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
We were in Hawaii with our family of five. Most luaus were sold out and our hotel at Ko’a Kea recommended the Luau at Koloa Landing. It’s held in their ballroom—yes, inside! Weather was perfect outside but instead it felt like we were at a bad wedding. Sterile— didn’t feel like we were in Hawaii or at a Luau. Food was ok but the whole thing was a disappointment, mostly because the setting. Even the alcohol was cheap. No fire, no breeze and bad indoors acoustics. The performance was well done and the dancers/musicians were great. Just need a better surrounding environment and better vibe.
Wife and I spent the last week in Kauai and used the Koloa Landing Resort as our home base and are extremely satisfied! Princess at the front desk was extremely helpful, and all the staff were very friendly during our stay.
The property itself is relatively new, and everything we wanted was provided for. Note as a resort property elites don't get free breakfast, and full cleaning occurs every 3 days with the option to add more if needed (we never needed it). Staff do come by to restock towels, soaps, etc. on a daily basis, however. The pools are awesome and very relaxing!
If you haven't been to Kauai, we highly recommend staying near Poipu. Its on the drier (most sunny) side of the island, and is relatively centrally located so that pretty much all the island's attractions are an hour away, with most major attractions within a 30 min. drive.
We recently spent 5 nights at Koloa Landing and 2 nights at the Grand Hyatt. Koloa Landing exceeded my expectations (and they were pretty high). The rooms were in great condition and beautifully decorated. Everything was new and clean, and the room was very spacious. My children slept on the pull out and I would lay with them until they fell asleep and found it to be very comfortable - I was nervous after a few reviews I saw. My only complaint about the room was that the regular bed was actually not comfortable. I did speak to someone about it (only because they asked how my stay was going half way through via text) and they sent 3 guys to the room in 10 min to turn the bed to see if that would help.The followed up and said they could bring padding but I just let it go. The mattress just needed to be replaced because it was sagging but I didn't complain further because I wasn't going to demand a room change or a new mattress during our stay. I did let them know after our stay in my survey they should replace it but it certainly didn't ruin my trip and I would stay here again. The resort is on the smaller side compared to some of the larger resorts which made it so peaceful and enjoyable - but the pool is built as if this was one of the larger scale reports and I promise it will not disappoint, another reviewer had mentioned it rivals the Hyatt and I could not agree more. While the Hyatt is bigger and has "more" pool area it also has the crowds to go along with that. We never had to search hard for chairs and never felt the pool was crowded even though there were always a considerable number of people there enjoying it. My children did not want to do anything but play at this pool - except maybe the putting green which they loved and also played on daily. The volleyball court and soccer field were also a really nice touch that I saw get plenty of use. Our room was a resort view that had a spectacular view of the adult only pool - which I maybe saw 2 people at the whole time... I think with the main pool being so amazing people forget about the adult pool which was beautiful and had a nice waterfall. We never swam at the family pool because my kids wanted to be by the waterslides but our building was near it and this pool was really nice too - huge and would be amazing for kids who couldn't swim well or if you had kids under 5 (the whole pool is 3'-6" or less). Some people complained in a few posts about this property not being on the beach - I'm shocked by this because if you read about the property you'd know this and also, the ocean is directly across from the property and it took 10 min to walk to the area where there was a sandy beach. There is only the 1 restaurant but it is a good one and there is a little commercial center (1 block away) that has 10 amazing restaurants better than anything you could get at any of the big hotels that have multiple eating options. We ate at 5 of the places and they were all good. The shopping center is new and very tastefully done and they had live music multiple nights and cute shops too. Being near this place was a huge bonus to staying at Koloa Landing. I got my starbucks mocha every morning at the market place at the hotel which was perfect. They also had fruit infused water, delicious iced tea, and starbucks coffee out for free in the lobby which was a really nice touch. All the staff we encountered was super nice except there was a male concierge I didn't care for but no big deal - we just didn't ask anymore questions and were capable of figuring out things on our own when it was clear he wasn't going to be helpful and was rude. All in all this was a great place - I'd give it 4.5 stars because of the bed but it's too nice of a place to bump it down to 4 so I gave it a 5. I've stayed at multiple places on the island over the last 15 years and this place is a winner.
Every room has a microwave and stovetop, even the studio units! Plus, having a washer and dryer in the full-size rooms makes vacationing with kids so much easier. Love the open grassy areas with fire pits and mini putting course.
This resort feels like staying at a nice apartment complex or timeshare, even though it is technically a hotel. The rooms were very nice with a view of the ocean out the front (over the amazing pool area). The staff were very helpful with our questions.