Sunday, July 27, 2014

How I Vacation in Kauai, Hawaii

The pool and beach at the Kauai Marriott Resort
Once a year I desperately need to relax.  My wife will tell you that the very first place that comes to my mind is the island of Kauai in the Hawaiian islands.  Where do I stay?  What do I do?  How do I get there?

It will come as no surprise to any of you that I always fly United to the islands.  In more recent years I have been flying direct from LAX, SFO, or DEN to LIH (Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii).  This service is always done with a Boeing 757-200.  I always suggest sitting on the left side of the plane as the arrival will give you a great view of Nawilili Bay, which you can see on the left in the photo up top.  

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The Kauai Marriott Resort is the only place to stay on the island (sure, there are other hotels and all, but this one is the very best).  After a very long drive from the airport (the hotel is only about a 10 minute drive), you are greeted to the Garden Isle (Kauai's nickname) in a truly tropical paradise.  The main entry stands a few stories above the main lobby in the middle of a forest of palm trees.  The lobby is in the middle of the hotel buildings, and has a beautiful handmade canoe in it.  But who really cares about checking in?  Let's get to the good stuff.

There are three buildings on the property.  The furthest west tower that sits on Kalapaki Beach is made up of Marriott Vacation Club rooms.  The North tower provides a great view of the gardens, and houses the two-story Presidential Suite.  The east tower is by far my favorite; it primarily has views of the pool.  However, the last room on each floor is a two-room suite.  These suites provide both a view of the pool and a view of the bay.
The view from the southwest corner of one of the suites.  Even on a cloudy day it is beautiful.
The Kauai Marriott has a lot to offer.  With food options from Kukui's to Duke's to Portifino's, the pool (one of the largest in Hawaii) with five hot tubs, and the Kalapaki Beach, there's always something to do.
The view of the pool from the Terrace.

The thing that you have to remember is that there is a lot to do on the island.  In future posts I will share with you more of the specifics, but if you're going soon, remember to hit Bubba Burgers, and spend some time in Hanalei.  Oh, and plane spotters, the golf course at the Kauai Marriott offers some greate plane spotting views.

But, hey, I'm just some guy who likes to look at airplanes, so what do I know?

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