Aston Waimea Plantation Cottages
The Aston Waimea Plantation Cottages, which were formerly known as ResortQuest, occupy an area of 27 acres. The cottages are nestled inside a peaceful coconut grove and provide you with an insight into the past of Hawaii, particularly as a group of sugar plantation islands. This plantation-style resort that is made up of real cottages is found on the western coast of Kauai Island that are equipped with furniture that try to mimic those employed during that period of Hawaii's past. These cottages had been occupied by the workers of the Waimea Sugar Mill Co.
This resort provides a natural setting for the cottages so that you really feel you are vacationing in the tropics. There are beautiful gardens and very tall coconut trees that could have existed during that period when the area was a plantation of the sugar company. The beach front of this property has a good-size swimming pool with a matching huge sunning deck that also has a hot tub.
This particular Aston resort is primarily suited for exploring both South Kauai and West Kauai because it is found in a thinly populated non-resort area in Waimea. Other important characteristics include a poolside bar; barbecue grills; spa services; picnic area; hair salon; gift shops; health club; newsstand; free parking; video library; gardens; free reading of newspapers at the lobby; free Internet access in public areas; wireless access to the Internet in the rooms; and laundry facilities.
Possible recreational activities
Some of the possible recreational activities within the area include golfing, parasailing, volleyball, skydiving, hiking, biking, boating, horse riding, snorkeling, and fishing. Personal watercraft can be rented and you can also go rafting, boogie boarding, surfing, and helicopter sightseeing.
There are 56 cottages available for guests in the plantation. The cottages have been restored to imitate the decorations and design employed in the 1930s and 1940s. Every cottage is provided with furniture made from rattan, wicker and mahogany. All rooms are non-smoking, and have upholstered seatings and wooden floors. However, they are provided with the modern conveniences of a bathroom, such as bathtubs, pedestal sinks, and spacious and separate shower stalls. Dial-up Internet access may also be available if requested in advance.
Other room features include cable or satellite television, coffee maker, clock radio, telephone, ceiling fan, CD player, hair dryer, ironing board and iron, VCR, crib when requested, voice mail, cooking facilities, dry cleaning services, and in-room safe.
Where to go for food
When you get hungry after all the fun and leisure, you may visit the Waimea Brewing Company that offers various kinds of ethnic food and handcrafted beer. Other places to go include the Shrimp Station along the Kaumualii Highway in Waimea; the Ishihara Market, which is a delicatessen that is also found along the Kaumualii Highway in Waimea; Wrangler's Steakhouse, which serves Polynesian food, seafood items, and steaks, also along the Kaumualii Highway, Waimea; Obsessions Cafe along Waimea Road in Waimea; and the Kokee Lodge Restaurant, which serves continental food at Kokee Road, Waimea.