Beautiful location is the best thing-right on Poipu beach and set in well maintained gardens. A casual bar/restaurant overlooks the white beach that serves reasonably priced lunch items and snacks. The evening restaurant also provides nice meals with a range of choice eg formal dining or pizza etc at the bar. We arrived tired after a big day of travel and it was so relaxing to sit at the beachside bar and receive friendly, attentive service. The pool in the same area while not big for a resort this size, seemed to cater for the guests ok although it was difficult to find a shady chair. Sometimes guests put their things on chairs & keep them all day, even though they're not around...perhaps Sheraton could do something about this, like other hotels are starting to do. I'm glad that hotels in USA now offer coffee making facilities like other countries (didn't happen much on our '07 trip to US) but sure many guests prefer tea and don't like coffee flavored tea, which is what happens when you heat water in it! It would be nice if a small jug was included on the tray with a few black tea bags (not Orange or Earl Gray-too strong). Also, real cups and glasses for water instead of plastic would be nice, plus better for the environment on this beautiful island. Many hotels are also providing bins for recycling but that wasn't happening here. The range of activities looked good and I did the Ukelele lesson. I learnt a little and met some pleasant people...unfortunately not the "teacher"-he was sullen and his teaching strategies were poor eg putting people on the spot to perform a new song we learnt minutes before. Just hope he doesn't do that with children; stress them out and put them off playing an instrument. We don't expect hotel to employ a professional but some employee development is needed here. I do voluntary teaching now I've retired from teaching, so I asked him for a 1 page photocopy of the song so I could play it with Pre-school kids at home. His response was - "only if you buy an instrument from me"! From his previous lack of humor, I don't think he was joking! When he saw the look of disbelief on my face, he passed it to me. The others in the group didn't dare ask. Very petty...I was thinking of buying a Ukelele from him but definitely changed my mind after that! The other thing that bothered us a bit was breakfast - not much around except for the hotel buffet. We ended up going to the small shopping centre nearby & having Oatmeal from Starbucks. If you are without a car, it is necessary to get a shuttle bus to the larger shopping centre and catch a taxi back or walk back-quite a distance in the heat. We did that once as there are some nicer places for breakfast/lunch there. It would be good to see the big resorts fostering small, independent cafes etc in the area as this would add some vibrancy which is lacking due to dominance of big resorts like Sheraton. So, a very enjoyable stay but we think it would be rated 5 more often with a few improvements.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The luxurious Sheraton Kauai Resort on Poipu Beach in Hawaii has the Hawaiian Rainforest Spa, water sports, two pools, a weekly Auli'i Luau, and 50,000 sq ft of indoor/outdoor meeting and event space ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Kauai Hotel Poipu
- Sheraton Poipu
- Poipu Sheraton
- Sheraton Kauai Resort Poipu, Hawaii