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“Bali Hai Resort was fabulous!”

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

First of all... thank you to all of the other reviewers! I copied/pasted comments from the last several years and it made a HUGE difference in what a terrific vacation we had! We knew what to do and what to ask for! I am going to try to update the information that was on the review site. I will include SUGGESTED TIPS, PLACES TO EAT, and THINGS TO DO. I hope that this lengthy review helps you plan as much as the other reviewers helped me plan our trip!
Good luck spelling or pronouncing cities and streets in Kauai! I am a teacher and did not think it was possible to put so many vowels in a row and still have a word! It is hysterical to hear the GPS try to do its best also!
SUGGESTED TIPS-
We were advised to CALL TWO WEEKS EARLY and ask for an UPSTAIRS upgrade in a remodeled unit (definitely do this!!! so you don't hear footsteps PLUS, if you do not, your patio will be right on the sidewalk to the upstairs places. I don't think I would have felt comfortable leaving the sliding door open if we had been downstairs, and we needed the air flow.) Also, we asked to be in a remodeled unit away from the construction. The traffic behind us in room #921 was minimal. This is good because there are no real "windows"; they are just louvers that you can open or close. When you check in, don't forget to remind them that you had called with the request.
Apparently, they USED TO allow people to smoke in the rooms or on the patios. We had to sign a form stating that there was a $250 fee for smoking in either location. This made me very happy because the "windows" are really just slats that open or close, so smoke would definitely have been in our rooms if a neighbor was smoking!
Stop on your way in at Kapaa or Anahola to get some basic groceries. There are no stores once you turn off toward Princeville near the large fountain unless you continue on to Foodland in Princeville. There is a Costco in Lihue and gas was $4.18 per gallon for members (about 60 cents cheaper than anywhere else!) They also have some macadamia nut kisses and other items that stateside Costcos do not have.
I am VERY happy to report that I did not see ONE mosquito at the resort (and only two at the Fern Grotto Tour) and I am a magnet for them! (We traveled from June 6-13, 2013) The temperature was up to 90 degrees, but the breeze made it not feel hot. It usually rained at night, except for the one evening that I finally decided I did NOT need to carry my umbrella! (It was kind of fun!)
All advice told us to bring ear plugs for the roosters- we did not hear ONE, however, there were some pretty happy looking cats in the neighborhood that carried on a little at night. (Ear plugs are still a great idea; I used mine on the plane and could have made a fortune selling them to other passengers!)
They are not kidding about not "feeding the birds"; I made that mistake one time and they did not let us forget it. The birds were amazingly beautiful! However, you do NOT want to leave your breakfast on the patio and go in, even for a minute!!!
You can pick up a Foodland card at the front desk, but we asked one of the workers if we could give him the points as we would not be there long enough. The timeshare provided enough coffee for several days and coffee filters for the whole week. We were also pleased that we did not have to buy salt and pepper, dishwashing soap or laundry soap.
Don't forget to buy or bring A LOT of ziplock baggies in all sizes for leftovers, sandy shoes, etc. ( A plastic baggy is "beach wallet".) Someone I saw had a cell phone in a waterproof case around their neck. This would have been VERY helpful!!!
The resort has 8 huge beach towels in the room so you don't have to pack your own. (Don't take them! $30 each!) They also have an ice chest in the closet along with a broom which is handy for the sand that came back with us from the beach. There is also a locking safe and a fan in the master bedroom closet.
The TVs are really small and not flat screen. Fortunately, we did not go to Hawaii to watch any TV. We also were not impressed with the "water conserving" shower heads. My friend was convinced you had to run around in the shower just to get wet! The Jacuzzi /whirlpool tub in the master bathroom was really nice and you should try it at least once! The racks on the back of the bathroom doors rattle ALL THE TIME! Just hang a towel on it! If the neighbor's alarm clock goes off (it sounds like a truck backing up) do NOT wait the 30 minutes to call the desk that I did. They stopped it within minutes of my call!
The one pool that was open during the construction was very nice. I was surprised to find that the pool and the Jacuzzi had sand bottoms! (It would have been nice if some of the guests had realized that a baby (especially one in a diaper) did NOT belong in a hot tub, but that is what they make rum punch for! We did not spend much time at the pool with the beach so close (you still have to drive.) There is a really nice beach and parking area up near the St Regis or down near Anini Beach.
Everybody sells postcards, but NO ONE seems to have postcard stamps! (One helpful girl told me, "well the regular stamps work too". I however, was not going to pay that much more.) Bring POSTCARD stamps with you!
