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Kiahuna Plantation Resort
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   2253 Poipu Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756   |  
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Ranked #13 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Poipu
Rhododendron, Oregon
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32 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Out of Oregon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

lush beautiful well maintained gardens, lots of space, right on the beach and the sunny side of Kauai. We stayed in condo 187 which had a beach view. What kept it from a 5 rating was that the condo was a bit long in the tooth. bedroom door had a broken track, shower head in master bedroom was hanging on a hose and could not be secured to the holder. handle fell off the oven door when we opened it to bake. The staff was friendly and helpful. If you are a foodie like us, bring a knife sharpener and a wooden cutting board, they provided a cutting board made of glass, and knives that were like very thin sledge hammers. But this is a foodies paradise, lots of fresh seafood at stores, locally grown fruits and vegetables can be purchased at small stands. Markets have all the needs, good wine selection. The beach was a bather's paradise.

Room Tip: try for a recently remodeled condo for more up to date amenities.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
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123 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Great beaches in this area. This property, which shares grounds/building plots with Outrigger, has one of the best stretches of sand in the area. Nice ~10yd sand area at low tide, about 3yd at high tide. Ocean is has some sand and coral, but simple to navigate because the water is so clear. Location to shopping food is fantastic, walk across the street for a plethora of options, notably Puka Dog, Roy's, and Keoki's Paradise. Property is about 30min drive from Lihue airport. Not a bad jumping-off point either for traversing counter- or clock-wise around the island.

Check in is a smooth and simple process. Rooms are grouped in separated blocks, typically 6 per block, 3 up, 3 down. This review focuses on Unit #33 - labeled as ocean view. Ocean view is up for debate, as we could not see the beach or breakers, but you do have some line of sight to the water and palm trees that front the beach area. Most notably for the grounds, the groundskeeping - unbelievable, rivals Augusta National. Every time we walked the grounds, it felt like we were traversing a golf course, one gentlemen was even playing plastic range balls from his lower lanai one evening. The grounds are immaculate - swept every day.

As for our room, the setup was odd for a family of three; luckily, the 3rd is a toddler, so the free pack n play provided by the resort was placed in our bedroom. Had it been an older child, it would have been odd, even if a sofa-bed or roll-away was available - not sure where it would have gone. Quarters are not that cramped, but there was a lot of furniture and furnishings in ours. About the decor, the unit was furnished to a throwback 80s beach house - complete with faux teak/wood furnishings. Jalousies are common to every unit and really do a nice job of cooling the units night or day - some reviews comment they make the units a bit dark, which if closed they do, but most times the are open 50%+ during your stay. Bathroom was newly renovated and had a spacious walk-in shower, but cramped toilet space. A second sink would have been nice considering the occupancy. My BIGGEST gripe was the bed - totally AWFUL. About as firm as quicksand, very restless nights, but at least was able to easily nap on beach a few days in compensation. Terrible 'body grooves' on both sides of the bed.

Units have fridge, range, sink, microwave, and in most cases small appliances such as blenders and toasters. The lanai is large, enough for a lounge chair and table of four. Housekeeping varies depending on the rate/room booked, ours was a daily towel/trash/toiletries replenishment with new linens every three days.

Were we to come back to Poipu with our immediate family (as this case) or larger party, this location is certainly tops on list for value and experience. More recently updated units are on property as well, based on our walks and conversations with other people, but also older or less tasteful furnished units too. Most guide books are correct to call this a mixed bag, but a lot of that can be avoided by choosing Castle over Outrigger, and also requesting known room numbers if a repeat guest.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
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45 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Left Thanksgiving Day for Kauai for a week stay. Weather was perfect. No rain.We had used points from American Airlines to cover our stay. We had a Ford Focus rental car for for the week..I had found a super low rental rate for a week. The Kauai airport does not seem to be too efficient in getting your baggage in the claim area. Car rental counter was 1/2 mile from airport via shuttle. We arrived at the resort about 8pm. Registration was fast and we got to our unit in short order. The rooms did show some ware but were clean. No air conditioning but fans in the bedroom and living area. Kitchen was small but outfitted very well with quality cookware and everything you needed in the kitchen. We did breakfast and some other meals there.
The beach area was very nice with free beach towels and chairs. The swimming pool was
across the main road for the resort.We drove around the whole island. The resort was next to Po'ipu beach which is named one of the best on all the islands. We went to the Luau at the Hyatt Hotel and it was very good. We saved about $20 per person by using a discount online
site. We drove almost around the whole island. We visited Waimea Canyon at over 5000 ft
to see the look alike Grand Canyon. We also visited the Lighthouse on the North east part of island.It was a very relaxing vacation. We have been to a total of 4 islands, This one is beautiful.. Til next time. Happy traveling

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Washington
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129 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

