Very nice resort on Kauai with restaurant serving GF options,
December 27, 2017
South Riding, VA
We own a Marriott Vacation Club timeshare, and this was our first visit to their property on Kauai. The Marriott Beach Club is part time-share and part hotel, so you don’t have to be a time-share owner to stay here. I would recommend this resort, based on its convenient proximity to the airport, the wonderful beach right in front of the hotel (not necessarily good for snorkeling, but great for swimming, paddle boarding, and even learning to surf, which our boys tried). The beach is a large crescent shape, and the resort has a few volleyball nets set up which seem to get regularly used. There are a few beach cabanas, including some used for beachside massage. Best of all, there is a grassy area right behind the beach with plenty of lawn chairs. This is where we (and most people) typically sit to get some sun and enjoy the most amazing view of the beach, ocean, and hills in the distance. The view really doesn’t get better than this. One morning I was even able to do yoga on the lawn facing the water. (The resort offers this, and numerous other activities – both active and crafts – throughout each day.) So whether you are a child or adult, there are likely plenty of things to keep you as busy as you want to be when you’re not in the pool or on the beach! For example, one day I went to a coffee seminar and tasting to learn about and sample the amazing coffee of Kauai. But let me also mention the amazing pool…we were told it is the largest single-deck pool in Hawaii. It’s designed well, is warm, and has 5 hot tubs situated under columned canopies on one side. The design is beautiful, as these canopied hot tubs have areas above with large tables for enjoying cocktails or even eating food from the take-away breakfast bar or restaurant (they have both dine-in and take-away). Now, for the food. I’ve reviewed Kukui’s, the main restaurant at the Marriott Beach Club separately on this site. But to sum it up, they do a decent job accommodating gluten free guests. It’s not ideal, as they don’t mark much of anything as being gluten free on the menu(s). However, as always, I had called the resort well ahead of our trip to be sure they had some options – and were familiar with how to safely prepare gluten free meals. I was assured by one of the sous chefs that they were very careful in the kitchen and had plenty of items our son could order (steak, burgers on GF buns, fish, seafood, gluten free pasta, gluten free flatbread, gluten free pancakes, gluten free muffins). This was indeed the case, and I’d say he tried all those things at least once, with the exception of steak and gluten free pasta, which he ordered when he went out to other restaurants at the resort (Duke’s and Portofino, also both reviewed on this site). We only ate dinner at Kukui’s once, but he got their delicious grilled burgers on gluten free buns several times for lunch. We also had breakfast there frequently, where our son had items from the buffet (a good number that were gluten free) or ordered gluten free pancakes from the menu. We also requested various varieties of gluten free muffins throughout the week (we had to do this the night before). Those he was able to pick up at the take-away counter called Aupaka, open for breakfast each day until 11 am (they sell things like muffins, croissants, fruit, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, bento boxes of omelets and other hot breakfast foods, coffee/tea/espresso beverages. This was a nice option for days we didn’t want to sit down for a big breakfast. All in all, this is a great resort, although starting to show its age in a few places (the original tower was built in the 60s, but newer towers have been added over the years, and the resort has obviously been updated constantly, through different owners). I believe it’s been a Marriott property since around 1993.