The resort also features four swimming pools, a boutique spa, fitness room, large oceanview whirlpool spa, and an 18-hole putting green for adults. World-class golf and tennis are available in the adjacent Kapalua Resort community. (Why pay the upscale prices for Kapalua accommodations when Napili Kai is literally, right next door?) As we said earlier, there is also a wonderful Keiki Club experience for children; fully supervised and approximately two hours long, it’s offered daily most of the year, and includes Hawaiian games, hula lessons, lei making, nature walks, crafts, movies, family putting contests and more. Professional massage services, body treatments, facials, and spa merchandise are available at Makai Massage and Bodywork, located on property. Here, you can take advantage of any number of pampering pleasures including hot stone massages; a green-tea-and-ginger body facial; Hana Rainforest Wrap; Epicuren facials (the favorite cult brand of Hollywood A-listers); and much more.
All in the Family
For that reason, the Napili Kai is a big hit with families — and has a 55 percent return-guest ratio with families who come back, again and again. It’s the ideal spot for a family reunion, and offers special services and amenities to make the occasion even more memorable. Families who book four to nine rooms at rack rate for a minimum of five nights receive specific units guaranteed (if available upon booking); a complimentary photo session; welcome flowers in each unit; and special Napili Kai T-shirts. The unique “Family Studio” units provide additional space that’s great for families with children 12 or younger. Or, if you’re just starting out in life with a new spouse — and have just gotten married — the Napili Kai is a great resort to consider for your honeymoon. You can start your morning relaxing with coffee on your private oceanview lanai. Spend your day at one of four pools, or snorkeling. End your day hand-in-hand on the beach, watching a spectacular sunset, and dining at the Sea House. Throughout the day, there’s everything including oceanside yoga, aqua cardio fusion, a tennis clinic, scuba demo, and even an outrigger canoe program to show you how to learn to paddle. At the Napili Kai, it’s all about romance, and the fun things you can do together.
The Start of Something Big
The Napili Kai first opened in 1962 as a 12-room resort, employing two housekeepers and one gardener. Occasionally, these three staff members gathered with guests in a beachfront cabana, and would entertain them with their ukeleles, singing and dancing. Often, their young children and grandchildren would delight guests by joining in their spontaneous hulas. As the resort grew, so did the staff, and the number of children performing at these impromptu gatherings increased as well. Eventually, the staff decided to organize a weekly show for guests. Today the tradition continues as guests at Napili Kai enjoy a weekly program staged by the children of the Napili Kai Foundation. Every Tuesday evening at 5:30PM, the kids, ranging in age from six to 18, perform in a delightful presentation. The cost for the 45-minute program is $10 for adults and $5 for children.
The Napili Kai Foundation’s goal is to perpetuate Hawaiiana, by instructing children in Hawaiian and Polynesian dances, culture, arts, language and history, and to instill in them a pride for their ancestry. This foundation was born from aloha, and today, it has grown in scope and purpose, reaching youngsters from all of west Maui.
The fun doesn’t end there. On Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m., the resort offers an ongoing Hawaiian slack-key guitar concert, priced at $39.99pp. In fact, Treasures of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar — Live In Concert From Maui was awarded the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Hawaiian Album, The CD contains music recorded from the Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Concert Series that takes place weekly at the Napili Kai.
Sounds like the kind of place you’d like to stay, right? Who wouldn’t love the Napili Kai?
Rates vary throughout the year, but oceanview one-bedroom suites start at $445 while beachfront one-bedroom suites start at $490 per night.