Review: Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas on Kauai

The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas is located two hundred feet above the ocean on a verdant bluff along Kauai's North Shore coastline.  The location high up on the bluff provides for spectacular awe-inspiring views from all around the resort.  


At the Westin Princeville, you can experience the amenities of a traditional Westin Resort as well as enjoy many comforts of home in its villa accommodations in either a studio, 1-bedroom or 2-bedroom lock off villa.     

Resort Overview:
The Westin Princeville was built in 2008 and is comprised of 346 Villas spread across 19 acres and 8 buildings, 7 of which are home to the villa accommodations.  Each building is not more than three stories high


As you make your way into the main building, you'll walk into the main lobby and check-in desk.  The main building is also home to the fitness center, kids club, and Nanea restaurant and Princeville Market.  Even though the resort is a vacation club location, you'll find all of the amenities you'd expect of a Westin hotel here.




While there is no direct beach access here, the Westin Princeville offers a multi-level main pool, children's pool, and two plunge pools that provide quiet relaxation while looking out to the ocean.  




To access the beach, you can walk down to Anini Beach from the Westin Princeville (5-10 minute walk down steep trail) or better yet, take the complimentary shuttle over to the St. Regis Princeville and enjoy beach access there.


Resort Amenities at the Westin Princeville Include:

  • No Resort Fee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi 
  • Daily Housekeeping 
  • Complimentary Resort Shuttle to the St. Regis Princeville and within Princeville Community Resort
  • BBQ Grills: There are 20 grills located throughout the property 

  • Westin Workout Fitness Studio (Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
  • Westin Kids Club: Ages 5 – 12, half day or full day available


  • Massage Services: In villa or ocean view papa’i cabana
Other great perks at the Westin Princeveille include:
  • Grocery Pre-Stock service available for the cost of food plus $5 for delivery 
  • Halele’a Spa: 10% discount at Halele’a Spa at The St. Regis Princeville Resort 
  • Winedown Wednesday: Transition from a daytime state of mind into a new, refreshed mood every Wednesday in Nanea at 4 pm featuring 3 distinctive wines from around the world and food pairing ($25/person) 
  • Fire up the Fun: Every Sunday enjoy a hands on cooking demonstration with our culinary team includes food tasting and beverage pairing at Grill Station 5 at 4pm ($20/person) 
  • Kamau Kakou: Saturdays from 5pm – 6pm enjoy drink and pupu specials in Nanea He ‘Aina Ola Farm Dinner: Every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month. Guests enjoy dinner at the farm, consisting of a delicious three-course dinner with wine pairings prepared by The Westin Princeville’s culinary team (Cost $135/person) 
  • Golf: Preferred rates at the Makai Golf Course Kauai Grill, Makana Terrace, Nalu Kai: 15% discount on dining at all the St. Regis Princeville restaurants 
  • New Balance Gear Lending: $5 fee for shoes and workout clothing plus a free pair of socks to keep 

Note that parking is $15 per night.  You can use valet service or self-park.


Dining:
There are three dining options available onsite:

Nanea Restaurant & Bar: Signature restaurant open for breakfast, brunch and dinner.  You can sit indoors or enjoy open outdoor terrace seating with ocean views



Wailele Pool BarLocated adjacent to the main swimming pool at the resort and offers casual fare for lunch and pupus (Hawaiian appetizers) in the afternoon, along with cocktails.


Princeville Market: Serves Starbucks Coffee, fresh marinated meats and fish, and grab and go items.


Accommodations:
There are three room categories to select from at the Westin Princeville:

Deluxe Studio Villa with Island View: Each studio villa sleeps up to four people.

The 512 square-foot Studio Villas offer modern comfort with all of the amenities of home. 

Studio Villas include a Queen-size Westin Heavenly Bed, full size sofa sleeper, washer/dryer, fully equipped kitchenette with granite countertops, convection microwave, dishwasher, stovetop, refrigerator, and coffee maker. 





The bathroom feature granite counters, oversize whirlpool tub, glass-enclosed walk-in shower, and Westin Heavenly Spa products.




Deluxe One Bedroom Villa with Island View: Accommodates up to five people

One Bedroom Villas are 799 square-feet and feature contemporary interior decor.

The bedroom has a King size Westin Heavenly Bed, queen size sofa sleeper in the living room, washer/dryer, fully equipped kitchen with granite countertops, convection microwave, dishwasher, stovetop, refrigerator, and coffee maker. 

The villas offer a flat-screen television, dvd player, high-speed internet, and Bose stereo. 




The stylish bathroom features a double vanity, oversize whirlpool tub, glass-enclosed walk-in shower, and Westin Heavenly Spa products.




The washer/dryer combination is a great amenity to have for swim clothes and getting laundry done during your trip.


Deluxe Two Bedroom Villa with Island View 
These spacious accommodations are comprised of a connecting Studio Villa and a One Bedroom Villa to create a spacious 1,311 square-foot personal retreat. 

Lockable doors between the two villas can ensure privacy or open up for a large, flowing layout accommodating up to nine guests comfortably.

Island/Resort View from the Villa:
All villas at the Westin Princeville are island view meaning the first view you see when walking out onto the lanai is of the resort (pool area, lush greenery, horizon, etc), but that doesn't mean you can't see the ocean from the lanai. 

Depending on which building you are in, some villas will have much better views than others and some may include a partial ocean view.  I would say building 3, 6 and 7 have the best chance of an ocean view if you are on the outer edge of the buildings looking out North.




Summary:
If you're looking for a family friendly resort on Kauai with the amenities of home, the Westin Princeville is a great choice!  The location of the resort along Kauai's northern coastline offers spectacular views and the flexibility of the villa accommodations offer something for everyone.

The resort is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2018 and has a great offer available that I will be sharing in an upcoming post.