We recently stayed at Lawai Beach Resort through an RCI exchange. We've been to Kauai many times and jumped at the chance to stay right across the street from our favorite winter snorkel beach.
Our unit was a 2 bedroom/2 bath unit on the ground floor in the small Liki Lani building (rather than the 3 main buildings). This building must have been the last one built. It is squeezed onto the property, wedged into the corner, right on the road.
The unit itself was quite nice for a timeshare unit, but there are three major problems with it, all due to its location:
1) We were told at check-in that they highly recommend keeping the doors closed when you're away and at night, which was obviously needed. The lanai where the doors were located was less than 10 feet from a busy sidewalk (lots of walkers and beach goers) with nothing but a small hedge between them. It definitely was not secure to leave the doors open. The problem is that with no air conditioning and a large home across the street blocking much of the ocean breeze, you need as much fresh air coming into your unit as possible. We kept the doors closed, but it was warm in the unit even though it wasn't particularly warm outside when we were there.
2) Because the unit was right on the road and even closer to the sidewalk, there was no privacy to sit out on the lanai for morning coffee or a meal. It would be like sitting at a sidewalk cafe, not a private deck. This also meant that curtains and shutters in the unit had to be completely closed for changing clothes and sleeping. Again, this created a room that was much warmer than the outdoor temperature.
3) The road noise began before dawn with garbage trucks and service vehicles and then kicked in with people driving out to Spouting Horn and Lawai Beach. We were up early to snorkel, but our teen daughter had hoped to sleep in. That never happened with the road 15-18 feet from the bedrooms.
We came to enjoy access to Lawai Beach and we did that, for snorkeling and sunsets. In most timeshare units we would have eaten every meal out on the lanai, enjoying the warmth. We didn't use the lanai for anything but drying our snorkel gear which was a disappointment. With ceiling fans on high we were mostly comfortable at night, but being so close to the ocean and having to keep doors, windows and curtains closed was a big disappointment. We were glad it wasn't particularly warm during our stay because this unit would have been uncomfortable.
We talked to the manager as soon as we checked in, asking to be moved and nothing was available. After a few days, a smaller unit became available in another building and we chose not to move. We got the call on a day we were out hiking and did not want to rush back to pack up everything to move.
We would definitely stay at this resort again, but only by renting a specific unit directly from an owner so that we could have more control over where we were located. It is unfortunate that a resort would choose to build a building whose location automatically impacts the quality of the stay. In a high demand tourism destination, the lure of additional revenue trumps the vacationers' experience.
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- Also Known As:
- Lawai Beach Hotel Poipu
- Lawai Beach Resort Kauai/Poipu