My husband and I traveled to Kauai to celebrate our 5th anniversary. We chose the most laid back area of the most laid back island because we wanted a relaxing vacation. The Westin is a beautifully kept resort with a great, helpful staff. We stayed in a studio villa, but took the "vacation ownership" tour and saw the 1 bedroom villa as well. In order to make a 2 bedroom villa, they give you a connecting studio and 1 bedroom. For 2 people, the studio was just fine, with a small kitchen and large bathroom. Any more than 2 people should stay in a 1 or 2 bedroom. The beds are incredibly comfortable and the showers have good pressure, which are 2 things that are important to me on a long vacation. The restaurant onsite is good, but expensive. We received a free 4-course dinner for taking the tour, and that is the only time we ate at the restaurant in our 10 day stay. Food is also available from room service and the pool bar, or in the Princeville Market, which is the onsite grocery store. It's small but has the essentials, and is the only place you can get breakfast at the resort. Most days we chose the "green choice" option which gives you a $10 food voucher for opting out of the daily cleaning service. We bought food at the grocery store in Princeville and made most of our breakfasts and lunches in our room. There are plenty of onsite gas grills that we used 1 night for dinner. The pools are beautiful and the grounds are immaculate. There is a gym, but it's small and very popular in the morning. There is no beach access, but there is a shuttle that will take you down the road to the St. Regis where you can use their beach. I highly recommend going there as the St. Regis has the most amazing views on the island. Parking is $9/night, but worth it as it is necessary to have a car on the island, especially while on the North Shore. If you are looking for a populated area with lots to do, this is not the resort for you. But if you are looking for a quiet, relaxing resort with great staff and beautiful facitlities, the Westin is it. We had no problem driving to other parts of the island to see the sites. The Westin is only 5 minutes from Hanalei, which turned out to be our favorite city on the island, where there are a few places to eat (I recommend Bubba's & Kalypso) and a few shops. There are also many beaches to be found nearby, so the lack of beach at the resort is not a problem. Kauai has a large population of wild chickens, including roosters who will cock-a-doodle-doo all day long -- you learn to live with it. On our last day, we didn't fly out until 10 at night, but the resort allows you to hang out on the grounds after checking out, using the pool and giving you the use of a hospitality suite for 45 minutes in order to shower and freshen up before heading to the airport. I would recommend this resort to anyone and would recommend becoming an SPG member (check out their website) in order to get the most out of the money you pay.
- 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