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A couple of months ago, I was relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Kauai. The sun kept me warm, and the breeze kept me cool. It was my second time visiting this beautiful place, and even though I had gallivanted around the island before, I still had a wonderful time.
We decided it was about time to take time off from work. It had been two years since G last used PTO time, and it was my first real vacation since the opening of Our Paper Place. Let’s just say that it was a smart move because we had the grandest time, ever.
We stayed at the St. Regis in Princeville. The hotel is nested into one of the Hanalei Bay cliffs, and the views are incredible. If I had to rate this place, I’d give it a 10 out of 5 stars! 😉 The huge suite we stayed in was incredible. We had our very own butler, who offered to pack/unpack, press our clothes, set up my bubble bath right when I got to the lobby, bring up French pressed coffee every morning, turn down my bed, etc. It’s seriously like the movies; they’ll do whatever you ask them to. Free water bottles, beach bags, snorkel gear, and towels whenever you need them if you’re a SPG platinum guest! The amenities to this place when you are a platinum member are endless.
The glass bubbles in the lobby creates such an amazing atmosphere, and they always have fresh tropical flowers for everyone to enjoy.
Here’s the view from our very own lanai/patio:
I love how the tropical rain clouds were right over the bay when that picture was taken. So beautiful and serene! …but you know what makes this view even better?! Drinking French pressed coffee with fine china.
When you drive on the westward side of Kauai, you’ll notice that the road will stop at one of the beach parks. We continued to drive up the dirt road to see one of the longest beaches in the world. It took a good 30-45 minutes to travel 5 miles on a dirt road, haha! …but once you get there, you’ll find Polihale Beach. The white sands of this beach stretch up to 7 miles! Here I am soaking up all of the beauty around me:
We drove up to the top to see Waimea Canyon. It’s incredible to me that there’s a canyon on the smallest Hawaiian island. Just being up on top makes you feel so small.
After the lookout, we drove a few more miles along the road, and came to one of the prettiest sites I have ever seen. The view is breathtaking.
The water was so clear and so blue. The fact that we could see the reef from that high up shows how clean and pristine the waters of Hawaii are.
After checking out the Menehune Ditch, we checked out the wooden suspension bridge hanging over a river. G was brave enough to go across it; she basically ran and jumped her way towards the other side. I, on the other hand, passed up walking across the bridge, haha. 😉
The fact that it was creaking made me nervous. G spent forever telling me how safe it was, and I spent forever telling her that this is how most scary movies start out. LOL!
We made a quick stop at the Kauai Kookie factory. Yum! They sell these bad boys all over the Hawaiian islands, so it was nice to see their headquarters.
…and coffee addicts can’t pass up visiting Kauai Coffee Company’s coffee plantation.
We meandered on the plantation, and had a great time throwing up roasted coffee beans up into the air. We must have looked like a bunch of coffee-crazed lunatics while doing so, but who cares?! It was so much fun! After having sampled a variety of blends, we had the energy to go shopping and get dinner in Poipu.
Second day on the island was just as amazing. We started off by checking out some of the accessible waterfalls.
Then, we went on short cruise down the Wailua River to check out the fern grotto.
It was nice to see the rural banks of the river, and I most thoroughly enjoyed the hula performances. It was definitely a relaxing excursion. Afterwards, it was time to hit the beach!
…and what better to do at the beach than snorkel. Snorkel time, baby!
I am so fond of snorkeling. It makes me feel like I’m a part of the ocean when I swim with all of the critters in the water. With our underwater camera, we got some fun photos of a couple of the tropical fish.
After snorkeling for a few hours and lying out on the beach to tan, we went to see the Spouting Horn further East. I remember it spouting more aggressively last time I was in Kauai, but it was just as cool to see it again.
The roosters at the park nearby kept harassing me! Perhaps it knew that I have a fear of birds when they get too close to me, haha. Instead of cowering in fear, I decided to harass it back by taking photos of it. 😉
…and after a long Day Two, it was time to head back up to the hotel. …but on the way up, we got distracted and stopped at a local beach to shoot random photos before we headed off to dinner.
…will have to wait for now. Look back for tons of other photos very soon!