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“Poipu Makai D-3: amazing ocean view at a great price”
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Poipu Makai
Ranked #21 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Poipu
Marina del Rey, California
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“Poipu Makai D-3: amazing ocean view at a great price”
Reviewed December 25, 2011

I'm sure all the other reviews lead with the great view from the lanai, but there is a reason for that. It's absolutely breathtaking in an unambiguously good way. We were able to see dolphins and turtles from our own home. The attached picture is from the living room window! The unit was decently furnished and spacious. No air conditioning, but the fans are good enough for all but the warmest nights. The facility feels like you are climbing through a tree house. There are a lot of ups and downs of small flights of stairs but that configuration adds to the privacy. There is a plunge pool that is unimpressive and is in the front of the property, with no ocean views. Poipu Beach Park is in walking distance and it's one of the nicer beaches on Kauai. In the other direction, there is a great walking path that follows the oceans and winds toward the Hyatt, which has some magnificent public grounds.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
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Fairbanks, Alaska
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

We stayed in unit B-2 for a week during our visit to Kauai. We reserved this through Kauai Vacation Rentals. Great place to stay! Lovely view. Very clean and comfortable. Kitchen had every gadget you could ever need and had all new appliances. A nicely decorated condo. Very quiet. Yes, the pool is tiny, but it was perfect for our 6 year old who enjoyed swimming in it every evening (it's just 4 feet deep). There is a community grill in the pool area we used which was great. Had problems with the ice maker not working. Called Kauai Vacation Rentals and they were on it right away. Got it fixed within a few days and offered to reimburse us for a bag of ice in the meantime.

Location was good. Yes, you could walk to the beach from here. Would take about 10 minutes, but we chose to drive just because we wanted to bring a lot of stuff. Condo comes with beach towels, chairs, sand toys, boogie boards, etc... which we enjoyed using.

Great experience and we would stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed May 8, 2011

Seconding all the other reviews, the view from these condos is awesome. Unit E2 is nice, decently furnished with a great but small queen bed in the master. Sleeping to the crashing waves will be missed. Pool is a bit small but waves and snorkeling only minutes away.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Omaha, Nebraska
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Reviewed October 17, 2010

My husband, my three sons and I stayed here for 10 days and were totally impressed. The location is right on the shoreline of Kauai's southernmost point at "sunny Poipu".
I simply cannot describe the view, except to say, "it's awesome" We spent hours watching the waves crash on the rocks below. I don't think I could ever get tired of this beautiful, relaxing experience. When we arrived, we walked out onto the lanai, looked fifty feet down at the rugged shoreline, and we were speechless. This setting is exactly what we wanted.
The lovely condo is clean, comfortable, roomy, and was well equipped for all of our needs. It is very quiet and private here, we felt like we were the only ones in the building. The only downside was the small pool which was initially a disappointment to my teenage sons. In the end, they concluded this wasn't a big deal, since they preferred spending their time at one of the nearby beaches anyway.
The people at the condo management company, Poipu Connection, were helpful and friendly; and the price was a great for a 3 bedroom/2 bath unit. We can't wait to go back to Kauai and we hope to rent Poipu Makai A3 when we return.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Bend, Oregon
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Reviewed May 13, 2010

We stay in unit B3 with 4 adults and 2 kids. This condo was a perfect size and felt very open. A few things are worn down due to being right on the water but that is normal. You can't beat the view anywhere. You are right on the water and the sea turtles are there from sun up to sun down. They had beach chairs and some kid toys for you to use which was nice. The pool was small but worked just fine for small kids. Overall this is a great location and condo for the price.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Springfield, IL
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Reviewed April 9, 2010

We just returned from Kauai staying 4 nights at this unit after staying up north at a not so nice unit that we had rented from VRBO. We were very pleasantly surprised. We rented this unit from Parrish Collection and they were great to work with. The condo was beautifully decorated and updated and the view was to die for. From our lanai we could watch turtles swim by and the sunsets were beautiful. It was very quiet and peaceful. The only suggestion we would have is that the pool is pretty pathetic---how about making it into a hot tub?? It really is a joke for a pool and somewhat of an eyesore for the property. It really didn't affect us as we were off exploring the beauty of the island every day. Enjoyed coming back to a beautiful "home away from home". Hope to come back soon.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Mtn. Home, AR
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80 reviews
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Reviewed May 12, 2009

My wife and I stayed at Poipu Makai A3 again recently (through Poipu Connection realty). We were pleasantly surprised to discover it has been upgraded and remodeled since our last trip. It now has a new kitchen and updated baths; it's freshly painted and newly furnished. We have stayed in this unit a couple of times before and returned for the peaceful ambience and jaw dropping view. We like Poipu's central location (equal distance between the "ends of the road" in both directions) and reputation for being sunny, even in the winter months.
The setting is incredible and is the main reason we return to this condo; the upgrade was a very nice surprise and "icing on the cake". Although there is not a beach on the property, there is excellent swimming/snorkling/sunbathing and surfing at Brennecke's beach, only a short walk away. I personally like the waves crashing on the rocks/bluff outside and believe this location has more character than any I've ever found at a classical sandy-beach location.....(when I want THAT, I go to Florida).
I saw several other reviews of other units in this condo complex and feel a couple of points should be made about this location. I haven't rented any of the other units, but I can say that A3 is clean and, now, newly remodeled. Apparently, since this complex was constructed in the 80's, some of the other units are in need of an upgrade....so to be sure: request unit A3.
Another point is the absence of a pool on this property. It does have a tiny pool, but it's more like a jumbo hot tub...think twice about booking here if your dream-Hawaii-vacation includes hours of lounging by the pool.
Also, if you prefer a complete resort setting with multiple restaurants, Disney-esque landscaping with water parks and convention rooms, then Poipu Makai isn't the place you're looking for. Try one of the the big places such as Grand Hyatt Kauai. These resorts are very nice, but expect a comparable view to cost 3X as much for a room 1/3 the size. My wife and I actually prefer the peace, beauty and solitude of Poipu Makai, but if you're one of the "beautiful people" who insists upon a "5-star" resort, cough up the extra cash and book the Hyatt.

Now that I've told you the reasons not to come here, consider the following:
DO come here if you appreciate a peaceful, inviting, comfortable accomodation, and a view which WILL LEAVE YOU SPEECHLESS.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Poipu Makai
Address: 1677 Pee Rd, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-9704
Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Poipu > Koloa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Poipu
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This resort situated on the edge of a bluff providing spectacular views of the blue Pacific and the entire Poipu coastline. A small property with only 15 Kauai condos, Poipu Makai provides privacy and intimacy while being just a short walk to the world renowned Brennecke's Beach and Poipu Beach. The sounds of the sea fill every room and each condo has large lanais offering a great lookout for hours of watching turtles, dolphins, seasonal whales and brilliant sunsets. ... more   less 
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