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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 #5 of 31 Hotels in Lahaina
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“Perfect, perfect, perfect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2010

We have stayed here several times and are getting ready for another trip later this year. The location is great! I am not a strong swimmer, but the beach here is perfect for swimming, snorkeling and lounging. I love the putt-putt course and mai tai party. The rooms are updated, clean and nice. The kitchen is functional and all you really need for vacation. This place is excellent and the bloody mary's are delicious.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2010

This resort has more arbitrary rules than an retirement village in Boca Raton. Here are a few examples: 1. When you check in, they give you a few plastic cards that you can exchange for beach towels. In theory, you are supposed to get the cards back when you return your beach towels. If you don't return the exact number of cards that you were given at check in, you are charged some outrageous sum per towel when you check out. Don't get me wrong, I am all in favor of conserving resources. In reality, however, some guests lose their towels and steal someone else's towel to avoid the fine. In the five days that we were there, we had our towels stolen twice. When we told the guy at the beach hut what happened, he told us: "you are supposed to stay with your towels." I guess they expect you to wear the towels on your head like turbins when you go swimming. Anyway, who wants spend their vacation closely guarding a worn out beach towel? 2. The resort claims that kids eat free. But, if your child makes that mistake of ordering a "short stack" of 2 pancakes instead of a regular stack of 3 pancakes, they will charge you because the term "short stack" is used on the adult menu and includes a few nuts, while the "stack" of 3 pancakes is listed on the children's menu. 3. Although they advertise that all snorkeling equipment is free, this is misleading. It doesn't include fins. (We were told that, if we wanted fins, we could rent some at Snorkel Bobs.) In addition, during the first two days of our trip, we couldn't swim at the resort because of strong rip currents. Although there were other beaches nearby that were safe for swimming, the guy in the beach hut told us that they didn't like the snorkel equipment to leave the property and that it had to be returned each day by 5pm. When we finally got a mask and snorkel on our third day, the equipment was uncleaned and full of sand. 4. Although they advertise that the condos include daily maid service, there are signs in the condo stating that the maids have been instructed not to clean the kitchen (not even a glass or coffee mug) for some unexplicable reason. Finally, don't believe the Napili Kai's marketing statements and reviewers like Frommer's who claim that the Napili Kai is a real "find" for travelers with kids. When you enter the room, you will see literature stating something to the effect that children are expected to be under control at all times because "many of [their] guests have passed their child rearing years and/or chosen to go on vacation without their children." I believe that it is self-evident that parents should monitor their children, and such statements are patronizing. There is a strictly enforced quiet time between 10 pm and 8 am because the walls in the condos are thin. Ironically, although children are expected to be seen and not heard, you will hear lawn equipment and Fox TV blaring from some condos at odd hours. The claim that there are washers/dryers in all units is false: there are coin operated laundry machines in a few buildings. These all close at 8 pm. Although they advertise that they have a Keiki Club during "Spring Break/Easter" and I was told that they would have this when I booked my reservation two months in advance, I was told at check in that they had decided not to do the Keiki Club that week, but that children could attend the 1/2 hour presentations on lei making, etc. There was no one under 60 at those presentations. The bottom line: If the resort wants to cater to older guests, that's fine. But, they shouldn't market themselves as being "kid friendly."

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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14 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2010

I stayed at Napili Kai in late January, after doing a huge amount of research on Maui accommodation. I wanted a place that was right on the beach, and after much thought, decided I wanted a hotel/resort rather than a rental or a condo. I also prefer smaller, independent hotels to large chains. Napili Kai fit all those requirements.
When I arrived, I was given a room on the main floor of the main building, between the lobby and the courtesy suite (available to people who need somewhere to stay after checkout if they have a late flight). It was also a handicapped room, and I thought that with all these factors, it was the default room, the worst room in the resort, the place they stick the single travellers. Sight unseen, I asked for an upgrade, and the very pleasant front desk attendant told me she could move me the next day (of a six-day stay). It turned out to be a lovely room. Quiet, fantastic view, close to parking, very spacious. Wonderful deck. I stayed put for the whole stay, turning down the upgrade.
Napili Bay is a beautiful spot for anyone who wants a quiet beach vacation. It's got great swimming, sheltered beach, uncrowded. Many people have commented on the grounds at this resort, and it truly is gorgeous. Built up with towering palm trees, with bougainvillia and hibiscus everywhere. There's an army of grounds keepers. It's incredibly peaceful - the vibe here is very low key. I did not find the room out of date, but it wasn't up to the minute either. The small kitchen was serviceable, and the room was surprisingly spacious.
One of the great bonuses of this property is its proximity to Kapalua - I went on a few walks and hikes up this almost deserted coastline, explored the beaches, ate at the Honolua General Store. You will not be bothered by anyone - the overall feel of the place is quiet, restorative, relaxing.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2010

My husband's family has been guests at Napili Kai Beach Resort since it was Napili Kai Beach Club. I fell in love 10 years ago when my fiance brought me here to be married on the grounds of the Resort.
It is the one place, in our many travels, that I need to return to over and over again. It is home, it is family, it is everything paradise should be.
It is not fancy, it is Hawaiian. Stunning grounds, gracious staff that is there year after year and to say it is relaxing is an understatement.
This is the only place I have ever left to return home and cried. I cry because it is so special and it will be another year before I can see and feel it again.

