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Waimea Plantations is an unusual property and a normal rating system doesn’t capture that. For those wanting an upscale resort, perhaps a golf course and, frankly, the sameness of all such places, go no further than Poipu - Plantations is not your place. Plantations is unique - the cottages, built in 1884, have been modernized in most important ways (better Wi-Fi than many resorts for example), but the decor and general ambiance are from various decades past. The front desk staff … well, they are Hawaiian in every good way, easy-going but there whenever you need them. You can probably hear the low rumble of surf on the beach from every cottage, but ask for ocean front - the stress you might of brought with you will melt away even more quickly. The restaurant is so-so, good for breakfast or a “quick bite.” Wranglers restaurant, 2 minutes away, seems meant for “locals,” but somehow found a kitchen staff that, at least during my May 2021stay) any restaurant in NY (my home city) would envy. Activities - a pool, the beach is right there but not perfect for swimming - you need to drive a mile for that. Waimea Canyon, with spectacular views of the NaPali coast and great hiking are just right easier to reach than from other places, but the weather may or may not cooperate. Raft and boat rides are just right there and easy to arrange. — Guidebooks will say that Waimea and the Plantation Cottages are “out of the way” - keep that in mind, but also that it just might be what you want!

A perfect getaway! Great location and wonderful sunsets.

Amazing empty soft sand beach. Its red sand so on the warm side at noon but so beautiful. The night stars were amazing, no light polution at all!

Unique and nostalgic cottages were so amazing and right near the beach. We had so much fun. A/C system consists of 2 small window units that are noisey and under capacity for the whole cottage, but cool bedrooms when closed off well overnight.

The cottage was so comfortable except the air-conditioner was in the living room. The bedroom was not quite as cool.

The location has got a perfect environment, however the cottages are to be renovated to meet the standard for the amount of money asked!

Was a very nice place we enjoyed it very nice Quiet and peaceful We really liked being close to water and the pool was very nice All around was very nice and would recommend to anyone Thank for a wonderful stay.

Beautiful grounds. There is a lot to do right on the property. The cottage we were in was cute, cozy and perfect. I would like a better AC, but our butts should be outside when it’s hot any way. The shower was a little weird, but 100% effective. You may need to let some elderly or short people know that they will have to step up into a Cialis type metal tub.

Very charming and a step back in time. Staff is great and very helpful.

We loved the place, felt completely at ease. Staff were polite without being intrusive. The grounds were beautiful, the cottage was clean and in good repair with a little of its age showing through which gave it character. Hope we can return

We enjoyed the quiet and peaceful setting. Walking along the beach and resting in the hammocks were relaxing. The cottages were charming.

Kitchen and bathrooms really need a thourough cleaning and sink in kitchen needs a new faucet you can barely get dishes under it without water spilling out all over the countertops. Otherwise the grounds are beautiful and the beds were comfortable. Would be nice to have more comfortable and clean seating in the living room.

When we arrived, the cottage did not look at all like the ones posted on the website. I expected to be closer to the beach. The sand is not white, it's brown or red just like the ocean water. So noones laying on the beach or swimming in the water. They were accommodating and did upgrade us and that cottage was beautiful! Very neat and clean with comfortable beds. The staff was very friendly.

This was truly a magical experience. The Waimea Plantation Cottages are as I imagine old Hawaii must have been. It was like stepping back in time from the moment we checked in - there is such a serene, peaceful feeling about the cottages - very relaxing and so perfect. We were warmly greeted the moment we entered the property and the entire staff was delightful - from the gentleman working on the grounds to the front desk clerk to the housekeeping staff. I would suggest an oceanfront room...when they advertise oceanfront, they really mean it. Our cottage was literally steps from the ocean. And, since we spent all of our time outside we very much appreciated the ice-cold air conditioning when we went to bed. There were two teenagers in our party and from the time we checked in until we were on the way to the airport, NO ONE even glanced at their phone - which in itself is a small miracle. We were swimming, walking on the beach, talking (yes, talking...in person, face-to-face communication without the use of an electronic device) on the patio and watching a resident hen with her new chicks. If you are looking for a unique experience - not a cookie-cutter hotel - this is the place for you. You can rent a hotel room anywhere - this was beyond that - this was an experience - and it was priceless. Do yourself a favor and stay here - you will not be disappointed in this historic slice of heaven!!

Totally pleased with my stay at Waimea Plantation cottages. Everyone was very pleasant and friendly. If your want quiet place near the beach, this place is it... very comfortable. No resort crowds.

The rooms at this hotel were amazing. Old wood cottages from the plantation era of the islands were assembled on this site to make a compound of small scale cottages organized around the main building that also had nice historic features. Definitely a way to experience Hawaii as an alternative to the "Resort" experience.

If you're looking for luxury this is not the place for you. That being said, the grounds are beautiful with some impressive flora and enough mangoes to keep you in milkshakes for awhile. The staff was also very kind and incredibly accommodating. However, this was a plantation and the cottages definitely reflect that vibe. None are new and ours was weathered enough that gaps in the walls and flooring allowed insects in, but at least no mosquitoes.

Kaumualii Highway Waimea HI

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool
  • Laundry facilities

Located 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park, Waimea Plantation Cottages, a Coast Resort is within a 10-minute drive of other popular attractions like Kekaha Beach Park. This 3.5-star resort has 59 rooms and welcomes guests with a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi.


Dining

This resort is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge.


Rooms

The 59 individually decorated rooms feature kitchens and lanais. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and wired Internet, plus flat-screen TVs with cable channels and DVD players. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include coffee makers, rice cookers, and free newspapers.


