We went in late February with brother in law and his family. he is an owner so no sure how the service differs. My husband and I have two daughter 5 and 7 and they have a 5 year old daughter and a 6 month old son. We are all close but it felt like there was enough room for everyone in the two bedroom unit. the two bedroom units are actually a one bedroom ajoining a studio. I think it would have been hard to stay a whole week in a studio unless you are using it more like a hotel room. really no storage, very small kitchenette (but did have a full fridge.) only extra space is when the sofa bed is put up. no real table just a coffee table and one a laptop would fit on. A one bedroom would work well with one family though, full kitchen (no oven), lots of kitchen storage space, full table, more space to move around in. plus a full bedroom and large two sink, spa tub, large shower bathroom. both units had a washer and dryer.
Brother in law got there before check in time, they held his bags, put food in a cold storage and allowed them to use a large hospitality room with a bathroom in it to get cleaned up and changed and ready for the pool (even brought their suitcases to them and then delivered to our actual villa.) We were offered to use this room after checkout if needed also.
We were lucky with kids this age to get a ground floor close to the ocean view pool. easy to get in and out of the room, let the kids play on the beautiful grounds. we were also close to one of many BBQ areas. We cooked most dinners there and ate a few out there enjoying the ocean view also. My husband commented that he would have liked a sink at the BBQ area to wash hands or utensils after touching raw meat.
Although we were aware before booking there was no ocean access it was still a little sad to see the beautiful ocean and not be able to walk in the sand at dawn and dusk, with either coffee or a glass of wine in hand, one of my favorite tropical activities. I was expecting a little more room to walk around the resort. the resort is green and tropical and all the plants and flowers just like you would expect in manicured paradise but felt a little cooped in. I thought there would be trails along to the bluff to walk but you just ran into the golf course on both sides of the resort. there was a sidewalk that you could take back towards the town of Princeville and explore the residential neighborhoods, but no ocean view walking paths.
the husbands took the 7 year old down the path to the ocean. it was steep but wide and well kept. they thought it was nice enough and not as scary or hard as others have reported.
There are four pools, the one near our unit (building 7) was the ocean view pool, the large main, two level pool, and close to it a kids pool which was more suited for younger kids, a small slide did entertain our kids for a while, also a "quiet pool" on the other side of the resort, we snuck over there several evenings after dark on our evening walks to dip our feet in, we only saw someone there once, it was probably busier during the day, but we had great fun tiptoeing over to it and "shh ing " each other to stay quiet.
There were kids at the resort but not a ton. maybe because it was not a school break.
We did not eat at the restaurant. we did use the small market place only a few times, prices about 50% higher than a grocery store, but sometimes worth it for a thing or two. Here is a good hint, you can buy their salad dressing sides that go with there pre made salads for $1, much cheaper than the kraft bottles, fresher, and for our covered a large salad that fed us all for dinner.
We spent several days in the small town just north in Hanalei. the town is quaint. the bay is amazing. we took surf lessons one day and another just rented boards. nice sand, good beginner surf, amazing mountain view. It will (or should) take your breath away. and less than 10min from the resort.
We did not have to pay for parking or get harassed about a presentation, but again maybe because we were with an owner.
We hiked about a mile in and back of the napali coast trail. felt like 5 miles with the terrain and recent rain, but a highlight of the trip. not too many people get to say they hiked not only through a waterfall but up one as well. (bring bug spray, we did not)
We stopped at Costco on our way in. after we all convened and we took inventory we went to the local foodland grocery store which is only minutes away and got the rest of what we needed. actually I went at 6am the next morning when they opened because I was awake anyway.
The only resort activity we did was the nature walk. we did this at the westin in Maui and had a really educational tour of all the plant on the ground by the head botanist. Here it was lead by a nice girl who seemed to have a lot of local knowledge and lead a fun tour (the kids stayed interested the whole time) but did not seem to have as much botany education and could not answer questions that deviated from her prepared talk. it was still worth going and we all learned something.
This was our first trip to the Island. it was everything we expected. At first I was disappointed we had gotten a north side resort when the most swimmable and snorkable beaches are on the south in the winter. but our last day when we toured the south, I was glad we were in the north. both sides lovely, but north felt quieter, more relaxed, and I thought prettier. We were lucky to get great weather the end of winter. a few days with a few hours of drizzle but mostly sunshine and great views.
chickens were everywhere. we live in the country and have chickens so I did not expect to be bothered at all. but one night we slept with the glass door open (nice breeze) and were awoken very early, like 4am to roosters crowing right outside the door. did not notice on nights when we kept the door closed.
Items I am glad we brought: reusable water bottles, ziplock baggies of cereal, camera, several small baggies of spices, laundry detergent (little pods,) light jackets, various sizes of ziplock bags, collapsible cooler, tablet and laptop- good internet connection, cash- we usually just use our cards but plenty of places including surf lessons did not take credit
Items I wish we would have brought: coffee filters (meant too but forgot,) bug spray, more bathing suits- the kids could have used 3 a piece.
Items we did not need to bring, some we did and some we didn't: dishwasher soap, use half a pack, combine the packs from the two rooms, you will have plenty; 1/2 of our clothes- with the washing machine we could have left half of them at home; snorkels (I am sure this was specific to us but we did not end op snorkeling and that was a lot of weight to bring 4 sets back and forth, might just rent next time); hiking shoes, the hikes we did were better suited to keens or tevas; beach towels, the resort provides;
I am sure this is more than enough, do not hesitate to book here.
- 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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