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“Marriott Wai'ohai BeachResort Excellent!”

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Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Poipu
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“Marriott Wai'ohai BeachResort Excellent!”
Reviewed December 7, 2007

My husband and I spent a week there in December 2006. What an incredible treat. Our 2 bedroom/2 bath unit was spacious, great lanai, well appointed, and had extremely comfy beds and linens. There are several pools and it is beachfront. The service was excellent, and as usual Kaua'i is such a relaxed island. Don't expect Honolulu, don't go if you want city life. This is Island Style all the way. There are many good restaurants in the area as well as golf, snorkeling, wave riding and doing nothing. We give it a 5 star rating.

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salt lake, utah
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Reviewed November 2, 2007

We just got back today from the Waiohai Beach Club in Kauai. We had a great vacation. We were there for 5 nights. We had two adults (mom and dad) and 4 kids (15, 13, 10, and 8).

The main reason I am writing this is to tell you that the Big Save grocery store should actually be called "No Save". We got to our villa about 9:00pm and wanted to go shopping so that the kids would have something to eat in the morning. We went to the Big Save because it was close to the hotel and I knew that Costco would be closed. As we walked around I couldn't believe the prices. A loaf of bread was $5 and a gallon of milk was $6. I should have realized that this is not where the locals shop when the people in the store had no more than 3-4 items in their cart. You should only shop at Big Save if you only need a couple of items. Everything is at least double the prices in the states. The next day we went to Costco in Lihue and the prices were the same as at the Costco store that I shop at. I couldn't believe it. If you want some groceries, shop at Costco or Walmart. The prices are virtually the same as in the states.

Our villa was great. This was not our first time at a Marriott Vacation Villa but was our first time at the Waiohai. The pool and beach were great. The pool is not gigantic but it was definitely big enough to have lots of fun. We were in the pool everyday and it never felt crowded. My 8 & 10 year old covered every square inch of the pool and never ran into anyone. The beach is awesome. It was very clean and has soft sand that you can play on all day. We boogie boarded, surfed, and snorkeled there. There were monk seals on the beach every morning. The one and only problem about the beach is that there is no shade. The palm trees are up against the resort and there are no umbrellas. So if you want to play on the beach all day, buy an umbrella at Costco or Walmart on your first day. My 15 yr. old wanted to skim board at the beach so we went to Walmart and found one. It cost $29.95 and worth every cent. My kids used it all the time at the beach.

We went and saw Wailua Falls and took the short hike down. The trail next to the falls is steep but not really hard if you are fit. We were all wearing flip flops and made it just fine. When you get to the bottom, you are actually at the top of the falls and not at the bottom. We also went to Hanalei Bay to swim and snorkel. I think our beach at the hotel is better. It was nice to see the north side of the island but the beach is nicer at the hotel.

Hope you have fun on your trip.

  • Liked — 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom
  • Disliked — no shade on the beach
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Reviewed October 23, 2007

This is our first stay at our Marriott timeshare the Marriott Waiohai Beach club. The rooms are all nicely decorated, clean and well stock with cooking utensil needs, and well cared for.

The resort is washed down every night...sidewalks, lawn chairs, and garden grooming. All very well taken care of.

The staff is all the pleasant, the views awesome and the best Ultimate Mai Tias ever at the Honu Bar by the beach.

We are already scheduled for next week. Room 2402 has the best view in our opinion!

  • Liked — Beautiful, location, excellent condition, great features
  • Disliked — Several young children that may not be appealing to young people and some couples
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
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Seattle, WA
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Reviewed October 19, 2007

We went on a timeshare presentation, so the price was certainly right. We were in Building 5 overlooking the gardens on the ground floor, and could not get any cell phone reception at all. We also have our own wireless internet cards and those wouldn't work either. The internet access at the property is not secure, so be aware of that if you're doing financial transactions or anything you want a secure connection for. Beware of Building 4 - half of those units overlook the parking lot.

The units are all identical, 2-BR/2-BA, TV in every room, nicely decorated, comfortable, and well-equipped, but nothing to give you the feel of being in Hawaii. The hallways are very institutional - not a plant or painting or anything to break it up.

The grounds are very nice and immaculately kept. The pool areas seem a bit small for the size of the resort. We were there in mid-October and there were kids everywhere. What's up with that? :-) There are lots of chairs on the lawn area overlooking the beach, and there's a "quiet" pool, so you can find some pockets of peace and quiet. The beach is a good one, and the sunsets are lovely.

We didn't use the restaurants or the market there. Drive to Koloa, about five minutes away, and shop for your food at Big Save - it's a LOT cheaper than buying anything in the Market at the resort.

All of the employees were very friendly, and we had excellent service while there.

Overall, it's a very nice place, and I feel like I should have liked staying there more than we did - it just has sort of a generic feel to it, I guess.

  • Liked — spacious and comfortable
  • Disliked — a sort of generic, institutional feel about the place
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 9, 2007

We stayed with our 3 children and my in-laws in a villa unit that includes a full kitchen, living room and two bedrooms. The room was beautiful. The beds are super comfy - lovely baths. When we needed more towels and an extra bed to seperate my kids, they we at the room very quickly. (The extra bed is a small bedroll cushion for the floor. An adult or tennager could not sleep this way.) The full kitchen is handy, however the location of grocery stores is not. Think ahead. The charm of Kauai is that is not commerical nor built up. When leaving the airport with your rental car, swing past costco or the grocery store in Lihue and stock up. You'll be happy you did.

