Kiahuna opens swim and tennis club

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POIPU -- Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation, a full-service, 35-acre resort condominium on Kauai, recently opened the Kiahuna Swim and Tennis Club, adding more activities to the popular Poipu resort area.

A waterslide and sandy bottom area in the 82,000-gallon pool will keep kids busy while adults relax under 10 hydrotherapy jets in the Jacuzzi.

A tennis shop where guests can rent racquets and arrange for lessons was completed along with 10 courts. The club is complimentary to Outrigger guests.

"Kauai has become more and more conducive to family travel, to longer stays, to things that seem to go well with condo-type occupancy," said Margy Parker, executive director of the Poipu Beach Resort Association.

Only 38% of accommodations on Kauai are hotels, said Parker, compared with 85% on Oahu.

The competition encourages condominium owners and managers to keep up their properties and maintain their grounds, said Perry Sorenson, chief operating officer of Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, which manages Kiahuna Plantation.

Even the historical gardens surrounding the resort are a visitor attraction, he said, adding that it does not hurt that the property is "sitting on the best beach on Kauai."

A restaurant at Outrigger's club also has been rethemed. Overlooking the tennis courts and gardens, CasaBlanca at Kiahuna restaurant now serves healthful Mediterranean and American food. Favorites include Spanish lobster ensalada and Moroccan chicken crepe. Currently open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, a full dinner menu is anticipated for late fall.

Plans are in the final stages for a new health spa to be located on the front five acres of the club site by late 2004.

Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation has one- and two-bedroom condominium suites with living and dining areas, complete kitchens and private lanai. Located on a sandy swimming beach, across the street from upscale dining and shopping at Poipu Shopping Village, Kiahuna also is close to two golf courses.

Its primary market -- families and couples -- originate largely from the West Coast, said Sorenson. For more information, call (800) 688-7444 or visit www.outrigger.com.

To contact reporter Katherine Nichols, send e-mail to [email protected].

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