Napili Kai Beach Resort
Maui is open to US Citizens with the following requirements needed to travel:
- RT-PCR COVID test with a Negative result (72 hours prior to departure)
- Proof of Accommodation within Maui, HI
February is a great month to visit the island of Maui. There can be fewer visitors so it won’t feel as crowded. Whale season is at its peak during this time and temperatures are in the 70’s. This year has been colder than normal in Southern California which made our decision easy to head out to the Hawaiian islands. Maui seemed to be the perfect choice because one of our favorite resorts is located on the island. Welcome to Napili Kai Beach Resort!
This beautiful property offers luxurious condo-style accommodations complete with kitchenettes and patios, delicious onsite restaurants for those memorable sunset dinners, a putting green, four outdoor pools, and fun filled activities such as paddle boards, snorkeling equipment, and beach side umbrellas.
Did we forget to mention Napili Kai is located in between two of the best beaches in Maui?! Napili Beach and Kapalua Bay Beach are within a five minute walk on either side with amazing views of the island. Napili Beach is situated on the left side of the resort right next to their onsite restaurant called Sea House. The calm waters are great for swimming, snorkeling and paddle boarding. Kapalua Bay is located on the opposite side of the resort and much more popular with guests from all over the island. The reason for this is because giant Sea Turtles are among the abundant marine life that hang out in this particular area.
February is also peak season to witness the largest marine mammal in Maui. Humpback whales migrate from the North Pacific through the Hawaiian islands on their way to Antarctica. Maui is a popular spot for these gentle giants to mate and give birth to their young. During our visit we set sail on a snorkeling excursion and sunset dinner cruise with Sea Maui. The ocean water temperature was in the mid 70’s and the snorkel site was incredible. We spent the morning free diving and swimming with a family of sea turtles while using our handy SuBlue WhiteShark underwater scooter.
After a couple hours in Maui’s warm waters we boarded the boat for a delicious lunch and headed back to the beach. That evening was a special night as we drove about an hour south of Kaanapali down to one of our favorite restaurants on the island, Mama’s Fish House. If we could highly recommend one place to eat on Maui this would be it! In short, be sure to try their one of a kind special, Mama’s stuffed fish with Lobster & Crab baked in a Macadamia nut crust. You won’t be disappointed!
The next morning was spent sleeping in our comfortable king sized bed and strolling through Napili Kai’s walk way which feels like paradise. As the sunrise beamed across giant palm trees we found ourselves sitting at an outdoor table of their Sea House restaurant. We started off the day with cappuccinos and flavorful Haleakala pancakes.
Honestly, one can never go wrong with ordering just about anything on their extensive menu. Another favorite breakfast dish of ours would be their Honolulu breakfast with mouthwatering kalua pork.
Our day was spent snorkeling in Kapalua Bay Beach for a few hours which was only about a five minute walk from our room. That evening we sailed on Sea Maui for a sunset dinner cruise. We counted around twelve Humpback whale breaches circling around the boat with a great dinner cuisine provided. We savored a champagne toast as the sun slipped slowly into Maui’s calm ocean.
The next morning was the day we had chosen to visit Maui and we both couldn’t contain our excitement for what we had planned. Valentines Day 2021 had finally arrived and we were ready! We had arranged to visit the Hyatt Maui that evening to experience their amazing Luau show, Drums of the Pacific.
There is a back story on why we chose to book this Luau among the others offered on the island which we’ll quickly explain. In August of 2015, we were visiting Maui on a family trip when something special happened … I proposed to Ashley!
Our magical day was spent flying over Maui’s cascading waterfalls in a Blue Hawaiian helicopter and finally landing on Mount Haleakala for an unforgettable pineapple champagne proposal! That night we met up with both of our families at the Hyatt Maui for their Drums of Pacific luau to celebrate. This is the reason why their luau is so special to us both.
Fast forward to February 14, 2021 and we have found ourselves visiting the Hyatt Maui for a Valentine’s Day luau event. The evening started off with welcome Mai Tai’s and a private table reserved with premium viewing access. This year was a little different than what we had remembered due to COVID restrictions, however, it did not take away from the outstanding performances. The Hyatt offered a three course dinner with unlimited premium beverages during sunset. The show captivated the true meaning of “Aloha” and traveled back in time to some of the most memorable stories. They even included the audience to try out Hawaiian dancing while we wore authentic Polynesian beaded necklaces. The music was sensational and the ambiance was incredible. Two thumbs way up for the Hyatt Maui’s ongoing performance, Drums of the Pacific.
A recommendation we would like to make is spend the extra for a convertible rental car. It may seem cliche, however, every time we’ve visited Maui this is something we always remember to book. Maui has a tropical climate year round, and the weather is almost always perfect to have the top down. This allows one to really take in the island experience from the sights and smells of the ocean. What has worked well in the past for us is we book the regular vehicle at the base price, and upgrade at the rental counter upon arrival. This is where all the magic happens and if you bring the positive vibes chances are they’ll give you a good deal.
Overall, our Valentine’s Day visit on Maui was one of a kind. Napili Kai Beach Resort made sure to enhance our stay with their wonderful customer service and beautiful accommodations. Throughout our adventure we felt safe and secure with the protocols Napili Kai Beach Resort had set in place. Mask compliance was at 100% for all employees and guests, hand sanitization products were available throughout the resort, everything was cleaned and disinfected multiple times a day, and most importantly Napili Kai succeeded at creating and maintaining socially distanced island experiences for each guest.
As American citizens we receive questions all the time regarding travel and is it safe? We would like to respond with this, we feel like we’re doing our part by wearing masks, face shields, gloves when necessary, avoiding crowds and staying at least six feet apart from others during our travels. Travel supports millions of jobs around the world and the economic devastation that is happening is unprecedented. There are plenty of people who need to feed their families and depend on tourism to do so. In this regard, we feel it is safe to travel as long as you follow the proper precautions so that we aren’t transmitting the virus and we feel very confident that we’ve done everything we can to not put others or ourselves at risk. This is of course a personal decision and we would still recommend speaking with your doctor, talking to your family and do what’s right for you. Certainly traveling in today’s world is not easy, it does take a level of planning and even having back up plans. In our opinion, it is totally worth the once in a lifetime experience. We want to thank our Napili Kai family for having us and making our time an incredible stay! We hope to see you again soon.