I usually don’t give much attention to the hotels, I just want a good location and usually on budget side. This time we wanted to be near the sea for sure and kind away from towns with busy streets etc. Aston Islander (formerly Resort Quest) was ideal for us because we payed $100 per night and worth every dollar we gave.
It is a 3 star resort which is set parallel to the ocean (pic 1) near the airport (10’ by car) with huge quite rooms, most of them looking at the ocean or at the beautiful garden or pool. The whole are is very nice with many pineapples here and there, a lot of green spaces between the buildings of the hotel etc All the building have names of Hawaiian islands (we stayed at Moloka’i!) and none of them is higher than two stories (forget the ugly huge hotels in Waikiki). There are about 200 rooms.
The room was very big with 2(!) twin beds (pic 2), fridge, microwave, safe, TV and coffee maker (one free coffee per day). We also had a nice balcony where you could stay at the evening and listen only to the waves from the ocean. No luxury really but the bathroom was very big too with many towels (they change them every day), huge mirror and free small nice soaps and shampoo.
There was an internet cable in the room (with charge) but also free wifi at the lobby (where there is a big area to choose or stay out at the veranda that looks toward the pool in the garden) (pic 3). The parking was for free too although we didn’t like the idea of signing a paper that says we are responsible for it! That wasn’t the only paper we singed though, the weirdest one was the one that was about the swimming at the sea that we are responsible for any accident because of the big waves, the sharks and other things like that! :) The beach isn’t the best in the island for swimming because of the rocks in some parts (pic 4) although there is sand in most of it (pic 5) where you can relax and sunbath…
The check in time is at 15.00 but we didn’t have any problem to get in at 11.00. The stuff at the reception are friendly and helpful. There is a small tour office at the lobby where you can book tours (we booked are helicopter tour there). The hotel is an peaceful area but there is the Coconut Marketplace across the street so there you can find many shopping stores and some dining options.
What a marvelous place to relax and enjoy the beautiful island of Kauai. The hotel is just one of the few places that offer air conditioning for their condo rooms. The Poipu Plantation is located on the south and sunny shores of Poipu beach.
We got to the hotel after hours so our room key and directions were waiting for us on a message board. Our condo was the "Macadamia" room, this was by far the best room offered, not because it was fancy but because it was at the back of the complex, a seculed upstairs unit with a great lanai to sit and relax, have a drink or a cup of coffee and watch the ocean, mountains and the world go by..
The room was a one bedroom with a King size bed. It hads a full kitchen and dining area. The bathroom was a bit stark and the only amenities offered was a bar of soap. So make sure you bring hand lotion and shampoo supplies. There were 3 sliding patio doors which we opened at night and early in the day, this coupled with the tradewinds made for pleasant temperatures at night and early morning. The air conditioning came in handy for cooling off the room rapidly when it was needed.
The Plantation Poipu offered use of a gas grill and a hot tub on a deck tucked away amid the tropical trees and flowers. They had coin laundry on site which was both convenient and economical.
The cost of the condo was an amazing rate of $135 per night which is an outstanding rate and they offer a reduced rate for those visitors who return for another stay.
The Poipu Plantation has 2 bedroom 2 bath condos which are great for family stays. There is also a 1938 plantation home on the property with four excellent Kauai "Bed and Breakfast" rooms. Breakfast is not available for the guests who rent the condos.
We leased a beach house for the week that we was on Kauai. It was across the highway from a usually deserted beach. The house had a large living room, dining room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, and 2 baths. A full length porch on the front and back. On the back there was an enclosed shed with a washer and dryer. There was also a view of the beach from there. This house was on the west side of the island, away from most of the tourists.
When I imagine a resort, this is what I imagine. Beautiful ocean view room, dark furniture, several pools, jacuzzi, waterfalls, spa, workout facilities. Has everything.
Happy hour at the pool bar between 5 - 6 with free drinks for all guests! It is wonderful to watch the whales in the ocean while meeting other travelers The staff kept those drinks flowing!!
