Kauai Beach Villas
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... very lush with flowering plants such as colourful bouganvilleas, yellow hibiscus, African Tulip Trees and of course the green of the palm trees and coconut trees and many more besides.
Once back on the bus, Lisa partly retraced our route and got back on the main road to out next stop. We passed coffee plantations which replaces sugar cane fields that were wiped out in a massive hurricane several years ago. The island used to have pineapple farms ...
... up, up and up. The first part of the canyon was more like a broad valley with Waimea River winding through it. We stopped at several lookouts. There were elevation signs for every 500' of gain.
Before long we joined Koke'e Road and were soon in Waimea Canyon State Park. One of our stops was a little falls through red rock. We pulled over and parked at the Waimea Canyon Lookout. There was a large parking lot that even had ...
... helped me get over my fear and got me into the ocean for the first time this trip. I know...you're probably thinking "what the hell"...but I am not a huge ocean fan at all. I had a super scary experience the last time I was on Kaua'i and unfortunately totally saw THE light. It wasn't a pleasant experience. Anyways, I really wanted to get over that experience, so Jeff got me out into the water and we...well HE...boogy boarded and caught some waves. I basically just relaxed ...
... seconds. Some parts of the island are better than others. The north and east sides tend to come and go in waves because of the way the mountains are lined up, the south side is usually almost always sunny and nice, and on the west side you can pretty much bank on getting your tan on and having the best of weather. Anyways enough of my weather forecast (this will come in handy later).
My friend, Sean (who I met last time I was here two years ago), his keiki ...
... miles thru my trip.
Ok. To the airport I go. I can imagine the type of things that get left in rental cars….
Check in counter. Surely, this will go smoothly. Nope. United does not have a reservation for me. WTF??? This after I was ensured by the Air Canada chick last night that all was good AND waiting for an hour on hold!!!! The United attendant tells me I need to contact Air ...
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KBV can be great but be careful with whom you stay
We have stayed at KBV 4 times now, but with the Pahio timeshare portion. Be forewarned that this property has mixed management. The Pahio timeshares are beautiful and well managed. The other managed properties there are not nearly as nice. The Radisson next door, is available for full use but the guests, and is a first rate hotel, but tends to be pricey. The staff with Pahio is excellent, and the tours booked through them are the best you can find, at the best price. Make sure you go to the orientation breakfast, especially if your first time. The sales pitch is very low key, and by this summer may not even be available at KBV, they are almost all sold out.
In the time we have gone, and those friends that have gone with us and bought (which has been all of them) no one has been disappointed.
The rooms are large, and very well furnished, but tend to be somewhat smaller then similar timeshares on other islands. 6 adults in the 2 Bedroom gets a little tight.
You are well located for all the major sites, but then again, Kauai is small enough that you can be almost anywhere on the island and be well located.
This is a Favorite
We first stayed in a 2BR2Bth unit in Building G because we bought the unit sight unseen. We were blown away when we actually came into it and realized that it was BETTER than we had dreamed it would be! It was well furnished, seemed quite fresh and spacious, clean and colorfully decorated. The layout was excellent. The BEST thing however, was the fabulous ocean view and the sound of the ocean! We could not believe our luck! We walked the beach in front of our unit and had our breakfast on our balcony looking at the ocean and feeling the perfect breeze . It was wonderful.
The Raddisson now has the hotel on property and has upgraded it wonderfully. Staying at KBV means you have the run of the pools and grounds and its very convenient. We did not use the pools much but they are nice. Unfortunately, the resort jacuzzi is small and often filled with children, likely due to its proximity to where they play and the lack of adequate posting as to its use. However, that is a small drawback. The lagoons with swans and ducks are a pleasant part of the ambience. One needs a car here if one wants to really take in all the sights and experience the island. The KBVillas have free parking spaces nearby while the hotel parking may or may not still be free. When the weather shifts and there is rain, one can simply drive to the sunny places. Almost all the time, its sunny somewhere!
We were so thrilled with the place that we bought a second smaller unit and stay two weeks per year.
and we stay sometimes at the hotel for a few days as well.
However, we do love being on the ocean and would not have been as happy in buildings not on the ocean though the units do generally seem nice. I would agree that it is good to get clear where your unit is located since there seems to be variations especially since there are units under different management.
Got off to a rough start but...
Upon arriving at the Kauaii Beach Villas, my mother was FURIOUS. We arrived about 4 hours before check in, granted that was our own mistake, however, there is NO EXCUSE for how the staff handled it. We told them we would go ckeck out LIhue and try to waste some time, but there was only so much we could do and it was boiling hot and humid outside. We came back one hour before check in and asked if our room was ready yet, they said "almost." Just then, my mother saw housekeeping slip out of the office and into out unit to BEGIN cleaning. My mother was angry that that made no effort whatsoever to clean the room earlier, knowing that we were waiting and misreably uncomfortable. To make matters worse, my mother requested a 2nd story unit, and they gave us a ground floor unit, even though she made the reservations 10 months is advance! anyways, when we FINALLY got to the room...
Boy was the unit nice! it was bigger than my own apartment! Everything looked new, and clean, we had a stereo and dvd player. LOTS OF SPACE, compfortable furniture, and a/c in the bedrooms. We were so exhausted at the end of the first day that we decided to stay in, so we rented a movie from the front desk, we made dinner in the fully-equipped kitchen, my mother fell asleep halfway through the flick...we felt very at home.
Go through Kauai Vacation Rentals to book here...
