Visiting Hawaii is one of my favorite kick-back vacations. I instantly feel relaxed when I get off of the plane. Kauai is my favorite island because it looks and feels like the Hawaii of our vacation dreams. At its center is the wettest place on earth, receiving 400 inches of rain per year. It creates a lush and green landscape, with tropical flowers growing over the entire island.
I own Marriott’s Kauai Beach Club so have been to the island many times but this was my first visit staying at Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club. The location is the best on Kauai, situated right on Poipu Beach and the sunny side of the island. It can be raining on other parts of the island but the south side will remain sunny. Sunsets are amazing and Poipu Beach is one of the best beaches.
The resort is small with approximately 210 2-bedroom villas. There are no lock-off units so you will always stay in a 2-bedroom unit.
The beachfront bar area serves drinks and lunch only so you need to go off-property for dinner. There are some excellent restaurants a short walk or drive away from the property. My favorites are The Beach House, The Plantation Gardens, Roys and Josselins Tapas Bar and Grill. For a real casual lunch or dinner check out Brenneckes on the Beach. Below is a picture of a typical sunset at The Beach House Restaurant.
Kauai does not have the shopping that Maui or Oahu has available, but you can keep busy exploring the island. The North Shore has amazing beaches and snorkeling activities. You can spend 1/2 a day zip-lining about 20 minutes from the resort. A helicopter ride is a must-do on Kauai so that you can see close-up the Grand Canyon of Hawaii. A katamaran cruise along the Napili Coast offers spectacular views of the cliffs that you can only see from the water (or the air).