Upon arriving at the hotel, we were greeted with kukui nut leis, a lei or necklace made from a local nut instead of the usual flowers. We checked in and headed to our junior suite which comes with butler service. The room had an understated elegance that acknowledged the amazing oceanfront view, the picture on the left was taken from the window. We indulged in a light dinner of Champagne and sushi at the bar before calling it a night.
Lighthouse Bistro for lunch or dinner.
A top priority for us was to make sure we made it to the sunset Champagne sabering that the sommelier performs at the St Regis. Hotel guests swarm the bar and terrace for this nightly ritual. We were happy to participate before our dinner at the Kaua'i Grill, the hotel's full service steak and seafood house where we enjoyed a great meal, excellent service and a nice bottle of red Burgundy wine.
One day, we drove around the island to Waimea State Park which is known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, the scenic overlooks were amazing and the photo opportunities just kept coming. We saw the Wailua Falls, also known as the Fantasy Island waterfalls from the opening segment of the old television show, along the way along with many other natural wonders.
Kauai has hordes of chickens running wild all over the island yet chicken is rarely on the menu. There are numerous restaurants and roadside stands featuring local and organic menus, it is definitely a place to enjoy top quality seafood. We found that it was very easy to eat relatively cheaply for breakfast and lunch at small mom and pop restaurants and get some amazingly fresh food. Our evening meals were for seeking out some of the best restaurants in the area, we particularly loved the Hanalei Dolphin restaurant for the unique sushi offerings. We also enjoyed Tiki Iniki, a kitschy Hawaiian restaurant and tiki bar with classic menu items made with a Hawaiian twist where we were waited on by proprietress Michele Rundgren, Todd's super fun wife for all you music fans out there.
The hotel was beautiful, the beach and view were spectacular, the service was impeccable, the pools were relaxing, the spa was pleasant and the food was good. It would be easy to spend all your time at the hotel were it not for all the nearby natural beauty waiting for you off the grounds. An added bonus we enjoyed on one afternoon was a few hours of raging waves where the magnificence of both man and nature was showcased with an amazing surfing display by some locals.
We truly enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning soon. The St Regis in Princeville, Kauai is one of my recommended hotels.