Bring a very big stuffable bag that you can carryon for souvenirs when you return. (Hawaiian Air charged $25 per bag, so we carried on everything and paid for only one bag.) This bag is also a lifesaver when going to the beach and shopping. Kauai is going to be banning ALL plastic shopping bags, so you need to carry a reusable bag of your own!
There are some very unusual plants there. At times it was easy to forget that we were actually IN AMERICA!!! The Norfolk Island Pine Tree looks like a very anemic pine tree... you will know what I mean when you see it. There is also a Fan Palm or Compass Palm which always grows in a North/South direction. It is also a very strange looking tree. (Supposedly it was able to save people who were lost by giving direction and also with its canister of fresh water under its roots.)
Oahu- When you take the shuttle back to Oahu, find the AIRPORT SHUTTLE to take you to the mainland gates. We decided to walk and it was a L..O...N...G walk! The shuttles are free but you can only pick them up at the beginning!
PEARL HARBOR MEMORIAL / FORD ISLAND
USS Arizona Memorial If you have a decent layover in Oahu, you should try to get to the USS Arizona Memorial (you have to reserve tickets about 6 months ahead of time because the tour agencies grab all of them!) I gave up and we just took the tour so we could see the rest of the island as well as the USS Missouri. (That ship is huge! Prepare to get lost and just remember, when you find the Post Office, the way out is UP!!!) We were very fortunate to get to meet one of the only 9 remaining survivors of the USS Arizona attack. (He told us he went hand-over-hand down a bow line to another ship and had burns on 80% of his body. He was there to sign paperwork at a ceremony stating that when he passed away, he wanted his remains interred with his shipmates on the Arizona. We were blessed to meet him; there are so few of these heroes still living.)
We had my nephew-in-law stationed at Pearl, so we did not have to drive. Taking a shuttle from the airport and storing your luggage would be a really good idea! NOTE--- you may NOT take ANYTHING like a bag, backpack, purse, etc onto the ship that takes you over to Ford Island. You are not allowed even to take a bag if you go on a bus across the bridge to the island. So PACK LIGHT and make sure you have a lot of pockets! Once there, you can buy something so you have a bag to carry items. There is a locker facility as you enter the location, but the last thing you want to do after waiting in line along with all the tour groups is to have to wait again to get a locker.
SPECIAL NOTE- The movie that they show before you get on the boat is very good. (Try to sit in the first two rows on the far left so that you will be the first on the boat. When getting on the boat, sit on the right (starboard) side so that you can take some great photos and not have people's heads in the shots.)When you exit the boat at the USS Arizona Memorial... go immediately to the BACK of the memorial so you can take pictures of the Memorial Room before 150 people join you. Then work your way backwards so you can avoid the crowd. Each group get about 15 minutes on the memorial before the next group arrives and you leave.
Pacific Aviation Museum- my husband is retired Air Force, so we spend a lot of time in these type of museums. This one was exceptional! It is DEFINITELY worth taking the guided docent tour. We had our own personal tour guide who walked us through all of the exhibits. We learned that the first Japanese pilot killed was one who crash landed on a nearby island and was staying with a farmer and his wife. The farmer's wife, to save her husband, smacked the pilot in the head and killed him! (Don't mess with a ticked off wife!) We also got to see the plane that President Bush flew and an actual Japanese Zero plane. (They don't even have one of those at the WWII museum in New Orleans.) The exhibit was even better because there was a young Japanese man dressed as part of the display and he would answer questions. (It was a little scary, because I thought he was a mannequin at first.) Did you know that these pilots got their licenses at age 16 (compared to our men at 20) and that they each carried a sword in the cockpit with them? Very interesting! We wish we would have planned to have more time there!)
Waikiki- If you have time, a stroll on the Waikiki Beach with Diamond Head in the background makes a great picture. Good luck with the parking! It is a mess!
Aloha Crepes- This place makes the absolute best breakfast crepes. They are HUGE!!! Plus, I had never had a real shaved ice where they actually flavor the stuff they shave. (Usually it is just ice that they dump flavor onto.) I LOVE the peanut butter and coconut flavor! I swear, if I decide to give up my day job of teaching, I may just open one of these shops here in Arizona! They did have "poi" flavor, which to me did not have much taste (it is a purple color and comes from a tuber root which is eaten a lot there.)
Blazing Steaks- this is a stir fry steak place. Very plain looking but VERY GOOD and VERY INEXPENSIVE!
PLACES TO EAT on Kauai-
Kappa-
Ono Family Restaurant - you MUST have the banana/macadamia/coconut pancakes with the coconut syrup! (I bought a jar of syrup to bring home but forgot that it needed refrigeration, so I had a science experiment instead!)
Paco's Tacos (in a truck on the beach- not sure what city)- the fish tacos were AMAZING and worth the $5!
