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TravelPod Member ReviewsWaipouli Beach Resort Kapaa
Amazing! Easy to find. But it's dark right now, so I will edit this later! Free parking right next to the building. Easy access code into the condo unit. The owner has been wonderful to deal with.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Waipouli Beach Resort Kapaa
Just About Perfect
We just got back from the Outrigger Waipouli Resort after spending 2 weeks there and overall it is beautiful condo/resort - some of our more specific comments:
- when we book a hotel or resort, one of the things that we do (as I suspect many do) is read as many reports on it we can online and look at as many candid pictures to get a clear idea of the accomodations and the beach - we have learned to travel with low expectations - it makes it easier that way - as many resorts just don't live up to any expectation - but with Waipouli, don't worry about it - what you see on the Net or on their site is what you get - a great new resort, top end appliances, tasteful furnishings, in our 1 bedroom condo with 2 bathrooms (my wife loved this touch!), and even a washer & dryer
- very quiet - rarely heard our neighbours
- off the living area no balcony but the doors opened up wide with a railing - off the bedroom was a small balcony with just enough room for a small table and 2 chairs - I suppose it could have been bigger but frankly, we spent most of our time out of the resort
- maintenance - excellent - when we reported a problem with the central air, their staff was there within seconds, not minutes (not kidding) and promptly fixed it
- towels - daily more towels were delivered than we knew what to do with
- pool area - the winding river look design with 2 slides - just beautiful - esp. when the torches were lit at night - and with an average depth of 4 feet, absolutely a great place with those with kids - there was even a wading pool and sand area for the kids - & 2 hottubs too
- chairs/loungers - no race involved - oddly, the place only seemed about 1/3 full the entire time - the most people I ever saw by the pool was maybe 30-40 - never that noisy - I was aware of the requirement for the wrist band in the pool area but never wore it (I hate the idea too) and nobody ever bugged us about it - by the way, you might want to get your beach towels and just hang onto them as the staff at the shack where you pick them up was kind of spotty
- there is a bar at the end of the pool area by the ocean - serves draft beer and mixed drinks - no restaurant, not till next year - but the snack bar by the pool should be up and running sometime in March/07 we were told
- beach - I agree with other comments that the water outside the resort is not exactly swimmable, but with so many other beaches around Kauai, we didn't regard this as a big deal - just to sit on the beach in the sand and watch and listen to the surf is usually all we need
- concierge - try to use the helpful lady during the week, not the weekend
- 24 hour Safeway right across the street - & a Starbucks, too - and 3-4 restaurants within easy walking distance - my quick review of those is:
- Wahoo - great restaurant & bar - good food, nice presentation
- Lemongrass - skip it - stale food, listless service
- Coconuts - great food, kind of more upbeat, esp. liked their patio
- Pacific Island (?) - near Safeway - not much to look at but great Asian food
Overall, I have no hesitation recommending this hotel to family or friends, especially those with kids - it would be perfect. My only negative comment is location - on the east side of the island it tended to be more cloudy, but last time I checked, they couldn't control this. Bottom line: if you want to stay on the east side of Kauai, this is the best there is. Guaranteed.
Very, very good, but not perfect
The Waipouli is a great place. It is nearly top notch, and with the introductory rates being offered it is a great deal. We stayed in a huge, oceanfront 2 bedroom condo (Bldg A, 2nd Floor) that was right on the ocean. Furnishings were good to excellent and the condo was very spacious for our family of 4. The grounds were surprisingly "mature" for a brand new resort.
Don't get me wrong. The Waipouli IS a wonderful place. But we have stayed at the Hyatt Grand Resort on Kauai recently, and the Waipouli is not quite up to that standard, hence I have rated this resort a "4". It is hard to pinpoint any one thing that knocks the rating down, but there were just alot of little things, each minor or almost trivial in itself, that when added all up make this resort a "4" not a "5". Here's just a few things that contributed to this:
- The beach is not swimable, and the resort does not really support use of the beach with beach chairs for example.
- They have an annoying requirement that everyone that visits the pool get a plastic color coded wrist band, even if you just want to sit poolside and read.
- The kitchen appliances were top notch, but utensils were sparse or cheap. The wine opener was a 50 cent variety.
- The ice maker needed to be manually enabled.
