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Poipu or Princeville…Which side of Kauai is Your Favorite?

My absolute favorite island of Hawaii is the exquisitely beautiful Kauai. Known as the Garden Isle for good reason… 97% of the island is composed of undeveloped mountain ranges and rainforests. Its green valleys and lush gardens are bursting with vividly colored flowers, and thundering waterfalls cascade down its many mountains. Remember the movie Jurassic Park and all its gorgeous scenery? It was filmed here. You can even visit some of the movie sites (no dinosaurs though!).  Kauai’s beaches are terrific, and you can still find a secluded area to sunbathe and swim. If Kauai isn’t paradise, I don’t know what is!

The two major resort locations are Poipu (referred to as the south shore or sunnyside), and Princeville (the north shore or often called the rainy side).  I like to mix it up…stay in Poipu on one trip and the next time stay in Princeville. Here are two of my favorites.

Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club – Poipu

About the Resort

Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club at night

Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club has one of the best locations on the award-winning Poipu Beach. You can walk out your villa door and walk a few steps to the sunniest beach on the island. The resort is landscaped to reflect the essence of the island with vibrantly colored tropical plants, lagoons, and waterfalls. Fitting perfectly into the landscape are three sparkling pools…one just for the children. There’s also a fitness center and beachfront water sports to enjoy. Casual meals are available at the resort’s Honu Pool Bar and The Marketplace.


This 5-star resort lives up to its reputation. Your family can stretch out in the spacious, perfectly-appointed two-bedroom, two-bath villas. Features include: full kitchens, separate living and dining areas, master suite with king bed, and separate bath with oversized soaking tub and shower. There’s room for more people in the guest suite with a king bed and double sofa bed, in addition to a queen sleeper sofa in the living room.

Favorite Activities

Waimea Canyon
I bet you thought there was only one Grand Canyon! Though Waimea Canyon is not quite as big as the one in Arizona, it’s definitely not to be missed. Mark Twain called it “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific” and it truly is. You’ll marvel at the panoramic vistas and land formations spreading over ten miles with canyons almost 4,000 feet deep. Drive there in your rental car, or take a half-day tour with a tour company. Along the way enjoy Hanapepe Lookout, Sprouting Horn, and the Poipu Resorts made famous in the Elvis Presley movie, Blue Hawaii.  On other days, drive to Kauai’s many popular beaches to snorkel and surf, and visit quaint towns like Old Koala Town or Hanapepe.

My favorite way to end the day is at world-famous Brennecke’s Beach Broiler at Poipu Beach Park. Order a Mai Tai and watch a fabulous sunset at this casual, low-key restaurant. Then stick around for some of the best fresh fish dinners on the island.

What Travelers Say About Waiohai Beach Club

Review from RedWeek member tonjan:
“The Marriott Waiohai on Poipu beach is the BEST timeshare resort in all of Kauai. We also own the Marriott in Maui at the Ocean Club and I must admit that I prefer the Waiohai to the Maui resort. (Our teenage boys prefer this location too). They say the beach and the waves are much better than at Kaanapali. Its 5 star all the way. You can not beat the beach, the exploring locations and the gorgeous grounds. The timeshare is very spacious and has everything we could possibly need. If you want commercialized Hawaii-go to a different island. If you want pure beauty and lush tropical feel as you’d imagine Hawaii to be-this is the resort to be at and the island of choice! Mahalo!”

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Hanalei Bay Resort – Princeville

About the Resort

The Hanalei Bay Resort has a prime location on the north shore of Kauai, overlooking the sparkling waters of Hanalei Bay. The resort encompasses 22 acres of exotic landscaping with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The spectacular sunsets of the north shore are like no other!

Hanalei Bay Resort

Fodor’s Travel has named Hanalei Bay Resort’s pool one of the best in the U.S. Pool designers used the natural beauty of the area to show off the pool to its best advantage.  Guests enjoy unsurpassed views of Hanalei Bay and the Napili Coast while swimming and lounging by the pool. The ocean views from the eight on-site tennis courts aren’t too bad either! Be sure to check out the tennis pro shop. You can walk to the beach in about five minutes, but in case you over-extend yourself with all the water sports, there’s also complimentary golf cart rides to and from the sand 24 hours a day.


Accommodations feature fully furnished one-, two- and three-bedroom villas with full kitchens. The two-bedroom sleeps up to eight people comfortably with a King bed in the master bedroom, two double beds in the second bedroom, and a Queen Murphy bed. It also has 2 bathrooms, a lanai, and an entertainment center.

Favorite Activities

Another plus for this resort is the on-site concierge who can help you plan and
get started on any of the many adventures the area has to offer. The resort is located near surfing and snorkeling areas, horseback riding, golfing, great shopping, dining, and Hawaiian cultural activities.

