We stayed at the PAHIO at KA'EO KAI resort Princeville.
The accommodation was a lot larger than we are used to when we are away. Very clean. With excellent views.
This was quite a quiet area, nothing seemed to be going on after 10pm.
Nearby is the Robert Trent Jones Jr. Makai Golf Course. Also the beaches of Hanalei Bay.
There are also a few shops and a medical centre closeby.
Where to even begin?
No phone, no TV (aside from a selection of videos supplied) -- OUTDOOR TUB with TIKI TORCHES & JUNGLE........
ahhhhhhhhhhhh............ Now THIS is paradise....
Although I live here on Kauai: I'd give my ARMS to be allowed full-term RESIDENCY here. Believe me - I've been in this industry a long time..., If you are looking for the ultimate and PURE Hawaiian getaway: THIS is the place!!!!!!!!!
Located in Wainiha (north shore Kauai) - Two cottages on a large and beautifully landscaped property out in the jungle located between 2 rushing streams.....
OUTDOOR claw-foot tubs with TIKI torches.....
IF you can handle being completely severed from the "real world".
The entire family agreed that the Outrigger Lae Nani was an excellent choice for a place to stay. Some would say it is a bit expensive but for the accommodations and location it was definitely worth the money.
Our balcony had a great view of the ocean, "private" beach which was protected somewhat by a reef that made swimming and snorkeling easy, pool and was centrally located for us to make all our day trips an equal distance in any direction.
My husband and I chose this hotel in February 2002 for a couple of reasons, 1) we wanted to be on the East shore and 2) we didn't have too much money to spend as this was our honeymoon and we were going to be on the island for two weeks. The service was quite poor. Our first bad encounter was signing in at the front desk. No "Aloha!" no "Welcome!" just "Checking in?" (I've seen sticks with better personalities!) We got to our room, and it was two twin beds. Again, this is our honeymoon, and we booked a queen. Then, the next room had no shower head and was dirty. Finally, we settled for a room with a queen, but a broken A/C. We were awoken the next morning at 7 AM by the repairman wanting to fix our A/C. Glad to have the A/C, but 7 AM is a little early. No apologies and no compensation for our troubles.
As we all know, the pictures in brochures and on the company's website don't tell (or rather show) the truth. The grounds were nice, but that was about it. The room wasn't well lit and had a damp, moldy smell to it. The location, however, was great.
There is no onsite restaurant and had a small pool and jacuzzi. Each building is named after one of the Hawaiian islands. We stayed in the Ni'ihau building.
Great views of Wailua Beach--if it weren't for that, I would want my money back.
I didn't stay in these condo's, but I did take a nice walk by them, and if I was to stay longer, I certainly would consider this as an option.
They are happy to take your calls from 7:30 am to 9 pm Hawaii time. 3 hours earlier than the west coast from April to October and two hours earlier from November to April.
Located on the sunny south shore, here rainfall is less frequent and sunshine is abundant. Many people prefer the sunnier quality of the south shore to the lushness of the north shore. Fortunately you can have it all.
Just a short stroll from Poipu Beach Park, the condos at Poipu Shores Resort will delight you with their location, amenities and the tropical ambiance that you'll desire in a Hawaiian vacation home.
They have recently upgraded, tiled, oceanfront pool that will keep you cool and fresh while you watch the turtles and other sea creatures in the waves below the pool deck.
The views are fantastic from this location, and you will witness amazing sunsets to round off your perfect day. You can see along the Poipu shoreline all the way to the "Forbidden Island" of Niihau.
Poipu Shores 101B is the only fully air-conditioned unit on the Poipu Shores property. You are so close to the ocean, that this completely self-contained and very private vacation condominium is a nice choice.
Poipu Shores 305A is a gorgeous Vacation 2 bedroom luxury condo where your view is like a "living painting" It will soothe your senses and take your cares away. Sunsets from the lanai give an incredible vista along the dramatic Poipu coast all the way to Niihau, the "Forbidden Island" imagine sitting with your morning coffee here.
Many people choose to stay at a large resort when visiting the islands but there are ways to stay on the islands even if you’re on a budget. If you can’t afford the hefty price tag attached to the hotels here, consider a vacation rental. You’ll also be saving money by having access to a kitchen so you can dine in, rather than at pricey restaurants for all meals. There are many websites out there that make finding these houses and condos easy. I’d recommend starting your search with Vacation Rentals By Owner or www.Craigslist.org. Vacation rentals are also subject to taxes and most usually charge a one time, nominal cleaning fee but almost always this ends up being a much cheaper alternative to staying at a hotel. The vacation rental we had on Kauai even came with free laundry, and access to a pool and tennis courts.
Private homes or condos, most with fully kitchens and laundry. Each property is unique.
