Located directly on the beach, the 309 room Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach is an affordable Hawaii choice. Recently upgraded from a Marriott Courtyard to a Sherton, the oceanfront hotel offers reasonably sized rooms, direct beach access, and shopping, attractions, and restaurants within a short walk or drive away.
I’ve stayed in a variety of rooms at the Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach: garden view, pool view, and the always stunning ocean view. Well over half of the rooms at the resort have an ocean view of some kind. Rooms have screen door sliders, so you can keep the door open and bugs out if you like having fresh air in your room. The windows have dark wooden blinds covering the windows, but they don’t have the full range of adjustment. On a sunny day, it’s easy to adjust to let light in and still maintain privacy. On a rainy or overcast day, however, I think this makes the room seem a little dark.
All rooms have a refrigerator, ample desk and work space, coffee service, and free wifi.
The pool and hot tub are surrounded by plenty of deck space with loungers and chairs. I’ve never had a problem getting a lounger even when there’s been high occupancy. There are hammocks and bed-style loungers just off the pool deck, as well as benches, loungers, and a fire pit along Coconut Beach.
There are two restaurants on property. The Makai Lounge is available for poolside drinks and is open for lunch and dinner. There is both indoor and outdoor seating, and a popular spot for drinks is the outdoor fountain and fire pit. They offer a pupu menu (Hawaiian for appetizers), often filling enough for a full meal.
The other option is the Voyager Restaurant, offer lanai dining on the opposite side of the pool. This restaurant is open for breakfast (buffet or off the menu) and dinner. Indoor and outdoor dining is available. I recommend the banana macadamia nut pancakes for breakfast and eating outdoors.
A specialty luau occurs twice a week, currently on Thursday and Sunday. Reservations are required, but you can often get one for the same day.
A mini convenience store/gift shop is located just off the reception desk. If you’ve forgotten something at home, or are looking for something more substantial, there is a Longs Drugs located across the parking lot. While they don’t have a full grocery department, you can find a nice selection of snacks, juice, beer, and wine, far more than what’s available at the hotel. Since you have a refrigerator stock up for a few days.
If you have a car, there are numerous dining choices in Kapaa and nearby towns. But even if you don’t, there’s a good assortment to choose from within walking distance. Two of my favorites are Monico’s Taqueria (about a 20-minute walk, the fish tacos are excellent) and Bull Shed Steakhouse (about a 10-minute walk, I like the shrimp and ribs combo). Dress code on the entire island is casual, although shirts and shoes are required.
Pua Day Spa is located at the hotel, offering the usual therapies and treatments, but I haven’t yet had a chance to try. There is also a fitness room.
The lobby of Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach hosts a small market, with local artisans and craftsmen selling their goods. You can often see them carving, weaving, painting, or crafting items. Items for sale include wood carvings, jewelry, clothing, home decor items, and a variety of crafts. Prices are generally less than you’d find in one of the shops.
One of my favorite things to do is enjoy a walk along the beach, early morning as the sun is coming up, or just before sunset, when the sun is still high in the sky but you know it won’t be for much longer.
The Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach is located at 650 Aleka Loop in Kapaa, a little over six miles from the Lihui airport (airport code LIH). The hotel does not provide airport shuttle service, so if you don’t have a rental car. you can use one of the for-hire airport shuttles or grab a taxi. Reservations are strongly advised for shuttle service, which runs about $20 per person, one way. Taxis are available curbside and run about $25 one way.
Rates start at around $140/night, double occupancy. Parking is $14/day. See the official Sheraton website here. You can also book through Hotels.com.