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“Lots of turtles!” 5 of 5 stars
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1677 Pe'e Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756 (Koloa)   |  
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Ranked #16 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Poipu
Wasilla, Alaska
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“Lots of turtles!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Our family loves this property. We have stayed here twice. Once over the Christmas holiday and just recently this summer. The view from the lanai is superb. There is a lot of space for a big family and they supply many items to make your stay feel like home (beach towels, coolers, beach chairs, fully stocked kitchen, etc.). Our family loves to sit on the lanai and watch the turtles. The pool is small but always well kept and clean. I think the only downside in the two times we have stayed here are #1 the sheets in the master bedroom are a little tired (but the bedroom itself is beautiful-there is nothing like falling asleep to the sound of crashing waves!). #2 The carpet was left a little dirty from the previous vacationers. Management was aware of it but we had to look at it for the duration of our stay. Other than that we have really enjoyed our stays here.

Room Tip: Always book A3 in this condo complex. It is very nice.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

This unit is a great place to be. We were there in June and every time, within 15 minutes of being on the Lanai there were turtles to be seen just beyond the breaking waves. Big open floor plan. Open and airy. Nice kitchen with everything you need to cook. Some snorkelling gear and boogy boards as well in the unit for use. Brennake's Beach only 1/2 mile away with Poipu bch a bit further. We swam with a turtle at Poipu bch.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Amazing view! Turtles hanging out right in front of you every day. This unit, or any other 3rd floor units (B3, C3, D3, etc) have the best view, where you see the ocean and much of the rocky beach below. First floor units can only see ocean, and also have people walking in front of them frequently (one of the paths to the beach)... so if privacy is key, stick with 2nd or 3rd floor.

Well appointed unit, with lots of basics like beach towels, chairs, sand toys, boogie boards, etc. This unit is perfect for kids; loft area with private living area that has a TV, Playstation 2 with a dozen games, board games, and two bunk beds. Newish updated kitchen with full set of pots/pans/dishes.

You cannot access the water from the little beach in front, but Poipu beach is a 2 min drive or 15 min walk. However the little beach is good for sunsets, the mini spouting horn, and the looking at the crab hole. Ignore the danger sign; it's just for liability... just don't get too close to the edge if there waves are high and crashing over.

Only neg is the pool; great if you have kids, boring for everybody else. There's a nice gas BBQ in the pool area for guest use; and it's cleaned daily by maintenance staff.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Edmonton, Alberta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013 via mobile

There are a few other condos along Pe'e Road that appear to have comparable views, so I suspect that any one of them would be excellent choices, as long as you can be assured ocean front.

Let me assure you that every unit at Poipu Makai is indeed ocean front!

We rented through Parrish Collection. You can also find units in Poipu Makei on vrbo.com. It's hard to tell if prices are comparable, as each bit is individually owned, therefore standards of decorating and general upkeep may differ.
The morning sunlight playing off the palm trees, and the marvellous view down the shoreline toward Poipu Beach, are surpassed only by the breathtaking sunsets. All the while entertained by the giant turtles bobbing in the surf, and the whales breaching just offshore.

The location is very good. A neat little Italian bistro Casa di Amici is easy walking distance ( see my review), also Brennekes Beach Broiler, which we did not try. A short drive to a couple of local small malls, five minutes to Koloa for supplies. And a four minute drive to Poipu Bay golf course, which is a wonderful golf experience with an excellent Asian fusion restaurant.
Plenty of dining options nearby, but don't overlook takeout options, so you can dine on your lanai while the sun sets.

Unit E2 was very nice. Brand new kitchen, very well equipped (never seen a garlic press in a rented condo before!) and decent furniture. Minor complaint about the lanai furniture - bar level seating and table is a bit uncomfortable, but on balance, all the better to be sitting a bit higher so as not to have the lanai railing in the way of the view. There is also a chaise longe that has seen better days. We wouldn't use it, even with a beach towel on it. A new seat cushion would solve that issue.
The pool in the back is lame, but we're not big pool people. If the pool was in the front, we would have spent time around it. A couple of neighbouring condos have the pool in front, but the downside there is that the pool gets between you and the ocean view. If pool is important to you, check Poipu Shores just down the road toward the beach.
As others have mentioned, you will hear the surf all night. For some that might be annoying, we found it soothing, and had no problem getting a restful night of sleep.
Poipu Makei seems to be very good value for the price. If you want five star luxury, the Hyatt is just up the road. You will pay a LOT more, and will not have the ocean front experience. (Ocean VIEW yes, but not right on top of the rocks like at PM)

Sad to be leaving for home tomorrow. We will be back, and we will in all likelihood stay at Poipu Makei again.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Salt Lake City
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

I stayed in this Condo for 2 weeks back in June and had a wonderful time. It was spacious, comfortable and right on the ocean. The view from the lanai is spectacular! The kitchen is newly updated and we really enjoyed cooking our meals there. The condo is also extremely convenient to shopping and dining.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
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Bragg Creek, Canada
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012 via mobile

We booked this through The Parrish Collection and found them to be on the ball, making sure we had no issues. This condo has changed the way I will travel. No more crowded hotels. For less money than a 4 or 5 star hotel, we were right on the ocean in a well appointed 2 bedroom spacious condo. I will come back and try to stay in the same suite.

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

The views are amazing - nothing like waking up and seeing a pod of dolphins while drinking coffee! The grounds of Poipu Makai were well maintained, but the pool was a bit of a joke - slightly larger than a large hot tub - they should actually just make it a hot tub, would make a whole lot more sense. Stayed in A2 and the furnishings were comfortable, as was the bed - our only major complaint were the bugs. Giant cockroaches in the dishwasher and smaller bugs all over the countertops - even afer a thorough cleaning. Probably attributed to the screens around the windows which were loosely secured and most had huge gaps between the windows. If you are looking for a reasonable condo with great views at a pretty good price, I'd recommend A2 - however, if you have more discerning tastes and are adverse to a little bugs, look elsewhere.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1677 Pe'e Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756
Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Poipu > Koloa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Poipu
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This resort situated on the edge of a bluff providing spectacular views of the blue Pacific and the entire Poipu coastline. A small property with only 15 Kauai condos, Poipu Makai provides privacy and intimacy while being just a short walk to the world renowned Brennecke's Beach and Poipu Beach. The sounds of the sea fill every room and each condo has large lanais offering a great lookout for hours of watching turtles, dolphins, seasonal whales and brilliant sunsets. ... more   less 
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