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Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2249 Poipu Rd, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756 (Koloa)   |  
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“A Little Piece of Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012 via mobile

From the time we checked in until the time we left it was the place to be. Awesome property with fantastic rooms and everyone was so friendly and provided excellent customer service. In addition to the property pets (cats, roosters, chickens) we saw deal monks everyday and one day we even saw a sea turtle sunning himself. Would highly recommend this property...we stayed in points- were not owners to anyone just wanting to get away from it all. The only thing we didn't like was having to pay the daily parking fee.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

We returned to the island of Kauai and chose this Marriott again. We were able to get a very good room for each of our two week segments. Everything was wonderful--despite windy, rainy weather this time of year. The grounds are paradisaic, the staff friendly, and the rooms are clean. The beds are great. The hotel was, surprisingly, not overcrowded for this time of year. We will return if possible!

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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

We stayed here via Marriott owners in the family. There were 6 of us and 2 units. My inlaws in their own two bed/ 2 bath and my husband and I, and another couple in the other. The property is amazing and beachside of course. There are probably hundreds of units at this complex and the property is huge with 3 pools and 3 jacuzzis, a beachside grill, bar, a store and all the amenities. I truly do not think my 1st Hawaii expirience could have been this good if we were elsewhere. 1st I must say we were VERY lucky to have 2 units overlooking a garden courtyard with the ocean just past it. We were groundlevel and could walk from our sliding doors to the ocean instantly. We really really lucked out on the rooms, so the owners definitely have the top picks. The units had every basic neccessity with washer and dryer in one bedroom with an attached bath and our room that had a garden tub and private bathroom, each room had it's own sliding glass door as well as the living room. The rooms were large and very clean and we were very pleased. The store was a little dissapointing I kept imagining all the things I would buy if they had it- unfortunately it was my last night when I started to explore other ocean front hotels along the beach and see what restruants, bars and stores they had- I would have been delighted to have thought about that sooner in the trip. The property is GORGEOUS, feels very safe, is kept immaculate and people were everywhere all day but we always had space wherever we wanted to be. It was magical- I had no idea how incredible Hawaii is. You must go to experience it yourself

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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

We enjoyed our stay here very much!

What we liked:
- Very large villas, pretty nice decor, pretty comfortable beds
- My husband and I were alone on this trip, but we could definitely see the benefit of taking a larger group -- the kitchen would be a huge asset, and the grills were definitely being used a lot by families.
- Beautiful grounds that are kept up very well
- We were in Hale 7, so we got to use the parking deck underneath the building, which was really convenient.
- Great beach -- neat to see the occasional seal, great snorkeling out to the left, fun to watch the surfers out to the right. We also loved that we could still be on the grounds in lounge chairs but be practically on the beach.
- We didn't have a lot of interaction with the staff, but any that we did have was pleasant.
- We liked the location where we could be fairly out of the way, but still close enough to things to do.

Our only complaints:
- As non Marriott Vacation Club members, the trick you into sitting through a conversation where they try to trick you into going to a 90-minute presentation on joining. Slightly awkward as you try to turn them down...
- We were supposed to have an ocean view, but it probably would have been more appropriate to call it a "parking lot view with a sliver of ocean in the distance" -- see attached picture. With the nice grounds, I would have preferred an interior view room.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

So, we checked out of our two night stay at the Marriott Kauai and headed our for our week stay at the Marriott Waiohai. I'll tell you something -- I was very concerned that we would feel a little let down after our short stay at the very nice Marriott Kauai, but that didn't turn out to be the case! Whew!

It's about a 25-30 minute drive from LIH to Poipu and the resort. It's a nice drive and vey easy, but having my daughter using the map app on her phone was a help. Upon arrival, the facility has a very nice entry -- open air, friendly staff and the start of a nice view through the foyer into the grounds of the facility.

To get this out of the way, I'll tell you my only real complaint with the resort and there's nothing MVCI can do about it. The facility does not have many rooms with ocean views! I pushed hard for an ocean view room before we got there, and actually spoke with the GM after our arrival when we were told no ocean view rooms were available, and in the end, it didn't happen. We were disappointed at first, but got over it very quickly once we settled in.

MVCI built eight rectangular four story buildings in a general circle shape, so you can visualize that most of the buildings are not on what one would consider prime territory on this particular property -- how could they be! In fact, only three of the buildings offer true ocean view suties (#1, 2 and 8), so if that's a high priority for you, do what you must to get it. And another complicating factor -- even in those three buildings, only half the buildings actually directly face the water. The interior side of building 1 gives you a side view from your balcony only. The interior side of building 8 is all interior, so choose wisely.

With that negative out of the way, let me move on as all else is positive. They do a terrific job with the interior grounds! Really, after a very short while, we came to appreciate the effort they make, so I think they realized that they better offer guests beautiful interior views since they can't offer many ocean views -- they succeed.