Chicken in a Barrel (everywhere) was REALLY good! They have a rib /chicken plate for $12. Great to take back to the condo or eat on the beach!
Kilauea-
Kilauea Lighthouse Bakery-( head toward the lighthouse) The food is terrific! (Don't even ask why I had to buy a loaf of whole wheat bread to bring home with me!) I had never seen "plastic" utensils that are biodegradable! There are also some very cute shops in the area. One shop had sea glass bracelets for $5, so guess what all my friends got as a souvenir? (Good luck trying to find the restrooms! They are clear over near the baseball fields... plan ahead!)
We wandered on some streets near the bakery and found several "Serve Yourself" fruit stands in people's yards. You just put the money in and take what you would like. The mango and papaya were terrific! I had never had coconut that was not hard inside. Apparently, if it is very young and wet sounding inside, the coconut itself is actually more like the consistency of flan or pudding. (I like my coconut hard; my husband found a new love of coconut this way!) WARNING- you cannot take any produce out of the country!!! (They do check.) However, you can paint and mail a coconut back home. Ask at the front desk about that.
Princeville-
CJ's Steakhouse in Princeville was appx $50 per person with one drink. (nothing exceptional)
Thai/ Mexican Food---The shops near the Princeville Foodland have some cute souvenir items. (Shops close at 6pm.) There is also a great Mexican food takeout place as well as a Thai take out restaurant. (The taco salad was HUGE and very good!) Inexpensive also!
St. Regis Bar (follow signs from our resort to St. Regis) The Happy Hour in the upstairs bar is from 5:30-10. They have a beautiful sunset off of the balcony and you can see Hanalei Bay from there. There is a sunset ceremony with champagne that the manager does on the balcony. Good luck on getting a set time to anything on the island. Everything pretty much happens when it happens! The local beer was only about $7 and the appetizers were $14 to $25. Do NOT eat dinner there unless you take out a second mortgage! You will want to dress a little nicely or you will feel out of place here.
Foodland- my husband loved the sushi that they had there. They also have prepared shish-kabobs for the grill at the property. Easy and tasty! Don't forget to buy COCONUT ICE CREAM and Hot Fudge to put on it. (You can get toasted coconut to go on it! Delish!) You can buy an airplane carry on box of macadamia nut souvenirs for a good price (6 boxes for $18) However, 6 dollars cheaper at Costco in Lihue, but I needed to pack for the trip before we got near the airport!
THINGS TO DO-
You DEFINITELY have to go to the presentation of tours that they have the first morning. It is also a VERY good idea to do the resort update appointment. We not only got a $50 visa card, but we were able to get a HUGE discount off of almost all of the tours that we went on! Once you sign up for your "visit", you will receive an "APC" card that we used to get local discounts on most of the island. (You don't have to actually HOLD the appointment before you get the card, just sign up for it.) We saved several hundred dollars between the four of us! (If you are a Wyndam owner, it is a 45 minutes briefing. 1.5 if you are not, and they do punch a timeclock when you get there. The time does not start until you turn in your information paper to them. (We scheduled a tour for right after the appointment, so we could NOT go over!) It was time well spent and we learned some new things about our timeshares. Do NOT skip your appointment or you WILL have to pay the full rates for the tours that you did at a discount!
Kauai Travel If you take any tours, you might be transported on a Kauai Travel bus. If you are lucky, you will have "Uncle Willie" as your driver! He told us stories, taught us crazy songs and really welcomed us to his island. The blessing that he gave as we ended our trips with him really touched my heart! (He was our driver for the luau and also when we went to see the play "South Pacific.")
Luau Kalamaku Uncle Willie's grandson is one of the performers in the Luau Kalamaku. It was a PHENOMENAL show and really helped me to understand the pride of the Indonesian people. I can't believe that the fire dancers were able to do what they did and not go up in flames! PLUS... BONUS.... there is a Rum Factory with free taste testing that you can do before the luau begins. (Make sure you take the bus, way less hassle for only $12.50) You could purchase a "Coconut Postcard" there also. (Try the pork dipped in the poi. It really is like a flavorless gravy... I think I would have been better if it had been warmed up. I can see why some people call it "wallpaper paste", but hey... this is learning new things on vacation.) Be sure to tour the mansion on the grounds there as well. It was interesting and had some cute shops inside. Oh, and it is an open bar until the show starts. (One drink per person at a time.)
Hawaiian Church Service- we were fortunate enough to be able to get to church at North Shore Community Church. They meet in a tent. They knew that we were guests because apparently, no one who lives on the island ever shows up on time for anything! The service was a blessing and Pastor Steve was terrific!
