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)
- 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
Made my reservation many months prior to our stay and booked an Ocean view 3 bed. The most expensive room they had other than the one 4 bed unit they have available. We checked in and waited at the front desk for over 10 minutes behind the one other person that was being helped. There was staff every where but no one acknowledged us or offered to help. We were given our keys and told the rooms were "that way" and they pointed behind them. No offer to help with luggage, show us to our room or even provide a resort map. The young lady who helped us told us the wrong number and we could not locate our building or room. We had to go back to the front desk for help. When we finally got to our room, we couldn't be any further from the ocean on the resort if they tried. There was a slight water view if you stood in the right spot on the balcony. Trees blocked everything. Seems after I made my reservation the room was reclassified as Coastline View.
During our brief 3 night stay the power went out several times and the main pool was closed for a "Code Brown" if you know what that means. Not necessarily the hotels fault but it took forever to resolve. The restaurant and maintenance staff were all very friendly, the front desk staff no so much. The rooms themselves were beautiful and well appointed. The grounds were maintained very well. Just wish we had a better experience for over $1000 per night. I am hoping this was not the norm as were drawn here by many previous positive reviews.
We were satisfied, but not wowed with our stay. The resort is pretty, but not close to a swimming beach. The lobby is attractive and check-in was easy.
The is clearly designed for family stays and good for that kind of trip-- it has nice,spacious rooms that are well equipped with a refrigerator, microwave. range and kitchen supplies. The bathroom, beds, air conditioning, and bedding were fine. The service was excellent from top to bottom.
So, why four stars? This place is not special in any way or memorable enough to rate five stars --If you want something beautiful and memorable, visit the Grand Hyatt, which is truly spectacular. This place, while pretty and with good service, is more like a comfy timeshare.
The food options are limited -- one restaurant next to the pool with a relatively limited menu. The food was ok, but nothing more. However, there is a small shopping center within walking distance that has several dining options.
On the activity side, there is one main pool for kids, and one relatively small infinity pool. Both were ok, but nothing special. And, as with most resorts, chairs were in short supply and little was done to prevent chair hoarding. There is virtually no evening entertainment.
Bottom line: this place is fine for a quiet family getaway, but guests looking for something elegant or special, or wanting to be on a beach, should consider other places, particularly the Grand Hyatt (where we now wished we had booked, even at a much higher price point).
We traveled Hawaii for two weeks with no real plan, booking hotels as we go. We needed a hotel and it was late at night so we grabbed this one. Wow, what a gem we found. From the start of checking in, Fran was so nice and welcoming. Very smooth process. Then going to room, just impressed with all the extras this place had that weren’t an extra fee! Parking included with resort fee?!?!? Finally I can see something tangible in this fee!!! The room was very nice and clean!! (I could smell the bleach in shower) there was also a washer/dryer that really made our trip bc we were running out of clothes. The grounds were beautiful and the staff was so friendly, even the landscapers were engaging when the overheard us talking about how beautiful the grounds were. The restaurant was also great, with great food, service and drinks (thanks Rhonda, Lauren, and Dustin): they were so nice and offered many tips.