napili Kai Beach Resort
Address: 5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-9094
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Lahaina
#2 Romantic Hotel in Lahaina
#4 Family Hotel in Lahaina
#4 Spa Hotel in Lahaina
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Napili Kai Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 162
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Plantation-style Resort on secluded beach; 3 miles from Kapalua-West Maui Arpt; 9 mi from Lahaina & 36 mi from Kahului Airport. ... more   less 
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