Kiahuna Plantation #25 (building 6)
Unit 25 has certain attributes that make it especially desirable. It has recently been remodeled to improve the white water views while keeping the unique Kiahuna style redwood trim throughout. This is a second floor unit, which provides more privacy than the ground floor units, as well as a panoramic view of the lawn, ocean, and beach area. It's also on the "end" of the building, which allows the trade winds to bring cooling breezes virtually all year long. An ancient rainbow tree shades the front deck which provides comfortable use throughout the day and keeps the unit cool. Ours is one of the only units with a 'guest closet' which contains beach umbrellas, snorkeling equipment, tennis rackets, bocce ball, frisbees and other entertainments for our guests.
We also include a free membership in the newly formed Poipu Beach Athletic Club featuring a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a fitness center that is the best on the island.
The charm of Kiahuna Plantation is reminiscent of 'Old Hawaii' with beautiful grounds that are full of trees, flowers, an orchid 'farm' and green grass with pathways for strolling to the beach or around the property. Our parents fell in love with the look and feel of Kiahuna four decades ago, and we're delighted that the "garden feeling" is still one of the main attractions to this lovely resort.
There are several "grades" of beach houses at Kiahuna Plantation, and it's really important to know what you're getting. Ours is Ocean View, which provides a whitewater view of the surf and ocean beyond. The only thing "better" is Ocean Front, at substantially higher prices. When comparing units at Kiahuna, make sure you're comparing apples and apples. It's easy to find a lower price, but you may not be able to see the ocean at all.
The recently upgraded kitchen and dining room/living room are lovely for meals, but nearby restaurants available for those who wish to dine out. Across the street from the Kiahuna is 'Keoki's Paradise' which has both dining around the bar as well as a more formal dining room. Great fish tacos and casual food, as well as steak and seafood. There's also a Bubba's Burgers and a casual Italian restaurant. Down the road at the relatively new Kukui'ula shopping center is Eating House 1849, one of Roy Yamaguchi's latest places, and Merriman's, which has received rave reviews. There are many more restaurants within a 10 minute drive that will satisfy all palates.
The water is aqua, warm and has (usually) gentle surf. There are surfing classes held for those who want to give it a try. Other activities include nearby scuba rentals, horseback riding, ziplining, kayaking on two gorgeous rivers, and Zodiac rides to the normally inaccessible North Coast.
For those who have not visited Kauai, it's the ideal place for a week in Hawaii without the congestion and hustle of some of the other islands. The pace is slower, the beauty is unsurpassed, and there is always something to do within a short walk or drive of Kiahuna Plantation. Our family has owned this unit for over 40 years, and we look forward to visiting it and the island every year.
Bring your walking shoes (or at least your Tevas with a rugged sole) so you can hike around the 4,000' summit, or along the incomparable Na Pali Coast. If it looks familiar, it's because movies as famous as South Pacific and as new as Jurassic Park have been filmed along this gorgeous coastline.
One last point: we don't charge extra fees for all sorts of stuff, like reservation fees, damage waivers, tennis club fees, and activity fees. As travelers ourselves, we really hate it when you see a price and then you end up paying a much different price. We do collect Hawaiian occupancy taxes of about 17%, and you'll pay Castle Resorts for cleaning, but no other fees.
Pokihale Beach (far western side of the island)
Kokee State Park (above Waimea Canyon)
Kipu Falls (W of Lihue)
Waimea Falls (just N of Lihue)
Zodiac or Catamaran Trip on Na Pali Coast (departs from Pt. Allen)
Helicopter ride around island (pricey, but unforgettable)
Various Farmer's Markets around the island (including Koloa and Kukia'ula)
The Queen's Baths (Princeville; may be closed during the year)
National Tropical Botanical Gardens (near Ha'ena)
One quick note: like all Kiahuna Plantation rentals, there is a cleaning charge due upon check-out. For stays under 10 days, the charge is $225. For stays over 10 days, there is an additional charge of $56 for a "mid-stay replenishment" , or $95 for a full service cleaning. A towel change is available for $12. There are some other services available and you can ask at the Castle Resorts Office when you check-in. All prices are plus tax. Note that we do not charge a damage waiver fee or a reservation fee, which can save you $70 compared to other Kiahuna beach houses.
Finally, while we love all of the Kiahuna buildings and condominiums, you have to make sure you're comparing apples with apples. Ours is an Ocean View beach house, which is one of the most desired categories. Make sure you know what category of place you're renting.
Keywords: condominium, beach front, ocean view
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