Unwind in Paradise: A 5-Day Itinerary for Kauai
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Kauai, also known as the "Garden Island," is a haven of natural beauty and laid-back island living. From dramatic coastlines to lush valleys, Kauai is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and those seeking a slower pace of life.
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Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
A quintessential island resort on 50 lush acres of white-sand beachfront on Kauai’s beautiful southern shore.
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The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
Overlooking the pacific, this cliffside resort features studios and villas, a relaxed restaurant and four outdoor pools on its palm-studded property.
Koʻa Kea Resort on Poipu Beach
Charming Kauai resort with oceanfront suites perfect for a romantic holiday.
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Day 1: Explore natural wonders
Explore the natural wonders of Kauai's north shore. Visit the towering cliffs of the Na Pali Coast, hike to the stunning Hanakapiai Falls and soak up the sun at Hanalei Bay. End your day with a sunset cocktail at the St. Regis Bar, which offers panoramic views of Hanalei Bay.
Day 2: Experience Kauai's cultural heritage
Immerse yourself in Kauai's rich cultural heritage. Visit the Kauai Museum, which showcases the island's history and art and take a hula lesson at the Smith Family Garden Luau. In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at the iconic Beach House Restaurant in Poipu, known for its stunning ocean views and fresh seafood.
Day 3: Helicopter tour of Waimea Canyon
Experience the breathtaking natural beauty of Kauai's south shore. Take a helicopter tour of Waimea Canyon, known as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific", and marvel at the vibrant hues of the canyon walls. Then, head to Poipu Beach for some snorkeling and relaxation.
Day 4: Explore Kauai's east side
Discover the hidden gems of Kauai's east side. Visit the stunning Wailua Falls, hike to the secluded Secret Falls and explore the historic town of Kapaa. End your day with a sunset sail along the coast, where you may spot dolphins and sea turtles.
Day 5: Unwind with a spa treatment
Relax and unwind at one of Kauai's luxurious spas. Indulge in a Hawaiian-inspired massage or body treatment at the Anara Spa or rejuvenate with a yoga class at the Spa at Koloa Landing. In the evening, enjoy a romantic dinner at the Red Salt Restaurant, which offers a farm-to-table dining experience featuring locally sourced ingredients.
Need to Know
For more Hawaii travel tips, check out Maui's Must-See Destinations and Honoring the Big Island by Exploring Off-the-Beaten Path.
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