Pali Ke Kua
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Decided to walk down to the beach to take some pics of the sunset. Never seen so many midges! Think I inhaled 200 on the walk down, and about another 300 stuck to my Elemis SOS face cream (for the red bits) and the Sun Bum after sun. Looked like I had a strange rash! I perched on a large lava rock which was still hot from the sun and waited for the sun to go down. Soon after, a lady joined me nearby. She was called Keely and had an ...
Woke up to rain this morning. I grabbed my camera anyway! The clouds were still pretty neat with the rain. We were talking today and we think it has rained a little bit each day we have been here. I guess that's why the Hawaiian Islands are so lush and beautiful. I think you can tell by the pictures how pink the sky looks. Imagine without the rain!
Today we went out ...
Beautiful sunrise this morning! I am going to try to take my camera with me in the morning to get a picture for you. The sky and clouds were a bright pink as the sun came up. Weather was perfect for running. Brian and I both jumped in the pool when we were finished. The guy was cleaning again but we got the pool at the opposite corner of where he was working. This was the best part of the run!
Our day today ...
... saw some fish. After a few hours of beach fun, we headed back to the condo. Little did I know I brought half the ocean sand back with me in my swim suit! We all had to head to the resort pool to rinse off all the sand we had in our suits. We spent the afternoon at the pool and met some nice people from Idaho.
We spent the evening walking around Hanalei. Hanalei is about a ...
... br> The sun was starting to set so we hurried to Hanalei to see one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. I am not kidding. I know yesterday was beautiful but Hanalei Bay is the best. I tried to take some pictures with a video. They just do not do justice to just how beautiful this place is. No words can describe this place. The best part of all....we get to enjoy this beauty for one more week!
How has this villa rated in the past?
TravelPod Member ReviewsPali Ke Kua Princeville
A 2story condo with everything you could possibly want, very clean and in a quiet spot near the pool. We didn't have a car so to get to the shops was a 2mile walk which we did but got a taxi back, $9
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
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.
One of the best condo's in Kauai
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.
Having an oceanfront unit is great but having an ocean view that is broken up by a view of mountains too is a real treat. It will take you about 40 minutes from the Lihue airport to get to your condo. Have a good time.
Beautiful views and decor
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!
Couldn't have been more perfect!
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.
Pali Ke Kua no ka oi
It probably will seem strange to give a place the highest review ranking, yet still have a complaint, but I will.
I have never felt better about my Hawai'ian vacations than at the Pali Ke Kua. I have never been more relaxed nor serene with my environment on any vaca anywhere. Yet, there are not many places in the state more "haole" than Princeville and I'm not too keen on that. You will definitely NOT meet "natives". You will also not get any kind of price breaks on anything (except maybe the manapua inside the Chevron near the highway).
I'm also not a golfer and the Pali KK, along with the rest of the Princeville peninsula is ALL about that, to their great and deserved acclaim. The golf courses are unrivaled, as long as you can take getting a nice Kaua'ian shower while you whack at it.
The condos are excellent. I've stayed 7 times and have never had a bad one. Spacious, excellently appointed, fully stocked, quiet and with just a touch of luxury that can make the difference for the under 70K crowd. I recommend that one not necessarily opt for the oceanfront nor oceanview rooms. The price goes way up and the views you will have from a lesser "oriented" condo is not that much diminished; all you have to do is walk outside for as much wonderment as the OF/OV guy gets. In Hawai'i, that is a way of life. Where you are when your eyes are closed is not so important, ya?
My other complaint? The restaurant really stinks and nothing else is available withing walking distance. It is a cheesy, overpriced combination of Captain Pegleg meets Hawai'iana schtick. After trip #2, I made sure I stocked up at the excellent Safeway in Kapa'a(E side of Kaua'i, from airport) for some nights and made plans for dining out elsewhere (prefer again Kapa'a, Hanalei expensive and mediocre) on others. There's a lot of romance to be said for grilling opakapaka with your honey on your own little broiler in your own temporary Kaua'ian home.
I stayed at the PKK 5 times while still a mainlander and wondered, after I had moved to the Islands, whether it would still have the same affect on me as before. It completely did and so I recommend it highly to you.
Surprisingly, despite it's unreal location and generally high rates, you can find the PKK in many of the "50% off" travel clubs and such. One is Traveler's Advantage. I only mention that one as that is where I found mine. I once got a condo for $85 a night and you might still be able to, too.
The Pali Ke Kua is probably the best of the Marc resorts and I highly recommend it, despite the listed flaws. If you travel to the Islands or if you live here and visit the other Neighbor Islands, you will soon learn that Hawai'i has many flaws, but the right place will bring you mana to handle the rest. For a haole joint, this is one of the good ones.
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.
The north shore of Kauai is our preference over the sunny and hot south side. If you don't mind the short tropical rainshowers, the resulting vegetation is gorgeous. The grocery store and restaurants are a short drive, as well as the trailhead for the Na Pali coast hikes. We are looking forward to our next visit.