We stayed in the Mana Suite for two weeks in January 2012.
Location: It was an excellent location for us, as it was close to Poipu beach (the only reliably sunny beach at this time of year), yet a comfortable distance away from the big resorts - not too close to be mingling with the crowds, but not too far away from their great restaurants at dinnertime. Non-resort restaurants within really easy walking distance were plentiful and excellent (The Beach House, Josselin's Tapas Bar & Grill, Merriman's, Tortilla Republic, and Living Foods Market were all very highly recommended, very short strolls away). Location was also good for seeing all the sights of Kauai - 1.2 hours northwest until you hit the end of the road in Waimea Canyon, 1.4 hours in the other direction gets you to the other end of the road to the beginning of the Kalalau Trail. Everything else was in between :)
Rooms, Amenities & Location: We didn't see any of the other suites so we can't comment on those. The Mana Suite was beautiful and we loved it the minute we walked through the door. Beautiful hardwood floors throughout, wonderful Indonesian & Polynesian artwork throughout (including sculptures and a large ceremonial cloth (made from bark) displayed on the wall that I will buy if the owner ever wants to sell), fabulous super-comfortable 4-poster king sized bed, two-person jacuzzi tub and large walk-in shower in marble bathroom, nice view from the balcony, gas grill on the balcony... We would happily live there if we could. The balcony overlooked the common area (swimming pool & hot tub) as well as the stream and ocean beyond. We saw many turtles sticking their heads out of the stream (you had to walk to the stream to get a closer look at the turtles) and we caught glimpses of whales spouting and splashing in the distance. The views from the hot tub were even better! We would return again and again, if only we could.
Flaws: There were a few flaws, however, they wouldn't prevent us from staying there next time we visit Kauai. I write them here because I think these reviews should be honest and provide a full picture. So here they are:
1. You will not have strong and consistently hot showers here. Shower water pressure seemed a little light most of the time. Temperature variations (from comfortably hot to suddenly cold) happened fairly regularly. By that I mean less than once per shower. This was fairly easy to manage, as the shower was large and it was easy to get out of the way of the suddenly cold water. Hot water usually returned after a few seconds. Maybe I'm used to it because our shower at home is similar :)
2. It's not easy to cook in the Mana Suite. There is a full size fridge and almost adequate counter space and along with the BBQ on the balcony, this was enough to meet our cooking needs. However, cleaning up after dinner (or lunch or breakfast) was challenging. The kitchen sink is a small bar sink, not large enough to submerge a dinner plate. The sink is also located partially under a cupboard that's mounted on the wall next to it, so you can't quite stand up straight while using the sink (it's rather uncomfortable). We may have eaten in more often if we had better kitchen facilities but we weren't planning to do much of that anyway.
3. We found the hot tub to be just a little too hot. It seemed to be set to 105 degrees and we found that we had to turn it down to 102 to be able to tolerate it for long. It only took a few minutes to cool down though. Also, we had a private jacuzzi tub in our room so when the view wasn't important we made do with that :)
- Also Known As:
- Turtle Cove Hotel Poipu
- Turtle Cove Hotel
- Turtle Cove Suites Poipu, Kauai, HI