There are two types of places on this earth: The Club at Kukui`ula and everything else.
This is the place to go with a group of friends when you want to truly experience the good life. Located on the lush island of Kauaʻi, “The Club” as I endearingly call it, is the place to go for the perfect vacation. Situated on the south shore of the island not far from Poipu, there are 15 Club Cottages (with options for 3-4 bedroom villas) that give the renter rights to all of the membership privileges that Kukui`ula has to offer. This is significant because the club is private and the only way you can get access is by renting one of these cottages or by owning property in the development. This is also significant because Kukui`ula is as nice of a resort as I have ever been too.
Why so nice? For starters there’s an excellent Thomas Weiskopf designed 18-hole golf course and practice facility. This may not matter to you, but to me it’s a big plus. Then there is a beautiful open air clubhouse with bar, restaurant, a really nice gym and an incredible spa. Don’t forget the massive pool area with hot tubs and then the second smaller more private pool that’s near the spa. All of this is within very close range to the ocean.
All that noted and considered, the best part about Kukui`ula is the service. It’s on another level. As a New Yorker, I spent the first four days thinking that everyone was patronizing me —because everyone there was just that nice. Not to mention the fact that the staff seem to anticipate anything you may need or want and are just generally excellent. What makes this even better is the fact that it doesn’t seem to get crowded. This is key to ensure proper relaxation.
Having had the opportunity to go and experiencing Kukui`ula first hand has nearly ruined me for all other vacations. Get some friends together and rent one of these cottages and chances are the same thing will likely happen to you. While the rental price for the week is going to carry a significant price tag, if you split it up between friends or a few couples you can really come out ahead of staying at a nice resort. And honestly, the vibe, service and amenities at Kukui`ula are going to be on par (or likely better) than the majority of the vacation destinations out there.
Trust me, you’ll end up leaving Kauaʻi saying: “There are two types of places on this earth…”
Below: Photos from the North Shore of Kauaʻi. You don’t really ever need to leave The Club, but if you do, the island has a lot to offer in terms of activities and things to see. There’s also massive amounts of fruity drinks to be had and good seafood to eat. It truly is a magical place.
I personally traveled to and stayed at Kukui`ula at my own expense in late 2012 / early 2013 and was not compensated in any way for this review. I endorse it because it is awesome.