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VanHam Beach-cation 2014 on Kauai was a success despite a bumpy start. For complete reviews of the condo, activities and good eats please see our links to posts on TripAdvisor under goose3nbc.
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... turn off and refreshments served, we were preparing for landing. Amazing view from the airplane. We now have a better appreciation of why they call this island the garden island, vegetation is thick and lush, bordered by steep rugged cliffs along the coastline. The opening waterfall scene of Jurassic Park was filmed here. A must see while visiting Kauai. First ...
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... lovely ladies, Jennifer and Sandra, from Swissland
arrived here on Saturday afternoon, and they came back from their big day of walking the Napai coast line and asked us if we would like to go out to dinner with them, we did and we had a lovely meal at the Post Card Cafe, local fish, seafood and vegetables, and of course a lovely chocolate desert, no will power. It has been good talking to the ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCliffs at Princeville
This was our 2nd visit to Kauai in 3 years, and our first trip bringing family. Meg and I have been extremely happy with rental properties during our recent beach vacations. Cliffs at Princeville in building 7 is where we would highly recommend anyone looking to rent. Our rental was a 3rd floor, corner unit with loft. The back lanai had unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean, and each morning we were greeted with multiple humpback whale breaches. Each rental property has a similar layout, but the interior decoration and amenities may vary.
Our arrival into Lihue airport was delayed five hours b/c of aircraft issues in Chicago. We arrived to the Cliffs at Princeville around midnight. Having called the front desk while delayed in Chicago, we were told security would meet us on arrival to the property with our parking pass and keys to the unit. Princeville is 45 minutes to an hour (depending on traffic) from the airport, and our preferred destination when on Kauai. Foodland (grocery) is 5 minutes from the condo, with everything needed for a successful stay. Check-in the next morning was efficient, and we were given key cards for the workout room / pool access. The property is a time share, but we were never pressured into any meeting or "give away" for attending a sales pitch. Staff is on hand to assist with booking island activities, but using Trip Advisor before our arrival was far more effective for us.
The staff will mail post cards or boxes, but as a point of clarification you must have those items already stamped. I'm not sure how much this helps outside of postcards, as there is a USPS facility in Princville with limited hours. Roosters roam the grounds, but we never found them bothersome or alarming. A covered BBQ area along the Cliff's cliffs sets a beautiful backdrop. I was extremely impressed with how clean the grounds are kept. Unit cleaning is optional, and we would recommend if staying more than 4 days. Staying in Princeville during the winter season (aka rainy time) should not deter you. My negative marks against the resort revolve around the pool and hot tub. There are two hot tubs, one for under 18 and the other adults only. The under 18 hot tub has been broken for six weeks, as other long term unit owners told us on site. The adults only hot tub has a 30 minute limit for guests. The impression we received is this hot tub is reserved for unit owners, as several evenings we found the same guests occupying this area for hours. The owners would swap out for rum punch runs during orientations at the nearby rec building, but they never made space for others. Staff is aware of this, but it would appear unless you own a unit they don't seem too concerned. Petty, sure but we're also paying customers.
If you're looking for a relaxing setting on the north shores, consider the Cliffs. Customer service isn't a strong point, but it wasn't a deal breaker either.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.