Where the mountains meet the sea on Kaua’i, Timbers Kaua'i Ocean Club & Residences are dotted around a Pacific-lapped bay. This is where you’ll find the beach club, for days by the ocean that are idle, adventurous or somewhere in-between. It could be a round of golf that lures you away from the sands, perhaps a cycle around the grounds, or a nature trail organised through the resort. Then it’s back to your apartment-style suite with its generous lanai and amazing sea views. Have the resort organise a spa treatment in your suite; then head out for cocktails and dinner at farm-to-table restaurant Hualani’s. Welcome to your Hawaiian home from home.
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A $100 spa credit a stay; stay four nights or more and that gets bumped up to a $200 spa credit
10am. Earliest check-in, 4pm, but flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from £1051.30 ($1,374), including tax at 14.962 per cent.
Rates include buffet breakfast and private airport transfers.
Couples’ spa treatments can be arranged in residence.
At the hotel
Golf, gym, yoga lanai, beach club. In rooms: kitchenette with oven, microwave and dishwasher; washing machine and tumble dryer; barbecue; WiFi throughout; LG LED TV; iPod docks; Comfort Zone toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
It’s compass points and views that make the difference here. Go oceanfront at Kaiholo Residence for prime Pacific panoramas; choose Maliula to be near the kids’ club and family-friendly pool. Ask for a west-facing two-bedroom Maliula apartment for sunsets to savour.
An enticing duo of dips awaits: there are uninterrupted Pacific views from the split-level, heated infinity pools near Kaiholo Residence, and the livelier ‘ohana’ (family) pool awaits at Maliula, with its enticing waterfall. Both have Jacuzzis on the side, of course.
Distinctly Hawaiian in looks and treatments, The Spa at Timbers Kaua'i specialises in massage and facials, and uses Hawaiian plant-based oils to soothe, relax and boost a sense of wellbeing.
Beach-friendly glamour is a remit you’ll want to cover, leaving you perfectly attired for oceanside sunset cocktails.
Two of the Maliula three-bedroom premier villas are suitable for wheelchair users.
All ages are welcome. The set-up for all suites is family friendly, with at least two bedrooms and generous living space. Cots can be added to all suites, and babysitting’s available with 24 hours’ notice from US$35 a night (for a minimum of three hours).
Much of the hotel’s produce is grown on site at the Farm at Hokuala or sourced locally. Light bulbs throughout are energy efficient and the resort uses Seven Generation eco-friendly cleaning products.
Nab a table bordering the lanai, for uninterrupted views across the pool and out to sea.
Go floaty and understated for Mrs Smith, with the lightest of knits as breeze-countering back-up; opt for linened and casual for Mr Smith.
Seasonal Hawaiian cuisine is in abundance at Hualani’s, Timbers Kaua'i’s main restaurant. Chef Jefet Tellez and team create their menu with an emphasis on farm-to-table dining (so the menu changes often), using locally caught fish and island-grown produce in dishes such as ono ceviche and taro fries. The relaxed setting has an indoors/outdoors feel, created by tables that come with ocean views, an airy design and adjoining lanai. The Big Kahuna burgers are amazing.
The bar at Hualani’s serves cocktails with ocean views. You can order food here, too, all day, from a smaller menu starring coconut langostino risotto, crispy plantain guacapoke and the aforementioned burgers. Last drink orders, 10.30pm.
Breakfast is served until 10.30am; lunch between 11am and 3pm; dinner from 5.30pm until 9.30pm.
Timbers Kaua'i is sheltered in a picturesque southerly bay on Kaua’i, flanked by lighthouses and cosseted by the Haupu mountain range. Yet, in spite of its secluded spot, it’s easy to reach with appealingly short transfers.
The island’s main airport, Lihue, is under 10 minutes away by car and private airport transfers are free.
Mountainous terrain means there are trails but no rails.
If you’re after the freedom of your own wheels, parking is available at the resort, from US$30 a day. (There’s valet parking, too.)
Worth getting out of bed for
Hawaii’s garden island is a wild ride of Pacific-lapped beaches backed by soaring peaks. If it’s adventure you’re after, there are plenty of adrenaline-charged sports to please you. More pedestrian pursuits abound in resort, whether it’s golf, pilates or an amble in nature. And in the land of the lanai, total relaxation is practically a requirement.
Yoga, pilates, personal training and guided bike rides are all offered at the resort, at no extra charge. Kalapaki Beach is home to the resort’s beach club, with surfboards, paddleboards, snorkelling equipment and kayaks for hire. Go on a tour of the farm at Hokuala with Farmer Cody and see where your dinner’s freshest ingredients (supplied to Timbers Kaua'i) come from. Or enjoy 18 holes on the Jack Nicklaus-designed Ocean Golf Course.
Intrepid walkers will enjoy east coast panoramas on a four-mile ascent of Sleeping Giant Nounou Trail - a climb that rewards hikers with breathtaking views up top. Back at sea level, Outfitters Kaua'i’s kayak tours take you to the secret beaches and hidden waterfalls landlocked explorers won’t find. Fly like a bird above the canopy with a zipline tour, with different trips tiered by fear threshold and ability.
Kaua’i does a great line in waterfalls, which range from the accessible (Wailua) to the remote (Hanakapiai); a hike to east-side Secret Falls is a popular excursion. The true spectacle of Kaua’i’s cloud-dappled canyons, craters and ridges, replete with waterfalls, is most easily appreciated from the air, with a helicopter tourof the mountainous Na Pali coast in northern Kaua’i through Blue Hawaiian.
In glorious contrast to the wild surroundings of Timbers Kaua'i, Allerton Gardenis a patch of beautifully landscaped botanical history. Book a guided tour: its bamboo plantation, cut-flower garden and eyecatching artworks tucked among the tropical foliage are coo-worthy whether you’re a gardener or not.
Choose from a rainbow selection of poke (Hawaii’s answer to sashimi) at the Fish Express in Lihue for a super-fresh takeaway lunch to enjoy beside the sea. Just around the headland on Kalapaki Beach, Duke’s is a pine-clad palace to surf and turf, where the emphasis is on freshly caught home-cooked food and the dress code is barefoot. For something a little more formal, Jo2 in Kapaa is French chef Jean-Marie Josselin’s latest homage to Hawaiian cuisine, with a veg-led menu laced with Japanese touches. In the modest, monochrome dining room, linger over dishes such as avocado tempura squash blossom and bamboo steamed moi.
A lively, eccentric neighbourhood pub, Nawiliwili Tavern is a truly local experience, in Lihue: go for the tequila cocktails – stay for the pizza.
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‘It’s all too hectic,’ said nobody ever, after a few days at Timbers Kaua'i. Yes, the resort’s 18-hole golf course, inviting infinity pools and miles of trails through mango groves and along breathtaking coastline suggest a life of activity, but there is just as much to help you unwind, be it a relaxing massage at Timbers Kaua'i Spa, a day lazing on the sand at Kalapaki Beach, or an early-morning session at the yoga lanai. Arrival sets the tone: private airport transfers bring you to the grand, ocean-facing porte cochère, where you’re met with warm smiles and cool cocktails. Contemporary apartment-style suites make family living a breeze. But don’t let the domesticity fool you – the delights of Timbers Kaua'i go well beyond the everyday. Intersperse downtime with a guided cycle ride, a laid-back lunch in the bar at Hualani’s and a restorative facial at the hotel spa. Staying here is truly a masterclass in relaxation.
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