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Nihi Kai Villas
Ranked #16 of 30 Speciality Lodging in Poipu
San Diego
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“Great location, great service, clean and convenient”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

We had a very good experience at the Nihi Kai condos. We stayed in unit 505 in mid October.

UNIT
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.

AC/TEMPERATURE
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.

NOISE
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.

BEACH SUPPLIES
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.

WASHER DRYER
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.

GROCERIES
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.

NEARBY BEACHES
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).

RESTAURANTS
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.


OVERALL
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.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

We just returned from our first Hawaiian vacation and I am so glad we chose Kaua'i as our island destination. We stayed in Princeville (at the Westin) for the first two nights and then moved to the Nihi Kai villas on the sunny south shore for the final seven days.

The location of the Nihi Kai villas was superb! It was literally steps from the beach. The property itself was very pretty and it had a pool (although a small one) that was perfect for my 3 year old. Our unit (#801) was described as "Island Casual" and that it certainly was! It really hasn't been upgraded at all, except for a flat screen TV. That being said, the beds were comfortable and the kitchen was fully stocked. There were even a couple of boogie boards in the unit for us to use. My one complaint was that there was a strong smell in the front bedroom that would not go away even after leaving the doors open while in the unit. I think maybe the carpets need to be cleaned, but as the manager said they need a good three days with no bookings to get it done properly. There are certainly nicer units on the property but we booked through RCI, so didn't have a choice as to what one we booked. For the amount of time we actually spent in the unit, this one was fine for us. There was no A/C in the unit, but frankly people that complain about that annoy me! Sit on the lanai and enjoy a cold drink. At night with the windows open and the fan on, we were fine - and during the day when it was hot we were at the beach, or kayaking, or touring the beautiful island...you get the point. After staying at the beautiful Westin in Princeville this was a step down, but we were still more than comfortable there.
I only spoke with the management upon check in, but they were very friendly and offered to answer any questions we had or help in any way if needed.
I would say this is a nice family spot steps to the beach, and #801 is a perfectly fine unit if you are not a "diva" and don't need granite counters while on vacation!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Seal Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

We had unit 401, it was perfect, comfy beds and nice furniture, everything you need, however having never been to a tropical place had no idea it would be so humid. Got off at the airport and nothing but ceiling fans, even in the airport, got to the condo and thrilled with the place but no AC and felt like going home, the humidity was clost to 90 according to the car hire place. We had two days where it dropped down and went out and about enjoying the AC in the car. The local restaurant Roy's also just had ceiling fans and the entrees alone were around $35 so this is common place. My husband spent most of the time in his shorts with a small towel drying himself he was sweating so much.
The two bedrooms and bathrooms were downstairs so not for anyone who has trouble going up and down stairs all day.
The view was fantastic, just across from the beach but if you have trouble dealing with humidity stay where you will be comfortable, I was told that Parish does have some units that do. Needless to say I would never go back or to any other tropical paradise unless I made sure we would not just swelter the whole week and drained of energy, I notice the office in the complex had a unit in the window so I must not be alone with this.
Everything was expensive, eating out and buying groceries, bread was around $5, one orange was $1:59 and so on. Cheapest steak was a chuck steak for $10:98 a pound. There are no pepper/salt in the unit, I can see why, the salt I bought stuck together from the humidity after a couple of days. We shopped at Safeway and prices were usually double of more.
The AC problem I have not seen mentioned in other reviews so it may be we had a bad week for weather, was a joy to get on the plane and feel that cold air blowing on us.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2013

