Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club

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(800) 845-5279 or (808) 742-4400
2249 Poipu Rd.

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 six to eight 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 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. Decor updates have improved the look of rooms and baths since our past visits. But 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 usually have units available as vacation rentals. Services are minimal, but rental units do get daily housekeeping. Parking is $15.

Overall, the place feels crowded to us. Loud activities in the pool can make your room less than relaxing at times of the day if you face that way. So consider another view if that bothers you.

Rates are $646–$728 for the 1,041 sq. ft. 2/2s. They also have smaller (405 sq. ft.) hotel-type garden view rooms (not recommended) for $322–$379. Readers have alerted us that some of their “ocean view” designations should really be considered “partial ocean view.”

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Resort at a Glance

  • 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 (hotel rooms use laundry facilities)

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