All positive reviews about this property are right. We spent 9 days in one of resort's ocean view studios in late April/early May and loved our stay. The resort is large, comfortable property that includes several low-rise buildings with various room sizes, very good restaurant, swimming pool, putting green grass and other amenities.
Our studio was very comfortable and included kitchen and balcony. We managed to get good rate booking early with pre-paid option, but I saw that normal rates for the hotel are quite pricey.
The resort's main attraction is its location at beautiful Napili Bay with its sandy beach and great sunset views. The beach is protected from waves and is great for swimming, snorkeling and paddle boarding. You can see large turtles there and occasionally - which apparently is rare in late April - also whales.
The resort occupies northern part of the bay, which has calmer beach that middle section of the bay, which is bit more exposed to higher waves.
In climate terms, this particular part of West Maui when we were there got refreshing breeze and occasional showers - mainly at night or early morning. Thanks to that the weather was very comfortable - not too hot and not too wet as in East part of Maui.
In terms of guest mix, most visitors were middle aged but the property is also popular and suitable for families with children and for retired visitors. The property is large enough so it can take those different age groups without conflict. The hotel has some Canadian connection, so in addition to US visitors, there are also quite a lot of Canadians there. We also saw some tourists from Asia and Europe.
Tip: Napili Kai Beach Resort appears to be most expensive and nicest of hotels located at the Napili Bay. But there are also other solid but cheaper-looking hotels that share the same beautiful location. Those are: The Mauian, Napili Bay Beach and Napili Bay Resort. From what I saw those hotels have slightly younger visitors on average than Napili Kai Beach Resort. So budget-oriented folks may look at those without compromising on great location of Napili Bay.
Another tip: Napili Bay is located quite far from main Maui landscape attractions such as Road to Hana and Haleakala National Park - so trips to those attractions take at least full a day with Road to Hana being worth two full days. We also took a boat trip to neighboring island of Molokai, which is far less touristy than Maui, but laid back and also very nice. Just be aware that boat trip from Lahaina harbor to Molokai can get VERY bumpy so I don't recommend it for families with children or people prone to motion sickness.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Napili Kai Beach Hotel Lahaina
- Napili Kai Beach Lahaina
- Napili Kai Beach Resort Maui/Lahaina