We (my husband, 4.5 year old, and myself) had a wonderful stay at Alihi Lani #5. We debated between this unit, the property next door (Poipu Kaplili – bigger unit) and Poipu Shores – located closer to the ocean. Upon walking in, I couldn’t have been more pleased with our choice. The condo was the perfect size, plenty of space and beautifully furnished, and as stated well equipped. The kitchen had everything I needed including a vegetable peeler for my picky eater, and kids plates and cups.
My husband and son went directly to the pool, which was the perfect temperature, there are also rolling umbrellas for shade as I watched my little swimmer, and floats for when I joined him. I should note here that Poipu Kapilli does not have an ocean view from the pool at least while your seated. The view from the lawn chairs is wonderful, what a perfect place to relax and read, and to grill out at night. The complex being small, there was never a crowd at the pool or for the grill, and we actually enjoyed meeting most of our neighbors at the pool and trading excursions and travel tips.
My first stop was to check out the water. Just behind the sea wall was a ledge of rocks that led all the way down to the Sheraton. Although it’s probably not the safest activity to recommend, I happily explored the rocks finding numerous tide pools and found it to be my own wonderful adventure. It’s also an easy walk via the road to the Sheraton beach. The sunsets here were amazing! Every night people gathered along the sea wall, with their refreshments to watch. We actually met a lot of locals who came to this spot as well. Our condo gave us the option of viewing from the pool, our balcony, or the sea wall – and we did them all. From our balcony we could see numerous charter boats anchored in front of us, upon taking a snorkeling tour we learned this was a popular home to many tutorials which we could see using the binoculars Cynthia provided us. I can honestly say we never turned the tv on.
In the evening we enjoyed the quiet of sitting outside listening to the waves. Warm nights we had the AC which was more than adequate. My son slept peacefully every night and loved the big bathtub! For days we had chairs, towels, cooler. Cynthia was wonderful and on property with us she had fabulous recommendations for dining and excursions. She even found the most perfect spot for us to take our son trick or treating! I highly recommend this rental.