Offering one of the best examples of authentic island-style living with banana trees reaching onto your private lanai amid acres of lush, tropical foliage. This property of 15 duplex bungalows resembles the South Pacific and old Hawaii. Your Kauai condo is located at the top of the hill above Poipu in the crater of an extinct volcano with abundant tropical garden views. Centrally located in Poipu, you have a short walk to Shipwreck’s Beach, Poipu Kai Resort, the Grand Hyatt Resort & Spa as well as Brennecke’s and Poipu Beach & Park.
Our units are described, photographed and rated so you can pick the perfect island home for you and your family.
• Swimming pool and spa
• Meeting room/club house
• Sauna and ping pong tables
• Complimentary self parking
• Community BBQ
• Access to The Parrish Collection Concierge and Activities services
• 24 hour emergency contact and response
• Daily maid service available (for additional charge)
• Check-in: 3:00 pm, check-out 10:00 am (late check-out upon availability for additional charge)
• Garden view, two-level floor plan, approximately 1,100 square feet
• Ground level, end/corner unit, duplex
• Interior Rating: Deluxe
• Air Conditioning - Bedrooms only
• 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
• Master Suite – upper level, AC, queen bed, full bath with shower
• Second bedroom – lower level, AC, two twin beds (convertible to king), full bath with shower
• TV/DVD/VCR/CD stereo in living room, private covered lanai
• Wireless hi-speed internet
• Washer and dryer, open parking
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Timothy, San Francisco, CA says
Place was great, pool was nice, 10 minute walk to the beach. Community was quiet and nice. The place is air conditioned, but only the bedrooms. Otherwise there are nice windows, good circulation, and a great outdoor porch with a table that is nice for relaxing. I would definitely stay again.
Aaron, Highlands Ranch, CO says
Stop looking and book this one now. Seriously! This was a perfectly clean and quiet corner unit with an amazing covered, private patio where you will be serenaded by thrush and other song birds while you enjoy meals outside. Just watch out for the sneaky sparrows; They will not hesitate to fly inside looking for stuff to steal if you leave the screen door open for 30 seconds. We only had one issue (plumbing) during the stay, which was ultimately handled by Parrish in a hasty manner. The unit had not been rented in a few months due to the pandemic, otherwise I’m confident this issue would never have occurred. Their emergency support was quite responsive, which is very much appreciated. The unit (#24) was much larger than we anticipated from the pictures and description on this site. The kitchen was stocked with everything except spices and cooking oil, as one would expect in the middle of a pandemic. The ice maker works very well. We used ice almost every day to keep our water and other beverages cool while hanging out in the sun. There were two large umbrellas, two large boogie boards, several foldable chairs, several pool noodles, beach towels and much more in the closets for use at the beach or pool. It was very nice to be able to use the two large umbrellas for the four of us at the beach, as it got hot very quickly even in April. The air conditioning is only in the bedrooms. For our April stay, the overhead ceiling fans in all the other rooms with all the doors and windows open kept it sufficiently cool for almost the entire stay. It only got a little uncomfortably warm when the humidity spiked during a longer rain storm on the last day. Both bedrooms are good sized and larger than expected. Some wonderful soul stocked them with enough hangars for an 8-day stay, which was a very pleasant surprise. The upstairs bedroom has a shower only, while the first floor bathroom has a tub. There were plenty of extra linens available in both rooms. Also stocked was a full-size ironing board, iron and hair dryers. The cable internet connection was easy to setup and quite fast, although it did disconnect unexpectedly a few times. It’s a must-have, as you’ll be lucky to get cell signal in this crater area. The smart TV in the living room is very new, which means you can sign in to Amazon Prime Video and Netflix using your own account during the stay. We also brought our Echo Dot with us, which was great to have for checking weather and drive times quickly while getting ready in the mornings. There are many activities very close to this unit. The furthest we drove for a paid activity was about 20 minutes, and the closest ones were 6 minutes away. The beach is a 10 minute walk at most, but we ended up driving and parking due to all the stuff we wanted to bring. Poipu beach is very close and has something for everyone. There is a nice shallow, protected section for the little ones to play, there’s two GREAT areas for snorkeling. In fact, we saw more there than the paid ocean snorkeling tour! There’s also large area for surfing and boogie boarding. Sea turtles and seals visit the beach daily, now that tourists are back at the beach. (They stopped coming when the people stopped coming to the beach, according to the essential lifeguard workers there.) Lifeguards are present for most of the day as well, keeping an eye on you so you don’t stray out of the bay where the rip tide can be deadly. Water shoes are a must, as there is coral, lava rocks and sea urchins in every hole. Restaurants are somewhat close, but honestly they were completely packed and Hawaii expensive. We ended up shopping for groceries at Walmart (ugh) in Lihue and a couple of places in Poipu (more expensive, but vastly better selections.) There are also plenty of roadside stands selling locally grown fruits and vegetables at a fair price. All said and done, we spent around $600 total for 8 days of food for 4 people, and that includes eating at Puka Dog a couple of times and Craving Thai (INCREDIBLE FOOD!) one time. We actually over-bought and had to leave the unopened stuff in the fridge. The roads on Kauai are quite small and have slower speed limits. We traded in the large Tahoe for a convertible the first day, then swapped it back at the end of the stay so we could get all our luggage back to the airport. (Thanks Avis!) The convertible was fun, but not practical for 4 people. The parking for unit #24 is very close, but there are a few stairs to go up and down with your luggage. (It is a two-story unit, so if stairs are an issue for you, keep looking.) Overall we had an incredible visit and would stay here again without hesitation!
