On Kauai, homey hospitality at Koloa Landing

The living room in a spacious two-bedroom Luxury Villa at Koloa Landing.
The living room in a spacious two-bedroom Luxury Villa at Koloa Landing.

Taking the family to Hawaii for a weeklong vacation is an expensive proposition. In addition to the costs for flights and lodging, food there isn't cheap, and three meals per day for a week quickly adds up.

Our family has found that a condo or apartment-type space is a great option. Having a full kitchen is great; we can buy supplies for breakfast and lunch, saving money for evenings out at local restaurants. Plus, the speedy meals we make ourselves will get us all back to the pool or the beach that much quicker.

Koloa Landing, a part of Marriott's Autograph Collection, bills itself as having the largest luxury villas on Kauai. And its location right in the midst of the island's sunny Poipu area made it perfect for our family's late summer getaway.

The resort comprises 11 four-story buildings that embrace a large common area with open grassy spots for mini golf, volleyball, a fire pit and more.

Our first-floor villa opened right onto the lagoon pool, which is aimed at families. There's also a tranquility pool for adults closer to the ocean, ideal for reading or just relaxing in the water.

But the main pool area is a wonderland for the whole family, boasting three hot tubs, cabanas for rent, a grotto, an infinity edge and several waterfall features. The resort's Holoholo Grill overlooks the pool's southern end, for when you need a bite or a tropical drink.

Our villa was spacious, with two bedrooms, two baths and a washer and dryer. The gourmet kitchen was stocked with dishware and cooking supplies. There was a generous amount of counter space for preparing big family meals.

Room styles available include Deluxe Studios, Luxury Villas and a Penthouse Suite. Deluxe Studios average about 500 square feet and include a queen-size sofa-sleeper, kitchenette, washer/dryer and lanai or balcony. The Luxury Villas come in one-, two- and three-bedroom configurations ranging from 800 square feet to 2,700 square feet. The Penthouse Suite, at 3,600 square feet, has wonderful ocean views, four bedrooms (including two masters), five bathrooms and three lanais.

To make things as easy as possible on your first day at the resort, you can even preorder groceries, which the staff will stock in your villa prior to your arrival.

Activities abound at Koloa Landing, and a weekly events newsletter is available at the front desk. For those looking to stay in shape on vacation, there are fitness and yoga classes, and for those going in the opposite direction, make sure to stop by the s'mores-making events at the resort's fire pit twice per week. The resort's royal luau is held on Tuesday and Saturday evenings.

The Spa at Koloa Landing features luxurious pretreatment suites, five treatment rooms and two couples' treatment rooms. Rooms come with private lanais, rainfall showers and Japanese ofuro soaking tubs.

While the resort doesn't have direct beachfront access, it does provide ocean access, and each time we walked to the shore and climbed on the rocks we saw multiple sea turtles in the shallows. When we wanted actual beach time, a three-minute drive from our door had us at the world-renowned Poipu Beach Park.

For more information, visit http://koloalandingresort.com.
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