Poipu Makai, Kauai

Poipu Makai is an oceanfront condo resort located in the sunny resort town of Poipu on Kauai's south shore. The complex offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, sea life, and beautiful sunsets over the Poipu coastline. Amenities include a plunge pool, complimentary self-parking, community BBQ, and access to the Poipu Beach Athletic Club. The resort is within walking distance to Poipu and Brenneckes beaches, Shipwrecks beach, and the Grand Hyatt. It is also close to shopping, restaurants, and various activities such as swimming, snorkeling, golf, tennis, and horseback riding. Poipu Makai provides an ideal location for vacationers to enjoy the best of Kauai's south shore.

Poipu Makai Average Rates


As of July 2024, the average price of a 2 bedroom unit at Poipu Makai is $463. 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 256 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.

Guest reviews of the Poipu Makai condo resort on Kauai highlight a generally positive experience, with many guests praising the stunning views, great location, and well-equipped units. The resort seems to offer a variety of amenities, including clean and comfortable accommodations, responsive hosts, and a safe neighborhood. Guests enjoyed watching wildlife from their units, including turtles and dolphins, and appreciated the sunset views. Some units appear to need updates or repairs, and there were a few mentions of issues such as noise, parking difficulties, and occasional maintenance problems. However, the overwhelming sentiment is that the positives far outweigh any negatives, with many guests expressing a desire to return. The resort's proximity to beaches, restaurants, and attractions, along with the inclusion of beach gear and well-stocked kitchens, contributed to an enjoyable stay for most. This summary is based on a comprehensive analysis of 256 guest reviews.

Recent Poipu Makai Reviews


Casa de Chad is perfectly located on southern part of the island overlooking the ocean with a beautiful flow of crashing waves and a “spouting” hole. We also spotted turtles. The condo itself is situated in an ideal spot overlooking the pool, and the waterfront view from the cozy balcony. Enjoyed the top of the lines outdoor grill available to us on the property. The night views of the sky were spectacular as we even caught the Blue Moon during our stay! Just a few minutes drive from Poipu Beach, a walk to Grand Hyatt Hotel and much more, you’ll find yourself immersed in everything Kauai has to offer just a few minutes away. As far as the condo unit, it has a welcoming cozy vibe upon entering the front door. Fully stocked with most household needs and spacious enough for a family and/or friends of up to 6 people to comfortably share space. As for the actual cleanliness, would recommend deep cleaning on a regular basis. Overall, loved our time and experience at Casa de Chad as it felt like our home away from home in Hawaii.
Rita M.
March 2024

Overall we had a great time. Kitchen was well stocked with spices, etc. Beds were comfortable and loved the master shower. There were a lot of steps and walking to get to the unit. I feel there should have been a disclaimer about all the stairs and steep inclines. Husband and I have had knee and hip replacements and this was very hard for us and we were not expecting it to be like that. Would have liked to have known beforehand.We were more likely to stay in more so we didn’t have to do all the stairs. The view was great and we were able to see whales.
Vicky w.
March 2024

Excellent location and an owner who makes a concerted effort to ensure you enjoy your stay. Note that, for anyone who has difficulty with stairs: the unit is on the top floor but there isn’t an elevator. To reach the unit from the parking garage requires traversing 45-60 stair steps, depending on where you park, both up and down. Unit is updated and very clean. Nice bathrooms, a kitchen with good appliances, including a Keurig coffee maker (pods provided). Everything needed to cook. Plenty of utensils, cups, and glasses. The complex is extremely quiet. The showers have good water pressure, and the owner provides an abundance of plush towels, including beach towels. There are no vanities in the bathrooms, and if one is needed, the reader should bring a vanity mirror. Beds are comfortable (we like firmer mattresses, nothing out of the ordinary). Plenty of pillows, all good quality. Bedrooms (and the master bath) have overhead fans. Each bedroom has its own in-wall (not window) HVAC unit and individual thermostats. The living room area also has an overhead fan and in-wall HVAC unit. We saw sea turtles from the balcony. There isn’t a sand beach, but there is a large public beach, which a monk seal uses for daily naps, that can be reached via an 0.8-mile paved path. Nearby are a supermarket and numerous restaurants, both casual and upscale, within short driving distance. Highly recommended.
Brian H.
March 2024

