Our Arrival: Parking was quite a distance from the rooms, but the bell staff made our arrival easy by picking us up in an electric cart and bringing us to our room. He also took the time to explain some things to us, including the shortest way to walk to our car so that we felt right at home.
The Rooms: The units were spacious, with the living area in the middle and the two bedrooms apart from each other, split by the living area. The kitchen was nicely equipped. The rooms appeared to have been recently refurbished, but they should have taken it a step further and replaced the mirrors. The walls were a little thin, and we could hear the people next to and above us from time to time, even snoring one night.
Still, the decor was nice, and we enjoyed our room very much, especially having the sliding doors open for some nice breezes.
Internet Anyone?: One tip I can give you if you need to keep in touch via the Internet is that you can get a guest dial-up account at HawaiiLink in Lihue for only $10 (and no setup charge) for up to 2 weeks of unlimited connect time. This was a great convenience for me because my "bring your own access" AOL account would have charged me by the minute to take care of my business while on vacation.
The Downside: One other thing that I feel I need to say is that there were certainly a lot of fees. With an energy fee of $70, plus about $5 a night in taxes, plus $1.50 a night for use of the in-room safe, we paid over $112 in fees for a week, and we didn't even use the air-conditioners! Someone at RCI needs to link excessive fees with taking away the Gold Crown status of the resort.
Summary: However, despite the fees, this was a very nice place to spend a week, and we may go back again someday. But first, we would like to try a resort on Maui!
Editor's Note: This property was formerly the Embassy Resort Poipu Point.
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San Diego, California
October 11, 2006
From journal Girls' Week Away
by LESLIE OHIO
February 5, 2006
From journal Hawaii Vacation
December 13, 2005
In order to go shopping, snorkeling or to dine out we had to leave the resort, which some days was tiresome and tedious. We had six people in our group and not everyone wanted to do the same things or go to the same places, so we all had to compromise to go anywhere. The other annoyance on the trip was that we spent our time washing and folding towels for our showers for the next day. This kind of made it hard to relax and call this a vacation. We did end up having a nice time but I was expecting more from this resort. The Embassy is awfully proud of their Kauai location, and yes it is nice, but there weren't very many amenities or services available. If I go back to Kauai I would probably stay somewhere different just so I could eat out whenever I wanted, and I would also want to stay somewhere with beach access.
From journal The Tranquility of Kauai
December 12, 2005
From journal 2005 Hawaiian Island Trip
September 19, 2005
The staff can help plan activities, such as helicopter sightseeing trips, snorkel/catamaran trips, and whale-watching cruises (Jan-March). Poipu Beach is so beautiful, one could spend a whole week there and have a perfectly wonderful vacation! The north shore has an awesome hiking trail overlooking the ocean. To the west of the island is Waimea Canyon (Grand Canyon of the Pacific), which is another must-see.
From journal Fall in Kauai, Hawaii...wonderful!
July 7, 2005
The resort itself does not have a beach. You can walk a little ways to find one, but you can also drive a few miles either way to well-known public ones or those secluded ones that few know about.
From journal Week in Poipu, Kauai
Glen Burnie, Maryland
June 18, 2005
The cabana bar near the pool offered snacks, and we indulged a bit, as well as used the grill area for cooking and eating by the pool. The walk area from the resort to the Hyatt and Shipwreck beach was gorgeous. Also, if you are taking small kids, the best beaches are Lydgate or Poipu, as well, as those aren’t as crowded as some of the others. For Internet and business services, you can go the Hyatt’s business café. If you have small kids, the Nai Pal Botantical Gardens are a hit, with the children’s garden.
From journal Near Paradise at Embassy Poipu, Kaui
May 16, 2005
We went to the farmers market in Koloa and stocked up on wonderful fresh organic fruit and veggies for the week. That watermelon tasted great after our hike. There seems to be farmers markets nearly everyday somewhere on the island.
Our favorite restaurants were Roy's, Dukes, Keokis, and the Koloa Fish Market. We were disappointed with Camp House Grill because of bugs, etc. The Beach House gets rave reviews, but not from us. It was overpriced, the food was cold, we had to wait for our table even though we had a reservation, and parking is an adventure activity.
We got rained out of our Captain Zodiac tour. We were loving it until it started pouring rain. They were very accommodating with rescheduling our refunding money.
From journal Poipu Pleasure
February 21, 2005
From journal 2 weeks in Paradise
New River, Arizona
January 14, 2005
From journal Kauai Getaway