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Marriott's Kaua'i Beach Club
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Lihue
Reviewed September 25, 2011

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.

Aloha!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 14, 2011

We just returned from Hawaii - 3 islands and 17 days later. Great trip highlighted by our stay on our favorite island, Kauai. This was our 3rd stay at the Kauai Beach Club and overall we were very happy. We reserved through with our Marriott Destination Club points - checking in on a Tuesday for 6 nights. They gave us a room with a horrible view so I went down to complain. I very rarely use the "do you know who I am technique" but for a Marriott Platinum member that spends about 100 nights in their top properties and owns more of their timeshare than 95% of their customers, I felt we deserved better. Unfortunately, the man at the desk didn't seem to care much and basically blamed the Destination Club program's infancy status for my terrible view. According to our friend, since so few people have enrolled, there were limited amount of available rooms on a Tuesday as most timeshare guests still check in on the typical days - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Word of advice Marriott - fix this problem and fix it fast since your most loyal and heavily invested customers are in the Destination Club program. It took a phone call to Marriott Owner Services to get the room we wanted but we were unable to move until Day 2. Needless to say, the man at the front desk that was totally useless upon check-in gave me the evil eye every time I passed reception. I thought it was very unprofessional although somewhat humorous. Room drama aside, we had an amazing stay. The location of this place is great. It's not too far from Waimea Canyon, the Poipu resort area or the North Shore where we like to spend a lot of time. While I love the North Shore, it rains so much more up there I feel it's a great place to visit but I wouldn't want to stay there. Also, it's close to the airport but you never hear a plane despite what some reviews say. The beach is OK but it still provides a wonderful view from your room, especially with the mountains across the bay. However, one of the most positive attributes of Kauai is that is has countless amazing beaches so you want to get out and explore anyway. Admittedly, the Marriott does look a bit dated from the outside but they have done a decent job updating the rooms and continue to do so. The grounds are always immaculate and the pool rocks. I believe it is the largest in all of Hawaii. Food on property is OK - you are better off going elsewhere for a better meal. We did enjoy the Mongolian BBQ and it was very reasonably priced at $17 or so/person. Josselin's in Poipu is one of our favorites as is Brick Oven Pizza. Yes, we are recommending a pizza place in paradise but it really is special and provides a nice change of pace from seafood and steaks every night. Make sure you go to the original and not the one in Kapaa. Oh, and make sure you see the NaPali coast either by air or boat. One of the most special places around. Kauai is a magical place and this resort provides the perfect place to see it all. We'll be back - make sure our room is ready!

Room Tip: If you are given a room in the Kahili Tower, for the best view make sure it ends in -81 or higher. A...
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

We have been staying at this time share for 14 years off and on. There was a re-model recently that greatly improved the kitchenettes and the bed linens have been upgraded. We continue to love this property with all of its amenities and a beach with the softest sand in Kauai and great, gentle waves. It is five minutes from the airport and right on the main road, all advantages over Poipu. A perfect spot for families with young children- oh, the kid's pool was also re-done and now has a slide and is much more fun. This is, by far, our favorite Marriott property on Kauai.

Room Tip: Rooms in the Kahili Tower that face the ocean have views and two large balconies.
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

The timeshare was disappointing. Timeshares have not been upgraded like hotel rooms. I called the resort directly to book a one King Bed, two bath villa. Unfortunately, the resort made a booking error, and getting the resort to correct the error was very difficult, requiring me to go through a supervisor and a manager over the course of a 24 hour period. The bathroom had alot of long hairs on towels, sinks and the tub, so housekeeping needed to be called back into the room. Check in is 4p.m. and check out is 10a.m. While these timeshares are empty at 10a.m., don't expect a room until 4p.m. Even though these units are basically two hotels rooms joined by a lockoff door, the King bedroom ONLY has enough room for ONE nightstand and ONE reading lamp, so cups of drinking water, your book or reading glasses must be placed on the floor for you to trip over in the wee hours. This is NOT the room for you if you are handicapped OR overweight as the space you have between the wall and your bed is under 28 inches!!! The bathroom was spacious, but clearly NOT upgraded from the 1980's, like the hotel rooms. The sofa was stiff and upright. The internet cable is way too short (two feet) and pooly located near a drawer by the murphy bed, requiring the user to pull up a chair facing the wall, placing the laptop on your lap! You can request a longer internet cable, but can't plug it in as the outlet as it is located behind the murphy bed; only assessible by an army of weightlifters. So wireless it is.....two to three bars max, making connection spotty. While the resort grounds are beautiful and convenient to the north/south end of the island, at this price point, there are other options.

Room Tip: Read over all the print on your booking and make sure the number of bathrooms are clearly listed.
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

Just got in this morning 9/10/11, 4:00 am lax from Kauai. LOVED it. Actually FAB-U-lous. Was invited to experience a dear friend’s 30th wedding anniversary.
You go A. and E. Congrats on your 30years of marriage and thanks for the great time and experience with you both.

