Makanui at Poipu Kai, Kauai

Makanui is a condo development in the Poipu Kai Resort that consists of 7 buildings. The development is split into two sections: the main section contains buildings 3-7 which are large 2 story town-home like buildings located on a small hilltop, some with nice mountain and distant ocean views. Buildings 1 and 2 are located about 200 yards away, and building 1 is actually a single level home that you can rent. The pool is located beside buildings 3-7, and guests have access to the Poipu Kai resort tennis facilities.

Makanui units are large, ranging in size from 1000 - 1700 sq ft. From the main buildings, it takes about eight minutes to walk to Brennecke beach and nine minutes to walk to Shipwreck beach. Buildings 1 and 2 are five minutes closer walking distance to Shipwreck, and about 13 minutes from Brennecke.

Chose Makanui if you need spacious accommodations at a reasonable price and would like something that's ideally situated between Poipu beach park and Shipwreck beach, as well as the Grand Hyatt's restaurants and spas. The 70 acre resort grounds of Poipu Kai make for pleasant walking.

Makanui at Poipu Kai Average Rates


As of July 2024, the average price of a 2 bedroom unit at Makanui at Poipu Kai is $283. 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.

What Do Guests Think? An AI Analysis of 42 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.

The Makanui at Poipu Kai condo resort on Kauai generally receives positive reviews from guests, highlighting its great location near beaches, restaurants, and local attractions. Many appreciate the resort's proximity to Poipu Beach, the safety and quietness of the area, and the availability of amenities such as pools, beach gear, and well-equipped kitchens. Guests enjoy the spacious and clean units, some with air conditioning in certain rooms, and the convenience of parking and walking paths to beaches. The resort's units are described as comfortable, with some offering beautiful views and breezy lanais for outdoor dining. However, several reviews mention that some condos could benefit from updates, including decor, appliances, and air conditioning in more rooms. Issues with maintenance, such as broken blinds or appliances and the presence of cockroaches in some units, are noted but seem relatively infrequent. The property management is generally praised for being responsive and helpful. Overall, guests recommend Makanui at Poipu Kai for its location, amenities, and the enjoyable stay it offers, despite some areas for improvement. This summary is based on an analysis of 42 guest reviews.

Recent Makanui at Poipu Kai Reviews


Our family of five had a great stay - very nice and spacious house in a good location. Amazing views!
Carly L.
March 2024

We had a fabulous time in this condo. The house was well cared for and management was quick to respond. Could see the sunrise from the bedroom. And being close to the pool was a plus for our family.
Jennifer Q.
March 2024

The unit well kept well equipped five minute walk to the beach 10 minute walk to the restaurant. We enjoyed our stay.

February 2024

We enjoyed our stay here and the condo worked well for our family with ages ranging from 15-80. Overall a very nice stay. The property managers were great. The kitchen could use some staples such as coffee filters (I bought a permanent filter for the coffee maker), cooking oil, and spices. It's nice not to have to dash out to grab these things upon arrival. This place was very close to Shipwreck Beach (you can see it from the deck). We never used the pool as it was too far of a walk, but not an issue for us as we are ocean people.
Isabel M.
February 2024

This property was very nice! Everything was nice and clean and the location was great. Just a short walk to some of the best beaches and the most amazing view of the mountain in the morning. I will say, the unit isn’t super private, that is no fault of the owners, it appears many of the condos had the same issue. The kind of windows used are not sound proof, we could hear everything happening all the time even with the windows closed. Also, the bathroom windows don’t have coverings, they are just frosted glass. In the daytime you can’t see in, but at night you can see into the bathrooms if the light is on in there. Let’s just say we had an interesting view one night from our patio. So just be careful when going to the bathroom when it’s dark outside 😬. Again, this is nothing against the owners at all, we still loved the unit and had a great time, just a heads up for those staying in the area in the future.
Madisen J.
January 2024

The property is well placed and big enough for six adults. The beaches are close and we used it to explore all over the island.
Todd B.
December 2023

We were very pleased with the accommodations and cleanliness of the condo, and the excellent communication with our host in preparing us for our trip. Thank you!
Laurie I.
December 2023

I choose this property because I am disabled. This place worked well for me. I used a portable power wheelchair outdoors and a walker inside. There are no grab bars in the shower but it is big so I was able to bring my walker inside the shower for stability. Also no grab bar near the toilet but using the wall and my walker I managed. It wouldn't work if you are completely wheelchair-bound as there is no room beside the toilet. This is an older unit (like most in Poipu) but location and condition are exactly as advertised. Well equipped and quiet.
Lori D.
December 2023

My husband and I absolutely loved staying in this condo! The mountain view was lovely in the morning and night, Poipu Beach is .09 miles away, and there's great places to walk to. The condo itself was spacious and spotless and I really appreciated the prompt communication. We discovered the beach umbrella was broken on our first day and after I texted the manager, a brand new umbrella was delivered to the condo the next day. Really appreciated the cooler, multiple beach chairs, umbrellas, etc. for use, as well as the well-stocked kitchen and laundry. Great stay, we hope to come back!
Alexis I.
December 2023

