2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6) Owner operated
- english, german
About Volker Bauerle
My wife Gina and I love to travel to exotic destinations. We've visited Tahiti and neighboring islands 7 times, and the Fijian islands 3 times. We also took cruises in the South Pacific, Mexico, Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Scandinavian countries including Russia. We've been in Oahu, Maui and the Big Island, but avoided Kauai because we heard it is the wettest spot on earth. However, once we found out that the Poipu Beach area only gets about 35 inches a year, we booked a trip. When we discovered Kiahuna Plantation, we knew that this 'Special Place' was our own personal Paradise. We've been operating our own Carpet & Interior Store since 1963. At times it was so hectic, the only thing to keep us from going out of our mind was our condo in Kauai. A couple of weeks at this healing island (people call it the Garden Island and Healing Island) helped recharge our batteries. In 1987 we got tired of selling the same old regular carpets. That's when we developed a system to create one-of-a-kind carpets matching each client's decor. Home-and business owners loved it. In 1991 we opened a hands-on workshop to teach our secret craft to entrepreneurs from the US, Canada, Singapore, the UK & Ireland, Saudi Arabia... Over 600 individuals were trained and they now operate their own business offering custom carpets in their areas. Most of our annual conventions were conducted at the Kiahuna Plantation. Our Affiliates just loved this wonderful place, almost as much as us. Daily we enjoy our 4-5 minute walk to Poipu Beach. We find a shady spot under a palm tree in the lush lawn facing the ocean and read a book. Besides playing tennis or reading a good book, swimming & snorkeling are one of our favorite things to do. We also enjoy longer hikes up in the mountains, or along the beach. Grilling local fresh fish or meat on the BBQ below our property is more satisfying to us than spending a lot of money at restaurants.
Volker Bauerle purchased this Condo in 1985
Why Volker Bauerle chose Poipu
Our first visit to Kiahuna Plantation was in August 1980. A friend raved about this 'Special Place' (translation of 'Kiahuna') because of its beautifully landscaped property and the spectacular Tennis Club. That's exactly what we were looking for. You see, my wife Gina's brother, sister-in-law and their son visited us from Germany, And since their son Wolfi Leitner, was the Bavarian Junior Tennis Champion (later to be selected to the German Junior Davis Cup with Boris Becker, Michael Stich...), we wanted to treat our guests to the finest. On first sight we fell in love with this low-key condo complex. Everybody enjoyed this special vacation...and the accommodations, the tennis, beach and the tranquility of the island made it especially memorable. My wife and I returned 3 years later. That's when we found out that the condos were individually owned. In January 1985 we bought unit #223 and never regretted it. Ron, our oldest son, celebrated his 30th. and 40th. birthday, together with his family. Our oldest granddaughter Cassidy, who was 2 years old when visiting for the 1st. time, spent her honeymoon with husband Ben at Kiahuna. Brothers Chase & Clay, surfed many times on Poipu Beach. Our son Ray with wife and twin girls Rachel & Robin from Houston, TX were here as well. Robert, our youngest, knows Kiahuna inside and out. Sepp & Christa from Munich enjoyed two additional vacations with us. My sisters Dagmar & Sigrid from Stuttgart, Germany visited us while I celebrated my 50th. birthday. Marty, my brother and family love to join us in Kauai as often as possible. Many friends from California vacationed with us here and had a wonderful time. Gina and I usually visit Kiahuna twice a year, in May and October. We've been asked: 'Don't you get tired of this place?' Our answer is 'No, we still discover new places to hang out, new hikes, waterfalls, etc.' Kiahuna Plantation is our home away from home and we can hardly wait to visit again.
What makes this Condo unique
It's a short walk to Poipu Beach and to the new POIPU BEACH ATHLETIC CLUB (POOL, TENNIS & FITNESS CENTER), because our condo is right in the middle of the property. 5 restaurants can be reached by foot within 5 minutes. A Whaler's store is across the street for buying groceries, including a large selection of wines & spirits, T-shirts, sweaters, postcards, calenders & gifts. Starbucks is across the street as well, to take care of your caffeine cravings. Less than a mile is the new Kukui'ula Center with little shops and several restaurants. The choices range from hamburgers & hot dogs at Bubba's, to quality Mexican food, to organic, to upscale at Merryman's, to our favorite -- Josselin's Bar & Grill, specializing in 'Tapas' and 'Lychee Sangria.' You can also find a seafood restaurant that opened in October 2012... Old Town Koloa is a couple of miles away with its quaint shops, markets and restaurants. Less than a mile from our condo you can learn how to scuba dive and get licensed.
