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Alihi Lani

(800) 742-2260 or (808) 742-2233
2564 Hoonani Rd, Poipu
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These condos have a spacious feel and great ocean views. Quiet, peaceful and almost oceanfront (separated from the rocky shoreline by a road). Units 1, 3, 4 and 6 are the end units and have the most windows. Owners have been sprucing up their units here over recent years. Great spot to have a BBQ by the pool. Pricey, but a nice, intimate property. 2/2 units (1,150 sq. ft.) are $325–$425. 4-night minimum.

2022-05-13T13:21:41-10:00 Rating: A Real Gem

Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa

(888) 591-1234 or (808) 742-1234
1571 Poipu Rd, Poipu
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The Hyatt’s an easy Real Gem, and their awesome grounds put them in a class by themselves. It’s hard for us to review this resort without sounding like drooling sycophants. But the reality of the Hyatt is that they did almost everything right. Put simply, it’s our favorite big resort on the island.

As you walk into the lobby and see the ocean framed by the entrance, you realize that here they really sweated the details. The grounds are as exotic as any you will find in all the islands, complete with parrots and other birds. Their pools are incredible. Gallon for gallon, they’re more fun than any we’ve seen on the island. The upper swimming pool seems to meander forever.

2022-05-13T15:01:54-10:00 Rating: A Real Gem

Hideaway Cove Villas

(866) 849-2426 or (808) 635-8785
2315 Nalo Rd, Poipu
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Upscale condos in this building a block from the ocean with all the comforts (and more) of home. This small complex has some nice personal touches. The grounds here are lush, tropical and very fragrant. They sold one building so they are down to three units now. This is a quiet place for couples. Only the second-floor unit has a sliver of an ocean view (depends on next door tree trimming) and a hot tub. Friendly community cat on site. Studio (650 sq. ft.) is $260–$309, 1/1 (750 sq. ft.) is $275–$330, 2/2s (1,650 sq. ft.) is $395–$484. 2- or 7-night minimum during the holidays. If you stay more than seven nights, rates decrease $20 per night except during Christmas/New Years.

2020-07-10T11:01:04-10:00 Rating: A Real Gem

Kiahuna Plantation Resort

(800) 688-7444 or (808) 742-6411
2253 Poipu Rd, Poipu
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Kiahuna is popular with repeat visitors to Kaua‘i. The condos were grandfathered into being allowed to build right up to the beach. Buildings 1, 2, 30, and 31 really are beachfront.

Kiahuna exudes a relaxed, old world, plantation feel. The grounds are lush, well-groomed and mature. You’ll see ancient monkeypod trees with huge bromeliads as well as lots of orchids (not to mention Kiahuna’s trademark cactus and orchid garden). Kiahuna is also blessed with being on world-class Kiahuna Beach. It’s backed by a huge lawn. In fact, the entire resort is paved with bountiful grass.

Though we used to give this resort a Real Gem rating, we felt it may have lost its edge for a few reasons. The room quality is so variable; some units are great while others are in need of updating.

2022-05-13T13:32:39-10:00 Rating: No Award

Ko‘a Kea Hotel & Resort

(888) 898-8958 or (808) 828-8888
2251 Poipu Rd, Poipu
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This was originally the Po‘ipu Beach Hotel built in the 1960s and whacked by hurricane ‘Iniki in 1992. It was left abandoned until the current owners rebuilt this upscale boutique-type hotel on the original footprint of the old buildings in 2009. The resort is airy and modern with themes of ocean life in bright colors scattered about. Most rooms are dark chocolate and white with a splash of hot pink, orange or teal and feel larger than their listed size.

2022-05-13T13:39:56-10:00 Rating: A Real Gem

Koloa Landing Resort at Po‘ipu

(844) 556-7226 or (808) 240-6600
2641 Poipu Rd, Poipu
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This condo resort is an easy Real Gem and one of our faves on the south shore. It’s 25 acres, run like a hotel and was completed in 2017, but opened in phases beginning in 2011. Units are wholly owned, but some remain part of the vacation rental pool. Furnishings are all similar in rental units and expensively outfitted with granite counters, Wolf appliances and everything you could need in the kitchen. The doors to the lanai slide open into the walls in corner two- to four-bedroom units, so the square footages we list include the lanai on those units. The one- to four-bedroom units are very generously sized to begin with, so with the added outdoor living space you have a more-than-comfortable room. The bathrooms are very large, most with separate, deep soaking tubs and walk-in showers.

