Kauai Condos: Poipu area or Coconut coast

Old Jun 24th, 2002, 04:00 AM
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Hi Monica! We stayed at the Poipu Shores condos and can highly recommend them. We had a gorgeous ocean front with a lovely beach with our own personal "blowhole" geyser out front that my husband adored. The condo itself was lovely - really top rate. Both the master bedroom and the living room were oceanside, and there was a huge lanei. Loved sleeping with the doorwalls open and listening to the ocean. I found them on the internet.
You will love Kauai! Make sure you journey up to see Hanelei on the north coast as well and take a helicopter tour for sure!
 
Old Jun 24th, 2002, 10:23 AM
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Hi Ruth,

Thanks for your input. I definitely am considering a helicopter tour. It all depends on what we end up spending on a condo, but I know it's worth it!
 
Old Jun 24th, 2002, 11:09 AM
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I just got back from Kauai, we stayed at the Kiahuna and it was great. The noise from the construction was not that bad but we were not next to it either. It is a great beach, the other resort-condos are not in good beaches in my opinion. It was our first time in Kauai and loved it. The coconut coast was busy, poipu was more relaxed. Have fun.
 
Old Jun 24th, 2002, 11:16 AM
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Monica I used to go to Kapaa Sands in 1994-96 so this could very well have changed but then the beds were so old that we woke up with sore backs. This was on several weekend trips. Why did we go back, $45 a night Kamaina rate and we were only staying for weekends.
 
Old Jun 24th, 2002, 03:42 PM
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Thanks everyone for your comments. I've chosen Piopu for the area for our stay in Kauai. Now to choose a place! Kaihuna Plantation is my first choice, but it depends on what prices they quote me. Today I received a nice brochure from the Poipu hotel/condo "association" which lists many places along with restaurant, shopping, and sites. Back to my reading! Mahalo!
 
Old Jun 24th, 2002, 05:22 PM
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Monica,
The name of the place that we bid/won on ebay is Kauai Coast at The Beachboy. You can look it up on rci.com (their website) and they have lots of information. Thanks for the previous posting, it jogged my decrepite memory. We would certainly return to this resort. Kevin
 
Old Jun 25th, 2002, 06:08 PM
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Definitely stay on the south side, Poipu area!!
 
Old Jun 25th, 2002, 06:33 PM
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The Poipu Embassy are very nice timeshares. We stayed there last October and really enjoyed it. We obtained ours on ebay.com and got lucky with a couple who owned a unit but were afraid to travel after 9/11 so we bid and got it for a cheap weekly rate. It's very nice there.
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 06:08 PM
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Thanks Alice for your suggestion. How was the weather in October?
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 07:17 PM
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Monica,
Postcard Perfect everyday in October!!! I know you will enjoy! Side note: There is a small, very rundown cemetary near by when you're entering the area. It has an old, marker with an arrow pointing to it. One day while my husband was golfing and I had the rental car, I went exploring and ended up at this very uncared for, neglected cemetary. I stumpled upon 4 "wild" cats/kittens. They were so malnurished and I felt so sorry for them, I went to the local grocery 1/2 mile away and bought LOTS of cat food and went and fed them. They actually started warming up to me (food will do it everytime) and I fed them each day for a week. My husband says I'm one step closer to getting to heaven, haha. I even have photos of them scrambling for the food around the markers. I've often thought about them. This is quite a cemetary! Cats aside, I'd stop just to see what a unique, rundown cemetary this is!! I also love all the chickens in the roads. I can't wait to return someday. Have a wonderful trip! Alice
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 08:10 PM
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My husband and I were in Kauai for our honeymoon about 2 years ago. We stayed in Poipu and traveled the island everyday. We wouldn't change a thing. We used the Ultimate Kauai Guidebook as our bible. We trusted the authors completely and they were right!! We found some wonderful hidden adventures-- rope swings, fun restaurants, and unpopulated beaches. I highly recommend using the book to track the course of your vacation.
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 08:45 PM
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We stay in Poipu every January and definitely have some opinions about where to stay in your price range. Kiahuna is on a great beach but some of the units are really far away from the beachfront. Construction or no construction, there are a number of bldgs that I wouldn't want to stay in there. The oceanfront and oceanview units are beautiful but very pricey. For the $'s, I'd look else where. We stayed at Waikomo Stream Villas this year looking for great value on a last minute trip. The layout of the individual units are great but the units are dark and the grounds are just okay. Wouldn't stay there again. Poipu Crater Resort is in a crater. It's hot and stuffy in there. Not appealing, and not really near a beach. No view out of the crater. Nihi Kai is okay. Pretty good location near Brenneke's Beach. Similar to Poipu Kai but with smaller, more compact grounds. You might do a search on Vacationspot.com. for other condo options. Great values at Kuhio Shores, no pool but right on the water and near the Beachhouse Restaurant. Poipu Shores also worth looking at. There are also nice little units, some with views, at Garden Isle cottages. Also check Grantham Resorts website for cottage and condo rentals. Some of our favorite stays have been at little cottages instead of big developments. In Kapaa area would recommend any of the properties at the Rosewood Bed and Breakfast (they handle rentals as well as run a B & B.) Most of their units are not right on the beach but being in the hills above Kapa'a can be nice- bird song, gorgeous vegetation and views- without the road noise and a quick run to a number of great beaches. Have friends who think the Wailua Bayview is a great value. A little too close to the road for me. Also, beach there is not too swimmable. Good luck. Do some web searches on Kauai Rentals. Lots of fun planning!
 
