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In the top tier of Kauai resorts, travelers have their choice of indulgences: every imaginable bell and whistle at the luxurious Grand Hyatt, attentive service at the chic Koa Kea, proximity to world-class golf at the Westin Princeville, postcard-worthy views at Whalers Cove, and so on. At the Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort, the extravagance starts (and almost ends) in the rooms. The beautifully decorated one- and two-bedroom suites are among the most luxurious in Kauai. With granite countertops and high-end appliances from Wolf and Sub-Zero, the kitchens are a home remodeler's dream. Great beds and roomy bathrooms with separate showers and tubs create a supremely welcoming atmosphere. And the spacious layouts make the suites ideal for families.
The 118-unit Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort will appeal to vacationers who value high-quality rooms in a quiet atmosphere. The resort goes beyond the "keys and you're done" service found at many condo resorts with extras such as check-out housekeeping, laundry and dry cleaning service, and a well-staffed activities desk.
Beyond that, the hotel has little else to offer. The sandy beach is so-so for Kauai and ill-suited for swimming. The on-site restaurant serves locally-grown organic produce and fresh-caught island seafood for lunch and dinner. But a mediocre beach and lack of dining options is common at Kauai condo resorts. At the Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort, a quick drive lands guests at better beaches, and the full kitchens allow them to do their own cooking.
Better than typical condo do-it-yourself treatment
Service here is a few notches above what most condo resorts offer. Still, for the most part guests are on their own. Don't look for room service or nightly turndown.
In a residential beach neighborhood just south of Kapaa, Kauai's biggest town
The Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort is on Kauai's eastern shore, close to urban comforts but far from the island's best natural sights. The hotel is on Kuhio Highway, the high-traffic main road that connects the island's two largest cities, Kapaa and Lihue.
Some of Kauai's best condos
The immaculate, top-of-the-line condo units -- all outfitted with high-tech full kitchens, spacious bathrooms, and comfortable beds -- are among the most luxurious on the island. Unlike at the less expensive Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation and Castle Kiahuna Plantation, guests can count on high-quality furnishings in every room. At 898-square feet, the Outrigger Waipouli's one-bedroom suites are larger than those at the similarly priced Westin Princeville.
Guests paying top dollar to stay at the Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort will expect above-average extras -- a pool complex and a fitness center -- and by that measure the hotel delivers. But the facilities don't stack up to what you'll find at the Westin Princeville or the Grand Hyatt, the Outrigger Waipouli's two major competitors.
No better than average for Kauai: broad, clean, and okay for wading and snorkeling
The beach at the Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort is wider, cleaner and less steep than the shore in front of nearby Kapaa hotels like the Aston Islander on the Beach or the Kauai Coast, but it still can't match the fine south shore beaches at the Outrigger and Castle Kiahuna Plantation, Sheraton Kauai, Marriott Waiohai, or the Kauai Marriott, where guests can swim, snorkel and learn to surf in the gentle waves. All in all, the beach is fine for getting your toes wet, and, on a calm day, decent for snorkeling.
Luxury condos designed for large groups, and a great pool for youngsters
The Outrigger Waipouli Beach isn't in the top ranks of family-friendly resorts. In that category, the Grand Hyatt has five acres of pools and a better beach. The Westin Princeville has a separate kids' pool and free kid-friendly activities every day. Both have kids' clubs. Still, thanks to its spacious suites, the Outrigger Waipouli sleeps families more comfortably than either of those resorts do.
No major cleanliness issues
The staff keeps the entire resort in excellent condition.
On-site Oasis on the Beach Restaurant, open for dinner and happy hours every night and brunch on Sundays
The Outrigger Waipouli on the Beach's on-site dining options are thin, but the suite kitchens and a grocery store across the street help make up for that. And low- to midpriced local and chain restaurants are easy to find on the eastern shore, especially in Kapaa and Lihue.
At this condo resort, you get a huge one- and two-bedroom suite that's among the best on the island. A family-friendly pool is just one of the hotel's family friendly bonuses. On-site dining is slim, and the beach is unremarkable, but full kitchens, a grocery store across the street, and a convenient location can make up for those shortcomings.