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    • #115
      StevenTing
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      Anyone have any info on this resort?  Heading there in 2 months.

    • #545
      rbwyman
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      Just got back from 9 days there.  The units are extraordinary – Large, high end appliances, furniture etc. Decks are huge – off living room with 5-window sliding door – opens completely – sun shines right into living room at cocktail time. Handle the doors carefully – they are really too heavy for their frames and hinges – but an engineer, on site until 8:00 PM, is very familiar with necessary repairs and can close them in case you cannot.Island or Garden view is 1 and 2nd floor.  Ocean View is 3rd and 4th floor.  Ocean Front, I think, is 3rd and 4th floor of A building only. There are 4 or 5 buildings.  A is the most north (or east) building and closest to Ocean - but the others have very much the same view with more grassy building sites, dormant Ritz Carlton construction, before ocean.  I don't think there is a bad outlook from any unit.  In the future, the building sites will become roofs and condos to look over - just grass today.Pool is centered in front of Building C - reception area.  Well maintained barbecues are more in front of Building B - so a long hike from Building D.  Excellent workout room and activity center behind Building A.You will need a car.  We have seen the whole island many times, so tried doing without for 6 days.  Not good.  Yes, the shuttle will take you down(and back) to golf, the Beach Club (Dukes, Portofino's, etc.) and the airport.  15 minute walk to Beach Club.  45 minute walk to car rentals at airport.All of the people were terrific.  Unit was ready in the morning (not 4PM).  Not very busy.

    • #546
      StevenTing
      Keymaster

      One thing I wanted to know is the location of Kauai Lagoons.  Based on this map, is it the one on the right, or is it the one on the left next to the big circle pool?http://goo.gl/maps/Ao1ssWe're going for 12 days and hope to get nothing accomplished.

    • #547
      rbwyman
      Participant

      The big circle pool is Marriotts Kauai Beach Club.  Marriotts Kauai Lagoons is way to the right on your map – near Nanini Pt Road.The A and B seeming to show the Kauai Lagoons resort are the Golf Club and  a parking lot  for it.The map is a little outdated.  The currently dormant Ritz Carlton construction looks like buildings - but just cement - about the center bottom of the map.

    • #548
      GregT
      Keymaster

      One thing I wanted to know is the location of Kauai Lagoons.  Based on this map, is it the one on the right, or is it the one on the left next to the big circle pool?http://goo.gl/maps/Ao1ssWe're going for 12 days and hope to get nothing accomplished.

      Steven, it is on the right.  The big circle pool is at the Marriott Kauai Beach Club.Can you send me a note after your trip?  I will be booking for June 2014, and need to know if Ocean-Front is worth the premium in points (since they appear have done away with the 30% discount).Rbwyman, I know you said that there were no bad views, but appreciate any color you can add -- I am a big view guy.  Thanks!Greg

    • #549
      StevenTing
      Keymaster

      I have Ocean view booked.  I'm sending my in laws there next month and then I go after them. I just checked on April  2014 reservations for ocean view and they are 7050 for 10 days. I think I only used 3550 points for the 10 day trip.  I think I got better than 30% off.  I was going to try and do a June 2014 so I could hang out with you but at 7000+ points I'm going to find somewhere else to go. 

    • #550
      rbwyman
      Participant

      For Steve and Greg. Must Clarify.  The A building is the most Southeast (Assuming North is at the top of google maps) of the the Kauai Lagoons buildings - closest to the ocean and Ninini Lighthouse.  I believe Ocean Front units are in that building on 3 and 4th floors and the view would be outstanding - further from dormant Ritz etc., closer to ocean. We were in Building B on the 3th floor and the view was nothing to sneeze at - but we did see more grass and Ritz.  All of the brown in the map is now green.  The golf hole in front is complete, green and in good shape right up to the cart path you can see on the map.  The other buildings that you see to the right on the lagoon and on the most SE corner are mostly dormant - neatly painted and some new roofs, but otherwise boarded up except for the activities room and workout center.The jets come in over the lighthouse and put their brakes on not far to the east of Ninini Point Road.  We hardly heard them in our unit but they are quite noticeable on the golf course.  We found the helicopters more annoying.  They are quite high, but they go right over this property.  This would be the same in all buildings.Prevailing winds come from the East.  Quite strong while we were there.  The decks are on the protected side so really quite pleasant.  But, if you open all the doors, entrance and deck, all your stuff from the tables will be out front.The pool area and gardens are really much nicer than google makes it look

    • #551
      Sarahdewitt17
      Participant

      My husband and I just got back from 9 days at the Lagoons in building C. In my opinion this building had the best ocean view (see pics from 3rd floor, room 1317), but know that is right beside the pool in case you do not want to hear noises from the pool. We absolutely loved this resort!  Only downside is that you have to walk or shuttle to the Kauai Beach Club for beach access.

    • #552
      Clark100
      Participant

      Steve, let me know what you thought of Kauai Lagoons.  From friends I have heard that although the accommodations are great, the pool is small, the location remote, and the amenities not located nearby.They were allowed to use the beach at nearby Marriott property, but not the pool area.  Net, net they will not go back there.I have done a walk through at Kauai Lagoons and agree the units are very nice, but remote.  I understand that Marriott has plans for another vacation club nearby the Lagoons in the future.Your thoughts would be appreciated.Bob Clark

