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Napili Surf Beach Resort
Ranked #21 of 32 Hotels in Lahaina
Certificate of Excellence
Portland, Oregon
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Can't wait to return!”
Reviewed October 31, 2009

I hesitate to review Napili Surf since it's been almost two years since our last stay but we are true Napili Surf addicts. I also hesitate to share this special gem of a resort.

We missed our now-annual Christmas visit in 2008 but are counting the days till our return this December (our fifth Christmas at Napili Surf). We've probably stayed at Napili Surf 10 or more times and have sent family, friends, co-workers. This is a small, ocean-front resort that is well maintained with dedicated fans who appreciate the less glitzy, cozier resort style. Each unit is privately owned but professionally managed and cared for. Even if your unit is a garden unit (not ocean view), the manicured lawn and sandy beach-front provide ample area for chaise-lounge viewing of the beautiful ocean and Molokai--not to mention direct access to the swimmable, often boogey-boardable Napili Bay. You'll want a car but can also find dining choices within walking distance. Larger grocery stores are a short drive, as is resort-style life (Kaanapali) and shopping (Whaler's Village).

Regarding previous posts that complain of:

1) No air conditioning: It's never been a problem for us. Maybe we've been lucky with weather and the unit locations we've chosen. We've stayed during April, August, September and December.

2) Musty unit: Never experienced musty and my nose is super sensitive.

3) Lumpy bed: All our beds have been comfortable. If you don't expect the luxury bed and bedding of a Westin resort, you'll be fine. Some units have queen beds, some have kings. If I found a bed not up to standards, I'd notify the office and they would, I believe, do everything within their power to fix the problem. The staff care.

4) Too many rules: Thank goodness for those rules as people seem to need them today! More and more people are traveling with children. Kids are noisy and like to play, scream and run. Some parents forget that not everyone appreciates the constant cuteness that comes with all that joyful kid noise. It also seems there's been a decline of common sense and common courtesy in our society. Just because I'm awake and enjoying myself at 11 pm or 7 am, I can't assume the people next door want the same. Just because you can't be away from your cell phone, doesn't mean I want to participate in your one-way (usually too loud) conversations next to my patio chair or lawn chaise. You might think it's fun to throw that football across the lawn over the heads of those of us relaxing, reading, sunning, but there's a huge sandy beach 50 feet away that is full of folks who would enjoy watching your talents. No need to even mention why no-smoking rules are needed.

5) Noise from adjacent units: The resort is small, patios surround two sides of the large lawn area. Voices and noise carry. Last spring I paid $600+ a night for a condo on the Big Island and I still had to participate in the vacation trials, tribulations and joys of other vacationers. These were large, up-scale units and the screaming kids, the cell phone conversations, etc. were more disruptive and frustrating there than at little Napili Surf. Sad to say, people can be just plain clueless and rude.

6) Landscape maintenance: Either the landscape is maintained or it isn't. It often requires workers using equipment. It's been our experience that equipment use has been fairly regular but minimal in duration at Napili Surf. We've experienced far more disruption at higher-end resorts and condo complexes.

We brought our extended family to Napili Surf for Christmas 2007. The young marrieds who usually travel with Hyatt, Westin, etc., loved Napili Surf. All were pleased and look forward to returning December 2010.

We hope Napili Surf will continue to post and enforce the rules that enable all of us to enjoy our well-deserved vacations. Frankly, we encourage management to be even a bit more dedicated to keeping Napili Surf the laid-back aloha spot we've enjoyed on so many visits.

  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Long Island City, New York
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Reviewed October 8, 2009

When you're on Maui, you're probably looking for the best beaches. I can say without a doubt that Napili Beach is one of those. And just behind the beach, there's an amazing little resort offering fully equipped rooms with kitchens! The staff is beyond kind and the location is absolutely amazing. Free parking is provided and during off season I was able to snag a room for $99 plus tax. Friendly, clean and a little gem a bit off the beaten path. This is what I dream of when I go to Hawaii!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
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Simi Valley, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed September 17, 2009

The Napili Surf Beach Resort is a paradigm for paradise located on Napili Bay in Northwest Maui. The weather is the best feature of this picture perfect Pacific jewel. No humidity on the grounds of the complex or in the rooms. I’ve stayed at the Napili Surf for each of the last six years and have vacationed on Maui fifteen times and never found a better resort.
The beach front condominium resort is quiet and serene with immaculately manicured grounds….the Napili Surf is a Pacific heaven.. I love everything about Hawaii except for the humidity and this is only condo or hotel complex in my experience where the trade winds constantly air condition everything in sight.

The one bedroom partial ocean view or studio partial ocean view units have fantastic vistas of the Pacific ocean, Molokai, and gorgeous Napili Bay. These units are about a thirty second walk to a small swimming pool or the ocean. All the condos I’ve stayed in are updated with every imaginable amenity. If you’re into golf or tennis, the world famous Kapalua Bay Golf resort is about one minute away by auto. Depending on which unit you book, your car can be parked right outside your door.
Across the alley is the famous Gazebo restaurant which features their signature macadamia nut pancakes. The food is good, the prices are right and the views of Molokai and Napili Bay are outstanding. Be prepared to stand in line for 15 minutes….but it’s worth the wait.