"South Pacific" dinner play We had a nice time there. The food was okay. (A little pricey for a performance that was held in the ballroom of a resort, but well done with real Polynesian actors. I was a little disappointed that "Bloody Mary" did not do the cute hand motions to "talkey-talk", but I guess artists have to have creative license.) If you go, make sure that you get the tickets printed off BEFORE you get there, otherwise you have to wait in one long line for the ticket, then another line to get into the ballroom. If that happens, send someone to wait in the seating line while someone else gets the tickets!
Best of Kauai Island Tour (including Fern Grotto tour and Airplane Tour of island). It was interesting to see the island with a tour guide who knew the places. We went to the Kilauea Lighthouse and Bird Sanctuary. Even better, our guide, Steve, took us to neighborhoods where the albatross actually hatch their brood. We got to see a number of baby albatross and learned that when they start flying, they will not return to land for several years as they can glide using their 7' wingspan. We then went to the boat to see the "Fern Grotto" with the Smith Family Tour. (It was a little cheesy, but a pretty location.) We then had an on-your-own lunch, then toured the island in an airplane with large windows (as opposed to stuck in a helicopter). Not sure it was great to do this right after lunch, again... DRAMAMINE!!! I am not sure that our tour guide needed to continually remind us that the island used to be made up of sugar cane plantations (which don't exist there any more) and pineapple plantations, nor did we really need to know where all of the "original roads" were, but for the most part, it was very interesting. I was a little bothered at the end by his reminder that it is customary to tip on the full "non-discounted" amount (as we had the APC card. It was not until later that I realized that his "fee" also included the "grotto tour" and the "airplane tour", so I certainly hope that he tipped them with some of what we gave to him! If I was to do it again, I would have tipped the individual tour guides individually and figured out what portion of the cost was the actual Island tour.)
Sea Lion Watch on Anahola Beach- There are a group of dedicated volunteers who are called out to rope off and keep people back from a resting sea lion. It was awesome to see one so close up. Did you know they have algae growing on them?
QuickSilver School of Surfing- Attempting to surf and actually getting a picture that LOOKED like I was surfing was on my bucket list as I turned 49 years old in Kauai. I was so impressed with the patience that their young instructor (and life guard) had with me. I would suggest that if you are thinking of trying this, you NEED to do squats to work on balance and on your leg strength (i.e.- can you stand up without needing to use both arms) Make sure you wear the shirt that they give you which keeps you from scraping your body. I bought beach shoes but ended up not using them because the boards are sticky on top for beginners! The young man who was taking the photographs ($30 for the disc) was using a super high speed camera, so he actually got some of me appearing to be standing. (In actuality, I think I was in the process of falling, but who wants to quibble over technicalities on a bucket list item!?)
Anini Beach/ Tunnels Beach Snorkeling Our friends went snorkeling at Anini Beach and also at Tunnels Beach. They said you need to get to Tunnels Beach EARLY (at least before 9) to find a place to park. They loved it! I could not believe how crazy it looked with all the sand crabs running back and forth on the beach... it was a little creepy!
SOUTH ISLAND- we decided to tour the southern part of the island after we had gone on the Na Pali Coast tour. I am glad we did it that way; it does not look like a long drive on a map, but with only one road, it takes a while.
Na Pali Coast Sea Tour- (not to be confused with the Nepali Coast... especially since the country of Nepal does not even HAVE a coast!) We took the 1/2 day Snorkel tour but due to a medical emergency of someone on board, we had to skip the snorkel portion. (The company did refund us $50 each because of this.) It was beautiful and you have no concept of how HUGE those cliffs are until you can see little people camping on the beach in front of them!) WARNING----- take Dramamine!!! Even if you are not prone to sea sickness! It was ROUGH! There is an open bar on this trip.
Waimea Canyon After the coastal tour, we drove up to Waimea Canyon. (You can definitely see why it is the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific"; it is also where scenes from "Donovan's Reef" with John Wayne were filmed. (I bought the DVD at a vendor who was selling them outside of Foodland.)
Probably good to still have Dramamine in your system on that drive up to the canyon. It is pretty curvy and could be a problem in you are not the driver. If you tend to car sickness, either drive or at least sit up front!
Kauai Coffee Plantation-
On your way back up to the North Shore, stop at the Kauai Coffee Plantation. I had NO idea that the beverage I love so much grew on a BUSH!!! It was a very interesting museum, shop and coffee testing area. Worth the stop! (Don't forget to check all those tourist booklets for coupons. There are a lot of things that we go for free!)
Everyone says "mahalo" which means "thank you" and "ohana" which is family! Kauai is definitely a "family" island with very friendly people. I hope that this lengthy review was helpful to you! Enjoy your time on The Garden Island!
Sincerely, Bonnie Hickman