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
We had an amazing stay in Volker and Gina's second home. The condo was clean, had plenty of space, and was in a great location. Additionally, they had everything you could possibly need for a beach day (chairs, umbrellas, beach mats, boogie boards, ect). I would recommend this condo to anyone who is planning a trip to Kauai, we felt at home the entire time and had nothing but a positive experience. We cannot thank Volker and Gina enough for their hospitality, tips upon arrival to the island, and for doing everything they possibly could to insure we had a great trip. Mahalo for everything. We will be back soon!
A great place for a family vacation.
The unit was light and very comfortable.
We had some quite hot weather, but most of the time the unit stayed pretty comfortable. The only negative was
The occasional loud cars late at night. Saying that we would definitely rent it again.
A Great Place to Stay!!
This was a great place to stay with our family of 2 adults and 4 children!! Everything was clean and comfortable. Volker and Gina were great hosts from start to finish!
We enjoyed our time at the pool, which was AMAZING with a water slide, waterfall cave, and sandy kids pool. There was also a bar serving food & drinks which we appreciated.
Kiahuna Beach is a short stroll through beautiful gardens and open lawns, and we had a good time boogie boarding and body surfing there. (The condo came stocked with boards and beach mats.) The waves were a little rough one day while we were there, but we also visited some other nearby protected "baby" beaches, all of which were a short drive away.
Across the street was a shopping center with shops and restaurants that you can walk to, including Keoki's Paradise where we had a very nice dinner. Just down the street was another shopping center with Longs Drugs, many clothing stores, and a Lappert's Ice Cream (which we had to try).
For those that want to prepare food at the condo to save money, the kitchen was well stocked with everything you would need, and community BBQ grills are located just a short walk out the back slider. We chose to grill hamburgers and chicken during our stay purchased from Costco near the airport. After we booked our stay, Volker provided lots of tips on places to try and ways to save money while visiting Kauai. This is helpful for those that are visiting for the first time.
In summary, this condo is a great value with an outstanding location!! I would recommend it to anybody staying in the Poipu Beach area!
A fantastic location!
Our family had such a great time and the accomodations were amazing! Close the the beach, close to amenities, and the owner made sure we had all the local tips on where to go and how to save money!!
This was our first time to Kauai and it is definitely now our favorite island. The condo was perfect for our family of 5. The short walk to the beach or to poipu Village was convenient. Our kids loved searching for geckos outside the condo. It was quiet and private even during spring break time. We’d love to stay here again in the future.
Aloha Shayna and thank you for letting us know about your positive experience at our 2nd. home on this amazing island of Kauai. Please come back soon. We'd love to welcome you and your family again to our little piece of Paradise. Mahalo for being one of our favorite guests,
Volker and Gina Bauerle
We had a lovely vacation at this condo in Poipu...th e location is excellent. we loved the view of the giant monkey pod (?) tree from the deck. Some updating would be a good idea...the dishwasher was not effective and a comfortable chair would be a good idea. Thank you very much for the gift certificates to Keoki’s...very enjoyable.
Aloha George, and thank you for your review about your vacation at our condo. Regarding the dishwasher not working properly, that's the first time we heard about it. I wish you would have called Castle Management right away. They don't do anything unless they are notified by a guest, or by us, the home owners. The problem was a rubber gasket and the dishwasher has worked well since. However, we'll be at our condo on April 30, 2019 and will check it out. The dishwasher is only about 3 years old, so it hopefully is fixed to our satisfaction. Regarding updating the furniture: Recently we've replaced the dining room table and six chairs, re-upholstered the couch and 3 chairs, and bought a new 58" TV for the living room. The wicker chairs may not be as comfortable as some of the new furniture available, but they represent the Old Hawaii, and we want to keep this nostalgic feeling in our 2nd. home. Thanks for staying with us.
Volker and Gina Bauerle
Kiahuna Plantation is the only condo resort on the south side of the island that has its own beach at Poipu Beach. Swimming, snorkling, surfing, paddle boarding, or just relaxing on the big lawn with a good book, facing the ocean are some of the attractions that travelers enjoy. Nearby is a diving school where you can get certified. On the premises is a restaurant and 4 more across the street from Kiahuna Plantation. Unlike other places, tennis is FREE for our guests. Our pool, next to the tennis courts, is also open again since December 23, 2013. In addition, a new Fitness Center has been added to be enjoyed by our guests -- AT NO COST -- in the newly named POIPU BEACH ATHLETIC CLUB.