The facility offers a couple of really nice barbecue pits with four bbqs per pit. We saw them used every night by a number of guests. It's a really nice feature allowing folks to dine in and save a few bucks a couple of nights in a week if they want, something my wife had no interest in us pursuing! One other thing about the bbqs -- they are thoroughly cleaned every morning by a staff member. I mean it -- we saw them cleaned every morning and it took about 60-90 minutes for them to be completed. That surprised us.

They offer two pools and four or five jacuzzis, and all are maintained very nicely. Kids are directed to one pool, and there's another that is for adults and those looking for some serenity -- each was used properly by the guests. The kid's (and active folk's) pool is the bigger of the two and is nearer the beach, so they don't mind skipping past the quiet pool.

Then there's the beach, which is really nice. Their setup offers you the option of sitting directly on the beach or just off it separated by a row of low bushes. The beach is a nicely sized cove that is generally protected from waves, though you still get some action. Lots of paddle boarding, snorkling and swimming is constantly going on! The water is beautiful, dropping quickly to a decent depth just a bit off the shore; it is filled with ample species of fish to satisfy most snorklers.

A nice feature: the water is frequented by large sea turtles, which I learned are very common around Kauai. We saw one on four of the seven days we were there, and they are quite an attention getter, too, as many people wanted to get up close and personal with the visiting turtle. I have to admit -- my son and I were snorkling when one came up, and we made a number of hand contacts with the turtle. He (or she) was not upset and took it in stride (don't worry -- we watched for nervousness before approaching the turtle -- there was none). We ultimately decided he must be one of the regulars because he just went along with all the attention, and eventually swam away when he chose to and was on to his next feeding site. Way cool getting up close to one.

As for accommodations, we were in a two bedroom unit (#7202) which became our home away from home. We really liked the setup. There was a kitchen, living room, good sized eating table, and two bedrooms, each with its own full bathroom. There was a large, digital flat screen tv in the living room and one 32 inch in each of the bedrooms. Our room had a very comfortable king size bed, while there was a king and a pull out couch bed in the other room where my adult kids slept. All of us were very comfortable with the beds and suite accommodations. Oh yeah, it had a nice patio with table and chairs, too.

The facility offers a very nicely equipped fitness center, too. A nice extra that MVCI offers its guests is that, like most flights heading east out of HI, they are generally in the evening, so you have most of your last day to kill waiting for your flight. Though you need to be out of your room by 10am, you can stay on site, store your bags either in your car or with the bell hops, and spend the day enjoying your last day in the sun and on the beach. At the end of the day, you hit the fitness center that has showers and towels allowing you to get cleaned up and ready for the flight home. We ended our day around 4pm and left the site about 5pm.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Waiohai, and I would recommend it to anybody considering it.

I offer the following info to you East Coast folks out there. We hadn't been to Hawaii in 18 years due to our East Coast location and the dreaded 10 hours of flight time to get there (from Atlanta), excluding any extended layovers (we had a scheduled two hour layover in LA, but it got extended to five hours due to mechanical issues with the craft -- ugh!). We have spent most of our beach vacations in the Caribbean during that 18 year period, and we were very relieved to learn that we gave up very little, if anything, by taking the shorter flights to locations nearer than Hawaii. Yes, it is the good ol' USA there, and that's great, but we're in our 50's and not in the habit of getting into legal trouble, so those type issues are very low on our scale of concerns. A MVCI facility in the Caribbean (ours is in Aruba) can offer us everything those in HI can, which is great for both coasts! Hawaii, we loved visiting you again! See you in another 18 years! Just don't like the travel time!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Sacramento
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

We are owners at this property and have stayed at Waihai almost every year since it opened.
It has an ideal location on the beach. The property is meticuously maintained by the Marriott staff. A funny example is that one staff person cleans the BBQ's back to mint condition each morning. This is a typical Marriott timeshare property in terms of space and room arrangement.
The furniture is kept in top condition. About half of the rooms have some ocean view. There is a very good on site store for quick meals, coffee, sundries etc.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

The property was just gorgeous! The staff was very attentive and helpful. The concierge service was outstanding and provided a lot of great details on anything and everything you wanted to do. Beach towels are included with each room, which is a really great feature when you are right on the beach and want to go first thing in the morning or straight to the pool. Other hotels require that you check out beach towels and return them. There was a great Market Place on the property that had a great little breakfast deal and had items to stock your kitchen in your suite.

Room Tip: We were in Hale 4 which is at the back of the property - it had a great view even to the beach, but...
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  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2249 Poipu Rd, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Poipu > Koloa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Poipu
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Poipu
#4 Romantic Hotel in Poipu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club 3.5*
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