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It was the perfect place to stay. Felt amazing walking in these doors after a long day of adventure.
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Terry B. says
Nice property at Nihi Kai.
Mahalo Terry for your 5-star review and comments. It is great to hear that you loved your stay at Nihi Kai! We are already looking forward to hosting you again. Mahalo and a hui hou!
Christy M. says
Everything here was great! 2yo and 4 yo and 2 adults. Linens, towels, great beach accessories, coolers, and kitchen stuff.
Bay Area says
The view from this unit is fantastic! It is our favorite unit at Nihi Kai.
Rebekah J. says
Fantastic location and comfortable condo!
We’ve stayed in Poipu a couple of times and this condo was fantastic for our family. We would definitely stay here again!
Patti Z. says
This place was a perfect location, had everything we needed, and the view is amazing.
It was very hot. I would stay here again if AC was added.
Aloha Patti, we are sorry the trades did not cool things off as usual. I am happy to say that we have many units at Nihi Kai with AC for your next trip. We look forward to hosting you again soon.
Razvan B. says
We loved our stay at Nihi Kai Villas. The condo was perfect for us, very well equipped, plenty of room. The beach is at the door and the view is spectacular. We can not say enough about our week’s visit and would definitely recommend this location if you are considering a visit to Kauai.
The property and unit #831 were fantastic!
Unit 831 was comfortable and easy! From the check in process to the awesome view this was a great place to stay. The unit was a little warm, but easily solved with the fans provided. We were comfortable and found everything that we needed to enjoy our vacation. Unit 831 offers a beautiful view and clean, simple no frills comforts. There are a few things that perhaps could use an upgrade but they honestly did not get in the way or affect our total satisfaction.
katsura , (JP) says
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Kathi W. says
Lovely grounds, condo was fine, with adequate appliances and all the important provisions. Nice and
Great location, great view from the lanai. No A/c, but we figured out how to keep it aired out.
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Petra J. says
We had a wonderful stay at the Nihi Kai Villas. The property is well kept and very pretty. Our apt. on the 3rd floor with the great view was a place to relax and enjoy aloha. The location is just a few steps away from the beach and a very good restaurant. Would love to be back!
Janet Borthwick , (AU) says
The condo had everything but air conditioning. Great views.
???? The rooms were large with very comfortable beds.
???? We really needed air conditioning in August, however there were numerous fans in the condo. The condo was very hot inside.
This condo has a beautiful view up on the hill looking out over the water
This condo is very dated and does not have that personal touch that we have experienced at other condos in Hawaii. The condo had the very basic utensils and absolutely no condiments whatsoever except a salt and pepper shaker. If you wanted to cook any meal or breakfast you would need to buy all of the basic essentials. We stayed up in a condo in Princeville for 2 days and it was completely stocked with even the simplest of your needs. There was plenty of room for our family as the boys 21,17 had a room of there own. The view was beautiful and I would give it a 5/5 but like I mentioned earlier this condo lacks any personal touch to it and be prepared to buy ALL of your condiments if you want to cook. I would probably not stay at this condo again .
Aloha Laura, Mahalo for taking the time to post your review. We take great lengths to photograph and describe all units. This unit is rated an “island casual” and we do state that “Although not recently updated, these unique properties provide value and comfort for your family, yet still meet Parrish Kauai’s minimum quality standards.”. We are sorry you were surprised as I do see you booked it directly online, so we assume you reviewed all this prior to booking. In terms of condiments, this is a conscious decision as we think it is more sanitary, healthier and safe not to have other people’s food items left in the units. Please know we are happy to supply any food items that you require as long as you give a note ahead of time. Again, we are sorry and hope you will reconsider when you travel to Kauai again. Mahalo.
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Barbara F. says
Excellent view, high ceiling condo was wonderful!
It was VERY HOT -- never seemed to cool off at night or in the morning. Fans helped but tough to sleep. Otherwise, it was a fabulous experience!
Aloha Barbara, Mahalo for taking the time to write a review. Kauai is a tropical environment and it does get warm at times (especially during the summer), but typically, most people find that opening the windows and doors and letting the trades blow through is enough to make things comfortable. We are sorry for any inconvenience and do want to let you know we do offer options with air conditioning for your next stay. In the end, we are glad you had a fabulous time and we look forward to hosting you again soon. A hui hou!
