Pali Ke Kua
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... as well as she's been popping in every day to make sure mum and Pud are ok. Going to go eat up the scraps for breakfast. Aloha for now...
10.30am and I walked Hanalei beach from end to end. The surf was up. There were maybe 4-5 feet waves. Never seen them that big on the bay before. The surf was the highest at the centre of the bay where the breeze was the strongest and all the surfers congregated. It took me about an hour to walk the length of the bay and back but ...
... the end of the road, I stopped off for a quick photo of Lumahai beach, seeing as I left early than usual. I parked up at Ke'e just before 8am. For a change, there were only about ten cars there. Even passing Haena, there was only one row of cars. On the way, I had to pull up just before the Hanalei Colony. What a funny sight! There was a guy chasing the biggest goat I have ever seen down the middle of the road. It was like something out of a Carry ...
... as the locals were complaining, but I couldn't tear myself away. Eventually, with burnt bum cheeks (well, the bits that weren't covered by my costume and were sticking out of the water when I was snorkeling) and the soles of my feet (I don't put sunscreen there, do you?0, I couldn't take the heat any longer and hopped over the red hot sand and begrudgingly made my way back to the car. Another fun time getting out of the field without ripping the bottom out ...
... on the lanai to dry, and saw that they had set up for a wedding on the lawn. A few minutes later the guests started to arrive so I sat down and watched a real Hawaiian-style wedding including the Hawaiian traditions of standing in a circle of fragrant blossoms, the witnesses wearing leis, blessing the couple with water from a conch shell, cutting a fresh coconut and drinking from it, wrapping hands in ti leaves etc. It was a really nice ceremony. And now dinner... fresh crab sushi!
... and Duke's Restaurant and Barefoot Bar. The grounds to the Marriott were gorgeous, but what I didn't expect to find was all the wild life. The first feathered friends that I came across were two Nene's (Hawaiian geese) having a salad for lunch. Next it was a ponds literally full to busting with Koi carp and yet more Nene's watching the fish while standing on a raised pillar on the pond. Last but not least, was a parrot. What ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pali Ke Kua Princeville
Just got back from a week at Pali Ke Kua. Our unit, 205, had the most stunning ocean views. If you go, units 101 to 226 are right on the bluff and have perfect views; the others may have decent views but not as awesome. Took another TripAdvisor.com user's advice and rented through Re/Max Kauai and got a killer deal on an upper-level 2-bed, 2-bath for $145 a night. Did everything via e-mail and fax; very hopsitable service there.The small beach there is otherwise accessible only by swimming from nearby Hideaways beach, so it's very secluded. Great snorkeling there, and plenty of shade (and no roosters pecking at your stuff like at Ke'e Beach!). We checked out plenty of other beaches in the area and would urge other travelers to do the same, but this ended up being our favorite.The location is perfect, too. Right by a Foodland and shopping center, and just a 10-min. drive to quirky Hanalei, where you can rent snorkel gear, take the Na Pali Catamaran coast tour and find some great places to eat (do not miss the Polynesia Cafe). It's almost a shame to gripe because everything was so fabulous, but if I had to nitpick, I'd say the unit could use some sharp knives. One reason we chose a condo was so we could cook, but it was impossible to make anything - even a simple salad -with the dull knives. The kitchen faucet needed some work, too. And the mosquitoes got a bit irksome at times, so if you're sensitive to bites, take some repellant.Otherwise, it was a beautiful space, and they even had beach towels, a beach umbrella and chairs and a cooler. They also had tall chairs on the lanai that made it possible to see over the railing. If you get another upper unit without them, the railing may obscure your view a bit. Other users said lower levels can be noisy from folks walking above, but the walls are a bit thin and we heard some noise anyway. Nothing too bad, though.Pali Ke Kua came highly recommended from a coworker, and I highly recommend it to anyone as well for the location, the views, the convenience and the price. We will definitely go back.
The Pali Ke Kua is an excellent condo. It is well layed out, with a nice living space and breakfast table with a view. I stayed in condo #117 with it's beautiful Bali Hai view. You can walk to the Princeville for a great buffet or the Bali Hai Hotel. Both are just a half mile walk. I rented my condo though marcresorts, although you can go online and get them through private parties. I paid $137.00 an was upgraded to this unit. It has a wonderful patio over looking the Bali Hai bay. A short walk down a steep hill will take you to a private beach where you can bring some items to Bar B Q and a nice sheltered picnic area too.
