Peaceful and tranquil
Our family of four stayed at the Plantation cottages in July. It was nice to have two bedrooms and I loved the grounds of the cottages. There are beautiful trees and flowers, all leading down to the ocean (which FYI is not recommended for swimming – a swimming beach is approximately 3 miles in either direction. There is a pool however) Every morning and evening I would sit on the rocking chair on the front porch and enjoy the view. However, my teenage sons were not as enamoured. Also they disliked the town of Waimea, finding it depressing (their words). However, there was some good food in Waimea, and it was well located for what we wanted to do (explore the Waimea Canyon). Our cottage had a lovely main living area with wide plank dark wood floors. However, the bathrooms were dated and flooring was of the peel and stick variety that looked to be VERY old (i.e. stained). The bathrooms and kitchen of our cottage definitely need to be renovated. I don’t know if other cottages had already had this done. Overall I think families with younger children would love the cottages (lots of places for kids to run around and explore), as would couples would like some peace and quiet, but for teenagers (at least mine) there is not much appeal. I would go back without my kids though!
Quiet location away from the holiday crowds.for quiet couple of large family with kids under 12.
Waima is towards the dry side of Kaua’i; back water area feeling, formerly suggar cane growing and processing area; not much visible economic area. The interest of the area is the discovery of the Waima canyon with numerous trail for the hikers and was the highlight of our visit to the island. The Plantation cottages blend perfectly with these surroundings; “historic” cabins scattered through this expansive property along the lava sand beach, providing calm and privacy with a good glimpse at the Pacific. Fantastic tropical trees dispersed throughout the property communicate with the history of the place. Good vacation location for unpretentious folks, either love birds or multi-children families who are satisfied with the way your parents were spending their vacations. Be prepared to prepare your own food, the proximity having very few good eateries, Two local super-markets are quite adequate to get supplies. The place has a lot of charm and the WIFI works fine. Window mounted AC units work fine but may be noisy for light sleepers. Better shut down at night.
A little slice of heaven.
We just finished our second stay here and couldn’t have been more pleased. Last time was for just one night, so we decided to stay three nights this time. We had one of their ocean front cottages. It’s actually set back a ways from the ocean, but you still have unobstructed views and can hear the waves at night. The grounds are very beautiful and the overall village is extremely quiet, except for the roosters that don’t seem to know night from day. While the beach is unique in that it’s black sand and is covered with drift wood, the water isn’t swimable. They do have a nice pool that wasn’t crowded at all. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this place for families unless your kids are fine with a low key atmosphere. There’s a Big Save market just down the street so you’ll want to load up on groceries as most of the dining places close around five. This is a perfect spot to just sit back and relax and enjoy a side of Hawaii that most other resorts don’t offer.
A local jem
Myself and my family had a weekend staycation at the Waimea Plantation Cottages. Love the appeal of the cottages they are very unique and it felt just like home being there, if you are looking for a 5 star resort this might not be for you, all the cottages are very unique and are older but that’s what makes it so appealing if you want a place that has a old feel of Kauai’s plantation days this is it! Front desk staff very hospitable check in was a breeze.We will be back again.
We booked a studio which was perfect for the plans we had this time around. The little kitchenette worked, bath and AC!
Drove to Koke’e, and camped out at Polihale!
Will definitely return and stay longer next time!