"We booked this vacation condo literally two days before we went, assuming we would have to pay a premium for last minute reservations. In fact, we believe we got the best deal on the island. Most of the condos we looked at on VRBO were studios, and once we got to the island we realized that the a lot of the others were also in poor locations or in disrepair. Instead, we got a nice, clean, well maintained condo, complete with a separate bedroom. The couch pulls out to a queen bed as well, so this could be a great place for a family or multiples. A/C is included. The condo was well furnished for anything you might need on the island, with cooking utensils, snorkeling equipment, and lots of other things.
Location is great when you book, too. It is a two minute walk to the beach for wonderful sunrises, though swimming is not recommended at the beach. With a few more steps, you will probably find a small wading pool to sit in. Plenty of shops and restaurants within easy walking distance as well. If you want to head out of the immediate area, the condo is easy enough to go north or south. And since parking is included, you won't have a problem with your car.
There are three pools on the property, as well as an outdoor barbecue that Plantation Hale keeps gassed and a hot tub in one of the pool areas. It might be difficult to get hot tub time alone, but if you try late in the evening during midweek, you'll probably have some time. The pool is a great feature, since much of the island shuts down at sundown.
I'll echo what others have said in the booking process--it seemed a bit informal to me as well. The presence of so many good reviews helped ease that for me, which is why I want to chime in as well. In all, the owner and property manager were incredibly kind, helpful, and, most importantly, honest. It was wonderful to be treated so well despite our late booking. What's more, our security deposit was refunded in full and only took a short time to arrive in the mail (which was great since we paid with paypal and this allowed us to forgo the paypal fee!--Thank you Jason!).
The green area adjacent the condo and beach is a great location to fly a kite in paradise; there is a kite store in Princeville if you so choose. Also, go early and often to Lappert's ice cream!
In all, for what we got, we believe this was the best value on the island. We will definitely book again if we are so lucky to have vacancy the next time we visit Kaua'i!"
Guest: Matthew M.
Date of Stay: October 2015
Review Submitted: October 24, 2015