    • #553
      StevenTing
      Keymaster

      KL has great accomodations and the location is remote.  But it is no more remote than Kauai Beach Club.  It is located in Lihue and it appears to be centralized to the North Shore and South Shore.  You're about 50 minutes from Hanalea Bay, 30 minutes from Poipu, and 40 minutes from Waimea.The pool is small but it doesn't need to be big because there are only 78 units.  KBC has hundreds of units, if not over 1000.  KL is much more relaxed than KBC.  I'd say it's like the difference between Waikiki and Ko Olina.  I stayed at KL for 10 days and probably only spent 2 days at the KL Pool.  The other days were traveling to the different beaches and hikes.  We spent the evenings in at the pool and rarely went to the hot tub.I did overhear a salesmen say that when "Phase 2" starts, that KL will be building a bigger pool.  I never heard of a Phase 2 and as far as I understand, there will be some private estates as well as Ritz Carlton Residences/Estates/Home lots as well.If you want laid back, KL is the place to be.  It was very low stress.  I spent 2 days at KBC and while they have the nice big pool there, it was just too crowded.  Plus, you don't go to Kauai to go to the pool, but to go to the beaches.Would I come here again?  Yes.Would I pay the 6000+ points it would take for my 10 day stay?  Probably Not.  I got the 40% discount on this trip and only used 3500 points for the 10 days.Building A is closest to the Water and has 13 units that are Water Front, of which, only 9 are available through the DC system.  Of the 9 units, only 2 of them are 3 bedroom.  Marriott sold about 100 weeks in the Ocean Front units.  There were 3 whole ownerships sold.  The 2 bedrooms sold for $2 million and 2.1 Million.  The 3-Bedroom sold for $2.4 Million.  I've attached an image of the 2nd Floor 3 Bedroom Unit, looking straight out.  This is the Show Unit they use for the presentations.Building B is okay, I prefer not to be in it as it's more difficult to see around the other balconies to see the ocean.Building C is by the Pool.  We were in Unit 1316.  This unit was on the 3rd floor on the East side, above the lobby.  No one was above our Unit.  The noise by the pool wasn't bother-some but it did increase around 7pm - 10pm.  The staff clears everyone out of the pool at 10pm.  I?ve included an image from Unit 1316, where you can tell that I am angled slightly right to see the ocean.Island View Villa: Building A, B & C; first and second floors only.Ocean View Villa: Building A, B & C; third and fourth floors only.Ocean Front Villa: Building A; first through fourth floors. (East side is the Best, Units 1101 - 1104, 1201 - 1204, 1301-1304, 1401-1403)

    • #554
      Clark100
      Participant

      Thank you for your thoughts, Steve.Keep up the great work with cite.How were you able to take advantage of that great discount for KL stay?

    • #555
      StevenTing
      Keymaster

      Thank you for your thoughts, Steve.Keep up the great work with cite.How were you able to take advantage of that great discount for KL stay?

      Back in 2012 they were running a promotion.  Pretty much any booking at Kauai Lagoons before  June 1, 2013 qualified for the discount.  I believe they were finishing up construction and didn't have full occupancy and were trying to get bodies at the resort since it was under utilized.

    • #556
      Clark100
      Participant

      We are just completing our week at Marriott Waiohai and recently drove over to KL.  It did not look very busy.  What are you hearing, if anything, about new construction of another vacation club on the Big Island of Hawaii, near Kona?All the best, Steve

    • #557
      StevenTing
      Keymaster

      We are just completing our week at Marriott Waiohai and recently drove over to KL.  It did not look very busy.  What are you hearing, if anything, about new construction of another vacation club on the Big Island of Hawaii, near Kona?All the best, Steve

      I remember vague things from the sales person.  Wasn't really paying attention.  They said they now have a Courtyard over there.  Not sure if they were building new or converting an existing property they bought.  I want to say it was along the lines of conversion. 

    • #558
      Clark100
      Participant

      I have heard the humors for years.  Thanks, Steve.

    • #559
      GregT
      Keymaster

      All,I visited Kauai Lagoons last month, and it is a beautiful property.  The location is terrific and as others have noted, almost every room has a nice Ocean View (even the Island View designations).A few additions to what's already been posted:1) Kauai Lagoons is right next to the airport (this is not a negative as there are a modest number of flights per day).  It is the first turn off the main road (on the left) when you leave the airport -- it's that close.2) Costco is about two miles away, off Highway 50 (which is one of the main roads).3) There is also a supermarket in the shopping center across the street from the Costco4) Kauai Lagoons does not sit on a useable beach -- there's definitely a beach, but the water is very rough.  It's great for lava rock walking though, and there is an arch in the near distance where the waves come pounding through, very impressive.5) This is an isolated property -- the surrounding resort plan was never built.  So there is no on-site bar, restaurant, amenities.  Kauai Beach Club is about 1/2 mile away, but not really a convenient walk.6) The units are very well appointed, as this was intended to be a Grand Residence Club, but was converted to MVC when the economy collapsed.7) If you like shave Ice, just as you leave the property (exiting by the hotel property, onto Hwy 51), there is a little roadside cafe that also sells shave ice.  It was the best we had on the island.8) Kauai Lagoons is central to everything, but not close to anything.  It was 45 minute drive to Hanalei Bay, an hour to Waimea Canyon, 30 minutes to Port Allen, 20 minutes to Poipu.  We liked the central location, but recognize that a car is a necessity, and we went somewhere every day because on-site options were limited.9) There are four BBQs located by the pool with beautiful views of the harbor channel.  Each BBQ also has a table so we ate outside many nights.10) Bugs were not a problem at KL, but whenever we went on an excursion, we needed Off to keep us from getting bitten (my wife gets bitten all the time).I hope this helps!Best,Greg

    • #560
      MickyTT
      Participant

      We absolutely loved the KL. We had an end 2 bedroom unit overlooking the Light house.  We could see the planes on the glide path but never heard them. This resort will spoil you for all the otherMVCC locations.  We are going to St Thomas next year.  We prefer the private feel of this resort. Can't wait to go back.Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

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