Essential Honeymoon Experiences: Brunch at Makana Terrace (Kauai)

Heading to Hawaii for your upcoming honeymoon? Here’s one honeymoon activity you won’t want to miss.

Situated on the grounds of the St. Regis Princeville on the island of Kauai, the Sunday brunch at Makana Terrace is the perfect dining venue to celebrate your recent wedding.

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Restaurant highlights include a carving station, handcrafted sushi, made-to-order cocktails, and specialty omelets, among dozens more options.

Meanwhile, with stunning panoramic views of the lush mountains of Kauai and nearby Hanalei Bay, this oceanside dining experience is truly spectacular.

 

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Image courtesy of the St. Regis Princeville

POLL: Which Island Would Be Your First Choice for a Hawaii Honeymoon?

hawaii_na_pali_coast1Complete with undulating mountains, soft sand beaches, and miles of tropical rainforest, it’s easy to see why Hawaii ranks as one of America’s most popular honeymoon destinations.

The Aloha State also features six main islands, each one completely different from the next. So our question for couples this month is this: Which island would be your top choice for a honeymoon trip to Hawaii?

Browse through the poll options below and vote for your choice!

After voting, share your pick with other newlyweds over on our Facebook page.

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Tune in later in the week to check the results!

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Featured Hawaiian Island:

Second stop: Kauai

A sneak peek into what the Wanderable experts think are the top 5 experiences not to miss while honeymooning in Kauai!

Kauai is Hawaii’s fourth largest island and is commonly known as the “Garden Isle.” The oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain, it’s known for its tropical rainforests, forking rivers, and cascading waterfalls. It’s definitely an island well suited for couples that love outdoor excursions and adventure.

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Visit the Beach:
  Once you have checked in and gotten situated in your hotel room, visit one of the nearby beaches. Kick off your flip-flops and enjoy the view! Two of our favorite beaches are the sacred and picturesque Maha’ulepu Beach, which is known for it’s stunning views both in the water and out, and Kalapaki Beach, which is frequented by local surfers and is known as a great place to swim. There are many other beaches to explore, each with their own unique features and a wide-range of activities including snorkeling, swimming, lounging, and luaus; there is something for every couple. Make the memory even more special by packing a romantic picnic to enjoy while you’re there.

BeachKayaking:  One of Kauai’s greatest and most unique draws is that it’s home to the only navigable rivers in Hawaii, which makes kayaking an extremely popular activity. There are many rivers to paddle down, but we recommend the Wailua River for its diverse and breathtaking views. In a single trip, you can see Opaekaa Falls, the famous Sleeping Giant in the Nounou Mountains, and the romantic Fern Grotto… just to name a few. If you are lucky, they might even be playing traditional Hawaiian music in the Grotto.

Wailua River

 Waimea Canyon:  Spend at least a full day exploring Waimea Canyon and Koke’e State Park. Waimea Canyon will intoxicate the senses; known as the Grand Canyon of the pacific, this stretch of valley is a smaller and much greener version of the landlocked state park. With breathtaking views and incredible trails, this adventure definitely ranks high on our list. The canyon is protected by the Koke’e State Park, which encompasses 4,345 acres of land and has 45 miles of trails that run through the canyon and the nearby Alakai Swamp. It’s definitely a great stop for adventurists. Frommer’s has a wonderful guide with info about the area and how to best plan your day there.

Waimea Canyon

Helicopter Tour:  No trip to Kauai would be complete without a helicopter tour! There are so many gorgeous sites to see and many are only accessible by air. Ninety percent of Kauai’s beautiful waterfalls cannot be seen any other way. Highlights of the most common helicopter tours include Nawlliwili Harbor, the Menehune Fish Pond, Jurassic Park Falls, the Hanapepe Valley, Waimea Canyon, the Na Pali Coast, the Hanalei Valley, Mt. Waialeale, and Wailua Falls. It is an experience you will never forget.

Helicopter Tour

Zip-lining:  There’s nothing quite like gliding above a jungle-canopy 50-80 feet above the ground. For a rush of adrenaline and some more unforgettable views, go on a zip-lining excursion. Zip-lining tours are both informative and fun. Your guides will teach you about the history of the area and the diverse ecosystems that make this island such a unique place.

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Don’t forget:  Sunscreen! And sports sandals like Keens or Chacos, they might not be cute, but they’re great for any adventure sport you might choose to do.

When to go:  Frommer’s has a great guide to find the cheapest times to travel to Kauai. Weather doesn’t change too much, so it’s not as important of a variable.

Where to eat:  Enjoy a hearty breakfast and some of the best coffee in the area at Kalaheo Cafe and Coffee Company.

For lunch, check out the Shrimp Station, if you are in the mood for seafood. Word has it that they serve “The Best Coconut Shrimp on the Planet.”

Finish a perfect day with dinner at Roy’s Poipu Bar & Grill.

Common souvenirs: Chocolate covered macadamia nuts, coffee, jewelry, and clothing.

Have you been to Kauai? What are your tips for other Wanderers?

The first Hawaiian Island we featured was Maui… find that post here.

Properties We Love: Ko’a Kea Hotel and Resort

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Today Wanderable is launching the first installment of our “Properties We Love” series, highlighting some of the best honeymoon resorts around the globe–properties that have built romance into every detail of their guests’ stay and that are staged in unforgettable settings. To kick things off, we present the beloved Ko’a Kea Hotel and Resort, nestled on the sun-drenched south shore of the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. Ko’a Kea Resort and Spa has all the amenities of a large resort with an oceanfront pool, four star restaurant and dedicated concierge team, but with only 121 rooms, it also offers the intimacy and privacy that comes with a boutique hotel. On your honeymoon at Ko’a Kea you won’t find your beachfront stay marred by grandiose destination weddings or corporate luaus, just solitude, white sand and sea breezes for miles.

The resort’s recently renovated rooms feature Egyptian cotton linens, espresso machines, Italian marbled bathrooms, postcard perfect views, and, best of all, private lanais so you can soak the sunlight and moonlight in together al fresco during your stay. The rooms are so plush you won’t want to leave, but simultaneously won’t want to miss the oceanside pool, gleaming stretches of Poipu beach, or countless water activities that you can finds steps from your door.

When it comes time for pampering, the intimate Spa at Ko’a Kea features five treatment rooms with a focus on local, natural products such as seaweed, Awapuhi root, and red clay. The spa has several romantic treatments perfect for couples, including an oceanside massage for two, in suite baths, or their signature Honeymoon Ritual, which includes side-by-side massages, scrubs and scalp treatments.

For memorable dining on their honeymoon, couples need look no further than the resort’s critically acclaimed Red Salt Restaurant, which offers a romantic oceanfront setting and fresh Hawaiian cuisine. Sushi lovers can enjoy sushi and sake for two at the Red Salt Lounge, and there are plenty of mai tais to be had at the poolside bar.

Ko’a Kea has earned numerous accolades since its opening in 2011, including receiving the 2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for Romance (#2 in the U.S. and #12 in the world), the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award as one of the Top 25 Hotels in Hawaii and the 2012 Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Award (#2 in Hawaii & #87 in the world).

With its plush rooms, intimate setting and dedicated staff that will go out of their way to make every moment of your once in a lifetime trip everything you have dreamed of, we are delighted to present Ko’a Kea Hotel and Resort!

Have you ever been to Ko’a Kea or Kauai before? We would love to hear about your stay in the comments section below!