For most families, the stay at Kauai Beach Resort may be all about the swimming pools: four swimming pools, in fact, including one set aside just for families with young children. On the baby- and toddler-friendly side, little ones enjoy a sand-bottom, zero-entry pool that deepens gradually to 18 inches (shown above). This kiddie pool is connected to a 4-foot deep swimming area with a kid-friendly water slide.
Just walking beneath the waterfalls throughout pool area to the family pool, makes the stroll an adventure for little kids, and taking a hot soak beside a small water fall at one of two spas is pretty fun, too--especially when you can sit back and relax, watching your energetic big kid swim laps right across from you in the 3-foot deep pool beneath her own waterfall.
Although it's called Kauai BEACH Resort, bear in mind that the beach here is fairly narrow with unpredictable surf and is no place for keiki to splash or for anyone to swim (you'll pass a sign on the way there). However, during lower tide hours there is excellent tide-pooling for kids in the pool that forms inland from the rocky ledge as shown below. We saw sea cucumbers, a large crab, and dozens of small fish. We also enjoyed the fine sand here for building sand castles, and some driftwood for building teepees.
Our room was located on the top / 5th floor with a partial ocean view through palm trees (shown above), overlooking the swimming pools. We watched spectacular sunrises from here by morning, and enjoyed the glow of torches around the pools by night.
Our unit featured two full-size beds, a mini-fridge, flat-screen TV, bath, safe, and covered balcony, with a desk that we could manage to sit 5 around for room service dinner (always a plus with little kids!). There was also room enough for our toddler travel bed.
Another plus for families staying at Kauai Beach Resort is that the hotel rents all manner of beach gear, boogie boards, beach chairs, baby float boats, snorkels, and even noodles for the swimming pool. So you can see what you want and rent what you need just for the afternoon or for the week.
The poolside shop also sells all-natural sun blocks, sun glasses, lotions and such in case you forgot to pack your own.
The 5th floor is one of a couple of floors at the resort equipped with a "business center," which had seating areas, a microwave and toaster for our use, and free wi-fi Internet access. The lobby downstairs also had free wi-fi access for guests and many seating areas.
Also to note:
Laundry service available with per item fee.
Rollaways and portacribs are available for a fee.
Kauai Beach Resort has two main restaurants on site: "Shutters" is the more casual option, serving up burgers, pizza, and the like, while Naupaka Terrace (above) serves more formal evening meals, though high chairs are available. While Naupaka Terrace is the only restaurant serving a sit-down breakfast here, we really enjoyed ourselves there with the windows open wide and even small birds flitting through. A children's menu simplified ordering for us, and I give the Eggs Benedict two thumbs up.
As mentioned, room service (with children's menu included) was very helpful for us in the evenings, and the grab-and-go cafe downstairs was also a helpful discovery. For a light breakfast, you may simply grab coffees and lighter fare for your room--or for the road if heading out for an early start on sightseeing.
Be sure to find out which night will be the weekly welcome reception at Kauai Beach Resort, where your kids are sure to enjoy the complimentary singing and dancing performances in the lobby. My three were thrilled to meet the dancers afterward, especially when they greeted them warmly with leis.
I was very surprised that the restrooms near the kiddie pool had no place to change diapers--after all, don’t they want to encourage frequent and immediate changes when needed?
There is a large space in entry to this restroom where a pretty bureau could be put for such the purpose, but for now, you may want to bring along your own changing pad and disposal bags as it could be a long walk to your room and back just to take care of business.
If you want to save some money on dining and will have several days on Kauai, the resort makes a great "grand finale" after a week's stay (or so) at a condo with kitchen. It may also be a lot easier to get out and do all the sightseeing you have in mind before landing here, where your kids will likely not want to leave the swimming pools and water slide for some time...
Also, by booking our unit directly with the owner, we were able to get a great rate and stay as "owner guests," thereby avoiding some of the standard resort fees.
Did we enjoy our stay at Kauai Beach Resort? Yes, and the kids are still asking to go back to the place with the waterfalls and sand pool. Would we recommend it to friends? Yes, and we already have.
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