If you are looking for a retreat from the ordinary, Kaua'i is definitely the place for you. Nicknamed the "Garden Island" it doesn't hold the fast-paced hustle and bustle city-life atmosphere that some of the more popular islands do.
Once we landed at Li'Hue airport we hopped in a cab and headed to our hotel. During the ride one of the first things we saw was a beautiful Rainbow that actually looked like it was ending in the direction of our hotel. A pretty perfect way to start the trip...
Upon arriving at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa we were kindly lied and shown to our newly renovated room. And this was the view from our patio...Absolutely gorgeous. Oh, and we didn't even know this when we chose the Hyatt, but apparently it's one of the 1,000 places you should see before you die. At least according to THIS book.
The resort was top notch. And lucky for us, they were in the process of renovating it (not that you would have ever known...we didn't hear any construction or see any signs of renovating anywhere) so the hotel was only holding about half of the capacity that it normally would. Meaning we didn't have to fight for a chair at the pool, or wait more than 5 minutes at any of the hotel restaurants.
The landscapes were so different compared to Maryland. I mean obviously, the island was formed from a volcano, but I suppose you never really notice how different trees, bushes, flowers and even beaches can be until you see it for yourself.
We did your typical touristy things, including a guided ATV tour. Thanks to two very charming local guys who lead our tour (Lumbo and Troy) we were laughing the whole time and learned quite a bit of history about the island as well. For example, this rope you see my darling husband about to swing off of was in the film "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom". Ok, so the rope itself wasn't, but the location was. Anyone out there remember when Indie is running from the natives/huge boulder in the opening scenes and he yells for his friend to start the plane?! Well this is where it took place :)
We also went to an authentic luau put on by the resort. And it was definitely worth the money paid. The food was out of this world, the dancing was incredible and the drinks weren't too bad either! If you ever find yourself at the Grand Hyatt Kaua'i, please don't pass up this opportunity. They hold the luau's on Sunday and Thursday nights I believe...Did i mention that Bubba had 3 steaks, fish, chicken and pork all in this one sitting? Not to mention a helping of everything else they had to offer...hence the look on his face above.
And of course we spent some much needed time beside the pool and ocean. What is a trip to Hawaii without a couple of "Shipwrecked Surfers" (My new all-time favorite drink) and some lazy days basking in the sun?!
I hope you enjoyed just a brief peek at what Kaua'i Island had to offer us and maybe one day you'll be able to mark it off your 1,000 places to see before you die list too!