My fabulous Kauai, Hawaii trip was sponsored by the Kauai Visitors Bureau. All opinions are my own. #KauaiDiscovery
Remember back in late May when I had the outstanding opportunity to visit Kauai, Hawaii for a press trip? We not only did many incredible activities and ate some of the best food I’ve ever had, but we also stayed at some beautiful places. While every place has it’s own perks and things that are better about them, I have to say that My Favorite Kauai, Hawaii Hotel is Kōloa Landing at Poʻipū! Want to know why? Well….
1. Large Suites
While Kōloa Landing also has Deluxe Studios (measuring at about 500 square feet, nearly twice the size of a standard hotel room), as well as a large family’s dream come true Penthouse Suite (4 bedrooms and 3 private balconies? Heaven!), I think their main shining point are their incredible Luxury Villas. These can range from 1 to 3 bedrooms, so you can find the right fit for however many are in your travel party.
Two twin bedroom with private bathroom & private balcony….
Queen (or is it a king – I’m awful at telling!) bedroom with access to large shared balcony. Another bathroom in the hall.
Master bedroom with tons of space and closets, dressing area, huge bathroom and access to the shared balcony.
I stayed in a 3-bedroom on the 3rd floor – meaning my own private entryway (and doorbell, how fun!), a perfect view of the family pool from my huge balcony, and plenty of space to stretch out. My family would LOVE to relax at this suite, as I’m sure any family would! Here’s a bit of a tour of my suite….
Oh, and there’s even a rather large laundry room with washer and dryer, cabinets, soaps and iron/ironing board. Yes, they make your trip as easy as possible for you!
2. Fully-Loaded Gourmet Chef’s Kitchens
You heard that, a complete kitchen fully stocked with everything you need to whip up gourmet feasts or just a tasty snack to enjoy on the balcony! I loved that it wasn’t just a tiny fridge, but regular-sized with plenty of space to stock up. And who wants to wash dishes on a vacation? Well, not that we ever do, but especially not when you should be relaxing – so there’s a dishwasher to help out!
The dining table had plenty of room for the whole crew, and the living area was very comfortable. You can open the curtains to let the sun shine in, or close them for a bit more quiet feel.
Since this was a part-working trip, I did have to take care of things on my laptop. But guys, I could work happily for HOURS sitting out on the balcony with my laptop and planner, just enjoying the sounds, smells and view from there while working away. Seriously, I think that’s my dream office – right there on the balcony at the Kōloa Landing at Poʻipū. They provide plenty of chairs, table, even comfy loungers to lay out on!
Just because I put this at number 4 does not mean it’s any less amazing or important because…..dun da dun….they have THREE fabulous, beautiful pools for you to enjoy! The one outside my room was the ‘family pool’ or ‘Lagoon pool’. It was 6,100 square feet, with an in-pool island, basketball hoop, lagoon-like spots, tidal pool and Jacuzzi. There were plenty of families enjoying this one, but it never looked even a bit crowded or too noisy. My kids would’ve loved it!
There’s also the ‘Tranquility Pool’, which is smaller and more quiet – but has a nice waterfall feature. It’s perfect if you want to just quietly float, lay out and relax with a good book, or have a sweet moment together with your special someone.
The main pool is really the eye-catcher, though, at a whopping 350,000 gallons of beautiful, blue water – making it one of the largest single pools on Kauai! At the top is the infinity pool, which leads down into more pools and on down – it’s like a cascade of wet, fabulous fun. It has a waterslide (or two, though I can’t recall exactly), side Jacuzzis, swim-through water falls, even a little cave grotto area you can swim into or lounge in chairs on the side of. Near the bottom of this massive area is a fun little splash-pad type area, with water spouting up – I know my boys would spend a long while playing here! This pool alone is reason enough to make this your Kauai, Hawaii hotel choice!
They also have cabana’s you can rent, giving you a special area to store your stuff, lay out or just relax. They come ready with flat-screen TVs, chaise lounge chairs and overhead fans to cool off in the Hawaiian heat.
Not only do they hold S’more evenings, where you can roast these delicious treats around a fire pit, but they also have HoloHolo Grill – a restaurant right by the main pool serving up a variety of delicious foods and fresh drinks. A couple of us enjoyed breakfast here our last morning and it was UNFORGETTABLE! In fact, I’ve tried remaking the avocado toast here at home because it was just so dang tasty. Their fruit smoothies were incredible fresh, smooth and full of flavor, and their other dishes were just as delightful.
6. The Service
From the moment you arrive into the open welcoming-area you’re greeted by friendly staff who are truly there to make your stay as pleasant and enjoyable as possible. You can tell they love their beautiful island of Kauai, and are proud to tell you all about it and their own favorite spots around. Since it’s such a large resort, I did get lost a few times as I explored, but any staff member I stopped to ask for directions or about the pools or whatnot was happy to help. And Sally Halm, the manager at Kōloa Landing at Poʻipū, was the sweetest and friendliest lady you’ll ever meet who is an absolute blast to chat with!
7. The Spa
I did take time to relax from the amazing-yet-adventurous-and-busy week with a fabulous massage at The Spa at Koloa Landing. They had large bathrooms and changing areas, free lockers available, as well as refreshing showers. They even had supplies you may not think of for after a spa service, like q-tips, shampoo, even razors available for you! The waiting room was quiet, with peaceful music in the background and a little waterfall feature creating the perfect atmosphere to start relaxing. The treatment was very professional and relaxing, and I left feeling renewed for the last little bit of our trip. Even though they were booked, the sweet desk gal called to see if one of their off-duty therapists would like to come in for an extra treatment and, sure enough, someone was happy to fit me in.
It truly was delightful to get to know Sally, the staff and all that Kōloa Landing at Poʻipū has to offer during our short visit to this Kauai, Hawaii hotel – but it was unforgettable, and I’m eager to get back with the whole family!
I can’t wait to visit Kaua’i, Hawaii again, and will definitely be making a visit to Aqua Kaua’i Beach Resort again!
* Helicopter Tour
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