Upgraded and expanded hotels ready to welcome visitors to Kauai

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The Sheraton Kauai Resort, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, recently completed extensive room renovations that included furnishings, artwork, lighting and electronics.
The Sheraton Kauai Resort, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, recently completed extensive room renovations that included furnishings, artwork, lighting and electronics.

Visitors to Kauai this summer might find that familiar accommodations have a new look. The following are recent or upcoming upgrades at properties across the Garden Isle:



• Sheraton Kauai Resort: Celebrating its 50th year in 2018, the Sheraton Kauai Resort in the Poipu area of the island recently completed room renovations. The revamp touched on furnishings, amenities, artwork, color palette and other details. New features include bathroom mirrors rimmed with lights, built-in USB ports in nightstands, wall-mounted TVs that can swivel and pivot and more electrical outlets.

• Aqua Kauai Beach Resort: The resort, located three miles north of Lihue Airport on the island's east coast, completed a property refresh in late 2017 that included modifications and upgrades to guestrooms and public spaces. There is a new deluxe room category, with new granite-top bathroom counters, fixtures, hardwood furniture and in-room technology. Naupaka Restaurant has a new menu and earlier opening hours.

• Face-lift from new owner: Big changes are in store for the Kauai Courtyard Marriott after Outrigger Hotels and Resorts parent company KSL purchased the property in 2017. The 311-room, 10.5-acre beachfront property will be reflagged as a Sheraton after undergoing a full public space and room renovation later this year. The construction is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2019.

• The ISO: The Mokihana Resort has been renamed the ISO (Island, Sky, Ocean) after a $5 million renovation completed in April. The 79-room boutique hotel sits on the Garden Isle's eastern shore in the town of Kapaa, and all of the rooms boast ocean views. The revamped guestrooms feature refrigerators, coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs, wireless internet, yoga mats and Bluetooth- and USB-capable clock radios. Additionally, with an eye toward minimizing waste, each guest receives a canteen coffee mug and refillable water bottles.

• Kauai Shores: The 200-room hotel got updated accommodations with new color schemes, art and furniture as part of a $10 million, multiyear project that wrapped in 2017. Practically every aspect of the property, from the rooms, lobby and amenities to the oceanfront pool, was refreshed.

• Koloa Landing: After six years of work, this property in the Poipu area completed its expansion in 2017. The 25-acre property completed its first phase in 2011. Now fully realized, Koloa Landing offers 306 total units, three pools, a 12,000-square-foot ballroom with capacity for 1,000 guests and two lawns that can each accommodate 800 people. The property's signature restaurant, the Holoholo Grill, opened in spring 2017 and is a concept from well-known Hawaiian chef Sam Choy.
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