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Napili Kai Beach Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761   |  
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Ranked #6 of 29 Hotels in Lahaina
Redlands, California
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“We love this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We have come here twice--both times with our adult children and 1 grandchild. We could not have been happier; the beach is great, the pools wonderful, the front desk helpful and friendly, the maid service timely and efficient and the newly upgraded rooms beautiful. It has a very casual vibe, which our children prefer. This is not a Ritz and doesn't pretend to be. There is an activity nearly every night which adds to the fun. Our favorite is the putting contest mixer, which includes $.50 drinks! The mai-tai night is also fun. The proximity of the resort to other restaurants, beaches, golf courses and hikes is also good. We rarely needed a car. The only negative is their restaurant, The Sea House, which one of my son's has renames the The C Minus House. The service is excruciatingly slow, the food mediocre and the prices high for what is served.

Room Tip: The rooms in Lani 1 and the 2nd floor of Lani 2 are our favorite. They do not have air conditioning...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

We just got back as first timers to Maui and Hawaii for our 25th anniversary. The resort was recommended by a friend and the recommendation confirmed over and over by reviews on this site. We chose Napili Kai as an alternative to the high rise resorts in Kaanapali, something with local, old Hawaiian feel and we weren't disappointed. We were upgraded to a corner room in Puna 2 which was outstanding, in fact so fantastic that if we never left the patio we still would have been in paradise. In fact we couldn't find a bad room from any location at the resort, you either had breathtaking oceanfront views, or easy access to the beach with ocean view rooms. From our patio you could watch the sun rise and set on the islands of Lanai and Molokai, see whales breaching near and far, watch the spear fishermen in the morning, paddle boarders or snorklers enjoy the bay throughout the day. Napili Bay is one of the highest rated swimming and snorkeling beaches on the island and its one of the best parts of the package, superb snorkeling and swimming for all ages, its wide and calm, the beach - beautiful. The grounds of Napili Kai are exquisite, serene and immaculate. The staff is warm, friendly and relaxed, there wasn't a staff member here that didn't treat us right, all were neighbor friendly. The Sea House restaurant has delicious food and one of the best happy hours on the island. You can tell that Napili Kai is a word of mouth gem and people that stay here are regulars for a reason. I just can't imagine a more Hawaiian like experience. The rooms are so comfortable with the convenience of small kitchen added in, we wish we would've booked a longer stay. Lots of little touches that make the difference, There's a succinct list of activities throughout the week, that provide just enough for a relaxed experience, but won't overwhelm. No high rises, no tourist trap shopping areas, great walking and exploring trails to the surrounding bays. If you want a truly relaxing experience with diversity of all ages in paradise, Napili Kai and the staff will fit the bill, truly Aloha charm.

Room Tip: Puna, Puna II and Lani 1 are the the oceanfront rooms and all are just spectacular. Lani 2 arguabl...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Woodbury, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

The Napili Kai Beach Resort is a beautiful destination. We were on the north edge of a crescent beach. The resort shares the bay with several other resorts, the nearest being the Mauian.

I think we were a little surprised at the size of the resort. I had made an assumption based on a photo at Trip Advisor that it would a smaller scale than it was. Not a problem but a bit of a surprise. As it turns out the resort is a large condo complex made up of several two level buildings - so not like the monstrous hotels in Kaanapali or on Oahu. The grounds were well kept and the staff was generally pleasant.

The bay is very popular with non-guests as well. But we never had trouble getting a beach chair. It got crowded by my standards, but not horrible, and nothing compared to some of the popular beaches. Parking was readily available for guests. Staff did a respectful job of ensuring non-guests were not edging out guests for beach chairs and pool use. Never had a server approach us on the beach to buy drinks. Not a problem for us. Drinks were expensive by my book.

The bay is a nice sand beach with very nice walk-in snorkeling on a significant reef (for Hawaii). We saw several turtles while snorkeling and a couple of eels. Not a ton of fish but enough to keep it interesting.

We were a bit concerned when we first got to our studio (85). No air-conditioning, but a strong ceiling fan. The studio was right above the main desk lobby area, which was an open loft style, so we could hear everything going on if we left the jalousie windows in the room door open for airflow. We expressed concern on arrival and they happily agreed to move us to an airconditioned room with no issue - but we agreed to try it and chose to stay in 85. If we were there in the summer I think I would want AC.

The room was clean and well kept. Plenty of comfy furniture on the balcony. The bathroom was spotless and in great condition. The bed was a king - but actually two twin sets on a king frame. This was unexpected and created an uncomfortable hard ridge. The kitchen was well appointed. Microwave and stove top, but no oven. Not much noise from the neighbors, but we did get some light pollution from the neighbors balcony and through the window in the door - but no shade on the room door.. I don't think we ever heard anyone - certainly did not impact our ability to sleep. We requested some down pillows be replaced by synthetic and the response was pleasant and immediate.