The beach is great. We spent hours building sand castles and playing in the water. We saw tons of fish and monk seals on the beach. We also swam with a very large sea turtle. I would recommend getting up in the morning and walking the beaches early to see seals and turtles that bedded down on the beach overnight.

The restaurants at the resort are lacking - only one choice. The food is good, but it is casual bar food in the evening, burgers by the beach in the day. (Great burgers! Order "the works".) Thurs - Mon. happy hour starts at 5:30. The nachos were good - the ribs come with fries, the mai tais are great. The best thing at the bar was the Waiohai colada. Yum! Yum! Not a lot of choices for food in the neighborhood. We ate at Keikos and Tropical Burger in the Poipu shopping center. Neither was very good. The Poipu Grill had great huge cheap tropical drinks, but the food very substandard at best. The best meal we had was at Brick Oven Pizza in Kalaheo (up the road 15-20 minutes.) It sounds strange to have the best pizza when in Hawaii, but it's true. Across the street is the charming Kalaheo Cafe. We had breakfast there 4 times. I love that place. Best coffee ever.

We enjoyed the hotel and Kauai. My 3 young children loved it also.

  • Liked — Location to Poipu beach - right on property
  • Disliked — Lack of restaurant choices
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed September 4, 2007

This vacation club property is huge! There are about 16 buildings and its a sprawling resort that covers quite a bit of ground. The pools are small compared to their other resorts and they are very very corwded. There is however a "quiet" pool some ways away from the other pool that is very peaceful to swim in and does allow children. This place was packed, kids everywhere (which is not a bad thing, I had mine with me too) and we were they in off season. The rooms here start at $539/nite but if you contact the Marriott Vacatino Club and are willing to go on a high pressured sales tour, then you can get it for much much less.

The accomodations themselves were fine, the rooms are all 2 bedroom condos and have everthing you need for a pleasant stay with the family. I would suggest stocking up the fridge by going to a local grocery store as the "Marketplace" at the Marriott, like all Marriott's, is super expensive ($9 for a gallon of milk, $3 for an individual bowl of cereal). The Kawai Grill (restuarant on property) is outdoors and not that comfortable to eat at. The seats are literally in the walkway outside 2 buildings and there is no peace from the onslaught of people walking right by you or relief from the heat. The food was okay, just okay, agian not what you find at the normal Marriott restaurant.

The beach is small and steep with quite an undertow but it was fun for my family. Poipu is the most touristy place on the island so be ready for that. Kaua'i is the most beautiful of all the Hawaiian Islands in my opinion and staying in a place like Poi'pu really takes away from that beauty not adds to it. We go to Hawai'i for the scenery and nature not thousands of tourist, crowded pools and over crowded beaches. The good thing is that all the beaches on Kaua'i are public, there are no private beaches allowed on the island by law so you can easliy find a private place if wanted.

Also, I was contacted by Marriott and given a deal to stay here to try to sell me a timeshare, as I stay at Marriott's exclusive it seems. They put us in the last building, 1/4 mile for the store, restaurant, pool and beach and I had a beautiful view of the Hawaiian license plates on the cars in the parking lot. In addition, the balconies are not private at all. They are right next to each other and wide open. If you are going to stay here, ask for an interior facing room and make sure you get a confirmation email that says which room type you have so there is no question when you check in.

If you are into crowds and tourist traps, then I would say this is the place for you. If not, try the Kaua'i Beach Club in Lihu'e, another Marriott property that has much better amenities and a lot less people. I have included quite a few picture to see what its really like. The pictures that Marriott has on thier websit are not that accurate. I would rate this property as average, nothing special other then the fact that you are on Kaua'i, which in iitself is amazing!

Tips for a better trip:
-Go to Kapa'a and Shaka Tacos, awesome fun and open mike nite there every wednesday.
-Stay away from the Casablacna Restauant across the street from the waiohai. Terrible food and its another outdoor restaurant that had rats running around due to the construction they said.
-See Napali, wow, unbelievable!
-Go the Ha'ena State park on the northwest corner of the island by Princeville, beautiful sunsets and its a great drive up there.
-If you can afford it (about$1000 for 4 people) take a helicopter tour of the island, we used Island Helicopters and it was the hi-lite of the trip for me.

See Kaua'i for what it has to offer, if you want touristy Hawai'i, go to Waikiki on Oah'u or anywhere on Maui. ope this helps plan your next trip!

Stayed August 2007
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Orange County, CA
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Reviewed September 1, 2007

Stayed 5 nights on a promotional package deal at this timeshare property. The price was right at around $1000 for a 2BR suite plus a Hertz car. The resort's location is fabulous, right on the beach at Poipu. The room was spacious, clean and very attractively appointed. Free internet access is a plus. The common area spaces, fitness center and dining facilities are ok at best. The architecture of the resort is plain vanilla, more reminiscent of a hotel near Disneyland than a resort in the islands. If you are looking for a place that is oriented to young families and you don't mind a somewhat frenetic and crowded atmosphere, this is it. If you are looking for a place to relax in a more upscale environment, this is not the place. The resort was full of shrieking children and loud adults. Don't get a room anywhere near the elevators. The elevator machine rooms generate a lot of noise. Our experience with the hotel staff was decidedly mixed. Some were very helpful and friendly, others were not very customer friendly. We were particularly put off by some of the staff in the dining facility. In summary, the quality of the resort (grade B) does not come close to matching the quality of the location (grade A+).

Stayed August 2007
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Property: Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club
Address: 2249 Poipu Rd, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-9534
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Poipu > Koloa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#2 Family Hotel in Poipu
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Poipu
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club 3.5*
Number of rooms: 238
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