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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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“Top rating due to location, otherwise knock off a star or two”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We stayed at two hotels on Kauai, partly to be on different parts of the island and to reduce driving around.

This hotel was good, but is missing food. They expect you to drive to nearby suburban-like outdoor malls and figure it out on your own. There is some food at the bar near the pool for part of the day. We were happy with that food and drink.

The room was large and clean. We had plenty of towels to use at the beach. (We never used the pools. In fact, one day the pools were roped off. I was curious, and almost asked, but didn't since we weren't using them anyway.)

The reason to stay here is the beach. If you walk on the sand, you'll only get 5% of the experience. If you go for a swim on the water, you'll get another 25%. The real bonus is the tidal pools (bring a camera and some protective sandals) and swimming under the water (bring a water-proof camera, mask, and snorkel).

There are sea turtles occasionally in the water and on the beach.

There is a lot going on under the water. Various fish are plentiful. You'll also see coral and urchins. The coral will remind you that swimming is probably better for preserving the area than walking on the bottom, and the urchins will remind the less cooperative and sharing among us. You'll really only take it all in with a mask, and then you'll want the camera once you see what is there.

In the 80's Hunama bay was similar to this. By 2003, it had been loved to death, I assume with people damaging the coral too much. This is still preserved, and you'll want to leave it in good shape to return to in future years. This Poipu beach is worth the price of the hotel just to see it at your own pace. If you go to the island and don't get in this water, why did you go to Kauai?

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

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.

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Stayed May 24th-32st - We checked in about 4pm on a Friday. It was an easy find thanks to Google Maps. The room was ready - we asked if we got an ocean view that we had requested - but unfortunaltely no - but we did get a nice view of a lagoon facing the garden and we did get a top floor that we requested - we even had and end unit. We stayed in Hale 5 - unit 5405. It was very spacious 2 bedroom with full kitchen and washer and dryer in the guest room bathroom.

It was a 5 minute walk to the pool and the beach if you took your time. The grills are also in front of this building. The only thing I did not like was the trash room was located on the first fllow and not a very big can to dump your trash - we always took down with us as we went to the pool - but other Marriott properties have a trash room on each floor - but not this building.

Honu Beach Bar & Grill on site was very good. We did not experience any bad service and happy hour was good.

We did the timeshare presentation as they offered either 15,000 Marriott Rewards or a $ 100 resort credit - we took the credit - this came in handy at the beach bar. The presentation was nice to learn new things about Marriott and was not a hard sell.

I know that my family and I would definitely go back to this resort. We looked at the Marriott Kauai Beach Club - it had an amazing pool but their rooms do not have a full kitchen nor a washer and dryer.

Poipu beach is amazing although there was a lot of rock in the ocean. may want to get a pair of shoes made for the ocean (would not want to cut your foot). Everyday there was a Monk Seal sunning itself on the sandbar and a couple of times we saw Sea Turtles near the shore.

Thank you Marriott for a wonderful stay.

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  • Stayed May 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

I just came back from a week stay at the Marriott's Waiohai 5/18 to 5/25/2013. I exchanged my week thru Interval and was given a 2-bedroom in Hale 5, ground floor, facing fence and some local parking lot. The room was so beautiful and spacious that I did not care about the location. Roosters wake you up in the morning, I liked it; had breakfast in the patio/lanai every morning while chickens, baby chickens, roosters, birds and doves came by looking for food. Very clean property overall. Not one time did the sales people approach me to get me into any timeshare deal. Saw giant turtles and hawaiian monk seals come ashore. Lots of surfing in the area. Beach is far from building 5 but both my husband and I enjoyed the walk through the garden and pool areas. We surely enjoyed the property BBQ's. After visiting the North of Kuai, the South was a great choice. Free printing of boarding passes offered. Don't miss the Sunday and Monday morning one hour island orientation as they raffle 2 for 1 giveaways (luau, ATV, helicopter rides, canoe rides, water fall, etc). Would go back again. Thank you.

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

My wife, best friends spent two weeks in Kauia over the Christmas break and the grounds at Waiohai were very impressive. We had a 2-bedroom villa that overlooked the interior or garden area of the resort. The rooms were immaculate, updated with a very nice, well-equipped kitchen. My advice is to head over to Costco or the local store and load up on groceries to save money. The rooms have a good sized washer/dryer in the room, which is a tremendous asset which I really appreciated. There were plenty of really nice stainless steel gas grills available. These were kept very clean. We had a public jacuzzi right outside our room and took advantage of it every chance we could. There were plenty of really nice stainless steel gas grills available. The resort is right on Poipu Beach but don't expect wide-open beach space. The Poipu Beach is protected by a jetty so the snorkeling is amazing. We saw several Green Turtles, in addition to the plethora of stunningly colorful fish. The grounds of the resort were just beautiful with flowers everywhere! All of the pools were great and some were designated as adult only for those who wanted a quiet place to swim. There were also signs posted by the pools that noise needed to be kept down after sunset. There is also a beach bar/grill about 10 feet from the sand, which we frequented when they had food/drink specials. The on site parking is free.

This vacation was not about the excursions but we did go out and do a few. We did the Safari Helicoptor ride (A must!), surfboards with lessons are available, the resort does not provide beach chairs but their are lounge chairs on site for free, the kids did zip-lining and horseback riding in Princeville, we snorkeled everyday @ Poipu Beach, if you go with a significant other The Beach House (try to reserve a table at sunset), Puka Dogs are a must eat, everyone loves the shaved ice and we found a nice sushi chef hideen in the back of the local general store. An important fact to remember is that Poipu is on the islands South side, meaning you will not be in the path of the frequent trade wind squalls that frequent the North (Princeville) during the winter months.

Overall, the Marriott Waiohai was a wonderful stay! We found all the staff to be very friendly and helpful.

We highly recommend this wonderful resort for either families or couples. We are already planning return trips! If you are looking for a relaxing, stress-free, get-away-this is the place.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

I went to Kauai for a friends celebration in honor of graduating from med school. Her parents had a time share at this hotel. I couldn't think of a better hotel or location to have her celebration. The hotel grounds were so beautiful and immaculately kept, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. Poipu Beach was just steps from our room and in prime location. We spent the days laying out and watching the surfers. I really don't have anything to complain about this hotel. I would love the opportunity to go back or get my own time share there.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Stayed for a week and loved the 2-bedroom in Hale 4, overlooking the grounds and pool. Great beach right here with a monk seal sunning himself right in the beach. Lots of turtles right out from the beach and some fun snorkeling right here.

Close to other beaches and locations of interest, so good location. Would recommend to anyone!

Room Tip: Hale 4, 4th floor
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 4 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 On the Beach Hotel in Poipu
#3 Family 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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