10 min walk to beach. Cute little pool just steps from our unit with security gate for littles. Washer dryer and fully stocked kitchen. Only ac in main bedroom which is upstairs. Tons of parking
Raymond G.
December 2023

Beautiful tropical gardens surround this beautiful 2 bedroom unit with a well equipped kitchen.
Raymond G.
December 2023

This Poipu Kai property was quite a pleasant surprise. Everything was well taken care of and very safe and friendly. We enjoyed our visit very much.
Steve
November 2023

Nice location, no A/C which could have been tough if the weather wasn't so nice at night (stayed in November)
Nick D.
November 2023

Great property, the description should have mentions there are steps and steep path to condo. We chose it since it was on the first floor.
Jeanette M.
November 2023

Nice stay at the condo. My one quibble is the association pool needs some resurfacing work
Michael D.
November 2023

Very nice accommodations. Great neighborhood & within walking distance of the beach at the Grand Hyatt. The pool was very relaxing…we basically had it all to ourselves. I would recommend this property for those looking to stay in Poipu. It had all the conveniences of home.
Georgia G.
October 2023

My friends and I were very happy with this property. It was clean and very comfortable. From the lanai, you could see Shipwreck Beach. It is about a 10 minute drive to Koloa and a bit shorter to Poipu Beach, where you can see Hawaiian green turtles come ashore at night to rest. A couple of house keeping issues came up, ie a clogged shower drain and a blown fuse, but once reported they were fixed promptly. My friends and I would definitely stay here again.
Caroline C.
October 2023

Very nice. Only problem was the rusty screen window, which I understand is being repaired. Thanks Ida and Darrell.
Martin G.
October 2023

Condo could use a little updating but the location is perfect. It’s only a 5 minute drive or 12 minute walk to Poipu beach. I was worried about not having air conditioning but there is a constant sea breeze so you just open up the sliding glass doors to the deck and the place stays cool and comfortable. There are also ceiling fans in every room if the breeze ever stopped. Parking was simple. There is a small parking lot adjacent to the condo and always plenty of spaces available no matter what time of day. Check in and check out was a non issue. The property management company is a 2 minute drive down the road. We arrived after they closed so they both texted and emailed us a key code to a lock box where there was an envelope with our keys. We stopped by to officially check in the next morning and they gave us a second set of keys which was nice. We did not get a chance to use the pool. Although it was small it was steps away from the condo and someone cleaned and maintained it every morning. The condo was fully furnished with all the plates/glasses/towels/etc that you could need. There was even a cooler, beach chair, and two boogie boards available for use. There were plenty of shops and places to eat around the area of poipu and koloah. The property could use a little upkeep as the carpet was a bit worn and the deck and some walls could use some paint, None of it was bad enough to bother us as the place was still clean. Would stay again without doubt.
Keith
October 2023

We loved saying here! It had everything we needed and the layout was perfect. AC in the second bedroom would have been nice. We LOVED the AC in the huge master bedroom upstairs. Location was quiet and felt extremely safe. Loved how close it was to the beaches as well. Definitely recommend staying here!
Tiffany W.
October 2023

The property is somewhat dated, but clean and had all the amenities one needs to enjoy your stay. The owners were especially helpful in providing great information regarding the area, attractions, restaurants, etc. The location is wonderful, with easy access to beaches, shops, restaurants, etc. We would stay here again!
Sharon M.
September 2023

The place was clean, spacious and very comfortable. Close to the pool. Corner, with lots of cross wind. Was able to walk to beaches, about a 10 minute walk.
George L.
September 2023

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this property. The location was great! The unit had everything that we needed. We especially enjoyed having breakfast on the lanai every morning. I appreciated all of the communication that I received from Koloa Kai Vacation Rentals both before and during our stay.
Kris F.
September 2023

Very quiet property. All of the amenities were as described. Beach equipment was a real plus. We had an enjoyable time.
Melanie S.
September 2023

This place was way nicer than I expected. It was very well kept, very well up to date. The place was very maintained and had all the supplies you needed during your stay. It was awesome to already have detergent there for the washer and dishwasher. This made things very easy. The only issue I had was the door lock. I called the office, and they were able to help me and get it resolved for me right away. Overall, very satisfied.
Paul L.
September 2023

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this condo in the Poipu Kai Resort. Our spacious and comfortable home away from home was conveniently located near a number of beautiful beaches (within walking distance) and the Grand Hyatt resort. Each evening we enjoyed strolling down to Poipu Beach to join the crowds gathered to watch the sunset. Our hosts, Darrell and Ida, were helpful and welcoming, making the check-in process a breeze. They also provided a comprehensive notebook including great suggestions for restaurants and activities on the island. My family and I made many happy memories during our stay.
LInda W.
September 2023

Great Location. Easy access to beaches, pools and restaurants. Loved that all the extras you might need for a beach/pool day were available to use in apartment. And a bonus for me, this was the first VRBO that had enough hangers in the closet for me😜. We also loved that the pool the was a few feet from the apartment, rarely had people in it, so was almost like our own private pool!
Jamie H.
September 2023