This is where our friends stayed. It's a great hotel with lots of facilities; beautiful grounds, a nice pool, the beach close by (right in front of the hotel), a small garden with a lake with geese and ducks. The room was nice and clean, I guess typical Marriott. The only problem for me is that it costs more than I wanted to pay. The picture is taken on the balcony towards the pool.
The hotel is located in Lihue close to the airport. They provide a shuttle to pick you up from the airport.
While we were on Kauai, we stayed on Secret Beach at a private cottage called Hale Lani (Heavenly Home). I can't even begin to describe how much we loved this cottage.
gated entry; the landscaping was unbelievable; outdoor jacuzzi; acres to wander and explore; private pathway to the beach; no air conditioning (just FYI for those of you that MUST have it)
This is a very nice hotel! Everything you could want and more! The property is beautiful with lush flowers and plants. A huge pool, and a very nice beach. Also a few nice places to eat on the property as well. The service is excellent, the rooms very nice and roomy, and the view is beautiful.
The pool is the largest on the island. The view from the ocean view and garden view are beautiful. Wonderful places to eat on site. The grounds are beautiful and lush! Has it's own beach!
I had the ultimate luxury of staying at the Hyatt Regency Kaua'i Resort & Spa as part of a travel agent familiarization trip. This place was hands down the most luxurious property I have ever stayed at. Conde Nast Traveler ranks this resort 4th out of all the Pacific Rim hotels and in the top 100 in the world. I would have to totally agree. The expansive landscaping, services, & amenities of this property makes it THE supreme resort in the state. If you have money to burn, treat yourself to the ultimate in luxury accommodations! Although I didn't take lots of pictures of the property, here I am on its private section of Poip'u Beach....one of the top 10 beaches in the world.
Located only minutes from the airport, I highly recommend this gem. After talking to the owner (who was more than helpful and friendly) we got a cute little room on the ground floor. We didn't have air conditioning but it is available. There was a little counter in the back of the room with a sink, microwave, and a coffeemaker. There was also a fridge underneath the counter and 2 garbage bins, one for recyclables and one for non. The bathroom was quite nice for its small size, with a sink, a counter and long mirror, and a tiled shower (no bath). This was his most modest priced available room, but you can choose to stay in one of the Orchid Suites.The rooms are all non smoking, but there is a garden area with some chairs and a bench where smoking is allowed. Kalapaki Beach is located across the street. There is also a little marketplace behind the beach with maybe 15 or so shops and eateries. A little ways down the road, there is also a mall. I would recommend this hotel to any and everyone.
In the hotel lobby, there is a koi pond that goes through the wall to the outside. Very nice touch. The hotel also offers free use of beach towels, boogie boards, ect. to its guests.
The most unique thing about the hotel is how eco-friendly it is. Not only was there the recyclables bin, but there were also notes about saving electricity by turning off lights and tv, and one in the bathroom suggesting to reuse your towels to save the island from water waste. Being an environmental protector myself, I really enjoyed that a hotel would suggest these tips to its guests.
Our stay was really great. We went in October (off season) so we got a great price and a room upgrade. They have a fabulous landscape design around their pool area. The beach that they are on is completely unusable and not swimable. We found this to be a good thing, because it forced us to drive to many other beaches and really see Kauai. Great central location - about halfway between everything. Close to airport (2 miles).
They have 4 pools, a lagoon that attracts natural birds/ducks/geese. A large rooster/chicken population lives nearby... but that's the case for almost everywhere on Kauai.
We've stayed almost twenty times in vrious accomodations they mange around Kauai. Virtually every time, we had a wonderful stay. If you look them up on the Internet, remember to look fro EXACTLY "Kauai Vacation Rentals in Lihue. There are several imitators, so beware.
Outstanding service and follow-up!
