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Reviewed December 31, 2008

My brother and his wife booked this thru a real estate agent. She failed to disclose
A. There was construction (as in cement trucks, catapillar tracters) most every day RIGHT OUTSIDE OUR CONDO. The diesel smoke came in thru the windows.

B. There was no pool (this apparently is what the construction noise was all about - they were building a pool

C. No jacuzzi

D. No 5-minute walk to the beach (can't walk to a beach at all)

It was out and out breach of contract, since contract stated there was a pool, jacuzzi, walk to beach.

The unit we stayed in was nice, but what good is it if you can't even sit inside it and have a conversation during breakfast (cuz construction noise was so loud).

To get to any beach requires a car, and a 15-minute drive, so know this going in.

I'm in my early 40's and have traveled all over the world, sometimes roughing it, and sometimes paying $200/nite (like we did for this place) and going for some luxury. For this type of money, one should have a better experience.

Date of stay: December 2008
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2  Thank BobBritt
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Reviewed September 27, 2008

I stayed at the Cliffs with two girlfriends through the II exchange program, and found the accomondations to be as described on the Cliffs' website. Everything was very clean and comfortable. We did not have air conditioning, but the breeze from the 2 lanais kept the condo cool and relaxing. The condo was very quiet and perfect for sleeping, except when the roosters wake you at 5 a.m. This is something that you will need to expect, but it just made you more aware that you were in beautiful Kauai. The mornings were my favorite time, peaceful and heavenly as you eat your breakfast on the lanai. The Princeville community is so well kept, private, and quiet. I would recommend Princeville over any other area on the island. You do need to drive down to Kapaa and Lihue for excursions and meals (I highly recommend Kintaro's in Kapaa), but I loved returning up North. Kauai is absolutely the most beautiful island I've ever been on, with green trees and clear oceans at every turn. You will not be disappointed with either the Cliffs or Kauai. One last note, Liz, our activity director at the Cliffs was great for recommendations. Make sure to attend the orientation meeting upon your arrival.

Date of stay: September 2008
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7  Thank maly1
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Reviewed September 25, 2008

My husband and I booked the second half of our honeymoon at the Cliffs Club in Princeville through our timeshare ownership with Shell Vacations. We stayed the first half of the trip in Kapaa at the Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy, and maybe we were just spoiled by then. The Kauai Coast was newly renovated, beautiful grounds and rooms, spectacular views. At the Cliffs Club, we were greeted by what seemed to be a "traditional" timeshare, where a specific person owns that unit, rather than an updated, plush environment. The place looked ike it had been decorated by a housewife in 1985. We had an ocean view, but it is on a cliff, so it is not a close view, and we did have a few buildings in our lines of sight. There are a ton of wild chickens running around, squawking all the time, and our downstairs neighbor kept feeding them, so they were out in front of our window all the time. The condo had the standard amenities, but it looked very 80's. Desperately in need of an update. The bed was also very uncomfortable. We did not really like Princeville itself so much, it takes forever to get out of the area and get out to where there are things to do, but the town of Hanalei is about 15 minutes away, and we spent most of our time there. There are restaurants and such in Princeville, but they are either very spotty with hours of operation, or mediocre food, or if you go to the Princeville Hotel, major bucks. But the view and food was worth it for a one-time dinner. For the rest of the trip, hit Hanalei, and just sleep in your Cliffs Club condo. It's not the greatest place to hang out in. The pool and jacuzzi are terrible. But, they do have major renovation plans for the landscape and hardscape, we were told. When that is finished, the place would probably be much more attractive. But now, not so much. The best parts of the resort are if you explore down toward the cliffs, there are some paths that will take you to a few waterfalls, and Turlte Cove. There are chairs and tables, and hammocks set up on the grass areas too, but we only did this kind of stuff on the last day after check-out, most of the time we were in Hanalei, hiking, beaching, etc.

Date of stay: August 2008
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5  Thank Allens08
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Reviewed September 7, 2008

We were lucky enough to be given 5 days at the resort by my in-laws for our honeymoon. We were booked into building 2, which had recently been remodeled. The interior was very nice, the flat panel tv's were a unsuspected upgrade. The happiest surprise was a washer and dryer in the unit, that came in really handy toward the end of the trip. The resort was quiet but energetic - during the day.

The Cliffs are in Princeville which is all the way at the top of the island of Kauai, so it is not "conveniently located" to many of the other cities or activities - for example we wanted to go on a snorkel tour along the napali coast, it left at 6 am, and to make it to the boat we had to leave the hotel at 430 am. However, the area of Princeville is very nice, and upscale.

The one MAJOR negative about our experience, was being told we needed to speak with a woman (named Liz) upon our arrival. We, niavely, did - and then were trapped in a hard core sales pitch on everything from island activities to timeshare opportunities. We probably should have been stronger and more rude in our communication with her - but it was a very uncomfortable experience - we kept saying no, or thanks but no thanks, and she wouldn't let us leave and kept bulldozing us. Next time I will just get up and go. I appreciate she was just doing her job, but it was a really unnecessary piece of our honeymoon, and felt like a used car salesman.

I would recommend others stay at the cliffs - just don't go see anyone about your "orientation" meeting or "free cookies". or "welcome basket".

Additionally - the hotel does have good wifi (charged per 24 hour period). The pool is small but satisfactory - nothing special, but gets the job done. There are some very great views from anarondack chairs along the cliffs - great views.

We did ask for a late check out (11 standard check out time) because of a later flight - and they were only able to give us a 12 pm checkout, but that is a minor inconvenience.

Date of stay: July 2008
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6  Thank dmontreaux
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Reviewed August 18, 2008

We stayed in a loft unit which we own a week in through a timeshare. They have major plans for this place including a huge new pool area within the next couple years. Be aware that some of the units without an ocean view are renovated as the ones with an ocean view are not. Still, it is a nice place to stay. Service was good. Nice pool, tennis, volleyball, playground. Lots of wild birds around. Now most resorts do not have A/C in the units including this one, however the sea breeze made it nice inside with the windows open. Overall we had a great time here at the cliffs.

Date of stay: August 2008
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5  Thank pilotguy3
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