Castle Kiahuna Plantation & The Beach Bungalows
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Historical Traveler Reviews Castle Kiahuna Plantation & The Beach Bungalows Poipu
Needed a place to stay for 3 nights in early January 2004 and came across a web special for the Kiahuna Plantation for $139/night, which is a great price for Hawaii. I had a 1 BR, 1 bath condo with a kitchen and living room. For an additional $100 I could have upgraded to an ocean front unit (and if my wife were with me I'm sure we would have).
I was near the road, which wasn't a problem, noisewise, and it was a 5 minute stroll to the ocean. Since I was near the road, I had a very short walk to the restaurants, bars and shops in Poipu Village. The only drawback was the early morning wake-up call courtesy of the ubiquitous roosters. But for $139 per night, I couldn't complain too much.
I've been to a LOT better
We stayed at the Kiahuna Plantation for a week. The first two nights we stayed in #145 which was on the ground floor away from the ocean, BUT HAD WONDERFUL FURNITURE and you could tell the owners really care about it. Unfortunately, we moved to the top floor in building #26 for the view BUT the decor appeared to have been done in the early 1970's and was in much need of repair! The pool area was across a busy road next to the Poipu Shopping Center rather than on the property. We were so disenchanted that we walked over to the Marriott Waikoloa and purchased a time-share so we would never end up in a place that bad again.
I would like to say that this resort was...
This place was great. They have a pool, tennis courts, a work-out room, and a golden sand beach. Kiahuna Plantation has a sort of taste to it; they have beautiful roosters, pretty hens, and cute chicks. The roosters stick out while the hens and chicks hide, so it looks like they only have roosters, but the hens come out once in a while. The unit, is wooden and the owners of the units made the furniture indavidually. The 40-42 buildings are way in back. The kitchens has all the things you need. The beds aren't exellent for people with bad backs. I would recommend this resort to people who have come to relax and enjoy themselves.Try not to get lost: it's a big place!
This is the place to be in Poipu if you want easy access to a beautiful beach, wonderfully manicured grounds and a staff that takes care of you but is not intrusive in any way. We were there in Nov, '03 and stayed for ten days. We were in the worst situated buildings of the whole complex (40-42) but I still found it a relaxing comfortable condo. The big problem with our location was proximity to the road and a bit of a walk to the beach (through the plantation grounds). The road noise (30 mph about 100 feet away) quiets down after 10 and if you are of normal fitness you won't mind the walk, but if you are paying good money and have a choice get a closer condo to the beach. The furnishings were typical bamboo based flowery stuff, clean and in good shape. The queen bed was firm. Because the bedroom is not soundproof to the rest of the condo (or to the outside because instead of windows there are wooden louvers), you may have a privacy problem if you are sharing with others. (You will also hear neighbors on their lanai and in their shower) There are dishes and pans but not even a grain of salt in the kitchen. Be prepared to stock up a kitchen if you are going to cook (which you will if you care about money at all). Food is very expensive in Hawaii!! All in all this place has the flavor of older Hawaii with the amenities you expect of modern hotels. Plus the chickens! (You'll see what I mean when you get to Kauai)
This place is awesome
We rented the a condominium at the Kiahuna Plantation for our wedding/honeymoon.They are exceptionally well kept, with beautiful landscape and excellent room service.The staff is very courteous and friendly.The condo had all the amenities, plus a gorgeous view.Situated on the south side of Kauai they are very close to major attractions, shopping areas and restaurants.We will defnitely try to stay ther on our next visit.
Kiahuna Plantation - Castle Management
Stayed in a 1 bedroom condo for 4 nights in December. This is an older condo building and each condo is decorated by the owner so there is a big difference from one to another. Ours was adequately furnished, although the bed was not that comfortable. Kitchen furnished with the essentials but they don't provide everything. We found having daily maid service in the condo a nuisance, because all they do is make your bed and empty the trash. There is no swimming pool, etc on the grounds - you have to go next door to the Marriott. The beach was clean and very long but it was quite steep.
Loved the Kiahuna Beachouse
We have stayed at the Kiahuna yearly for the last 18 years except for Iniki period. We honeymoon'd there, then started bringing our daughter as a toddler (now 14 1/2). We love this spot. Each unit is so comfortable and a second home when we arrive. Had to try a couple different locations during the Iniki rebuild and none compared to the location, atmosphere, friendliness of the Kiahuna. Recommend it to all family and friends, and we keep coming back! In fact in the process of purchasing our own unit!
We stayed here 6-28-03 to 7-7-03. It is a very large Condo complex in the heart of Poipu. Some units are right on the ocean and others are set back about 1/4 of a mile. We stayed in building 41 which is at the back of the complex but near the pool and shopping areas. Our one bedroom room was nice and clean. These condos are owned by individuals and rented out by the Outrigger hotel chains. Each has a kitchen, sperate bedroom, 1 bathroom and a pull-out couch. Our kids really enjoyed the beach in fron of the hotel which is just east of the popular Poipu beach aand right next to the Sheraton Resort (and beachside bar!). I would recommend this complex and the price was right to stay ina building far away from the water.
The Hawaiian part of Heaven
We've stayed here twice, both times in oceanfront units. What can I say...we've traveled the world and this is one of our favorite places. A beautiful spot to relax. There may be units which offer more, but the surroundings are one of the best Hawaii has to offer.
Oustanding Location / Excellent Accomodations
We stayed at the Kiahuna in late Jan./early Feb. 2002. The property is located on a fabulous beach and has very nice, well-kept grounds. We actually saw the inside of three different one bedroom units and they all were very nice (well furnished, updated appliances, very clean, large lanai, etc.)
There is no pool or tennis courts, but guests can use the garden pool and tennis courts at the Sheraton (very close). This didn't matter to us because we spent all our time on the beach and on the very nice (and very large) lawn area that borders the beach.
There are two reasons we don't give it 5 stars:
One, they are building a Marriott timeshare next door and therefore there can be some construction noise. Unless you are extremely budget conscious, do not stay in the units directly adjacent to the construction. In other parts of the complex, you don't notice the noise.
Second, believe it or not, there are roosters directly across Poipu Road from the complex which begin making a lot of noise as early as 3:00 a.m.! So, if you can avoid the units closest to the road, do so. To us, the roosters were a lot worse than being close to the construction (we moved into a different unit after one night because we couldn't stand it).
Overall, we loved the Kiahuna and will definitely stay there again!
We used the book entitled "The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook" a lot when we were there. It's excellent for restaurant and activity recommendations.
As for restaurants, the Pomodoro italian restaurant and the Beach House are outstanding. We also liked the Keoki's Paradise, Camp House Grill, and Tomkats.
If you're willing to hike 8 miles round-trip, the Pihea/Akamai trail at the end of Hwy. 550 is a lot of fun. Strenuous and a little muddy, but worth it.
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... Princeville. Although we decided against it, we thought we would take a ride and see what it looked like. I should mention that Sheila did a superior job on picking the condo's - both Maui and Kauai. Each had everything we needed, a great view, and nice facilities.
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