Kauai is the oldest island in Hawaii from a geological point of view and is also known as The Garden Island. It has volcanic origins and a mostly mountainous terrain, which makes it the fourth-largest Hawaiian island by surface. A vacation on this spectacular island ensures a perfect mix of adventure and excitement.
In fact, you can admire romantic and special landscapes. As well as devote yourself to exciting “Jurassic” explorations of the Grand Canyon of the Pacific: with its impressive green cliffs and deep gorges, the Waimea is certainly a place not to be missed: it is no coincidence has also been repeatedly chosen for film sets.
And no less spectacular are the colossal emerald cliffs that follow one another along the Na Pali Coast, descending to the sea. All that remains is to choose the best resort to stay in. To dive into a splendid adventure that will surely leave its mark.
1. St. Regis Princeville Resort
5-star resort with an exceptional location along the Na Pali Coast, just 2 minutes walk from the beach. Located on the side of Hanalei Bay, it offers a wonderful view of the ocean.
Luxurious services available to guests, starting with direct access to the beach, through a dedicated lift. There is also a spa and a large outdoor swimming pool with a semi-submerged bar.
For golf enthusiasts, several playing fields are available: in addition, numerous recreational activities can be organized, including kayaking, scuba diving, sailing, and horse riding.
Considered the number one hotel in Princeville, the resort offers stunning ocean-view suites with spacious, detailed, and quiet accommodations.
Many have romantic terraces, where you can admire unforgettable sunsets.
In the restaurants of the property, you can enjoy dishes based on fresh local fish, as well as specialties of classic Hawaiian cuisine. For lovers of Mediterranean cuisine, it is possible to opt for the menus offered by the Nalu Kai Grill & Bar.
2. Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
A 4-star property, located on Poipu beach, along the southern coast of the island.
Perfect for a romantic honeymoon, thanks to its luxurious accommodations. And the utmost attention guaranteed to the privacy of all guests: the rooms are furnished in a refined and exclusive way, with all the comforts available. Such as a coffee machine, air conditioning, fluffy bathrobes, and luxurious toiletries. To highlight the beauty of the windows overlooking the ocean.
The same spectacular view is assured when dining at the Red Salt Restaurant, which features menus featuring American fare and Hawaiian specialties, including fresh seafood.
Guests also have access to a swimming pool, with a poolside bar to relax and sip cocktails or tasty snacks.
Furthermore, it is possible to let yourself be pampered at the wellness center, with massages and beauty treatments based on excellent local products, to be requested directly on the beach.
For those who want to get away a little and visit the surrounding area, with an hour’s drive you can reach the splendid Waimea Canyon State Park: in addition, just under 5 km away you can visit the National Tropical Botanical Garden.
3. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
An impressive 5-star property, set in beautiful tropical gardens and surrounded by swimming pools.
Directly overlooking the beach, this resort boasts several first-class amenities, including the Anara Spa and Salon, where you can indulge in Hawaiian body and hair treatments.
There is also an 18 hole golf course , a volleyball court, and 3 tennis courts. Furthermore, a swimming pool for adults only and a splendid area entirely dedicated to water games, with a swimming pool, waterfalls, and water slides, available to guests 24 hours a day. For the more sporty you have the possibility to rent equipment for water sports.
All rooms are equipped with the latest technology, with flat-screen TVs and docking stations. In addition, you can take advantage of a cooler for drinks, conveniently placed in the seating area. The en suite bathroom is elegant and luxurious, finished in marble. And with a double vanity table, bathrobes, and complimentary toiletries.
The 7 restaurants also ensure the best possible service, with a wide range of options and menus, starting from the fish dishes of Tidepools, through the Italian specialties of Dondero’s, up to the delicious sushi of Stevenson’s.
4. The Villas at Poipu Kai
A 5-star resort, located in Koloa, about 6 minutes walk from the sea. It offers luxuriously and sophisticatedly furnished accommodations. Many with wooden finishes and floors, perfectly in keeping with the beautiful tropical gardens outside.
Possibility to relax in the large outdoor swimming pool and in the Jacuzzi. Or on the beach, where the hotel provides free umbrellas and sunbeds.
The apartments are real villas, featuring fully equipped kitchens, seating areas, and elegant granite worktops. Guests also have access to a laundry area and a fitness center, with offers on the best beauty treatments.
A ten-minute walk away you can reach Poipu Beach Park, while in just 5 minutes by car you can visit the Allerton Garden. For golf enthusiasts, the Poipu Bay Resort golf club is easily accessible at a distance of 1.6 km.
5. Hanalei Colony Resort
4-star beachfront resort with an excellent location in Hanalei, popular with couples. It is an elegant and well-kept structure, away from crowded places, with the utmost attention paid to all the comforts and privacy of guests. The resort has a large outdoor swimming pool, where you can relax and spend hours of total leisure. It is possible to choose excellent suites, all with a splendid balcony overlooking the ocean or the garden.
The fully equipped kitchens are also very comfortable, as are the dining areas. The particularity of this resort is the search for absolute and complete relaxation: following this line of thinking. The structure has decided to decorate all the accommodations in a tropical style and not to equip them with either a TV or telephone. The most relaxing and rejuvenating stay possible is thus guaranteed.
Available to customers is the local Opakapaka Grill and Bar, which in addition to offering good meals, guarantees a breathtaking view of the ocean.
It is also possible to benefit from free transfer service to the city of Hanalei and the nearest beaches. For lovers of snorkeling, activities, and explorations in the depths of Tunnels, a splendid beach less than 1.6 km from the resort. A walk along the famous Kalalau trail, which is only 3.2 km away, is also recommended.