A 'fresh, contemporary' refurb for Kauai Shores

Kauai Shores on the Garden Isle's Coconut Coast recently finished a two-year, $10 million renovation including a refurbished pool and new Jacuzzi.
Kauai Shores on the Garden Isle's Coconut Coast recently finished a two-year, $10 million renovation including a refurbished pool and new Jacuzzi.
Tovin Lapan
Tovin Lapan

Just in time for guests to enjoy the last couple months of summer, the Kauai Shores Hotel wrapped up two years of renovations at the end of June with the finishing touches on the pool and Jacuzzi.

The $10 million project touched on the rooms, lobby and amenities at the property on Kauai's eastern shore about two miles from Kapaa town.

"The final piece was the oceanfront pool and the addition of the Jacuzzi," said Tom Bell, president of Kauai Shores management company Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts.  "The pool deck was revamped with new pool deck furniture, and the Jacuzzi is a completely new feature."

The 200-room hotel also updated the accommodations, with new color schemes, art and furniture.

"Previous to the renovation the rooms were pretty dated," Bell said. "It's a well-loved hotel that's been there for many years, and the rooms were just in need of renovation. Now, it's a really fresh, contemporary beachy design. The furniture package is modern and bright."

The lobby has been "rebuilt from scratch," Bell said, with an open-air architecture, plantation shutters, vaulted ceilings and an "approachable and relaxed" feel.

Bell and Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts took over management of the property from Aqua Hotels and Resorts on June 1. The company has properties on Maui and Hawaii Island, including flagship resorts Royal Lahaina and Royal Kona, and Kauai Shores marks their introduction to the Garden Isle.

"The owner of our company founded Pleasant Holidays, and decades ago he was one of the big traditional wholesalers bringing lots of tourists to Hawaii," Bell said, referring to Ed Hogan, chairman of Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts, who sold Pleasant Holidays in 1998. "That history is deeply ingrained in how we manage hotels. We strive to exceed guest expectations, provide dream Hawaii vacations. So many people save up a lifetime for a trip to Hawaii, we want to make sure they have an amazing experience."

The Lava Lava Beach Club, the onsite restaurant, offers an eclectic menu featuring fresh fish, flatbread pizzas, salads, steaks and poke all served up at a beachside location with some seating in the sand.

The hotel offers complimentary bicycles, WiFi and yoga classes for guests, and Bell said the company plans to add other activities that are common at the other properties they manage, such as tiki carving, ukulele lessons and hula classes.

"We're thrilled to bring Kauai Shores into our portfolio," Bell said. "It's on the Royal Coconut Coast, a charming, iconic location. We pride ourselves on offering tremendous value, and that's what we'll continue to do with Kauai Shores."

Kauai Shores offers several packages and special rates for seniors, military, locals and other groups. Room rates start at $114 per night.
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