Koloa Landing Resort
What We Love
- Two outdoor swimming pools (one is adults-only)
- The spa’s Japanese Ofuro couples soaking tub
- The two-, three- and four-bedroom villas are ideal for families and groups
- Villas are between 1,300 and 3,600 square feet—the largest on Kauai
What To Know
- There are en-suite kitchens and a gourmet three-meal marketplace
- Not a beachfront property (however it is oceanfront)
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
Buzzy design firm Natural Instincts went contemporary Hawaiian with the decor, but don’t expect island kitsch. The color scheme is neutral, in keeping with the lush, natural environment of the resort’s 25 acres. Dark hardwoods nod to plantation-style furniture; monochrome botanical prints pop up in wallpapers, textiles, and rugs; and woven headboards and seagrass chairs add tropical texture. All rooms are condo-style, starting at a vast 1,300 square feet spread between a living area with a full gourmet kitchen, an outdoor lanai, an en suite laundry area and bedrooms with supersoft linens and walk-in closets. The bathrooms are large, with a separate soaking tub and shower, and Paya Organics papaya-infused bath products. The resort’s high-end spa, 24-hour fitness center, and two swimming pools with waterfalls and lagoons make up for the fact that this is not a beachfront property. If you want to hit the sand, lush Poipu Beach is a five- to 10-minute stroll away, and the Koloa Landing Concierge and Beach Club rents out beach gear and surfboards and arranges tours and lessons. The resort’s Marketplace is a grab ’n’ go spot for meals, coffee, snacks and some gourmet groceries, but there isn’t a full-service restaurant. The Holo Holo Bar and Lounge offers tropical cocktails and live music on some nights, in the lobby.
In the Area
A footpath leads guests to the Shops at Kukui’ula Village, where iconic Hawaiian restaurants like Merriman’s, Dolphin Sushi, Josselin’s and Tortilla Republic offer deals. No visit to Kauai would be complete without a stop at Jo Jo’s for shave ice, right after you take in the jaw-dropping view of Waimea Canyon, called “the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” A Napali Coast catamaran tour with Captain Andy’s Sailing Adventures is likely one of the most idyllic days at sea you can experience. Since Kauai is small, it’s easy to pack a lot of sightseeing into a short stay.
How to Get There
Koloa landing is a resort that is so good that part of it got sold to permanent residents (2 or 3 bedroom for a million or two). Now, not all buildings are to that level, but it gives an idea of what the level of expectation should be. It's located in Poipu, just left of the rounabout, about half an hour from the airport. The resort has several pools, separated for kids, adults and nearly dead folks.
Our room 10-405, was a simple room with a king bed, a nice couch, and small kitchenette with a fridge and some counter space. Enough to make breakfast and lunch, not for dinner. Oh, and for drinks of course. There was also a washer-dryer.
The resort was super clean and staff was very friendly. We were lucky to be there during a very quiet period, but we can't imagine it ever being really full there. The pools are fantastic. Nicely decorated in a Hawaiian rock theme in fun shapes and with various features.
From the resort, you can easily walk to a nearby strip mall on the roundabout, and to the Poipu shopping village, but they ain't romantic walks. If you really want to go for a hike, you can walk to the Spouting Horn. And if you really want to you could walk to the Maha'ulepu hike, which is gorgeous, but you might as well ride to the Hyatt first.
The only disadvantage for the place is that it does not have a beach, and there is not really an easy beach to walk to, so you need to get into your car to get to the beach. Luckily, that'll allow you to go straight to all the beautiful beaches on Kauai, instead of being stuffed on the busy beach at your hotel. Remember: all beaches in Hawaii are public.
Great boutique Marriott property that has access to the ocean, though no official beach like right out the door. Stayed in building 8 and the side I as on had direct views of the water over houses or, like our room, an empty lot. The grounds were fantastic and what you’d expect at a more luxury property in Hawaii. It was a pleasant 30 minute drive from the airport and only a resort fee, no parking fee.
The room was clean, excellently maintained and the bed was fantastic. The gym was nice and the adult pool was much quieter than the family one. Enjoyed a reasonably priced (for resort) hotel breakfast and the staff all throughout the property was fantastic.
The property is also part of a “for sale” type location but felt absolutely zero pressure or need to talk to anyone about that. Definitely not a timeshare type vacation club Marriott. Plenty of restaurants and shops within an easy 10 minute walk or super fast drive.
Great overall location for families and couple who want a resort experience. Our room even had a decent sized under counter fridge, since, and two burner stove. There were grills for use on the property so, I suppose, in theory you could cook simple meals.
Spent five restful days at this lovely resort. Grounds are beautifully kept and pools are very nice but a tad on the cold side. The apartment I had was wonderful. Well appointed and comfortably furnished. They have access to Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, etc. — the food was not that great and they were a short walk to somewhere else to eat. If you know the area, the resort is central to some lovely beaches and great restaurants. Staff were friendly and helpful. Although pricey, I would stay here again.
So many great things I could say about this property, the resort is absolutely stunning! upon arrival you are greeted with a warm Aloha and lei's which sets the ambiance for what's to come. The lobby welcomes you with panoramic views of the property, the plush greens and tranquility pools are breathtaking. The front desk staff we very welcoming with getting us familiar with the property and were everything was. They even had s'more's you could roast on lawn, which was a great way to start off our vacation! We stayed in a two bedroom villa, which had PLENTY of room, and all the amenities you will need for a relaxing stay (washer/dryer, kitchen, living room). The beds are soooo comfortable and the views are fantastic, we enjoyed sitting on our deck in the morning with a cup of coffee taking in all of the beautiful scenery.
The staff was amazing! Everyone was so nice and welcoming, which is very important for me when choosing a place to stay. They were all so accommodating and always had a smile on their face. Just walking around the property, you were always greeted with a warm aloha and asked if you needed anything. We also had a chance the eat at the restaurant and the food was delicious! The staff again were so very nice and accommodating to all of our needs.
Location! This property is in a perfect location, next to tons of shops and restaurants all within walking distance. It's nice to have a car, but you do not necessarily need one. The beach is extremely close, we had a nice relaxing day there and did not have to make a long treck back to the resort.
I would definitely recommend this property. Rooms, staff, accessibility to shops and eateries and great views (everything that matters when you are planning a trip), this property has it!
We just came back from our holiday at Koloa Landing resort. The surrounding pools are really nice, there are beautiful plants and flowers all around. I expected a little higher temperature in the pools. Rooms are clean and comfortable, but the food was awful. We had so poor continental breakfast - every day the same: oatmeal, one muffin and some fruit. Everything else you have to pay. The choice was also poor. The staff was rather slow.
The worst is: there is no beach. You have to take a car because the nearest beach is 1,4 mile far.
I definitely do not recommend this hotel. Too expensive for the service and pleasure you get.