Property features

Guests staying at Waimea Plantation Cottages, a Coast Resort enjoy an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and free WiFi in public areas. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with tours or tickets, and answer any questions about the accommodations. Other amenities at this beach resort include free newspapers, laundry facilities, and a gift shop.

Room options

Coast Cottage, 2 Bedroom, Ocean Front

1 King Bed and 1 Twin Bed | Sleeps 4

Coast Cottage, 2 Bedroom, Garden View

1 King Bed and 1 Twin Bed | Sleeps 4

Coast Cottage, 2 Bedroom, Ocean View

1 King Bed and 1 Twin Bed | Sleeps 4

Coast Cottage, 1 Bedroom, Oceanfront

1 King Bed | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for Waimea Plantation Cottages, a Coast Resort

Everyone (15) Business (2) Couples (26) Family (12) Friends (1) Other (1)
5
Partner Couples

Waimea Plantations is an unusual property and a normal rating system doesn’t capture that. For those wanting an upscale resort, perhaps a golf course and, frankly, the sameness of all such places, go no further than Poipu - Plantations is not your place. Plantations is unique - the cottages, built in 1884, have been modernized in most important ways (better Wi-Fi than many resorts for example), but the decor and general ambiance are from various decades past. The front desk staff … well, they are Hawaiian in every good way, easy-going but there whenever you need them. You can probably hear the low rumble of surf on the beach from every cottage, but ask for ocean front - the stress you might of brought with you will melt away even more quickly. The restaurant is so-so, good for breakfast or a “quick bite.” Wranglers restaurant, 2 minutes away, seems meant for “locals,” but somehow found a kitchen staff that, at least during my May 2021stay) any restaurant in NY (my home city) would envy. Activities - a pool, the beach is right there but not perfect for swimming - you need to drive a mile for that. Waimea Canyon, with spectacular views of the NaPali coast and great hiking are just right easier to reach than from other places, but the weather may or may not cooperate. Raft and boat rides are just right there and easy to arrange. — Guidebooks will say that Waimea and the Plantation Cottages are “out of the way” - keep that in mind, but also that it just might be what you want!

By on May 11, 2021

Review comment responded on May 12, 2021

Mahalo for the great review. And you are spot on. Our resort offers true ho'okipa (Hawaiian hospitality). We want people to unplug and relax - really relax when they are here. We hope you come back and stay with us again. Aloha, Elle.

5
Partner Couples

A perfect getaway! Great location and wonderful sunsets.

By on Aug 10, 2020

Review comment responded on Aug 11, 2020

Aloha Thank you for taking a few minutes to share your experience with us. We are thrilled you enjoyed your perfect getaway! and yes the WEST side has the most amazing sunsets! We hope you will visit again! Mahalo!

5
Everyone

By on Jan 26, 2020

Review comment responded on Jan 28, 2020

Aloha! Thank you for an awesome rating! Mahalo for choosing to stay with us, and hope you will visit again soon! Mahalo!

4
Partner Couples

Amazing empty soft sand beach. Its red sand so on the warm side at noon but so beautiful. The night stars were amazing, no light polution at all!

By on Aug 3, 2019

Review comment responded on Aug 5, 2019

Aloha! Thank you for taking a few minutes to share your experience with us. Thank you for having an amazing stay, and enjoying the uniqueness of the Waimea Plantation Cottages. We hope you will visit again. Mahalo!

5
Everyone

Unique and nostalgic cottages were so amazing and right near the beach. We had so much fun. A/C system consists of 2 small window units that are noisey and under capacity for the whole cottage, but cool bedrooms when closed off well overnight.

By on Jul 15, 2019

Review comment responded on Jul 16, 2019

Aloha! Thank you for taking a few minutes to rate us and share your experiences! Sorry about the noisey AC's can you share what cottage you were in so we can check it? We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us, and hope you will visit again. Mahalo!

4
Family Family

The cottage was so comfortable except the air-conditioner was in the living room. The bedroom was not quite as cool.

By on Jul 15, 2019

Review comment responded on Jul 16, 2019

Aloha! Thank you for taking a few minutes to share your experience with us. Yes, this year has been a lot warmer than usual. Depending on the cottage design, sometimes we can place a portable in the cottage and it helps. We hope you will visit again. Mahalo!

4
Everyone

By on May 11, 2019

Review comment responded on May 14, 2019

Aloha! Thank you for the great score! we hope you had an awesome time, and will be back to visit! Mahalo!

2
Partner Couples

The location has got a perfect environment, however the cottages are to be renovated to meet the standard for the amount of money asked!

By on Mar 22, 2019

Review comment responded on Mar 22, 2019

Aloha, Thank you for taking a few minutes to share your experiences with us. We appreciate your comments and feedback, as they are very important to the success of our operations. We currently have some projects in the planning stages for improvements in a select cottages, as we are unable to complete large scale projects due to the committed reservations on the books. But it's in the works, thank you for choosing to stay with us. Mahalo!

5
Everyone

By on Dec 13, 2018

Review comment responded on Dec 13, 2018

Aloha! We thank you for choosing to stay with us, and for the 5 ratings. We appreciate you sharing your experience of Waimea Plantation Cottages. We hope you will be back to visit again! Mahalo!

5
Everyone

Was a very nice place we enjoyed it very nice Quiet and peaceful We really liked being close to water and the pool was very nice All around was very nice and would recommend to anyone Thank for a wonderful stay.

By on Aug 20, 2018

Review comment responded on Aug 21, 2018

Aloha! Thank you for sharing your experience with us, we are happy you enjoyed your stay, and hope you will visit again. Mahalo!

Waimea Plantation Cottages, a Coast Resort

9400 Kaumualii Highway, Waimea, HI 96796
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