Who? Me, wife, daughter (age 11)
When? October 15-23, 2011 (8 nights)
After deciding to make our first visit to Kauai the next decision to make was a place to stay. Although I was biased toward the Poipu area due to wanting a higher probability of great weather I also considered the north shore. Initially the choice was between the Grand Hyatt Kauai and the St Regis Princeville, but just before I was going to make my choice I got an email from jetsetter.com (or some similar site) offering a great deal at Poipu Kai. This got me poking around the internet, especially TA, and I found Poipu Kapili. Some further digging led me to unit #54, which is managed independently from the units represented on the Poipu Kapili web site. Unit #54 has its own website, which is very detailed.
I contacted the owner of #54, Cynthia, and she was very quick to respond with answers to all of my questions. Dealing with her via email and phone was very easy. She quickly responds to your questions and wants to make sure you are satisifed with the information that you receive. This is the first time that I have ever vacationed by dealing with a private homeowner and if everyone is as great as Cynthia then I may never stay in a hotel again.
The Poipu Kapili property is well documented on its web site so I'll try to add a few thoughts that aren't mentioned as frequently.
- The complex is 30 years old but is in great shape.
- The grounds are immaculately maintained. There were always crews on the grounds working on the landscaping, cleaning, etc. By 8:00 a.m. every morning the pool deck had been cleaned, the bbqs had been cleaned, and the pool was being cleaned.
- The complex was very quiet. There are approximately 60 units and at least 50 are managed by the on-site rental agency. I was told that there might be two units in the complex that are not used as rentals, and even those two are not year-round residents. What this means is that during certain months of the year you will probably see many fewer people than you might expect. During our vacation there was never anyone on either side of us and I can't imagine if at any time there were more than 20 occupied units.
- The road (the only thing separating Poipu Kapili from the ocean) is not a high-traffic spot. Road noise was never an issue. The construction behind Poipu Kapili is not an issue either, especially if you are staying ocean front.
- The on-site rental management company is not associated with this unit but you can still go to them for questions or to buy a daily newspaper. I found them to be extremely nice and helpful.
- The tennis courts, as I have found all over Hawaii, are not in perfect condition. However, these were in better shape than those at Turtle Bay or Kapalua. I played tennis every day, and all you need to do is go into the management office to make a reservation.
- There are two nice bbqs between the pool and the ocean that require you to provide the coals. These grills are cleaned every day and we used them for three dinners - very nice.
- There are two gas grills by the tennis courts but you can't even see the ocean from them so I'm not sure why anyone would want to use them.
- The sea wall across the street from the property is a very popular spot for people to watch the sunset. I was very surprised at how many people were there every evening. You can easily tell the difference between the locals and the tourists. The locals are the ones (almost all men) smoking, playing their music too loud, making catcalls at passing women, and leaving their beer bottles behind.
- The beach in front of Poipu Kapili is all lava rock - there is no sand. Just walk a couple of minutes to the east to Kiahuna (Sheraton) beach for a great time.
- If you walk down the sea wall to the west a few hunderd feet I can almost guarantee you will see sea turtles.
Unit #54 is nicely furnished and maintained in good condition. It is considered oceanfront and your living room and master bath are right on top of the ocean. If you like the noise of the waves then you'll love this unit. The unit is 1,800+ square feet with two bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs, and a bathroom, kitchen, dining area, laundry room, and living room downstairs. Cynthia provides all the beach toys you could want, and has a lot of books, CDs, and DVDs. There is wireless internet and a nice desk you can work at if you need to. The kitchen is well stocked with all the dishes you'll need, and a fair amount of cooking supplies. Air conditioning units are in each of the bedrooms - we didn't use these (they cost extra) and in hindsight we might have done so as the layout of the buildings somewhat stunts the cooling ability of the tradewinds. The bathrooms are nice and have some amount of shampoo, conditioner, etc. for you to use.
Bottom line - For less than the price of a hotel room at the Hyatt (which gives you about 500 square feet?) I got this big oceanfront condo. I would not hesitate to book through Cynthia again and I highly recommend Poipu Kapili and unit#54 for those who want a great Kauai vacation. Thank you Cynthia!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Poipu Kapili is a collection of privately owned condominiums in an idyllic setting on one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Kauai. This private resort boasts spacious 1 and 2 bedroom condos ranging in size from 1120 square feet to 2600 square, all with ocean views and private lanais. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Poipu Kapili Hotel Poipu
- Poipu Kapili Kauai