The condo units are fine-depending on if the unit has been remodeled. Also offers a friendlier reservation process (no damage deposit and only one night rate holds reservation until check-in ). Depending on your unit location, it may be a walk to the beautiful beach. And no matter your unit, it's a walk (or even a drive) to the pool across busy Poipu Road. Once there, the pool is small and tired looking. Check prices around the area, then decide. There are also two rental companies managing the property so be sure to compare.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lincoln City, Oregon
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26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Just got back from Kauai' after a full 7 nights stay at the Outrigger Kiahuna. We had a partial ocean view/garden view. This condominium unit was centrally located on the south shore within walking distance of the most popular snorkeling swimming beach around. The condo was great, with lots of room to move around. No air conditioning, but lots of fans and windows. It had a great patio, large and roomy which also allowed the tropical breeze to blow around and help to keep this kool. It was tough to get onto the wifi and eventually had to ask the front desk for exact, specific directions...they eventually offered a handout, but only after I asked. The flat screen TV was on the fritz; it worked when it wanted to; you'd get sound but no screen., and that lasted for the entire week The kitchen was great! It had lots of room to move around and cook. You get free room service mid-week and you needed too; all the towels were wet. They never seemed to be able to dry completely. Be sure to purchase some cheap beach towels while you're there. There's a shopping/eating area across the street. Lots of restaurants. There are a few grocery stores very close by in Kaloa, but everything is super expensive; milk, break, cereal. Make a stop at Costco if you can and check out their deli section. Generous portions of delicious food, in good containers that will last you through the week..Don't waste your time bringing snorkeling gear from home; you can rent it all by the day or week right there at the resort. $15 dollars for fins, snorkel and mask. There is just so much to do and see that we found out that 7 days was not nearly enough time to just lay on the beach and relax. Be sure to check out the Spouting Horn, the Allerton Garden, The coffee plantation...The hotel can easily hook you up with whatever adventure you'd like to check out.
A 1 hour helicopter ride around the island is an absolute must, if you don't do anything else.
Over all I'd say that the Outrigger is the way to go. We are making plans to go back next year and will stay at the same place, but up closer to the ocean. I hope that this helps you out. Oh! You really don;t need to bring too many extra clothes along. A couple of bathing suits, tee-shirts, a wrap or two for you wahines and of course SUN GLASSES! Aloha!

Room Tip: We were in room 418...The 3rd floor. The balcony faced the ocean and we had an awesome breeze blowi...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

I had the best time at Kiahuna. This place is truly a paradise and it has beautiful grounds and one of the best beaches on this island. The staff was very helpful and polite. The rain storm we had on the night of December 4th was incredible! The thunder that hit was awesome. The next day we still managed to go to the beach. Awesome Thanks

Room Tip: We had a paradise view and it was so quiet. Just awesome
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  • Stayed December 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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San Diego
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51 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Not much for staying in condo's but the wife convinced me to give it a try. Arranged a location through VRBO and stayed in Unit 236 which was a 2nd floor unit with a Garden view (opted not to pay more for an ocean view since it was right around the corner). These places are all individually owned and rented out I believe so the upgrades and furnishings vary on where you stay. Our place had an extremely comfortable king bed that we slept soundly in every night. Many amenities as well, including beach items, cooler, boogie boards, etc. We just went to Costco and Walmart beforehand and stocked up on food. Cooked breakfast every morning, had a Costco pizza in the oven one night, it was great. There's a TV and dvd player as well, so we rented a movie from Redbox in the General Whaler's store across the street as well.
As for the complex, you get towels and chairs at the beach hut and can rent snorkel gear too if you want (we brought our own). Snorkeling available right from the beach (visibility wasn't great when we visited). Small sandy beach and a shower facility to clean your feet when you leave. Great views around there too in the big grassy area of the complex. Lots of chickens, roosters, a few cats, lizards too. Beautiful plants, well-maintained facility. The pool across the street was nice to sun-bathe in too if you want to avoid the sand (tiny bit of a walk).
One of favorite parts was the concierge service though... we had so many ideas of what we thought we wanted to and she helped narrow down our choices based on cost, season, weather, value, reviews, etc. Saved us so much time and then she organizes everything, takes care of all the costs, prints out directions to everything from the condo, creates an itinerary..... hey I've never used a concierge before but my god she made it easy. Definitely recommend checking it out. I believe her name was Gayle.
I would stay in the complex again and would consider staying in the same unit again as well.
One con to the units though are they not very soundproof and you hear when your neighbors take showers or walk around (so get the top floor) and the bathrooms though private, could use a full door vice a light wooden shingle door where no sounds go unnoticed. If you can deal with that, then you're fine.

  • Stayed November 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2253 Poipu Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Poipu
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Poipu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Kiahuna Plantation Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 333
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger(R) is situated on a 35-acre oceanfront setting at Poipu Beach shaded by tall swaying palms and scented by fragrant plumeria blossoms. Play at the resort's swimming beach, dine at Plantation Gardens Restaurant, and tee off at Kiahuna Golf Club. The internationally-recognized orchid and succulent gardens are living legacies of this former plantation estate. Explore historic Koloa Town a few minutes away, drive west to Waimea Canyon, or east to Hanalei on the north shore. ... more   less 
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