Kauai, better known as the Garden Island of Hawaii, is a lush landscape with tons of outdoor activities and scenic vistas. Although the island is mainly couples honeymooning and families with their children, I had the BEST time. With such a hectic work schedule, vacation for me, now is really just a time to unwind and lay on the beach. Not party all night long and meet guys at the pool. Ok, so there was some wedding crashing involved but thats about it!
The island is super small so you can cover the grounds in less than a week which makes for an excellent Memorial Day weekend trip like I had. I’m not the super adventurous type that surfs and does water activities all trip long, but I do know how to have a good time on vacation. Below is a list of where I stayed, what I did, and of course what I wore along the way. 🙂
What I wore:
Lots of dresses, bikinis, and some athleisure for hiking.
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Where to Stay:
We stayed at the Princeville resort, which is formerly known as the St. Regis Hotel, and is rated the best hotel on the island. The customer service here was excellent and the breakfast buffet was unbeatable. Although you can expect unforeseen resort costs such as $40 a day wifi and yoga fee (*insert eye roll) , they made up for it with their complimentary rooms after checkout. Since we had a 10pm flight out to Los Angeles, the hotel provides a complimentary room where you can relax, shower and unwind before your flight so you don’t have to leave in a schlep. This goes a long way.
Where to Eat:
To be honest, the food everywhere was good, but below are my top 4 choices.
- Kalypso – Casual bar/restaurant atmosphere where you would expect diner quality food, but are pleasantly surprised with how delicious every dish is.
- Bar Acuda- AMAZING tapas bar. We liked this place so much , we went back three times.
- Makana Terrace in Princeville Resort- This restaurant probably has the best view on the Island where you can watch the surf break, while enjoying delicious healthy cuisine. The heart of palm pasta was definitely a unique take on pasta and I really enjoyed it.
- Aloha Juice Bar- 3 words. Fresh fruit stand.
What to do:
Hanalei Bay Beach – right in town where all the locals hang
Princeville Resort Beach – private beach for the hotel guests
Horseback Riding – they offer horse back riding twice a day with two different trails
Hiking – As the Garden Island, there are endless trails based on what type of exercise and vista you want to enjoy
Biking in Hanalei – rent bikes from Pedal and Paddle and bike around town.
Really enjoyed the HI Life. Until next time Hawaii!