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Castle Makahuena at Poipu
Ranked #21 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Poipu
Taipei, Taiwan
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great Condo, Great Views !!”
Reviewed July 14, 2008

Hi All

I stayed in unit 3202 which I booked direct with the owner - Chad Slayton via the Vacation Rentals By Owner website. The unit reference number is 172184.

I have stayed in some of Chads other properties and was so impressed with the high quality spec and attention to detail in his condos - this was no exception !! The 2 bed unit is newly rennovated to a very high standard ( i was the 2nd guest after the rennovation). The condo i slarge and very private. The master suite was huge and could be made completely seperate to the main living areas. Everything was included - gourment kitchen, home theatre system, washer and dryer.

The condo is absolute ocean front. The view and sound of the constantly crashing waves was amazing. From the large lanai you could also sit and watch seals and turtles playing in the surf below. I imagine the view during whale-watching season must be even better. The condo is not overlooked and is very private.

Some have complained that the condo's can be hot as no aircon. I also got the same comments from some people who had pool side condos (nice pool as well by the way. Good size and clean). Visitors on the ground floor complained that the air 'didn't move' in their units. Lucky for me I had no such problem. My unit was 1st floor with high vaulted ceilings. Also, being Ocean front meant I always had a cool breeze. In fact on a couple of occassions I have to close my windows as it was so breezy !

As others have commented the walk to the private beach is a bit steep and might be a struggle for the elderly (though I am no spring chicken!). However you are minutes away from lots of beach choices either on foot or by car.

As some of you may know, there is a lot of development work taking place in Poipu with many new condo's being built. This complex is far from the building sites and is very quiet.

I would reccomend this unit to anyone and would definately stay there again !!!

  • Liked — Quality of the accomodation, views, location
  • Disliked — Having to leave !!
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled solo
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California
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Reviewed May 26, 2008

Unit 2306 had a nice ocean view. Drier didn't work and the 1/2 bath pocket door wouldn't close, so it was useless. Place was partially update, kitchen was okay, baths not so nice. Comfortable beds.

  • Liked — View
  • Disliked — 1/2 bath and drier unuasble
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
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Decatur, IL
1 review
Reviewed April 19, 2008

My travel agent recommended the Makahuena. We stayed in 5201, what a fabulous view. We were there five days and are planning to go back as soon as we can. You really experience the sights and sounds of the ocean and even in April we saw whales every day and pods of dolphin on three days. I love searching out great restaurants when on vacation and we did not go out to dinner one night. We could not have found a better view and my husband works a mean grill. There was another couple with us and the unit was great. We had two bedrooms and two baths. We think we had the best accomodations on the island.

  • Liked — The view and the location
  • Disliked — There are a number of steps and you have to get your luggage up yourself. Will not stop us from going back
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with friends
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Kelowna, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed February 20, 2008

We stayed in two units because an Oceanview wasn't available on the first day of our stay, so they put us into a Gardenview for the first night. Unfortunately, we arrived just after 5 pm when the office closes and, after picking up our key from the bulletin board, discovered that the key didn't open up anything - so we had to wait in the parking lot for an hour waiting for someone with a master key to show up and let us into our condo. (After we phoned the emergency number listed on the office door).
That being said, the staff was extremely helpful and friendly, and we did get reimbursed for having to stay in a Gardenview for a night after paying for Oceanview without us even having to ask. To me it looks like all the units are privately-owned, so it's to be expected that some units are going to be in different states. The units we were in were great - all new appliances, furniture in good shape - pretty quiet - very nice overall. I would have no problem staying there again - we had a great vacation. One thing that people should be aware of is that the Makahuena is on a point on the southeast part of the island - it's great because you get to see both the sunsets and sunrises. Be aware, that because it is on a point, it's subject to a lot of wind; and in January, in the rainy season, it seemed pretty constant. It didn't bother us a lot because 75 degrees and windy is still tons better than -40 and snow, plus a 20 min drive to the west offers some great quiet beaches with plenty of sun. So in summary, the Makahuena is a nice place to stay, but if we stayed there again, we would want to be facing to the west or stay somewhere not so exposed to the tradewinds.

  • Liked — Location, quiet
  • Disliked — The constant wind...
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Redmond
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2008

Our family of 5 stayed in unit 2310 for 12 days. We arrived with $500 worth of groceries to find the refrigerator not working. Some extremely rude man from the rental company showed up with coolers and bags of ice and told us to defrost the fridge for 10 hours or so and it would be fine. So we spent hours transferring food around trying to keep it cold. The next day the disposal shot greasy water in the air every time it was turned on. No one fixed that either. The place is very dated with old furniture, linens, and tvs. We've stayed in many condos on all the islands but will never stay there again.

  • Liked — the view
  • Disliked — it was dated, old, appliances didn't work
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
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Colorado
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed November 29, 2007

We booked our ground-level, 3bdrm unit through the owner via vrbo.com. We were very happy with our condo, and the price was $175/night, which is a definite bargain for a 3 bdrm unit in this area. The exterior has been recently repainted and the grounds were immaculate. The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook doesn't like the Makahuena because of "too many concrete steps" but I don't know how else you deal with a condo built on a hillside (which improves everyone's ocean view). The grilling area is spectacular! Plan on buying some steaks or ahi steaks in Koloa and eat at home! No complaints with the pool or hottub--both were serviced daily during our stay. I found this condo complex to be quiet, relaxing, and great for families (we have a 13 and 10 year old), but many empty-nesters stay there as well. Close proximity to Brennecke and Poipu beaches was a major plus, as the kids wanted to go there every day. The office sometimes closes before 5 pm, and the interior of our unit was partially remodeled, partially dated (the bathrooms), but we were quite happy with what we got.

  • Liked — comfort and value
  • Disliked — not much. master bath could use two vanities. only has one.
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
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new jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2007

I wonder if the previous reviewer switched into our room! When we arrived, we were told about another party that was disatisfied with their room, and if we would not mind switching with them. We did, and we were very satisfied with our accomodations. While it did appear to be very warm upstairs at first, it cooled off very nicely when we opened up all of the windows and turned the ceiling fan up to a higher speed.
The staff was attentive, and we enjoyed trying to catch a picture of the sea turtles that kept coming up for air just off the cliffs. This property is not located near a beach, so you will need to go elsewhere to swim or snorkel (sorry, I did not go to Hawaii to sample the pool!).
I might have given it a higher rating if I had not stayed in a beach front unit in Kapaa for several days.

  • Liked — the sea turtles!
  • Disliked — no beach at this location
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Castle Makahuena at Poipu
Address: 1661 Pee Rd, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-9593
Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Poipu > Koloa
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Poipu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Castle Makahuena at Poipu 3*
Number of rooms: 78
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Makahuena at Poipu is an oceanfront condominium on the southernmost point of Kauai that offers a rare opportunity to experience both a stunning sunrise and sunset. Accommodations include one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites with kitchens and washer/dryers. Amenities include a pool, jet spa, tennis court, and barbecue grills. Front Desk Hours: 8:30am - 4:00pm After Hours Check-In: Please call the resort in advance for after hours check-in instructions. ... more   less 
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