- The salt/pepper shakers were empty
- The check-in staff seemed disinterested in answering our questions upon arrival.
Each item seems minor, but they certainly added up.
Kauai is a great place. The Waipouli is a great deal. We paid $380/night for our 2 bedroom right on the ocean. Hard to beat that in Kauai for a huge, new oceanfront condo. But if they ever charge the published "regular" rate of over $700/night for that same room, I would rather spend my money at the Hyatt.
Final note. Pay attention to which room and building you get. If you have a garden or mountain facing room (e.g. building C) you might get stuck with a parking lot view. Our experience at the Waipouli would have been completely different if we didn't have the room right on and facing the ocean. You can see a map of the resort buildings and room numbers at the property web page [--] and click on "availabilty".
WASN'T MY 1ST CHOICE BUT NOW IT IS!!
When I started looking into a family vacation in Kawaii my first choice was a condo in Poipu Beach that could comfortably sleep a family of 8. It was hard to find and impossible if you wanted Air Conditioning. My wife contacted Outrigger about a different property and they suggested their brand new condo property in Waipuli Beach. I checked on Trip Advisor and it sounded good so we went.
The drawback to the east coast of Kawai is that the beaches are mostly not swimmable in the winter. As it turned out we wanted to tour the island everyday and this spot made a great base. The apartments were brand new and luxurious and the staff were great.
The river type pool and the hot tubs were a big hit with the kids. The grounds were beautiful and a 24 hour Supermarket across the street was very convenient. We toured all over, Waimea Canyon, Poipu Beach,the north and west shores. We all would like to come back here. Excellent!!!
My wife and I stayed here over the New Years Holiday. We stayed in a two bedroom condo with an ocean view. The condo was awesome! Great view and and it was beautiful. There was no food as the snack bar was not open, but I understand it is opening soon. I also understand they are building a restaurant on the property sometime this year. This resort is so convienient to everything. Right across the street is a couple of shopping centers with everything you need. You are about 25 minutes from Princeville or Poipu. There are also several restaurants within walking distance that are excellent. The breakfast at the Olympic cafe in Kapaa is wonderful. The pool area is really nice and the sand bottom spas are first class. Overall, this resort is a terrific place to stay. There was still some construction going on while we were there,(they were working on the snack bar) but it did not bother us. We didn't use the Aveda spa(the main area of the spa right off the lobby is under construction) but definately will use it next time we come. My wife and I have stayed in Maui many times mostly at the Kea Lani, while this resort is not as large, it is definately a great place to stay and we definately will be back in 07. By the way New Years Eve they had fireworks on the beach and they were fantastic. Great time!!
Best of the best
These accomodations were possibly the best our family has had during our numerous stays in the Islands. The condominium-type property rivaled any high-end Fairmont, Marriott, or Hyatt properties both in price and available amenities. Our oceanfront unit was exquisite within a stones throw to the beach providing all the high end living tools that are missing in the other hospitality chain properties. I was impressed with the pool and spa facilities. Something for every age from the toddler, teen and adult. The staff was outstanding from the front desk to the maintenance personnel. Everyone. had a can-do arttitude. This property is managed by the Outrigger hotel chain and it was very apparent that they know to treat their cliental, unlike their overpriced competion. There were no resort fees which is the latest scam adopted by Marriott and the other upscale resorts. We saved big bucks by buying our groceries at the nearby Safeway and Foodland stores and preparing our meals with upscale appliances that you never see in a resort environment.
This resort is brand new and right on the ocean. The ammenities are top of the line in the rooms. We spent 5 day there on our honeymoon. I cannot say enough about the resort. The staff were very friendly. The spa just opened and I had a wonderful massage in the outside cabana. This is a must stay resort. Cannot say enough about it!!!!
Hotel friendly - NOT
The "hotel" aspect of Waipouli has a lot to be desired. The room rate is overpriced for the lack of room amenities. No place to put toiletries in the bathroom have to us a small ledge on top of the fridge. Hanging wet towels on a bar around the toilet and next to the paper makes for a mushy roll.
No coffee in room, no glasses for water, no iron or board, no hair dryer. Standard in all other places. No coffee in lobby. You want a news paper you pay for it!
I talked to the front desk (the lady was not very friendly) and the reply is "all rooms are the same would you like me to change your room?" If the same why change? They said we can upgrade you I said sure but they had no rooms.
