Should you be lucky enough to take a timeshare trip to Kauai, let me assure you that there are many beautiful and highly-rated timeshares where you can stay. We have now traded into 3 of them, and loved them all—but our last trade into Wyndham’s Ka ‘Eo Kai is probably our favorite.
Ka ‘Eo Kai used to be a Pahio resort, along with Bali Hai, The Makai Club, Shearwater, and Kauai Beach Villas. Now Wyndham runs them all, which is great if you own Wyndham and are attempting to trade in—it’s pretty easy to land a resort on Kauai.
Before we arrived for our 9-day visit, we requested a high floor in a renovated room away from the road. When we checked in, the lady at the desk informed us that they had honored 2 of our 3 requests, and to make up for the one that they didn’t honor, they were upgrading us to a 2-bedroom unit. That sounded pretty good, and we were delighted to find a HUGE condo on the upper floor—over 2000 square feet! However, we were not far from the road, so we did get some noise. Also, the unit had not been refurbished and was definitely showing some wear. We found out that 1/3 of the units have now been re-done, with others to follow. Overall, this was not a big concern for us.
What we did have in our unit was an enormous living room, dining area, and wet bar. We almost never used any of these, as we spent all of our time out on the humoungous wrap-around lanai! If you watch our video, you can see that the lanai would easily hold a party of 75 people! We ate our meals outside, too, and of course the weather was gorgeous all the time.
The kitchen was very adequate with many utensils and a Jenn-air type grill. Both the living area and master bedroom had cathedral ceilings, but the décor was very “hut-like.” The large master bedroom had a lighted step down, as did the living room. The 2 baths had tubs, but the Jacuzzi in the master bath was very tired-sounding. The washer and dryer were actually in small room built on a fenced lanai outside the master bath.
Our unit was not air-conditioned, and we found that it got quite warm during the day. Since we usually weren’t around much then, it was not a big issue. The slat windows and the 3 large sliding glass doors throughout the unit provided good ventilation, and we always slept comfortably at night. Roosters do crow early in the morning, but my trusty white noise machine blocked them out. The units closest to the road are air-conditioned, probably to lessen the noise.
The units are fairly close together, so privacy depends on pulling the drapes closed. There is a lot of beautiful vegetation all around, as well as several ponds and streams, which promote the feeling that you are truly in paradise. It can be a bit difficult to find your unit at night, as they all look pretty much alike and the lighting could be better. But you kind of get used to these minor problems after the first day or so.
The resort is beautifully laid out with an attractive clubhouse that is centrally located. Coffee and guava juice drinks are readily available, and this also houses the check-in and member services desks. The fitness center is on the upper floor. There is some outdoor seating with beautiful gardens and waterfall very close to one of the pools and a hot tub. Much of the resort overlooks the Princeville Golf Course with distant views of the ocean.
Amenities also include a tennis court and jogging trails, as well as a larger, more scenic pool with a waterfall cascading down into the hot tub.
Ka ‘Eo Kai offers orientations 4 days of the week complete with coffee, juices, fruit and wonderful bakery from Hanalei Bay. An outstanding event is the puu-puu (appetizer) potluck party held on Monday evenings, which includes guests from all of the Wyndham resorts in Princeville. Hawaiian entertainment is provided by a local duo, and apparently they have been performing at the resort for many years. Some beautiful hula dances are performed by a staff member. It’s a great chance to meet other guests, and they also raffle off some prizes.
A full slate of activities are available to make your vacation more enjoyable—everything ranging from jewelry-making, yoga and ukulele lessons to lei-making and coconut postcard painting and, of course, learning to hula dance. There is transportation available to some events, such as the Gaylord Luau, so if you consume too many mai-tais you will still arrive home safely!
We feel quite fortunate to have stayed 9 days at Ka ‘Eo Kai at the beginning of our Hawaiian adventure. Stay tuned for our next post about all the fun things we found to do and the exciting places we visited in magical Kauai!