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“Napili Bay #205”
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The Napili Bay
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“Napili Bay #205”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

Our family of 4 (2 adults, 2 pre-teen children) stayed in this Unit for 11 days in late-May/early June. There are only 2 units in the entire complex that can sleep up to 4 people, so it's slim pickings. I would highly recommend staying on the 2nd floor as there are many people on the beach during the day (and sometimes at night) and it can get very loud if you are on the first floor.

We had a beautiful oceanfront view. There is a large shade tree located directly in front of the room, but it is trimmed and therefore not blocking your ocean view.

Literally steps to the beach. The beach is amazing. We swam with multiple sea turtle every single day!!

The condo is a bit tight for 4 people, however, we managed just fine. You cannot beat the price for an oceanfront condo on Maui. With that being said, I would not stay in Unit #205 again until the following items were addressed:

1. There is no dishwasher in this unit. We ate in for breakfast & lunch every day and it was not fun washing pots, pans, dishes & cups on vacation. With very limited counter space, it was hard to wash the dishes & have no space to let dishes dry.

2. No screens on front door or back door. Both doors have louvres which can be turned to allow air. We kept the louvres open at all times to get airflow since their is no AC. There were no screens which allowed bugs to fly in. Also, it did not feel 100% safe at night with the louvres open knowing that anyone could have stuck their hand in the front door & unlocked it since there were no screens. I checked the other units & they all had screens on the doors. Also, some of the louvres on the door & windows were jammed shut and we could not turn them to allow air in.

3. The lanai furniture is not very comfortable. Counter height and nowhere to put your feet.

Other than these items, we had a wonderful stay. I also noticed many of the other units had gorgeous updated kitchens with ample counter space & granite countertops & updated appliances. I think this unit is need of a kitchen update.

Room Tip: Second floor is much quieter.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2013

Review: The condo was spotless, well equipped and extremely comfortable. The location gave us a completely relaxing sun filled vacation that greatly exceeded our expectations. Large supermarket is a 10 min drive. Wifi is fast and reliable. Very quiet complex with no traffic, bars or restaurants to disturb the evenings. "Travel brochure" swimming, weather and sunsets.We swam throughout the day and walked to restaurants. Coffee on the lahai every morning.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013 via mobile

We had an excellent time in unit 108. Napili Bay is a great location in Maui. We were able to snorkel each day, walk to restaurants at night and fall asleep to the sound of the ocean. We could not ask for more.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013

As the other reviewers have said, this unit is really *right* on the beach. You are up about 4 feet above the sand and back 25 - 30 feet from the water. The view from little lanai is astonishing: turquoise water with darker areas of coral blending to an open channel facing Molokai. Usually you can see whitecaps in the distance. The surf sound is ever-present and comforting.

I take strong issue with previous reviewers who described this place as 'quiet'. They may have been referencing the lack of nightlife on Napili. Perhaps they are suffering from serious high frequency hearing loss. During the day, the visitor is transported to a playground for vocal enthusiastic 8 year olds. They are having the times of their lives, shrieking with delight with each big breaker. Imagine first graders being let out to recess after a long boring class. The wind carries that high frequency shrieks to the condo very effectively. This goes on for 8 - 10 hours per day. After the kids have retired for the evening, it is quiet except for the ever present surf.

This complex is on the south end of the magnificent Napili beach. This part of the beach is rather narrow. The condo complexes to the south do not have beaches (just rocks) so their guests tend to spread their lawn chairs in front of the Napili Bay. The density of people is fairly high. Since you are so close to their lawn chairs, you can easily eavesdrop on their conversations from the lanai. I did not pick up anything of great interest from this activity. There is a venerable Malo nut tree in front of the condo - it gives wonderful shade.

Although the complex is aging, unit 107 was recently redone. The small kitchen is very elegant, with a beautiful refrigerator, cook top and microwave oven. The owner has left all the kitchen utensils you could want. The bed is very comfortable as is the couch. There is a 3 foot ceramic Buddha next to one of the chests of drawers. He is very calm. No one comes every day to straighten up, empty the trash or give you little bars of soap. You can buy your own soap at the Napili Market, which is a short car ride away. This place is not the Ritz Carlton but it is very comfortable.

Chuck, the rental agent is very responsive and helpful via email. There is not a rental office on site. If there is a problem with the unit, Chuck has local representatives.

When you arrange to rent one of these units, you make the contract with the owner of the unit (Chuck arranges the details). If for some reason you want to move to another unit (for example noise), this cannot be arranged.

If you intend to spend most of your time on the beach and don't mind kid noise, you will love 107. It is so close to the beach that you are there even when you are inside the unit. If you are looking for quiet relaxation, consider one of the non-oceanfront units.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2013

This is a terrific unit at a great price. Well maintained and steps from the water. Perfect little studio for couple or small family. Great manager. We thought we were going to get stuck in Tropical Storm Flossie flight cancellations. It all worked out but Donna was really reassuring when we thought things might go sideways.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Laguna Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2013

The Napili Bay is the perfect opposite to the high-rise, high-density resort. Secluded, homey, quiet, with friendly guests and right at the beach where many turtles visit. The condo had great ventilation with the jalousies; we rarely used the overhead fan. It was fully appointed with matching dinnerware & glasses, new cooking utensils, blender, wi-fi and (unlooked for) 2 beach chairs and boogie boards. Shops and snorkel rentals a walk away.

Room Tip: 2nd story rooms are quieter since no one is walking around above you. We loved 207.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

My husband & I have stayed here several times, in 2 different units. Unit 108, very updated, granite, dishwasher, beautiful. Unit 205, nice, not as updated, no dishwasher, but less expensive. We love it here! The sound of the crashing surf, being beach front, the small homey atmosphere, just perfect for us! Walk down to the Seahouse Restaurant for drinks, have breakfast at the Gazebo (macadamia pancakes!). December to March watch whales right from your lanai! Great snorkeling right off the beach, or walk to Kapalua beach for calmer waters snorkeling. Snorkel Honokena Bay next to Napili Bay for viewing many sea turtles. Small supply store half block away with a Snorkel Bobs right there. Walk the Kapalua trail and end up at Honolua Store on Office road for breakfast. There is just so much to say about this resort and this area. We do prefer the second floor, as it is a little more private (you truly are beachfront, so you have people on the beach in front of your lania all day).The only negative is there is no pool, but we never leave the beach, so not a problem for us. These units also do not have a/c, but Maui is usually so temperate, and with the trade winds you really don’t miss it. Overall, a wonderful little property that we love, and will return to as often as possible!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Napili Bay
Address: 33 Hui Dr, Napili, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-8702
Region: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A romantic beachfront getaway for 2 on amazing Napili beach. Adjacent to Kapalua Bay & 15 minutes North of Lahaina. This laid-back, relaxing resort has guests coming back year after year who say it's the best beachfront location in Maui. ... more   less 
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