Kiahuna Plantation #25 (building 6)

Rates: $403 / night (avg.)
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Bed types: KF (sleeps 4)
Reviews: 4.90 (from 137 reviews)
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 at the Poipu Beach Athletic Club, located across Poipu Road. It features a kid-friendly swimming pool with a water slide, tennis courts, and a fitness center that is the best on the island. The Cabaña Grill offers delicious meals, and unlike some of the local restaurants, reservations are not needed. Try their fish tacos!

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 an 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.

Here's a review from a recent, returning guest. After trying many Kiahuna beach houses, our guest said the following about Unit 25:

"It was our 20+ time at the Kiahuna Plantation in various units and it was great. The place has a perfect location on the property and it is super-efficiently stacked and organized. The end unit has impeccable airflow and the ocean view is magnificent with one minute walk to the ocean. Communication with Chuck is a delight and the property management is efficient. Will be back in the same unit in December!"

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 popular locations (we're looking at you, Waikiki). 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 of the island, 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.

Must see:

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)
Spouting Horn
Hanalei Bay
The Queen's Baths (Princeville; may be closed during the year)
National Tropical Botanical Gardens (near Ha'ena)

One important note: like all Kiahuna Plantation rentals, there is a cleaning charge due upon check-out. For stays under 10 days, the charge is $268. For stays over 10 days, there is an additional charge of $62 for a "mid-stay replenishment" , or $110 for a full service cleaning. A towel change is available for $15. There are some other services available and you can schedule them 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, it's becoming more and more common to add air conditioning to Kiahuna properties, and we have decided to not do this. First, we have an "end" unit with opening louvered windows, which allow the trade winds to blow through. Second, the climate is such that there are very few nights when it feels too warm to sleep comfortably, and when this happens, we crank up the ceiling fans. Third, it's sort of an environmental nightmare if it's not absolutely needed. We've owned the same unit for 40 years without A/C. We honestly don't think it's necessary.

Keywords: condominium, beach front, ocean view Registration Number: GE-203-276-9024-01, TA-203-276-9024-01, 280170270025

Kiahuna Plantation #25 (building 6) Reviews

Hugh M.
December 2023
Beutiful and well maintained property. Everything we could need was provided. As noted, no heat or AC in unit - but the apartment certainly well ventilated with fresh breezes and plenty of fans ( even had to close windows and take out blanket during one particularly stormy and cold night) . Atletic club access was a bonus- though we went next door to sheraton for pool and workout since our cousins were staying there.. Even with 2 rainy days, there was plenty to do and see nearby. I highly recommend a trip to Allerton and McBryde Gardens, Kauai Coffee plantation and for something unique- Lyndgate Chocolate farm tour. Its definitely not a factory- but you will learn and taste many different chocolates including the roasted ' nibs' ( 100% cocoa) themselves. You'll never eat another mass produced chocolate bar again! Our thanks for the well stocked activity closet. For our few non rain days- and a wonderful amazing beach look to spend a 1/2 day at Majors Bay or Polihale. No crowds and miles of unspoiled sand with views of Ni'ihau. Kokee state park and waimea canyon was too wet and cloudy this trip. Great restaurants and kydos for poke bowls and fresh fish for ' home cooking' at koloa fish market. We look forward to a future visit and hope to agian stay in this unit. Five stars well earned!!

chelsey k.
December 2023
And my expectations were already pretty high based on the other reviews. The unit was absolutely perfect. It was quiet and private. The location was superb. As we walked around the area, we really didn't think we could have chose a better unit to rent on the Kiahuna Plantation grounds. The unit was so perfect for our little family. The bedroom was perfectly dark and quite for sleeping (which is how we like it). We loved being able to sit on the porch and still be able to see the sunset and the waves. The activities closet was awesome to have and we used the chairs and umbrella at the beach. The access to the athletic club was amazing. Their pool over there is gorgeous and the work out facilities were top notch. The restaurant at the athletic club was also very nice. I rarely want to go back to the exact same location after a trip because there is just so much in the world to see, but I can confidently say that i would return to Kauai and would want to stay in this until again in the near future!

Hilary M.
December 2023
This is one of the very best Kiahuna units. Corner unit with great view, steps from wonderful swimming beach. Everything was as described by the owner. We had an amazing stay and highly recommend this condo.

Hilary M.
November 2023
This is one of the very best Kiahuna units. Corner unit with great view, steps from wonderful swimming beach. Everything was as described by the owner. We had an amazing stay and highly recommend this condo.

