Wordless Wednesday – Playa Sol

A little R&R Hawaiian style

When I got laid off a little over a month ago I decided to book a trip to Kauai. I was going to go the end of June but airfare was too high and we ended up having my mother’s memorial service that week. So I wouldn’t say that this trip to Kauai last week was spur of the moment.

I was lucky enough on short notice to be able to use miles on Alaska Airlines. I got to the gate in Seattle and shortly after an agent announced that they had one 1st class paid upgrade available. I leaped to the counter and grabbed the upgrade for $150. It was so worth the money to have a comfy seat and good service for the 5 1/2 flight.

I arrived at the Kauai Marriott about 8:30PM and had excellent service checking in. The woman found a room and told me that she wanted to make sure it was ready. She called housekeeping to double check and told me that it was a really good room and she didn’t want to lose it. It was dark so I couldn’t see anything other than the pool and hotel lights from my lanai. I woke during the night and opened the door and could hear the waves close by. In the morning I could see that I had a fantastic view of the pool and the beach.

The hotel grounds were lush, green with plumeria and palm trees. There is a Koi pond just outside of the lobby.

There were tons of Koi in this pond and Hawaiian Ducks around and in the pond too.

In the large open air lobby there is this outrigger canoe displayed. It was made with a beautiful local hardwood.

My room was very comfortable. It had a love-seat, desk, mini fridge and that fabulous view.

The Kauai Marriott was a great vacation spot. I would stay there again. The bad side of flying Seattle – Lihue direct is that the return flight leaves at 8:00AM. That would be pretty painful if the Lihue airport  was a major city’s airport but it’s not. The airport is small and Alaska Airlines is off to one end of the check in counter all by itself. Unfortunately there  was not a 1st class upgrade for the flight back to Seattle. Trust me, I asked.

I did not take very many photos but this trip. You can see some of my favorite Kauai photos from previous trips over to the left on Flikr or go to the Photos tab to get to my Webshots photo albums. Here’s one album from last summer’s trip to Kauai.

God I love sunsets!

If I can catch a boat in  the photo it is even more gorgeous to view.

An interesting house on Isla

Or can  you even say this house is “on” Isla as it sits surrounded by water?

This photo was taken last year.

This rock house has always intrigued me. I  understand that it is owned by one of the island’s prominent families. I saw some photos of the interior once of the party that was held there for the regatta’s boat captains. Not much of the house could be seen in those photos though.

I  can’t imagine how damp and sticky with sea spray everything must be. All electronics must have a really short life span. It is a sturdy house for sure having withstood a few very strong hurricanes.

Beach behavior rant

Reading Sue’s blog this morning was an inspiration to my rant.

Yesterday I observed two very rude, inconsiderate groups of people at Sergio’s Playa Sol. About 10AM five 30ish couples came to the beach already drinking beer, they took 10 chairs and 10 coveted cushions. One of the guys left and came back with 3 or 4 six packs of beer which they started to open and drink. One of the waiters tried to explain that the chairs were free for customers who BOUGHT food or drinks and they could not drink their own beer. They hassled Lionel, the waiter for awhile even offering to pay for the chairs. Finally they did order a few buckets of beer and several lunches. But they continued to drink their own beer as well. I so badly wanted to say something to them. I mean would you even think about bringing your own drinks or food to a bar in Canada or the US? By the time they left to get the ferry back to Cancun they were all very wasted but were talking about how they were going to go out partying later. Please next time just stay the heck in Cancun and party all day at the beach at your AI.

The other group of people who were offensive were 3 mid 30’s couples from the US staying on the island. One of the women was told she was a hero because she had drank 5 margaritas by 2:00PM. The women were OK. A bit drunk but not rude or offensive. The more the men drank the more the F word was used very loudly. They seemed to have no concern what so ever that they might have been offending anyone around them or even noticing that there were young children near by. When I left the beach they were continuing to order more drinks.

Don’t get me wrong… I like to have a beer or drink or two when I spend the day at the beach. To those rude and offensive people yesterday I would say “Sure you are on vacation but have a little respect for others who are trying to enjoy a day at the beach. Not everyone enjoys foul language and drunken behavior”.