We were in Kauai for two weeks in November 2013. The first week we stayed in Princeville and the second week we stayed at the Kauai Beach Villas in Lihue. The location is perfect and for that alone we would return to this resort. We were about 10 minutes from the airport, very close to Costco, Safeway and the shopping center (Macy's), also a short drive (25 minutes) from the beautiful beaches in Poipu. To go to the North Shore is about a 45 minute drive, but a nice easy drive.
The Kauai Beach Villas are three story units with parking close to each building. As we had family with us we booked two 2 bedroom units. One was in building A and other in building B. Building A had a nice view of the pool and lagoon area. Building B had a view of the back of the pool house and some garden area. Both buildings have views of either parking or the main road from the bedrooms. In comparison Building B appeared to be more "refreshed" than Building A, i.e newer bedspreads and furniture. However, both units were very clean, the beds were comfortable and everything worked. The units have all amenities needed in the kitchen, and bathrooms, including automatic ice cube makers in the freezer. The two bedroom units also had two full bathrooms, complete with blow dryers and supply of shampoo, conditioner and bath soap to get you started. There was also a washer/dryer in each unit.
Check in was easy and the staff were friendly. We were all given fresh flower leis for the women and shell necklaces for the guys upon check-in. Pressure was strong to attend the timeshare seminar, which resulted in numerous phone calls, but that was partly our fault as we did not just say no in the beginning. They were offering $100.00 towards various activities booked through them. We had contemplated attending, but then decided that we did not want to drive back to Princeville and spend a half day listening to a sales pitch for a $100 discount. Once we politely made it clear that we did not have any interest the phone calls stopped.
Many roosters and chickens roam the grounds with the occasional cat too. The roosters and chickens will come onto your deck looking for handouts, but be aware that if you start the practice of giving them a treat they will return again and again (and they leave behind somewhat of a mess to clean up). However, it is unique to have them around, so we just enjoyed them as much as possible.
The pool area, with hot tub, is small but very clean and there were lounge chairs, as well as tables and sitting chairs all around. Staff do enforce the 10pm pool/hot tub closure. The BBQs are also located by the pool so that made it easy for cooking up dinner. Resort staff keep the grounds, pool area and bbq's in tip top shape. There is air conditioning in all of the bedrooms which helped to keep the units cool. There is also ceiling fans in the living areas and the bedrooms. Large decks with table and chairs are also with each unit.
A bonus feature of staying at the Kauai Beach Villas is that you have access to the Kauai Beach Resort. There are beautiful pools and hot tub areas, a water slide and kiddie pool. Drinks and food are served in the pool area and prices were reasonable. At the Kauai Beach Villa pool area you are allowed to bring your own drinks, but if you go next door to the Kauai Beach Resort you are not allowed to bring your own drinks (as they want you to buy from them - fair enough). The Kauai Beach Resort also has a couple of restaurants, spa and lovely lobby with comfy furniture to relax in.
The Kauai Beach Villas are located on the ocean, although not a swimming ocean as the waters tend to be rough. It is however a wonderful beach to go for a walk or to just sit and relax enjoying the views.
It is a relatively short drive to Poipu Beach (25 minutes) which had a wonderful big beach area with plenty of public parking. Snorkelling was good and the sea turtles not only swam with us, but also came up onto the beach to sun.
Another good beach just down the road from Poipu Beach is beside the Beach House Restaurant. A small beach area, but the snorkelling was like nothing else we have seen. Plenty of bright coloured fish and again turtles. It must be considered one of the best areas because some days the buses would show up with the cruise ship people and allow them to snorkel for an hour or two.
We did not eat at the Beach House Restaurant, but we did look at the menu and the prices for lunch seemed reasonable, dinner a little on the high side, but the views were great. I can only imagine that being there for sunset must be worth more the price of the meal.
We drove to the Waimea Canyon and took in the magnificent scenery. The driving is so easy on Kauai as there is basically one main road and signage is very good.
We rented paddle boards for the day and paddled the river, stopping to enjoy the Fern Grotto along the way (beautiful). For first-time paddlers the river was the way to go. Every easy and peaceful. Another good spot for paddle board learners is Kalapaki Bay. If you go to Kalapaki Bay plan to have an early dinner at Duke's Canoe Club. Happy hour from 4-6 (drinks and food) and live entertainment. Very nice setting, food was good, drinks were delicious and service was very good. Parking may be an issue if you do not get there early.
Horseback Riding, through CJM Country Stables, was fun. Riding along the beach and along the coastline was great and the horses were well behaved and easy to ride.
My husband and sons did a half day fishing trip and came home with fresh tuna and grouper, which we bbq'd up for dinner.
Kauai has so much to offer and we had a fantastic family vacation. The Kauai Beach Villas were in the perfect location for easy access to everything that we wanted to do. We hope to return to Kauai one day and would definitely book at the Kauai Beach Villas again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kauai Beach Villas is set in Hanamaulu, 43 km away from Princeville. The accommodation is fitted with a cable TV. Some units have a balcony and/or patio. All units feature a kitchen fitted with a dishwasher and microwave. A refrigerator and kettle are also offered. Each unit is equipped with a private bathroom with a bath or shower and a hair dryer. Bed linen is provided. Kauai Beach Villas also includes an outdoor pool and a hot tub. Dear Guests, Resurfacing of our stairwells leading to our guest units will be taking place September 5, 2017 through January 1, 2018. Passage through these work areas may be required to access guest units. Additionally, you may notice construction related noise and dust between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Every effort will be taken to reduce the sound as much as possible and respond to any concern. Once again, mahalo for your understanding and cooperation during this emergency repair work. Warmest regards, Resort Management ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kauai Beach Villas Hotel Lihue
- Kauai Beach Hotel
- Kauai Beach Resort
- Pahio Kauai Beach Villas
- Kauai Beach Villas HI