2020-07-10T11:07:12-10:00 Rating: A Real Gem

Kuhio Shores

(303) 578-2202
5050 Lawai Rd, Poipu
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Exceptional shoreline location at this condo property. Clean units (many have been very nicely upgraded), minimal grounds. And you’ll never get tired of their dreamy ocean views. Corner units have particularly tasty vistas. Watch turtles and whales from your lanai. Units ending in 01 are closest to the road, and units ending in 19 are closest to the Beach House Restaurant next door. No pool, but you have beach access on both sides of the building. This building is well-built, well-maintained and very quiet. Some units may not have a/c. 1/1 units (732–854 sq. ft.) are $195–$319, 2/2 units (around 953–1,091 sq. ft.) are $295–$450. The main contact is for a group of owners. Prices may decrease for longer stays. Because you are dealing directly with the owners (from the agent listed), they may be more flexible with the price.

2022-05-13T12:31:27-10:00 Rating: Solid Gold Value


(800) 325-5701 or (808) 742-2000
1661 Pe‘e Rd, Poipu
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This condo developer seems to have spared… well, lots of expenses, actually. Like the endless concrete stairs at every turn, cheap-looking fixtures, etc. Some of the units are fairly nice inside, some are not. We’ve never felt very warm toward Makahuena but the property was looking better-maintained on our latest visit. The location out on the point will expose you to lots of sea spray-laden wind, so don’t expect the windows to stay clean. Those winds, however, tend to keep the units cool. There are eight different floor plans, so it’s hard to say if you’ll get a good one. Second floor units are better for views, whereas many first-floor units are partly below ground. 2/2 units (1,157–1,217 sq. ft.) are $170–$695, 3/3 units (1,380 sq. ft.) are $225–$487. 3-night minimum. (That’s a very broad spread on the 2/2 units based on view and décor.

2022-05-13T14:52:46-10:00 Rating: No Award

Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club

(800) 845-5279 or (808) 742-4400
2249 Poipu Rd, Poipu
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In weighing the pros and cons of this condo/timeshare resort, two very prominent pros stand out: room size and quality of its beach. The rooms are mostly good-sized 2/2s, which are heavily decorated and quite comfortable. They have large bathtubs and extra sofa beds, and the rooms can accommodate six to eight people. The beach is the western half of Po‘ipu Beach Park, and it’s fantastic. Unlike the Hyatt, the resort is built closer to the water, so the beach doesn’t feel as distant, unless your room is at the back of the property. Their almost-beachside Honu Bar is a great place for a sunset beverage and some light eats. The kids’ pool is literally next to the ocean, and their main pool is pretty and divided by a bridge. The property’s manmade lagoons are a fun place to watch the birds, have a picnic or let your keiki do some pole fishing.

2022-05-13T13:42:17-10:00 Rating: No Award

Nihi Kai Villas

(800) 325-5701 or (808) 742-1412
1870 Hoone Rd, Poipu
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Well-maintained grounds at this condo with tennis and paddle ball courts (sort of mini tennis). The rooms seem to vary a lot. The two-story townhouse units have an annoying layout, but single-level 2/2 units are an acceptable value. Many of the units have been remodeled; others need updating. Buildings 1, 2, 4 and some units in 5 and 8 are your best bet for a glimpse of the ocean. The rest are strictly garden views. The agent listed rates their units into premier plus, premier, deluxe and island casual. We didn’t find much difference between premier and deluxe. Island casual units have not been updated but are still clean. Some owners have been installing a/c in either bedrooms or throughout. If this is important, you will have to ask when booking. Room safe in some units. 1/1 units (792 sq. ft.) are $200–$375, 2/2 units (1,221–1,531 sq. ft.

