This place is beautiful. We kept repeating that line in Couples Retreat when the character asks if the view is a screensaver. We know this because the movie is on a constant loop on the television!
We are a family of four, kids ages 13 and 11. There were a handful of families there but mostly couples, many on their honeymoon.
Tips: Get a bungalow facing the mountain. The weather was a factor during our stay and the wind kicked up waves around the beach facing bungalows but our water was flat. We were able to swim outside on the two days that were super windy. I am not sure if it is typical that the wind blows in the direction of the mountain, but the villas facing the beach definitely looked more weathered. The view was awesome too.
Don't stress over weather. It said thunderstorms every day but it only rained two nights and one day. I was very worried but we had sunshine most of the time!
The food is expensive. $35 for a burger, $21 for a drink... but after the breakfast, which you should get included (its $50 a piece if you don't), we usually just shared a burger or sandwich for lunch then get dinner at one of the restaurants. We went to Bloody Marys one night. We went into town for lunch one day at the Aloe Cafe. We bought cheese and crackers at Chin Lees. Although the food and drinks are expensive, they were very good. The bartenders take time to make very good drinks. The food, even the buffet food, was excellent. My daughter said the $19 mac and cheese was the best she'd every had.
I would skip the town if I had to do it over again. It is a hassle to get there and unless you need groceries, not much sight seeing. We did go to Michelle Video because we forgot the go pro charger cord and they had one! We got lucky. I would check and double check that you have the right cords, chargers, etc...
Bring floaties and cord. Thank you to the person who wrote that in their review. We floated for hours. We just passed our floats onto the people next door.
The hotel and grounds are beautiful. The bungalows were clean and looked like they might have been updated recently. The decor is perfect. The rooms are huge.
The service is very good but not as good as other places I have stayed. Our butler was great (charged our go pro the first day) but she was then off for the next three days and we didn't see her again. I am guessing they do not have fill ins when they are off?? Turn down service is someone brining you water and towels- not really turn down service. This could be because we were traveling with kids, I am not sure. But we have stayed at hotels where "turn down' service included turning down the beds, slippers by the bed, maybe a chocolate on the pillow??
The beach boys service was excellent. One of the men brought a smaller bike for my son. The drink/food delivery and service by the pool and beach are outstanding. Also a server at The Lagoon Restaurant, Heipua Tamahahe, was wonderful. She was so exceptional we made sure to get her name. The concierge service was also extremely helpful. They would follow up constantly regarding booking excursions or with cancellations.
Bring a small first aid kit. We needed that waterproof tape so we called the front desk who sent security with their first aid kit and they did not have any. His first aid kit looked pretty bare. Watch that step up to the pool bar!
Loved the arrival and departure procedures. Arriving there was a magical experience.
Ask for a late check out as the flights leave late in the afternoon. Some people hung out in the spa and used the showers but we had a late checkout at 330pm.
The wifi was $105 for 5 days. I thought this was reasonable as my daughter used it often. If you buy the package know it is for exactly 5 days and no more. It has a timer and shuts off automatically 5 days to the minute of when you signed on.
My husband brought dress pants and shoes for the restaurants but there were many in shorts and sandals. Maybe use the extra space to buy a bottle of your favorite liquor at the duty free in LA, which we did for happy hour on our deck.
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