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Castle Kiahuna Plantation & The Beach Bungalows
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   2253-B Poipu Rd, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756   |  
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Spencer, Indiana, United States
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“Wonderful experience at castle kiahuna!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

The room far exceeded our expectations! Huge 2 story with washer and dryer. Nicely decorated and very comfortable and lovely garden view. Short walk to beach, just an overall great place to stay. Would definitely stay here again!

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  • Stayed January 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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KiahunaGM, General Manager at Castle Kiahuna Plantation & The Beach Bungalows, responded to this review, February 1, 2013
Thank you so much!

Aloha,

Roy Thompson
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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Herndon, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

This was our 2nd time staying at Kiahuna Plantation, and again we LOVED it. Beautifully maintained landscape and facilities and everyone was so friendly! DEFINITELY go for a room on the top floor (no noise from people above you) and with a view of the ocean. Even on gray days it's a glorious view! You will be awakened by the roosters (and they get up early!), but we were able to adjust. There is a cute shopping center just across the street with plenty of restaurants, shops and even a general store. Really everything you could want was within walking distance.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Crossfield, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is officially my favorite place on earth. Everything you could want is here; a pleasant stroll to the beach, amenities within walking distance, friendly service, ocean or garden views and a beautiful tropical room. We were put in the rooms closest to the road, and I still didn't mind. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a romantic or family getaway.

Room Tip: Having a room on the top floors gives you a great view, but if you have kids a bottom floor one will...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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KiahunaGM, General Manager at Castle Kiahuna Plantation & The Beach Bungalows, responded to this review, February 1, 2013
I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us! As we are now offically your favorite place on earth, we will expect you back soon!

Please feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance.

Aloha,

Roy Thompson
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Delta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Kiahuna Plantation is a real treasure from its lush gardens to the great accomadations. We have stayed the many times now and will be going back soon!.. there are a couple places to avoid if you want peace and quiet all day and night.. these would be the condos over by the maintenance yard, the work in the yard starts around 6 am and goes ALL day.. the other spot is the row of condos up by the main road .. this area can be noisy with traffic and sirens but it usually is quieter at night!... Great restaurant across the road called "Kiokes" ( that may not be spelled correctly)..There is also a great beach on the property.... Great beach, great service from all the staff.. don't miss out..

  • Stayed December 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KiahunaGM, General Manager at Castle Kiahuna Plantation & The Beach Bungalows, responded to this review, February 1, 2013
We hope that you can come back and visit soon!

Aloha,

Roy Thompson
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Davis, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We had a very nice room with a garden view at this lovely and well maintained property. We were able to visit our family staying at an ocean view property and it was lovely. There are many options for every budget. Having an ocean view if a bonus, but in reality, if you just bother to get out of your room, you can have a beach view in a very short walk. As a matter of fact you can be sitting on the beach in no time at all. Of course, watching the spectacular sunsets and whale watching this time of year (January) is a must. Also, the high level of maintenance of the property was very impressive (painting, trimming, cleaning, security).

Did I mention you have access to a very large pool and tennis courts across the street with access to Casablanca bar a restaurant. They make a killer Mai Tai and Lime Margarita. Did I mention they make a great Lime Margarita? How about outdoor Sunday brunch for $15? Are you kidding? Nope. It's not buffet but includes a selection of cocktail ( I loved the make your own Bloody Mary), brunch specials including Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine, incredible French Toast, and a Lox and Bagel you would not believe, plus coffee.

Room Tip: We roamed the property and I could not find a location I could not recommend. Obviously, ocean views...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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KiahunaGM, General Manager at Castle Kiahuna Plantation & The Beach Bungalows, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Mahalo for your nice review! I am glad that you enjoyed yourself here, and obviously at Casa Blanca as well.

Please come back soon!

Aloha,

Roy Thompson
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013 via mobile

We stayed through Castle for 10 days. It was awesome! I would definitely recommend this place to anyone! My whole family stayed in 3 separate condos. They weren't right next to each other but it didn't matter because we could easily walk across the lawn. The beach was perfect & easily accessible! The other hotels/condos in the area didn't have as good of beach/sand access as we did! My grandparents had a condo closest to the beach so we hung out at the backyard (aka right at the beach) the whole time. The other 2 condos were also very close, with a beach view the entire time. The kids could easily run around the grounds/ across the lawn to all 3 condos with no problem. We luckily scored 1 remodeled condo and it was very nice. The other 2 were definitely dated so that was a drawback, but it didn't bother us too much. However, I would rather have a remodeled condo and be farther back from the beach than have an older one. This is because it was much easier/affordable to buy groceries and have meals at the condo than go out to eat, so a nicer kitchen was better. 