We stayed in condo number 400 for 7 nights in late August 2013. We had just come from spending a week in Ohau in a 1 bedroom apartment so were very excited to see how much room apartment 400 had for our family (travelling with 3 adults a child and infant). Two bedrooms, one with queen bed and the other with two singles. Both very comfy. There was also a fod out couch upstairs. Kitchen and bathrooms were very modern and fully stocked with what you need. Big modern fridge with plenty of room to keep all the groceries. The view from the balcony was much better than described by Parrish with whome we booked, so this was a great suprise. We the condo was positioned in a great spot to see the ocean views as well as pool (partial), and was located right in from of the on site office. Great location within the property itself. Pool accessories and beach chairs were also used and were great to have there for us. Service from Parrish was exceptional. They were welcoming and friendly and ensured that we knew we could come to them with any problems.
One minor problem within the unit was when you used the toaster and microwave at the same time, it tripped the power, but Parrish were quick to attend. Unfortuentlty during the time we travelled the tradewinds that normally cool the island and condo down were not there and the humidity whist we were staying was really bad and being that there was no air conditioning, this made it somewhat uncomfy at times and hard for the baby to sleep. Some of the locks on the screen doors were also not locking which meant we couldnt leave the screen doors open to let the air in. As a result we spend lots of time in the big deep pool at the villas, up to 3-4 times per day. Pool is great and is a feature of the Villas. It was very quiet during the time we travelled and so we often had the pool to oursevlves.

Location of the villas is good, there is a tiny small sandy beach strait across the road and Brennecks beach is a 5 minute walk. Two places to eat that were good and very close by were the Italian Restaurant behind Nihi Kai, and Brennecks across from the beach. We had good service and cocktails at both, food was yummy.

Overall the villas was a quiet and beautiful place to stay, no big resort feel, very much a private holiday. Walking distance 15-20 min to other big resorts and shopping centre. I would recommend the Villas and also booking through Parrish who were very proffessional.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Woodland Hills, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

Our family stayed in unit 400 in late July. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The beautiful kitchen was well equipped with all the necessary pots, pans, plastic containers, cups, plates and serve ware. The closet upstairs was full of beach chairs, boogie boards and sand toys as well as tennis rackets and balls. Downstairs, the bedrooms were a nice size and beds were very comfortable! The bathrooms were very nice and have blow dryers as well as shampoo, conditioner and body wash which smells amazing. The upstairs lanai has a beautiful view of the ocean and large enough for the family to eat outside. The swimming pool is a nice size. This is not a resort so it's not huge or fancy, but well kept. We walked across the street to go to the beach where we did find that the waves were either too strong on one end (perfect for experienced boogie boarders) or too shallow (perfect for small children and snorkelers) but not great for swimmers, which was a little disappointing for our family. However, we had a great time and we would probably stay here again!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2013

We stayed in unit 831, building 8, floor 3. The views were awesome. This is the least expensive of the 4 villas on the floor 3 because of the decoration, so if you care about a deluxe kitchen, this isn't the unit for you. If you like great views at a pretty good price, and like to get out to explore the island, than this is a great value. We had a great time, and the pictures of the pool doesn't do it justice, its not as small as it appears. Also very close to all the Poipu attractions.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Orem, UTah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2013

We stayed in number 806 which we leased through Garden Island Rentals. The condo was a townhouse layout with the main living area upstairs and the bedrooms downstairs. The closet was stocked with all sorts equipment, including tennis rackets and balls, boogie boards and beach umbrellas. The ocean view from the living room is gorgeous. My son had a great time using the pool. It was never crowded. We were able to walk to Poipu Beach for snorkeling and just having beach time. We loved sitting on the lanai in the evening and enjoyed the ocean breezes. The grounds were beautiful and immaculately maintained. On the day we left we had a late flight and were allowed to stay in the condo until 6:00 p.m. which was great as it gave us a place to work from on our last day in Hawaii. The price was fantastic. I would highly recommend that anyone who is looking for a condo in Poipu contact Garden Island Rentals. Everything from the reservation process to instructions on how to drive to the property were fantastic. We would rent this unit again.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Nihi Kai Villas
Address: 1870 Hoone Rd, Poipu Beach, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-8504
Region: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Poipu
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 30 Speciality Lodging in Poipu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Nihi Kai Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 70
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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