Kayaking and Hiking
One of my favorite activities on this side of the island is kayaking. Kauai has the only navigable rivers in Hawaii and the Hanalai Bay area has many. You can spend a day meandering peacefully though the inland rivers, or for a more physical challenge try ocean kayaking.  A 17-mile paddle along the ruggedly beautiful Napili Coast, at the base of 4,000-foot cliffs, is an exhilarating experience! You’ll see whales, sea turtles, dolphins, and more.

If you still need more thrills, you can hike the Napili coastline. The Kalalau Trail which begins at Ke’e beach is rated 9 out of 10 for difficulty, but is well worth the effort. The trek takes you along the most breathtaking coast and valley scenery of the island.

What Travelers Say about Hanalai Bay Resort

Review from RedWeek Member dennyw10
“We’ve owned HBR now for 10-years and stayed in the newly remodeled 2b/2b unit in March 2013. What an improvement the remodeled units make. The grounds, newly update pool have always been fantastic and the view looking out at Hanalei Bay is unbelievably beautiful. Truly this resort is on the right path. A great place to relax and enjoy paradise.”

Read all Hanalei Bay Resort reviews >> 

No matter what side of the island or which resort you choose, you won’t be disappointed. Kauai is truly a paradise, and the timeshare experience is the way to enjoy it! Let us hear from you – have you been to Kauai, and where do you like to stay?

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Timeshare Vacation Holiday Gift Idea – Elvis and Blue Hawaii Celebrate 50th Anniversary

As you turn your focus to your holiday gift list, consider giving a timeshare rental vacation to Hawaii. Specifically, Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii – the spectacular Garden Island of Kauai.

The movie Blue Hawaii premiered in Kauai 50 years ago. Much of the famous movie was filmed on Kauai, which celebrated this landmark 50th Anniversary with an event “Kauai Remembers Blue Hawaii.”

The celebration featured a live performance by an Elvis Presley tribute artist, a screening of the movie, and a tribute to the late Grace Guslander, the beloved hotelier who ran Coco Palms Resort where the movie’s most memorable scene took place – Elvis’s Hawaiian-themed wedding on the resort’s lagoon.

With more than 600 in attendance, the Kauai Marriott ballroom was filled with Elvis fans rocking to classic songs including “Rock-a-Hula Baby,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Hawaiian Wedding Song,” and “Blue Hawaii.”

Enjoy the Blue Hawaii trailer:
The movie’s approximate final 20 minutes was filmed on Kauai at or near Coco Palms Resort, culminating in the lagoon wedding scene in which Elvis and his fiancé are carried to the chapel in a double-hulled canoe filled beautiful tropical flowers.

“Fifty years ago Blue Hawaii was extremely valuable to Kauai’s image as a visitor destination, with the movie coming out as air travel was becoming more and more accessible for visitors to the Hawaiian Islands.” Kauai Visitors Bureau executive director, Sue Kanoho, said.

With few exceptions, filmmakers had used Kauai’s lush natural beauty to portray a place other than the island of Kauai. With Blue Hawaii Kauai was itself in all its glory.

“Elvis Presley fans everywhere were suddenly aware of this beautiful paradise and they wanted to come and see Kauai for themselves. To this day, we have visitors still wanting to see the lagoon where Elvis got married,” Kanoho said.

There are many Kauai budget-friendly timeshare rentals available. For example, give a gift of a stay at the Point at Poipu resort in Koloa, nestled in 22 acres of lush tropical gardens overlooking Keneloa Bay, for just $86/night.

In Princeville, a timeshare rental at the world-famous luxurious Hanalei Bay Resort is just $96/night.

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Hawaii Timeshares: The Top Dream Vacation

Hawaii has been named the top “Dream Destination” in a recent 2010 Holiday Study conducted by Leisure Trend Group (LTG) of its 1.2 million Most Active Americans Panel.

Hawaii topped Australia and New Zealand for the number one spot when those surveyed were asked where they would take their favorite person on vacation if money were no object. Hawaii captured 9 % of the vote, while Australia and New Zealand each had 5 % of the vote.

“Hawaii has long been a dream destination for many and we’re proud to see the demand remains strong among domestic travelers,” said John Monahan, president and CEO of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau. “With six unique islands, a rich culture and history, regional cuisine, and diverse activities covering land, air, and sea, the Hawaiian Islands offer an experience like nowhere else in the world.”

For those of you who agree with the findings of LTG’s survey, and consider Hawaii a dream destination of your own, the good news is that even if money is an object, this dream can still come true.