When I arrived on the island of Kauai, I was tired from my stay at the shared hostel in Honolulu, so this place I found in the local phone book, the price was right, and I wasn't interested in watching any television, and since none is available, it was perfect.
Clean sheets and blankets on the bed/s, clean towels and fresh soap in the washroom, plenty of hot water in the shower made this a great spot to rest.
The location is on Rice Road, a busy thoroughfare, but very good if you need to find your way.
Credit cards are not accepted, but they will accept travellers cheques.
Frommer's Review describes Motel Lani as: a three star, no-frills bed and shower, you won't find a little basket of toiletries in the bathroom or a mint on your pillow, but you will get a clean, basic room (no TV) for as little as $34. This small, concrete-block motel mainly serves interisland travelers and a few visitors on a budget.
The location, on a busy street right in the heart of Lihue, isn't bad--the airport is just a 5-minute drive away, making this a good rest stop if you have an early-morning flight
For $50 you can get a room with a kitchenette.
A/C, small fridge, kitchenette in some rooms
nice condo, nice environment, good budget, if u wanna stay somewhere the sun is, choose South Kauai in winter, well-equipped kitchen, BIG SAVE supermarket everywhere, u can buy food and cook for yourself. grill in garden. swimming pool small but nice. small pond with lotus. really cool in the evening in winter, no need for airconditioning. clean and spacious condo. u can even find boogie board and beach chair in the condo. washing machine, dryer, dish washer, all very good to have! a sweet home for vacation! in the morning birds sing to wake u up :D ...... the only disadvantage i would say is: no internet connection, i did see a small cockroach running in the bathroom
Bali Hai Villas is an amazing condo/timeshare. It is not right next to the beach but it is only about a 15 minute walk, or a short drive. The rooms are clean and the staff is friendly and eager to please you in any way they can. I definately recommend staying with them if you have the chance. It is worth your while.
They have a great pool and the hot tub has a little sandy part that makes you feel close to the beach. The concierge is always there to help you plan a great day. The free Mai Tai's they offer Thurs-Sun are a huge bonus.
Polihale State Park is on the west side of Kauai, just south of the Na Pali coast. The beach and mountain scenery is stunning. We camped there for a couple nights and didn't want to leave.
Get your camping permits in Lihue before driving out there!
I absolutely recommend this hotel. As a matter of fact I am dieing to go back! Its the most grandest hotel in the area, beautiful people, cultural location, helpful staff, breathtaking panaramic vistas, gorgeous room with our own lanai (balcony), super romantic, delicious food (can you believe), and yum yum drinks. All in all, I highly recommend the Hyatt Regency in Kauai. You will not be disappointed! I just LOVE this place!
It has so many great qualities - first of all, the staff was beyond helpful from the moment we drove into the property to entering the lobby and navigating to our room. The staff was so courteous and pleasant! I never had this experience duplicated anywhere else.
Our room was fabulous and decorated in a tropical Hawaiian style that is very pleasing to the eye. The casual and elegant style adds to your instant relaxed mode. Although the room was awesome, it doesn't compare to the beautiful and expansive grounds of Hyatt. Needless to say we spent tons of time exploring the hotel property and the island sights. After a long day at the beach/pool and exploring it was revitalizing to come back to our nicely refreshed room.
The beach is certainly a site for sore, tired eyes. Very tropical feel to the pool/ salt water lagoon areas. We enjoyed many an afternoon here. The poolside service is top rate and the drinks are very addictive.
The Hotel Restaurants are very nice indeed. We frequented Illima Terrace for Breakfast every day and were not disappointed although we packed on the pounds! We tried a few of the restaurants for dinner; Italian fare at Dondero's was very good, Tidepools, The Dock (poolside) for a quick late afternoon bite and a stop at Stevenson's Library for drinks and appetizers.
Make sure to visit the ANARA SPA, lots of choices but the overall fact is a massage in Hawaii can't be topped.
Lastly, my favorite recommendation - catch a sunset from your lanai with your honey while enjoying a glass of bubbly!
The Hyatt Regency Kauai Resort and Spa is rated at 4 1/2 stars but I would venture to say that this is my all time favorite hotel. It was a wonderful experience. I want to go back now!
Description taken from their web-site:
The luxurious Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club combines the warmest island hospitality with the most idyllic destination. Their Kauai beach resort fronting Kalapaki Bay offers a wide variety of recreational activities, a superior beach experience and a pair of championship golf courses at the adjacent Kauai Lagoons Golf Club.
Guests will enjoy one of the largest family-friendly pools in Hawaii and the spacious rooms, most of which offer spectacular views and feature a balcony, in-room safe and air conditioning.
Wedding and honeymoon couples have long favored Kauai resorts for romantic getaways, and will find the most unique oceanfront dining experiences on Kauai, stunning wedding backdrops, spa services and much more.
