After recent floods ravaged Kaua’i, with the north shore and Hanalei hit the hardest, the resilient island has quickly rebounded. And with the new oceanfront Timbers Kaua’i – Ocean Club & Residences opening June 1, Kaua’i just got more enticing. Located five minutes from the airport on the island’s southeast coast in Hōkūala, the Jurassic Park–esque landscape of this enchanting Hawaiian island is easily navigated from your Timbers headquarters. Hanalei is just an hour north; Poipu just a half hour south. Here, 6 reasons to go now.
1. ISLAND LIVING.
With direct access to the shoreline and the stunning Kalapaki Beach, the new private residential club offers residents endless views of the Pacific, hugged by the lush Hau’pu mountain range. Ownership opportunities include two-, three-, and four-bedroom residences for sale as whole ownership or as fractional ownership interests. Whole-ownership opportunities are priced from $2-$9.5 million for the five oceanfront townhomes, and 17 whole-owned condominium residences. Fractional ownership opportunities start in the mid-$300,000s.
2. RESORT REPORT.
Kauai demands exploration, yet you’ll be hard pressed to leave the resort. When fully complete, Hōkūala will include the aforementioned real estate beginning with Timbers Kaua’i – Ocean Club & Residences, followed by a 180-room boutique hotel featuring a destination spa, custom half-acre home sites with golf course and mountain views, and The Residences at Ninini Point, a luxury golf neighborhood with sweeping views of the Pacific. And unique amenities? Check! Upon completion, Hōkūala will feature a retail village within the resort, multiple restaurants, and a chic resort lounge. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Course was recently renovated in 2016 and has been renamed the Ocean Course, with the longest continuous stretch of oceanfront golf in Hawaii.
3. THE NĀPALI COAST.
Experiencing the famous coastline is a must for any newbie to Kaua’i, and a bucket-list check for any adventurist. While the coast is recovering from recent record-setting rainfall, the Miloli‘i section of Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park reopened May 15 for visitation and overnight camping to those with valid permits. And if hiking is not your jam, book a heli-tour that hugs the coastline for Instagram-worthy views and pics.
4. SEA-TO-FORK CUISINE.
For cocktails and casual dining, hit the oceanfront infinity-edge swimming pool and separate ohana pool, while Timbers Kaua’i will also debut a stylish restaurant with an innovative approach to farm-fresh and sea-inspired Hawaiian fare. While exploring the island, don’t miss Hanelei’s Baracuda Pat’s Taqueria food truck (by Hanalei Pier) and The Dolphin restaurants, and if hitting Poipu, add Merriman’s Hawaii Restaurant and the 1930s manor house at Plantation Gardens to your checklist.
5. CHILD’S PLAY.
Keiki (kids) Adventure Club at Timbers Kaua’i – Ocean Club & Residences keeps the little ones happy with indoor-outdoor fun and is basecamp for youth adventures. Families have exclusive access to The Beach Club located at Kalapaki Beach, where Timbers Kaua’i owners can unwind with customized beach services, watersports instruction, and ocean exploration—be it by board, boat, or a serene barefoot walk along the shore.
6. GET OUT THERE.
Water warriors, rejoice. Pick your mode of adventure and celebrate Kauai’s penchant for play, including helicopter tours, zip-lining, jungle exploration, and water sports including outrigger canoeing, kayaking, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, fishing, SCUBA diving, and snorkeling. Your inner Jacques Cousteau will be constantly entertained, and if you’re not a water junkie, not to fret. Hiking, biking, tennis, and golf are also on tap.
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