We recently stayed at the Waiohai Beach Club, and I can't emphasize enough what a wonderful trip it was. Disclaimer: we did not stay in a time share condo/villa, but in one of the "hotel" rooms.
Stupidly, we didn't realize that the property was time shares/condos. We arrived in Kauai on a whim and figured we'd find a hotel when we got there. I'd seen a good rate for a room on Marriott's website, and thought it was a standard hotel. It was only when we got there that we found out it was 95% time shares, with only a handful of "hotel rooms." I also found out that we couldn't book a room directly at the desk, and so I had to (somewhat embarrassingly) sit out on the patio and use the wifi to book online right then, and return to the front desk with the confirmation number.
But it didn't matter. The staff didn't treat us any differently, and were wonderfully welcoming towards us, helping us pick a good room and going over some of the features of the club.
Our room wasn't "ocean view," but our balcony looked out over the garden and you could see/hear the ocean. There was a table and chairs and two chaises on it, which was wonderful.
The room itself was huge. Two queen sized beds, a big TV, a mini-fridge, closet, drawer space. The bathroom was massive and had both a stall shower and a tub. The amenities were great and seemingly local, including Hawaiian coffee for the in-room coffee.
Another perk -- the closet had four beach towels in it for use at the beach and the pool.
The property itself is like a dream. The gardens are beautifully manicured and the pool is hands down the best hotel pool I've ever been in, surrounded by rocks and waterfalls and tropical plants. There were two smaller pools on property, as well as a hot tub. Beyond the pool was the outdoor bar. We didn't ever try it (it seemed pretty expensive), but it was always crowded and the grill was always going. At least one of the nights they had live music. The only downside (for us at least) was that it closed really early.
And then there's the beach. Oh, the beach. Just steps from the hotel rooms/villas is Poipu Beach, probably one of the nicest beaches in the world. The sand is just pristine and the water is crystal clear. To have a beach like that at your backyard makes staying at the hotel worth every single penny. It was a little crowded, but not unbearably so, and it was a nice crowd of families. The only caution about the beach (which has nothing to do with the hotel) is that the current and undertow should be taken really seriously; they're not a joke. The front desk gave us that warning on check-in, but I still wasn't prepared for how strong it would be. Be safe in the water, Tripadvisors!
Also... the famous wild chickens of Kauai roam the property! We couldn't get enough of them.
The only downside perhaps to the property was that other than the bar, there was no restaurant. This was really our fault for not realizing it was time shares and so everyone was cooking in their own kitchen. There's a market with a small snack bar, but it was expensive and not "sit down" food. This is NOT a negative point to the property, only something to keep in mind if you really want a hands-off vacation. It wasn't a big deal; there are restaurants just a couple minutes away by car in some of the shopping centers (and some really good restaurants at that), but it's just something to keep in mind. There was a really reasonable grocery store in Koloa Town just up the road though. And again, like the rest of the staff, the snack bar workers were just lovely and so friendly.
Parking was reasonable and underground -- only $10 a day, which really, is nothing.
Again, the lack of restaurant isn't really a downside, it's just a point to consider. There really weren't any downsides to staying here. It was just a dream from start to finish. It's not a question of if we'll go back and stay at Waiohai again, but when we'll get to go back. Hands down one of the top three hotels/properties I've ever stayed in. Absolutely wonderful in every way.
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- Marriott`s Waiohai Beach Club Hotel Poipu
- Marriotts Waiohai Beach Hotel
- Marriott Vacation Club Poipu
- Marriott Poipu
- Poipu Marriott
- Marriotts Waiohai Beach Club
- Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club Kauai/Poipu