After expressing dissatisfaction with a one-bedroom unit overlooking an industrial-sized central a/c unit outside building six, we were offered a similar large & well-furnished room overlooking the main pool & gardens.
The facility is very spacious, nicely landscaped & does not feel overcrowded like the big resorts in Poipu. Lagoon-type pool was enjoyable; ditto for the pleasantly hot outdoor "tub." Numerous Viking propane grills are available adjacent to each building, plus a restaurant where food was quite good except for a very mediocre buffet breakfast.
Location is great for North Coast hikes, surfing, golf, birding around Kilawea Lighthouse or other outdoor activities. Recently resurfaced tennis courts & pro shop are available just down the road at Makai Golf Club, where a $70 one-month membership is an excellent deal unless you hit a week of rain like we just experienced.
Major downsides are 1) few if any rooms have ocean views, and 2) no easy beach access. There's a pleasant enough sandy public beach down a moderately steep dirt road by the resort entrance, or Westin guests have beach use rights at the St. Regis, about a mile down the road.
In short, this Westin is not nearly as fancy or well-equipped as the Grand Hyatt, but it's a lot more tranquil & family-oriented & not so obviously aimed at just the 1%, though it's still quite pricey.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas are atop the lush, emerald cliffs that line Kauai, this retreat is perfect to savor refreshing Pacific breezes while gazing at the sparkling ocean. Stay in spacious one and two-bedroom villas with up to 1,310 square feet accommodating up to eight adults. Each villa includes fully equipped kitchens, washers and dryers, generous living and dining room areas, and complimentary Wi-Fi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas Hotel Princeville
- Westin Princeville Ocean Hotel
- Princeville Westin
- Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas Kauai