Makahuena, Kauai

The Makahuena Resort is a picturesque condo resort located in Poipu, Hawaii, on the southernmost point of Kauai. The resort sits on a cliff overlooking the ocean, providing breathtaking views and easy access to nearby attractions. Guests can enjoy a range of amenities, including a saltwater pool, Jacuzzi, tennis and pickleball courts, and a barbecue pavilion. The resort is within walking distance to top-rated sandy beaches such as Shipwreck Beach and Brennecke's Beach, as well as the Poipu Bay Golf Club and the Grand Hyatt Hotel with its fine dining options.

In addition to its prime location, the Makahuena Resort offers a relaxing and enjoyable experience for vacationers. The well-maintained grounds and ocean-view pool deck provide a serene atmosphere, while the resort's proximity to various beaches and activities cater to different interests, from sunbathing and surfing to snorkeling and golfing. With its combination of amenities, stunning views, and convenient access to local attractions, the Makahuena Resort is an ideal choice for vacationers seeking a memorable stay in Poipu, Hawaii.

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Makahuena Average Rates


As of June 2024, the average price of a 2 bedroom unit at Makahuena is $390. The average price of a 3 bedroom unit is $423. Note that prices vary depending on the specifc unit and season (holiday rates are usally much higher), and the averages don't include Hawaii's 18% accommodation tax or cleaning and booking fees. Visit the rentals page to see specific unit rates.

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What Do Guests Think? An AI Analysis of 823 Guest Reviews


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The following executive summary is based on a comprehensive and impartial AI analysis of guest reviews. Keep in mind that all units are individually owned, and review scores among units can vary considerably.

Guests generally have positive experiences at the Makahuena condo resort in Kauai, appreciating its beautiful location, comfortable accommodations, and excellent amenities. The resort's proximity to beaches, restaurants, and attractions is frequently highlighted, making it an ideal base for exploring the area. The views from the condos, especially of the ocean, sunsets, and sunrises, are often described as breathtaking. Many guests appreciate the well-equipped kitchens, comfortable beds, and the inclusion of beach gear and other conveniences that enhance their stay. The cleanliness and maintenance of the condos receive mixed reviews, with some guests noting areas for improvement. The resort's pool and hot tub are popular features, although there are occasional mentions of maintenance issues. Communication with property managers and owners is generally reported to be good, with quick responses to any concerns. Despite some minor criticisms, the overall sentiment is that the Makahuena condo resort offers a fantastic vacation experience in Kauai, with many guests expressing a desire to return. This summary is based on a comprehensive analysis of 823 guest reviews.

Recent Makahuena Reviews


Condo was perfect for our family. Close to beaches, hiking trails and shopping/restaurants.
Brent H.
March 2024

This was a great place for our family to stay on our vacation. This property had everything we could have needed and more. Close to several beaches and nice to have the pool downstairs! Would definitely stay again!
Jennifer R.
March 2024

Good experience except for construction obstructing view.
Amy M.
March 2024

Our group of 4 adults and two children under 8 had a very enjoyable stay. We found everything we needed in the kitchen and prepared most of our meals there. It was great to have 3 bedrooms so we could all have our own space. The washer and dryer were wonderful and used often by our group. The kids enjoyed the sand buckets and shovels and it was a plus to also have beach chairs and a wagon to transport them all to the beach. We all enjoyed the salt water pool but wished it had been heated. The hot tub provided a nice warm up! Location was near beaches and restaurants. We would consider returning to this condo if we return to Kauai.
Richard S.
March 2024

Loved the location (great hiking to beaches, etc) and property…no waits for pretty much anything at the pool, hot tub, grills. Place itself needs serious attention with old everything, broken stuff, clogged stuff, etc…a shame
Paul S.
March 2024

Great home base for our family (5 and 8 year old shared a room with their own twin beds), very close to many fun and kid friendly beaches. You can access resorts and golf courses nearby. And they had beach chairs, boogie boards and snorkeling gear available to use, plus the onsite tennis court included pickle ball equipment to play at your leisure. Lovely and comfortable layout and great communication with the property manager via Vacasa. Would definitely recommend!
Josh R.
March 2024

