Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club
(800) 845-5279 or (808) 742-4400
2249 Poipu Rd.
238 rooms, restaurant, elevators, a/c, BBQ area, free Wi-Fi, 2 pools (1 adult) and a keiki pool, 3 spas, playground, fitness room, washer/dryer in the suites, but hotel rooms use laundry facilities. In weighing the pros and cons of this resort, two very prominent pros stand out: room size and quality of its beach. Mostly 2/2s, which are heavily decorated and quite comfortable. They have large bathtubs and extra sofa beds, and the rooms can accommodate 6–8 people. The beach is the western half of Po‘ipu Beach Park, and it’s fantastic. Unlike the Hyatt, the resort is built closer to the water, so the beach doesn’t feel as distant, unless your room is at the back of the property. Their almost-beachside Honu Bar is a great place for a sunset beverage. The kids’ pool is literally next to the ocean, and their main pool is pretty and divided by a bridge. The property’s man-made lagoons are a fun place to watch the birds, have a picnic or let your keiki do some pole fishing. Waiohai has a “Marketplace” where you’ll find a small deli, pizza and some food snacks to take back to your room (which has a complete kitchen).
The rest of the resort grounds is a mixed bag. The outer hallways leading to the rooms are weirdly institutional, and it wouldn’t be out of place to see someone strapped to gurney being wheeled by. (Inner hallways are much warmer.) Decor feels tacky (the dining booths look like loud golf pants; the bathroom tile seems institutional and dated). And the overall look and feel of the buildings is more like a Florida retirement community than a Hawaiian resort. Not exactly ugly, but it’s a bit out of place.
Waiohai is a timeshare property, but they almost always have units available as vacation rentals. Services are minimal, but rental units do get daily housekeeping. Parking is $10.
Overall, the large and nicely furnished units along with their killer beach location make it a good place to stay for the money, if you can overlook the less-than-Hawaiian feel.
Rates are $584–$728 for the 1,146 sq. ft. 2/2s. They also have smaller (443 sq. ft.) hotel-type garden view rooms (not recommended) for $268–$365. Readers have alerted us that some of their “ocean view” designations should really be considered “partial ocean view.” Leisure rates sometimes available for 10%–15% less if you ask.