First off, I have to give special props to the incredible staff at Villas at Poipu Kai - especially Ann, Tawni, Laurie and Laurel. Almost exactly one year ago, we called and booked five units at Villas at Poipu Kai for 35 (out of 42) people who were coming for my daughter's wedding. We booked two of the penthouses, a five-bedroom unit and a two-bedroom unit in the Garden Villas along with the Ohana House. Over the months between booking and arriving, I had a lot of questions as I organized the wedding week for my daughter who lives in Sweden and her now husband who is from New Zealand and guests from all over the world and even though it often takes island time to get responses from most venues, VPK answered every question promptly and fully - even the silly little ones. I think the phrase our guests heard from me over and over throughout the week that we were there (August 17-24) is "We could not have stayed anywhere more perfect than this" and they all agreed. It is a beautiful property. Every unit was roomy and well-appointed and so like a home away from home. Every one of our guests was just over-the-top pleased with where they were staying. The pool was great and I'm afraid we took it over a couple of times but I have pictures of our group having a great time in the pool with other families so I'm not sure anyone minded sharing. I'd read in previous reviews that one of the complaints was that the pool is cold. Our group thought it was so warm that they'd actually go and sit in the hot tub a bit so when they got back in the pool, it would feel cooler! Maybe a difference in season? The location of VPK between three great beaches was awesome. Yes, it is a bit of a walk but what a beautiful walk along the Green Belt. I got up at sunrise nearly every morning and walked to Shipwreck Beach - about 10 minutes to watch the glorious morning colors. We'd walk the other way to Poipu Beach - about 7 minutes - to body surf and snorkel and watch the sunset. Our twenty-somethings probably spent most of their time catching waves at Brennecke Beach with boogie boards borrowed from the VPK stock.
Villas at Poipu Kai are located in Poipu near Koloa. They are an easy 25 minute drive from Lihue Airport and there is plenty of parking. People staying in B,C, D and E have to pull suitcases a little further while A, F, G and H are all on the parking lot. The Big Save in Koloa is a pretty good grocery store though the shelves can be thin at times. When we arrived their entire dairy section was on the blink but they were happy to dig through their back-room stock to come up with a gallon of milk for you. Walmart in Lihue is okay but also suffers from thin shelves. Most of our group thought Costco was the best choice for stocking up (must have membership).
The units we rented…
H213 - this is a two-bedroom condo that VPK rented to us as a one-bedroom by closing off the smaller bedroom. It's huge and beautifully decorated with Tommy Bahama decor. It's on the first floor and the view from the living room is parking lot and a bit of garden path. My daughter and her husband loved it. One of the few problems we had the entire week happened with this unit but one call to Lauren and it was promptly taken care of.
H222 - this is a 5-bedroom condo that is two levels and starts on the second floor. It sleeps 12 though we only had 11 here. The common areas are huge so there was plenty of room for everybody to congregate. I got a quick glance into all the bedrooms and was happy to see that those described as loft bedrooms had huge slatted walls to provide privacy though I'm not sure they'd do much for noise but no one complained. This unit was also nicely decorated in Tommy Bahama. The young people staying here thought it was great; even the dorm room style room with 4 twin beds that was perfect for a bunch of guys. The A/C was on the blink but one call to Lauren and it was fixed quickly.
F300 and A300 - We rented two of the penthouse units at VPK. F300 had wooden floors and a beautiful white kitchen and A300 had terrazzo floors and a dark walnut kitchen. Both were absolutely beautiful units. Huge and roomy with a gigantic lanai that extended the living room by several feet when you threw all the doors open. The kitchens, like all the kitchens in the units at VPK were really big and stocked with just about everything you could possibly need including sharp knives. There were full-sized stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher and a huge granite topped island with a butler sink complete with disposal that was perfect for making a feast. Dish soap, salt and pepper are provided as well as extra garbage bags. And we were surprised by a big roomy pantry which made me really happy since I hate having things lying about on counter-tops. The dining table seated 8 easily and there was a small desk as well. You could seat six more people at the table on the lanai which had great views of the ocean and mountains. We enjoyed breakfast on the lanai every morning and watched the sunset in the evenings. The master suites were stunning and there was a great view of the ocean from the A300 master. The master bath had a huge walk-in shower with dual heads, a large soaking tub and double vanity sinks. F300 had three additional bedrooms with at least queen size beds and A300 had three additional bedrooms, two with queen size beds and one with a trundle bed. One small drawback was the lack of a closet in one of the bedrooms but there was a large dresser. The master suite has a walk-in-closet with plenty of room. All of the penthouse suites have elevator access using a key fob for private access and all have full size washer and dryer units. VPK provides laundry soap and we had plenty for the entire week's stay. And there is a huge stack of thick high quality beach towels - enough for eight. An iron and ironing board was provided and there were hair dryers in every bathroom. Three of the bedrooms had en suite bathrooms though one of the smaller bedroom's bath is rather small. F300 hosted a dinner party for eight one evening and it was fabulous. Felt like home - actually felt roomier than home! And A300 comfortably had 30 people in for potluck on our last evening in Kauai - didn't feel crowded at all!
Ohana House: This house was an absolute must-have if you are hosting a lot of people. The home is a one-story private home located on a wee square of green between the Poolside Villas and The Garden Villas. It had the largest common area of all of our units so it ended up being the place we congregated the most. On the evening of our first full day in Kauai we rented tables and benches that were set up in the backyard of Ohana House and cooked up a huge feast. We had plenty of room for our 35 guests plus a bunch who were staying in condos nearby. We used the kitchens in the penthouses to cook and the tiki grill in Ohana House’s backyard to grill. In retrospect, it would've been tons of fun to buy a few tiki lanterns and light up the night since with the exception of a light by the grill and a porch light, there was pretty much no illumination. Considering that VPK (and most of Kauai) has a 10pm quiet rule, that was probably for the best. Moving the party indoors after 10 was easy and since Ohana House is set away from the other accommodations, it was the perfect location for late night get-togethers. Ohana House also has a great private back lanai and pretty front lanai with cushy outdoor furniture to relax in.
On the morning of the wedding, we had the hairdresser and the bridal party come in to A300 to get ready and it could not have been more perfect. There was more than enough room for everyone which made it a really relaxing morning before heading off to the wedding.
We could not have pulled off this kind of gathering without the Villas at Poipu Kai. It was absolutely perfect and there’s not a thing we would change. Next time we come to Kauai, we will definitely stay at VPK! Thanks so much for helping to make my daughter’s wedding week amazing!
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