Hotel at a Glance: Napili Kai Beach Resort
Set on the white-sand beaches of western Maui, the Napili Kai Beach Resort provides a classic Hawaiian getaway with award-winning dining, no resort fees, and a “kids stay, play, and eat free” policy. Rotating daily activities include Mai Tai parties and hula shows. In addition to your stay, you’ll get vouchers for two welcome cocktails. This getaway makes a great gift for the holidays.
- Condo-style accommodations feature fully equipped kitchenettes and private lanais.
- Dine at the water’s edge at the award-winning Sea House Restaurant, which serves farm- and sea-to-table Hawaiian fare. Stop by for happy hour and stay through sunset.
- Every morning at 10 a.m., coffee, tea, lemonade, and fresh pineapple is served in a beach cabana with a daily Hawaiian cultural presentation.
- Take a dip: You’ll have your choice of four pools and a large whirlpool, or you can snorkel in the protected waters of beautiful Napili Bay.
- Play: There’s an 18-hole putting green and courts for bocce ball, croquet, and shuffleboard.
- Boutique day spa: A full range of treatments is available, from facials to massages.
Maui, Hawaii: Gorgeous Beaches, Haleakala Volcano, and Seasonal Whale Watching
Voted the best island in the United States by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, Maui is considered one of the Pacific’s most beautiful spots and a favorite among Hollywood’s elite. The town of Lahaina, along Maui’s western coast, served as Hawaii’s royal capital before 1845. Throughout the mid-19th century, it was known as a whaling town—Herman Melville sailed from Lahaina during this time and gathered inspiration for Moby-Dick. The humpback whales that were once hunted are now protected by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, and their population has flourished. The seas around Lahaina boast some of the world’s best whale watching from December to May, when female humpbacks give birth in the warm Pacific waters.
Arguably, Maui’s biggest attraction is Haleakala, the world’s largest dormant volcano, which technically encompasses 75% of the island. A paved road leads up to Haleakala’s summit, where you can stretch your legs and walk around the rim of the lunar-like volcanic crater. The towering peak is a playground for bicyclists, who coast down the slopes all the way to the beach town of Paia.
Elsewhere on the island, it’s a rite of passage to drive the Road to Hana, a 68-mile route that zigzags along the scenic northeastern coast with more than 600 hairpin curves. There are several points of interest along the way, including botanical gardens, tiny villages, and waterfall pools you can swim in.