Tucked along the scenic southern shores of Hawaii’s Kauai island, The Lodge at Kukui’ula offers something special: a secluded slice of island paradise with spacious, standalone homes. Offering the privacy of an upscale neighborhood paired with the amenities that the resort’s clubhouse has to offer, the Lodge is a one-of-a-kind stay.

And when Laura B., her husband, and their four kids, ranging in age from 6 to 17, set off to Kauai for a getaway to kick off the summer in June, they were looking for a home with space big enough for the entire family. They found that in the Lodge’s Three Bedroom Cottage—it had plenty of room for everyone, and the teens appreciated having their own space in the detached guest cottage, she said.

“None of us had ever been to Kauai—my husband had been to Maui—but we like to do things none of us has ever done before,” Laura said.

The goal had also been to enjoy a more “hands-off” vacation, with a clubhouse offering dining and activity options that didn’t require a lot of planning. The Lodge turned out to be a perfect fit. With the outfitters, Laura and her family were able to book a day at Kalapaki beach, as well as surfing lessons, scuba diving, and more.

We booked almost everything through the outfitters … they were awesome, just extremely helpful and super responsive. And they kind of know the Inspirato caliber of vendors, which is also really nice, because you know you’re gonna get a really good experience.

Laura B.Inspirato member

By far, she said, the activity that the entire family enjoyed the most was the helicopter tour from Blue Hawaiian.

(Photo courtesy of Laura B.)

“It was amazing,” Laura said. “You get to see the beauty of the island, the Napali Coast—and so much of the island is only accessible by helicopter or boat, there aren’t even any roads that go there. There’s canyons and waterfalls. It’s just so cool.”

And when it came time for the more relaxing activities, the Lodge was perfect for those, too. The family took advantage of the Lodge’s complimentary breakfast every morning, as well as all of the on-site offerings, like a pingpong table, tennis courts, and rentable watersports equipment like paddleboards.

Laura also loved the Lodge’s grotto-style pool, which was large, quiet, and uncrowded. She said the family spent several days there over the course of their trip, often eating lunch poolside.

But what she especially appreciated were the Lodge’s wellness offerings.

“The spa and the fitness area were kind of the highlight for me. We were super excited to know that they had Peloton bikes—three of them,” Laura said. “That was awesome as a Peloton user because we get kind of addicted to it.”

The whole family even enjoyed a group yoga class together, 6-year-old included: “He actually fell asleep on his yoga mat,” she said with a laugh.

As for the Hi’ilani Spa, “they really hit the nail on the head,” Laura said, noting that it was one of her favorite parts of the trip. She opted for a scrub, masque, and massage, and loved how the staff paid such great attention to detail. They asked her which scents she preferred and had her test out different exfoliants to pick the one she liked best. After her treatments and an incredible outdoor shower, “I felt like a whole new person,” she said.

And as the trip wound to an end, Laura and her family found that they were thinking the same thing.

(Photos courtesy of Laura B.)

“I think we have a hard time going back to places we’ve already been, just because there are so many places we haven’t, but I think we all agreed this would be a place we could go back to. Easily,” she said. “Now I want to go back after just talking about it!”

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