If you’re looking for scores of shops or a bustling nightlife, Kaua’i is probably not the place for you. However, Kaua’i beckons those who are laser-focused on the luxury of time—family time, downtime, and me time.
One Kaua’i property stands in a class of its own: Timbers Kaua’i, part of the 450-acre Hōkūala resort on the southeast shore. The master-planned development features a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, miles of winding trails, an organic farm, and more than 40 acres of winding lagoons, home to five species of endangered birds.
I recently traveled to Timbers to learn why families—like the wildlife—flock to this private oasis for a secluded, service-focused experience featuring luxurious island accommodations and amenities.
Offering a seamless and personalized lifestyle, Timbers Kaua’i features 47 luxury residences, including two-, three-, and four-bedrooms for sale as whole ownership, residential interests, and nightly rentals—all mere steps from some of the most beautiful beaches in Hawai’i. Lavish appointments, thoughtfully curated art, and fully stocked kitchens enhance the experience.
In addition to the existing residences, the property’s newest phase is underway. When finished, it will consist of 36 three- and four-bedroom townhomes, each featuring multiple expansive outdoor lanais, disappearing glass walls, a private plunge pool, and detached carport.
I had the good fortune of staying in a sprawling, three-bedroom residence with a breathtaking panoramic view of the lagoon, coastline, and mountains beyond. From the time I arrived to find my favorite wine chilled to my departure time, when a private car takes me to the airport, the team at Timbers ensures each detail is noted, personalized, and executed.
Future plans include single-family homesites, renovations to the clubhouse, and shopping, dining, and entertainment amenities.
Stay to Play (and Recharge)
Kaua’i has resisted some of the commercialization and overwhelming tourism other islands have experienced. Still, there’s something for everyone to do on and near the property.
While the view from my residence’s lanai is spectacular, I sipped coffee in the oceanfront infinity pool each morning for a front-row seat to the sunrise. Throughout the visit, I spent time in the expansive pool and lounging on the surrounding deck, which is outfitted in ocean-facing lounge chairs and daybeds.
Additional on-site experiences include everything from harvesting fresh ingredients at the farm to signature spa treatments. And while I loved relaxing at the spa, I made sure to take advantage of the abundance of outdoor adventures like kayaking and paddleboarding on the property’s protected lagoon. If you prefer clubs to paddles, take on Timbers Kaua’i’s 18-hole course, the Ocean Course at Hōkūala. A Jack Nicklaus signature design, the course, with its oceanfront fairways, makes great use of the surrounding natural landscape. Each hole is like a sunrise from the infinity spa—worthy of a thousand pictures.
I also recommend venturing offsite for a few local experiences. Sleeping Giant offers a challenging climb with views that pay dividends—and a private guide from Timbers can join you on your journey! One of my favorite experiences was renting a beach cruiser in Kapa’a and wistfully pedaling along the coastline. And, of course, no visit to the island is complete without indulging in a shaved ice. Dreamy!
Experience the World
Ranging from the slopes of Aspen to the shores of Kaua’i, Timbers’ residents and guests have access to many tried-and-true family legacy places. Residences at their properties are available for whole or fractional ownership. Some of these destinations—like Timbers Kaua’i at Hōkūala—also offer nightly rates.
Truly an island paradise, Timbers Kaua’i is the epitome of indoor/outdoor living. With a service-focused, family-first vibe, the Timbers lifestyle embraces the luxury of time, and it is ready to share that with you.