Timeshare rentals on several of the most popular Hawaiian islands can be found to match almost any budget. A timeshare rental can give you accommodations that are up to 50% less than hotel rooms; are spacious with separate bedrooms, a living area and a dining area, as well as a full-sized kitchen; and are attached to luxury resorts where the cost of your timeshare rental includes many of the resort’s special amenities.

For example, on Oahu you can rent a timeshare at the Imperial Hawiian Vacation Club for just $57/night. Head to Maui for a timeshare rental at Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club for only $72/night. On the beautiful Garden Island of Kauai you can find a timeshare rental at the famous Hanalei Bay Resort for $86/night. And on the Big Island, the Kona Coast Resort II has timeshare rentals starting at $71/night.

You almost can’t afford not to go to Hawaii with these and other great bargains available on

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A Kauai Timeshare: Paradise within Paradise

The beautiful Hawaiian island of Kauai has been called “Paradise within Paradise.” A family vacation on this stunning island can easily be yours when you rent a timeshare. Located on the north shore of Kauai, Princeville was originally a coffee plantation that was established in 1853. It’s now the largest planned development on Kauai, and home to some of Hawaii’s most luxurious resorts. Below is just a sample of timeshare resorts available on All have spacious units with patios or lanais, fully equipped kitchens, and separate living areas.

The Cliffs at Princeville
Even with the Gold Crown rating through RCI and a 5 Star rating with Interval International, timeshare rentals at The Cliffs at Princeville start at the reasonable price of just $57/night. Perched on a high bluff with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and of spectacular sunsets, this resort has 22 acres of lush tropical landscaping, and amenities that include everything from a pool and a spa to tennis, and even a putting green with a sand trap. The nearby Foodland market is reasonably priced for groceries for budget meals in your timeshare kitchen. Grill your own steaks at the BBQ area poolside. One RedWeek member says, “If you are looking for a retreat from the stress of daily life, you will never want to leave.”

Hanalei Bay Resort
The Hanalei Bay Resort sits beachfront on a semi-private, secluded white sand beach on the famous and spectacular Hanalei Bay. Timeshare rentals here start at just $71/night. Breathtaking sunsets and a picturesque pool amid lush tropical gardens are just some of the wonderful natural amenities for you to enjoy. For a break from your meals in your timeshare enjoy the popular onsite Happy Talk Lounge for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and live entertainment in the evening. RedWeek members say, “This resort treats you like royalty.”

Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
Timeshare rentals at the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas start at a reasonable $82/night. This resort has over 18 oceanfront acres on Kauai’s Anini Beach, a narrow reef-protected beach that stretches for over 2 miles. The reef ensures that Anini beach has the calmest ocean conditions on the north shore. Amenities include a children’s pool, a plunge pool, and poolside “huts” for rent where you can relax in comfortable plush chairs. Member reviews say, “Love this resort – Friendly, smiling staff makes a point to get to know you during the week.”

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Hanalei Bay Resort Management Not Meeting Expectations

Located on the north shore of Kauai in Hawaii, the luxurious Hanalei Bay Resort is looking at many unhappy owners these days. Quintus Vacation Management, who was supposed to manage the property through 2012 sold the contract to Celebrity Resorts last August without notifying the Hanalei Bay Resort Vacation Owners Association board members or the Association of Apartment Owners. Under the new ownership, the property’s condition is not showing improvement. Even the Bali Hai restaurant, with one of the best views on the island overlooking the Hanalei Bay, has been closed for a year and a half with no plans to re-open.

Owners have been voicing their concerns over the condition of the property for a few years now and were surprised to learn that despite having their fees raised in 2008 the resort was operating at a deficit and there are no reserve funds to begin renovation of outdated units. Owners have requested that Celebrity Resorts management company be removed, but, to no avail. Now the VOA and AOAO are working together against Celebrity Resorts to terminate their contract. Previous VOA board members are being ignored and Celebrity Resorts instead appointed their own board members, which included three of the company’s senior officers. Legal actions have already begun on that front to determine who the legitimate board of directors is for the VOA. More lawsuits may follow.

“Hanalei Bay Resort should be run by boards consisting of individual owners and in a fiscally approved manner, where management companies report to owners,” says Peter Somerville, a timeshare owner at the resort. “It’s a conflict of interest to serve on the board of a property in which they manage.”

Celebrity Resorts does seem to be recognizing AOAO board members, but they are not being given important information such as company financials. “We really feel the management company should report directly to the AOAO board,” said Kent Oehm, President and timeshare owner. “We’ve been trying to keep the resort going and one of things we’re concerned about is getting the restaurants open.”

On a good note, unconfirmed sources say that the Happy Talk lounge is scheduled to re-open either this month or next, which could mean that Celebrity Resorts is finally starting to turn things around. If you have more details, we invite you to post your comments below.

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