Going to Hawaii was a big trip for us, coming from the UK. It was also for a special occasion and Kauai was the last Hawaiian stop on our itinerary.
We booked one of the sunset condos which are situated over the road at the Kahili resort. It was situated on the second floor with an ocean and sunset view. It was a spacious property, nothing too fancy, and although the kitchen and bathroom are a little dated, they were clean and everything worked. The bedroom and lounge were very comfortable. Javed and Melissa were super helpful both when we were booked and prior to our arrival. As we were travelling from the UK and visiting various Islands, it was really helpful that they were so well organised. Responses to emails were almost instantaneous, which I really appreciated. We met them only the day after arriving and on the day we were leaving but were struck by their warmth and the personal touches which are part of the service. For instance, when we arrived at the condo, it was stocked with a supply of essential items and they left us a vase of fresh, local flowers which was a lovely touch.
They also supplied beach towels, beach chairs, flippers and a boogie board which was another nice touch.
If we could have afforded it we would probably have booked the Sheraton or the Hyatt but to be honest after a very long trip with multi stops both on the US mainland and other Hawaiian islands (at hotels), we really enjoyed staying in the condo and being able to do things such as having breakfast when it suited us, rather than being tied to a hotel timetable.
I would thoroughly recommend Poipu Plantation, it is in a great location, you can walk to the local beaches such as Brennecke's or even to Poipu Beach Park and. unusually, for the States, you can walk to a couple of local restaurants which is great if you want a glass or two of wine!
On arriving back home, we received a postcard from Javed and Melissa thanking us and confirming a discount if we return in the future, which was a lovely personal touch. How nice is that?
The other thing is that PP is very affordable whereas places like the Hyatt etc charge upwards of 400usd for an ocean view room. Sure, you have all facilities on hand but the point of visiting somewhere as beautiful as Kauai is to go out and about and enjoy all the lovely beaches and sightsee rather than staying in the same place? I also object to paying resort fees which some hotels seem to use to coin in extra cash from customers. This seems to me a particularly strange and expensive American custom. Why on earth do Americans put up with it????
Anyway, we had a great stay, loved Poipu and Kauai in general. Would urge people to do the Blue Hawaiian helicopter trip which is amazing Javed and his team will be happy to offer you advice on where to do and what to see if you need it. Thanks to him we found a lovely beach a couple of miles away which was practically deserted and spent a really enjoyable morning there.
He said we might see Hawaiian Monk Seals at Poipu and we did, on three occasions! Fantastic.
I would recommend hiring a car to make the most of your Kauai visit. Although it is a small island, there is a lot to see and it is easy to get around with a car.
My only, fairly minor, criticism is that there is no air conditioning in the property, which we knew when we booked. Although this was fine in the lounge and the bedroom, it did get very hot in the bathroom when using the hairdryer and the kitchen if using the stove top. Not that I do any cooking when I'm on holiday, but I did occasionally boil a kettle for a morning coffee :) Having said this, I'm still awarding the PP a 5* rating because all the other things made up for two fairly minor inconveniences.
Thanks Javed and Melissa and your staff. We had a great stay and hope to see you again, time and money permitting! Mahalo!
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