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“Kuhio Shores #309 - Best place to stay in Kauai”

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Kuhio Shores Condos
Ranked #1 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Poipu
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Houston
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74 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“Kuhio Shores #309 - Best place to stay in Kauai”
Reviewed November 21, 2010

This unit is at the corner and has wonderful view (PK bay on one side and the ocean on the other). When you are stuck in the unit (like waiting on your teenage kids to get ready), you can be watching for turtles, snorklers, and surfers or just the beautiful waves or just enjoying steady breeze on the lanai. We saw 2-3 rainbows from the unit during our stay, and we also saw a seal sunning itself on the sun by the condo lawn. We snorkeled next to the condo...lots of turtles closer than we would ever imagine! We hiked the nearby Mahaulepu Beaches. Anyway, this was the last leg of our 3 week vacation so eating out was getting tiring, and this unit had everything to cook with (common grills available - they looked clean so we didn't mind cooking our food on them). The unit is a one bedroom with a comfy king size bed. The queen sleeper in the livingroom was comfortable enough for our 2 kids. The unit was spacious enough for the 4 of us (yes, 1 bathroom was not fun with 2 teenagers who are used to having their own bathroom but it was manageable). This condo is in a great central spot to see all of Kauai! It was a quick drive to the west for Napali boat tour, Kokee, and Waimea Canyon and to the east side for coastal bike ride, snorkeling, waterfall jumping, and pretty beaches. Going to north shore for hiking and pretty beaches was a little far ... about 1 1/2 hr drive each way ... but it was worthwhile because staying at Kuhio Shores #309 was so wonderful. We watched the sunset from the condo lawn a couple of evenings as we enjoyed our drinks....beautiful! The McCartins keeps their unit so tidy and clean and have their rental system down so it was easy getting the key from/to them.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Princeville, Hawaii
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Reviewed November 18, 2010

Rented from Mike and Sue Galvin again. What excellent hosts and what a special place. Walking thru the front door and seeing and hearing the ocean so close was just paradise. Being able to sleep to the sound of the waves was so peaceful. There is everything you need for a vacation there as far as chairs, towels and coolers are concerned. Very comfey bed and lots of closet and drawer space. Like the fully equipped kitchen with full sized appliances, including dish washer. Breakfast on the lanai with turtles and surfers is a great start to the day. Watching the sunset from the lanai with a special person and watching the moon and stars from the lanai with a nightcap makes for great memories.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Fort Bragg, California
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Reviewed October 28, 2010

You can't get any closer to the ocean than this condo. With a unit on the third floor we had a great view of the Sea Turtles feeding just off the shore. Kuhio Shores is well located. There's a good snorkel beach within walking distance and a wonderful restaurant. There's also a new shopping center very close with some very nice restaurants.

Unit 314 is spacious and very well appointed. The bedrooms get a very nice breeze, which was great for sleeping. The unit and the entire building was clean and well maintained. The owner was quick to respond when I sent in the request for dates and gave us a good rate.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thousand Oaks
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2010

All in all a nice condo in a great location with a couple of things we thought you should know. The unit is on the third floor with a lovely view of the small cove below. We loved watching four green sea turtles as they grazed on the plants on the rocks below. It is beautifully furnished by a decorator. My question to said decorator is," the furniture is nice to look at, but did you actually SIT in any of it before you put it in the condo?" The only comfortable piece was the sofa. As readers, we could find no good place to read. There was a wide screen TV, DVD player, free WIFI so couldn't there be a comfortable chair with good lighting? If you are a sunset person you would be better off picking a unit on the front of the building or going, as we did, to the lawn in front of the Beach House restaurant next door. You do get lovely sunrises every day from this east facing condo. One caviat...since this unit is at the turning of the L shaped building, the entry is in an enclosed area of the mostly open walkway. Three doors open to this 10 feet of echo-y hall and your bedroom windows are right there. If your neighbors are noisy, they are right there for you to hear and for them to look in if you leave the windows open. Not having the windows open means no cross breeze which is why the owners have supplied an extra fan in the tiny bedroom. Also, there is a bright light just outside the window, which the bamboo blinds only mostly block out. If you are bothered by light at night, this would be a problem. The kitchen is well appointed with GE Profile appliances but the cookware is a bit in need of replacement (non-stick pans are really scratched, for instance). You must register your car with security but it took us the better part of a day to find someone with whom to get a pass. When we did, he was very laid back about giving the passes out.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Durham, Maine
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Reviewed October 27, 2010

This lovely and spotless condo had an amazing view, complete with it's own palm tree. We loved sitting on the lanai watching surfers, outriggers, turtles, sunsets and listening to the ocean waves. It was great to have use of the boogie boards, cooler and "the Noodle". The bed and ceiling fan were perfect. The kitchen had everything we needed including a great view, too. The condo also had a nice iPod docking station and a washer/dryer were available on the 4th floor. We enjoyed the community grill and meeting other guests. Mike Galvin checked in on us and gave us great tips about the area. The Beach House Restaurant next door was the perfect spot for our 25th anniversary dinner. This was our 3rd trip to the South Shore and Unit 415 was the best place we've experienced! After 8 nights it was very hard to leave. We will be recommending this condo to all our family and friends!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Clovis, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 25, 2010

Wonderful condo with everything one could want. Out stay was outstanding with beautiful views, wonderful condo that was beautifully decorated and equipped. We are already looking at our schedule for when we can return!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Oregon
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Reviewed October 17, 2010

We stayed at Kuhio Shores 217 from 9-30 to 10-9-2010. This was our first trip to Kauai and we researched TA and elsewhere to find tips on where to stay and what to do. We were very happy with this condo. It looked just like the photos and the owners were awesome to work with. He even called me from his vacation on island and timed the walk to the smoking bench for me, ha ha!

The entire property is very well kept from the grounds and walkways to the BBQ’s, laundry room, etc. There was a security person and plenty of parking. The trade winds kept the condo cool and the sound of the waves made us sleep like babies at night. We loved the beach next door for snorkeling. The turtles and surfers were fun to watch from the lanai. Our vacation was wonderful and we hope to return in the future. Thanks to Mike and Sue and a very well stocked condo!

Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kuhio Shores Condos
Address: 5050 Lawai Rd, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-9611
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Poipu
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Poipu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the sunny South Shore at Poipu Beach, just 10 steps from the waters edge, these 1 and 2 bedroom condos offer the best in oceanfront vacation rental that Kauai has to offer. Enjoy the magnificent sunsets or watch the surfers or sea turtles from the lanai or go snorkeling at the beach right out front. These condos are as close as you can get to the ocean on the island of Kauai! (Note to Reviewers/Readers: The condo units are individually owned. When writing a review, it will be helpful to readers if you specify in which unit you stayed. Also, please be aware that being independently owned, each unit may offer different decor and amenities. ... more   less 
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