Exclusive Resorts is the way you felt when you tried surfing in Australia, or when you went snorkeling in Hawaii and came up close to a few Green Sea Turtles, or skiing at the top of Aspen Mountain, or biking in Bhutan – that feeling you’ll never forget! Exclusive Resorts is your grown kids telling you the trips you took them on when they were just kids to see the great cities of Europe really changed their lives. And Exclusive Resorts is getting to see that look of wonder on your grandkids’ faces when you take them to the place that will change their lives, too. Exclusive Resorts is that great picture of the entire family, out on the deck of the residence, in the sunset, everyone laughing and smiling – and the stories everyone tells about the big fish you all hauled in on that great trip to the Bahamas…or the summer you took the family to Wimbledon, the British Open, the Tour de France, the Grand Prix de Monaco and the French Open at Roland Garros all in the same year…or that perfect private dinner you hosted in the Exclusive Resorts residence for that family reunion, when you got to bring your own parents to celebrate four generations of your family – all together. …Your legacy!
And it’s surprisingly affordable! Like any club, there’s a one-time initiation fee – starting at $175,000 for a 10-year plan or $275,000 for the 30-year plan. Then there’s annual dues which are based on the number of nights you decide to travel each year – for example, for 25 travel days the fee is about $36,000. It’s simple. Predictable. And often significantly less expensive than booking comparable villas or multiple hotel rooms. In addition, each Exclusive Resorts Membership is inheritable and includes the immediate option for family sharing and gifting privileges.
The property offers two sets of pools: a pair of vanishing edge pools, with a large hot tub, perched on the bluff overlooking the beach and ocean at the resort’s main pavilion, and; another pair of even more private pools, joined by a hot tub, that are right outside the door of the Exclusive Resorts residences. There’s a ‘private’ beach with a path leading down through the lava f rom the residences to the shore and a lagoon for kayaking and paddle boarding. And the whole thing is a part of the park- like Holukalu property, with miles of exercise and bike paths and a self-sustaining farm used to grow food for the resort..and, oh yeah, the best golf on Kauai – The Ocean Course at Holalkula. This Jack Nicklaus design is a great course on an exceptional piece of property! There are several holes set on a cliff overlooking the ocean, some meandering through the rainforest, and one adjacent to the Lihue Airport runway. Roosters and chickens and lots of exotic birds share the course, which sometimes seems as much botanical garden as a battlefield for sport.
Beyond the spectacular compound-like property and its amenities, we also wanted to explore Kauai. It’s the more lush and still most ‘authentic’ of Hawaii’s big five Islands, and is one of the top guaranteed-warm-weather vacation destinations on the planet.
on Kauai’s northwestern shore – backdrop for Jurassic Park, Tropic Thunder, King Kong, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Pirates of the Caribbean, to name a few – with its iconic Honopu Arch, is a bucket-list must-see! The Napali Coast features 3,000-foot sheer volcanic peaks, covered by rainforest in a unique glow of green, defined by steep walls and deep canyons, with waterfalls running into the surf, where black lava formations meet the Pacific’s sometimes 60-foot waves. But… it’s only accessible by boat or helicopter – unless you opt for the rugged 22-mile Napali Park hike.
sits in the southern section of the Napali Park, and has an observation deck on the southern rim with a view out over the 10-mile long, 1-mile wide, and 3,000-foot deep expanse. It’s the Grand Canyon, but with more colorful rock, green canyon walls, enormous waterfalls and tropical vegetation. The headwaters of the Waimea River in the Waimea Canyon are one of the wettest places on Earth, and you get a look at the 800-foot Waipoo Falls in the heart of the Canyon. The Exclusive Resorts Concierge knew to send us there an hour before sunset for the best views – and to bring binoculars…and a sweater for the temperature drop up on the rim of the crater.
For another great day trip, we drove about an hour up Kauai’s eastern shore to Princeville, and then the Town of Hanalei – of Puff the Magic Dragon fame, and home to another JoJo’s Shave Ice and some other local delectibles – and then to the beaches at the northern terminus of the road. These are the beaches from the 1958 movie-version of South Pacific, with the ‘Bali Hai’ scenery and views of Mount Makana, that first put Kauai on the map. Waterfalls cascade from the cliffs overhanging one side of the road and feed streams that flow, sometimes right over the pavement, out over the beach and into the ocean just on the other side of the road. Right off the side of the road – one beach is more beautiful than the next! Some of these beaches are known for their world-class surf, while others boast wide white-sand swaths with gentle tides.
So we took our Concierge’s advice and picked Lumahai Beach, which features a wide white-sand beach, a mountain-fed fresh-water sandy-bottomed lazy river feeding gently across one side of the beach that offers a calm, chest-deep swim in the current which meets the ocean at a jetty of black lava, where there’s a nice but short break for body surfing or boogie boarding in the surf near the river’s mouth, and then a more regular set of small waves down the 1⁄4-mile or so length of that beach cove. Let’s just say that not everyone took leaps off the lava into the ocean, or used the boogie boards we had brought from the residence to brave the bigger curls…and yet each of us still can’t stop talking about that memorable day at the beach.
We decided to go off-premises for dinner the night of the milestone Birthday we were celebrating and, of course, our Exclusive Resorts Concierge had arranged the best table at The Beach House, a 15-minute drive away on the beach in Poipu; where the surfers entertain all day, and where the whole dining crowd stops everything and walks out to the beach to cheer the Sun’s retirement each evening. But the best, most convenient, and most luxurious restaurant on the Island, for breakfast, lunch
or dinner, is actually Hualani’s – the restaurant located
in the common pavilion, right on-property and steps from our Exclusive Resorts residence, overlooking the ocean. Colorful cocktails made for tasty toasts. Delicious dishes made for grateful gourmands. Every meal felt like a special occasion!
…Another perfect Exclusive Resorts vacation. No hassles. Perfect location. More-than-comfortable luxury accommodations. Lots of fun activities for everybody. Reservations wherever and whenever. And great golf! Another epic family celebration! Another paradise explored! Spectacular sights! Wonderful memories!
… Another jewel in our Family’s legacy!