I booked a two bedroom condo at Pali Ke Kua over Christmas with our friends. When we arrived, the front desk person told me the condo had not been cleaned and we could stay at the condos directly across from the Princeville and save $100 per night. Although it was a nice gesture, do not stay at the condo. It was awful!!!! It was not worth the $100 savings per night. We moved back to the Pali Ke Kua the next night and the condo was beautiful. The view was excellent. Although, it did not have the bali hai view I was promised. I recommend booking through another agency which you can view the exact condo you would be booking. We booked directly through Pali Ke Kua and they cannot tell you the exact condo. Overall, we were happy with the condo and it is very close to Princeville Hotel. I recommend having dinner at the Bali Hai restaurant.
Fabulous Place to stay
We stayed at Pali Ke Kua for a month in February of 2003. We cannot rave enough about the place - especially our Unit. First Floor (the only drawback was the noise from the Unit above - they should have invested in tennis balls to go on the feet of their furniture). The view was spectacular. Whales, whales and more whales. Our Unit was extremely well equipped and nicely furnished. We loved taking walks in the morning around Princeville and exploring the beaches. Hopped down to the Princeville Hotel for Jazz and Local Flavor in the "Living Room" -- and Great Dinners. It was also great to cook in and eat on our Lanai. We made friends with all the birds who came for breakfast in the mornings. We will definitely go back.
Excellent condo and setting
We stayed at Pali Ke Kua (11-18 to 11-23-03) in unit 103 on the Ocean front. Great view and a very nice condo. The furnishings and amenities were excellent. The only problems with this unit is that it was under another unit. This is no problem except that we had some strange woman up there that insisted on walking around in hard soled shoes (high heels?) and she spent most of her time on the uncarpeted parts of the unit (the kitchen and lanai), furthermore, she never stopped moving from 5:30AM til almost midnight. It is hard to enjoy paradise when you want to strangle an inconsiderate person as this. Thank goodness she left. I consider this a great deal in travelling to any of the Hawaiian Islands
Beautiful views and private beach
We've stayed at Pali Ke Kua several times over the last 5 years. The location is perfect, overlooking a private beach that you can hike down to in about 5 minutes. This is actually a condominium complex so not all condos are appointed in the same way. I found the best way to find a good rental is through remaxkauai or princeville-vacations. These websites have photos so you can see what you are renting 1st. This is by far one of the best places to stay in all of Kauai.
We were fortunate to have an upper unit that faced west with truly magnificent views. The condo itself could have been cleaner. Carpet was very dirty and fans were flithy. The CD player didnt work. Of course, we didn't spend alot of time indoors! The grounds were lovely and well kept. Location is excellent. The private path down to the beach takes some getting used to but it was worth the hike. The 2 bedroom condo sleeps at least 5 comfortably and since it was just my husband and myself the entire upstairs was never used. If you plan on traveling with a group, this is the way to do it! Everything you need is furnished if you want to cook. The local Foodland is very convenient and nice. Ask for a discount card! You'll save a few $$$ on your purchases. I hope to someday return to this wonderful paradise island!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Pali Ke Kua! Our condo was very comfortable and nicely appointed with local art. From the living area and kitchen, we enjoyed breathtaking views of the Pacific, Bali Hai, and several small waterfalls in the distance... Couldn't pull ourselves away from the lanai, either. You could spend your entire vacation on there. The paved pathway down to the private beach (Hideaways) was a hidden treasure. Not crowded at all. We enjoyed a romantic, sunset BBQ at the provided pit and table there.The room was spotless--well maintained and clean. Lots of little unexpected "extras", too. If you stay here, get a room that overlooks the ocean with Bali Hai backdrop. Nothing could possibly compare! Worth every single penny! We will definitely go back. Only caveat: You may feel tempted to dine at the restaurant on the premises out of convenience. Do not go there. It's overpriced for what you get.
It probably will seem strange to give a place the highest review ranking, yet still have a complaint, but I will.
We have stayed at Pali Ke Kua 3 times over the past 7 years. The condos are well-kept and the location is scenic and quiet. The service has always been polite and efficient. There is a restaurant on the grounds and a private beach which is accessible by walking down a paved path. I recently read that the beach access may be closed. Pali Ke Kua is a very short walk from the Princeville Resort. We make it a point to have the Friday night seafood buffet or Sunday brunch there. Pricey, but excellent. We stayed in 3 different condos at Pali Ke Kua. Our favorite offers spectacular views of Bali Hai as well as the mountains. Sitting on the lanai in the morning watching the waterfalls in the distance is great. On our last trip we had a garden view, which was fine, but we'll make sure to request oceanfront again. The complex is on a cliff, so the view of the sunset is breathtaking.