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“I Love Kauai” 5 of 5 stars
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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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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Poipu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“I Love Kauai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wish I could live here, could I suppose but it is so far away from friends and family in the UK, still I can dream.

Kauai is beautiful, relaxing and heaven, we loved being in the tourist area of Poipu and the Waiohai was an amazing place to stay, great pools, the best beach in the world and did I say I wish I could live here???

So the Waiohai has a lot of complaints about it from what I consider to be people who want a full service hotel, this has a pool bar for food and drinks but it is all setup for the self catering aspect of a Marriott Vacation Club, there are lots of places nearby, Red Salt Next Door is gorgeous but for me not a nightly place to eat as it is very indulgent!

Almost directly across the road from the entrance into the Waiohai is the Poipu shopping village which has lots of choice, Keoki's Paradise is lovely, great food, great service and if you want a cheaper meal they have a sunset special to be served by 7 (from memory), Roy's is another very nice place to eat then you have more laid back places such as Pukka Dog or a Burger place that we did not eat.

A longer walk up the road is Kukulu'ula Village, another shopping/restaurant complex with Savage Shrimp (laid back lunch type of place) and then many other evening type restaurants, Josselins, Merrimans, Dolphin Fish and Sushi, Bubbas Burgers and many more, some may say this is a long walk, it is fairly but what do you do on holiday of an evening that does not allow a walk to work off the third course!

Bit further again is the Beach House, we did this as a last night meal and it did not disappoint, we also ate at Tidepools at the Hyatt, gorgeous again but you could probably do that or Red Salt if you were tight for time.

Special mention to Da Crack, loved it, fish tacos to die for, this is not an eat out place we sat on a bench and ate the first time and got takeaway to take back to the room in the Waiohai.

Old Koloa town is a must, Fish Market is legendary and there are two Supermarkets here.

We did BBQ's alot in the Waiohai and made use of the big spacious two bedroom accommodation which are standard MVC spec, they were lovely although a bit dated, we were here whilst they were being renovated and this did not really impact our stay, would like to go back and stay in the updated rooms.

Saw loads of Turtles, very easy to find, had one swim past me snorkeling on Poipu too, literally two foot away and it then came up on the beach where people crowded it, very exciting seeing turtles I agree but respect the Honu!

Saw 2 or 3 Hawaiian Monk Seals sleeping on beaches and a huge wild boar ran in front of our car one day!

Forgot to mention Brennecke's, good view, good food, convenient location and laid back atmosphere.

Did the island tour in the helicopter, well worth doing and booked through Brennecke's.

Would love to try the north of the island for a longer period, we drove up there to the end of the road, amazing scenery and beaches, peoples opinions on north vs south of Kauai are divided, my view? Both are heavenly and as a tourist Poipu was great but you have to at least have a day up north and see the island, Hanalei was great.

Kauai is expensive but as the locals say there is a price to pay for Paradise.

Loads more to say, could go on, we had an ocean view room which was nice, do the farmers market in Koloa, bought Sugarloaf Pineapple for $12 which was lovely.

Stayed October 2014, traveled with family
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Thank you for the five-star TripAdvisor feedback on your Hawaiian getaway with family! It is thrilling to know you had a wonderful time from start to finish during your recent visit. We look forward to seeing everyone again soon at Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club! Mahalo!
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Salem, Oregon
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We are at the property now and checked in Friday. We arrived at 2:00 Friday and asked where our villa would be the front desk wouldn't tell me because she said she didn't know but she did know the villa wasn't ready and would call us when it was. At almost 4:00 I returned to the front desk asking when our villa would be ready. I was told they had our number and would call. I said well isn't 4:00 check in. I never got an answer just that they would call us when the villa was ready. 4:45 rolls around my husband goes to the front desk and tells them we have a luau to go to and need to change. They said oh the villa one floor up from where we have you is ready here ya go! I'm so mad!,, Really why can't someone tell me what villa I'm staying at and when I can expect to be able to occupy it ! Terrible experience at check in!

