I'm writing this not to review the Kauai Beach Villas, but to clarify a couple of things that have come up in traveler reviews. I have owned a week of timeshare here since 2001.
1) There are three types of owners for this property - private condo owners (they own the unit outright, all year 'round), PAHIO timeshare owners, and Wyndham owned units. About 10% of the units are owned by Wyndham. Most are PAHIO units, which unlike the Wyndham units which are owned by Wyndham Vacation corporate, are owned by individuals who purchased (and are deeded) individual weeks of time at the resort on a yearly basis. Those owners voted in a board to take care of the business of the property. PAHIO was the first organization to turn these condos into timeshares.
Access to the private condo units are usually done by the owner through Vacation Resorts or through private ads. The other units are either used by the owners of those weeks, or owners of other timeshares elsewhere who trade in. Unused weeks are made available for nightly rentals as a hotel. Currently the KBV is managed by Wyndham Management, essentially hired by the PAHIO organization to run the property in a daily basis. Wyndham Management, at one point,tried to get PAHIO owners to convert to Wyndham Vacation and in the process, get the PAHIO owners to give up their deeds to ownership of the actual units to Wyndham Vacations (Wyndham Vacations and Property Management are separate). Some did, which is how Wyndham got their 10% of the inventory. Wyndham Management may or may not continue as the manager of the property, but Wyndham does not own the whole property.
There are two condo assocations - one for PAHIO owners and one that includes all owners, including the private ones. Together, they voted in board members who make the decisions about the property, including who gets to manage it.
That being said, why did my wife and I decided to buy a week here? It may not be the fanciest resort around, but it's clean, the location is central to getting around the island, and (this is a big one), there isn't another resort on the island where the units are so close to the beach. Yes, the beach is too rocky for most swimming, but the beach is still gorgeous and buildings G and H are perhaps 75 feet away from the water at high tide. Other resorts on the island have residential units which are either up on cliffs or much farther away from the water's edge. There's something to be said for being so close to the water. The reason that this is rare is because beaches abutting the water are publicly owned by all by state law. Most resorts have to have their property a distance away from the water line. Because the beach at KBV is not really used much for swimming, it allowed the residential buildings to be built really close to the water. I know of no other resort in the island that is similar in that respect.
The grounds of the resort, while not huge, are still pretty and they are very well-maintained.
For those on a very low budget, you can stay in resorts in Kauai that aren't on the waterfront and stay surprisingly inexpensively. You can also stay at the very big, ritzy, fantastic but very expensive resorts such as the Hyatt in Poipu. OR, you can stay at the KBV, which includes a full kitchen in the units, have a beach resort experience and a good one, for a moderate price. If you're the the type who wants to stay in a resort and never leave it the entire time you're in the island, check out the Hyatt. It's pretty amazing.
But the KBV is centrally located. If you're going to be doing a combination of site-seeing and mindless beach vacationing, the KBV is really a great choice.
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