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“Great Place but not for kids!”

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Whalers Cove Oceanfront Resort
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Poipu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 October 2008

We have family that has a place here and we come and stay here very frequently. We love the place don't get me wrong it is beautiful in every way possible! However this year I have come to the realization that it is not a place for kids. Not because of the resort or the surroundings, it is great for that. The problem is way to many old people come here but that I mean 65 plus community. Don't get me wrong I love my grandparents and they all love our kids (8 and 5) but it seems like unless you are literally soaking in the hot tub (12 AND OVER ONLY) or the pool and not making any noise at all you are out of place and given the stink eye by the older visitors here. My children are not hanging from lamp shades or using squirt guns at the pool they are just jumping in and playing and the manager had to come down and tell us to leave more or less. I still love it here but we have to plan our trip with out kids next time in order not to offend the older visitors! So sad that older people get so intolerant of little kids in their old age.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 March 2008

My husband and I stayed at Whalers Cove from Feb 24 to March 1, 08. We were married on Maui and decided to honeymoon in Kauai and at Whaler's Cove. We picked Whaler's Cove due to its seclusion and privacy. The complex is in great condition and offers fabulous views of the ocean. The swimming pool and hot tub are great and virtually no one uses them. So you can have the place all to yourself. They have handy BBQ's to use by the pool and wonderful gorgeous grounds to stroll around on. We stayed in unit 233, which is in building 2 on the top floor. Our condo was a 2 bedroom, 2 storey, with the master facing out to the ocean. Our balcony had a fabulous view of the ocean and pool area. We couldn't have asked for a better spot to spend our honeymoon. The unit had some really nice furnishings, but I hate to say that the condo is in dire need of a reno. It's decor is dated back to the early 90's. The carpet was dirty and a lot of things were very tired and worn. Plus, with the master facing the ocean, it is very very noisy from the waves crashing on the rocks below. There is no air conditioning, and you really don't need it, but if you do have a window open, it will be loud. There is construction going on across the way and you do hear it, but it didn't bother us at all since we spent most of our time touring the island.

Anyway, overall our stay was just wonderful and Kauai is a great place to visit. It is a beautiful place and we will definitely go back soon.

Stayed: February 2008
1  Thank LauraDan1
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Reviewed 4 March 2008

My husband and I stayed at Whaler's Cove for 5 nights last week. We absolutely loved it there. Our condo was beautiful and very, very clean. The view from the lanai is gorgeous. The staff was very helpful. We hated to leave to come home. It was truly paradise!

  • Stayed: February 2008
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Reviewed 21 February 2008

Plush, plush, plush suite! Sublime ocean views! Relaxing pool! Staff with beautiful aloha spirit. Wonderfully-tended orchid garden. Whalers Cove is amazing.

It's absolutely one of the nicest places I have ever stayed. Granite countertops in the kitchen, beautiful furnishings. Absolute amazing master suite. I wish I lived so nicely here at home.

When we first entered our unit, it was like, "Wow! Wow! Wow!" as we discovered every room and amenity. Then we settled in and all was perfect.

We like the location in Poipu, on the sunny side. It's so easy to drive everywhere in Kauai. Nearby there are plenty of grocery stores, wine shop, video store, surf shops, ice cream, fresh fish, farmers markets, restaurants--everything you need!

Kauai is amazing! Nobody hassling you about timeshares or selling cheap trinkets. The natural beauty of Kauai that we read about is why we were attracted to it, and it's why we will go back. When we return, we will absolutely return to Whaler's Cove.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 January 2008

This place is right near all the great restaurants on the south side, the seclusion and privacy are outstanding. The rooms, condos, are bright, spacious and very clean. The hot tub was nice to unwind in after dinner, once we had to share it with some other friendly guests.

Can't wait to have an excuse to go back...

