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“Cottages are perfect for families of 3 or 4”
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Makai Club Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Princeville B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

Ths is pur second year here. The cottages are the perfect set-up for families. There's a large, open living room with bedrooms at opposite sides. Each has it's own full bathroom plus dressing area with lots of closet space. Kitchens and bathrooms have recently been redone and re-equipped. We are in 403 overlooking the golf course. Very private with a large deck overlooking the course. We celebrated Christmas here and it felt very homey. Staff is very friendly although there is the obligatory pressure to attend the time-share seminar (they are promising a $100 Amex gift certificate for our time). The pool and whirpool here are adequate, plus we can access the facilities at nearby Wyndham properties. We've been going to the Ka Eo Kai for their superior pool. You need a car here. Hanalei, one of the world's great beaches is a ten-minute drive. Grocery shopping is close by. Good BBQs by the pool area are a great option for dinner. Kids can swim while we cook. All in all a quiet, comfortable place for our family.

Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

Full disclosure: Im an owner and I love that the cottages! The cottages are free standing 1200 square foot houses on the golf course. Remodeled with new furniture, granite countertops, these cottages have room to spread and are family friendly. No AC but louver windows and screened doors allow for easy room air circulation. Im in 402, right on the golf course and front facing views of the Napali coast.

If you dont know this property, there are condos and cottages. The condos are typical of many timeshares, 2 story buildings with smaller condos on each floor. The cottages are free-standing houses on the property, many of which are on the Makai golf course. I notice the reviews are all confused between the two types of units.

Ive been an owner since 1992 and know the area as well as the property well.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Gay16
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

We stayed in a lovely 2 bedroom cottage facing the golf course. The area was quiet except for the roosters that crow at all hours. The unit was clean and comfortable. We had access to all of the pools in the Wyndham resorts in Princeville. Lovely area to walk. Close to great beaches 10-15 minute drive.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank jenwulff
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

A really lovely cottage...well more like a house really. The things I remember most are the space, and the noise...sadly. We were on the road, and if it wasn't the noisey neighbours late at night, it was the gardeners getting stuck in really early. ...oh and the chickens....don't forget the early morning wake up call!
It was a shame that these lovely cottages could not have been placed somewhere quieter. They themselves deserve top marks for a pleasant stay. The changing room and bathroom areas are vast! Well appointed kitchen, and fabulous spacious sitting room with great high ceiling and balcony.
Value for money place in a great location. A great place with good facitities, and just right for exploring the northern end of the island

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank phutt
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

This was our first time staying in a timeshare and our first time to Kauai. We arrived a bit early, an hour or so, and had to wait til check in time (a bit annoying). We sat outside waiting patiently. They had juice in the lobby. They gave recommendations on what to do/see during the week. We stayed in a 1bedroom - newly renovated so it was nice and new and clean. Wash/dryer in the bathroom was very convenient, along with a few supplies provided like detergent and dish soap! Flat screen tv's in living room & bedroom and dvd player. Kitchen had utensils/cookware, all that we needed. The bathroom was nice with walk in shower that was large. Roosters & chickens were noisy at times and you can hear the rain or other noises (as mentioned louvers were the lower part under the windows).

We didn't get a mentioned grocery store card discount but that grocery store isn't that far, and they have a Redbox if you want to rent a movie. We frequented Lotus Garden (thai tea was great and the panang curry dish) and Frederico's for tacos - both delicious!

We'd stay here again but the location of Princeville is quite a drive from any of the other attractions, such as Napali coast or Waimea Canyon. After the Napali cruise it took maybe less than 2 hours to drive home in the rain. The resort does not have beach access. We drove to the beach in Hanalei. Knowing this, I'd rather stay closer to the water next time. don't want to spend half our time driving in the car.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank fotogirl
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

Five of us shared a 2 bedroom cottage at the Makai Club. The cottage itself was great. It was very large with 2 master bedrooms, each with a separate changing area and very nice, modern bathroom with a shower with dual shower heads. The kitchen was a nice size and had all the amenities plus a table large enough to seat all of us. The main room was very large with comfortable seating for 8 people and vaulted ceilings. The room had a sofa bed where one of our party slept. The main room and both bedrooms had flat screen TVs. There was also a large deck. We were extremely happy with the cottage. It was very spacious and had everything we needed and was quite cheap for the space. There was no a/c but the breeze kept it quite cool.

