Post # 1
My FI and I just booked our flights to Kauai for our Honeymoon and now we are looking for recommendations for hotels and also what area on the Island is the best to stay at. I’ve never been to Kauai so I’m not very familiar with that Island.
Post # 3
When are you going? If your honeymoon is in the winter, you should hit the South side, which catches more sun and stays out of the perpetual rain and clowdy skies that can sometimes hang around on the North side during winter. But if your honeymoon is in the summer, hit the North side – the current changes, and the big waves start hitting the south side, so the beaches are calmer for swimming and snorkeling up North.
If you stay on the North side, remember that the hotels aren’t directly on the beach, as most of north side is cliff face – I would consider staying near Hanalei Bay, at one of the large hotels there, or renting a condo – We stayed in Princeville in one. It’s worth renting a car so you can drive all around the island. Defintley drive the 560 all the way around on the north side, it’s fun 🙂
The south side is where you’ll find your beachfront property hotels, and Poipu is very popular. There’s lot’s of outdoor markets on along the drive from North to South, and you’ve gotta have a Puka Dog while you’re down South, it’s in the Koloa Shopping Center. I’m absolutely drooling over one right now. If you choose to go Ziplining (definitely recommended) hit the Princeville Ranch instead of the outfit on the south side – more jungle flying up at the Princeville outfit.
Also, hike Waimea canyon. I couldn’t squeeze this in on my trip, but I’ve heard it’s amazing. It’s also called the Little Grand Canyon. And if you can afford it, take a helicopter tour – I’ve also heard they’re definitely worth it. Just note, there’s not much nightlife – plan on exhausting yourself during the day, it helps make it an early night 🙂
I’m sorry this is so long, but I hope it helps! Have a fabulous time!
Post # 4
I haven’t been to Kauai but we are going to be staying at the Koa Kea hotel. I am so excited. It looks fantastic.
Post # 5
We just got back from Kauai and stayed at the Westin Princeville. We loved it! We much much preferred the north side of the island, despite the fact that you couldn’t swim on the beaches up there when we were there because it was too rough.
Post # 6
@VintageDivine: Thanks so much for all the great tips! We are going at the end of August so getting to know the lay of the land is very helpful.
@brooklyngirlie22: Thanks I will look into it.
@CorgiTales: I looked at the Westin Princeville online the grounds looked really nice!
Post # 7
@Shooozy: it is REALLY pretty. The only thing I’ll warn you about is that they’re all about the “breathtaking views” and the first room they put us in did NOT have a breathtaking view. It was on the ground floor facing “in” and all we could see was some landscaping equipment and some bushes. It was honestly kind of depressing (who wants to sit on the balcony and stare at a bush? Not romantic.) But– I called the next morning and very nicely explained that we were on our honeymoon and we’d specifically booked the hotel because of their claims of “breathtaking views from your own private balcony” and they moved us that day to a wonderful 3rd floor ocean view room. We were much much much happier there! (although honestly we wouldve been fine looking at the pool or the mountains… just anything but a bush! the ground floor just kinda sucks). So I guess just be warned that not every room is awesome and you might have to ask to get moved.