Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
A worn-down complex of full condos, occupied primarily by time-share residents
The Point is a sprawling condo-resort composed of nine adjoining or near-adjoining buildings, each with around 20 two-bedroom suites. One would think that at 215 rooms, the property would be a lot smaller, but the standard room is a behemoth, and the buildings sit on a mass of unused terrain.
As one guest put it, the property "could use a little T.L.C." Weeds grow along the pathways, and rust creeps along the doorframes. Around the grounds, you'll see everything from a well-maintained multitier koi pond to unpaved red-dirt paths by the waterfront, and a haphazard lobby with unused furniture. A central segment of the resort rests on an old Hawaiian burial ground. Out of respect for the interred, the resort has confined maintenance of that spot to chopping the trees in half and cutting off their branches.
While its features -- the pool, fitness center, and playground -- are average in most respects, the resort falls short in one key area: The "beach" is not a beach, but rather steep, craggy rocks pounded by rough waves. I saw one fisherman climbing out of the water with a snorkel, spear, and hook full of fish -- pupus for his baby shower -- but other than that no one dared brave the surf.
Despite the drawbacks, the Point does offer two-bedroom suites for very affordable rates, which is nothing to sneeze at in Kauai. But for about the same price, also consider the one- and two-bedroom accommodations at the Castle Kiahuna Plantation or the Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation, which both have free Internet, prettier grounds, similar pools, and a far superior beach.
Annoying time-share sell hurts otherwise run-of-the-mill offerings
A desire -- dare I say need -- to sell time-shares on the property creates annoying wrinkles in otherwise solid service. Check-in takes longer than it has to; after picking up room keys at the front desk, guests have to listen to a time-share presentation pitch from the concierge. Only then can they have their parking passes -- without which, the front desk assures them, their car faces a certain towing. Similarly irksome, when asked about local dining options, the concierge pushes Keoki's Paradise, Brennecke Beach Broiler, and Casa Di Amici -- not coincidentally, the three restaurants that accept a $100 meal credit in exchange for guests' attendance at the time-share seminar.
On a rocky stretch of coast in resort-heavy Poipu, next to a lackluster beach and many shops and restaurants at the Grand Hyatt; not much else
The Point feels fairly isolated, sitting on Pee Road, an offshoot of Poipu Road, the town's main resort drag. The property is a mile east from the main cluster of vacation action -- and the south shore's best beaches -- around the Sheraton Kauai, Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation, Castle Kiahuna Plantation, Koa Kea, and Marriott Waiohai, as well as the Poipu Shopping Village. There isn't much right next to the hotel, just a couple other similar condo-resorts and the mammoth Grand Hyatt, which has the nearest usable beach.
It'd be dishonest to call the coastline next to the Point a beach; it's a rocky series of cliffs beset by temperamental -- even dangerous -- surf. It makes for beautiful sunrise views and fun exploring among the cavelike rock formations, but forget about swimming, snorkeling, surfing, or even wetting your feet.
Large, well-equipped -- but occassionally smelly -- condos with average, not top-of-the-line, amenities
All rooms at The Point are two-bedroom condos with full kitchens, two bathrooms, and pullout sofas. The decor and layout are standardized, unlike at at other condo-hotels, such as the Castle Kiahuna Plantation or the Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation, but accommodations at both of those resorts tend to feel more welcoming. At the Point, all I found were old, dated rooms and -- in two instances -- a bathroom that smelled like mildew.
Standard for a condo-style resort
The main draws for families at the Point at Poipu -- two-bedroom suites with pullout couches and a decent kid-friendly pool -- can be found at just about any condo resort in Poipu, like the Castle Kiahuna Plantation and the Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation. Plus, both of the Kiahuna Plantation resorts have a great beach for young ones, while the waterfront cliffs at the Point pose an outright threat.
Rooms are fairly clean; but elsewhere the property needs improvement
Some of the bathrooms are marred by powerful mildew smells, weeds grow on the pathways, and the doorframes are rusting. The resort isn't as well maintained as other properties in Kauai. In the same price range, one can find better attention to cleanliness at the Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation, Castle Kiahuna Plantation, Kauai Marriott, and Hilton Kauai.
Inexpensive, simple fare; head next door for high-end experiences
Poolside Grill, the Point's one on-site dining option, keeps it simple, often to a fault. Vacationers in search of decent food will have better luck buying groceries at Big Save, a five-minute drive away. But high-end cuisine abounds at the Grand Hyatt Kauai next door, and at Kiahuna Plantation, a five-minute drive west on Poipu Road.
A so-so condo-resort tucked away in the outskirts of touristy Poipu, the Point offers huge, two-bedroom suites with full kitchens and a sandy-entry pool, but little else. It lacks a beach, the food is bad, and the grounds aren't well maintained. All-around better beachside hotels are the Castle and the Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation.
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