In our travels around the world my wife and I have stayed in some of the best and some of the worst. The Kauai Beach Resort falls into the former category. While not a 5 star Hyatt, or Marriott it is a close second and is excellent value for the money. First off, the staff were all very helpful and friendly and always a pleasure to deal with. The hotel itself is a four story structure designed in the shape of a "U" and all the rooms facing inward look out over the gardens, the waterfalls, the four pools, two hot tubs and the ocean. Facing inward on the fourth floor, we were the furthest from the ocean and could still watch the whales spouting at sea as they swam past the resort. The rooms facing outside the "U" look out over the surrounding hills and fields. Our room was spacious and clean with a chaise lounge, couple of chairs, a desk, large dresser with a 40" TV, a small fridge, coffee maker and a great little deck (all rooms have decks.) The king size bed was extremely comfortable with all new linens by the looks of it and the bathroom was clean with marble and granite. The beach, while beautiful, is probably dangerous for swimming but there are so many beautiful beaches nearby this is hardly an issue. No one should go to Kauai without exploring the beaches! The restaurant dinner menu is a little tired and unfortunately it is closed for lunch but one can enjoy beach fare and burgers from the poolside bar or drive out and explore the island - this location is about dead center. The main bar inside is full of activity in the evenings with live music and a party atmosphere - a good mixture of young and old. The gardens, lit by the tiki torches at night make for a wonderful stroll or just relax by the fire pit. In summary, we had a fun stay, look forward to going back again and would not hesitate to recommend this resort to our friends.