After a five-hour flight from Los Angeles, the first thing I wanted
to do when I arrived on Kauai was get to my hotel, kick off my
shoes, put my feet in the sand and relax. And I was in luck.
Even though I’d visited the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach
Club while at Kalapaki Beach during a cruise, I didn’t realize how
close the resort was to the airport. Moments after my husband and I
got our baggage, the resort van picked us up, and not five minutes
later, we were at the reservations desk. In no more than 15
minutes, we were in our room, barefoot and heading to the beach. We
made it to the shore in time for sunset.
One of the best features of the property, nestled within the
800-acre Kauai Lagoons Resort, is its quiet, sandy beach. Tucked
away in a corner of Nawiliwili Bay, a popular cruise ship port,
Kalapaki Beach is a peaceful haven with calm waters and a secluded
The idyllic spot is perfect for both couples and families.
Kalapaki Beach is one of the gentlest beaches on Kauai and kids can
play in the sand and shallow water without parents having to worry
about crashing waves. A small break next to a jetty, about 100
yards out, is a surfer’s paradise. Couples can lounge together on
beach chairs provided by the resort or enjoy a seaside couple’s
massage from the onsite Alexander Day Spa and Salon. Snorkeling,
boogie boarding and volleyball equipment can be rented from a
cabana just off the beach.
With one of the largest pools on the island, some guests may
never make it to the beach. The pool’s 1.8 million black and
light-blue mosaic tiles surround an island of palms and resemble a
similar complex at Hearst Castle in California. Five whirlpools, a
series of waterfalls and a reflecting pool add to the grandeur of
the 26,000 square feet of water. Clients can also take advantage of
two Jack Nicklaus-designed courses. The Kiele and Mokihana courses
offer 36 holes on an oceanfront setting. In addition, the Kauai
Lagoons Golf and Racquet Club houses two plexi-pave tennis courts
with stadium seating and lighting for night play. There is also a
2,500-square-foot fitness and aerobics center with Pilates and
other classes offered throughout the week.
Most of the resort’s 356 guestrooms and 11 suites have a view of
the ocean or the pool. Rooms feature Marriott’s new Revive bedding
and linen collection, a lanai and air conditioning with in-room
controls. There are also 190 one-bedroom Beach Club Suites and 42
two-bedroom Beach Club Suites.
Guests can opt to dine at any of the resort’s five restaurants,
including Duke’s Canoe Club, Cafe Portofino Italian Restaurant and
Kukui’s Poolside Restaurant & Bar, which all offer live
entertainment in the evenings.
Although the property provides everything guests need, the small
town of Nawiliwili offers casual dining, a sports bar, an ABC Store
and several souvenir shops. If guests want to venture further, like
a trip to Poipu beach as my husband and I did, a Hertz car rental
service is on site.
Although the resort’s proximity to the airport one mile by
private road is a perk upon arrival, it is even more advantageous
when clients are departing. Guests flying from Lihue need only
arrive a half-hour before their flight, if they are checked in
online, to get through security. This extra benefit could add some
much-needed relaxation time to a quick vacation.
Through June 30, clients can choose the Hawaiian Sand Dollars
Plus package, which offers garden-view accommodations from $349 per
night, including the fifth night free for a five-night stay, free
upgrade to a pool-view room, daily breakfast for two and 1,000
Marriott Rewards points, per night when booked on www.MarriottHawaii.com
Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club
3610 Rice St.
Lihue, HI 96766