Kathy/Stacey, Kihei, HI says
Quiet and peaceful condo
Mahalo Kathy/Stacey for your review and comments. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to hosting you again soon. Aloha and a hui hou!
Lucinda I. says
Loved the location, the grounds. We especially lived the a/c and numerous fans. Very comfy!!
Mahalo Lucinda for your 5-star review and comments. Glad to hear that you loved the condo, its location, and the air conditioning! We hope to host you again soon! A hui hou!
David I. says
Low hassles. very pleasant location
I really liked it when the keys were picked up at the rental car office. It was very convenient, one less stop.
Mahalo David for your 5-star review and comments. We love hearing from our returning guests! While we understand how convenient it was to pick up keys at the rental car offices, we no longer do this for the safety and security of our guests and properties. We appreciate your understanding, as these measures are put in place to protect you. We look forward to hosting you again soon. Aloha and a hui hou!
Patricia A. says
A Great Place to Stay!
The layout of the suite was perfect and the size of the covered lanai was great for sitting outside even when it was raining. Uphill walking to and from Poipu beach but it’s reasonably close. Amenities, shops and restaurants a convenient short drive away. There were ants in the kitchen, a couple dirty dishes and we found sand in one of the beds. Nothing too concerning. Otherwise the suite was very clean. The pool was lovely and relaxing. September was a great time to go as it was very quiet. Our party of four felt like we were there all by ourselves. It was lovely. We would absolutely return.
Mahalo Patricia for your review and comments. We apologize on any oversight on cleaning and we will alert the AOAO on the ants. Sorry for any inconvenience. We agree, September is a great time of year as it is quiet and less busy. We look forward to hosting you again soon.
Martin G. says
Clean and quiet.
A very nice place surrounded by the natural beauty and plesant sounds of birds. The place was clean and well maintained. We would stay herer again.
Adequate for the price
I knew it was in a “crater”, but didn’t expect it to be up against the wall of the crater and therefore very dark (unlike the photos). We were not on the lanai much because of the bugs and mosquitoes. We lit coils, but who wants to smell anti-bug smoke. The management was very timely in replacing a non-working coffee maker. It’s been updated somewhat, but still windows and doors are very dated. Separating wall with adjoining duplex was not very soundproof. Furnishings were comfy, and kitchen worked as did the fans to keep it cool. Pool and outdoor grills were nice and down a nice path from the rental. Parking is up some stairs.
Aloha Sandy, thank you for your review and comments. We are sorry it was not all what you wanted it to be. This is one of the first resorts built on Kauai, so it older, but the owner is updating as much as she can. The latest is the addition of AC in the bedrooms. Most people love Poipu Crater because of the tropical garden location, but we do also offer newer properties that may work better for your next stay. We are sorry the neighbors did not respect condo life and were noisy. Please let us know next time and we can call them to ask that they respect the resort rules. We apologize for any inconvenience. Mahalo.
A TripAdvisor Member says
Okay, but dark.
Yes, it’s in a crater so why did I expect sun? Many Crater rentals do have sun but this one is on the end and very enclosed by high walls of plants. Does make it quiet and we loved the bird sings in the morning. Management was quick to address a non-working coffee pot and a lanai shade that didn’t work. Note: stairs down from parking space.
Andre V. says
For us, it was all about the outdoor table. The rest of the house is nice too, but we pretty much ate our breakfasts and lunches there, watching the birds come by and woo us with songs. I also appreciate the snorkel set as well as the boogie board. Overall, the house is nicely laid out, with high ceilings and lots of windows. But one drawback is that the master bedroom is not fully isolated from the living room. Meaning, even if the door is closed, the sound travels between the two rooms freely. The staff of Parrish Collection, the company that manages the property, is excellent. When we were leaving, we forgot a bag with gifts in the dining room. Someone at Parrish Collection contacted us and then even mailed it out to us. Nice people!
Sandy B. says
Lovely Condo, Great Location
We enjoyed at stay in Poipu Crater. The condo was spacious, well-equipped and private. It was walkable to the beach and convenient to all the sights around Poipu. We would defineitley recommend this unit.
Mahalo Sandy for your review and recommendation. Aloha and a hui hou!
