I would really appreciate your advice on a place to stay along with answers to a few other questions, for a trip to Kauai just after Christmas.
My boyfriend and I have decided to stay in the Poipu area, and although we plan to be out quite often relaxing on various beaches or exploring...our "home base" is still important to us. I have been trying to decide what trade offs to make....and now, having 100 pages of guide books and probably another 80 pages worth of forums stuck in my head....am a little lost. I'm hoping to get some clarity!
We want to be able to see a beach from our room, and walk down to it in no more than 5 minutes. Good Swimming is not a necessity as we can always drive somewhere else, but great sand and some space would be nice. We would like a place that has a decent pool and Jacuzzi, nice rooms, somewhere that can offer us beach gear hopefully, and a local or concierge that knows what they���������re talking about! Somewhere romantic, most importantly, as we are going for our 2 year anniversary. We are open to staying in a condo or a hotel. So far I am considering the Hyatt, Kiahuna Plantation or Poipu Kai (making sure to get a unit close to the beach of course), or the Marriott. Alternatively, if anyone knows of a great beach front cottage/house for $300/nt or under, that is a possibility.
I read some bad reviews on poipu kai from trip advisor which scared me off a little. The hyatt...would obviously be expensive and a fair walking distance to brennecke's beach (does anyone know how long a walk exactly?)although a wonderful experience. So I think I am leaning towards Kiahuna Plantation or the Marriott - what are your thoughts?
Also...I am embarrassed to ask but...I read a post that seemed to imply that one could use the pools at the hyatt without being a guest there...is that actually possible?
Other than accommodation....I am hoping the divers can tell me what previous diving exp is necessary before going on an excursion such as the one kwills/cicopo went on. My boyfriend and I have just enough time before leaving to take an intro course (in pools) if it is necessary.
And also, in case the hotel or condo staff are not in the know, and even if they are...Does anyone know of a great local tour guide that could do a custom excursion?
Thanks so much!