The patio and View are unparalleled. We saw turtles every day, and I saw a lot of whales spouts. The sunsets were magnificent. For the most part, it was very quiet. This condominium is nestled in a lovely neighborhood with some nice walking paths. We discovered within an hour to never leave food out. Is these little tiny ants just swarmed some dried fruit we had. After that, no sign of insects once we cleaned everything up and did not leave food out. There are a total 23 total steps to get from the lower level, parking garage into the unit. Just a heads up for anyone who has problem with stairs. The pool is very tiny, and was quite cold. We really didn’t intend on using it anyway but again, be aware. The garage takes a bit of maneuvering, but it’s great to have free parking! We enjoyed our trip and will definitely be back.
Mary P.
March 2024

This property was EVERYTHING! Very well appointed, BEAUTIFUL views! The only thing I would recommend (this isn't a ding on the owners - its just how the property was built)- if you rent a vehicle- make it an SUV- we had a Camaro and it would rub on the bottom of the drive way when we would leave. The owners were very specific (which I LOVE!). Would highly recommend and hope to stay there again!
Dorothy H.
March 2024

The condo is great and mostly as is. The only component that was different is there are homes being constructed in the large field outside of the balcony. There is no longer an uninterrupted view from the balcony. It is still a lovely view and location, but should be aware. The host was very responsive and the location was great!
Katrina K.
February 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was very clean. I was very happy with the location. I was satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Stunning ocean and whale views from the lanai. We love Poipu and this is a great location with better-than-most parking. The unit has a functional modern layout. Very effective AC system.
Roger B.
February 2024

Property is one of the best locations in Poipu with 8 - 10 minute walks to both Poipu beach and Shipwreck. Marine life everywhere you look out the back of the Condo...Whales, Turtles, Dolphins, etc. Location just cant be beat. Unfortunately the Condo is dated and needs a bunch of upgrades/repairs. Lights in both bathrooms (corroded and dirty, these are 200 dollar items at home depot...get new ones already!!) Washer (rusty and the dial is seized up) Curtains over washer are dirty and worn out, Windows/sliding balcony door (Worn out and hard to open and close) One lamp in Master bedroom doesnt work, Electric Stove/Oven is very old and was dirty when we checked in. Under cupboard light cover by the microwave falling off constantly and is faded and warped, the coffee table book and map are old, tattered and dirty (Dining guide is from 2020), The electrical outlet/box in the second bedroom is rusted. Place needs paint inside and out. Wish I could post pictures in the review. Management company for the Condo (Kauai Vacation Rentals) are excellent (10/10) with great communication during booking, payment, etc. with easy pickup and drop off of keys and info at their office in Lihue. Its a shame that the owner wont maintain the property and spend money on overdue repairs and upgrades it could be a nice place.
Wasted Y.
February 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very unhelpful. The vacation rental was very dirty. I was very unhappy with the location. I was very dissatisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Loved everything
Mike F.
February 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very 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: Great location, quiet building, awesome views. 2nd stay.
Dorothy B.
February 2024

Excellent location! Fabulous view! Close to multiple beaches, Our group of 8 women loved every minute of the trip. Kauai is a magical island. Mahalo
Chris H.
February 2024

My adult family and I rented the unit for two weeks. The view is absolutely unbeatable. The layout of the rooms allows for great privacy and it is especially nice that each room has its own full bathroom. Unfortunately, we found the this unit to be very poorly maintained. For the price this level of neglect was unacceptable. Though management was apologetic and sent maintenance right away each time we called the fact that the maintenance person came more than 1/2 a dozen times is ridiculous. When we arrived one of the front windows was missing a pane! How would this not be noticed during an inspection? Several lights did not work and needed replacement bulbs. Almost no device (remote controls, closet safe) that required batteries had functioning batteries. One by one, we replaced them all so that basic things like lights and air conditioning would turn on and off. The light by the extremely dark entrance way never functioned properly. And of course, the battery in a smoke alarm (the only working one in the unit) started beeping in the middle of the night and could not be shut off. The list goes on and on. Most of these things were small, easy fixes that should have been noticed if anyone was paying attention to the maintenance on this rental. For a high end vacation rental, the quality and attention to detail was not there.
Shiraz V.
February 2024

