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Connectivity is key for Kevin Geanides, general manager of Timbers Kauai Ocean Club & Residences. Having just celebrated the first anniversary of the opening of the luxurious resort, he is keenly aware of the bonds that have formed between clients and the destination.
“Timbers Kauai has set a new bar for accommodations on the island, while providing a boutique ohana (family) experience where guests can feel the spirit and enthusiasm of our team,” Geanides said.
My recent visit to the resort illustrated how Timbers Kauai is creating connections for — and with — clients through distinctive adventures, authentic lodging and deeply rooted dining.
Curated ActivitiesWhile many Kauai visitors book well-publicized pastimes such as helicopter rides and snorkel tours, Timbers Kauai guests can also enjoy exclusive adventures.
“Our resort guests can explore the best of what Kauai has to offer through the inside knowledge of a Timbers Kauai adventure guide,” Geanides said.
The resort’s location on Kauai’s southeast coast makes it a handy headquarters for roaming the island in any direction, he adds.
Timbers Kauai staffers help clients arrange excursions that are curated to their needs. Active travelers, for instance, can go on a private hike to a double waterfall, complete with a swim and picnic lunch. Foodies can take part in a special culinary tour of the north shore, with tasting stops at farms and eateries.
Equally compelling are the on-property activities, including golf on the 18-hole Ocean Course at Hokuala. Designed by Jack Nicklaus and renovated in 2016, the course boasts the longest continuous stretch of oceanfront holes in Hawaii. The resort dreams up fun, ongoing golf events such as Nine and Wine, a leisurely nine-hole round followed by a spread of wine and cheese.
Elegant ResidencesThe accommodations at Timbers Kauai are upscale and priced accordingly, but they are anything but stuffy.
As Geanides put it, the two-, three- and four-bedroom townhomes and condominiums offer “luxury in an approachable way.”
“We deliver a home-away-from-home stay similar to what you would experience when visiting friends and family,” Geanides said.
Units feature floor-to-ceiling doors that open to private lanais with views of the ocean, lagoon, mountains or golf course. Interiors feel classy and contemporary, with white and blue decor harmonizing with wood, rattan and other island-style furnishings. Gourmet kitchens, dining and living areas and multiple bathrooms make the residences ideal for traveling families and friends, who get quality time together during their stay.
Accommodations provide easy access to resort amenities such as the infinity-edge oceanfront swimming pool, the ohana pool, a fitness center, a spa, a fire pit lounge, a kids’ club, a business center and an activities lawn with Hawaiian games and cultural classes.
Farm-to-Table at Its FreshestLike many Hawaii resorts these days, Timbers Kauai touts a food and beverage program driven by regional ingredients. What sets it apart, however, is the source of those ingredients. Called The Farm at Hokuala, it’s an agricultural masterpiece created by local farmer Cody Meyer, who was given free rein to turn an overgrown golf course into a model of agri-education.
Across the farm’s 11 acres, Meyer cultivates dozens of different kinds of organic vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices. He maintains six beehives, and he tries to plant one tree each day. Much of what he grows ends up on the menu at Hualani’s Restaurant, the restaurant at Timbers Kauai. In fact, the resort chefs keep him on speed dial.
Clients can visit the farm on Tuesday mornings for a tour and tasting. They can see how crops grow, sample what’s ripe and learn about sustainable dining, then pick ingredients to use in their own kitchens.
The day’s harvest inspires Hualani’s menus, particularly for its farm-to-table dinners each Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The restaurant’s open-air, oceanview terrace sets an appetizing stage for ultra-fresh dishes, from Ahi Tuna Crispy Rice with shoyu, jalapeno and nori to Seven Spice Half Chicken with braised bok choy and shiitake mushrooms.
While Timbers Kauai stacks up as one of the island’s toniest resorts, its staff exudes a congenial vibe that’s hard to resist. They represent yet another example of the property’s focus on connectivity.
“Our goal is to shape Timbers Kauai as a destination that generations will continue to enjoy,” Geanides said. “We embrace our guests with the aloha spirit.”
Nightly rack rates range from $850 to $6,500 per night, depending on season and accommodations.
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