If you’re looking for a Bali Ha’i-type, peaceful island vacation with ideal weather, a beautiful beach and comfortable condos surrounded by lush landscaping, it’s all at the Napili Surf Beach Resort.

This place is Shangri-la

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 7, 2009

We stayed 5 nights at Napili. We were miserable without air conditioning! We had to keep the sliding door closed during the day when we were gone so the studio was really hot when we returned. It was never under 80 degrees in the room. It is an older complex but well-kept and clean. However, the groundskeeper spent two days doing major pruning of the bushes with a gas operated trimmer that was very loud for hours. Since you have to keep your windows open, there was no way to take a nap. We also felt like we had no privacy since everyone's windows and patio doors were open. There were rules everywhere...no cell phone use unless in your room, no smoking unless you go to the road or beach, no feeding the birds...... Overall, we would not stay here again because of the no a/c.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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VA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2009

We spent a week here in August in a studio with water view.

Pros: Very well equipped unit, with everything from a laundry hamper, to soft-sided cooler to take out on day trips, spices in the kitchen, etc. Super kind employees who are generous, welcoming. True aloha spirit. Friendly guests who have been coming for years. Beautiful view and super easy access to the beach. Two pools! Renovated unit, with lovely kitchen and bath.

Cons:
1) No air conditioning. It was so hot, even at night with windows open (had screens) - my travel alarm had a thermometer on it and one night it was 86. Lumpy bed and pillows - did not sleep well with those and the heat. Because of lack of A/C, everything in the room was musty. Our clothes we unpacked and put in the closet and drawers all had to be washed when we got home, even though many were clean from the laundry, because they all smelled bad.

2) Noise. Because no one has A/C, everyone has doors/windows open and it's super easy to know everyone else's business! The first night we were exhausted from a long day of travel and a screaming baby next door kept us awake. A few days later it was a late going card game of some super loud folks in another wing of the property. There is a quiet time, but not adhered to.

3) Too many rules/restrictions. I don't have a problem with rules, but it was in your face all the time. Everywhere we looked, there were signs with instructions. On every balcony railing, counter, etc. there are rules. No wet clothes here, no leaving towels there, no furniture past here, etc. A lot of the "rules" are common sense/good manners, but spelling it out everytime you turned around got a bit tedious. Heads up: one night I was going to do laundry until I found the washers are only open from 8-6 or 8-5.

4) Internet is free, but it was slow and unreliable at best. Kept crashing on us.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Pasco, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2009

I agonized over whether we should stay at a fancy resort or a lesser priced, highly recommended place in Maui. We decided to go with Napili Surf because of the full kitchen and great reviews on TripAdvisor and we did not regret it for a MINUTE. This is a wonderful, clean and quiet place to stay. Although it's not fancy, it has everything you need to create a home away from home. On Wednesdays they have a Mai Tai night for their guests and we sat outside, close to the ocean and listened to Hawaiian music and sipped on complementary Mai Tais - simply heavenly! The staff was very nice and gracious. I walked by one of the larger resorts and although it had all the bells and whistles, it was crowded and noisy. Napili Surf makes every effort to create a quiet, comfortable and relaxing stay for their guests at reasonable prices. Thank you Napili Surf - you helped make our week in Maui a memorable one!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank deleoc
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Boulder
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed July 14, 2009

My husband, 12 year-old son and I spent a week in an ocean view room. What to say...we felt like the luckiest people in Maui. The beach is gorgeous, they cove next door has dozens of huge turtles you can snorkel with, the property is spotless, and Scott the manager runs a tight but very friendly and relaxed ship. If you want glitz and bling, nightlife, computers, or if you are single and on the prowl, don't go to Napili Surf. If you want a small slice of heaven in a spectacular, tranquil setting this is your place. I have never written a review for Trip Advisor but felt Napili was so deserving...although a part of me wants to keep it a secret. We had spent 11 days cruising Maui in a Westphalia camper van before coming to NS, so it felt extra deluxe by comparison, but even so this place is a gem.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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3 Thank JKHittinTheRoad
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Property: Napili Surf Beach Resort
Address: 50 Napili Pl, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-9038
Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Beach Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Lahaina
#2 Best Value Hotel in Lahaina
#10 Family Hotel in Lahaina
#10 Top resorts Hotel in Lahaina
#19 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Napili Surf Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This quaint beachfront property is right on beautiful Napili Bay, a mere 50 to 150 steps into the amazing clear ocean water. Swimming, snorkeling, sun-bathing and stand up boarding are all available a few feet from your room. We are located along Kapalua and its world-class golf courses, Napili Surf Beach Resort is minutes away from Kaanapali and historic Lahaina Town. Fully-equipped condos offer the amenities and convenience of a resort, including daily housekeeping service and complimentary wireless Internet, with the comfort of your own home. Beautiful oceanfront grounds, two swimming pools, three barbecues, each with its own herb garden. Napili Surf Beach Resort is a non-smoking property. Please note that our rooms do not have air-conditioning. ... more   less 
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Napili Surf Beach Lahaina
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