Old Jun 27th, 2002, 09:55 AM
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Thanks Alice for your story on the cats and the cemetery. I’ll just have to check it out and see if your cats are still there!

2348, where did you stay? How about some names of your favorite restaurants?

mj, thanks for your comments. Do you know about these that I’ve listed? These are places listed in either/both the Ultimate Kauai Guide book and the Poipu Beach association brochure that I have.

Poipu Sands
Manualoha
Poipu Makai
Po'ipu Palms
Prince Kuhio
Sunset Kahili
Lawai Beach Resort
Alihi Lani
Makahuena

Kiahuna Plantation Resort (great place, avoid certain buildings)
Waikomo Stream Villas (great value; layout ofunits are great…dark…grounds just okay)
Poipu Crater Resort (hot and stuffy; not appealing; no view; not near a beach)
Kuhio Shores (great values; no pool; on the water; near Beachhouse rest.)
Nihi Kai Villas (Okay; good location…Brenneke’s beach; small, compact grounds)
Po'ipu Kai Resort (similar to Nihi Kai)

You stated that your favorites are little cottages instead of big developments. Can you provide those names so I can review them?

Thanks!!!!
 
Old Jun 29th, 2002, 05:36 AM
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topping!
 
Old Jun 30th, 2002, 12:42 PM
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Sorry, Monica, can't do all of the research for you! Besides, planning the trip is part of the fun. FYI, Manualoha, Poipu Sands, and Makahuena are all parts of Poipu Kai Resort. Of the three, we prefer the pool, location, and units at Manualoha. Just personal preference. Sunset Kahili and Prince Kuhio are both older bldgs that lack charm although the "penthouse" units at Prince Kuhio are a pretty great value with a huge deck. Lawai Beach Resort is a large timeshare complex with a tiny beach. It is very near Prince Kuhio and Kuhio Shores. Of the three, Kuhio Shores is the most appealing to me- great oceanfront setting. Do some websearches on the individual complexes and on rental agencies- Garden Island Rentals and Grantham have a lot of units and cottages and good websites. I'd also recommend Frommer's Hawaii on $70 a day. We've used this for accommodations on all of the islands and have had good experiences. (The only place I wasn't crazy about that they liked was the Waikomo Stream Villas.) We prefer smaller complexes and cottages but have also had good experiences at good values at Poipu Kai which is a large resort. We have stayed in a variety of units in Poipu and Kauai running the gamit from the cabins at Koke'e State Park and Koloa Landing Cottages to Whaler's Cove to the Hyatt. Have enjoyed all of them.
 
Old Jun 30th, 2002, 02:25 PM
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No mj, I was not asking you to do my research, just your opinion if you knew the places I mentioned. You can see I'm a big planner/researcher if you visit my web site http://www.luvtotravel.homestead.com/home.html (I'm a "regular" on the Europe forum). I have been researching smaller places, like B&Bs. I got a quote for $75 at the Prince Kuhio, a studio. In thinking about our 4-5 night stay on Kauai, there's no need for us to spend a lot of money on a condo if we don't plan to do our own cooking. Been also getting information from Granham, Poipu connection, and Suite Paradise. I've also looked through Frommers, the guidebook I normally purchase for my trips. Thanks for your comments!
 
Old Jul 2nd, 2002, 05:51 PM
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Hi Monica,
I can give you some input on the Prince Kuhio or Lawai Beach Resort, both in Poipu, both right next to each other.
Lawai Beach Resort is essentially a time share resort. A very nice resort, 3 buildings,3 pools, tennis courts, great views from units, quiet, nice grounds, RCI gold crown. I am not sure but I do think you can purchase a single week stay from them. Contact them at their in-house exchange company, Hawaii Time Share Exchange,at www.htse.net or call toll free 866-860-4873. Highly recommend.
Prince Kuio is next door. Not as nice a resort but great for the budget minded. Three story building, no elevator, small so, so pool out back with no view. Had friends who rented 1 bedroom last year and it was a nice unit. Clean, well appointed. Prince Kuhio is across the street from the beach. The beach is good snorkling near the Beach House restaurant , but not a great swimming beach. The Beach House Restaurant is, however, one of the best on the island. None can beat it for waterfront location and atmosphere. I think if you are looking for a budget minded place, Prnce Kuhio is good. Lawai Beach Resort definitely a step up.
 
Old Jul 5th, 2002, 08:26 AM
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Hi Brenda, thanks for your comments. I did get a quote for $75 for a studio at Prince Kuhio; but I haven't finalized our plans yet. We'll have to try that restaurant.
 
Old Jul 23rd, 2002, 06:37 AM
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Don't forget the Poipu Kapili in Poipu! We stayed there last year and absolutely loved it. The grounds and condo were immaculate, the location great, the oceanview spectacular. I think this is one of the nicest condos on Kauai. It is next to the Sheraton which is nice - you can walk over there for drinks if you like. We stayed in the 2 bedroom superior oceanfront and it was just beautiful. It's a 2 story townhouse style with a nice big kitchen, two lanais. A great place. I think you made the right choice staying in Poipu. It is the nicest part of the island.
 
Old Jul 25th, 2002, 10:49 AM
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I'd like to jump in here with a request re: Poipu Beach. We would like to do a luau in the Poipu area; can anyone give me some recommendations? If there is one that is especially good outside that area I'd be interested, too.

Thanks for your help!
 
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