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Waipouli Beach Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   4-820 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746   |  
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South Orange, New Jersey
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“Perfect location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

We stayed at this resort in March 2013 and can't recommend it enough.

Location:

We chose this resort because we
wanted to be central to the south shore and the north shore. This was in a great location. There are several shopping centers within walking distance (including right across the street), with several supermarkets, restaurants, a natural food store, ice cream shop, etc. It's also about 15-20 minutes from Lihue airport, about 40-45 minutes from the south shore, and about 45 minutes from the Princeville area, depending on traffic.

Resort:

The property is one of the newer ones on the island, and it shows. Everything was spotless, and the location is very quiet. The furnishings were very well-kept and comfortable, and the kitchen was very large and had great, high-end appliances, and everything one could possibly hope for, for cooking meals. There's a little welcome basket with coffee, etc. Note that some of the units are prviately owned and so the decor may be very slightly different among different units at the same resort, although very consistent. We only discovered this because we stayed at two different units (both 1-bedroom units) because we broke up our trip in Kauai with a stay in Princeville in the middle (we stayed at the Westin, which I've also reviewed). The one bedroom units we stayed in had a living area (note that because the kitchen is large, the living area/dining area is somewhat small. It was more than sufficient for me and my husband, but would be a little tight for more than a couple. There was a small balcony off the bedroom with a small table and two chairs, where we ate our meals. We had an ocean view and the breeze was fantastic. Note that some of the larger units have outdoor lanais with dining space. The one bedroom has a very large bathroom, which consists of a larger bathroom with a soaking tub, twin sink vanity, and a toilet, and a smaller bathroom with a shower, toilet, and single sink vanity. The two spaces are separated by a door. There were plenty of toiletries, there was dish soap and a sponge, and other useful things included. Note there wasn't any laundry detergent, but we bought a few laundry soap "pods" at the natural food store across the street, which sold the pods individually. The washer and dryer are stacked, front-loading, and very new.
The units were identical to the photos on the hotel's website. You need a security code to get in your unit, which was nice since you don't have to fiddle with cards.

Outdoor Areas:

The pool is fantastic. Maybe it was just the time of year we stayed at the resort, but it never really got crowded and while there were a fair number of families with small children, all the kids seemed well-behaved and fairly quiet. There is a small area with sand which seemed really great for small kids, who were happily making sand castles and splashing around. There are two hot tubs with sand bottoms which were great, particularly since it got a little cool on a few of the days we were there. There is a beautiful, although small and narrow beach at the resort. We lay on some loungers there a few of the days and it was very relaxing. You can get beach towels at the pool area (which we took with us when we drove to several beaches). The pool area is gated, and you need a security code to get in.

Fitness center:

There is a well-equipped fitness center in a separate building in the pool area, which seemed to get a lot of use.

Parking:

Free self-parkiing!

Front desk:

The front desk was very friendly, helpful, and efficient. The Westin in Princeville has a very early check-out time, so when we returned to this resort after our brief stay on the north shore, we were really early and it was way before check in. The front desk was very accommodating and allowed us to check in a few hours before check in, with no issues.

Restaurant:

The restaurant on-site seemed quite popular, and overlooks the beach.

What you need to know:

They offered a great AAA discount, so make sure you check that rate if you are a member. We stayed at the Westin in Princeville and if we hadn't prepaid for that room, we would have turned around and just stayed at this resort the entire time we were in Kauai. We would definitely stay here again when we return. The larger resorts in the south shore seemed too big and crowded - by contrast, this resort was "just right" and exactly what we were looking for - a low key, relaxing stay in a great location but away from the crowds. The location means you can get out to see the island, drive to any beach you want, but then return to your oasis. The kitchen is great if you are self-catering, although there are several good restaurants nearby. If you care about daily housekeeping, you will need to pay extra (we were fine with just the every three days cleaning).

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Scappoose, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Great location and tastefully decorated modern condos. We spent 12 nights at the resort split between 2 different 2 bedroom units. Both condos offered decent views as well as easy pool access and ample parking. Rooms are very quiet with little noise from outside or adjoining rooms. Great location for a home base for exploring all parts of the island. Safeway, Foodland, shops and restaurants are all within walking distance of the resort. Nice beach front for just relaxing too. The Oasis restaurant offers a great happy hour and fun music along with a great ocean view! It was a bit annoying to have to punch in so many numbers to enter the pool gate... but understand they want security. Guests were great to help others out when their hands were full! Would stay at this resort again!!

Room Tip: It was pretty cool, rainy, and windy in March. Got to spend more time in our room than we had plann...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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dani0522, General Manager at Waipouli Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
Aloha, Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to write this review regarding your visit to the Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa. We are so blessed to have the opportunity to live on Kauai and work at this lovely resort! We are all pleased you and your family enjoyed your visit here and we hope to see you back soon!
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Midland, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