This hotel is nonsmoking
Kauai resort hotel on 800 acres fronting Kalapaki Bay, offering a superior beach vacation experience
Featuring one of the largest family-friendly pools in Hawaii, plus two championship golf courses
The most unique oceanfront dining options on Kauai, with five open-air restaurants
On-site parking, fee: 7 USD daily
Valet parking, fee: 10 USD daily
Deals at this Hotel
Hawaiian Sand Dollar Package
Paradise Plus - Room with a View and Breakfast or Rental Car Too!
All rooms feature new luxury hotel bedding - down comforters, fluffier pillows, designer duvets
Guest room types and views include Garden View, Pool View, Partial Ocean View and Ocean View
King suites offer two lanais & spectacular views; Vice Presidential and Presidential Suite available
High-speed Internet access, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, refrigerator, safe
His-and-her robes and slippers in all rooms, plus in-room Kauai coffee service
Swimming pool centrally located providing easy access to all rooms
The grounds of the hotel were beautiful. The breakfast buffet was typical buffet food but the view was amazing. And complimentary Mai Tais and hula show every evening. Internet service in the lobby.
The pool was small but nice. We never had a problem finding lounge chairs.
We had booked a partial ocean view and when we checked in we tried to upgrade to an ocean front room (before we even saw our room) but they were booked. It turns out that our partial ocean view was great and we could also see the mountains including amazing sunsets. The 2 photos show our view from the balcony!
The only downside, our rooms had obviously not been remodeled in some time and the bathrooms were teeny. The walls were thin and we had some loud neighbors the first two days, we could hear them talking and laughing late into the night. Fortunately they left the second day. I think it was a good thing that we were on the top floor.
Many hotels/resorts do not have air conditioning. This can cause sticky days and actually pretty chilly nights - check before you reserve!
We were able to find a hotel with air conditioning, and it was a small window unit, which took hours to cool off / dehumidify our room. Overall, though, it was pretty good for the special rate we paid.
Looks downscale, but is very clean, in good repair, and VERY friendly!
What do you expect for $45 per night? Not much.
We knew that this place was a couple steps above camping. And it was.
Our cabin was dark and dreary. Its wood floor shows its uncared-for age and the utensils in the kitchen were sparse. Those that were there were usable but old. The cabin is old but still sound. We were informed of all this (except the dark and dreary part) prior to reserving.
This cabin had two rooms with two single bunks each. We had to make our own beds with the sheets, towels, and toiletries neatly tossed into a plastic bag heaped onto the double bed in the main room. There is limited seating with just two chairs at the small table in the main room.
Do you like to drink coffee when you first wake? Well, you have to use an old-fashioned, stove-top percolator here. No Mr. Coffee maker! My wife used the container for the flowers she bought (see picture). We just used a pan to heat water and used instant coffee. >:p
No phone. No cell service. No television. We ended up watching a DVD we bought on my laptop (the DVD was titled "Extreme Kaua‘i", an excellent production showing the seldom seen places of Kaua‘i). If you thrive on nightlife, do not stay here.
This place is just a few steps above camping. We had a solid roof over our heads to keep the rain off us (it rained very hard two of our three nights here). We had hot showers and an easy way to heat water for coffee. Other than that, it was just like camping.
We knew most all of this prior to reserving. However, once there, reality sets in and you see the error of your ways. Why did we choose this place? Because of its proximity to all the wonderful trails in the park. However, due to the amount of rain during our stay, hiking was severely limited. So any reason to endure these meager accommodations was quickly eliminated. We felt stuck with nothing to do but drive back down into Waimea or further.
It's only $45 per night for the stand-alone cabins ($35 for the attached). Maximum of 5 night stay. Friday and Saturday nights must be rented together.
The Lodge at Koke‘e is located between milemarkers 15 and 16 on Waimea Canyon Drive within Koke‘e State Park. It sits at about 4,000 feet of elevation. And, yes, that means the mornings can be chilly.
They have twelve rentals. Eight of the rentals are stand-alone cabins. The other four sit as two buildings of attached cabins.
They tend to book-up early by the locals because this is where they come to escape the hordes of tourists invading their island home. We were reserving a stand-alone cabin in January for our October trip and they only had two left. So you need to reserve here very early if you plan on getting one.
The Lodge office/store/restaurant is only open from 8am to 4pm. There is no other choice for food or supplies up here. We ended up driving the 45 minutes back down to Waimea every night for dinner.
One aspect that really stuck out was the spider webs. On the ceiling joists, down in the corners, and across small openings; they were there.
The real kicker: My wife hates spiders. Although we did not see the spiders themselves, since we were seeing plenty of their handywork, we knew they were there somewhere.
We wanted to be adventurous on our accommodation choices this trip, but I feel we may have dipped too low even for our liking. Hence, we were disappointed with our choice here. However, this feeling was complicated by the amount of rain we had, which severely limited our planned hikes.
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