This resort might have been top of the line 20 years ago but now it is a bit run-down. The kindness of the front desk staff is still there, though. They are lovely and will allow for early check-in and late check-out if available. There is also a hospitality room for you to take a shower or store your food in the fridge until your flight even after your check-out. The apartments are spacious; the master bedroom must be 35 sq meters. We had 5 people in our party and it was big enough for us with one sleeping on the pull-out couch in the living room.
The weather is not the greatest on the east coast in March so we did not get to use the pool or swim in the ocean as much as we would have liked to but there were plenty of opportunities in walking distance to pass the time shopping. There are also supermarkets so one can save a lot of money cooking in the apartment's full kitchen.
The concierge pushes their expensive tourist excursions. The cultural activities to do can be found for free at the Coconut Marketplace Cultural Center where the owners arrange free shows throughout the island. During the celebration festivities of their prince bw March 16 and 30, they have grandiose events at the Hyatt and other resorts for donations. You can also get the free community newspaper or the Sunday paper for information. There is also a flyer for music events and concerts. I was upset that the concierge guy did not even mention it. It is understandable: his job is to make his commission and not to serve the costumers. Ask him if you go to this resort about these things. He does know that they exist.
Also, do a luau without the buffet dinner at the Smith family's estate for $15. With the buffet they are easily $80 and over. The one the concierge recommends is over a hundred with tax. I think that most activities you can arrange for yourself on the internet or over the phone. Do not be afraid to bargain. Shop around before you commit.
Also, be aware that traffic is horrible in Kaua'i since there is only a single road and since 2010 they have not been able to finish construction on it.
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- Also Known As:
- Pono Kai Hotel Kapaa
- Pono Kai Kapaa
- Pono Kai Resort Kauai/Kapaa