A visit to the Garden Isle is a Hawaii must-do. And you’ll be impressed by the accommodation on offer. Grand hotels, decadent pools and lavish spas are just some of the reasons you’ll never want to leave…
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
The largest resort on the island, the Grand Hyatt Kauai, is the hotel with it all. The sprawling 604-room beachfront resort sports two outdoor pools, an 18-hole golf course, two tennis courts, an outdoor gym, an upscale spa, an array of shops and business facilities (including 19 meeting rooms). There’s no need to venture far for dining options, either, with eight eateries and two bars on-site. Tidepools is the star of the show, serving up modern Hawaiian cuisine – think just-caught fish, lobster and an excellent poke – and tropical-tinged cocktails in an alfresco setting. Back in your room, you’ll be treated to a comfortably appointed space with thoughtful technological touches such as LCD televisions, iPod docking stations and even smart toilets. Complimentary wi-fi is also available throughout the hotel.
1571 Poipu Road, Koloa
Kòa Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach
Travellers with no plans but to relax and unwind will appreciate the atmosphere at this 121-room boutique resort. The property – just metres from Poipu Beach – caters to a grown-up crowd with a sophisticated outdoor pool and bar and fine dining at Red Salt (be sure to book ahead). Rooms are bright and airy – drift off and awaken to the sound of nearby waves crashing – and fitted with dark-wood furniture, enormous plush beds and marble bathrooms. As the hotel is situated on the south shore of Kauai, the weather is generally pleasant year-round. Make the most of it by exploring the local area – snorkelling, kayaking, surfing and swimming are all popular ways to fill the days. Oh, and did we mention the complimentary valet parking? Too easy.
2251 Poipu Road, Koloa
St. Regis Princeville
George Clooney has stayed at the St. Regis Princeville so expect grand things. With striking views of Hanalei Bay, the St Regis Princeville is undoubtedly the most sumptuous resort on the island. The lobby sets the tone for what’s to come – it’s vast and luxurious. All 251 rooms are light-filled and expansive and, importantly, give you a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean thanks to the enormous windows. Make time to visit the on-site spa, which encompasses 12 treatment rooms, two softly lit relaxation areas and an extensive menu of treatments. Opt for the traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage, which is derived from ancient Polynesian techniques and comprises long, flowing strokes to soothe the body.
5520 Ka Haku Road, Princeville
Top image: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa