Wow ... where to start? I have been traveling to Kauai on business for over five years now and this is the only place I'll ever stay, unless of course the property is fully booked. Over the years I have stayed in more condos than I can readily remember (three or four of the ocean fronts and easily the same number of pool fronts). If you're looking for an ocean view, frankly any of their condos will suffice quite nicely though. The "ocean view" condos are just that, providing a spectacular view of the Pacific right across a small two lane road. But even those that are not "ocean view" still provide an outstanding view of the Pacific as well as the pool area. All of the condos are modeled with high quality furnishings and the kitchens are completely stocked as far as utensils, dishes, etc. Many of their condos have widescreen TVs (maybe not a big deal if you're on vacation, but when you're there for work for up to two months at a time they are good to have). All condos are privately owned and many of the owners supply snorkeling and beach gear for your use.
Okay, enough about that. Let's talk about the grounds. Spacious and very well kept up with lots of plants and flowers. The pool is good sized and charcoal grills are provided for guest use by the pool. For the rest of us who are not Bobby Flay, the Kapili also has thoughtfully provided gas grills near the tennis courts (four, well kept up courts with lighting for night use by the way). The Kapili spends a large amount of time upkeeping the outside of their property to match the standards of the insides of the condos. Everything is pristine and one would have to look hard to find a flaw. Almost forgot, the main office closes at 5:00 every day. But no worry there either as they have a manager in residence (Kay) who is always available.
Finally, let's talk about the staff. Personally I find it difficult to think of such people as "staff". To me they are more like real friends. Every time I return I am greeted like a real friend and there never seems to be a limit to what they want to do for those staying on the property. Buff (the general manager), Kay (the resident manager), Tina (head of housekeeping), Mary, and all of the others that I haven't named accept nothing less than absolute excellence from one another and demand the same from themselves. One of my fondest memories of the Kapili is (since I am on business travel when I come I set out pictures of my kids), when the cleaning people clean my condo they always arrange the photos in various designs on the dining room table for me , a new design every time I come in from work.
One of my co-workers came down with a serious illness on one of our last trips and was hospitalized in Lihue. His wife flew in from the mainland to find that Buff had already set her up in a condo (which okay was to be expected), but Buff had also gone grocery shopping and made sure the pantry, the cupboard, and the refrigerator and freezer were fully stocked so that his wife would have one less thing to have to be concerned with. Then when my co-worker had to be transferred to Oahu to a larger hospital, Buff set his wife up with accomodations there through a hotelier she is familiar with. If you look at their website you will probably admire the photos of the flowers that are posted. Come to the Kapili and you can meet the photographer in person and perhaps get a few tips ... it is none other than Tina (the aforementioned head of housekeeping).
Well, there are literally hundreds and hundreds of options available to you as a traveler coming to Kauai. You can stay in a hotel, rent a condo, or rent a house. The choice is of course yours, but take it from a guy that has been going there for years (and YES I HAVE stayed elsewhere than the Kapili), there is nowhere on the Island where you can have a better stay than Koloa Town and no property there can rival the Kapili. Along that line, as I said, YES I have stayed elsewhere and if you decide not to take my advice and want to stay somewhere else ... save your vacation some bad memories and stay as far away from Poipu Shores as you possibly can.
To Buff, Tina, and all the rest ... Mahalo Nui Loa from the mainland haole with the keike!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Poipu Kapili is a 60-unit Hawaiian plantation style resort surrounded by five acres of lush tropical gardens. Guests at Poipu Kapili can relax in the ocean view swimming pool, play tennis on two courts and walk to nearby Kiahuna Beach. It is a perfect place for a family vacation or romantic escape. A varied selection of accommodations are available including Penthouse Suites with elevator access, spacious one and two level floor plans with the finest touches and air-conditioning, convenient washer/dryer in unit or laundry access, free WiFi and ocean views from each villa including select oceanfront locations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Poipu Kapili Hotel Poipu
- Poipu Kapili Kauai, Hawaii