Rowland C.
September 2023
We had the pleasure of staying at this property in Southern Kauai for one week. The unit itself was excellent and in a great location for all we wanted to explore around the island from Poipu, Hanalei, the Na Pali coast, to a couple of stops in the Lihui and Kapaa area. The condo was impeccably clean and guest-friendly. No AC? Not a problem with the cross-breeze and ceiling fans. All that was in was written in the description proved to be true. I highly recommend staying at this condo if you are considering Kauai as a next vacation destination.

Carol K.
August 2023
Great location with a stunning view. The only issues we had was the smoke alarm went off the first day and our washing machine was broken for the last 3 days other than that amazing unit. Highly recommend

Flavius M.
July 2023
It was our 20+ time at the Kiahuna Plantation in various units and it was great. The place has a perfect location on the property and it is super-efficiently stacked and organized. The end unit has impeccable airflow and the ocean view is magnificent with one minute walk to the ocean. Communication with Chuck is a delight and the property management is efficient. Will be back in the same unit in December!

Jerry E.
June 2023
Our host Chuck was so helpful and so accommodating. He made sure we got off on the right foot on our vacation. The accommodations were great. We prepared half of our evening meals at the condo. We had everything we needed to do that. There is a great surf school on site and they were great with beginners. Wonderful grounds with plenty of chairs. As with many of the places on Kauai there is no AC, but the place is very wide open and the trade winds keep you comfortable. Enjoyed our stay very much.

Steve C.
June 2023
Loved it here; terrific location, just as advertised. We found the bed super comfortable; kitchen had all we needed. Best part was still the location that made it harder than usual to get motivated to go anywhere else; hope to stay here again in the future

Loriann A.
May 2023
Great location, stellar views, didn't want to leave!

Sophia R.
April 2023
amazing view and property

Lindsey H.
April 2023
This is a lovey property, as described and as pictured! I loved falling asleep and waking up to the sound of ocean waves (on a very comfortable mattress, by the way). Chuck was so communicative and helpful leading up to our visit, during it and after. He provided lots of helpful local recommendations that helped us really enjoy and maximize our time in Poipu. The kitchen was clean and well-stocked, which I very much appreciated as someone who likes to cook on vacation. Laundry nearby was very helpful. It's a large property with many units, but felt calm and not too crowded. I hope to return!

Fleming C.
March 2023
This unit has an excellent location at the exceptional Kiahuna Plantation. The host is very responsive and friendly. This unit is an excellent choice.

Suzy and Hugh W.
March 2023
This was our second long-term stay in this unit. We could not be happier with its location and privacy. We even have our own separate staircase! The view across the Great Lawn to the sea never gets old. The full sunset is visible from the lanai in the winter until about Feb 15. Our host, Chuck, is very responsive and easy to deal with. His family has owned this unit for decades so there is nothing he doesn’t know and he clearly has a great reputation with the Castle staff. When you say you are staying in his unit they practically jump to attention!! As long as you keep in mind this unit was built in the 1970s so it has a tiny toilet/shower space, you will not be disappointed. We really appreciate the well-maintained original furnishings and traditional artwork which capture the island spirit. We look forward to our next stay.

Carl R.
January 2023
We really enjoyed our stay. This is our 2nd stay at the resort but the first in this condo. Everything that the owner has written is accurate. Amazing views of the sunset from the private balcony. We’ve already booked a return trip!

Susan A.
January 2023
The grounds of the property are lush and green with a beautiful walkable beach. Be aware that this is an older property. The kitchen and bathroom have been updated a little bit, but the best thing about this unit is the view from the living area and balcony. It makes a perfect base from which to explore the rest of the island.

January 2023
One of the better units at Kiahuna Plantation. Sunset views from the patio and a storage closet with umbrellas and gear to aid in your adventures.

Herbert Ernst I.
November 2022
Neat, clean apartment with everything you need to spend a relaxing vacation. The sunsets can be enjoyed from the terrace or a few steps away on the beautiful sandy beach. The good location allows you to get in a relatively short time to various attractions or starting points for walks on the island. There are also many leisure facilities on site, which we have also used actively.

Erin S.
October 2022
We had a wonderful stay! You can see and hear the ocean from the condo. We walked along the beach and the area in front of the condo's is much quieter and less populated than the beaches around us. We will be coming back with our daughters!

Linda C.
October 2022
Great location; breeze keeps unit cool and comfortable. View of ocean and lawn area is beautiful. Unit nicely equipped. Owner easy to work with. Will be coming back.

