We have finished staying here at The Cliffs for a 2 week period. We rented first through a real estate agent we have rented from before, and then we used a timeshare week exchange through RCI.
I can speak in this review about the private condo as well as their timeshare rentals/exchange experience.
The first week we were in the private rental for Condo 9203. It is a four bedroom unit that you can choose whether to book only the number of bedrooms you need. We booked 3 bedrooms. We had a lovely ocean bluff view and the grounds are nice and quiet (yes even with the wild roosters/chickens which you don't really notice after a while).
This unit was well laid out and had all the amenities we were looking for to keep us well taken care of.
The pool was closed for renovations, yes, but that's no worry. They had maps and pool passes for the Hanalei Bay pool which is just lovely and a mere 10-12 minute walk away with beach access too or you could drive for 4 minutes (free parking).
The Cliffs pool was nothing last year compared to what it's going to look like in another 5 weeks when they are done (Feb 2008). It's going to be gorgeous and the hot tub outside will be just as lovely (lava rock layot etc.)
They have activities to keep you busy too (if you want that) or you can just laze on your lanai. If there's construction on one side (the pool stuff) then you go to your lanai on the other side. There are barbeques all around and we used them. There was NO pressure to see a timeshare at all. If you want to save money (200 bucks or so) then you know you are doing a timeshare presentation in exchange for that savings. But it's pretty much you who decides if that's what you want to do. They have an orientation/meet the guests day there on Monday's and they offer free food/drinks. It's a great way to meet other guests. Even if you are so lazed/busy that you never see them again.
Outside of that, we then switched over to their 1 bedroom with loft unit in their timeshare/interval owner's buildings. We were in unit 3305 and it was a renovated unit. They were fine with making sure we were in a renovated unit too. We didn't have the ocean bluff view we had of past, but regarldess of seeing the housekeeping building for a bit in our (we can still see a bit of the ocean view), there's no bad view when you are in Kauai. Seriously. The other lanai was more relaxing for us because it really was overlooking a part of the street that only people driving to/from the resort would use. It was and is pretty darn quiet in Kauai.
This was our second year here at The Cliffs and we had heard and read some pretty awful things. True, it's a tropical island so there will may be cockroaches but they do pesticide spraying and notifiy you of when this is being done and they have housekeeping that can come in and help if you think you've got some problems. They have cans of bug spray and really, I didn't see an issue at all.
Having the washer and dryer was great. Having the tradewinds (lanais on both sides that open to let the breeze in is perfect...no A/C missed at all). Having the fans in the rooms so we could lock our lanai up at night was just fine too. I didn't feel hot/muggy or whatnot and I love my A/C...so I truly think the experience was just lovely.
You can't be in Kauai (shouldn't be) without a car. So, the fact that you could go to the pool at the Hanalei Bay Resort was great. They don't treat you any differently and the views are astounding so you should really take advantage and go. However, the Cliffs pool reopens in February.
The only negative thing I could say is that you do have to check under and behind your bedroom furniture just to make sure that you don't have anything thrown under there that housekeeping could have missed. If you notice something, they can take care of it or you have a broom/vacuum to do it yourself.
The only other negative thing I could say is that most housekeepers don't wash the blankets as well as the sheets (on a regular weekly basis). So, I chose to wash mine because there was the smell of a woman's perfume that was a bit strong for me. Mind you, this was pretty easy to fix and I'm a bit of a neat freak so again having the washer/dryer was perfect to do this and I didn't feel like I was doing housekeeping because I had the lanai to retreat to.
The warning note I would make is that if you travel before February 2009, then you'll have some construction noise in building 1 or 2 (unit would be 1XXX or 2XXX). Ask for something in building 3 or 4 or 8 instead. If they don't have anything, just sit on the lanai on the other side away from the pool and you'll have the peace and quiet quite easily.
Do go to the town of Hanalei and eat at Java Kai (breakie/lunch), the Hanalei Gourmet (dinner/entertainment some nights?/desserts) and then do get Kauai Beef from the Chevron station (they have a deli/bakery/cafe too) and try their grain fed beef (will be a bit more gamey...but yummy and not easily available any where else).
Again, we will be back next December for our third visit and may fit in one more in the summer just to experience the new pool a bit earlier.
Enjoy The Cliffs like we did.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 628 unit condominium complex on the Kaanapali coast of Maui, Hawaii. Studios up to 3 bedroom oceanfront penthouse suites. Duke's Restaurant on site, 3 pools and much more! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cliffs At Princeville Hotel Princeville
- Cliffs Club
- The Cliffs At Princeville Kauai