2022-05-13T14:25:11-10:00 Rating: No Award

Pili Mai at Po‘ipu

(800) 325-5701 or (808) 742-2000
2611 Kiahuna Plantation Dr, Poipu
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This condo complex opened in 2014, and on our visit they were finishing up the last of the buildings. It’s located pretty far from the ocean, so any view you have will be dominated by either the golf course from buildings 6–12 or the mostly rough brush garden from all the rest. Ocean views are very distant at best, so don’t pay extra based on that.

The buildings have about 10 units per pod with a tiny, single-car, narrow garage, but outside assigned parking is available. The buildings have a modern plantation-style but nothing remarkable. Some units are two-story; others are single-story. Some are upstairs; others have no stairs. However, there are no ADA units on site. Inside you will find nicely decorated and appointed condos. The living areas are not overly large but are adequate.

2020-07-09T13:11:22-10:00 Rating: No Award

Po‘ipu Crater Resort

(800) 367-8020 or (808) 742-7400
2330 Hoohu Rd, Poipu
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This condo is located in the bottom of a small crater, the grounds are pleasant and well maintained, but there is no view. (Technically speaking, you’re in a hole.) When the trade winds aren’t blowing, it can get pretty hot in there (a few units have a/c), and sounds bounce around in an odd way. Lots of rental agents have units here, not just the ones we list. (The main agent charges for local calls.) 2/2 townhouse units (1,240 sq. ft.) are a pretty good deal at $161–$294. 4-night minimum. Some discounts are available for repeat guests. The below listed agent has higher rates.

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2020-07-10T10:58:00-10:00 Rating: Solid Gold Value

Po‘ipu Kapili

(800) 443-7714 or (808) 742-6449
2221 Kapili Rd, Poipu
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Well-maintained and sculptured grounds at this condo property, very spacious rooms for the money, and a second-home atmosphere make this an easy recommendation. On our latest visit, it was looking as pristine as ever. Buildings 1, 2, 6 and 7 (all 2/3s) have very nice ocean views and are two-story townhouses. You can pick herbs from their garden if you choose to cook. Washer/dryers in all two-bedroom units and some one-bedroom units, the rest use coin-op. Some units have a/c in bedrooms. Linen service for seven or more nights. The staff is top-notch here and can arrange in-room massages, personal chefs, pre-arrival groceries, etc. Just ask. 1/2 units (1,120–1,250 sq. ft.) are $275–$520, 2/2 or 2/3 units (1,400–1,820 sq. ft.) are $305–$650. They also have elegant 1,800-sq.-ft. penthouses (with elevator access) for $420–$625 with large lanais. 3- to 5-night minimum. Special discounts available throughout the year.

2022-05-13T13:24:07-10:00 Rating: A Real Gem

Po‘ipu Makai

(800) 325-5701 or (808) 742-2000
1677 Pe‘e Rd, Poipu
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The grounds are cramped at this condo; the tiny pool (more like a plunge pool) is at the back of the building away from the ocean, so it is unlikely you will spend much time there. But the views, especially from the upper floor rooms, are excellent. Right on the rocky shoreline! Eat your breakfast to the sound of the surf on the lanai next to the kitchen in some. And at night, fall asleep in your oceanside master bedroom. Free room safes in most. 2/2 units (1,100–1,350 sq. ft.) are $250–$400, 3/3s (1,600 sq. ft.) are $325–$475. The first agent listed classifies their units into premier, deluxe and island casual. We found not much difference between premier and deluxe. 3-night minimum. The below agent listed has no three-bedroom units but slightly better prices on two-bedroom units.

2022-05-13T14:49:42-10:00 Rating: No Award

Po‘ipu Palms

(800) 325-5701 or (808) 742-2000
1697 Pe‘e Rd, Poipu
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These condos aren’t huge at 900 sq. ft., but they feel big enough, and the layout is pleasing. Most important, the views and proximity to the ocean are stellar. Units ending in 3 or 4 command the best views; those ending in 1 are partially blocked but still admirable. Higher floors (2nd and 3rd) are best. The pool location is great and relaxing with a nice deck area. The main agent classifies their units as deluxe, premier and premier plus. The rating depends on how updated the unit is but we find all units to be acceptable and clean. 2/2s are $250–$485. 5-night minimum from main agent listed. However, if you book from the below agent (who has better pricing), it might be a Solid Gold Value.

