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Destination Hot Spot: Kauai, Hawaii

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Known as the Garden Isle, Kauai is the most ancient island in the Hawaiian chain. With its jagged peaks and verdant rainforests, Kauai’s landscape is dramatic and its beauty, unrivalled. If you want to get a taste of old world Hawaii, and immerse yourself in the Aloha spirit, look no further than Kauai.

Dining Gaylords Restaurant at Kilohana Plantation Estate

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Situated on a historic sugar plantation, Gaylords Restaurant is a must-visit. The restaurant is set within a historic estate which was once the home of English sugar baron Gaylord Parke Wilcox and his wife Ethel. Much of the original façade remains, and diners are invited to enjoy a delicious meal in an open-air courtyard with courtyard views of the plantation grounds.

It’s easy to spend the entire day at the Kilohana Plantation as there are a number of onsite activities to enjoy. You can hop on board the Kauai Plantation Railway and explore the 105 acre property; organise a group rum tasting at Koloa Rum Co; or explore the many unique shops housed within the manor.

www.gaylordskauai.com

Take in the beauty of Kauai with a scenic helicopter ride

Absorb Kauai’s rugged coastline and its emerald mountains from above on a scenic tour with Safari Helicopters.

On the journey passengers are taken right up to gushing waterfalls and will fly in and out of lush valleys along the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park.

The tour explores regions such as Mount Waialeale, Waimea Canyon and the Napali Coastline, and passengers on board are told stories on the rich history, myths and legends of the area by the pilot during the flight.

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Cruise the Napali Coast at sunset with Captain Andy’s

Set sail along the stunning Napali Coast on a dinner cruise with Captain Andy’s.

At afternoon light, the sunset colours the horizon in golden tones, which adds extra drama to the already

Tubing through former plantation lands with Backcountry Adventures

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The adventure starts on board a four wheel drive, where guests will traverse former Lihue Plantation lands with two experienced guides. Stops along the way provide perfect backdrops for a quick selfie and to marvel at the views of the mountains and Waialeale Crater.

Perfect for all fitness levels, adventurers will travel through dark tunnels, lit only by headlamps, while lazily floating down open canals.

The tubing adventure explores the ditch and tunnel system which once irrigated vast sugar crops, but has remained unused since sugar production ended almost two decades ago.

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Stay and meet at Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

This luxury beachfront resort is likely to be Kauai’s most extravagant property. It features inviting pools and lagoons; a range of award-winning dining establishments; and 65,000 square feet of premium event spaces.

The 604 rooms – which offer a choice of ocean, garden or pool views – are furnished with luxe amenities. There are a variety of onsite activities for guests to enjoy, including championship golfing, hiking, mountain biking, scuba diving and dancing at a traditional Luau.

Make sure you set some time aside to enjoy the property’s enchanting river pools, which wind through waterfalls and grottos. There are also adults-only pools to enjoy for guests looking for a more relaxed experience.

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