This small resort nestled on Napili’s white sandy cove feels like a well-kept secret. For 50-plus years, the staff here has been welcoming return guests for a taste of unspoiled paradise. The weekly mai tai and golf putting parties are blasts from the past, but the modern conveniences in each unit and startling ocean views will focus you on the splendid here and now. From the three buildings on the point (Puna, Puna 2, and Lani), you can gaze from your bed at the ocean, which looks like an infinity pool starting at the edge of your lanai. All units (aside from eight hotel rooms) have full kitchens, washer/dryers, flatscreen TVs, ultra-comfortable king-size beds, and private lanais separated by attractive shoji screens. Hawaiian cultural activities include poi pounding and lauhala weaving workshops, authentic keiki (children’s) hula shows, and twice-weekly slack key guitar concerts led by Grammy award–winning musician George Kahumoku. Kids 12 and under eat for free at the resort’s Sea House restaurant. As cozy as the rooms are, you’ll probably spend most of your time on the beach or in the protected bay paddling past lazy sea turtles. Bonus: No resort fee.
Napili Kai Beach Resort
5900 Honoapiilani Rd (at north end of Napili, next to Kapalua), Lahaina
Our Rating Neighborhood Honokowai, Kahana & Napili Phone 800/367-5030, 808/669-6271 Prices Hotel room double from $335; studio from $475; 1-bedroom from $780; 2-bedroom from $1,050; 3-bedroom from $1,250 Amenities Restaurant; bar; babysitting; children’s activities at holidays; concierge; 24-hr. fitness room; 2 18-hole putting greens; discounted rates at nearby golf courses; 4 pools; free Kapalua shuttle; tennis courts nearby (and free use of rackets); free use of watersports equipment; free Wi-Fi Units 162 Web site Napili Kai Beach Resort Other Packages available