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2022-05-13T14:44:15-10:00 Rating: No Award

Po‘ipu Plantation

(800) 634-0263 or (808) 742-6757
1792 Pe‘e Rd, Poipu
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Sort of like a condo or a small inn. No real great views here but some distant ocean views from a few units. Grounds aren’t remarkable and could be better maintained; rooms are tidy, and they do some updating from time to time. Bathrooms have showers only—no tubs. Many repeat guests at peak times of the year. Housekeeping will do a linen and towel service if you stay more than a week. They lend beach chairs, coolers and beach towels at the front desk. Pricing hasn’t changed much over the years which makes them a Solid Gold Value for this edition. They have one ADA unit on the ground floor with a garden view. 1/1 units (650 sq. ft.) are $165–$215, 2/2 units (900 sq. ft.) are $220–$245. 3-, 5- or 7-night minimum. Prices decrease for 10 or more night stay, and there is no cleaning fee charged here. The adjacent “main house” is a B&B with four rooms.

2022-05-13T14:27:28-10:00 Rating: Solid Gold Value

Po‘ipu Shores

(800) 367-5004 or (808) 742-7700
1775 Pe‘e Rd, Poipu
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Most (not all) of these condo units have been nicely updated here. The grounds aren’t much, but the property is well-maintained. However, expect sea spray on your windows, even though they clean them daily. That’s what you’re paying for—the extraordinary proximity to, and sound of, the ocean—not the size of the rooms. (Some people actually complain that the ocean is “too loud.”) The townhouse units in building C are the quietest. The one-bedroom condos are the only units without the master bedroom on the ocean side, but all units have great ocean views. Elevator in Building A, mid-stay tidy on bookings of 10 of more nights. Very nice staff here. 1/1 units (698 sq. ft.) are $259–$529, 2/2 units (912–1,036 sq. ft.) are $299–$649, 3/2s (1,041 sq. ft.) are $419–$699. They often discount. The 3/3 (1,955-sq.-ft.) penthouse is $645–$799.

2022-05-13T14:30:14-10:00 Rating: A Real Gem

Prince Kuhio

(888) 747-2988
5061 Lawai Rd, Poipu
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These condo grounds are very well-tended, and the pool and BBQ area are very pretty. Built in 1969, the resort’s clean for its age, but in some places its age does show in things like rusty gutters. Some units are more updated than others, and they vary a lot. Located across the road from the ocean, this used to be a hotel but was converted to condos, so expect some bizarre room layouts and bathrooms with showers only—some big, some tiny. The ocean views here are not that great, but if you want a glimpse, get a unit above the first floor and closer to the road. Larger one-bedroom units are in the middle section of the building will cost you more than the ones at the front of the building), while studios are in back. If you are looking at studios with numbers ending in 30–37, then you may want to opt for a park-facing, odd-numbered unit, but you won’t have a/c in those. Some long-term rentals here.

2022-05-13T12:22:06-10:00 Rating: Solid Gold Value

Regency II

(800) 325-5701 or (808) 742-2000
1831 Poipu Rd, Poipu
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Though part of Po‘ipu Kai, it’s more upscale condo property than the rest of the complex. The resort was built in two phases (the older section—buildings 1 through 5—is described under Po‘ipu Kai Resort). Only buildings 6–9 (phase II) are described here. Units from both phases share the pools and spas. Condos are large with amenities such as granite counters, Jacuzzi tubs with separate showers in master baths and most have higher-end furniture. The only thing lacking here is a view, but these are among the nicer condos on the south shore. With that being said, newer condo properties have been added in Po‘ipu and this one isn’t a Real Gem anymore when compared to those, but it may be a bit cheaper to rent than those others. You may also hear some road noise, and you’re a good distance from the beach. The tennis courts are located in the main part of Po‘ipu Kai Resort.

2022-05-13T13:45:18-10:00 Rating: No Award

Sheraton Kauai Resort

(866) 716-8109 or (808) 742-1661
2440 Hoonani Rd, Poipu
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The Sheraton is the perfect complement to the Hyatt. While the Hyatt excels at gorgeous and exotic grounds, the Sheraton boldly embraces the ocean. The hotel went through an extensive $20 million change in 2018-19 and converted the garden wing of the property to all timeshare units as well as updating all the hotel rooms. Our review only pertains to the hotel side of the property.