I started out my trip to Kauai at this hotel, and I absolutely recommend it. The beach is right outside the hotel grounds and is in perfect position to welcome the morning sunrise. The hotel n a great place not only because of the secluded and quiet beach, but also because it is right next to The Coconut Marketplace, a open air mall with about 70 or so shops, a movie theater, and eateries. Located in the hotel is Al and Dons Restaurant. Although its open strange hours that I would constantly forget, the dining is exquisite not only because of the value and taste, but also because its situated practically on top of the shore. The hotel staff was excellent, they helped us to their best ability whenever we had a question, and I even made a friend. The hotel rooms I stayed in included 2 double beds, a television, a/c, a fridge, and a porch although I'm sure there are other options available. As if you are going to spend much time in your hotel anyway when there are such amazing sights to see!
Room amenities include:
a/c fridge tv phone balcony/terrace coffeemaker microwave
daily maid service smoke alarms
The hotel also offers a laundry room, 2 pools, fax machine, wheelchair accessibility, photocopier, gift shop, well lit parking lot, coded lock gate, and security guards.
The best part about the hotel was the friendliness I received from the staff. Also the grounds were absolutely beautiful and as natural as possible. But seriously, the best part about the hotel was the beach.
Tip: When you walk onto the beach, take a hike down away from the mountains (or take a left). After a little ways, you'll see a huge tree trunk laying down with a cute tree almost draping over it. I really enjoyed sitting on the tree trunk and letting he waves crash against it and splash me. Be careful on it though, its slightly slippery.
There are plenty of animals living around the hotel. There are cute little sand crabs on the beach, and cute little birds that I called pidgickens, because to me they resembled a pidgin in their shape and coloring, but they were a bit larger, and had the feet of chickens. I thought it was funny how they weren't afraid to be at your feet begging for food if you happened to be eating on the balcony, but please do not feed them. There are signs posted throughout the hotel asking that you don't. I guess some people would find it a nuisance, but they were nothing like seagulls, they just quietly sat waiting for you to drop a crumb.
Pahio at the Ka'Eo Kai is one in a cluster of five time-share resorts on the north shore of Kauai at Princeville. Our one-bedroom condo was very spacious with a large living and dining area, full kitchen, bedroom and bath. There was also a large front porch which looked out across a well manicured golf course to the Pacific Ocean. It was a wonderful place to stay, and we thoroughly enjoyed our week there. However, there are so many things to see and do on Kauai that we actually spent very little time in the resort except for sleeping. We did cook our own breakfast for three mornings and enjoyed it on the porch, or lanai. We also enjoyed feeding the birds which came to join us for breakfast: zebra doves, spotted doves, red crested cardinal, myna birds and more.
Full resort ammenties include a golf course, swimming pool, tennis court, clubhouse and more.
We were on the third floor of an ocean view room for about $250 a night. The room was comfortable, the bathroom could have been a tad bigger. We had a balcony we could sit on with addtional views of the pool. I think well worth what we paid. I didn't expect too much since it looked awfully close to the airport and the main town of Lihue but actually was not. So, overall, an enjoyable stay.
The hotel is right on the beach! Most amazing views at sunrise since it's on the east coast of the island. There are crabs all over the beach and the water was warm! The hotel just has one restaurant but the food was very good (expensive, too!). Breakfast for two would easily cost $25-$35. I love the fact you have a choice of potatoes or steamed rice with your omlet.
So nice to sleep in a proper bed again, plenty of hot water in the shower, there is a kitchenette sink, along with coffee maker, and small fridge.
Once again, I went for this place because I needed to sleep in a proper bed.
They have a queen size mattress, nice and firm, television, a balcony with two chairs and small table, small fridge, coffee maker with packets of Kona coffee and tea, the Restaurants and shops are a very short walking distance away, so you can leave your car at the Inn.
A/C, Ceiling Fans, Daily Maid Service, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Complimentary use of beach gear, ice chests and golf clubs, all rooms and balconies are smoke-free.
Kalapaki Bay has a wide variety of beach and water activities which include, swimming, surfing, kayaking, deep sea fishing, windsurfing, sailing or sunbathing.
There are 21 newly renovated light, bright rooms. The artwork is by a local from Hanapepe
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