We particularly enjoyed the ocean sound, view, whale watching, turtle watching and walking options. Yes, there are stairs but it was not an issue for us at all. Host, Doug was very responsive and answered our questions quickly. We would definitely come back.
patricia s.
February 2024

Great property and lots of fun!
Shane E.
February 2024

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: To everyone looking for a sea view during their stay at Poipu, I would highly recommend this location. We were there at the end of December and all the wildlife you can see from the lanai is amazing. We saw spinner dolphins, humpback whales (breaching) and turtles. The condo has comfortable beds and is quiet and peaceful. Sunset views are great and the total experience was tremendous. It's close to the beach and all the amenities you want on the south shore. We will definitely come back here next time we travel to Kauai. Thanks for being part of a great experience.
Douglas P.
February 2024

Close to beaches, excellent view for whale watching, a/c , well equipped and stocked vacation rental!
Corrine G.
February 2024

Nice place to be, great views, whales everyday and turtles just over the edge of the cliff. Didn’t care for the access and parking, 30 stairs from unit to the car. Dated, a little run down. I’d rated it as average (3) but that gives too negative of a vibe. Management got us in early- but then used that as the reason it was in better condition…
Steve M.
February 2024

The communication and booking were easy. The property itself was nice, but could use a thorough deep cleaning. There were ants everywhere: kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms. We couldn't leave anything on the counters without it getting attacked by ants. The floors were cleaned with a very slick cleaner, and felt very oily/ greasy. Other than those minor issues, the view was beautiful, the mattresses/ pillows were great, and the kitchen was very well stocked. My family very much enjoyed our stay.
Cassandra K.
January 2024

The location is only a ten minute walk to Poipu beach and the Heritage trail. When finding the condo I fell in love with the view off the lanai and didn’t notice that there is no ac or heat. We regulated with the windows. A little warm but okay. So if you like it cool at night look elsewhere in January. We could see turtles and a few whales from the lanai too! Also they have an old fashioned key that has to be picked up at a different location.
Lisa D.
January 2024

The condo was amazing! Beautiful sunsets every night.
Diane E.
January 2024

If you like the sounds of crashing waves and seeing turtles swimming 50 yards off the Lanai this is your place. Great location, and incredible views.
john h.
January 2024

All I can say is when we come back next year I hope they let us stay here.
Kenneth C.
January 2024

Beautiful view of the sunrise, whales and great location. The two-story unit allowed quiet for those who wanted to sleep while others were in the kitchen. There is construction in the lot next door which turned out to be a joy for the toddler to watch. The construction was not too loud and had respectful hours.
margaret w.
January 2024

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 pictures were 100% representative of the condo and it was a wonderful place to stay. Great location with easy walks to different beaches and restaurants. Gloria in the office was lovely to work with and went out of her way to make our stay easier and more enjoyable, much appreciated!
Rebecca U.
January 2024

This property is literally on the cliffs overlooking spots where the sea turtles play. It was so fun to spend the mornings watching them in the surf. Our visit was short so I don't feel that we were able to fully embrace all that the location had to offer, but we appreciated being close to many of the shops and restaurants in the Poipu area. The VRBO itself is well appointed and lovely, quiet and yet convenient. Communication with the property group was easy and they left lots of helpful information about the area. I would definitely stay here again and again!
Linda K.
January 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was clean. I was very happy with the location. I was satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: The view is incredible. You can just see turtles all the time in the water below, we also managed to see dolphins and whales.Otherwise the apartment is really dated. Bathrooms lack ventilation and bathroom located inside one of the bedrooms didn't have functioning door. It does have curtain. So yes, location and especially the view are incredible. Otherwise ok.
Michael E.
January 2024