The Ocean and Beach wings are closer to the ocean than at any other major Kaua‘i hotel. The sound of the surf hitting the rocks below the Ocean Wing is soothing. Kiahuna Beach, in front of the Beach Wing, is wonderfully close and easy to access. Recent room renovations don’t feel particularly Hawaiian, but they are modern and fresh. Sort of what you expect from the Sheraton brand.

2022-05-13T13:27:13-10:00 Rating: A Real Gem

Sunset Kahili

(800) 367-8022 or (808) 742-7434
1763 Pe‘e Rd, Poipu
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This condo was built in 1968 (you’d swear it was the ’50s), it’s old but fairly well-kept in the common areas. Not much changes at this condo on each of our visits and they seem to like it that way. The units all vary, but mostly they are in need of updating. They all have nice ocean views, with the third floor and above being particularly good. Units ending in 01 and 08 are two bedrooms. Master bedrooms are only shut off by shoji doors, which creates less privacy. It’s very popular with seniors and long-time repeat guests. Free WiFi in a few and in rec. room. An average value. 1/1 units (766 sq. ft.) are $175–$275, 2/2 (1,028 sq. ft.) units only available from below agent are $255. 4-night minimum and 3.5 percent for credit card payments from first agent listed.

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2022-05-13T14:35:18-10:00 Rating: No Award

The Villas at Po‘ipu Kai & Regency Villas

(866) 407-0249 or (808) 742-8410
2373 Hoohu Rd. & 2387 Hoohu Rd, Poipu
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These condos are part of the Po‘ipu Kai Resort area but were finished in 2009. They consist of two sections: One is called the Garden Villas (and four-bedroom Ohana House), the other is a newer section called The Villas at Po‘ipu Kai. The Garden section consists of one-, two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom units. The Villas have three- and four-bedroom units. Both sections are very nice with expensive furnishings and high-end appliances. Though the main living areas are smaller at The Villas, they make up for it with doors that fold back to open onto large lanai. Both sections have thoughtful touches such as fresh flowers on arrival and freebies like cots, kids’ play beach gear, coolers, etc. You have access to eight tennis courts and pool at Po‘ipu Kai.

2022-05-13T14:11:08-10:00 Rating: A Real Gem

Waikomo Stream Villas

(800) 325-5701 or (808) 742-7220
2721 Poipu Rd, Poipu
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Sometimes we’re so busy looking at rooms, we forget how really pretty and well-kept the grounds are at this condo property. Some of those views are quite lovely with small streams and peaceful waterfalls. Lots of privacy and large units here. The rooms are rated by the listed agent as premier plus, premier, deluxe and island casual. We felt the premier or deluxe units were really not that different—both were very nice. Opt for island casual if you don’t mind a more dated-looking unit. Nice BBQ area. 1/1 units (1,050 sq. ft.) are $145–$350, the 1,500-sq.-ft. 2/2 units (second bedrooms are a loft with limited privacy, it does get hot up there in the summer months and units are on third floor) are $165–$395. Very nice staff here. 3-night minimum.

2022-05-13T13:14:00-10:00 Rating: Solid Gold Value

Whalers Cove

(800) 225-2683 or (808) 742-7571
2640 Puuholo Rd, Poipu
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Tucked away in a residential area of Po‘ipu, this lovely condo property sits on a serene, rocky point. The grounds are well-manicured, and the pool setting is outstanding. Though individually owned and decorated, units are well-furnished with koa wood doors and even koa floor trim in the closets. Back in the day, the units were some of the most expensively furnished in the area, and even today most have been updated and still compete. The resort is very quiet, and they provide more personalized service than you may find elsewhere with excellent, friendly and helpful staff. (They will even do your grocery shopping before you arrive and stock your refrigerator.) Some units have Jacuzzi bathtubs, many overlooking the ocean. They are not on a beach, but there is a snorkeling cove nearby. They will lend you gear to snorkel and take to the beach.

2022-05-13T12:34:57-10:00 Rating: A Real Gem
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