Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection is nestled in the heart of Poipu on the sunny South Shore of Kauai, Hawaii next door to some of the best shopping & dining on the island and a short stroll from world-famous Poipu Beach.
Situated on 25-acres of lush tropical foliage, our resort in Koloa boasts the some of the largest accommodations on the island - from deluxe studios, to 1, 2, 3, & even 4-bedroom luxurious villas ranging from 500 to 3,600 square feet - making them perfect for couples and families alike. Each studio is complete with a kitchenette and full size washer/dryer, while the villas feature full kitchens, expansive lanai, washer/dryer, and private bathrooms for every bedroom.
Named one of the top 5 pools in Hawaii, guests will enjoy our 350,000-gallon signature pool complete with swim and walk-through grotto, water slides, and poolside cabanas. Koloa also boasts two other pools -- a 6,100 sq ft family lagoon pool and 2,000 sq ft waterfall adult pool. We have collaborated with celebrity-chef and James Beard award winner Sam Choy on our poolside Holoholo Grill which features a combination of American and traditional Hawaiian cuisine. Other amenities include a 4,000 sq ft day spa, 24-hour fitness center, gourmet marketplace, soccer field, volleyball court, and putting green.
Wonderful to have washers and dryers in the studios and one-bedrooms. Great property — helpful staff and excellent Mai Tais! The pool is fun, only downside is the usual people reserving lounge chairs and umbrellas and not actually using them. One day resorts will figure out how to nix that issue.
We split our time between two resorts because my family wanted the Grand Hyatt and I wanted to try Koloa Landing. We started our trip at GH the first week, and then finished here for the second week. I really thought this place was going to be the best. I desperately wanted it to be because I convinced my family to leave the fabulous Grand Hyatt to stay here. Maybe my expectations were too high based on other reviews, or maybe starting our trip at Grand Hyatt skewed my judgment, but there was definitely some disappointment and regrets. In fairness, this hotel is wonderful on its own. There are so many positives noted below, and the villa alone is enough to justify a 4-star review. However, I want to make sure that any travelers conflicted between the two resorts have all the information they need to make an informed decision. I’ll start with the good: -Spacious villas: The villas are pretty much as expected. We had a 3-bedroom, and it is true to the pictures and floor plan shown on the website, with the exception that our villa was missing lounge chairs on the lanai and one of the dining room chairs. We reserved an island view as that is the best that was available when we booked, and as a little bonus, we could see a sliver of ocean from our lanai. If you plan spend a lot of time in the villa and use all that it has to offer (full kitchen, laundry, separate living room), then this place may be for you. It has the edge over Grand Hyatt on room size and amenities. -Infinity pool: This was our favorite part of the pools. Despite being here during a holiday week, the pool itself never felt too crowded (lounge chair situation is a different story below). At various times during the day we were the only ones in the infinity pool. It had good views from the ledge, and the steps provided a relaxing place to sit and get some sun. -Parking: There is plenty of parking, and it is free (or included in the daily resort charge). We were allowed passes for 2 rental cars with our three bedroom unit. Underground / covered parking is available as well. I never had trouble finding a spot near my building. -Location: there are a lot of restaurants nearby. Seems to be walking distance, although we always drove. Reservations recommended for most of the nicer restaurants. -Daily towel and trash service: I knew housekeeping was not daily, so I was prepared to call for additional towels as needed. It was a relief to know they checked for towels and trash daily. You have the option to skip this service and receive a resort credit or Marriott points, but I did not take advantage of this. Housekeeping service is every third day of your stay, and they did a great job both times. -Sunscreen: if you forgot the sunscreen for a day or run out early, they have sunscreen available at the towel hut (Sun Bum SPF 50). It’s a giant pump bottle for anyone to use if you need to touch up midday. I've never seen that before and thought it was a nice touch. -Nice view from the lobby - make sure you are prepared to take a family picture here. I didn't expect that anything could rival the view of GH's lobby, but this gave it competition. I think I like our family pictures in the Koloa lobby better! -Nosie curfew - hotel seemed to enforce noise restrictions at 10pm and shut down the music at that time. I appreciated that as we were traveling from the Eastern time zone, and were more than ready for bed by 10pm most nights. -Holoholo Grill - we usually ordered lunch by the pool, and the chicken sandwiches were delicious and huge. The disappointments: -Lack of Privacy: my Marriott profile includes a preference for a higher floor. I know this is not guaranteed, but I was disappointed to learn I had a first floor unit. It wouldn’t have been too bad if strangers (kids and adults) hadn’t cut across our lanai at various times throughout the day instead of using the designated walking paths. We were in building 9 right near the path to the towel hut. There is landscaping to separate the path from the grounds around our lanai, but people would disregard and cut right through the landscaping. Most times we were in the villa, we were not been able to keep our blinds