  • Stayed: June 2006, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Kevin S
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Reviewed 31 December 2007

December 31, 2007
Just returned from Kauai holiday vacation and stayed at Whalers Cove condo for 12 days. (16th thru the 27th) We booked through Grantham Resorts and stayed in unit #132. Grantham only has two units at Whaler's. We picked #132 for the sofa bed and extra bedroom tv. My mother-in law was to have the sofa bed. This was an expensive trip with rates up during the holiday ($475 per nite average with taxes). Its much less expensive at any other time of the year. We loved Whalers and would stay there again but our unit was a little tired for that kind of rate. We would book another unit and ask specifically about the condition of the unit and all the amenities the web pictures might show. The web description indicated the unit had a sofa bed (not) A tv in the 2nd bedroom (not) The blender leaked, they brought us a new one (nice) Patio furniture was tired (base rusted) and the master jacuzzi tub was plastic and stained badly (no baths this trip) Masterbed was very comfortable and also the other twin beds were good. Plenty of towels, sand chairs, beach umbrella and coolers (a nice touch) The complex has a beautiful infinity pool with hot tub and is nicely landscaped. A private stairs leads to Kola landing for good snorkeling and diving (very convenient) This complex is quiet and seemingly never full (only 30 units), many sunny days in pool with just us (a big plus) Gas barbeques for grilling are close and never busy. We loved the location within walking distance to Baby beach to the west and short drive to Poipu beach to the east. Views from the balcony are fantastic with the ocean crashing just a 100 feet away. Try the pancakes (huge) at Joe's on the green, dinner at the Beach House is excellent and worth it. Brennecke's Beach Broiler is nice but portions are small for the price. If its a little cloudy in Poipu just drive to the westside in minutes where its even sunnier, try Salt Pond Beach. We drove to the northend for sightseeing and more beautiful beaches but I think you'll have more dining choices in the south and its easier and quicker to get around. All in all, Whaler's and Kauai are beautiful and well worth the long flight. We will be back!

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled with family
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1  Thank nm2008
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Reviewed 13 December 2007

Aloha! We spent our honeymoon in Kauai. We had 10 amazing nights at Whalers Cove. The condo we were in was an end unit on the top floor. It was amazing. It reminded us of the villa we were engaged at, in Acapulco Mexico. The condo was completely remodeled- the floors were travertine, gorgeous travertine baths in both the master and guest bathroom. There is a window in the master shower with a million dollar view! The house was fully furnished with Ethan Allen- new fixtures- a great CD collection- fully stocked kitchen and new appliances. The deck was the perfect place for late night chats with a bottle of wine or an afternoon sunbathing. In the mornings I spent time on the deck with a cup on Kona coffee and watched dolphins and snorkelers on the shore. The condo has no beach but one is not needed. The proximity to Poipu beach park and Mahaulepu is enough. The condo has a great pool, hottub and sunbathing deck that is barely used. There are several gas grills available for cooking as well. Sunset from the lawn in front of the condos is unrivaled and you won't be vi'ing for space as you would be near the beach house restaurant and beach. As wonderful as this was, you must make a request about the unit you want. Each are individually owned, not all are updated or remodeled. Originally we were put in a huge unit that wasn't updated and was on a ground floor. We asked to move and were completly accomadated. The staff was absolutely wonderful. There is a small cove that is popular with sea turtles, the attached pictures are from the rocks in that cove. Everything about our condo was private, comfortable and accomadating. Enjoy and mahalo! :)

Stayed: November 2007
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Address: 2640 Puuholo Rd, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-8626
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Poipu
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Poipu
Price Range: £278 - £430 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Whalers Cove Oceanfront Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whalers Cove Resort on beautiful Poipu Beach in Kauai, Hawaii offers luxury condos in a relaxing and stunning location. Our property offers daily housekeeping, full kitchens in each unit, and partial or ocean views with 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms. One stay at Whalers Cove Resort and you'll see why guests have awarded us the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence year after year. ... more   less 
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