Spent 5 nights at the Westin Princeville Resort Villas in mid-July. Overall very good property with great view and location for a Hawaiian vacation. It has the amenities and quality of a typical Westin hotel property right in the middle of Princeville on the bluff directly overlooking the ocean. Having said that, this is not a hotel and the main purpose is to sell the actual units as timeshares. Any special offer you receive from SPG or Westin is to get you to sample the property and go through the sales presentation. Even if you are skeptical about traditional timeshares, a few days here will have you reconsidering because of the property itself and some of the attributes of the Westin timeshare story.
The property itself is in Princeville which is in the Northeast corner of the Island. Its about a 45-drive from the airport in Lihue. Note that Kauai is one of the larger islands but is mainly rural with just a handful of towns. That means basic (but good) roads - but it takes a while to get around because even a few cars can seem like there is lots of traffic. The airport is small but efficient. Tip is to send one person to get rental unless you are top tier because most of the planes come in at once. Spending an hour+ getting your rental car is not a good start to a great vacation.
Once you drive up to the property you are greeted by great doorman/valets. We knew this was a condo so we had stopped at the grocery store at the Princeville turn in and had lots of provisions that the bellman loaded onto baggage carts with our luggage and started for our room. Check in was quick at the desk but you are "encouraged" to meet with your concierge at that time to go over your "coupons" and other things (meaning your appointment for the timeshare tour). Our host was super nice and friendly and though it took a little longer than we had hoped (about 45-minutes) we were off to our room. We booked a one bedroom full suite compared to the smaller unit (they have two options). The difference is the larger one is like a full apartment with separate bedroom w/ king bed versus the smaller unit which is more like a regular hotel room. Both rooms have the same size bath and the larger unit has a larger kitchen area. Being only two of us, we could have been fine in the smaller unit. It had ample space and they are paired together to form one timeshare unit so the views and locations are all the same. Our larger unit had kitchen/dining/living area with a fold out couch. Would be perfect for a small family.
The unit itself was clean, fresh with contemporary styling. Same look and feel as a Westin hotel property including bath amenities and the great bed. The units have a small washer/dryer unit that we used several times to cut down on packing. My wife only had two huge suitcases versus her regular 3! The kitchen area is large with everything you could need for a week on vacation including plates, utensils, big fridge, etc. We cooked our own breakfast every morning which was both convenient and saved us some bucks. Our view was of the golf course with a small glimpse of the ocean through some of the trees. Though the property is on the bluff over the ocean, only a few units actually have ocean views. Not a bad thing since the pools and common areas have great views and the complex is more about a base for adventure than destination. The bathroom is large with double sinks, walk-in shower, separate toilet area and large jetted tub. You will not be disappointed in the bathroom. We were there five days and you schedule one day of housekeeping during your stay. They will come if you ask for more but we were fine. We did ask for additional towels once but they were sent right up. The bedroom is good sized with its own TV with big windows out to the golf course. Westin has the best beds - slept great. Know that Kauai is the chicken sanctuary of the world. That means nature alarm clocks every morning! After a couple of days you don't even hear them. The feel of the unit is like a nicely appointed efficiency apartment with plenty of room.
The property itself is great. Large condo-type complex with the clubhouse housing the market and restaurant. The main pool is large with a couple of levels with straight view of the ocean. Both sides of the complex have smaller infinity pools that are also very nice. Great landscaping and clean. Parking can be either valet or self-park (same price at $13/day). We usually scouted close to our unit for a spot to self-park and if it was full we would valet.
We ate a couple of meals from the market (pizza and breakfast sandwiches) and were satisfied. We did not eat at the on property restaurant.
Some of the stuff not as impressed with. No beach. You can go to the St. Regis sister property about a mile away and use their beach. It was very good but you cant use the St. Regis pool. Also service at the beach regarding drinks and such was very poor. I don't want to think it was because we were Westin guests (they can tell by your scarlet letter towels that are different from the St. Regis) or just not a good day. It happened to us twice is the only reason I bring it up. We did eat at the St. Regis beach side grill and thought the food was great. Highly recommend. As far as the Westin - this is a family type place. There were couples and several newlyweds having a great time, but the pools and common areas are dominated by families and kids. Traveling as a couple we would have liked an adults only pool area like the Hyatt at Popui. Not the property's fault and everyone was having a great time as they obviously cater to the family demographic. Our fault for not doing a little more research. 10-years ago with our kids this would have been heaven.
Overall a great property. When you go on the timeshare tour you will be tempted because Westin does it right.
Other tips - Try the Tavern at the Prince golf course and the Shrimp Station in Kaapa. Aninni beach is near and you can find a spot usually right on the road to park, swim and chill. Napoli catamaran tour (Capt Andy) was awesome. St. Regis spa one of the best.
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July 23, 2013
Dear TXScooby: Thank you for taking the time to share details of your recent stay. It is nice to hear that you had a good experience at the resort. The one bedroom villa that you experienced is the larger accommodations at almost 800 square feet including a full kitchen, separate bedroom with a king size Heavenly Bed and a living room with a queen size sofabed. This is in comparison to our studio villas which are approximately 500 square feet including a queen size Heavenly Bed and double size sofabed. Both units have whirlpool tubs and separate showers. The larger bathroom in the one bedroom has double vanity sinks and overall a larger bathroom space. Of the four pools at the Resort, the Malie pool is designated as the quiet or tranquility pool. This is for our guests that want a quiet pool experience. In addition, The Westin Princeville guest have privileges to use the lap pool at the Makai Golf Course which is typically quiet for most of the day. Our resort shuttle will provide transportation to both the St Regis for our guest to enjoy their private beach, the Makai Course for golf, tennis and lap pool use, the Princeville Shopping Center where you mention you stopped for groceries, the Prince Golf Course, Princeville Airport and Princeville Ranch Adventures. We hope to see you return to our resort on your next visit to Kaua’i. Mahalo and Stay Well!
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