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Marriott Beach Resort at Kauai

Updated on January 26, 2017
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Sherry is retired from telecommunications and resides in California. She shares photos and travel experiences on the Internet.

Marriott Beach Resort at Poipu Beach with Photos

The Marriott Beach Resort in Poipu, Hawaii deserves a positive review. The most popular guides to the Hawaiian Islands offered at CostCo and other book dealers, give a gloomy picture of this family friendly beach resort.

The guidebook has a related website that gives the resort an unfavorable rating. Pretty much saying it is a boring place, but with the photos here I hope to give you an honest look of the quiet resort.

A swimming cove right in front, next to Poipu Beach Park and walking distance to Starbuck's, restaurants and some shopping, plus beach side animal life is what our family found at this Kauai beach resort. One can not always relay on the published guides. Here are details of our experience.

Monk seal on Poipu Beach
Monk seal on Poipu Beach

Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club

Poipu is the location and an ocean cove is walking distance from your villa door. Have your snorkel and mask with you, the sea turtles favor this cove, and also, the second cove just east at Poipu Beach Park.

A spit of sand and coral divide the two coves. A monk seal took to sleeping on the sand spit one day and government caretakers with signs tied to their torsos set up a barrier around him. The rest of the day that area of the beach was solely the monk seal's.

It was April and occasionally humpbacks can be seen out in the distance.

Beach in front of the Marriott Vacation Club at Poipu beach
Beach in front of the Marriott Vacation Club at Poipu beach

Poipu Beach Resort

If you do not like sea water or animal life there are four swimming pool areas and five hot spas to keep you cool or relaxed. One smaller pool looks directly over a short cliff into the ocean cove and is only steps from the drinks bar; that pool is at center left above. A beach walk fronts the shore and continues west past four other resorts that front Kiahuna Beach. Good for a morning or evening walk.

On evenings the lava rocks on the lower left attracted the sea turtles. The rocks had bright green plants growing on them which may be the draw. Catching a photo of their heads appearing was very hard to do. I did not get a shot.

General Atmosphere of the Waiohai Beach Club

A not so sunny day
A not so sunny day

Relaxing at the Marriott

April showed that schools had scheduled spring vacations and the pool at the front near the beach was where the kids were. Older kids loved the cove and beach, but there was plenty of room for everyone. Two other pool areas were quiet with mostly adults. A large central garden area is the main visual for the majority of the villas, since the long length of the property is at right angles to the beach front.

Pictured above is a quiet pool and spa area. The bright blue gazebo is a play area for toddlers.

Our "Oceanview" fourth level two bedroom villa had the "view" shown in the center of the photo. This is 2/3rds the length of the resort. There are villas near the beach that are considered oceanfront. As can be gathered from these photos this beach resort is quiet with no eating establishments and an empty lobby area with one fashion store and the "Market Place", which is present at all Marriott Vacation Clubs.

The bar seats were filled with baby boomers and closed at 8pm. Prices were average for a resort. (not a "deal"). I did not see drink servers going amongst the lounge chairs either. That was inconvenient.

The twentysomething vacationers that joined us had to go a block down the road for some evening cocktails.

The grills at most of the Marriott clubs
The grills at most of the Marriott clubs

Hawaiian Beach Resort

This is the back of the resort, the other 1/3 of the total. Barbecue areas and I recall one hammock. Both are signature Marriott Vacation Club regulars for the grounds. A spa is located in this area and is screened by the top of the palms in the center of the photo.

The gardens are very pretty, Disneyland immaculate, but not particularly exotic like a high end Hotel has.

This is the large fish pond.

Villas hallway at the Kauai Marriott
Villas hallway at the Kauai Marriott

Marriott in Hawaii

The Villas at Poipu, Kauai

I like the villas. The 2 bedroom had the central living, dining and kitchen with a balcony. Large TV and sofa bed. Two complete baths and stacked washer and dyer. Has all the style and color of Marriott's other vacation clubs.

