Aston at Poipu Kai Formerly Resort Quest

Aston at Poipu Kai, which was formerly known as ResortQuest, is a plantation-style 315-room condominium resort that occupies 70 acres in South Kauai, Hawaii. It is strategically placed because you can easily walk along a half-mile path to the world-class Shipwreck Beach and Poipu Beach. Shipwreck Beach is ideal for surfing or simply beach walking. A man-made reef had been constructed to protect the lower loop of the S-shaped Poipu Beach so that the water is calm. Meanwhile, you can snorkel among the lava rocks that are located around a sand inlet. This part of Poipu Beach can also be used for boogie boarding or surfing. The property also has the benefit of being only 10.5 miles away from the Lihue Airport.

Condominium resort amenities

One of the key features of Aston at Poipu Kai are the six swimming pools that are found throughout the resort, including two hot tubs. Each pool has a barbecue grill that you may use. Other convenient features include the following: tour assistance; provision of picnic areas; concierge services; Internet access in the lobby and in other public areas; various business services; babysitting services; free parking; free reading of newspapers in the lobby; rental of videotapes; putting green; tennis courts; jet spas; and a scenic trail that is ideal for walking or jogging; and a safe-deposit box that is available at the front desk.

Room amenities and characteristics

All rooms are non-smoking and are provided with patios and lanais that offer views of the hotel's tropical grounds. While there are differences in room decoration, most of them have Hawaiian print fabrics and rattan furniture. Ceiling fans are provided instead of air-conditioners to maintain the tropical ambiance but there are many windows for adequate ventilation.

The rooms are provided with fully equipped kitchens and have satellite or cable television. Other room features include housekeeping services, hair dryer, coffee maker, microwave oven, clock radio, CD player, free local telephone calls, cribs when needed, VCR, voice mail, refrigerator, in-room safe, and ironing board.

Where to go for food

If you prefer a casual dining experience, you can head to Brennecke's Beach Broiler at Hoone Road, which is well-known for its fish dinners that you can enjoy along with sunset views. Along the Kuhio Highway, you can also enjoy inexpensive family-style cooking at the Kountry Kitchen for lunch or breakfast. For some beer and fun food, you can go to the Waimea Brewing Co., which is found along the Kaumualii Highway at the Aston Waimea Plantation Cottages.

For fine dining, you may go to The Bull Shed, which is located along the Kuhio Highway, for some steaks and other high-quality food. Another place to go is the Bali Hai restaurant at the Hanalei Bay Resort in Princeville for some Pacific-Rim cooking. You may also enjoy this kind of food at Gaylord's at Kilohana along the Kaumualii Highway.

For fast food service, you may want to try Duane's Ono Char, which sells hamburgers along the Kuhio Highway. You may also go to the Aloha Kauai Pizza, which is also located along the Kuhio Highway, for some pizza and other kinds of Italian cooking.

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