Actually the only negative (aside from price) was that the designated smoking areas were outside and not all that far away. The strong ocean breeze could have delivered the smoke directly to our room, but that only happened a few times.

They had a restaurant on site, The Sea House - meal costs were typical for Hawaii resorts. Lots of activities, very large putting green, workout room, pools, very large hot tub, gas and charcoal grills, activities for kids/family.

We typically prefer less costly accomodations since we don't typically spend a lot of time in the room, but this was our 30th Anniversary so we splurged. The resort was geared towards a family experience but tolerable for an adult cople wanting some alone time. There were a lot of kids at the resort which made me think that a lot of the units are probably owned by timeshare or other private owners. No one tried to sell us timeshare or suggest we attend a presentation - thankfully.

Room Tip: There are no real "ocean front" rooms so I would not pay the price for what they call ocea...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Canada
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

we stayed here from March 15th to the March 25th. I can only tell you it was amazing. Our room was at Ocean you suite, right in the main building. We had a breathtaking ocean view, in addition to a full fridge microwave and small kitchen. food and entertainment is great. Happy, the concierge was so helpful and totally lived up to her name! Cheung at the front desk remembered my name and always had a smile on her face and the friendly greeting to me. Napili is quieter than Lahaina. no high rises here. We love that! short drive to everything you need on the busier areas of Willers village and Front street. we will be back!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

My husband and i spent 7 days of our Hawaii honey moon at Naipili Kai, and absolutely loved it.
The location is just perfect, in a small cove with just 4 other resorts, just a few steps from the beach. The beach itself is just beautiful, with some good snorkelling right out the front, some green sea turtles :) The free snorkelling hire is great, but do get in early because they can book out. however there is a dive shop just down the road where we hired them for a day for about $4.
The locals that we met referred to napilli as an old person area. but we absolutely loved that, because it meant that after dinner we went down for a spa almost every night, and we were the only ones in there!!
the free coffee in the lobby, free juice and pineapple in the pool cabana in the morning and mai tai night were all nice touches.
The room was nice, with an amazing view of the ocean, a great balcony with lounge chairs, great for whale watching and just relaxing. The rooms had lots of storage, and great with a fully equipped kitchen, so we could have our breakfast when we wanted.
We ate at the restaurant one night, it was nice, but not amazing.
The expedia desk in the lobby was great, the guy that helped us ( can't remember his name) but he was amazing!!!! gave us some really great recommendations and was so easy to book our day trips... highly recommend!!. highly recommend the 'paragon' catamaran trip. they only cater for up to 14 people at one time on the boat, for whale watching, snorkelling around lanai, and sailing with unlimited mai tais :)
overall amazing experience and would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

We spent a week at Napili Kai. It's in a wonderful location. Near to activities, restaurants galore and yet a small Maui oasis. The resort offers a small snack bar poolside. An open air restaurant serving Breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. You have a choice of table cloth service or something a bit more casual by the bar. They also have the best hawaiian slack key artists on Wednesday nights in their open air(roof covered) pavillon. It's not the pre-rehearsed hawaiian revues offered by most of the surrounding hotels. Very similiar to what one might find visiting a local party with people dancing hula, singing and playing some old & new hawaiian music. If you want a large Luau type show, this is not for you. The hotel accomodations are scattered throughout the lush resort grounds. No high rises. Front Desk staff, concierge and Housekeeping are friendly and welcoming. Great for multi-generational families and couples.
Excellent place to unwind, relax and experience what Maui used to be like before all those chain hotels and condos were built. Casual and friendly. Close enough to many of the area restaurants, shopping malls and amenities. There is a definite reason why Napili Kai has been around for all these years, so many return visitors. Yes, the rooms are older, but stll charming. The sunset and beautiful grounds can't be beat. No room service but you can take out from the main restaurant.

Room Tip: Decide what view you wish to enjoy from your lanai and how close or far you wish to be from the main...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

My husband and I spent 5 nights at the Napili Kai in late February. We enjoyed the camaraderie of the guests that return year after year. The organized putting contests, mai-tai party and especially the Napili Kai's Foundation sponsorship of the Tuesday night polynesian show with local children. The staff was exceptionally social and efficient. The property is clean, being upgraded and has all the necessary activities for guests of all ages.

Room Tip: We preferred the "main" section for convenience reasons mostly.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Lahaina
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Lahaina
#4 Romantic Hotel in Lahaina
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
#6 Family Hotel in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Napili Kai Beach Resort 3.5*
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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