The Kapolei hotels might be few in number, but what they lack in quantity, they more than make up for in quality. Kapolei is the fastest-growing census-designated area on the island of Oahu, and its growth in recent years has helped attract curious tourists who are looking for something other than the Waikiki lodging experience. At the moment, these tourists are limited to upscale Kapolei accommodations, which is just fine by some. You can certainly unwind in style at the hotels in Kapolei, and among the three of them, it can be hard to decide. The JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa is hard to find fault with, so you might just book your stay there and call it a day, but the other two hotels in Kapolei might be better suited to meet your specific desires, so they deserve a look as well. If you aren't sold on the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa, perhaps one of the following Kapolei hotels will be your ideal match.
The Ko Olina Resort, which is found in Kapolei, is among the premier resort destinations in Hawaii, and because it's still fairly new, many Oahu visitors don't know about it. The Ko Olina Resort area is where all the Kapolei hotels can be found, and among them is the Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club, which is similar to its nearby sister property when it comes to rates, amenities, and service. The only difference is that the Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club is a private club. In other words, the guest units are privately owned. Guests at the Ko Olina Beach Club will enjoy access to the larger JW Marriott Ihilani Resort, though you might not need to wander over to the other property thanks to all the amenities at the Beach Club.
In addition to an attractive lagoon-style swimming pool, the Beach Club also boasts a beach pool and a hot tub, and the on-site spa is a great place to treat yourself to a massage. A fitness center is available should you want to fit in a few workouts, and the Ko Olina Golf Club is not far off if you are interested in playing golf. A steak house, a bar and grill, and another casual eatery figure among the dining choices at this upscale timeshare lodging in Kapolei. As for the guest units, they range in size, so you can choose accordingly. The smallest rooms have one bedroom, while the larger units boast three. In-room amenities include cable TV, a DVD player, private laundry facilities, a master bedroom with a king-size bed and an oversize tub, a private balcony, and separate living and dining areas. Should you book a villa here, you will have access to your own fully equipped kitchen, which is a nice bonus.
If you don't stay at the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa or the Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club, your only other choice when it comes to Kapolei accommodations will be the more expensive Ko Olina Beach Resort—arguably the finest luxury resort in Oahu. While the other Kapolei hotels are luxurious themselves, this one takes things a little further. For starters, it occupies a site that was once a playground for Hawaiian royalty, and when it comes to Kapolei accommodations that are fit for a king, the spacious guest units surely suffice. All of the exquisite guest units at the Ko Olina Beach Resort feature either two or three bedrooms, and the tasteful decor is bound to impress. Flat-screen televisions, stereo systems, and signature kitchens that were designed by a master chef are among the highlights for amenities.
When you're not relaxing in your plush pad at the Ko Olina Beach Resort, you can hang out on the sandy beach at the lagoon pool, get some exercise in the lap pool, admire the koi ponds and cascading waterfalls that adorn the grounds, or work out at the fitness center. Should you be looking for more activities to enjoy during your stay, you might book a catamaran tour, play tennis or golf, enjoy a romantic picnic, or go over to the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort to pamper yourself at the tantalizing spa. One of the best things about the hotels in Kapolei is that they offer relatively easy access to Pearl Harbor and Honolulu further to the east, so you can enjoy excellent side trips when you're looking to explore the area.
The Kapolei accommodations are quickly making a name for themselves, as more and more Oahu vacationers look to escape from the bustle of Waikiki, if only for a couple of days at least. All of the Kapolei hotels offer numerous amenities for their guests to enjoy, and the fact that you can visit the other lodging properties to enjoy their amenities as well only makes for a better situation. Simply put, should your Oahu vacation budget allow, staying at one of the hotels in Kapolei is worth considering.
Image: Ko Olina Beach Resort