Stayed the week at the Marriott Kauai beach resort. this is a NO SMOKING resort. YEA.!!!! Could have stayed a few more. Great 2 Bdrm suite in the 340 and 399 rms. Loved the crisp coolness of the sheets and pillows. 5 minutes after you move your body to a new area of the bed, the old area gets cool and crisp once again. Forgot there is no daily room refresh. We had a very private view of the beach from every room in the suite. This is a timeshare without a stove in the kitchen. There is a dishwasher, along with microwave, eating utensils, dishes and refridge. in every room. Staff was most helpful with 120% of what we asked and asked for. most schools back in session, so there were mostly few children, most being under 6yrs, if not infants.
If you need a kitchen and love to golf stay at the property further up the hill. You will be farther from the beach, but the homey feel will be worth it. Go to the grocers which are not far if you walk or by car to stock up. You just can’t cook in the room on an open flame. There are bbq grills not far from the rooms. The two dinners we did cook on the grills were simple and GREAT. There was no waiting for an open grill and the other guest were quite friendly while cooking their dinners as well. The mai tais at the bar above the pool are great have them there and at one of the table nook areas overlooking the pool and ocean. The fish and chips were fantastic at Duke’s. Do fill up you water bottles from the very chilled and herb and fruit infused at the bell-hop station before you go out on your day’s activities off site. Very refreshing and good to have with you.

Do make sure you eat local food and not just stuff you are used to. Do though, try to keep the abundance of starches to a minimum and partake of the abundance of fresh fruits and fish. Loved the ONO fish and chips at dukes though.

You MUST go to Waimea Canyon. It’s breathtaking. Really. This is called the grand canyon of the pacific and it seems to be. Truly you must give thanks and praise to god and wonder how this was done. It was simply amazing. Went there as the last item before boarding a plane and leaving my traveling companion who has visited the island and done all of these sites several times before, had tears in his eyes while we were packing our belongings to return home; and we both live in beach cities ¼ mile at most from the beach. SO magnificent.

Other things that were of most fun, went rafting the Na Pali Coast in a very fast and bumpy zodiac craft. If you can take the bumps; ok really mean taking on air, on the water do this ride versus the catamarans. You get to go into shallow caves and closer to the beach while observing the spinning dolphins, sea turtles and various fish. Did not see whales this trip.
My friend loved her helicopter ride helicoptor ride especially when the craft hovered at certain spots on her tour. The weather was perfect 80 -85 with nice warm trade winds all day.
Supposedly we went to the best luau on the island and supposedly on any of the islands. The Luau Kalamaku. This had a story theme to it. took about an hour. Had several vendors and activities to do beforehand. Also had a train ride around a small portion of a growing field. if you liked as well. Do set aside extra time before the festivities to take part in this especially if you have small children or are on yourself.

Took a massage at Auntie Angeline’s. This was a two person 4 handed body experience. Mind relaxation in one. I had a solo massage; this is a great activity for two people to experience simultaneously. My friend had a soak and I was trying to encourage a salt rub. Do the salt rub as well even if you do not get a massage, minimal charge. Your skin and mind will thank you. If you do not massage much, be forewarned that it is a semi private massage experience. What I liked the most was the steam and salt scrub prior to the massage in a very relaxing outdoor steam hut. There and throughout you massage the practitioners will chant blessings for you and your mental spirit so the massage will have the best affect for you. It enhances the mind/body connection. Unfortunately currently Auntie Angeline does not do private consultations after the massage. Try to book the massage after most of your more strenuous activities and feel free to book two. You may need the 2nd one. My girlfriend had two excellent massages at the property by the same masseuse.

For the 30th anniversary celebration we experienced a fabulous meal and excellent service at The Beach House in Port Allen. If you love sunsets, make sure to make your reservation close to 5:30 or 6:00. Great for allowing time for pics. Every table has a magnificent ocean view. Just determine how much sun or slight wind you would like. If dinner is too pricey come for a drink. You will thoroughly enjoy it. my sister-girlfriend just loves sushi, but not the rice; and Thoroughly enjoyed the sashimi appetizer.

Go to Wal-Mart near Hilo Hattie’s in Lihu'e for souvenirs like trivets, postcards, shirts, decals, mugs, sarongs extra bathing suits and such.

Room Tip: the 2 bdrm suites in same bldg as the lobby and south of the pool. VERY private. they will provide...
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 8, 2011

We reserved a deluxe ocean view room with a balcony. When we arrived they told us that there was not one available. The breakfast buffet charge was $23 and very poor quality. Marriott should be embarrassed to present such a disappointing meal. The facility is dated and they charge extra for everything. View out the window this morning was the largest cruise ship I have seen docking to disembark their passengers into the same bay as the hotel. We will not stay here again and will probably not ever stay at a Marriott property again. Aloha

  • Stayed: September 2011
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Reviewed September 5, 2011

Wow, what a pool. Like ten pools put together in a circle with 5 hot tubs.
Terrific golf course on the property with several holes overlooking the ocean.
Small, but quiet private beach with all the usual watersports. Got to get Hula Pie at Duke's restaurant. Italian restaurant very good also on the property. Airport only a mile away. Small shops everywhere for the shoppers.

Room Tip: Traded our timeshare week from Vegas for Hawaii. Got huge double room 2 baths. Can sleep 4. Many...
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 3610 Rice St, Kalapaki Beach, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1705
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Lihue
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Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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#2 Business Hotel in Lihue
#3 Romantic Hotel in Lihue
#3 Spa Hotel in Lihue
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Price Range: $181 - $505 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Marriott's Kaua'i Beach Club 4*
Number of rooms: 232
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