The Mauian on Napili Bay

5441 Lower Honoapiilani Hwy., Napili, Hawaii, 96761, USA

If you're looking for a low-key place with a friendly staff, this small, delightful beachfront property on Napili Bay may be for you. Its renovated and tastefully redecorated rooms have free Wi-Fi, but no TVs, phones, or air-conditioning. As a concession to sports fans, there's a TV in the Ohana (Family) Room, where a continental breakfast is served daily. The well-maintained two-story buildings, dating to 1959, offer studios with well-equipped kitchens that have full-size stainless-steel refrigerators and two-burner glass cooktops. Hotel rooms have a minirefrigerator and microwaves, and some have connecting doors so they can be configured for families. All have Tempurpedic mattresses and newly renovated walk-in showers. The lush 2-acre grounds feature a pool, gas grills and a thatched hale (covered space) for gatherings.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Prices are based on double occupancy. For larger groups (maximum four), there is an additional $20 per person. Since the hotel is a quiet property there are no phones, TVs, or radios in the rooms.


Room options include studios and suites with full kitchens or hotel rooms with mini fridge, all totaling 44 rooms. The decor, furnishings, and linens are very modern, with touches of green, brown, and white throughout, with Tempur-Pedic beds.

The price difference between beachfront and other studios is so small that it is well worth the splurge!


The large bathrooms are elegantly decorated and outfitted, with granite countertops, tiled walk-in shower, rainfall showerheads, and large mirrors.


The Mauian has a small office with a lovely entrance that is reminiscent of the 1950s aloha vibe that the owners created when they built the hotel.

The website has a nice property map that shows exactly how the rooms are laid out to help you make your choice.


The round pool is small, but it’s surrounded by a nice stone tile sun deck, three grills, and some palm trees and tiki torches that help create a nice ambiance.


Though there is no on-site dining there are three poolside grills, full, elegant kitchens in most units, and a lovely continental breakfast served daily.


Getting Around

It’s easy (and preferable) to explore Maui’s smaller towns by foot, but to get to them and around the island, you’ll need to rent a car. If you plan on exploring the Road to Hana, get something with a little extra horsepower (but not too big as the road can get very narrow). This hotel offers free parking.


Star Noodle (20-min drive) is a favorite among locals and visitors, a place where creative chefs integrate new ideas into old dishes. The family-style concept is applied to the tasty plates that illustrate a Maui twist on Asian classics. Fish, pork, and of course noodles dominate the menu, but there are definitely plenty of veggie options, along with vibrant cocktails and mocktails made with fresh-pressed juices.

Enjoy fine dining while practically sitting in the ocean and relaxing with the sea turtles at Mala Ocean Tavern (17-min drive)--this restaurant is so close to the water that at some tables you can feel the surf splashing your toes. The fresh, vibrant menu is not only full of locally-sourced items and lots of fish, it also features a gluten-free menu. Wine choices are fantastic, as are the cocktails with a few special martini options.


Find a daily happy hour from 5 to 6 p.m., live music from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday through Monday, and trivia nights on Wednesday at family-friendly Pour House (3-min walk) that features cocktails, beer, and an extensive wine list.

Monkeypod (15-min drive) has some really great food, with a focus on local products that create a variety of appetizers, pizzas, noodles, salads, and seafood dishes in a fun, family-friendly environment. Their newest location in Whaler’s Village has two daily happy hours from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m., as well as live music most days--performances start at 1, 4, and 7 p.m.


The Mauian pulls off something that few hotels can pull off -- a quiet, elegant stay for an affordable price (including no resort fees). The beautiful grounds, well appointed and decorated accommodations, and weekly programming that includes a sunset pool party and a presentation about Maui marine life all create a lovely experience. No phones or TVs makes this revived classic stand out as a place to relax, but the Ohana Room is a nice place to hang out and play a game and meet other guests for those who need a little technology. It’s also nice to have a check-in time of 2 p.m., a bit earlier than most hotels.


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Phones: 800-367–5034;808-669–6205

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