Nihi Kai 831: Stifling Heat, Dishonest Parrish Management
We have been visiting Kauai each year for almost 25 years. This year we chose Nihi Kai 831 to stay in. Although the decor looked dated in the photos, the view looked beautiful. Due to the construction of the building the temperature in the unit stayed consistently in between 96 and 100 F (36 – 38 C), while outside temperature never exceeded 86 F (30 C). There were no trade winds, just full sun keeping it hot all day. At night when you would expect the temperature to drop, there was no relief. Parrish, the management company, provided a couple of fans but that only blew the hot air around. After 11 days of trying to stick it out, we both felt ill from the unrelenting heat. When we contacted Parrish to resolve the matter, they offered to move us to another unit that was not better and wanted to charge us an additional $ 90 per night on top of the full amount we had already paid for more than 3 weeks. Parrish said nobody had complained before but I’ve since read several reviews stating how hot Nihi Kai 831 is. We’ve since moved and have lost our full amount paid. They never offered any refund or credit. Parrish was very unsympathetic and we would never book through them again. With all we learned the real problem is not with the particular unit. The problem is the Parrish communication on it. The unit should not be on the market for the first place. If it is – Parrish should clearly and transparently inform potential clients that they will be exposed to extreme temperatures, creating the health hazards due to overheating and dehydration. Should clients accept it – it is fine, but I would certainly go for something else. But there is no word about the hazards on Parrish internet offer, I was not informed about it during selection and booking process and not warned even after arrival. In other words – Parrish market communication is misleading and not honest. If you are still going to book through Parrish, please note that every place they partially manage, has also other management companies, perhaps smaller, but contrary to Parish friendly, working through weekends and long hours, offering more services and – what is most important – providing honest, transparent information and helping with the proper choice. Go to them to save your vacations.
Aloha Piotr We are very sorry you had an uncomfortable stay and chose to leave early rather than allow us to even have a conversation about alternative accommodations. Our listings follow, and in many ways exceed, the industry standard and feel the 15 additional reviews on 831 add different guest perspectives. We agree, there are periods when the trades are not blowing and it gets warm across the island. We cannot argue with that…especially during late summer/really fall when you visited. We did what was within our power to try to make you comfortable and we are sorry it was not enough. You asked to move via email and we sent you a few options and told you to call us to discuss further. Following up that day, we tried you several times on your cell and in the unit to no avail. You chose to end the discussion by checking out early and not giving us the opportunity to help further. I am sure had that call happened, we would have found something that would have worked to mutual benefit. We pride ourselves on being great hosts and are sorry we did not have the opportunity to do that here. Mahalo, Parrish Kauai
Marilee W. says
What a view
Enjoyed the roomy condo, high ceilings and amazing views. We made it a point to watch the gorgeous sunsets from the deck. The older condo is in a great location and an easy walk to the ocean. We were there the middle of Oct and wished the nights cooled off more. So the only change I’d like to see is the addition of AC which is why I have it 4 not 5 stars.
Mahalo Marilee for the review. We are glad you got to enjoy the great views from above Poipu…they really are great, especially this time of year. Right now there is limited capacity to add AC (now only one small unit in the bedroom) but it is something that we will certainly pass on to the owners and Board of Nihi Kai Villas. We look forward to hosting you again soon.
Tracy B. says
Great condo with beautiful view and great location!
We loved our stay at Nihi Kai #831! The condo was roomy, clean, comfortable, had everything we needed, and was in a convenient location; close to beaches, activities, and restaurants. We loved our stay. Condo is great for a couple who wants lots of room and a great view, or plenty of space for a family as well! Things we loved: -- The view is great! We watched Humpback whales breaching from the patio with binoculars! Breakfast and sunset and a snack on the patio were both fabulous. -- Kitchen is well stocked with quality cookware and equipment. (Much better than many condos we’ve stayed in!) -- Condo was roomy and was stocked everything we needed; towels, beach chairs, beach umbrella, coolers, washer/dryer, games, books…you name it! -- Condo grounds are beautiful and very well maintained. -- Ample parking -- Close to good restaurants both in Poipu and Koloa and Big Save grocery in Koloa. -- Close to lots of nice beaches for playing, relaxing, swimming, and snorkeling. We had our best luck snorkeling at Poipu beach within walking distance of the condo! You’re also close to beaches on the west coast and an hour from Waimea Canyon. Booking was easy and straightforward as well. No drawbacks really. We loved our stay and would stay here again!
