Timeshare Stay in Kauai
One of my family perks is that my Dad owns a timeshare which basically allows us to utilize any of the Worldmark properties should we choose to. Having stayed at a Worldmark in Maui before, for our recent trip to Kauai, we decided to stay in one again as well, plus it helps us save money on hotels and who wouldn’t want that?
Worldmark At Kapaa Shores Hotel tl;dr
The Worldmark Kapaa Shores is located in Kapaa, relatively close to the Lihue airport and also conveniently located near a Safeway / Foodland. You’ll know you are near when you spot a Taco Bell/Pizza Hut combo across the street.
Once you arrive in the complex, parking is fairly plentiful and you can pull up in any of the spots. After checking in you’ll receive a parking pass which you’ll need to hang in your car to let security know you’re staying there.
Checking In Early
The front desk is located is a small office a friendly staffer will greet you and check you in. Also in the office you can pick up some movies to rent while also dropping off any extra food you may have after your stay.
Since we got there fairly early (before the 4 pm check in time), we were given access to the hospitality suite which basically is a unit used by people who check out and need a place to store their luggage and/or people like us who get there early and the room was not yet ready. Nothing crazy in the room, fairly simple, but there is a computer in there which allows you to connect to the internet and print items you need like a boarding pass or paperwork.
After an hour and a half wait or so we were given access to our unit and able to settle in. We were in Unit 225 which is a second floor unit overlooking the pool and with a somewhat decent view of the ocean.
If you don’t like stairs, heads up that there is no elevator available so you’ll be walking up the stairs with your things. There are three floor available in this condo complex with the third floor only available for 2 bedroom units. Our unit was on the side of the building on the side where the jacuzzi is located so we were able to wake up to the sound of waves and a serene view of the pool and ocean.
We had a one bedroom unit and overall it was nicely furnished with everything we could need, minus the washer and dryer. Unlike most Worldmarks where the w/d are in unit, there is a laundry room on premise where you can use the already supplied laundry basket and take your clothes.
The master bedroom was great with a queen sized bed and I loved that it was the coolest room of the unit. Keep in mind that in this complex the units do not have air conditioning but there is great airflow if you open up the sliding glass door to the lanai so it’s not bad at all. I usually like to sleep with it being fairly cool so the ceiling fan and the extra fan in the master made it easy to do so.
Units have tile floors and basic furnishings but pretty much everything you need including:
- coffee filters/coffee
If you plan on doing some cooking pick up some oil because you’ll most likely need it. While I have stayed in Worldmarks where the oil is provided, it is not the case here. The kitchen always comes in handy and is a great way to save money on eats around the island.
A one bedroom will accommodate up to 4 with space for 2 in the master and 2 on the Murphy bed in the living room.
Some not so great points in my opinion: there is a fee for internet and you have to purchase it for 1 day or 10 days and they charge by devices (c’mon we’re in the 21st century, internet should be standard), no washer and dryer in unit (coin operated laundry on site) and there are little ants everywhere but that could also be due to the humidity.
With That Being Said…
Although it’s located off the water, you can’t actually swim in the water but there is a nice pool and spa on the property. Overall a great place to call home for a majority of our time in Kauai.
F8T Tip You have a full kitchen so swing to Costco for supplies.