Their exercise room was a blank room with 4 machines, no water, no towels, no TV. Ok still under construction.
The grinding and hammering spoiled the surrounding sounds of the ocean waves.
If you used the air conditioing it was very loud as the large unit was in a closet between the bathroom and bed ares. The 3 drawer fridge constantly ran for room ambiance.
The bed was comfortable. The connection for internet was on opposite wall of desk, unless you wanted to use the connection next to the toilet (weird place)
The grounds were well maintained, the lazy pool and hot tubs takes your mind off the room.
So for $199 per night I wouldn't recommend this "hotel"
WBR sets the bar for new lodging "standards"
I just returned home after a stay at the Waipouli Beach Resort (1/20-1/27). The resort is very beautiful, has won a major award for its design from the building community, and eventually will have all the amenities one would expect from an upper-end property after its final completion. The condo (we stayed in a 1 BR/2 BA partial ocean view) was immaculately appointed with Subzero refrigerator, Fisher and Paykel dishwashers, and stainless steel range and microwave oven in the kitchen, fine furnishings in the living room and bedroom (flat screen plasma televisions in each room) ,and an oversized bathroom with double sinks and separate tub/shower. The "two" bathrooms were actually one large bathroom with a dividing door that can be used to separate one toilet/sink/walk-in shower/single sink from the other toilet, Jacuzzi tub, double sinks that adjoins the master bathroom. The units also have full size stackable front-loading washer and dryers. I found the condo to be very inviting and relaxing, with my only disappointment being the small lanais. There is a Juliette balcony from the living room (no seating here) and the main lanai is off of the master bedroom which is barely large enough for two chairs. The only units with large lanais are the penthouse units.
The pool area is very attractive, the deepest part being 4 ft, with beachfront access for sunning, not swimming due to the rocks and rough surf. Towel service at the pool was sporadic, but the staff was congenial and helpful. Lydgate Park is nearby for beach lovers. The resort's spa is not open yet, but you can purchase Aveda products and arrange outdoor massages. The pool snack bar is being completed soon and the beach bar is open. There is no onsite restaurant (a year off in the planning process) or other establishment for serving food. There are several fine restaurants within walking distance to the WPR (Coconuts, Kauai Pasta, the Bullshed) and others within a short drive (Hukilau Lanai, Scotty's BBQ, Ono Family Restaurant, Eggbert's). There are also grocery stores within walking distance (Safeway and Foodland). Others are a short drive (Big Save, Cost-U-Less) and there is a Costco and K-mart in Lihue. WBR's location makes it very convenient to both the South and North Shores. NB: the traffic can be stifling around lunch and rush hour (please time your trips accordingly).
This is our first time staying in Waipouli/Kapaa as we usually stay in Poipu. I would highly recommend the WBR even as the final construction is completed and the staff is being trained. There is no other property available on Kauai with the level of accommodations offered here. Check vrbo.com for deals directly from the condo owners. We stayed for the incredible rate of $200/night; one can't touch a regular mountain view hotel room at the Hyatt for less than $400/night. Rates like this will not last long as the resort becomes better known and the high season arrives.
Has growing pains...
We stayed at this condo for a week in a 1 bedroom/ 2 bath partial oceanview room. It was a very beautiful room. The decor was nice and it had everything you would need in a condo. It was in a good location in between the north and west areas. There were good restaurants and shopping within a short car ride or long walk.
It definitely has some work to be done. Our washer (brand new) didn't work so we had to go to a different unfinished room in a different building to do our laundry. We were told that 15 washers so far in the complex didn't work. Also the shower water didn't get very warm. They "fixed" that the 2nd night then the next day we had the same problem. The pool has 3 hot tubs and only 2 were working. They closed off all the enterances to the pool area except one to "control the beach towels being brought to the rooms". We were told if the maid, or in our case maintance people see a beach towel in your room you are charged $25 on the spot even if you return it. The pool bar was open only on certain days because they were still building it. It didn't offer any food which we were told it did. There was A LOT of pounding and drilling, sawing noise almost all day due to they are still in construction.
Even though there's definitely improvements to be made I would stay here again in the far future.
Waipouli Beach Resort is Amazing... Awesome... And it will get Better!
