There are many choices when booking a beachfront stay along Kauai’s Poipu Beach. It’s tough to go wrong in the popular Hawaiian destination. Like other properties, the Sheraton Kauai Resort offers guests a number of vacation amenities including pools, restaurants and live Hawaiian entertainment, but its steps off the beach location is hard to beat.
Set on 20 acres on Kauai’s Poipu Beach, the Sheraton has 391 rooms, including 11 suites. But even with hundreds of rooms, the property does a nice job of feeling small. The rooms are spread out among eight buildings, and in accordance with Kauai law, the structures are no higher than a mature coconut tree.
The resort is divided into two sections. Garden view rooms are located on the inland side of Hoonani Road. Ocean view rooms are located closest to the coast. Bedding choices include one king or two double beds.
I stayed in a Deluxe Oceanfront Room with plenty of room to spread out. Along with a king bed, highlights included a large refrigerator, a sitting chair and small round table with a coffee and tea maker and bottled water. The private lanai or balcony was the perfect spot to watch the early morning surf or catch of glimpse of a rainbow. A door separates the toilet and shower area of the bathroom from dual sinks, making the area usable by more than one person, while still providing privacy. The only tricky part was accessing electric plugs from the nightstand area.
Both pools are popular spots any time of day, but the oceanfront pool has the advantage of being steps off the beach. The hotel beach is swimmable, but Poipu Beach Park is also a short, sandy walk away.
Along with a lifeguard, you just might meet some of Kauai’s most crowd-pleasing residents like green sea turtles and endangered Hawaiian monk seals. This stretch of beach is known as a favorite place for them to haul out on the sand and soak up some sun. Remember, for your safety and theirs, it’s best to admire from a distance.
Link@Sheraton Café serves Starbucks coffee and a nice selection of grab and go food. There are also two oceanfront restaurants. Lava’s on Poipu Beach offers casual beachside/poolside dining throughout the day. RumFire Poipu Beach is open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner. With its Table 53 charity fundraising program, the restaurant offers a unique way for visitors to dine and donate. All net food and beverage proceeds from the table benefit a rotating list of Kauai’s local charities.
The Sheraton Kauai’s location also means you don’t need to be constantly tied to a rental car. Poipu Shopping Village, an easy 10 minute walk, offers restaurants and shopping. Nearby Kukuiula Village Shopping Center has a well-stocked drug store, along with shopping and dining. (Don’t miss the shaved snow at Uncle’s.) It’s about a 15 minute walk from the resort – that is unless you are like me and have to stop practically every other step to watch the turtles in the surf.
Depending on traffic, the resort is about a 30 minute drive from Lihue Airport. Self-parking at the resort is complimentary. Valet service is included as part of the $30 daily resort charge on the day guests arrive. (Additional days are $10 per day.)
Wireless internet service, daily bottled water, an oceanfront fitness center and cultural activities like hula lessons, lei making and yoga are included in the resort fee. Rates for a Deluxe Oceanfront Room range from $389 to $699. Book through the hotel website or try Priceline or Hotels.com.
Review and photos by Dana Rebmann. Her stay was hosted by the Sheraton Kauai Resort, but as always her thoughts and opinions are her own.