What a beautiful condo! Everything was so pretty and nicely organized. Our family had the best time here! Couldn’t have asked for a better condo to spend New Year’s in:-) We appreciated at all the beautiful details in the decorations and the provided towels and beach equipment. Thank you so much for providing a perfect “home” for us to live in for a week. We hope to come back again sometime soon.
Nathan S.
January 2024

We just returned home after staying here to celebrate our 55th anniversary with family! The property was perfect! We all loved the fabulous view and watching the turtles splashing around right in front of us! The condo was very well equipped - we especially liked having all the beach items there to use! And the Starbucks coffee pods were such a nice touch Would highly recommend this unit !!
Elizabeth G.
January 2024

This condo was very spacious for our 5 adults. It was well stocked and comfortable. We loved sitting on the lanai watching directly below us the waves crashing on the cliffs and the turtles swimming there. The sound of the sea was fabulous. Nice quiet condo complex.
Becky D.
January 2024

Property directly overlooks the ocean. Sitting on the sofa, you can see the sea without any other buildings in the way. Plenty of room and the hosts were always very prompt with replies. One note of caution, if you’re not fond of stairs it may not be the right place as several short flights up and down are required to be navigated from the parking area to the unit. Overall, very pleased.
Ron R.
January 2024

Great Vacation, property exactly as described and great communication with Chad, Would stay there again.

January 2024

My family rented for 4 nights and we were very happy with our stay. The property management were super communicative leading up to check-in, responded to our questions while on site, and made check-out easy. Loved the duplex layout! The entrance to the apartment is on the third floor of a low rise building so you do need to climb a flight of stairs to get to the unit. Everything was clean and there was all the amenities you would expect in the kitchen and bathrooms and laundry room. Pool/hot tub area is small but gets the job done. We saw sunrise from the terrace and just had to go downstairs to the walking path to watch sunset. Very comfortable and spacious!
Jill W.
December 2023

The condo had everything we needed and the location was excellent. We enjoyed the 2 mile hike along the coast.
Kelly R.
December 2023

This condo was the perfect place for our family to stay. It had room for everyone with very comfortable beds. There were seven adults and one child. We cooked most of our meals at the condo. The kitchen was well stocked with dishes, etc. Loved that it was within walking distance to town and beaches. Would definitely stay here again.

December 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was more than helpful. The vacation rental was very clean. I was very happy with the location. I was satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: We were able to check in early (11am) because the property was cleaned the previous day. The view from the lanai was fantastic! Didn't see any whales but saw dolphins. The property is a little older and the pool was just sad, but they include access to the Athletic club which has a resort-caliber pool and amenities. The living room sofa and chair were also a bit past their prime. There is access to a lava rock shore that is quite impressive. Had to be careful about food on the counters because there were tiny ants that would gather if anything was left out - to be expected in Hawaii - especially an older ground-floor condo. Would definitely consider staying here again!
karl k.
December 2023

This home was a wonderful location, with a 3rd floor balcony overlooking a rocky bay where we daily saw sea turtles in the waves and could watch both the sunset and the sunrise given our location on the south of the island. The place was clean and had plenty of room for the 7 of us. A bit of a splurge, but just eating out on the lanai/balcony every meal over the waves was wonderful!
Brady C.
December 2023

Beautiful views of the ocean sunrise and sunset. Amenities were good . Host very responsive to our questions. Should have a word about the many stairs to navigate outside and inside for people that have difficulties.
Cathy R.
December 2023

Great location -needs some updating-pool might not have been there as so small
Renee H.
December 2023

This was our first trip to Kauai. Location of condo was nice and in a safe area. It is located right on a walking path that takes you to Shipwreck Beach. The path is an easy walk with amazing views. There is some construction going on that you see/hear from the lanai. We were not there during the day much so it didn’t bother us. We had an issue with the TV and the manager responded quickly and even offered to come by several times. Check in check out was easy and had no issues. The beach chairs and umbrellas were great. We didn’t use the snorkel gear or boards but would be great if you were there with kids. There are A/C units in the bedrooms upstairs but not downstairs. The wind blowing through keeps it comfortable but if the doors/windows are closed it can get stuffy. This was a great place and great location.
Jamie G.
December 2023