2 Condos...Too Fun!!
Unfortunately, even renting 7 months out, we still couldn’t find side-by-side condos for 4 adults, one 5.6 year old, and twin 18 month olds. BUT, condos 823 and 827 still worked fine!! 827 way larger, so parents and twins each had separate bedrooms. Very large rooms and lanai allowed for lots of play room. Walk to beach was welcome exercise for all, except 5.6 year old!;-) At night, walked down to find sea turtle on beach. Also saw 2 sea turtles swimming in day time from road; seal monk, etc! Each had washer/dryers; dishwasher; beach chairs; bought a boogie board. Fireworks on New Year’s Eve spectacular from lanai…no need to keep babies up and fight crowds on beach! 827 a little mustier-smelling in 2nd bedroom…no one but Grammy seemed to notice!
Excellent Choice for a Family!
Three of us stayed: Myself, my husband, and his sister. On some days her friend joined us as well. Nihi Kai is well placed just blocks from Brenneke’s and Poipu beaches. Excellent restaurants are nearby, as well as pretty good shopping. The office was not open when we checked in, or when we checked out, but both operations were glitch-free and easy. The pool is well maintained, the room was clean, and the view from this unit is spectacular. The sunsets are amazing. The beds are comfortable, and the washer/dryer stack in the room was a lifesaver. Watch out for the ants though. They were there last year and have not moved. Best bet is to keep garbage in the freezer and be sure to keep all crumbs and spills wiped up. The vanity lights in the bathroom still give off way too much heat. Beach chairs, coolers, boogie boards, and other beach stuff is supplied. The unit also has a dishwasher. Lanais on east and west sides give you an outdoor room no matter what time of day. The unit could use some updating though. This is the second time we’ve been here, and we intend to return.
When can we come back?
We had a wonderful stay in Kauai. We worked with Cynthia to find this unit and so very happy that she was able to get us in for our stay. It was great we couldn’t be happier. The view is phenomenal, waking up to look out (from the bed) at the ocean, valley and mountain was so … fantastic. We never slept so well. Sunsets… Well words cannot describe… you just have to see it. The condo was comfortable and spacious, since we were there with a group we visited other condos in the area and liked ours the best! We had a blender malfunction (simply a no no) but the staff knew the importance of a blend and very quickly replaced it for us with a brand new one (yeah!). The ants that everyone mentions were true they are tiny little buggers (not like the ants we have here in California) but if you leave something out they will appear out of nowhere and you will have an army of ants. Bring ziplock bags and store items in fridge. We found 3 boogy boards, plenty of chairs, a cooler and we added a sun umbrella to the collection of items available for guests to use (thank you previous guests). All in all we would definately come back and want to stay in unit 831. When you go you have to eat at Casa di amici, Pizzetas in Koloa, the Plantation Gardens (awesome coconut shrimp) and Lapperts ice cream (we discovered Lapperts on our last day -- luckily for us). Mahalo!
A room with a view
phantastic location and view, beautiful garden setting, the kitchen equipment was a bit poor
Washington, USA says
We Want To Stay Forever!
The condo was everything we expected it to be: Clean, relatively quiet, very comfortable, well equipped with chairs, water toys, coolers… The only negative was the remodeling going on next door, but we weren’t home that much during the day. The view from unit 831 is spectacular. Do heed the warnings to seal food up, the ants come out at the least temptation. The roosters crow all night, but they are far enough away to be more comforting than annoying. But beware: if the trade winds aren’t blowing (they weren’t for our visit) the west lanai gets unbearably hot, the east lanai stays very cool. Ahhh! We would loved to have stayed a month or more! Kauai was nice, too. Don’t miss the Tubing adventure, the water is cool and refreshing.
san diego ca. says
Scenic boot camp
Can’t beat the view, the location for running on the trail to the Hyatt, can walk to all the great restaurants. The condo is spacious and very quiet. Loved it all except the trillion pesky little ants…but they can’t possibly eat much!
