Sheraton Kaua‘i Resort
(800) 782-9488 or (808) 742-1661
2440 Hoonani Rd.
394 rooms, 2 pools, spa, Wi-Fi throughout and high-speed Internet access in rooms, 3 restaurants, 3 tennis courts (2 lighted), valet parking, 9 conference rooms, coin-op laundry, coffee makers with free coffee daily, 24-hour business center, 24-hour fitness center (with an inspiring view), room service, lu‘au. The Sheraton is the perfect complement to the Hyatt. While the Hyatt excels at gorgeous and exotic grounds, the Sheraton boldly embraces the ocean. The Ocean and Beach wings are closer to the ocean than at any other major Kaua‘i hotel. The sound of the surf hitting the rocks below the Ocean Wing is soothing. Kiahuna Beach, in front of the Beach Wing, is wonderfully close and easy to access. The Garden Wing is generally lacking but is cheaper, and we’re not as fond of the rooms there. All rooms are on the small side (410 sq. ft. for the garden view, 510–530 sq. ft. for Ocean and Beach) and don’t feel particularly Hawaiian. But the resort makes up for it with its cozy relationship with the water. Most rooms are connected to others by a lock-off—good for families needing more than one room. Their restaurants have incredible beach views. Kids under 12 eat free with a paying guest there.
The beachside pool is nice and was renovated in 2011. Cabanas (they call them bungalows) by the pool are $100 per day with ceiling fan, HDTV and cooler of water. Casabella chairs (with retractable shade) by the beach are $50. Dinners in the poolside bungalow or by the beach start at $355 per couple. We love the 3 firepits they added to the property (especially the one by the beach for a sunset view).
Sheraton has a mandatory resort fee of $30 per day, which includes self-parking (a long walk), free local calls, Internet, room safe, cultural activities, tennis courts, bike rentals and a few other doodads. Valet parking is $10. When picking a room, this is one of those places where it’s worth the extra money to spring for an ocean view room. Rates are $429–$719. Suites (820–1,310 sq. ft.) are $969–$1,649. Specials and packages available.