to visit here twice. It is amazingly beautiful with a floral aroma
throughout the island. We stayed in the town of
Princeville. It is so beautiful there on the north side
of the island. I would recommend visiting that
part of the island as it is so unique. The drive
from Lihue to Princeville is around one hour but
well worth it.
Kauai is the oldest of the islands and is the furthest away (if coming from the mainland). There is tropical forrest covering most of the area of this island. There are many trails, waterfalls, canyons and caves to explore. The friendly people of Kauai just can't compare to anywhere else! They make you feel welcome and really appreciate your visit!
We stayed at the St. Regis in Princeville. I love this hotel and where it is situated. It is at the north side of the island and has just amazing views. If you have the opportunity to stay at the St. Regis, inquire about a junior suite with butler service facing Hanalei Bay.
This is the amazing view we had in our room. We saw rainbows every morning we were there. One morning we saw four! One day we saw a double rainbow. The greatest thing about staying in the Hanalei bay area is all the trails close by, water sports, boat tours to take you out to Na Pali Coast. There are many waterfalls, caves, swamp area that cannot be seen on foot. You need to ride in a helicopter or take a boat tour to get to them.
If you don't stay at The St Regis, try to get over there one night for sunset. There is a ceremony of sabering of the champagne bottle. There is a great place to hangout on the Makana Terrace. There is drink and food service available with plenty of great places to sit back and enjoy the sunset.
The main restaurant is the Kauai Grill. They are open Tues-Sat 5:30-9:30. The menu is great and food is just amazing! On Wed. nights there is a dinner show (hula type). We didn't attend but it looked fun.
The St Regis has direct beach access and a pool. Drinks and lunch are served at the Nalu Kai Grill.