The amenities and location of this property made our visit to Kauai a 10 out of 10.
william M.
March 2024

Everything was exactly as described and our stay was wonderful.
Mark B.
March 2024

Perfect location for us, loved the layout with the bedrooms downstairs. Well supplied with all new linens and kitchen supplies. Listing was very accurate
Carrie G.
March 2024

A nice quiet location with great views. Love the area!
Jeff N.
February 2024

Property was very nice. Pool and jcuz. Turtles off the reef out front. Whales seen jumping from the balcony. Nice comfortable place. Very impressed.
Chase K.
February 2024

This is a great rental property. The unit is clean and well stocked with everything you need to be comfortable…..the place just feels like home. The location can’t be beat and it is an easy drive to get anywhere on the island. The view is spectacular, we especially love seeing the whales and viewing the sunset is popular with many people staying at this property. The pool and hot tub are a nice option and fabulous beaches are within walking distance. Turtles and Monk Seals are often on the beaches. Even though there are good restaurants nearby the condo is still in a quiet neighborhood. Beat of both worlds! Can’t wait to go back!
Colette D.
February 2024

Our family was so happy with the condo and the location. Our grandchildren spent mornings in the pool, afternoons at the beach and back in the pool for an evening swim. We saw whales and sea turtles from the balcony and down toward the front end of the property. We had one day of rainy weather on the beach, but we waited it out and continued on with beach play. The condo was spacious and lovely. The artwork throughout is exquisite. We all agreed that this was a property we would come back to in the Poipu area.
Susan H.
February 2024

This condo was very close to the water, with convenient walks to Poipu and Shipwreck Beaches. The condo itself had some issues. The windows/screens on the upstairs bedrooms were filthy. (Ie bugs stuck in the screens, and the windows so dirty that it looked like you were looking through fog outside.) There were other maintenance issues, such as chipping paint, grime around cabinet handles, and drawers that didn’t work properly. On the plus side, the management company offered a mid-stay free cleaning!
Joel R.
February 2024

Our family had a wonderful stay at this place! Check-in and check-out was very straightforward and the property management team were quick to respond to our queries. The view from the balcony was beautiful (just as you see in the pictures) and it was the perfect location/accommodation for our family of four. Our kids appreciated all the beach amenities they provided. The weather was cool enough that we didn't need the AC in either of the rooms, and this place only added to the overall fantastic time we had in Kauai. If we ever come back, we'll likely look to stay here again!
Nicol J.
February 2024

Wonderful property in great location!
Sandy T.
February 2024

Place was amazing , nice area
Juan R.
February 2024

This property is EVERYTHING we hoped for and more. Amazing whale watching from the lanai and amazing views from the bedrooms. MA1310 was a hit with everyone in our group. The owners were VERY responsive to texts and emails and very helpful throughout our stay. 10/10 recommend! We will be back!
Brenda C.
February 2024

Condo was very good and had everything we needed for our stay including some beach stuff. Lanai was great for sitting and room ACs did come handy. We didn’t use the pool but it never looked crowded. Definitely was not noisy given the number of tourists. Smooth communication and check-in/out process. Welcome tray with fruits and food was a great surprise :-) Very close to Poipu beach which had some great snorkeling. Not too far from stores and restaurants. Most of the island is less than an hour drive - other than the far north region.
Sumit K.
February 2024

Enjoy sunrise from your bed. Great views. Condo and managers were top rated.
Pam D.
February 2024

