Few places on Earth possess the sublime beauty of Hawaii's Kauai. Vacationers with their eye on golden sand and Pacific water will find refuge along Kauai’s shores, and the Hawaiian island is well equipped with restaurants, resorts, and beaches that impress, especially given the destination’s secluded nature.
Travelers who seek to go beyond the surface will be further rewarded with a treasure trove of experiences that inspire and thrill: Kauai’s geological and cultural history are rich, and the thunderous landscape, lush waterfalls, and spiritual core can make for the trip of a lifetime.
The island brings to life every aspect of travel that I covet, which is why I’ve returned to its shores numerous times since my first visit four years ago. If you're lucky enough to be headed to this paradise, here is a Kauai, Hawaii guide to make sure you experience what the island has to offer.
Stay & Dine at One of T+L’s World’s Best
Beach, luxury, and amenity cravings will all be satisfied at Ko'a Kea Resort. The property, which came in third last year in Travel + Leisure's World’s Best Awards for Hawaii, is a prime example of Pacific hospitality. Those who seek to capitalize on the Hawaiian aesthetic should book an oceanfront suite which comes with a lanai inspired bedroom, living room and balcony that gives guests a front row seat to Poipu’s iconic sunsets and surfer-dotted waves.
Guests will find it easy to relax at Ko'a Kea as well. Take a dip in the resorts lava-rock encrusted pool or kick back at the nightly fire pits that sit below starry skies. The spa also offers interesting treatments, like its Ho’ala Kauai Coffee Scrub Wrap, which gives a nod to Kauai’s thriving coffee bean industry.