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Napili Kai Beach Resort
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Reviewed September 6, 2006

We stayed here for 3 nights. This was the quieter more reserved resort we stayed at and we ended up loving it the most. They don’t nickel and dime you like the big resorts and they have a beach that cannot be beat. They only have two smaller pools but it worked for us. If you go you must request the presidential suite room 231. It has an amazing view of the ocean, mountains and beach on two sides of the room. It is fabulous.

I had read reviews that said that this place was more geared towards families: They were right. There were a lot of multi-generational families (grandparents, with children, and grandkids). But, nothing detracts from how absolutely terrific the Napili beach is for snokling, how huge the rooms are, and that all the equipment is free to rent.

  • Stayed: July 2006, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank rshaine1
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Reviewed August 21, 2006

My husband and I stayed at the Napili Kai for 4 nights, August 8 - 11, 2006, it was the first place we stayed on our honeymoon. I thought I knew what to expect because I had done a lot of research about the resort, however, I was pleasantly surprised at how wonderful this resort was.

Our room was large, it faced the putting green and was considered to be an "ocean view" room. The bathroom was great because it had double sinks, a shower and a tub. There was also a refrigerator that was empty except for 2 sets of drink glasses. We visited the Napili Market to buy drinks and snacks, though expensive, it was nice to come back and have a place to put our goodies.

We found the staff to be considerate and kind. We didn't have any issues at all.

The beach is fantastic here! We went swimming a lot and also took advantage of the complimentary snorkeling equipment. The bay has several nice places to snorkel, we saw a varitey of fish and sea turtles!!!

The only thing we were slightly disappointed in was our first time eating at the Sea House restaurant which is right on the beach. We tried it for dinner our first night. The food was just OK and the service was really SLOW. We received our appetizer before our drinks. However, we went back for breakfast on a different day and we had a great experience. My hubby loved the macadamia pancakes, I enjoyed my b-fast croissant sandwich, but wished I would have ordered the crabcake eggs benedict.

After staying here we stayed at the Westin on Ka'anapali Beach and I was disappointed that we had to move. Although it was twice the price to stay at the Westin than Napili Kai, it was so not worth it. Napili Kai is a fantastic resort and does a wonderful job making you feel comfortable and like you are really experiencing Hawai'i.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled as a couple
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17  Thank MTJK
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Reviewed August 15, 2006

My husband and I took a trip of a lifetime in Febuary of this year. We stayed at the Napili Kai and felt like we had found our own little paradise! In a world of high rise condos which are crammed in on top of each other, the Napili Kai was a breath of fresh air! We stayed in the hotel part and the room was huge! The resort itself is fairly easy to find back behind a residential area on the beautiful horseshoe-shaped Napili Bay. This beach area, which was right outside our door, is one the best beaches to play and lounge on in the west beach area. The landscaping was beautiful and very well maintained --we saw (and talked to) staff every morning who were busy working around the grounds. Every morning we walked the Bay --golden sand beach anchored on each end by wonderful lava-rock boulders which were fun to explore. They have a little coffee bar with a wonderful hostess named Lorene who absolutely got me hooked on Macadamia Nut Latte's (3 squirts of syrup!). The lanai in our room looked out over a putting green with the ocean in the background. None of the buildings in this resort were over 3 stories tall and the buildings surrounding the putting green were only two stories. This is truly what I picture when I think of Hawaii! I dream of going back some day and I will stay at the Napili Kai!

  • Stayed: February 2006, traveled as a couple
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13  Thank hairdiva35758
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Reviewed August 1, 2006