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Reviewed June 29, 2013

Check in was easy, and we were early. Fortunately, our condo was available, so we could go there immediately--very nice! We were on the bottom level--we were there through Worldmark, and apparently you are a "stepchild" when you are there with Worldmark--lower level condos. No view, but didn't expect one. Very hot and muggy, which was ameliorated only by keeping the fans on high and the front door and all windows open to create a breeze. We booked all our activities independently, so can't really comment on that service with them. Hot tub was usually crowded, but a good place to chat with people and meet people. Their morning meeting to give you some idea of available activities is a joke--they have their preferred vendors, and that's who they showcase. Don't go for the breakfast unless a muffin and pineapple is your idea of breakfast. We experienced their "hard sell" to buy there--my wife has zero sales resistance, so fortunately both husband and wife have to be there. Way overpriced. The one thing that was disconcerting was the incredible traffic that you ran into if you were headed to the other side of Kapaa--we took 2 hours to get to Waimea one day. Fortunately, we had planned on it being slow, so it was OK. We have been owners with Worldmark for a long time, and have been very happy with it. While things like the ice chest were nice, we expected some basic spices (a hallmark of Worldmark)--they didn't even have any salt and pepper there! That being said, we will probably return for another stay, packing our own spices with us.

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Reviewed June 27, 2013

I've been using RCI for about 10 years now and have been to quite a few of the Hawaiian resorts. I think you have to have reasonable expectations when using RCI. In my experience a nice property is really more average or middle of the road vs a traditional non-timeshare resort. The bad ones can be really bad - downright disgusting. This was definitely one of the nicer RCI exchangeable properties I've stayed at.

