We had a very good experience at the Nihi Kai condos. We stayed in unit 505 in mid October.
I was a little worried selecting the "island casual" décor, the lower priced and least updated of the offerings. We were pleasantly surprised. Sure, there were no granite countertops, but the place was spotless and totally comfortable. Everything worked, and we had everything we needed. I thought the beds were particularly comfortable. The toilets are freakishly loud when flushed, which is only an issue in the middle of the night. The showers had good pressure, and they could both be going at the same time, with the washer going, and we still had enough hot water. There is an onsite property management office, which makes the place feel like a hotel - we had trouble operating our TV, and someone came to help in just a few minutes. They office staff was also very helpful with recommendations of things to do, lesser known local hangouts, etc. The front doors of the units are up one or two flights of stairs.
We were also a little worried about the lack of AC, but the temperature was comfortable. The ceiling fans worked great, and were never too hot.
One downside of the not having air conditioning is that you must keep the windows open. Even the front door is like a giant shutter, with open slats. The screens keep the bugs out, but you can hear everything going on outside and at your neighbors. We were unlucky to have not one but two of the most unhappy infants in earshot of our unit. They cried throughout the day and worse, they didn't sleep through the night waking us up for their 3 a.m. feedings as well. I'm fine with a little crying - babies are babies, but these kids literally screamed, and not just for a few minutes. We also had some neighbors one night who were talking outside on their balcony. It's like they're right in your unit with you. So, either bring earplugs or hope you get lucky with who is surrounding your unit. I had considered getting a unit by the pool, but am so glad we didn't for the noise alone.
The Parrish Collection won't guarantee that you will have beach supplies - it's whatever previous guests have left behind. We took a chance and didn't by anything on our way in. Unfortunately, we only had a Boogie Board coming apart at the seams, a broken umbrella and two small, rusted beach chairs. It was all usable (had to buy a new leash for the Boogie board at the surf shop down the road, but it was only $15). There is no place cheap in the area to buy this stuff so you'll be taking a chance. It would have been nice if they could have told us what we'd have in advance. However, it was better than having nothing, and we did use the stuff.
It was GREAT having a washer/dryer in the unit. They gave us a couple of packets of soap, and I brought some from home, too. Everything is very expensive here, so I was glad we didn't have to buy a huge bottle of soap. It's a little loud, and it was a stackable unit so we couldn't do large loads (had to split up our three beach towels into two loads) but it was still great to have. The washer/dryer is in between the two bedrooms, so you just don't want to do laundry at night while you sleep because of the noise.
We decided to go to Walmart on the way in from the airport. It's not a grocery store Walmart, so the selection was very limited. No fresh fruit. We also went to the little store up from the traffic circle, which at least had fruit, but it was still very expensive and the selection very minimal. I heard locals go to Big Save in Koloa. Wish we'd known about that. There is a totally normal sized Safeway, but it's the opposite direction from Poipu on the way from the airport. We ended up stopping there when we were out sightseeing. Overall, expect to pay at least a third more for everything.
The condos are literally across a very small, easy to cross street from the beach. Brenneke's Beach, the "Boogie boarding" beach is about a half a block away. It's much smaller than I imagined, but it does have good waves. It's right next to Poipu Park, which has bathrooms and showers. On the other side are more beaches - one with very calm waters and one good for snorkeling. Continuing up the coast, between the Kiahuna Plantation and the Sheraton is another nice little beach. We always found parking (on days we didn't want to haul our stuff by foot).
Poipu has fancy expensive restaurants and middle of the road expensive restaurants, and pretty much that's it. We went out to eat once at it was $200 for two adults and one 7 year old. I thought we'd be able to get take out someplace, but there really isn't anyplace around. They definitely know they have a captive audience in Poipu. Once you get out of Poipu and into other towns, there are more places to eat, but they aren't close by.
We had a very good experience and would recommend these condos to anyone looking for a comfortable, convenient place to stay, close to resorts, but without the resort prices.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the best locations in sunny Poipu Beach Kauai, Nihi Kai Villas Resort is just steps away from the Poipu shoreline and a little over 300 yards to world-famous body surfing Brennecke's Beach and Poipu Beach Park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nihi Kai Villas Hotel Poipu
- Nihi Kai Villas Kauai/Poipu, Hawaii