The Nipili Kai Beach Resort is in a very lovely location with a wonderful horseshoe beach and beautiful views. We stayed in an ocean view studio that was almost like beach front. This resort depends largely on the Trade Winds for its airconditioning as most of the accomodations are without air. To pick up airconditioning we would have had to downgrade to a hotel style room with a garden view but after traveling almost 6000 miles we chose th view over the airconditioning. Although this turned out to be acceptable there were times when it was quite sticky. The resort provided us with an extra fan which did help a little. This resort is immaculate, extremely well maintained and friendly. We were there for 4 nights from 7/23/06 to 7/27/06. To acheive the best views you need to be on the 2nd level of the complex which we were and the view was breathtaking! This resort is very much geared to famlies although this did not detract from our stay. Breakfasts at the Sea House Restaurant were very good and reasonable for Hawaii and averaged about $12.00 per person including Omelets, macadamia pancakes etc. The front desk recommended a wonderful Northern Italian restuarant called Vino's. We had dinner for 4 including wine for about $50.00 per person including tax and tip. (All entrees were excellent) The atmosphere was very classy and the service was great. We did the dinner cruise on the Spirit of Lahina (a catamaran) which well worth the cost of about $70.00 per person plus tip. The food was very good and the service great for this type of adventure. We highly recommend this activity. We also did the Luau at the Feast of Lei Lei which was very nice but a bit pricey at $105.00 per person plus tip. What made this Luau exceptional was 1. no waiting in line (reserved seating) 2. Limited to 150 people 3. a beautiful setting and a great show. The food was very authentic and not always to our taste but we really have no complaint. There are lots of Luaus available in different price ranges but we recommend that you be sure to get reserved seating (not wait in line) at private tables, as at Lei Lei, in a beautiful setting for a great show. Ultimately this was worth the price as well. We did drive the road to Hana with friends but to appreciate it you must commit at least 10 hours and you may want to stay over night in Hana which is in the middle of "no where" which is as the locals prefer it. It is a very slow winding trip with at least 54 1 lane bridges and 150 hair pin turns. Although the actual trip is 37 miles most of the time you are driving at 10 to 15 miles an hour. You can get a bit car sick so be prepared. To get the most out of the trip you will be making many stops and need to hike to many of the attractions. We were glad we did it but we wouldn't necessarliy do it again. All in all Maui is a wonderful destination and we would like to return some day.

16  Thank EGD
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Reviewed July 16, 2006

Our extended family of 14 just returned from a week's stay at the Napili Kai, celebrating my in-laws' 50th anniversary. Eight adults (ages 28 - 70) and six kids (ages 4 - 12) found everything they were looking for -- not a single complaint among them. We stayed in 4 rooms in the Puna Point building: 1 ground floor ocean front unit (# 204, opening onto the grass), and 3 second-story ocean front units (## 208, 209, and 211, opening onto private lanais). All rooms had decently outfiitted kitchens, 2 bathrooms, a bedroom with comfortable kingsize bed, and a living area containing two comfortable daybeds that made into single beds -- much more comfortable than the usual fold-out couch for the kids. We adults all ended up putting the kids in the bedroom on some nights, so that we could sleep in the living room and hear the ocean waves more clearly.

All our rooms had beautiful views of the ocean and coastline. The Puna Point building is located furthest away from the lobby/concierge desk; you must walk a way to get there, or to the resort's beach area (via the ocean path during the day, or through the parking lots at night), but none of us found it to be a chore -- the grounds are very lovely, and it's nice to get out and walk a little. Do be careful on the ocean path, though, while perfectly safe, it's uneven in places.

The beach was just right for kids and grown-ups watching over them. A little wave action, but not too much for the little ones. Clear water and fish everywhere. The kids enjoyed looking at tidepools along the resort's ocean front during low tide. Everyone snorkeled here and at the beach just around the point (accessible via pathway from Puna Point area) -- we had a great time, and saw tons of fish and turtles (around the point). i've snorkeled a few times elsewhere around the island, and for me this was the best snorkeling, because the current was not so strong as to be constantly pushing you into the reef areas, so I could just relax and focus on watching the sealife, without worrying about mutual injury opportunities for me and the coral. The fish were big, beautiful, and plentiful. Saw a 6 foot eel (gorgeous) too.

We ate at the SeaHouse restaurant on-site, once for a group dinner, and several times for a quick lunch. The food was excellent.

All resort staff were wonderful and much appreciated. They were very helpful, responsive, and friendly -- they definitely know about the aloha spirit!

We hope to return to Maui again soon, and have found a new favorite place to stay.

  • Stayed: July 2006
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19  Thank mcgargantuette
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