We are a family of 8 (4 adults/4 kids, ages 9-13) and we stayed at this property for 2 weeks. The property is in a great location, overlooking the pool area and with lovely ocean view. The condo was well-stocked with supplies/equipment for kitchen, bathrooms, linens/bedding, beach equipment, towels, etc. and we appreciated the thought owners put into making this a comfortable stay for guests. We found the condo to be a bit cramped for our group of 8, especially the dining/living room areas, and sleeping arrangements for 8 were a bit tricky. A party of 6 would have had more comfort and flexibility with the space. Most of the condo has been nicely updated/remodeled, with a few things still needing some attention. We felt a couple things should have been disclosed to us before we committed to this property, or even after the fact if they weren’t issues at the time (i.e. that the integrity of lanai rail was under review; and dishwasher was awaiting parts for repair). All in all, we were happy with our stay at this property and we had a lovely time in Kauai.
Barb K.
February 2024

We had a wonderful time in Kauai. The property was amazing and exactly like the pictures. Both Liz and our property manager Sophia were amazing. They both were incredibly helpful and quick to respond if we needed anything.
Nafeesa F.
February 2024

Unit was very clean and inviting. The use of folding chairs, boogie board and cooler was very convenient. Property was easy to get to and we loved the beautiful sea view.
Herb M.
February 2024

We were in town for a conference at the Grand Hyatt but wanted more space for our family (2 parents, 2 kids & nanny). This was a perfect fit. It was an easy, beautiful walk to the Hyatt for the conference and close to Poipu beach (turtles!). We appreciated having 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms- plenty of room to spread out. All the beds were quite comfortable and we felt quite at home. The kitchen was well equipped for a VRBO & the unit had lots of extras (snorkel gear, sand castle gear, stroller, wagon, beach chairs..) We also liked the first floor lanai adjacent to the grass with plenty of room for the toddlers to run around while we relaxed and took in scenic views of the ocean and the whales in the distance.
Sarah Z.
February 2024

This great beachfront corner wrap around lanai location was just the spot for watching the humpback whales, sea turtles and colorful sunsets. This condo also has huge windows all around. The unit was spotlessly clean and very spacious. It is a very short walk from Poipu and Shipwreck Beaches. Highly recommended.
Ginger M.
February 2024

We were here 2 weeks in January. Everything was as it was represented - kitchen is well equipped. Altho we're not"beachy" - there seemed to be plenty of equipment, chairs, coolers, etc. The condo is right at the pool so occasionally there are noisy kids or 1/2-drunk young men. Not really an issue tho. We loved having the a/c's - they work great. (altho we only used 2, there is an a/c for each bedroom and one between the living room and kitchen. Contact people were fairly responsive to any concerns we had.
Herb W.
February 2024

When we arrived, we were disappointed with areas that were very dirty and unkept (i.e. baseboards, bathroom corners, windowsills, refrigerator had blood stains, and visible dust and residue on surfaces). Then, we encountered little tiny bugs crawling on the kitchen and bathroom counters. Then, the A/C barely worked so we went to sleep all sweaty... especially the top bedroom almost unbearable. Luckily the owner did respond quickly and brought the cleaner back in the next morning, as well as, lined up A/C repair and bug man. Luckily the A/C did improve, and we were able to look past a lot of the deep cleaning that still needed to be done. The bugs never did go away, but service wasn't completed until our last day. The reason I'm giving 4/5 stars is there were a lot of positives that can't be overlooked. The beach gear (boogie boards, snorkel gear, wagon, chairs, rolling cooler, beach mat, and several beach towels) were SO nice to have access to! In addition, the pool and ocean view were incredible. We could see the sunset from the master and balcony! And every morning we went to the ocean to watch the sunrise, and the amazing hidden gem out front which was the tunnel bridge was a trip highlight! Also, south side is a plus! I so wanted to give this a 5-star due to the responsiveness and swift action from the owner, but I want to leave an honest review for prospective renters so they know what they might expect. She did comp our 1st night's rent which was very appreciated.
Kelsey S.
February 2024

Location was perfect, more steps than I thought. Layout good. Property is older and with high humidity had a problem with musty, mildewey odor, especially in 2nd bedroom and closet as well as washing machine and that area. Seemed to have a problem with being hot or cold and wet. Ocean, sunrise and sunset views awesome. Whales, dolphins and turtles too!
Marlene M.
February 2024