We had a party of 6, requested an upgrade from a 2 to a 3 bedroom which they were able to do for a very reasonable fee. The unit itself was very spacious and modern enough. All 3 bedrooms had their own private bathroom. Beds were comfy. The deck was good size - it wrapped around the back and side of the unit with 3 sliding glass doors for easy access. Kitchen was equipped well enough. We used both the rice maker and blender that was provided.

My 2 kids really enjoyed the pool. One end had a sandy entrance that they thought was really cool. Both the hot tub and pool area had waterfalls. Plenty of chairs & lounge chairs. We didn't use them but there were numerous grills in the area. Also worth noting- due to the construction only one of the pools were open and that never was a problem for us. Maybe because we mostly hit the beaches and left the resort during the day? Either way, it never felt cramped or crowded at the pool or hot tub.

If you are looking for an alright place to call home base while you're out exploring & enjoying Kauai, I'd say this place is very doable. It's not luxurious. If you want a resort that you don't feel the need to leave, head down the road to St. Regis or the Westin. But I could stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

My husband and I planned to spend half of our 12 day 36th Anniversary trip here and the other half at another resort. The time we spent here was fabulous. Our 2bedroom/2bath condo was located on the 2nd floor across from the new club house which was under construction. There was never once any noise or distraction from the site. As a matter of fact- cudos to the construction crew as they were very clean, quiet and worked quickly. They had almost completely roofed the two buildings before we departed. The club house is going to be a beautiful addition to this property. The pool is so nice and inviting with two waterfalls and a sandy beach. Most of all the staff were so sweet and friendly. We had a problem w/ our 2nd reservation at another property and they were so kind and helpful to accommodate us back in our unit. The concierge treated us like family, helping us with recreation plans and info. Aloha to all at Bali Hai. We'll be back soon.

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Reviewed June 26, 2013

This was our first time staying on the North side of Kauai. We always stay in Poipu at the Point at Poipu, so the Point is the only comparison I have for lodging when reviewing these Bali Hai Villas. We've stayed at the Point four times. Our stay at the BHV (Bali Hai Villas) was through an RCI exchange.

I requested an upper floor room. I got it. I requested two beds in the second bedroom and we got those too.

Our room was definitely NOT a renovated room. Our experience, perhaps, would have been better had we been placed in an upgraded room.

Check in was easy. Our room was ready a little earlier than 4pm. They call it "pre" check in and give you your room keys and send you to Concierge "to get your parking pass". Yeah, they send you there to give you the spiel about island activities and "be sure and attend the orientation breakfast!" and then you can save up to 25% on all island activities if you attend a 90 minute presentation....
All I had to say was "no thank you"
And we didn't attend the orientation breakfast. And that was it.

There are several DVDs you can check out (for free) as well as a small selection of board games. Internet and printers are available also in the main registration building.

Upon first entry the unit appeared clean enough. The number one most important part of cleanliness was that none of us saw a single cockroach for the duration of our week's stay. That speaks volumes when staying on any of the Hawaiian islands! The sheets and towels appeared clean and unworn.

I was disgusted when I set the placemats (pretty much shelf liner cut into rectangles) out to eat and they appeared to have never been washed. I soaked them in hot soapy water and scrubbed them clean to remedy that.

When I emptied my bathroom trash later, I was surprised to find a couple cans (mostly empty) of chew in them! Strange.

There's no mid week cleaning done (like they do at the Point) but that's no big deal. There was a vacuum in the room so we could vacuum anytime we felt like, as well as a broom and a worthless dustpan.

There's no towel exchange (like at the Point) but we were provided with eight, fluffy beach towels that we washed a couple times ourselves.

The layout of our two bedroom, two bath room was roomy and better than at the Point. The units can sleep six people and what I liked about BHV was the low bar that offered seating for those extra two people if necessary. At the Point, if you really have six people in the unit, the kitchen table only seats four and the extra two people either have to wait to eat, or take their food into the living area and eat at the "coffee table" in there.