open to enjoy the view because of the traffic. I realize the hotel cannot control people’s rudeness, but it would be nice if the area around our lanai was gated off so people could not cut through. After the first day, I rearranged our furniture to deter the people from cutting across the lanai itself, but there was still traffic right past our windows and doors each day. -Lack of shade: If you want shade, be sure to reserve a cabana for $200 per day. We went out to the pools when they opened to grab some chairs under an umbrella so we could get shade throughout the day. On our first day at the pool, hotel staff closed all umbrellas by the main pool at 10:45am because of expected wind. I understand the safety concern, especially for the umbrellas at the top of the infinity pool that did not have a strong base, but they closed all pool umbrellas, even though the ones where we were sitting that day had a heavier stand and were shielded from the wind by a rock wall. The hotel also left open the umbrellas near the restaurant which are right next to the pool and appear to have less sturdy of a base. Guests were begging to keep the umbrellas open- there is almost no shade without it, and no other available chairs to switch to even if there was shade elsewhere, but to no avail. —Rude security guard - the worst part of the umbrella situation was the rudeness and lack of empathy from the guy who closed it (Kevin the security guard). He was so gruff and inconsiderate and had no patience for legitimate questions. He seemed to take his job a little too seriously and acted more as a prison guard throughout the stay. He was always hounding guests about their wristbands, having young and old alike raise their hands while they were in the pool or hot tub to show they belong, even though there didn’t seem to be a problem with outsiders sneaking in. Even if that had been a problem in the past, there are more discreet ways to check for wristbands (or consider using a gate to the pool that is opened via keycard…I believe one of the smaller pools has this feature.) Everyone else who worked at the resort was cordial and accommodating, but our experience with Kevin was unpleasant. I overheard him mocking a frustrated guest and he suggested they post on Tripadvisor, so I am sure he won't mind me mentioning him by name. -Lack of chairs by the pool: Get to the pool when it opens if you want a lounge chair (unless of course you reserved the $200 cabana). One day we tried coming to the pool mid-day, and there was not a chair to be found. We rented a cabana for 3 of the days here to help avoid it, but we had a party of 5 in our villa plus 2 more in another unit, and the cabana only has 2 lounge chairs and max capacity for 4, so we still had to play the lounge chair game even on the days we had a cabana. -Cabana hours: pool opens at 7:30am, but cabana check in is not until 9am. If you are an early riser, and want to be out when the pools open and maximize your vacation time, tough luck. Even if you have a reservation for that day, and it’s raining at 8am, you cannot take cover in your cabana until 9am. I did not understand this rule as the towel hut opened at 8am, the line was never that long to overwhelm the staff, and all they did for check in was have you sign for the room charge and hand you a basket of snacks. Seems like they could be ready for this at 8am. -Pools: The main pool is nice, but honestly curious as to how it was voted best pool in America. I’d love to see the criteria for this, as it is not even the best pool on this side of the island in my limited experience. If you care about the pools, whether you have young kids, teenagers, or all adults, the Grand Hyatt is a better place to stay for this. As noted above, I did like the infinity pool. The waterfalls and swim-through grotto were also pretty, but nothing can compare to the lagoon pool and lazy river at the Grand Hyatt down the street. Koloa Landing’s adults-only pool appeared small and was an inconvenient distance from our room. The lagoon pool looked decent, but we would have to walk across the parking lot to access it…if lounge chairs were not an issue, we would have tried the other pools during the day, but knowing there are not enough chairs, it seems you have to pick a pool for the day and stick with it. Even though the Grand Hyatt seemed to have a much larger property, everything felt more connected and it was easier to hop between pools. -Noise: the hotel plays music at the pool all day. It seemed to be the worst at the top by the infinity pool, which was advertised as the one of the more quiet areas since the kid-friendly features (zero entry and splash pool) are down below. As a side note, the infinity pool can have just as many kids as below. -Grocery service: I used the grocery service to stock my room with some essentials before we arrived. I do not recommend. Several items were not available, and either no substitutions was made, or they substituted something I did not want at my cost. You'd be better off going to Big Save down the road and buying your own groceries, saving the service charges. I'm usually not this critical with reviews, mostly because I do a lot of research in advance to make sure I have the best hotel I can find and to be prepared for any downsides. This place was good, and if I had only stayed here I probably would have had a more glowing review, but if you are torn between this and the Grand Hyatt and you don't plan to spend a ton of time in the room, choose the Grand Hyatt.…
A wonderful place to stay when visiting Kauai. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful hotel. Great location, awesome pools, friendly and helpful service-it has it all. I would recommend it to anyone. We hope to come visit again soon.
