Kaua’i and romance are intertwined. Elvis filmed Blue Hawaii here. The “Bali Ha’i” peaks of Hanalei starred in the movie South Pacific. From green and lush areas; to dry and desolate landscapes; or the striking Nā Pali coast and lovely beaches, every part of this beautiful island has a different look and feel.
Splurge on Kaua’i: Kickin’ It At Kukui'ula
Kukui'ula is a resort community on Kaua’i’s south side offering property to build your very own vacation house. But most people do not realize that you can actually book a stay here at an island-style cottage, bungalow or villa. For romance, it is hard to resist your exclusive one- or two-bedroom luxury cottage that is surrounded by a grassy lawn and tropical flowers. At night on your lanai, breathe in the balmy air and watch the stars come out between the coco palms. Kukuiula.com
Thrifty on Kaua’i: Sweet Value For Waimea Plantation Cottages
An entire plantation village of restored sugar plantation workers' cottages awaits you just outside Waimea, fronting a black sand beach. At Waimea Plantation Cottages, these simple-looking cottages dating back to the 1920's and 1930's open to reveal beautiful period furnishings (not what you would find in the worker's homes, but perhaps the plantation manager's home), and all the amenities you could desire. Come for the peace and quiet. This place will slow you down, and allow you to feel the real rhythm of Hawai’i. WaimeaPlantation.com
Photography Courtesy Kukui’ula