The hallways are devoid of any kind of decoration and tiled; spotless and almost clinical. The halls are a feature probably turning off the guidebook reviewers. I have to add we saw lots of families and quiet boomers.

No party hoards here.

Photo Peek At Marriott Vacation Club in Poipu

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Entrance at Poipu RdEntrance at LobbyGarden looking to backFront poolOcean front VillaKauai wild chickenGarden Pond Night HeronGarden Pond at rear of resort
Entrance at Poipu Rd
Entrance at Poipu Rd
Entrance at Lobby
Entrance at Lobby
Garden looking to back
Garden looking to back
Front pool
Front pool
Ocean front Villa
Ocean front Villa
Kauai wild chicken
Kauai wild chicken
Garden Pond Night Heron
Garden Pond Night Heron
Garden Pond at rear of resort
Garden Pond at rear of resort

Snorkeling is a Must on Kauai

All of us came face to face to green sea turtles and colorful fish. I was told there is more fish on the Park cove. Snorkel both for best viewing. We pack gear when going to Hawaii.

In the Poipu Shopping Village
In the Poipu Shopping Village

Busy and Very Hawaiian Restaurant at Poipu Shopping Village

A five minute walk across Poipu Rd does have a very busy and active restaurant and bar with fair prices and also a Roy's Restaurant.

Directly across Poipu Beach Park is Brennecke's Bar and Restaurant a busy place, as well, and walking distance.

Poipu Hawaiian Beach

This video is taken near the beach front pool and drinks bar at the Marriott at Poipu.

Personal Review on Kauai Guidebook

The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook: Kauai Revealed
The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook: Kauai Revealed
This is the guide that gave the Marriott resort at Poipu a boring or old folks rating at their website. Nonetheless, the guidebook is excellent and I bought Andrew Doughty's guides for two other islands. This book is loaded with fun and wonderful tips. The highway guides and the areas to stop at are fresh and offer out of the ordinary highlights and information. I enjoyed just reading it as a book. Well worth Amazon's cheapest price.

Evening Surf at the Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club

Poipu Sunset
Poipu Sunset

One of A Series of Candid Reviews and Photos of Marriott Beach Resorts

I am a baby boomer and I have tastes for the more relaxed vacation, but my twenty-nine year old son found many amenities his age group enjoys. We did rent a Jeep for short remote beach trips.

This Marriott resort is within walking distance of shops, restaurants and interesting strolls. You are not isolated from the Hawaiian experience at this vacation resort.

Be sure to read my other reviews about Marriott Vacation Clubs.

© 2011 Sherry Venegas

I liked the Poipu area of Kauai

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      6 years ago

      Oh my! That Evening Surf photo at the Marriott's Waiohai Beach is a stunning view! How I would love to visit any part of the Hawaiian Islands.

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      7 years ago

      Hey there! This place looks really familiar -- definitely I've seen it when we vacationed twice in Kauai -- I could seriously move there. It looks heavenly.

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      8 years ago

      I actually have a time share next door to this resort at the Beach Boy. We're neighbors. I love the Island of Kauai. I'm fascinated with that island, all the others are little too crowded for my taste. Kauai has the most breathtaking scenery. We could compare pictures. Be sure to post these on redgage, I'm still earning over there from mine back in June.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      9 years ago from Northern California

      Makes me want to go back to Kauai again. Great use of the new template theme with this lens.

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      9 years ago from East Central Florida

      I am SO ready to go! Now, where's my snorkel?

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      Vicki Green 

      9 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I've been to several of the islands, but not yet to Kauai. I must go to Hawaii at least one more time to see it. Your photos and review were very helpful.

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      9 years ago

      Is this Paradise or what? I wish I could afford to stay for even just one night - it will be quite an experience! Love the photos and enjoyed the video, too! Fantastic lens! Hey, do you need a daily dose of happy quotes? Check out my newest lens, "Happy Quotes Happiness" and find hundreds of happy quotes. Be happy and share your thoughts, too! Thanks. Sundae ;-)

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      9 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Looks beautiful.


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