I have stayed at this condo property two times, and wil be returning a third time in January 2013 - and plan to continue returning throughout the years.
My travel to this resort has been in December and January each time.
The condos - there are multiple buildings at the resort, so as I noted in my tips - be sure to know which building you are staying in, and which floor; third or fourth floor provides more of the view you are coming to the island to see. I have stayed in the Banyan and Alii buildings - both have been very nice. I have been told to stay away from the Coral building - but I have not stayed there personally. Condos are not overly luxurious - but they are always VERY clean and many of the condos have been renovated with granite counters, etc...kitchens (stocked with all the cooking items you will need) are provided in each unit, so meals on the lanai will likely be common...Condos do not have Air Conditioning, but I was always uncomfortable - being near a stair/elevator provides convenience, but also will create a 'noisier' setting as you will likely have your windows open - something to consider as you select your unit.
Activity counter - there is one located in the lobby of the Banyan building. They are great to work with, and have booked several things through them in the past. I can't say it was the cheapest or most expensive, but it was definately convenient.
The property - has been beautifully grooomed on both of my visits. Always looks immaculate.
The view - Really can't be beat. The first morning I arrive, I walk to the lanai and a big smile comes across my face. I find myself waking up at 5am to watch the sun come up, watch for whales (in winter), and just listen to the waves - yes, they are that close...
The beach - as others noted, it is small...it is not a beach to walk along for miles like some of the others on the island...but, the snorkeling at the beach is wonderful/the best - no need to book a snorkeling package - just walk out the door of the condo, and you are right there.
Location - great access to all things on the east/south side - shopping, poipu, beaches, etc - I'll leave that for other forums and reviews of activities...but, if you haven't been to the island before, don't miss the North end and the NaPali coast - it can't be missed.
This is not a full-service resort with restaurants, room service, etc - that is the only reason I ranked those areas lower in my ratings as N/A was not available.
As I noted in my headline, I have ZERO hesitation returning to this resort, and have been more than comfortable bringing family/friends with me on 2 trips, and this winter will be a third!!
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