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  • Stayed February 2015, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Thank you for the TripAdvisor feedback on your family stay at Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club. We are sorry to hear you found your check-in experience disappointing and apologize for the inconvenience. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome everyone back and provide a five-star experience.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've stayed here 4 times and along with Maui Marriott Beach Club it is our favorite in the islands. It's been redecorated so things are new, Koloa town and its store and Monday morning and Wed. afternoon farmers markets are within a mile or so, the beach is perfect sand. The water in front is typical ocean, while going down the beach about 100 meters puts you in calmer water protected by the breakwater. The water was as clear as we've seen anywhere in Hawaii - great fish viewing without even using our masks. Try and get buildings (halle) 1 or 8, as the other buildings are set back from the beach. Even some rooms they call ocean view are very far back from the water with a sliver of a view. But we have enjoyed staying in those building too as they are all convenient to the pool, hot tub and a very short walk to the beach. The beach is a public beach but was not very crowded in the Feb. off season. There were more whales offshore than we've ever seen, and we come to Hawaii every year to watch whales. A whale watching trip with Na Pali Explorer was exceptional. Avoid 1st or 2nd story rooms next to the public access path because of roosters crowing early in the morning. Cocktails at pool bar very expensive ($12). We brought our own which is allowed (plastic containers). A trendy little shopping center is a half mile down the road.

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  • Stayed February 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MarriottVacationClub, Corporate Customer Care at Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Thank you for the five-star review on your recent experience at Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club! It is thrilling to know you cite the resort among your favorite in Hawaii as a result of the class, comfort and overall ambiance. We look forward to hosting you both for a fifth time soon!
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Got in on my check in day of Sunday early. Wasn't a problem they already had my unit ready and I got in early! Parking is located underground in a very nice parking garage that's very well laid out. You park in section and the elevator is right there. Extremely nice rooms with great views! Large pools and spa's! Propane grilling which are easy to use! They have a Market Place in the lobby for some quick food needs and a poolside grill and bar for everything else! They also have great planned activities such as water aerobics like you have never experienced! The activities get full so sign up early. You can walk to Poi Pu Beach Park and Brennecke's restaurant. Also you can walk 2 city blocks across the street to the Poi Pu Shopping Village. They have a wide range of restaurants, general stores and shopping! You almost don't need a car! Sunsets are incredible! Out of 5 stars I'd give it a 10 for the simple fact that the whole family can relax and enjoy the entire vacation.

Stayed February 2015, traveled with family
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MarriottVacationClub, Corporate Customer Care at Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Aloha! Thank you for the five-star feedback on your recent Hawaiian getaway with family! It is exciting to read you found the resort 'heads above the rest' because of amenities like the large pools and spas, gas grills, and the activities offered. We look forward to hosting the whole family again soon for another relaxing vacation at Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club!
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Richardson, Texas - USA
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything was beautiful, clean - heavenly!!! Dying to go back! Kids were 14 and 12 and we loved everything about this resort. It was the perfect family vacation. Waves are GREAT - large enough to ride in on a waveboard. Pools are nice... Not too crowded. Awesome experience

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MarriottVacationClub, Corporate Customer Care at Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Aloha and thank you for the five-star feedback on your Hawaiian getaway to Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club! It is wonderful to know the entire family had a blast during their vacation as you found the overall resort both beautiful and clean and the pool areas enjoyable. We look forward to hosting you again and providing another awesome, five-star experience!
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Buffalo, New York
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Reviews in 134 cities Reviews in 134 cities
291 helpful votes 291 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great resort hotel with good amenities, great beach and easy access to other places of interests.

We would go back anytime. We loved the week.

Rooms was typical Marriott. Clean. Nice pool and beach view.

Incredible Koi pond!!!!!

Go to Dukes for dinner

Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
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MarriottVacationClub, Corporate Customer Care at Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Thank you for the five-star TripAdvisor feedback on your recent getaway to Hawaii! It is terrific to learn you found the resort up to the Marriott Vacation Club standard because of the amenities and pool area. We look forward to greeting you both again on a future stay! Mahalo!
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed a week here. I would say it would be hard to pick a better resort. The rooms are up to date large condos. The beach is nice with several neighbor resorts to visit. The pools are great and lots of amenities...Honu beach bar etc. Great snorkeling near the little reef near shore. Two sets of shops within a short walk. The Grand Hyatt is also a short walk down a paved path. Popui Bay golf course down the street. Short drive to Lihue and the other Marriott. Just over an hour to Napali coast or Waimea Canyon. We loved the location and the resort.

Stayed February 2015, traveled with friends
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MarriottVacationClub, Corporate Customer Care at Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Thank you for the five-star feedback on your recent Hawaiian getaway with friends! It is fabulous to see the resort exceeded your expectations as you mentioned the modern rooms, great pools and plentiful amenities as standouts. We look forward to greeting everyone again at Waiohai Beach Club! Mahalo!
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Address: 2249 Poipu Rd, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756
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*
Number of rooms: 238
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