Beautiful view and right on the oceanside trail. There is construction in the next lot but it was only noisy one day.
Nyree B.
February 2024

Great location and property.
Ruthellen D.
February 2024

Wonderful condo with lots of extras to make the stay enjoyable. Beautiful location and setting. Great communication from the owners. The kitchen is well stocked.
Sharla H.
February 2024

The property was perfect for our family. We had 3 adults, a 4 year old, and 14 month old. Plenty of space, and a great layout. It was so nice being on the ground floor. We could open the sliding doors to the lanai (which was very spacious), and our kids could go in and out without worry. Even though the walking path is up above, we still found it to be quite private. We loved the choice of furniture in the place as well- So comfortable and lots of room/seating. We compared it to others, as we had family in different units, and this one was definitely nicer. Appreciated the kitchen being stocked with some things, lots of cooking appliances. Great welcome snacks! A couple things came up during our stay, but the manager was very responsive. the screen on the door was broken and letting in some flies. We contacted the manager and the team came out to fix it the next day. Short walks to the beach on either side! There was also great beach gear- chairs, umbrellas, toys, cooler, boogie board, child life jacket. The unit does not have air conditioning, but there are ceiling fans in each room as well as plug in fans. Overall a great experience staying here and we loved Kauai!
Jessie H.
February 2024

Location was amazing. The condo is well stocked with new linens, towels, kitchenware, etc and is very comfortable. We will book again!!
Carrie G.
February 2024

Excellent location to explore the south side of Kauai. Condo had everything we needed for our stay.
Gail A.
February 2024

From the moment we got into our condo, we knew it was a great place to spend our vacation. The view of the ocean was wonderful, the condo was clean and inviting. The bedrooms were nice and so nice having 2 bathrooms! Then we got into making meals. There were plenty of cook wear and dishes and even storage containers. We brought extra spices with us, but were pleasantly surprised to find some at condo as well. There was information of restaurants, beaches, interesting places to see and farmers markets, etc. The beach wagon came in very handy, and the other beach accessories. My overall comment, we felt welcomed and were blessed by such a beautiful place to stay. Thank you!!
Charlene O.
February 2024

After a 2 week business trip to Australia, we decided to break up our trip home to Canada with a stay in Poipu. Upon arrival, we found the condo to be exactly as advertised and more. The condo is very clean and open with amazing views of the ocean. The kitchen handled our needs and the provided beach chairs, towels and umbrellas were there and ready for us to use. We were particularly impressed by the grounds and bbq area etc. Everything is well looked after and groomed and pool and grills cleaned every day. Whale watching while having morning coffee or a late day cocktail was a highlight for us. Our dealings with Evelyn were prompt and pleasant. We would certainly consider booking this unit again for future stays. Margaret and Paul
Margaret L.
February 2024

Great place to stay. Property manager (Evelyn) was exceptionally attentive.
Larry M.
February 2024

Such a lovely and well maintained property. The host went above and beyond by sharing a few welcome treats which was so appreciated after a long travel day. The beds were comfortable and linens were plentiful. They provided lots of beach accessories too.
Niki P.
February 2024

This is a well laid out condo and the kitchen is nicely equipped. Great, although breezy location. The management company was very responsive.
Carolyn M.
February 2024

We loved the location of this condo. Nice ocean view from the deck. Clean and well stocked. The beach accessories included a wagon to haul everything back and forth to the beach plus the chairs, plenty of towels, boogie board, and umbrella. Such a quick drive to poipu beach. We would definitely stay again.
Jan R.
February 2024