My new favorite in the Poipu area. Our 1 bedroom villa was spotless, spacious, well furnished down to the beautiful artwork. Having a washer and dryer in unit helps with brining only a single suitcase. The multiple pools, beautiful flowers and tropical plants, proximity for a short walk across the street for a festive Hawaiian sunset, all make for memories like no other place. The Holoholo Grill food variety, flavors, and prices kept us eating onsite. Friendly bar with nightly live music. And best if all, the entire staff lives Aloha! Mahalo Koloa Landing!
Amazing place with amazing staff. Had a great time at koloa landing would definitely recommend it to friends and family and would come again. This place has indeed the best pool which whole of your family can enjoy.
The location is superb, the staff is very nice and accommodating, and the pools are perfect! The rooms have everything you need and if we needed more of anything, we just texted the front desk and they delivered it to our room right away. Love this resort!
Awesome thanksgiving holiday at this beautiful resort! Excellent staff and service all over the property! The food at Hohoholo grill was delish and drinks were yummy. We can’t wait to be back with my Ohana!
We went with our adult children and grandchildren aged 4,8, and 10. Everyone loved it! I have never seen a better designed pool. At one end, ankle depth, so all kids could be there. Gradually getting deeper with signs in the pool that gives the depth. The pool twists and turns with lots of vegetation on the sides so you are not looking at masses of chairs. Saying that, there's plenty of seating. Two different slides, one for children less than 48" then the larger one. The larger winding slide was so much fun for all of us. Once you splash down, the rapids push you away from the slide so less waiting time for the next person to go down. The main pool is also connected to an infinity pool. There is a pool shack where you can rent puddle jumpers and snorkels. Where you get your towels they also have a basket of swim diapers with various sizes, free. Brilliant! The two bedroom island View Villa was 5 star. They had a beautiful view. Nice to have a villa with kids, they had all their breakfasts in and lots of kids lunches. We were in the Deluxe Island View Studio, a very nice hotel room with couch, microwave, appropriate size fridge and a two burner cooktop, for tea. The grounds are vey pretty, there is open space for volleyball, soccer , and putting. Service was good, we primarily ate lunch either at the poolside restaurant or just ordered from our chairs and ate there. Prices are what you would expect for the island. Not crazy expensive but not cheap. Great location for food and restaurants. Anywhere from a five to fifteen minute walk with kids depending which direction you go. Surprised at the amount of market or grocery stores they have within driving distance. Even a Costco. Adults enjoyed walking to the ocean, basically across the street, but the area to swim is either at the Sheraton or down from there the public beach. We already had a car, so were able to venture out farther. Hotel has a shuttle but with so many of us, we didn't use it. Congratulations Koloa Landing, you nailed it!…
We loved every min of our stay. Our room was amazing and had everything we needed and more. It was a needed time of relaxation with our fam and we could not have been happier with the service. Staff was Amazing. We will be back when we save enough to go.
This is the second time we’ve been to Koloa landing. The first time it was just the two of us. This time it was with our 3 children and all of their children. There were 18 of us who stayed at this resort, from ages 1 year to 69 years. We all had a great, relaxing, wonderful time. It’s the first family trips with this many of us, we have ever taken. Thank you for making it so memorable.