What could be more romantic than a lush tropical island with beautiful beaches, spectacular food, and great views? Not much. Kaua`i is truly a honeymooners paradise. Secluded beaches make for romantic sunset walks down the beach, quaint homey cottages provide private and romantic accommodations, tall cliffs and undisturbed waters offer amazing snorkeling, and dining ranging from casual to elegant brings Pacific Rim tastes to your palate. And last but not least, perhaps the most romantic thing to do is uncork a bottle of locally made honey wine and relax on the sand watching the Hawaiian sunset.
For a session of romantic pampering, drip by Pure Kaua’i at 4270 Kilauea Road or call 808-828-6570 and www.purekauai.com . It’s not the basic day at the spa, and the luxury spa creates Hawaiian getaways as well as honeymoon vacations and romantic retreats. Luxurious accommodations, healthy meals prepared by a private chef, spa activities and services, and various sports such as yoga and surfing are all offered here. Unique services such as astrological consultations, life and relationship coaching are offered in addition to traditional services like massage, facials, manicures and pedicures.
For a lovely place to watch the sunset on the North Shore, the lawn in front of the St. Regis, where the last remnants of a heiau’s rock walls can be seen is a perfect end to a beautiful north shore day. On any clear day, drop by the lawn to take in the array of colors as the sunsets over Hanalei Bay and the green mountains backing the coast. If it’s the winter months surfers may be seen dropping in on mountainous waves at the same time.
A truly romantic experience is beachside dining with Heavenly Creations reachable at 808-651-8933 or www.heavenlycreations.org who caters to couples or small groups looking for unique and romantic meals on the beach. They service uses only natural and organic ingredients, and they specialize in catering to unique food requests such as allergies, vegetarians (even if it’s only one diner) and other things. The menu is an array of exotic and unique foods such as shrimp skewers with lilikoi glaze, salads with edible flowers, and entrees with the option of fish, free-range chicken, tofu or tempeh. The desserts are decadent and and other fun things like roast marshmallows, hula, and a romantic treasure hunt are available. I discovered this service as I stumbled upon it one night at Anini Beach as a couple enjoyed dinner on the sand with a cute little table and tiki torches.
Ho`opi`i Falls is a personal favorite. This hike brings explorers to two falls on the Kapa’a Stream, accessed by a lovely walk along it. As you head down the trail look for lilikois (passion fruits) on the ground that fall from very high up on the jungle canopy. You’ll probably run into the occasional resident going for a jog or walking their dog. Smile and say hello. Along the trail are thimbleberry bushes that have bright red berries similar to raspberries. Give one a try. When you come down to the river, hang a right slightly up from the river and continue on the well worn and narrow trail. You’ll see multiple off shoot trails going down to the river. They’re a bit steep, and the red dirt can be slippery. When you can here the falls loudly, this is most likely the right side trail down to the top of the falls. Here you can sit, spend some time, eat, just hang out near the falls and along the river. To get to the bottom of the falls you’d have to continue down stream then head back up in the water. When you’re done, head back up the side trail and continue on. Eventually you’ll have to go down to the river and walk along the edge. Stay near the water’s edge to stay off of private land. Right before the second waterfall the trail goes over the river to the top of the falls and this is the end my friend. Don’t forget your camera on this hike, and make sure you have enough time to leisurely explore and take your time. If you want to really enjoy it bring mosquito repellent. I need to heed my own advice, I always forget it and get eaten alive.
To get here, turn onto Kawaihau Road from Kuhio Highway. Head inland for about 12 minutes and then take a right onto Kapahi Road. Look for the yellow painted metal post on your left at the trailhead. Right past here is a dirt pull off spot that fits about three cars. Please go very slow on the road, this is a very local and mellow neighborhood.