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Sheraton Kauai Resort may have turned 50 this year, but it’s more photogenic than ever. With recently renovated accommodations, contemporary guest services and a sea-hugging location, it promises picture-perfect opportunities for Instagram posts.
Clients can discover plenty of camera-ready places and pastimes at the south shore hotel. Here are five of our favorite ways to stage shareable experiences at Sheraton Kauai.
Baked Kauai at RumFireFrom tropical cocktails to the last sip of coffee, RumFire Poipu Beach — Sheraton Kauai’s standout restaurant — offers memorable meals in a dramatic setting. The 240-seat dining room treats guests to 180-degree ocean views that wow social media mavens.
For a prime photo op, order the Baked Kauai. An island spin on the traditional Baked Alaska, this one-of-a-kind dessert — torched tableside — features layers of pineapple cake and coconut ice cream in a meringue shell, covered with lilikoi (passion fruit) anglaise. Post a shot of it, and online followers will salivate in envy.
Haku Lei-Making ClassSay the word “lei,” and most people think of strands of aromatic flowers draped around the neck. However, the haku lei — a crown of fresh blossoms worn on the head — has deep roots in Hawaiian culture, and it’s trending among today’s crafty visitors.
Sheraton Kauai guests can learn the treasured art of haku-making during workshops that are offered at the resort for groups of six participants or more. The hands-on activity is well-suited for girlfriend getaways, bridal parties, couples vacationing together and multigenerational travelers. Afterward, clients can pose with their finished products for the ultimate Hawaii Instagram post.
Monk Seals on the BeachFrom time to time, endangered Hawaiian monk seals haul out on the warm, soft sands fronting Sheraton Kauai, and who can blame them? It’s a great place to catch a few z’s for humans and wildlife alike. Sometimes, mother seals even give birth to their pups on the beach.
Of course, visitors must keep their distance from the seals. Authorities set up signs reminding people to stay at least 150 feet away. But with the right kind of camera, clients can zoom in on the sweet creatures and capture a compelling nature shot that’s sure to elicit virtual oohs and aahs.
Oceanfront Fire PitsIt’s hard to find another resort on the Garden Island that snuggles up to the ocean quite as intimately as Sheraton Kauai. Its courtyard — home to three fire pits surrounded by comfy rocking chairs — is a particularly popular hangout as day gives way to evening.
Starting at dusk, clients can huddle around one of the flickering hubs, recount the day’s adventures and make new friends while relaxing over drinks. Many guests claim that it’s better than a bonfire on the beach. As palms sway and stars start to twinkle, shutter-bugs can preserve the glow and create magical memories.
Poolside BungalowsA splashy Hawaiian pool experience turns especially Instagram-worthy when clients rent one of Sheraton Kauai’s eight poolside bungalows. Each private oasis provides lounge chairs for up to six people, a ceiling fan, a flat-screen television, shade on hot days and unparalleled views of sand and surf.
Using a mobile app, bungalow guests can order casual food and beverages from Lava’s on Poipu Beach, with delivery to their tent. Clients who are feeling charitable can request bungalow No. 53, with proceeds benefitting local causes. Then, they can share their good deed on social media, encouraging others to follow suit.
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