LOURDES W. says
Absolutely wonderful accommodations. Ample space, all amenities needed. Exquisite landscape
This house sits in a botanical crater. The flowers, fruit trees, exotic birds that visit the lanai and spacious outdoor dinning is stellar. In addition there is a tennis court, club house and barbecue. The house is complete with beautiful high vaulted ceilings. Page fans that keep it cool and well ventilated. The kitchen is super efficient. There is every appliance, cooking utensils and even two sets of China to use. Nothing was excluded. There is a tremendous amount of thought that was put into every detail in keeping this home well stocked for whatever a family or couple might need. The actual location is another plus close to the beach and endless stores and all of the beauty Poipu has to offer. We had a truly restful time. Mahalo
Mahalo Lourdes for the kind review. We look forward to hosting you again soon. Aloha!
Karl Weber says
Poipu crater #24
Poipu crater is the ideal vacation spot. Private, secluded, quiet, updated unit with all of the modern conveniences. Have enjoyed my last three vacations here and just reserved my stay for this the forth year. Pool is really fantastic. No greater place on the south side of Kauai than this. Can’t wait for my stay in July 2016. Garden views are fantastic. Three block walk to Poipu beach. Enjoy!
Karl Weber says
Poipu crater #24
Just made my reservation for my third stay at TheCrater. I like to travel alone and stay in private places and this is it. Clean , Well maintained condo on lush gardens with a great pool. There are only 15 duplexes in the resort, most occupied by private residents. If you want to skip the mega-resorts I highly recomend this nice secluded place.
Our trip to Kauai was planned for sometime with my 24 year old daughter and my 12 year old daughter in mind. I wanted a place away from any traffic so we could just enjoy each other. It was beautiful and secluded. We had so much fun and the pool was almost always just us.
already gave written review on green sheet of paper.
Quiet and Relaxing
Very happy with the entire stay. Staff responsiveness, quality of housing, and the nice secluded location was great.
An excellent experience!!! Love the location and comfort
Highly recommend Poipu Crater to others. It is so quiet, great location and very comfortable. The best on the Island!!
We thought it was paradise island! Loved it so much!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Poipu Crater #24. It was very comfortable and had everything we wanted. It was clean and the surrounding crater was beautiful. We especially loved waking to the song of all the wonderful birds each morning. It was so relaxing and enjoyable and a retreat after being at the beaches and driving around. We would love to come back again in the future.
A hidden gem
We have stayed at Poipu Crater and in this specific unit many times. Poipu Crater is a no frills kind of place and thats what we like. Don’t expect air conditioning, pool service, stuff to rent and daily cleaning. Do expect comfortable condos, nice people at the pool and to be within walking distance to the beach (about 1/4 mile over the hill). And you can’t beat the price! Great for families--we did a family reunion here several years ago and rented several units. People went and did their own thing around the island during the day and returned to the Crater for poolside grilling in the evening. Ps: If this isn’t the kind of place you are looking for, rent something else from Parrish. They are absoulutly wonderful to work with!
Been Staying at Poipu Crater for 20 years!
We always have found Poipu Crater to be one of the best places for our family to stay on Kauai. We’ve been coming here for 20 years now and even though we’ve shopped around have not found anything to equal it’s value, convenience, Hawaiian charm and quiet. The Parrish Collection is easy to work with. the few times we’ve had a problem they’ve been right there to fix it. And we appreciate the discount for returning guests!
Awesome and secluded spot
Raves: perfect for families! This condo was a great deal bigger than my 2-bdrm Bay Area apartment and a great bargain to boot! In May, the off-season, the weather was perfect (only one really hot day) so we didn’t miss the A/C at all. We loved being able to save money on food by using the big, well-appointed kitchen. The grounds were beautiful, well-kept, and quiet. The location was great--midway between canyon hiking in the west and nightlife in the east. Great beaches for kids are a short drive away. Wi-fi in the clubhouse only meant I wasn’t tied to my laptop and enforced relaxation time. ???? Nice to have barbecue available for guest use, too. Washer/dryer in unit was greatly appreciated! Could be better: Technically, the beach is a “10-minute walk,” but with all the gear you have to bring, and especially if you’re toting a kid, it’s easier to drive. Beach parking was not a problem. Also, a very minor quibble--neither of the built-in hair dryers in the bathrooms worked. The pool was definitely on the small side, but our daughter preferred the beach anyway. Some construction started with backhoes, etc. two buildings away from ours near the end of our stay--it would have been nice to get notice that this was going to happen.
Close to great family beach
I had a scorpion in my bath tub on Mother’s Day!!! This unit had some cleanliness issues. It had a worn and dirty carpet. The kitchen was small. The location was excellent! Had a nice outside area. The crater was a quiet nice place.
Great placec but even better price
The Poipu Crater had just what we needed, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a great deck and plenty of room for two couples not to run into each other the whole trip. We took advantage of the BBQ and the pool and found everything we needed in the kitchen. Although maybe a little more dated than other condos we looked at this was a great place -- especially for the price. We’ll certainly be back.