After we arrived in Kauai, we spent the next day relaxing at the Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach. The resort is located on Nawiliwili Bay which is just a stone’s throw from the airport. After arriving late the night before, it is nice to be able to take a 5 minute shuttle ride to the resort and spend a day adjusting to the 5 hour time difference.
After a hearty breakfast at Kukui’s, we were off for a walk around the grounds to stretch our legs and enjoy the beauty of the resort. I love how they forecast the weather in Hawaii. This seems far more accurate than what some of the scaremongers produce on the local TV stations.
We took a stroll through their beautiful tropical gardens. The gardens feature a koi pond and also have a few dependable birds to watch including black-necked swan, black-crowned night heron, pacific golden plover, Nene (Hawaiian goose, Hawaii’s state bird), zebra doves, spotted doves and crested cardinals. There is too much human activity for any decent bird photography, but it is nice to see the different species as you stroll the gardens.
While we toured the gardens, I took the opportunity to take a better photo of Faith wearing her plumeria lei. She loves plumeria and really loved the lei. She wore it everywhere we went except for the pool.
After our stroll, it was time for a massage in the spa and then off to the pool to enjoy the complimentary poolside cabana that the Marriott had provided us, a bit of swimming and lunch. Of course, what poolside cabana is complete without an adult beverage to enjoy. After all, we are on vacation.
Sometimes one adult beverage just doesn’t get the job done. My only disappointment is that the Marriott didn’t provide umbrellas with their drinks. But considering everything else they provide, I think I can let that slide.
The resort not only has a beautiful view of Kalapaki Beach and Nawiliwili Bay, but it has a beautiful pool. Still being on east coast time, I woke up early the next morning to capture a shot of the pool before anyone got in it. That’s Kalapaki Beach and Nawiliwili Bay in the background under the last stars of the morning. In hindsight, I should have shot this with my 17-40mm instead of the 24-105mm lens. Darn! I guess we’ll just have to go back and try again.
It was a beautiful, relaxing day and we both needed a day just like that to unwind. The next morning we relaxed on Kalapaki Beach and enjoyed a late checkout before we traveled on to Po’ipu for the condo where we stayed for the next 7 nights. More on our adventures there in my next post.