Our main complaints were about the staff and noise levels. First, the clubhouse is closed so we had to check in at one of the other Wyndham properties. They were unable to give us our parking pass or our "welcome package" for some reason and told us to find the staff person at the pool at the Makai Club. This person was nowhere to be found and the staff at the Makai Club told us to go back to the other resort. I called and got more run around and we didn't get the parking pass until almost when we left and never got the "welcome package." They are also stingy with the coffee and detergent for the washing machines. We were told that the detergent was provided but they just give you a starter package and won't refill it.

Our first morning, we got a call at 8 am, waking up our entire party, to see if we wanted to go to the "island orientation" breakfast. Well, we hadn't gone because we wanted to sleep in past 8 am! Then there were maintenance workers cutting grass and weed whacking for the entire day- it was impossible to relax and read or take a nap with all of the noise! The next morning, we were woken up around 8 am by the noise of a ton of people at the pool (literally right in front of our condo) who had gathered for an island orientation breakfast. Then the presentation started and staff were singing South Pacific songs and screaming "ALOHA!" at the top of their lungs! At 8:30 am on a Saturday morning about 50 feet from our bedroom windows! Staff was not helpful at all when we spoke to them after the presentation about the noise level nor were they helpful when we called the management. Management said they would call us back later and never returned our call although they managed to call us and bug us about taking a property tour. We also learned that maintenance equipment was stored underneath our cottage so we had to deal with that noise as well.

Although the cottage itself was great I would not recommend staying here due to the unhelpful staff and high noise levels. The pool was also tiny.

Room Tip: Do not stay in cottage 404. It's right next to the pool and extremely noisy. We also learned t...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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6  Thank Jem86
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

This was the first time my husband and I have stayed in a Wyndham property - guests of owners. We found everything to be very clean and comfortable and a good place to settle in each evening after a day of touring around the island (our first time to Kauai as well).

We stayed in the 800 group of condos - 803 I think. The one bedroom condo was very clean and spacious for the two of us. The kitchenette is complete with small stove, dishwasher and full sized fridge, so we were able to cook a few meals in instead of going out to eat every night. We utilized the washer/dryer (very helpful to have it there!), the beach towels, and cooler that were provided. The first morning we found that we did not have hot water for the showers. After reporting it to maintenance, personnel were working on the issue and hot water was available by mid afternoon (it wasn't just us, it was the entire building). The staff was very apologetic and helpful with the situation.

There was plenty of parking for our area. Our balcony didn't have any sort of view and overlooked foliage. We actually found that increased our feeling of privacy. We did not see our neighbors, but we did hear the upstairs neighbors walking around all the time and talking from time to time, which was a bit distracting.

The staff was very friendly. They stayed late to help us check in so we didn't have to go to Bali Hai (we were running late and they were about to close for the evening). We were greeted with leis and told about the activity breakfast the following morning. The activities were well presented and the staff was very helpful in booking and taking the time to make sure that you were able to get the most from your experience. They took the time to tell us where local farmer's markets were located and took extra time with each group. They helped us find a deep sea fishing company that would allow us to keep some of the catch to cook in the condo later in the week.

The pool is very small and in the middle of all the condos/cottages. This is where the grills are located as well for anyone who wants to utilize them - there is no alcohol permitted in the pool/grilling area. There are no on-site fitness facilities. We did not use any of the facilities at Bali Hai, although we were told we were able to. We spent more time at the beaches than pools.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank mytinc
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Address: 4180 Lei O Papa Rd, Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722-5111 (Formerly Wyndham Makai Club)
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Princeville
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Princeville
Price Range: $239 - $320 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Makai Club Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Makai Club Resort is the perfect setting for both a cozy romantic getaway or a relaxing golf vacation. Located on a beautiful tropical hillside, alongside the championship Makai Golf Course, the Makai Club Resort is truly the perfect place to begin your Hawaiian island adventure. Nicknamed the “Garden Isle,” Kauai is often said to be the most beautiful Hawaiian Island. There is certainly something to be said about Kauai’s North Shore, which is home to incredible sunsets, rich tropical foliage, and the breathtaking expanse of the Pacific Ocean stretching out to the horizon. Please note a Daily Resort Fee of $15 plus tax will be collect at time of booking. The Makai Club Resort welcomes you to experience with us the natural beauty and adventure that we have enjoyed for so long on the island of Kauai. ... more   less 
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