Wonderful perfect family place. Well stocked. Lots of amenities. Poipu beach, Brenneke beach walking distance. Plenty of car parking. Highly recommend!
Margaret M.
December 2023

The 2 bedroom unit was nicely appointed, well equipped and came with a lovely club membership that included swim, pickleball, tennis, fitness and a nice casual restaurant. We loved the sound of the ocean waves crashing on the lava rocks beyond our unit. Sitting on the terrace or the rocks below and watching the sunset was such a treat! The unit was well located for most of our activities (hiking, dining, snorkeling, spelunking, golf, sea turtle watching and more). Each evening we had a rousing game before falling asleep to amazing stars! We could have used another week!
Julie C.
December 2023

I recommend this condo for up to eight folks. Third floor loft requires use of main floor restroom, and shower in one of second floor bathrooms (entry in bedroom.) Community near condo has all you need close by. Snorkeling, beach 20 minutes walk. incredible views of ocean, good food, grocery store near by, pool on property, good restaurants close by. We would visit in the future.
Catherine L.
December 2023

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Kauai. The condo was very well appointed and had the most gorgeous views of the ocean. We saw turtles and dolphins everyday. You can walk over to the resort for cocktails and food. Poipu beach was a very easy walk and the beach was incredible. We had famous Puka Dogs, Hawaiian style hotdogs, you HAVE to try one! If you like to cook you will want for nothing in the kitchen.We had our morning coffee and evening champagne on the patio, overlooking the ocean. The hosts are very kind and helpful. We would definitely stay here again!
Stacey V.
December 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: Enjoyable stay and the condo was great.
Luann C.
November 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: Very clean and comfortable. The kitchen is stocked with everything you would have in your kitchen at home. Master bedroom was cozy with a comfortable mattress. Extra pillows in the closet. Very nice patio with comfortable furniture. Watched every sunset from the lounge chairs. Loved listening to the waves crashing on the rocks below as we went to sleep and waking up to such a beautiful view. We will definitely try to stay here again. We enjoyed our visit to this beautiful island. Management was responsive when texting a question.
Julie L.
November 2023

Couldn't be a better location for turtle watching, sunsets, and central to island sightseeing. Would recommend to anyone. Neighbors had the Aloha Spirit.
John L.
November 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: Great view
Mark j D.
October 2023

I can’t say enough about this place! Great location, views and area. Very clean, host was extremely responsive, town is less than 1 min away via car, safe neighborhood, everything you would want/need. The townhouse was very clean, comfy beds and pillows, spacious bathrooms, absolutely excellent. There is a trail right off of the place where you can see some amazing views. This place made our stay!
erin f.
October 2023

The building is super easy to get to plus it’s close to everything.If you need a big car or struggle with backing in this is not the place for you. It’s tight especially on the lower level. The unit is nice and the air conditioning worked well. The second bedroom smelled like a cat lived in it so did the second bathroom. We didn’t use them but beware.The primary bathroom is nice and the bed was super comfortable. There were plenty of pillows and blankets throughout. I only wish the linens were a little nicer. The sunset views are spectacular! We had dinner on the patio a few nights. This unit is not an easy walk to a sandy beach. You will need to drive there. There are ants everywhere, kitchen, bathroom, living room. They are small but you can’t leave anything on the counter. The unit doesn’t feel private. An hour after checkin, my wife just got out of the shower and a maintenance man let himself in to install a blind. We had no warning. There is no blinds on the kitchen window and people walking through the unit can see in. Second day we were leaving for dinner and there was a blender on the doorstep. Again no warning. Later in the week we received a notice they needed us out of the unit to spray for bugs. Great but that day we had plans and needed the unit to get ready. Thirty minutes before they were scheduled to start, my wife gets walked in on by the exterminator. She was dressed but 2nd instance. Even with all the issues we still had a great time.
John S.
October 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: We had a fantastic time in Kauai celebrating our 30th anniversary! The property was great and the views were fantastic!
A guest from Sacramento , California
October 2023


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