I'm in no way dissatisfied with our stay at the Sheraton Resort, but it's more hotel than we needed. All we really require is a place to stow our clean clothes, bathe, and sleep in between our outdoor activities, along with a pool and a hot tub. So, how'd we wind up here? We paid with Starwood points left over from a timeshare purchase; otherwise, there's no way we could have afforded to stay here, or maybe even made the trip at all. (I was surprised that we weren't hit up with a request to attend a Starwood timeshare sales pitch, which we've come to expect anytime we visit a Starwood property.)
Our garden-view room was adequate, if a little small: two twin beds, a console that held the TV, refrigerator, (only) three drawers, a desk, free WiFi, and a bathroom just big enough to do what you need to do. I've read reports of ants, and we had a few. But it's the tropics, and there's not much you can do about it, except store your opened snacks in Ziploc bags or in the fridge.
Aside from a few more square feet, the room would have been better if the balcony had had a hammock and there had been a microwave, and a stand on which to place a suitcase.
The beds are on a par with Weston's Heavenly Beds, which my wife liked so much that I bought us one for Christmas last year.
The AC is apparently moderated by an infrared monitor attached to the thermostat, so you can't set the temperature to 68 when you leave in the morning and expect a nice, cool room when you get back. The in-room temperature never got really uncomfortable, but AC units also act as dehumidifiers, and we were rather sticky for an hour or so whenever we returned to the room.
You'll receive a weekly calendar that includes activities such as Hawaiian language lessons and nocturnal visits to the tidepools, but, aside from a visit with the concierge, Walt McCoy (one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet), and the pool and a one-day snorkel rental from the on-site vendor, we didn't partake in any of the amenities or activities on the property.
The hotel charges a $30/day resort fee. I've never understood why they just don't incorporate it into the room rate, and I'm not sure what benefits it provide.
As you would expect, the on-site restaurant is more expensive than other local options. We ate breakfast off the buffet one day at $25/person. We rationalized it by filling up enough so that we could skip lunch and spend the whole day outdoors.
The property has a great sunset view. Just go to the beach and head west with everyone else.
If you have any pre-trip questions, call, don't e-mail. It took me two tries to get a response to one question via e-mail, and a follow-up never received a reply.
This is a great place for people who like to hang out at a beach resort. We'd stay here again on points, but, given the mismatch between what we need in accommodations and what the resort provides, if we were paying real money, we'd probably try something else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The luxurious Sheraton Kauai Resort on Poipu Beach in Hawaii has the Hawaiian Rainforest Spa, water sports, two pools, a weekly Auli'i Luau, and 50,000 sq ft of indoor/outdoor meeting and event space ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Kauai Hotel Poipu
- Sheraton Poipu
- Poipu Sheraton
- Sheraton Kauai Resort Poipu