Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach ready for spotlight

The Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort, formerly a Courtyard by Marriott, was reflagged after a property-wide redesign and renovation.
The Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort, formerly a Courtyard by Marriott, was reflagged after a property-wide redesign and renovation.

After a broad revamp and reflagging, the Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort is ready for holiday season with freshly redone rooms, public spaces and amenities.  

Formerly known as the Courtyard by Marriott Kauai at Coconut Beach, the property on the east coast of the Garden Isle has undergone an extensive $28 million renovation in addition to its conversion to a Sheraton.

"After it was acquired in 2010, the property transitioned from a full service resort to a limited-resource property targeting budget active travelers and adventure seekers," said Damon Lockrem, director of sales and marketing. "But we found over time that the Courtyard brand wasn't fitting quite the right niche, and it made more sense to convert to a full-service destination resort."

The property, built in 1978, was originally a Sheraton before changing hands a handful of times throughout its history. The 314 guestrooms have been fully renovated, each one with an electric-blue mural of an ocean wave and private balcony. 

"Overall the rooms have a more open, clean and bright feel with soft tones and hardwood floors," Lockrem said. "The headboard has USB ports, reading lights, and uplighting for the wave mural built into it."

The pool area was entirely redone and expanded, and now features separated children's and adults' sides with splash pads for the kids, and a lap pool and six in-water chairs on the grown-ups side. 

"The porte cochere and lobby have been completely transformed," Lockrem said. "Instead of the traditional long front desk, we now have two large pods instead. We've added living walls in the lobby, more seating areas with large wicker chairs, and created more places to relax."

All new dining concepts have been introduced, including buffet breakfast spot Daybreak Restaurant, with items like Portuguese sausage, char siu pork, kimchi fried rice, fresh fruit and morning standards such as omelets and an oatmeal bar. For guests in a morning rush, the First Flight Coffee and Juice bar has a range of beverages and grab-and-go options.

The new poolside dining option, The Crooked Surf, serves burgers, tuna poke and pork bao buns along with other items from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. The bar has four televisions typically tuned to sports, and it opens at 8 a.m. on Sundays for NFL games. 

"The cocktail menu is really the crown jewel with fresh juices made daily mixed with local spirits like Koloa rum and Pau vodka out of Maui for tiki-inspired cocktails," said Eric Alverdes, director of food and beverage.

Signature restaurant Moamoa Hawaiian Fish House partners with local farmers and fishmongers for fresh ingredients daily that fuel a seasonal Pacific Rim-inspired menu.

"We are using all Hawaiian fish, serving it right off the boat," Alverdes said. "We also have tableside poke presentation, and we're going to do a whole fried fish, a local island snapper, carved tableside."

The property is hosting live entertainment seven days a week, and is also in the process of putting together its cultural programming such as lei making and hula classes. The resort destination fee also includes beach gear, bicycle rental, morning yoga, golf club rental and other bonuses.

While the majority of the renovations are now complete, in January another phase will add a luau facility and covered parking.

"It's a great location with easy access to both the north and south shores in addition to being walking distance to activities in Kapaa," Lockrem said. "It really can be your basecamp to adventure, with great access to all of Kauai has to offer and now as a full destination resort with top amenities."

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