Courtyard By Mariott Kauai, My Basecamp For Adventure

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One man’s courtyard is another man’s castle.

After an amazing day exploring Kapa’a and Hanalei it’s time for me to check into my next home away from home, the Courtyard by Marriott Kaua’i. A massive complex situated on Coconut Beach this Marriott property is ideally situated for any visitor to use as a home base if they plan on experiencing adventures from one side of the island to the other. It’s almost half way between Poipu and Hanalei, so it’s a great place to call home if you plan on hanging out in the South and North of Kauai. It’s not that big of an Island but with most of the highway being only 2 lanes you can spend some time crawling along at Island pace. I may be doing 30 Days In Hawaii but I don’t want to spend half of it in traffic Smile

Courtyard by Marriott Kaua'i

Under The Covers by Dawn Chubai

It’s a good thing I’ve been working out lately because this Marriott is very spread out. Once I checked in it took me about 5 minutes to walk to my room, a little exercise never hurt anyone right? My room was the very last one on my floor, almost a corner unit. A huge studio with a great big king size bed and an unobstructed view of the ocean and beach below. From my room I can’t see or hear any other guests.

King Size Bed at the Courtyard MArriott

Bathroom at the Courtyard Marriott

View from my room at the Courtyard Marriott

What I can hear though from my room is one of the many thousands of wild roosters and chickens I’ve seen. I’m not sure if it’s the same one but I keep getting a lovely rooster wake up call every morning at Sunrise. Cock-a-doodle-do!

Once I settle in I go explore the property. True to it’s name the Courtyard boasts a fabulous centre courtyard pool and hot tub surrounded by two restaurants. I think I’ll be enjoying a little pool side service during my stay. Can you say one more Mai Tai please? of course if I’m going to drink I should eat, it’s about balance after all. Fish tacos go great with Mai Tai’s if you are wondering.

the courtyard of the Courtyard Marriott

Chillaxin by the Courtyard pool

One more Mai Tai please

Fish Tacos poolside

Beyond the pool area is a beach with lounge chairs for relaxing and soaking up the sun. Every morning on this beach the Hotel staff perform a ceremony to welcome the sunrise. I tried my best to capture it but my bed was so comfy it was hard to leave. If you are an early riser then after saying hello to the morning sun you can also take part in a morning yoga class they offer. Again I opted to sleep in and take a pass on this. I did walk down to the beach though to dip my toes in the surf. you can see I forgot to put sunscreen on my feet when I went sailing Smile

Feet in the sand at Courtyard Marriott

Some coral I found at the beach of the Courtyard Marriott

I don’t often like to spend too much time at a hotel as I’d rather but out and about exploring but I did take in one of the nightly shows before I went out for dinner one night. As part of the show they did a beautiful Hula ceremony to give thanks. A fun way to transition from a day of exploring to a night of relaxation of dining enjoyment.

A local musician performs in the lounge

In Hawaiian, Mahalo (thank you)  Courtyard Marriott for an awesome place to call home for a couple of days. I can’t wait to get out and explore more of the fabulous Island of Kauai while I am here. What’s next you ask? I’m pulling a City Slicker and going horseback Riding.

Thank you to my friends at the Hawaii Visitor’s Bureau for helping make this adventure possible. If you want to have your own Hawaiian adventure there is no better place to start than Go Hawaii, after you read this blog series though first.

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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.