We exchanged through Interval International. What a GREAT exchange. Everything about our stay was absolutely perfect. We stayed in a 1 bdrm unit with a limited kitchen. It had a wall pull-down queen bed with a balcony and a king room with a Juliet balcony. The room was beautiful and clean. It seems like it's been updated recently and the view was spectacular. There was a laundry basket and the laundry room was conveniently located. The king bedroom had a larger fridge, which was helpful since the limited kitchen fridge was tiny. The beds were very comfortable and with all the hiking and swimming we did, we all appreciated it. The bathrooms were nicely done with granite and tile and plenty of room to store toiletries, etc.
Regarding food, since we were a family, I would have preferred to have a stove, but I figured out some meals using a microwave. The Aupaka Lounge was expensive, but I recommend the Mahalo mug. For $36 you get a thermal cup that you can fill all week unlimited coffee and sodas. 1/2 a papaya was $4. We went to the Farmer's Market at the Kukui grove mall up the street on Monday. It was GREAT! If you like fruits and veggies, forget about cooking! For $30 we got the most amazing fresh foods that lasted us through Friday. Although Duke's is right there, walk past it, go over the bridge and eat at the Kalapaki Beach hut. We could have eaten there everyday for the rest of our lives. The fish sandwich is yummy and so are the taro fries!! Don't skip Masa's shave ice. He parks his truck on the street that leads to Nawiliwili Park most days except Monday when he's at the Kukui grove Farmer's market.
The location of this resort is extremely wise. Kalapaki Beach has a gentle break that makes beach going very family-friendly. There are no lifeguards, so parents need to stay with their kids, but the sand was perfect for playing and we didn't encounter reef rocks except for the one visible crop of rocks in the middle. The most sizeable waves were 3-5 feet. For those looking to surf or paddle surf, there was a nice break a bit further out and a shop renting gear and offering lessons right there. Because of the slant of the beach, some of the waves crashed hard to the sand - those were tumblers, so be careful.
4 more things - the pool, the gardens, the workout room and the artisans.
The pool: There is no deep end or real shallow end. It is all 4' deep. For a young, non-swimmer this stinks. There is a kids pool with a slide and our kids loved it. The big pool is great for laps but for kids who are not tall enough, it's a challenge. If they're in the middle and get tired, there is a long way to get to the side. The spas were great. The grounds are gorgeous.
The gardens: definitely a place to stop and smell the ginger. Read a book in one of the hammocks. Enjoy the koi. Talk to Kukui, the cockatoo. Absolutely beautiful.
The workout facility: this was great. Clean, big, plenty of equipment, key access only, and large class workout room too. Only downer was the walk from our building to the workout room - but really - going to workout anyway!
The artisans: definitely one of our favorite things of all. Everyday new artisans were up on the walkway overlooking the pool. They are all reviewed local artisans who handcrafted their goods (most with local materials). We went to art fairs and found that the prices at the hotel were competitive and even cheaper than the shops. Don't get your souvenirs at Hilo Hattie's. Support the independent artisans. Their products were gorgeous and high quality. We did almost all of our gift/souvenir shopping with them and are SO happy with what we got. It was fun to browse, chat with them and even watch them work.
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