The property was clean and in a good shape. The agent was fabulous, responding very quickly to our questions. The check-in process was seamless. Location was great, pool very close and close to Poipu beach (within walking distance but we ended up driving). It would be better if an air conditioner can be added to the lower bedroom and proper installation in the upstairs bedroom for a better sleep. Otherwise, there is always a breeze going through the unit. Great unit for family. We enjoyed stating there.
Eby Z.
September 2023

This is the perfect condo for a family. It has 3 or more beaches and two pools within an easy walking distance with kids. Very clean and quiet condo complex.
Ryan M.
September 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: The place is very conveniently located. Close to the ocean-front walking areas, close to restaurants, and walking paths to 3 different beaches.Very easy to park. Short walk to the condo. Lanai is spacious and airy. Both floors are full of light. Appliances are in good condition. If you need anything, help arrives pretty quickly.
Sudhir J.
August 2023

Location was great. Condo need some upgrades. Carpet is very old but what we loved is the neighborhood.
Sabina G.
August 2023

We had a wonderful time staying in this rental. It was beautiful, comfortable and spacious. It had everything we needed for a family vacation at the beach. The pools were great and it was nice to be able to walk down to the beach in the evening and see the sea turtles.
Dana S.
July 2023

We enjoyed running to the beach every morning from this unit! And each time, we were greeted by sea turtles resting on the sand. Love how close it was to Poipu Beach. Hall closet was furnished with boogie boards, extra towels, mostly all things beach related, and even things you probably didn’t have with you like extra water shoes and bug spray. Convenient to have a washer & dryer in the unit too.
Cheryl O.
July 2023

We enjoyed our stay. The property manager, Paula, was extremely helpful and responsive. However, the downstairs bedroom and common area are unbearably hot as there is only air conditioning in the upstairs bedroom. The property is also on the upstairs level so would not be accessible if your party needs.
Alexis S.
July 2023

We loved our stay here! The room was very clean, and exactly what was shown in the pictures. We loved that there were some beach accessories in the closet for us to use, that really made our trip! Definitely would stay again!
Austin D.
July 2023

My family and I had a wonderful experience at this unit and didn’t mind the walk uphill from the parking lot. The receptionist was friendly. The rooms were comfortable. The location is close to Poipu beach and made it easy for us to visit the beach every day. Most of the restaurants and grocery stores are about 2 miles drive. I would stay here again if I ever visit Kaua’i.
Darlyn M.
June 2023

Very comfortable. Quiet and peaceful. Beautiful view. It was challenging for us to find this property even with a GPS. This is far superior to a hotel room. We loved it.
Conley H.
June 2023

Beautiful property with just a short walk to the beach. Our host was very attentive as well. I would definitely stay here again the next time I visit Kaui.
Danielle L.
June 2023

Everithing was above as expected. Thanks!
Manuel A.
June 2023

Very nice condo with all necessary items for a wonderful experience on the beach or just hanging out. Very nice pool, quiet neighborhood, walking distance to beaches, food, golf, and much more. Decor is a little outdated, but great if you’re from the eighties!
Chris M.
June 2023

We enjoyed our stay - condo was well appointed, clean, airy and in a great location for traveling the entire island. Darrell was very responsive, and we hope to be back someday!
Michael W.
June 2023

Very quiet and comfortable. Well equipped kitchen, pool right next door, nice breeze through the condo.
Sherree F.
June 2023

Loved the location and being right next to the pool. Fully stocked with beach stuff. Only issue was the vacuum didn’t work. Needs to be replaced.
Cory M.
May 2023

Very nice property and great set up for a family with a child. Bedrooms and bathrooms give a lot of privacy for two couples. Pool is close as are several beaches. The closets are well stocked with everything you need!
Jenifer H.
May 2023

great location, parking next to property, pool within site, beach walking distance, restaurant at beach,,,,,,great Mai tais.......
karen H.
April 2023

The condo was clean, easy to navigate and was a great location for Kauai visit. We also enjoyed the pool at which we met some other travelers.
Roy E.
April 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was more than helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: relaxing
A guest from Saint Anne, IL
March 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: We really enjoyed our stay. The unit was spacious, clean, well maintained and well equipped. We prepared all of our breakfasts and a few lunches and dinners in house. We were very pleased with the cooking facilities and the cooking supplies provided. We enjoyed the large TV in the family room and the large selection of channels. Also the internet worked very well. We had an issue with a hose connected to the air conditioner and the property manager, Shellah was very responsive. Also Shellah was very friendly and provided some great suggestions on places to eat and things to do while in Kauai. I highly recommend this property and would love to stay there again.
A guest from Benicia, CA
March 2023

Really good location, access to pool and nice athletic club, easy walk to sandy beach. Excellent communication by property management.
Sean c.
February 2023

The kitchen had essentials we needed and didnt want to necessarily buy. So wonderful as our last location did not. Beautiful home and easy to get checked in and out. Lots to do withing walking distance. Thanks!
Holli S.
February 2023


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