Laura J.
October 2022
We loved our stay at your property. The location was ideal with a great view of the ocean. I appreciated the great communication with the owner. We had everything we needed for a perfect week in paradise. Bonus: the bed in bedroom was super comfy! I hope to return to this spot again for my next visit to Kauai.

Nancy L.
October 2022
Beautiful location and steps to the beach. The grounds are gorgeous.

André K.
September 2022
One of the most beautiful places we have ever been. Direct sea view, all as described. Many thanks to Chuck (owner) for all information. Beautiful condo in local Hawaiin style. Very well equipped with a lot of additional things you can use on beach.

Paul R.
September 2022
My parents stayed at Marriott. I stayed here. What I liked the most is at my place I can see and hear the ocean. The gym access was great and its a gym the locals use very well equipped.

Susan L.
September 2022
The space is welcoming and comfortable with high ceilings, nice furnishings, and a good ocean view from the balcony with floor to ceiling and wall to wall sliding doors there. This area is very busy if you like that. I would not stay in Poipu again because of the bustle of people and too many resorts, but if I did come back I would stay here again. The ceiling fan in the bedroom does not run well and needs to be replaced, there was no salt in the kitchen (though many other spices were on hand), and the bathroom fixtures were very basic. It was hard to get ahold of the owner, but we didn't need much communication. Other than that it was a great stay. Flowers everywhere, quick walk to the beach, and not far from restaurants and shops.

Jonathan F.
July 2022
Everything about this home exceeded our expectations. The view is striking and exactly like the picture. We loved sitting on the patio and watching all of the activity on the lawn! There was a nice breeze and we slept well the entire time. The kitchen has everything you could ever need and it was super clean. A+++

Breanna G.
July 2022
Chuck was a great host. Everything was very clean and the apartment well stocked with things needed for a successful stay. When we first arrived we could not find the closet of beach gear and we were able to immediately get in contact with Chuck to resolve it - turns out it’s in an entirely separate closet exterior to the apartment. And yes, it definitely had everything anyone could need for an excellent time. The only thing to note: this condo is in a very central location in Kiahuna Plantation. It’s right at the base of the field so the sounds of kids and families playing soccer/football/etc go directly into the apartment. Wonderful location for families with older children because they can literally play out front. With our toddler who needed to go to bed on time every night, not so ideal. Overall, another peaceful stay in Kauai and we hated to leave.

Vickie B.
June 2022
My husband and I were so looking forward to this part of our trip. The condo was perfect and the property beautiful. The bummer, my husband got sick the first day we were there and we were not able to enjoy all that it had to offer. Grateful for the cleanliness and the comfy bed as my hubby spent all the first full day in bed. The second day was on the couch with short naps and a walk to the beach for a bit. Would love to do it again... and hopefully not get sick so that we could thoroughly enjoy all that this property offers. Loved the view - only thing better would have been to be right on the beach itself. Loved the corner upstairs unit. The breeze blew through and was quite comfortable the entire time!

Rak K.
June 2022
Great ocean views and a beautifully furnished unit.

Donald C.
June 2022
Love it!

May 2022
We have stayed here several times and enjoy it more every time. Location is great, beach access couldn't be better. Nice and Quite.

Jim S.
May 2022
Good location and property, however the unit itself was quite dated. Needs new furniture, lamps, and bed.

Britton T.
April 2022
I couldn't imagine staying in any other unit. It was perfect!

Ashley C.
April 2022
I can’t say enough about how wonderful this condo is! Chuck, the owner, provided a very detailed activity, restaurant, etc list, which was very helpful! He was quick to respond to all my questions! The view is gorgeous and the condo is stocked with everything you will need, including beach chairs, umbrellas, tennis rackets, bocci ball, etc. The athletic club across the street was great for our family…we played Pickleball, ping pong, swam and enjoyed the restaurant. The beach right in front of the condo was great for snorkeling and surfing! We loved our stay here and would absolutely come back!

Peter W.
March 2022
We have stayed in different units at Kiahuna and we liked the location of this unit the best. Quiet and beautiful view of the ocean. The information brochure from the owner was very informative about the Kiahuna area and the island.

Shawn F.
February 2022
Highly recommended. You're paying for that view. You don't need AC, you got everything else you need.