Very close to a nice beach
We appreciated having only to cross the street to get to very nice beaches. The kids enjoyed boogie boarding, swimming and snorkelling. We watched the turtles at the end of the afternoon. We even saw two hawaiian monk seals one day on the beach! The condo unit was perfect and very roomy for a family of four.
Ideal and valuable vacation!
As many other reviewers have commented, the sun-set view from the large lanai is magnificent. It is as if you owned the entire beach and the sunset. The unit is very well maintained and managed though it is a little dated. All the appliances functioned well enough including the in-unit washing machie/dryer, which were very convenient. There are two supermarkets within 5 min drive and many restaurants. The gorgeous Poipu beach is so close that you can enjoy the sound of the waves all day long.
Best location at the Nihi Kai and although the condo could use some updating it more than met our needs. The furnishings were comfortable and the kitchen was stocked with utensils and pots/pans, and the dishes were not plastic as they have been in other condos where we’ve stayed at Nihi Kai. This is our fourth trip to Nihi Kai and bldg 8 is our choice. My one request of Parrish is that they ensure a standard set of beach supplies in each condo — 2 chairs, an umbrella and a small cooler.
Southeast Wisconsin says
Hard to Leave
We have stayed at the Nihi Kai Villas in the past. This was our first time in unit #831. There are a lot of stairs, but, what a magnificent view! I hesitate to recommend this unit because someone else has already booked it for the time we plan to vacation in Kauai in 2010. The Parrish Collection does an excellent job managing the property. This was our third stay at the Nihi Kai and the next trip is already planned. The villa’s proximity to the Poipu Beach makes this property an ideal location for a family vacation or a get-away for two. One word of advice--It is a long way to Kauai. Make your stay at least 10 days--or more. Aloha!
Outragous panoramic ocean view!
We rented this two bedroom home with another couple. We love Kauai and have visited many times and have found the Poipu area to be our favorite. Great snorkeling right there and at nearby beaches. Saw turtles from shore and while snorkeling. Saw porpoise from shore. Gorgeous sunsets! The view from this lanai and master bedroom is stunning! Panoramic view from the entire coastline to the mountains! The condo was furnished nicely though the kitchen is needing some updating. Not fancy but good value for the money. The only negative issue was that if you are renting with another couple there is no privacy because the interior doors are all louvered.
Fantastic location and great quiet property.
We had a great 10 days at Nihi Kai. This was our second visit to Nihi Kai and would definately return. The value is what brings us back. Quiet locale, easy access to the beach, and nice large condos to relax. The 831 unit has not been updated in many years but it’s functional and considering your day is spent on the beach who cares if there is 70’s decor.
Southern California says
Poipu the best
we stayed at Nihi Kai villas as I have done in years past. as usuall the place is great, wonderfull surroundings and the location to the beach is best. It is also located where we play alot. the beachs are the best along with the weather. the north shore side is to rainy for me, east side to windy. Poipu is the best.the accomidations is perfect what we were looking for and the units are spacious and gives a great Hawaii atomsphere.
The location of this property is excellent in that it is in a wonderfully quiet area. The ocean views were spectacular with gorgeous sunsets, and with viewings of whales on the horizons. Unfortunately this property is very dated; the patio furniture definitely needs to be replaced. The biggest problem, however,was the lack of cleanliness, the lack of in depth house-cleaning that has been given to this condo. I believe this was possibly the dirtiest condo I have ever rented. Sorry, I could not recommend this particular unit as a place for others to rent.
Aloha Sharon, Thank you for taking the time to post your review of your stay with us and we agree Nihi Kai Villas has an excellent view of the Poipu Beach coastline and ocean. We were surprised to receive your low review for Nihi Kai 831. We had spoken to you many times during your stay of 31 nights and never did you mention any issues or concerns regarding the cleanliness of the unit. In the future, please do not hesitate to call us should you have any issue with your accommodations. Our goal is to have top notch arrival preparation and if we missed something, ensure that every concern or issue is addressed and resolved. In regards to the unit not being upgraded, we post our property ratings along with photos on our web site and inform each guest of the rating while making any phone reservation. As you were advised when making your reservation, the unit is rated an “island casual” which is defined as not having been recently updated. For your next stay, may we recommend choosing a Deluxe or Premier rated unit as both categories include units that have various degrees of upgrades . We look forward to hosting you again on Kauai and will be sure to guide you to a unit more in line with your expectations.