We recently traveled with 27 adults and 3 teens for a wedding. The beach as mentioned is not suitable for swimming. It is beautiful though and perfect for a wedding as there are very few people there. The pool is nice but very quiet. No splashing, coolers or pool floaties allowed. Pretty much just swimming or sunning. There are also no umbrellas for lounge chairs only tables. Pool towels can be picked up and returned poolside. Be careful in booking your condo. Each is individually owned therefore furniture can vary. Our condo didn't have a pullout so one couple ended up on a twin air mattress and wicker couch. The restaurant is good but drinks outside of happy hour are expensive. The only major complaint was the general manager who apparently made up rules to please himself. We tried to utilize the grills (which were rarely used) to have a pre/post wedding cookout with our entire group. Neither were rowdy or outside of quiet hours both times we were told to leave. First for having a cooler which is an unwritten rule and second for having over 20 people, also an unwritten rule. It was very sad we couldnt use the facilities for which we chose the resort.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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dani0522, General Manager at Waipouli Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
First off, thank you for taking the time to write a review of your visit to Kauai / the Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa. I applaud you and the group for planning and executing a wedding on island. I wish the bride & groom the very best and hope they will return often for their anniversaries, This Condominium Resort like most has an Association, and as such there are house rules and bylaws. Even though I am not the Association GM I will state that this individual was following through on what has been asked of him. From my standpoint this gentleman has the best interest of the property and its owners at heart, not to mention safety issues. I hope we get to see all of you back with us again soon!
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Portland Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

This is probably one of the newest condo/resorts on the island. The units are individually owned but from what saw are all furnished tastefully. The pictures are accurate. You are unlikely to be disappointed. I'd say overall this is a place for families.The on-site restaurant is good but the timing of dishes can be a bit spotty when it is busy (getting the appetizer before the drinks, etc). The beach here is sandy and nice to lounge on but coral and rock make entering the water a challenge, and unless you are careful and wearing water-socks you may step on a sea urchin. The resort is across the street from several supermarkets and within walking distance of a number of restaurants. It is approximately a 30-40 minute drive to Poipu or Princeville, so excursions are relatively easy. Rentals here can be obtained through VRBO and I'd encourage a little caution as the resorts units were sold at a premium and some have wound up back on the market as short-sales. Renting via Kauai Exclusive Management our condo was changed due to the original being sold, and another time through VRBO the condo also sold prior to the trip. That hasn't happened with my prior VRBO experiences, so this may or may not be an anomaly.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Fabulous Resort. We stayed 12 nights in a two bedroom top floor unit that overlooked the pool and the ocean. It was wonderful to watch the whales from our lanai. Comfortable, tasteful, quality rooms. Very soundproof buildings. The lanais are very small, which is the only real downside of the suites. The pool is ideal for families with its water slides and the toddler sand bottom pool. The family hot tub (always packed) was also good as regular hot tubs are too hot for kids, and adults don't welcome bouncing noisy children while they are lounging in a hot tub. There are two hot tubs that are designated as adult only. The grounds are immaculate, the staff friendly but not obsequious. We enjoyed dinner at the Oasis (most of their food is locally sourced) and it's true what they say: the mai tais (while costly at $12) really are the best. The kids loved taking part in the fish feeding at the koi pond (Thursday and Sunday mornings at 8:30). The only thing that would keep us from returning to this resort on future visits to Kauai is the location. We did not love Kapaa.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

if you are traveling with young kids or family this place won't disappoint you as they are known as the luxury condo resort. Let me start with the location , its at the center of kappa and hardly 5-10 min drive from the lihue airport. Being at the center of the main attractions you can plan out your trips to the north / west side of the island. There is safeway just across the street so all your grocery/food needs can be fulfilled from there, in the same complex you have panda express/abc store/starbucks/ice-cream shop etc so in short you won't have issue buying everyday food stuff if you are traveling with young kids like i did :).

Now lets go with the condo and its check in process, the check in time is 3pm and try you luck if you get the code etc before it :), we tried and did not get . we booked the condo through the exclusive website so the they will send you the condo entry code 5-10 before check in time either in mail or text :), this was my first condo stay on vacation so may be it works like this…:). As described in the website and while booking the condo the photos matched exactly the same so no foul play here. Once we entered the condo, it was very neat and clean an it was good size for 6 people. 1300sq ft with all the high end appliances in the kitchen, you have washer dyer in room. Also the kitchen has dishes and almost all the cutlery that you may want to use for your stay. you have free wifi from the condo complex or if you booked from exclusive website you will get the in house w-fi which will be like your house wi-fi (comcast/time warner), thanks to the maintenance person who gave us the key .

As the condo has 2 full bedroom + 3 baths it was very comfy stay and kids had enough space to play and run around in the main living room.

Now lets go to the pool again it has the slides for the kids and hot water pools for adults and kids play pool also. In all i was really happy with the cleaness of the pool :), it was fun to swim and kids surely enjoyed the water slides.

Once thing to note is that that check out time for this is 10am, whereas we are used to 11am in hotels etc not sure what is the reason but again may be condo rental works like this :).

if you are traveling with kids + family this place is surely a winner. i will recommend this place believe me you won't be upset with your stay.

P.S

if you want to enjoy the beach then this is not the place for you as the beach is rocky so you can't swim or snorkel but kappa beach is 5 min walk …so that may fix your issue. lol.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Love this resort!! Gorgeous rooms and grounds. Relaxing pool and sand-bottom spa. We thoroughly enjoy the restaurant/bar -- especially during Aloha Hour. Aldrine Guerrero and Aaron are a Do Not Miss!!! Request "Body Surfing"... not Jason Mraz (I think they're tired of playing it every day =) ) . This wasn't taped at the resort, but it's one of our favorite youtubes of Aldrine. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Aloha!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_RyzgD2_TE

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4-820 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Kapaa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Kapaa
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Kapaa
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Kapaa
#2 Romantic Hotel in Kapaa
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Hotel Class:4 star — Waipouli Beach Resort 4*
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