Pros-
-Easy accessible beach 
-Nice remodeled condos
-Great housekeeping service
-Will give extra towels
-Friendly staff
-Owners had beach toys, beach mats, boogie boards, books in condos
-Nice restaurant on site- Plantation Gardens
-Poipu shopping village is right across the street
-Can open/close shutters on windows/doors of condo
-Outside barbecue areas for use
-Grounds are very well kept! (very pretty!)
-Main desk/security on 24 hours 
-Safe is supplied in room
-Activities desk has tons of stuff (chairs, towels, snorkeling, etc) & they were extremely helpful!!! (Mike helped us search for & book many activities on the island)
-Wifi worked well in every room
-Location, location, location! Poipu & the beach were beautiful! 

Cons-
-They warned us several times to lock our doors- made us nervous, but we never had any problems
-Parking was open, but it would be better if spots were assigned, sometimes the lots were full with visitors 
-The back sliding doors face the ocean and can't be locked from the outside so it was annoying to have to go through the front everytime you wanted to lock your condo 
-No A/C but we didn't need it since it was January (used fans)
-No pool on property, only 1 across the street (& it wasn't nice)- however a certain hotel next door doesn't have any gates to their pool & it was very nice! 

I want to advise that this property has very little amenities! This was perfect for us because being close to the beach was more important.  There is 1 front desk, 1 restaurant, an activities desk, and barbecues, that is it. So if you are looking for any extras, this is not your place. However, this is why we loved it so much. It reflected the perfect laid back Kauai lifestyle! 

Try to get condo #16: nicely remodeled, big, backyard on lawn, ground level, & ocean view! 

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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KiahunaGM, General Manager at Castle Kiahuna Plantation & The Beach Bungalows, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind review! Yes, #16 is very nice. As a reminder for those folks who read these reviews, while Castle cannot guarantee a specific unit, we always do try our best to accomodate special requests such as specific unit, ground floor, 2nd floor, etc. so do not hesitate to ask.

We hope to see you again soon.

Aloha,

Roy Thompson
General Manager
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

This was our first trip to Hawaii, and we couldn't have picked a better place. The units are nice, recently upgraded countertops, appliances, and flooring. As a bonus, the owners keep sand toys, boogie boards and beach mats in the closet (flippers too!). Our beach is beautiful and uncrowded, and just a 10 minute walk away is Poipu beach, which is by far one of the best places to snorkel in Hawaii, especially of you have kids. You just float, the fish flock around since there are reefs and rocks all around (so be sure to bring water shoes to protect your feet). The staff was very friendly and we rented off VRBO so it was reasonably priced.

I only had two minor negatives. Their pool is too far away. They have so much lawn beachfront, I think they need a pool there, but their pool is across the street, you pretty much need to drive there. The other thing is, because of the airy, louvered windows and doors, you hear everything your neighbor is doing. I know they need this because of no air conditioning, which isn't needed, but was pretty annoying.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KiahunaGM, General Manager at Castle Kiahuna Plantation & The Beach Bungalows, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
Many thanks for your kind review. We are pleased that our staff were friendly and responsive.

While we realize that resonable pricing can be found on VRBO, we also encourage potential guests to call is directly or check our website as we often have great deals available, and offer the advantage of many units to choose from.

Please do come back again soon!

Aloha,

Roy Thompson
General Manager
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Address: 2253-B Poipu Rd, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Poipu
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Poipu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Castle Kiahuna Plantation & The Beach Bungalows 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kiahuna Plantation and The Beach Bungalows is on a sandy beach amid 35 acres of lush, landscaped grounds, including Moir gardens. One- and two-bedroom suites offer garden or ocean views and full kitchens. Amenities include barbecues, a restaurant, resort-style pool, jet spa, tennis courts, and a beach activity center. ... more   less 
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