The dishwasher seemed to work just fine. The disposal smelled something awful. Nothing a couple drops of Peppermint Essential Oils didn't help. The cooktop knobs were loose and not in the right positions so when the knob said the burner was on, it really wasn't. The microwave seemed brand new and quite functional. The fridge dripped from the top constantly, filling one of the produce drawers with water and dripping water on anything in the path between the top of the fridge and the produce drawer. It did maintain the required temperature so we don't know if this is just something that happens because of high humidity or not? Probably not, but we just moved our food out of the dripping path.

The dishes, glasses and cookware available was adequate.

The front door nicely magnetized open for great breezes. Lots of louvered windows for more breezes. There is a small bench right outside the front door that is handy for setting stuff on while you search for your room key. We loved how we didn't share stairs or an entry with anyone so the only people coming and going were us! We saw one building that had shared stairs/entries.

No AC at this place (there is AC at the Point). However, there are enough breezes to keep you comfortable, with the help of the ceiling fans and the stand fan that we found in the Master closet. We're not used to not having AC. The fans have to be on at night to stay cool and it dried our throats out (go figure), which left us pretty sleepless at night. Another con of no AC is that even though there's no smoking, people still go out at night on their lanais and smoke. Maybe that's what was drying our throats out. No AC means you're at the mercy of your neighbors and the noise they choose to make, or not to make.

No blackout shades or dark shades on windows so unless you want to be up when the sun comes up, bring an eye mask.

There is only one sink in the Master bath. Not a problem. The Point has two. There is a jetted tub/shower in the Master. The shower was the worst part of the unit hands down. Wow. I don't know what was up with that shower head, but it was about worthless for trying to get sand out of places sand should not be. You had your choice of 3 head settings. 1. A pitiful, pulsating stream of water coming out of the center of the head. 2. Light streams of water coming out all holes in the head. You'd have to stand under that for at least 30 minutes before you'd even begin to feel wet. 3. The pitiful, pulsating stream of water coming out the middle with the light streams all around. Showering was a challenge, to say the least. The shower in the 2nd bedroom was not a tub shower and their head provided a normal flow.

A nice sized cooler was in the Master closet for use as well as a safe.

The stacked washer/dryer was surprisingly full sized! (it is not at the Point)

Bath soaps, shampoo, conditioner, lotions provided were effective and good smelling. A few packages of dish soap, dish detergent and washing detergent were provided as well as paper towels.

The proximity to the Princeville market couldn't have been better. Foodland was our favorite place to be!

They are building a new clubhouse. The new clubhouse will have an exercise room! Yay! Right now there is no exercise room. We knew there would be construction and we didn't really care so we didn't ask for a room away from construction. We ended up with a room looking right at the construction. Ha ha! It didn't bother us. Workers showed up around 7:45am and seemed to clear out around 4pm. Even when we rested in the afternoon the construction noise didn't really bother us. Some people would really be bothered by it though!

Due to the construction only one pool was open. It was a pretty cool pool. Zero depth entry with waterfalls on the other end of the pool. And a spa. The pool at the Point is a killer pool so we weren't too impressed with this one, but it's still a nice pool. Plus, we spent most of the time at the beach anyway so it wasn't a factor for us.

Would we stay here again? Maybe. The Princeville location was fantastic.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

We stayed here because my dad cashed in Wyndham points--he's a 'VIP Presidential', so he was able to get 2 of the 3 bd condos and 1 2 bd condo for the week. Even being 'VIP', none of us got a unit with any master bedroom AC, even though it is advertised. The units were very warm by 3 pm despite fully open doors and windows and the 'trade winds'. The constant barrage of sales flyers and the high pressure sales tactics of the concierge when you're getting your parking pass is very off-putting. The pool was packed, but we didn't go to Kauai to sit around the pool, so not important to us. I wouldn't have paid money to stay here because of the lack of AC at night, but it was a gift from my dad, so much appreciated.'

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Thank BbytthDr
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

We had a wonderful stay at the Bali Hai Villas. The pool is great for small children, the room was clean and comfortable, we would stay here again! I would not use the hotel concierge to book activites. We found better deals on the internet.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Lindsey G
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Address: 4970 Pepelani Loop, Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722-5348
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Princeville
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Princeville
Price Range: $191 - $372 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Wyndham Bali Hai Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 274
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