We stayed at Waipouli Beach Resort (WBR) over the recent Thanksgiving weekend, after booking directly with the condo owner using PPBO.com. We knew the resort wasn't fully completed (we Did get a special introductory discount rate, as well).
NOTE: Comments (& photos) on the interior furnishings, may not fully apply to other "Outrigger units," as this owner chose to decorate their "Home away from Home" on their own, rather than using the "furniture package" Outrigger rented units required. The photos show, and I believe, the quality and style our unit had is in the same class (upscale) as the "Outrigger package" units, but may vary in detail, colors, etc..
After also staying at the highly rated Marriott Waiohai resort in Poipu this trip, I'd have to say the WBR condos offer a Much Higher level of overall comfort and deluxe vacation experience. I say so considering the luxury furnishings & decor we enjoyed at WBR, upscale appliances and flat screen TV's, the "lazy river" pool area with sandy "kiddie beach," waterslides, lush grounds, massage cabanas, uncrowded beach, etc..
I've uploaded over 60 other photos I took mostly early in the mornings (before most of the few other owners and guests had gotton up) of the interior and exterior of this new luxury condo resort at the following link. It offers a good idea of what we enjoyed and what you can expect...
Designed as a Luxury "non-smoking" resort (many, but not all condos managed by Outrigger) with deluxe condo units and grounds, the Waipouli Beach Resort has about everything most will want or need. We stayed in unit D-205, an "Island View" 2 Bdrm, 3 Bath unit, and enjoyed features like... central AC, with 3 ceiling fans and dual pane windows & lanai doors (indoors, it was quiet, comfortable and cool when desired), a full size washer/dryer in unit, a deluxe fully stocked kitchen with Granite counters and upscale appliances (do read the instructions & take the time to learn how they work; the Wolf convection oven was amazing!), large bedrooms and lanai's, bathrooms with Marble counters, Soaking tubs (in master bath, a corner tub big enough for Two people), two seperate showers, plush towels and 300 thread count sheets, an i-POD dock on the clock radios, three flat screen TV's (2-small in BdRms & 1-large in LvRm) with cable and a DVD player in Living Rm., and dark stained Solid Wood entry and all interior doors (strong & quiet).
The grounds were just as impressive, being well landscaped with many flowers and palm trees. The fully fenced (kid safe) "lazy river" salt-water pool area was Great! It has 1) Four Waterfalls... I got nice "water massages" letting the water fall on my head & shoulders, 2) one Waterfall had a "Grotto," a small cave behind the falls (I found a small crab hiding in there; it was gone the next day), 3) Two fun water flume Slides, that were a blast, 4) Three sand bottom hot-tub Spas (my wife loved to bury her toes in the warm sand), 5) a shallow "Sandy beach" Kiddie Pool area, 6) a lovely Koi pond with waterlillies dividing the lobby lanai from the pool area, and 7) several poolside massage cabanas. The beach at Waiohai is wide, uncrowded and has nice fine sand, but IS somewhat rocky just off-shore. Wave action can be rough; I'd guess it'll be more swimable in summer (calmer?) conditions. Just use caution.
The WBR resort is in a great central location for exploring Kauai from Kapa'a; 35-50 mins. drive to most north and south shore beaches and sights. It's right across the street from Safeway & Foodland grocery stores and Longs Drugstore, as well as several restaurants within a mile... from the very nice Hukilau Lanai near the Coconut Marketplace (our BEST meal out ), to McDonalds across the street.
As my photos at the webshots.com link above show, there WERE Several Unfinished parts of the resort, including, 1) the "Tahitian Beach Bar;" between the pool and the beach, is a few weeks away from completion (late Dec.or Jan. '07?), 2) the Aveda Salon & Spa was boarded-up at west end of the lobby; I was told by an on-site Outrigger rep. it will be open "by Christmas," 3) the Poolside Snack Bar, is also a few weeks from completion (late Dec.-Jan.?), 4) the upscale on-site oceanview restaurant planned for the S.E. corner of the resort, is currently still just "red dirt"; I'd guess mid-2007 before it is built and serving oceanview (filtered) cocktails and dinners.
A summary of our experience at this new (And still a Beautiful work in progress) Waipouli Beach Resort... It's the Best Place To Stay On the Coconut Coast, and may grow into one of the Best on All of Kauai, when completed. In a coco-nutshell, WBR was Just Amazing & Awesome! ALOHA.
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