We stayed at this resort in March 2013 and can't recommend it enough.
We chose this resort because we wanted to be central to the south shore and the north shore. This was in a great location. There are several shopping centers within walking distance (including right across the street), with several supermarkets, restaurants, a natural food store, ice cream shop, etc. It's also about 15-20 minutes from Lihue airport, about 40-45 minutes from the south shore, and about 45 minutes from the Princeville area, depending on traffic.
The property is one of the newer ones on the island, and it shows. Everything was spotless, and the location is very quiet. The furnishings were very well-kept and comfortable, and the kitchen was very large and had great, high-end appliances, and everything one could possibly hope for, for cooking meals. There's a little welcome basket with coffee, etc. Note that some of the units are prviately owned and so the decor may be very slightly different among different units at the same resort, although very consistent. We only discovered this because we stayed at two different units (both 1-bedroom units) because we broke up our trip in Kauai with a stay in Princeville in the middle (we stayed at the Westin, which I've also reviewed). The one bedroom units we stayed in had a living area (note that because the kitchen is large, the living area/dining area is somewhat small. It was more than sufficient for me and my husband, but would be a little tight for more than a couple. There was a small balcony off the bedroom with a small table and two chairs, where we ate our meals. We had an ocean view and the breeze was fantastic. Note that some of the larger units have outdoor lanais with dining space. The one bedroom has a very large bathroom, which consists of a larger bathroom with a soaking tub, twin sink vanity, and a toilet, and a smaller bathroom with a shower, toilet, and single sink vanity. The two spaces are separated by a door. There were plenty of toiletries, there was dish soap and a sponge, and other useful things included. Note there wasn't any laundry detergent, but we bought a few laundry soap "pods" at the natural food store across the street, which sold the pods individually. The washer and dryer are stacked, front-loading, and very new.
The units were identical to the photos on the hotel's website. You need a security code to get in your unit, which was nice since you don't have to fiddle with cards.
The pool is fantastic. Maybe it was just the time of year we stayed at the resort, but it never really got crowded and while there were a fair number of families with small children, all the kids seemed well-behaved and fairly quiet. There is a small area with sand which seemed really great for small kids, who were happily making sand castles and splashing around. There are two hot tubs with sand bottoms which were great, particularly since it got a little cool on a few of the days we were there. There is a beautiful, although small and narrow beach at the resort. We lay on some loungers there a few of the days and it was very relaxing. You can get beach towels at the pool area (which we took with us when we drove to several beaches). The pool area is gated, and you need a security code to get in.
There is a well-equipped fitness center in a separate building in the pool area, which seemed to get a lot of use.
The front desk was very friendly, helpful, and efficient. The Westin in Princeville has a very early check-out time, so when we returned to this resort after our brief stay on the north shore, we were really early and it was way before check in. The front desk was very accommodating and allowed us to check in a few hours before check in, with no issues.
The restaurant on-site seemed quite popular, and overlooks the beach.
What you need to know:
They offered a great AAA discount, so make sure you check that rate if you are a member. We stayed at the Westin in Princeville and if we hadn't prepaid for that room, we would have turned around and just stayed at this resort the entire time we were in Kauai. We would definitely stay here again when we return. The larger resorts in the south shore seemed too big and crowded - by contrast, this resort was "just right" and exactly what we were looking for - a low key, relaxing stay in a great location but away from the crowds. The location means you can get out to see the island, drive to any beach you want, but then return to your oasis. The kitchen is great if you are self-catering, although there are several good restaurants nearby. If you care about daily housekeeping, you will need to pay extra (we were fine with just the every three days cleaning).
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