Tuesday,  September 27, 2022  2:06 pm

Koloa Landing Resort finishes construction, joins Marriott's Autograph Collection

Koloa Landing Resort finishes construction, joins Marriott's Autograph Collection
Of Koloa Landing at Poipu: Ike Cockett, general manager; Sally Halm, director of sales and marketing; Kris Warren, director of sales.
Christina Newberry

Christina Newberry is an award-winning travel and lifestyle writer based in Vancouver.

Representatives from Kauai’s Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu stopped by Vancouver last week to showcase big changes at the property, including the completion of construction, which has been ongoing for two-and-a-half years, and the resort’s March 15 branding as a member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection.

The resort is rapidly ramping up staff, growing from 55 employees in October 2016 to a planned 275 by the end of April, said Ike Cockett, the resort’s general manager. As the staff grows, Cockett remains focused on representing the Hawaiian culture, offering employees “cultural sensitivity training like no other.”

“We have a great resort, a great product,” Cockett said. “But it’s the people who work here who make it, and the spirit of the island as well.”

“What I have heard over my 30 years of working in Hawaii is that it is like no other place,” he added. “People say there’s something special.”

The property’s rooms and villas, ranging from 500-square-foot studios to the 3,600-square-foot, four-bedroom penthouse, are the largest on Kauai.

“We cover everyone’s market, from couples honeymooning to family reunions,” Cockett said. “Instead of renting six rooms, you can rent two of our three-bedrooms.”

All rooms and villas include an in-suite washer and dryer. Villas feature full kitchens with Wolf and Subzero appliances, while studios include a kitchenette with a two-burner cooktop, microwave, toaster, blender and coffee maker.

Other new offerings at the resort include a 350,000-gallon saltwater lagoon pool with waterslides for adult and kids, and a new 130-seat poolside bar and grill – both opened two weeks ago.