  • Stayed July 2009, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calabasas, CA
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55 reviews 55 reviews
36 hotel reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2010

Stayed at Napili Kai with our 5 year old for 6 days in Dec 09. We LOVED it. At the same time the negative reviews you see here all have a grain of truth, so just make sure Napili is what you want. Read a dozen or so reviews and you'll get the idea. It's an old-timey Maui resort that feels like it must have been here 30 years ago before the condomania. It shares one of the best beaches on the whole island with several other small resorts (hence the odd towel policy which is NO big deal.) Its all open air with nice sized rooms - all with very serviceable kitchens and every thing you need to prepare simple meals. Almost every room has a great view - even the cheap ones. The area is one of the nicest spots on the whole island - just ask the people across the street at the Ritz Carlton. The best golf course on the island - Kapalua ( home of the PGA event) is also across the street. We LOVED our room. One tip - beg borrow and steal to get on the second floor. The single biggest drawback of the place (if you choose to see it that way) is that everyone has their windows open to take advantage of the wonderful breeze, so you can hear and see more than what you would normally at a mega-resort. We loved it. As you can see from the reviews, some people don't. They ought to cross the street and stay at the Ritz. In comparison the Napili Kai is an extremely homey and fun place with wonderful help. Just super relaxing. We loved it. FYI I would call the restaurant overrated although you can't beat the view. Food in general in Maul is crazy expensive. Use your kitchen. The beach to the North (?) of the hotel has a little more surf and better snorkeling ( just walk to it across the parking lot.) There is an excellent high-end restaurant over there also - it all sits in front of the Ritz. There is a LONG ocean-front trail for you joggers. And the drive around the point is well worth it. Loved the laua in old town Lahaina. Buy book "Maui Revealed" for excellent travel tips. If you're adventurous all those drives (Hana etc.) are great fun. No need for 4WD (follow the book!). Great deals on the web. I might not be so happy if I paid full-price.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisoco
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62 reviews 62 reviews
20 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2009

We have stayed at the Napili Kai many times.
The location is great. Good Snorkeling and Boggie Boarding.
However, the rooms are really dated compared to Napili Point hotel. Particularly for the price which is relatively high.

We loved going over to Kapalua bay and had great dinner at Merrimans-expensive but worth it

The kids also liked the minigolf a lot. One of the main reasons we stayed here.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Harbor City
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2009

There are so many excellent reviews of Napili Kai Beach Resort, and I agree with all of them. My dad, brother (his sig other) and I came to Maui after many years away, and were immediately greeted by the front desk with Aloha, and offered a refreshing passion fruit drink. We arrived early, however the staff let us know that they put a rush on our rooms, and that we would be upgraded to the ocean view studio. My brother stayed at the Paki Maui, and my dad and I stayed at Napili. All of the staff - yes all was helpful and made us feel welcome. No resort fee, or parking fee (5stars for that) I love the half moon shaped beach, and there is a reef with tons of salt water fish to see - the cabana near the beach offers complimentary snorkling gear, towels, lounge chairs, etc. for the guests. In the morning we had breakfast at the seahouse restaurant - which is exceptional, i love the coffee and bird of paradise breakfast - and I can't forget to mention the little sparrows that fly around.. Also, you must go for a few drinks at the bar before sunset to witness the sun going down (Seahouse sits on the beach). We were sitting with some locals, and we all agreed that watching the sunset, listening to our very own Hawaiian singer/ukelele made the whole trip. We also used Napili's nice gym - Bicycles had tv's attached. Some times the hotel has specials - otherwise the nightly rate is a bit pricey. The studio had a refrigerator, was updated, and because we were on the second floor we had a great view of the ocean. At Napili Kai there are quite a multitude of birds, and I absolutely loved waking up to them singing in the mornings. What is also a plus is that the hotel has a guest room for families that arrive early (1 hr allowed daily) or are leaving. We had a late departure time, so used this room after checking out in the afternoon. My family and I will definitely be back to Napili in the near future.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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
Business Center with Internet Access Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Lahaina
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Lahaina
#2 Romantic Hotel in Lahaina
#7 Family 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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