We've stayed at Kauai Beach Villas 6 times so you have to assume we like it! I liked it best when it was managed by Aston because you got maid service with your stay but not anymore. You can either go through ResortQuest or Kauai Vacation Rentals to rent a place here but I can tell you ResortQuest was worthless. It was the year we took our friend to Hawaii for the first time (2002) and the condo they gave us (H3) was HORRIBLE. The maintenance guy there was bad though nice and the guy Cliff who manages it, just doesn't seem to have it together. Kauai Vacation Rentals does a much better job and if there's something you need, they're available anytime to take care of your needs. KBV's are a great place to stay to make it feel like home. Stay here as often as you can, rumor has it it's slowly turning over to timeshares. :-(
we stayed in E-18, a 1BD 2 BA unit, which was very dirty and in bad need of repair/maintenence.
(i have photos of a ripped mattress, mildewed drapes, mold/fungus on the INSIDE of the bedroom window, a fan missing a blade, dirty carpet and peeling paint. Ironically, the very unit next door to ours was managed by another company, and was pristine. we booked this through expedia, and i will not stay at this place again
Good value, but try to get one that's been updated
Rented 2BR Unit H-11 the first week of June 2004 through Villas & Condo's.com. It was beachfront on the 3rd floor. There were no elevators. Decent place for the money - about $112 per couple per night. The condo needed a makeover, but was OK. You might get a better deal with individual owners. We also noticed that Pahaeo (?) offered condos in the same building and the one we saw had been updated and was really pretty.
I had 2 concerns about KBV before leaving on our trip - A/C and airport traffic. I live in Houston where it gets really hot and muggy and was concerned that it would be too hot in the condo since only the bedrooms were air conditioned. Fortunately, the trades were blowing and the heat was not a problem at all. In fact, one of the best things I liked about the condo was that you could leave the lanai and the bedroom door open and the breeze would draft through the bedroom a lot stronger than having a huge fan in the room.
Was also concerned that since KBV was so close to the airport - would the airport noise be a problem? - No, it was not. You occasionaly were aware that there was air traffic, but it was not bothersome in the least.
The location of KBV was nice because it was central. But, it was not scenic like the North Shore/Princeville or Waimea Canyon area. In fact, the Coconut Coast is traffic-laden because of the heavy consentration of businesses/shops and restruants. I enjoyed the serenity of Hanalei and the Na Pali Coast was georgeous - the lighthouse at Kilauea is beautiful also.
All in all, KBV was a good place to stay. It was nice to sit on the lanai and stare out at the ocean - the waves were big and we were lulled to sleep each night hearing them crash ashore. An updated condo or not, it sure beat sitting in traffic on Loop 610 back in Houston.
A wonderful time at the Kauai Beach Villas
We stayed at the Kauai beach villas in April 2004. This is a beautiful place to stay. 2 bedroom condo was more like an apartment. There was no hard sell at the presentation and we were given 10% off activities we booked through them just for showing up at the presentation. The beach is unswimmable and dirty which was disappointing. the pool is ok but the Radisson next door is availabe to your use. Just dont go to their Luau, there are much better ones offered. We were in unit A-8 and loved that we could walk out on the patio and on to the grounds, right outside was a BBQ and we used it. The condo is beautiful but needed new airconditioners, it was very humid there and they just didnt get the dampness out of our rooms. Would I return there again? Most definitely!!!!! We loved our stay. Aloha!
I love this place!
This was the 3rd time we stayed at the KBV. We absolutely love everything about this place. We stayedfor 5days over March Break in D10 a 2BD/2BA condo which had just been repainted. The carpet still needs to be replaced but we really didn't mind. D10 overlooks the lagoon in the middle of the complex where you can relax on your lanai and watch the birds scurry around or people watch as the Radisson hotel is right across the lagoon. There are also bbqs all around the complex which are free to use. The KBV pool is small and doesn't get much of a breeze but if you are a guest of KBV you get use of the Radissons huge pool and mini saltwater pool with a sandy bottom for children. The beach is a non swimming beach but nice to go for walks and the sunrises and moonrises are amazing. KBV is about 5-10 minutes from the airport and a short drive from restaurants, grocery stores, shopping centers and Walmart.
Convenient and comfortable
For the price, an excellent value and a great location. There seems to be a lot of variation in pricing depending on who you rent from (direct from owner seems best). Beachfront units are great (excellent views though not really a good beach for swimming), and lagoon-view units are nice. Make sure you check around as to pricing though. The location is very convenient, and having the hotel next door with all its facilities (nice pools!) available to you is a real bonus. Units (we stayed in a 2BR/2BA) are very spacious and well-furnished.
Best Place in Kauai
We stayed in the Kauai Beach Villas in September 2003 and absolutely loved it! Gorgeous! We rented H-12 through Kauai Vacation Rentals and were thrilled with our stay in this beautiful 2 Br/ 2 Bth Condo. The decor is awesome! You are right on the beach with wonderful views that are just breathtaking. Both of the bedrooms have excellent air conditioners so you are super cool at night if you need them. There is a great breeze too that will keep you feeling refreshed. In 2000 we stayed at the Kauai Beach Resort that is now a Radisson that used to be an Outrigger and had such a wonderful time that we wanted to stay there but we needed a 2 BR condo and so we picked the Beach Villas. The Beach Villas are even better than the hotel next door. It is an awesome location right near all of the restaurants of Kapaa, the airport and it is really in the middle of the island since you can not drive around the entire island. We just love how you can take tons of day trips and see so many beautiful sites in Kauai. The Kauai Beach Villas are just outstanding!