Nancy M.
January 2022
We have been fairly frequent visitors to the Kiahuna Plantation over the years and love the peaceful setting, gorgeous lawn and beach, and lovely property. Of all the condos at the Kiahuna in which we've stayed, this was the nicest. We particularly enjoyed the deck with the beautiful view of the ocean. The kitchen is especially well equipped, and the furnishings seem recently updated as well. An extra bonus is an activity closet full of all sorts of beach gear. I also appreciated the property owner's prompt responses to my questions or requests. We look forward to returning!

mike c.
January 2022
great unit and location will definitely be back

M P.
January 2022
Great condo in a perfect location. The unit was clean and comfortable. The only thing I would have wanted is more space to place my luggage. I would have liked to place it in the drawers but they were a little sandy and dusty so I didn’t bother. Other than that, I’d definitely stay again!

Anne and Jim B.
January 2022
Location is lovely on the sunny side of Poipu… Thank you. Will come again. Let us know if you want to sell. 🥰

Edwina C.
January 2022
If you want a GREAT condo in a superb location this is it! Condo outfitted wonderfully. Would have liked a few more pots and non-stick fry pans —but oh such a little thing considering all else.. So enjoyed having morning coffee on the lanai watching for whales. Sorry this unit was already booked for next year—hope someone backs out!

January 2022
The location of this unit is awesome. We loved staying and can’t wait to come back.

Edward H.
December 2021

Kerry F.
October 2021
We have stayed here several times and enjoy it each time. Great location. I love sitting on the lanai to read in the morning.

Michelle R.
October 2021
As others have stated, the location of this unit couldn't be better. The bed was comfy and this unit has it's own private staircase to the front door. The activities closet was missing a few things but we made do. Would definitely stay again.

Truc N.
October 2021
The whole family were impressed beyond expectation. Super host and great view for the buck. Overall very happy:) (Thank you for making Damage Insurance as optional)

Julie D.
August 2021
We enjoyed our time at Chuck’s condo and were sad to leave. The view from the lenai was incredible, we loved the open air nature of the condo. I was a little worried it might get warm inside without AC and temperature in the 80’s but we were comfortable the entire time and loved the ocean breezes. The condo is comfortable, thoughtfully outfitted, and close to the beach, restaurants and shops (all walking distance). We highly recommend and hope to return!

August 2021
Chuck is an amazing host! He’s very responsive, and has a condo blessed with amazing views! Couldn’t have asked for more!

Michelle F.
August 2021
We absolutely love Kiahuna Plantation but this was the first time we rented through VRBO to stay here. The owners were so communicative and helpful. The unit has a gorgeous view of the ocean. We will def stay again!

Marguerite R.
August 2021
This unit is a shady, peaceful, well-appointed unit within a well-maintained resort condo development. it was incredibly convenient to morning coffee and breakfast options, had a cute kitchenette that served well for lunch and snacks, and was an incredibly easy, gorgeous stroll to the beach. We hiked from our condo up the coast, saw sea turtles on our walk to dinner, and took advantage of the pool and workout room across the street when we needed a break from the breakers on the ocean. It’s a perfect unit for a small family. It is very open to nature, so expect a resident gecko or two to keep the insects at bay. We used the fold-out cot for our teen son for 3 nights, and he said it was comfortable. Despite the lack of a/c the unit was cool and breezy even in late July. We were less comfortable in a more expensive, larger house in Hanalei than we were in this unit. It also had easy access to lovely restaurants for dinner: Red Salt and Brenneke’s were an easy walk; Beach House was a short drive. The breakfast at Little Fish Coffee is worth the wait in line (and you can order online for pickup). Stunning sunsets, great boogie boarding, and just a perfect getaway spot to have a hassle free family vacation. Chuck was easy to reach and provided great suggestions for activities and things to do and see. An absolute 5 stars!

Kimberly C.
July 2021
The unit was comfortable and the hosts had clear, easy communication. The location of unit 25 was absolutely perfect for us. Thank you!!

Tom K.
June 2021
If you know, you know.

Tim B.
June 2021
Cute second level 1 BR condo very close to the beach. Perfect for a couple, there's a cot in the living room closet but we didn't need it. Comfortable without A/C. Nice swimming beach with complimentary chairs and towels.

Reid T.
June 2021
Words cannot adequately express how much we enjoyed our stay at Unit 25 in Kiahuna Plantation! The condo is lovely, view from the lanai is exceptional, and we had everything we needed to make our all-too-brief time here a vacation to remember. Quiet second story end unit features a private staircase. The unit has a well appointed kitchen and a comfy bed. We especially appreciated the "extras" like beach chairs, sand mats and umbrellas in the activity closet! The beach is great, the location central to all we wanted to do including swimming, snorkeling and hiking. Local restaurants have everything from casual bar food to fine cuisine. We hope to be back soon!

Note: Vacancy calendar is approximate. Visit the owner/manager's reservation site to verify your dates.