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Castle Makahuena at Poipu
Ranked #26 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Poipu
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“Peaceful retreat”
Reviewed September 26, 2004

I recently spent a week at the Makahuena at Poipu and found it thoroughly relaxing. I was upgraded without asking and had a large, very quiet 2 bedroom condo. Several days I had the pool all to myself. It felt like a quiet retreat. The staff was inconspicuous and very helpful when needed. Altho' the property doesn't have it's own beach, the rooms are quite near the rocky point so the views and sounds of the surf are always there.

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Reviewed July 25, 2004

Highly recommended. The 2 bedroom condo was fully furnished and we had a great ocean view from our lanai. Although we were there in July, the humidity wasn't an issue since there was a constant cool breeze. The location is also a plus. Poipu beach is around the corner and shopping in Koloa town is only a five minute drive. We recomend getting the oceanview condo for the spectacular views of the ocean. If you like waking up to the sound of waves crashing into the cliffs in the morning, this is the place to stay.

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Reviewed February 25, 2004

We stayed at the Makahuena in a 2 BDR condo from Feb 8-15, 2004. The weather was great and our ocean view condo gave us plenty of whale watching time. Air conditioning was generally not needed, although we had a couple of humid nights and could have used a/c in the bedroom.
Although we didn't eat much in the condo, we noticed very small bugs on the counters at times. Overall our stay was very pleasant.

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Reviewed January 26, 2004

Our condo was one of three absolutely oceanfront properties literally hanging over the ocean! We could hear the surf and watch the water spilling over the rocks with immense sprays and waves underneath the lanai! Local fisherman clung to the rocks below occasionally being bathed in the thundering spray. Beautiful sunsets can be observed in the early evening hours allowing for some splendid photo opportunities.

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Reviewed December 26, 2003

Our family of six stayed in a two-bedroom unit at Makahuena from Nov 24 to Dec 6, 2003. I've been to Kauai five or six times in 20 years, and this condo was one of the nicest I've seen. The rooms were large and very clean (light housekeeping is done every day), and the complex was refreshingly quiet. Watching the sunrises AND the sunsets from the same point is an added bonus! The staff was accommodating but not intrusive.
We had a wheelchair-bound friend with us and they happily made arrangements for an accessible room at no extra charge.It's only a short (1/2 mile maybe) walk to Poipu Beach--an excellent beach for young kids--and Brennecke Beach, a boogie boarder's paradise. And, the sun shone EVERY day we were there, even though it rained on the rest of the island most of the time. :-)Mind you, this is NOT a luxury resort.
There are no valets or bellhops and no chocolates on the pillow at night. But if you like to have room to spread out, great views, and quietness at night, I'd definitely recommend this place.

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Reviewed October 21, 2003

I stayed at Makhuena from October 12th through 16th of 2003 in a 3 bedroom condominium unit. I was pleasantly surprised by the experience.
This is my 4th trip to Hawaii (2nd to Kauai), and I must say this was probably the best accommodation I had overall.

I requested a unit with 4 twin beds, and this was provided without a problem. The views were nice; I didn't request an oceanview room, but Evelyn gave me an ocean view. I could see the waves hitting the rocks, and at night, I would fall asleep to the sounds of waves.

The rooms did not have air conditioning, but I didn't feel like I needed one. Because this property overlooks the ocean directly, there is a pleasant ocean breeze. There were fans in all the rooms, including ceiling fans.

The rooms very clean, and kitchen sparkling. All of my expectations were met....Everyone in our party had a great time there, and look forward to going back eventually.


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Additional Information about Castle Makahuena at Poipu

Property: Castle Makahuena at Poipu
Address: 1661 Pee Rd, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-9593
Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Poipu > Koloa
Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #26 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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