We stayed at the Marriott in Lihue, Kauai from May 6-14, 2005 as a family vacation with our sons, age 2 and 9. My husband and I had been to Hawaii before, we stayed at the Mauna Lani Bay Resort on the Big Island, and had thought that no place could rival Mauna Lani....until we stayed at the Marriott.
Location itself is VERY convienent - it's such a sort jaunt to the airport! No excuse for missing flights! Other posters complained about air traffic. Come on, this is Kauai, not Dulles in D.C. There is an occasional plane, but it's not disruptive in the least. The only reason I even took notice to a plane or helicopter was that they were being pointed out by my fascinated 2 yr. old. The location is also convienent for sightseeing. It's approximately in the middle of everything you'd like to see on the island.
The grounds of the resort are beautiful and plush. The chickens are an interesting addition. The roosters do their cock-a-doddle-do, but it's not loud enough to wake anyone from a slumber.
Room - We had an ocean/pool view and were extremely please. We had an amazing view of the gorgeous pool, as well as the beach. The rooms were VERY clean and seemed recently renovated.
Pool - We cannot say enough about the pool. It is absolutely HUGE! It's all the same depth (4'something), and even when the resort is busy, the pool doesn't get crowded. The fountains that spray into the pool are fun, too. There's an island lounge chair area in the middle that is accessed by a bridge across the pool. My 2 year old also enjoyed the baby pool. There are cabana lounge chairs for 2 people spaced nicely around the pool that can be reserved and used for a fee. After 2:00 pm, they are 1/2 price. We had one for 1/2 day so my younger son could nap in the shade. It's open from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Swims by the light of the tiki torches is a nice way to cool off and end a day.
Beach - There's been some bad press about the beach on this site. It almost made me skeptical about coming to the Marriott. The only thing bad about the beach is that it's a little too silty to snorkel. No fault of the resort, it's just the way the shore line is set up. You can rent canoes, body boards, snorkel gear, etc. at the little shop just past the Duke's restauant along the beach. Although we drove to Poipu Beach and Lydgate State Park to snorkel (both excellent!), we still rented our snorkel gear from the hotel. There are waves at the beach - not huge in front of the hotel, but big enough to surf down beach a little.
Restaurants - There are a few restaurants on-site that I want to note:
- Kuku's Poolside Restuarant & Bar - Great breakfast buffet. It seemed a little pricy at first to us, but after we thought about it, we couldn't beat the price. My 2 yr. old ate free, and my 9 yr. cost a $1 with an adult. We couldn't beat that, even with the ala carte continental breakfast. Make sure to hit the omelet station! Kuku's also has a popular dinner prime rib and crab leg buffet on Friday and Sat. nights. Very yummy.
- Kalapaki Bar & Grill - Located between the pool and beach, open from 11 AM - 5 PM. Serve lunch/bar sort of food and drinks. Food is good, drinks are better...
- Duke's - Along the beach for dinner. Pretty casual, noted as a barefoot bar. Very good, gets busy. I had the ribs w/ some sort of mango bbq sauce - excellent.
Staff - Every staff member that we encountered treated us excellent. We felt right at home.
Golf - My husband played a round at the Kiele Course, the "nicer" of the two resort course, in his opinion. He rented clubs and had a fantastic round. A Jack Nicklaus designed course, it is a par 72, 7,070-yard course that hosted the 1991 PGA Grand Slam of Golf. My husband did some research and found that in 1996, Golf Digest ranked Kiele among the country's to 75 upscale courses; while The Golfer proclaimed Kiele one of Hawaii's 10 finest courses. I didn't play, but he had a nice round.
Anyway - we had an amazing time! The resort is excellent for families as well as couples looking for a romantic haven. I noticed a nice mix of vacationing people.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Known for its warm island hospitality and idyllic location on the Garden Isle, the Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach underwent a $50 million upgrade, with major enhancements to all its guestrooms, suites, restaurants and pool deck. Unique among hotels in Kauai, our resort sits on Kalapaki Bay and offers a wide variety of recreational activities, a superior beach experience and 18 holes of Jack Nicklaus championship golf at the adjacent Kauai Lagoons Golf Club. Business travelers will enjoy our 5 Star Hotel's 20,230 sq ft of flexible meeting and event space in Kauai. Guests traveling for pleasure will enjoy one of the largest family-friendly pools in Hawaii and our spacious 5 star hotel rooms, most of which offer spectacular views and feature a balcony. Pamper yourself with a luxurious spa treatment at our hotel's on-site Alexander Spa and Salon. Discover a leader in style and service among Kauai hotels and resorts and enjoy breathtaking beachfront views at the Kauai Marriott Resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Kauai Hotel Lihue
- Marriott Kauai Hotel Beach
- Marriott Lihue
- Lihue Marriott
- Marriotts Kauai Beach Club
- Kauai Marriott Resort HI