Just got back. Loved Kauai. Really awesome place to spend time.
We had one of the dreaded rooms near the parking lots and entrance in building 38...ahhhh! Oh, but wait, it wasn't too bad. If it takes you 10 minutes to walk from there to the beach, you are indeed a very slow walker. It was more like 5 minutes.
The restaurant across the street was not a noise problem. Since there was no air-conditioning in our unit, we had fans going 24/7 and these drowned out any noise. Our Garden View room was actually of a lovely garden. There were some other backlot buildings that had worse views.
Our unit was clean and in good shape. That could have been an issue for me. But it was just fine. Staff cleaned up well after us every day.
The staff was very friendly and accomodating. When I stopped in to ask them where to go get a donut for breakfast, one of the front desk workers actually pulled out a personal box and gave me one of hers. All, cleaning and gardening staff smiled and gave us an enthusiastic Aloha every time we met one. They even gave us free use of a room on our last day for an hour to clean up since we had to check out well-ahead of our flight.
Keoki's is the restaurant across the street and we loved it. Best Mai Tais on the Island. No seriously,....we tried a bunch of them. So basically you could walk from our room to the restaurant in 5 minutes too. Also, several other restaurants and shopping in a complex adjacent to Keoki's. We loved Puka Dogs...you might have seen them on the Travel Channel. They are located right there next to Keoki's.
Watch out. Eating dinner in the area is not cheap. It is hard to find a sit-down dinner for less than $20. Kid's meals were $11. I guess that is Poi Pu for you.
On the whole, the resort grounds were finely manicured and well-kept. And the Kiahuna is relatively close to alot of scenery and some of the best snorkeling beaches I can imagine.
I think any disappointments come in when you walk down the beach either way and see the digs at the Sheraton or Marriott. Yep, those were in a different class. But overall, the Kiahuna had some charm and was a pleasant experience.
The airport in Kauai is a nightmare. Don't expect to check your luggage early for flights. We had 10 PM flights and tried to drop our luggage at 6:00 in order to get our rental car back on time. The American Airlines counter wasn't even open yet. Don't know how it works in the morning.
Will post more later as other thoughts occur.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger(R) is situated on a 35-acre oceanfront setting at Poipu Beach shaded by tall swaying palms and scented by fragrant plumeria blossoms. Play at the resort's swimming beach, dine at Plantation Gardens Restaurant, and tee off at Kiahuna Golf Club. The internationally-recognized orchid and succulent gardens are living legacies of this former plantation estate. Explore historic Koloa Town a few minutes away, drive west to Waimea Canyon, or east to Hanalei on the north shore. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation Hotel Poipu
- Outrigger Hotel Kiahuna Plantation
- Outrigger Hotel Koloa
- Outrigger Poipu
- Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai/Poipu