When one imagines Hawaii, I believe their thoughts stray to water, the setting sun, and quiet breezes. We made our first trip to Hawaii with these thoughts in mind and were overjoyed that our host's condo met all our expectations and more!
Although budget was a concern, we chose the condo because we liked the idea of staying in a place that was not a hotel, where we could enjoy our stay and feel a sense of connection to the Poipu area. The condo was perfect: providing many of the luxuries of a hotel, without the price or packaged feel.
Walking in, the white-tile kitchen immediately made us wish we had booked a longer stay as it had the dishwasher, oven, full fridge, and washer/dryer one would need to stay weeks. The bathroom was spacious and included a full closet with lots of counter. The majority of our time was spent in the living room and dining area where one could look out at the Pacific Ocean through the large patio doors. Whether enjoying some take-out, reading the guestbook or just watching TV, we never lost track of being in a special place.
I happen to be a bit picky about beds and was quite comfortable in the king-sized provided. Pillows were soft and the linens clean. I don't think most people will have an issue. If you do, go out on the porch, because you will have some great views of the setting sun every night you choose to be at home. For us, that was all of them!
There are downsides, though minor, and most have to do with the building. For example, if you want a modern, glittering, palace, they can be had but for much more. This is comfortable and functional with some retro elements I grew to like. One also needs to take care on the driveway: there is a large hump as you enter which, if taken, quickly, will bottom out your car. Finally be sure to close windows and put away food. Despite being up high, Poipu is a humid, jungle climate and insects or rain may otherwise make their way inside.
These minor issues are nothing compared to the view, the space, the cleanliness, and the location you receive. It made the condo a great value with an overlook of the ocean you usually have to pay extra on top of arm and leg for the room. I am looking forward to a return trip, especially since I won't need to look for a new place to stay.