SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN The artist of Spanish Pintxo.
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.