Our trip to Kauai was splendid! The condo itself was decent, but Vacasa management was disappointing to work with. When we arrived, we were very pleased with the location and the check in process was easy. However, we noticed the first evening that the air conditioning was not working. Upon messaging the Vacasa team, they assured us someone would come look at it. No one came to repair or correct the AC unit, so we reached out again. After slow response with multiple customer service people, they finally offered us an additional floor fan. We said we would like that as it was rather uncomfortable in all three bedrooms overnight. They never brought the extra fan. It has been very hard to reach any of the customer service team aside from the automated text responses. Once our stay was over, and we reached out again, they determined they would issue us a small refund. The amount was $4/day per person that stayed. We are disappointed with this response as we specifically searched, and paid more for, a condo with AC while on Kauai. The condo itself is very spacious, well decorated, and beautifully located. It could use better stocking; for example there was very cheap and minimal cooking utensils - can opener broken, etc.). But the beach supplies and quantity of towels was wonderful to have. The neighbors were friendly and pool was a nice amenity. All in all we would recommend this condo again, but would tell future travelers to be mindful of the management company!
John S.
January 2024

We stayed here for a family get away. The condo was clean and conveniently located beaches, shopping, and restaurants in Poipu. The condo was equipped with boogie boards, and beach chairs which made relaxing at the beach effortless. We enjoyed getting up early and watching the sunrise on our walk to the rocks. Would definitely stay here again. Thanks for a wonderful place to stay.
Lori O.
January 2024

The view of the ocean, the pool and property from the lanai are absolutely gorgeous. Property is fully stocked with soaps, detergents, paper goods, beach supplies, utensils, dishes, cookware, coffee, filters, spices, etc... Note that from the parking lot, to get into the condo, there are two sets of stairs (one down and then a second up - in case you have mobility issues). Close parking was always easy to find. Centrally located to restaurants and beaches. The complex was relatively quiet during our stay. Pool and hot tub were a nice size and never very busy. Grounds are very well kept. We appreciated the unit being located at the end of the building, so nobody ever walked by the screened door that we kept open for airflow on the main level. Air conditioning units in the upstairs bedrooms were greatly appreciated. Without them, it would have been pretty warm upstairs. Communications from the owner were timely and informative. We did not have any problems or need to contact anyone during our visit. Our family of four was greeted with a very nice welcome basket of items and note upon arrival. Thank you for sharing your beautiful property with us, Evelyn! We highly recommend this property.
David G.
January 2024

This property was perfect for our stay! It had everything we needed; plus an amazing view from the balcony! The few times I contacted the rental company they were very responsive and helpful. I would absolutely rent here again!
Amber A.
January 2024

The location was perfect, the unit was stocked with everything needed for a delightful Hawaiian vacation, and the owners were quick to reply to all my questions and requests!
Jennifer Y.
January 2024

Top choice
Donna C.
January 2024

Beautiful views from the wraparound lanai and all bedrooms. Condo had nice big rooms and Well stocked kitchen. The location was great in a nice neighborhood. Easy parking. Easy walking. Lots of stairs as it’s a 3-level condo but we didn’t mind as the views were spectacular. Perfect place for our girls getaway!
JoAnn C.
January 2024

This property was such a great find. We will definitely be back. Location was up the hill from the beaches but great view of the ocean and extremely quiet. Definitely walkable to the beach with great access to some amazing hikes. We saw several whales, dolphins and turtles from the balcony. Very comfortable. Thank you for sharing your home.
Kim C.
January 2024

We enjoyed our stay and it is a very nice apartment. Take note: there are 2 portable air conditioners. One in the living room and the other in the second bedroom. It was warm in the main bedroom. Also up and down steps to get to the apartment. Note that for luggage movement. The location is excellent. The apartment is next to a hiking trail that was right next to the ocean and very beautiful. There’s a beach 5 minutes drive away where turtles and seals rest. Kauai is a beautiful and expensive island.
Linda G.
January 2024

When we arrived, this unit was clean & everything in its place. The eastern view proved to be a blessing. When strong 25-35 mph winds were blowing through one night, we were still able to enjoy the lanai as it was protected. Yes, there is some construction next door & your view is partially of that construction but it certainly didn’t obstruct the amazing view. Also, we were in this area last year & the construction seems to be happening on “island time” which means you might hear someone hammer for half an hour although we didn’t really notice any noise.
Beth S.
January 2024


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