Napili Bay Resort

One of Maui's best bargains is this small two-story complex right on Napili's beautiful 1/2-mile white-sand beach. The atmosphere is comfortable and relaxing, the ocean lulls you to sleep at night, and birds singing wake you in the morning. The beach here is one of the best on the coast, with great swimming and snorkeling -- in fact, it's so beautiful that people staying at much more expensive resorts down the road frequently come here. The studio apartments are definitely small, but they pack in everything you need to feel at home, from a full kitchen to a comfortable queen-size bed, plus a roomy lanai that's great for watching the sunset over the Pacific. There's no air-conditioning, but louvered windows and ceiling fans keep the units fairly cool during the day. There are lots of restaurants and a convenience store within walking distance, and you're about 10 to 15 minutes away from Lahaina and some great golf courses.