I fell in love with Hawaii the first time I visited as a teenager…the sweet smell in the air, the friendliness, the lush landscapes, the warm waters. If, like me, you’ve done busy Oahu and popular Maui, be sure to fly in to Kauai and experience another facet of Hawaiian hospitality.
Recommended Resort: Ko’a Kea Resort and Spa. Located on Poipu Beach, on the south coast of Kauai, this beautiful resort gives guest access to one of Hawaii’s most exclusive ocean stretches. Recently renovatedduring a multi-million dollar project in 2009, the property is one of the last in the area to undergo reconstruction since Hurricane Iniki devastated the beaches in 1992. Utilizing the original footprint of the former Poipu Beach Hotel, the new resort is better than ever, boasting 121 luxurious rooms, six oceanfront suites and the ocean view suites. With a contemporary design by Anita Books, the interior mixes chic modernity with the vibrant colors of the region’s floral and sea life, touches of coral, crimson and turquoise.
Check In: 2251 Poipu Road, Koloa, Hawaii. 808-828-8888, www.koakea.com.
Check Out: Romance abounds in the intimate setting, with gorgeous ocean view rooms and seductive dining venues, like the upscale Red Salt. The Spa offers only five treatment rooms, including one couples suite, for a blissful afternoon of relaxation of wellbeing.
Don’t Miss: A trip to Kauai should always include exploration of the breathtaking natural wonders, from sand to sea to summit. Hiking, horseback riding and golfing are all accessible to the resort, as well as snorkeling, scuba diving and other water adventures.
Blog Post by Always a Bridesmaid Columnist Darren Elms.
Photos courtesy of Ko’a Kea Resort and Spa.