SAN SE­BAS­TIAN, SPAIN The artist of Span­ish Pin­txo.

DRIFT Travel magazine - - Inside This Issue -

If you’re in the mood to take morn­ing walks in the sand be­tween palm trees and waves, the Kòa Kea Ho­tel and Re­sort at Poipu Beach on the South Shore is a bou­tique prop­erty to con­sider. Both hu­mans and en­dan­gered monk seals bake un­der the sun in the trade wind breeze, sur­rounded by an in­tox­i­cat­ing flo­ral scent that seems to fol­low you wher­ever you are on this is­land. The soft rus­tle of palm leaves and happy bird songs set the scene for cou­ples to fall eas­ily into bliss­ful re­lax­ation. Or­der the souf­flé pan­cakes and POG (pineap­ple or­ange guava) juice for break­fast- you will not be dis­ap­pointed.

Should you want to wan­der out­side of the prop­erty for a lo­cal din­ing ad­ven­ture, the South Shore is lucky enough to be home to vi­sion­ary chef Roy Ya­m­aguchi’s Eat­ing House 1849, where the jux­ta­po­si­tion of trop­i­cal views and slick in­dus­trial-in­spired dé­cor is as vis­ually im­pact­ful as the com­bi­na­tion of lo­cal in­gre­di­ents and haute cui­sine plated within its kitchen. Af­ter din­ner, be sure to take a ro­man­tic stroll un­der the stars along the prom­e­nade of Kukui’ula. With tal­ented buskers around ev­ery cor­ner, this out­door shop­ping district is de­fined by its at­ten­tion to de­tail, with free valet ser­vice, lantern-filled ba­nana trees, roam­ing hula dancers, and lively bars and restau­rants set­ting an en­er­getic but cozy at­mos­phere.

Upon leav­ing Kauai, it is cer­tain that the happy lo­cals, turquoise surf, and breath­tak­ing skies will have you rem­i­nisc­ing fondly. Mother Na­ture took her time with this is­land, and hid­den within the ex­quis­ite nat­u­ral beauty lies some of the world’s best cus­tom­iz­a­ble ac­com­mo­da­tions and at­trac­tions. Whether vis­it­ing for a week or stay­ing for a life­time, Kauai is the per­fect place to cre­ate your most mean­ing­ful mem­o­ries.

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